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I'm not trying to beat up on Hart or Tenn, but this is a really sad state for those guys. This article is sad yet hilariously written. Don't agree with all of it, but you can't help but feel terrible for those fans. They have had a terrible run of bad luck.
Go ahead PTC. Beat up on them.
I don't feel bad for those fans. I don't feel bad for anyone with a sense of entitlement like they have. Some of our own fans have too much of a sense of entitlement when it comes to our athletics. And I don't agree that it's bad luck. I just don't think that's an easy place to succeed anymore.
Maybe "cursed" is a better term to use for their Athletic Dept. In the article, Clay Travis puts it this way:
"Is there any other program in America where you could predict the outcome of everything by simply picking the worst possible outcome? Fire Phil Fulmer, hire Lane Kiffin. Lane Kiffin bails two weeks before signing day with NCAA investigators fast on his heels, hire Derek Dooley. Lie to the NCAA about a BBQ, lose the winningest coach in basketball history. Hell, it's not even really fair to include it because it's the worst of all, but our women's basketball coach even got Alzheimers.
I mean, talk about cursed."
No matter how you look at it, deserved or underserved, self-inflicted or cursed, that a big ol' stack of terrible right there. They may never find their way out of it.
Hart blew this whole situation so bad. He literally could have inked Strong on 12/1. Strong was all set to go.
I up-voted you for the use of "ibid"....greatly under used word.
I agree with the majority of your statement.
In the end, Tenn as did Burn won MNC and both will pay the price with the combination of unrealistic fans, sanctions and long roads back.
However, maybe what they did was worth it....Tenn's MNC is in the clear (still pissed off at that game and manning up the only guy on the field who could beat us...and he did)...Burn's MNC may/may not hold depending on the investigations.....but if they do both hold, maybe they were worth it? After All, they both have something that many many schools both want and dont have.
If I were to make a wager on which school would be back first it would be Tenn....much better booster organization (A few of their guys came down to Tally to meet us and lend some advice on some stuff FSU boosters is doing), they dont have Bama in their back yard, their sanctions are over.... and they are better positioned to take the talent on the East Coast with the weakness of the ACC schools....Burn has to fight everyone in the south for their talent.
Not sure I'd agree on that Dre.... Tenn did exacty what Ark did to LSU.... Both Tenn and Ark got raises for coaches that probably wouldn't have come....either way, they either get the guy or eat up some of the other schools budget... Pro teams do this to each other all the time....drive up the price of the guy you already have and and limit the team from using that money elsewhere. Louisville came out and basically said they would match any offer...and they did. Strong wasn't going anywhere and he didnt want to. He now makes big bucks and doesnt have to be in the SEC.
I don't think so at all.
Ridiculous expectations? I think most of us just wanted to start beating Wake again and win our division and then go from there.
We don't play LSU, UF, Auburn and Alabama every year. The comparison isn't a good one imo. Tennessee DOES play UF, UGA, South Carolina and Alabama every year. That's much different.
We didn't only win 12 conference games in the previous 5 seasons to Fisher becoming HC.
Like you said, in-state talent is not an issue for us.
It's hard for me to dismiss cheating in any form. To me rules are set to live and work by. If one doesn't like them, change them as is currently happening to our country. TN has tried a lot of tricks, they just weren't as blatant about it as Auburn and Miami. Their Academicians have put their books down squarely on the necks of athletics in general, and tackle football in particular. TN may recover faster than Auburn, I agree with you there. The fact they HAVE to recover at all is sad, especially that in their delusions of yesteryear, they continue to face-plant with regularity.
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