The Vols haven’t had a good week since Lane Kiffin bailed for Southern Cal. And, based on Tennessee’s current coaching search, things are only getting worse.
Earlier this week Texas Defensive Coordinator, Will Muschamp, the front-runner for the Tennessee job, pulled his name from consideration. The idea that a Coordinator would turn down an SEC head coaching job says a lot about Texas and even more about Tennessee. Maybe Tennessee isn’t a football powerhouse after all?
After Muschamp passed, the Vols continued down their wish list to Duke head coach, David Cutcliffe. In a shock to UT fans, Cutcliffe also withdrew his name from consideration saying, “We’ve worked very hard these two years to change the culture, to change the team physically. You feel like the job’s not done, and in this era, it bothers me, what we do as coaches, moving here and there. This is mid-January. Nothing about that felt right to me as a person.”
Duke is 9-15 over the past two seasons under Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe’s decision is bizarre considering Duke would fall into most experts ‘Top 10 Worst Places to Coach’ lists. Academic standards at Duke are off-the-charts, the program has no history, the stadium only holds 34,000 fans and Duke will forever be a basketball school. The idea that a coach would shun Rocky Top for Duke has to be kick in the balls to Vols fans everywhere. Message to Tennessee Football Fans: Duke is officially a more coveted program than UT.
Now, Tennessee is down to Louisiana Tech’s Derek Dooley and Temple’s Al Golden. Kippy Brown, in his third stint at Tennessee, is the Vols’ interim coach. Brown on Wednesday said he’s been told that he also would be considered for the permanent head-coaching job. Over the last two seasons the Vols have been 12-13 and things are only going to get worse because UT is in a doom-loop of epic proportions. The next shoe to fall is recruiting, which, after Kiffin’s departure, will be abysmal.
The next time an obnoxious Tennessee fan drones on about how great Rocky Top is, I’m going to laugh in their face, because Tennessee football is a bigger joke than Peyton Manning’s hair.