UT fans frustrated with coaching search

UT fans frustrated with coaching search

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People are advertising on Craigslist for the qualities they want in a new coach. People are advertising on Craigslist for the qualities they want in a new coach.
"Get a name that people would recognize so other colleges and states wouldn't think we just had to go out and just hire anybody," said Frank Venable, a UT graduate. "Get a name that people would recognize so other colleges and states wouldn't think we just had to go out and just hire anybody," said Frank Venable, a UT graduate.
Jimmy Hyams, radio host on The Sports Animal, is dropping two names he's heard as front-runners - Butch Jones and Tommy Tuberville. Jimmy Hyams, radio host on The Sports Animal, is dropping two names he's heard as front-runners - Butch Jones and Tommy Tuberville.

By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Being turned down again for what once would have been one of the most sought after coaching positions in college football has left many fans with wounded pride.

Now we're seeing evidence that the disastrous coaching search has hurt Tennessee's tradition of respect.

Tweeters across the country are letting the world know just how many people have #turned downtennessee using that hash tag, from Santa to Betty White.

"Dave Hart offered my 8-year-old son no bedtime, every PS3 game, and unlimited ice cream and pop tarts and he #TurnedDownTennessee," tweeted user Boyd Myers.

"It's still Wednesday in Knoxville, because Thursday also #TurnedDownTennessee," tweeted Michael Bunch.

"It might be easier to list the people that haven't #TurnedDownTennessee," Chris Hilling tweeted.

People are also advertising on Craigslist for the qualities they want in a new coach, though many postings have been flagged for removal.

One of them begs for someone who would reduce the number of player arrests by 10 percent. Another lists, under benefits, millions of dollars, even if you get fired!

Former Vol quarterback Eric Ainge posted on his blog at tnsportsradio.com what he calls General Neyland's hiring maxims for Dave Hart. Among them - search for and make the breaks and when one comes your way - hire

At Frank's Barbershop, patrons don't mind sharing their thoughts on the search for a new head coach.

"Get a name that people would recognize so other colleges and states wouldn't think we just had to go out and just hire anybody," said Frank Venable, a UT graduate.

"If you're going to get a good coach, now's the time to do it and clearly they're not having much success," said Sean Smith, a long time season ticket holder.

Jimmy Hyams, radio host on The Sports Animal, is dropping two names he's heard as front-runners.

"Butch Jones, he's at Cincinnati. And a name people will recognize from the south, Tommy Tuberville," he said.

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