Not a good night on or off the field. The Braves lost 5-1 (it wasn’t even that close) and a fan fell to his death at Turner Field.
With all that said, I figured this was as good of time as any to bust this out:
The Tennessee Volunteers
For a school that boasts a tradition of great coaches like General Bob Neyland, Doug Dickey, Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer; the last two hires have been pure whiffs.
The Lane Kiffin one night stand was fun, but we woke up and found out he was engaged to some Southern California chick. Then we moved on to our rebound fling Derek Dooley.
Derek Dooley was the worst head football coach in Tennessee history. He was worse than even the pre Neyland years when most of the coaches were students. I’m pretty sure that Vince Dooley adopted Derek. There is no way those two are related. The 2012 Volunteers could have easily won eight games, and probably even a few more. Instead they won five and Dooley now works for the Dallas Cowboys. I predict Dez Bryant is arrested for assault in early October.
Enter Butch Jones.
Butch Jones was easily Tennessee’s third or fourth choice to replace Dooley. At first most Tennessee fans were displeased, we felt we shouldn’t have to settle for the Cincinnati coach.
Around day three of the Jones hire, little stories started to come out. The first came from two older Tennessee fans that were eating at a Waffle House. Jones walks in and sits at the counter . The two men (wearing Tennessee caps) engage Jones in a brief conversation. Jones finishes his meal and leaves. When the two men ask for their checks, the waitress informs them that Jones paid for their meals.
I understand that really isn’t a big deal. Just know this, Derek Dooley doesn’t even know what a Waffle House is.
Jones has hit the recruiting trial hard. By some prognosticators notes, he currently has the number one recruiting class in America.
Let’s just say, we are excited that we had to settle for the Cincinnati coach.
This team is nowhere as talented as the 2012 team, at least at the skill positions. Tennessee lost QB Tyler Bray, WRs Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson to the NFL. Those are some big shoes to fill.
Justin Worley will be given the first opportunity to replace Bray. While he doesn’t have the arm of Bray, he also doesn’t have the 10-cent head.
The offensive line should be one of the better units in the SEC and is anchored by LT Tiny Richardson.
On defense the Vols are shifting back to a 4-3 scheme and have vowed never to speak the name of former DC Sal Sunseri again.
The front seven and safeties should be a solid group this year. The Vols will be expecting some underclassmen to step up and man the corners. That can lead to some mistakes and they will give up some big plays down the field. However, I expect this group to play much better than last year.
The Vols have three cupcakes on their schedule and some tough road games.
Austin Peay, Western Kentucky, South Alabama and Kentucky
@Oregon, @Florida and @Alabama
The Maybe if We Get a Break:
Georgia and South Carolina (we played both very close on the road last year)
@Missouri, Auburn and Vandy
I’m wearing my Butch Jones Big Orange Glasses and say we win seven. There is more talent on this team than people realize. I think if Worley can be at least serviceable, Tennessee could be the surprise team in the SEC.
Wait, my bad, as Mac would say 0-12.