What the hell is wrong with national media? There is lots of chattering about UTâ€™s coaching search, but the most moronic line so far is this one over at the Sporting Blog:
Tennessee Job Watch: David Cutcliffe doesn’t want it. Given his ties to the program, that’s surprising. Given that Tennessee isn’t one of the Top 25 CFB coaching jobs in the country anymore, it isn’t.
Funny. I thought Alabama wasnâ€™t one of the major programs either. At least if you believed the national pundits and moronic bloggersâ€”Alabama was dead. It would never emerge from the wilderness to again look on the promised land flowing with conference and national titles.
22 months later, the Tide stands atop the college football world ranking #1 in both major polls. It might not have yet crossed Jordan, but the mountaintop at least gives the Tide a vivid view of the promised land.
Apparently, Alabama is one of the good jobs again.
And so is Tennessee.
It isnâ€™t Florida or Georgia or Alabama, but it isnâ€™t a bad job. It has little competition in its own state (unlike Florida or Alabama face). It has resources to make others jealous, and it has a superb fan support. Honestly, what other group of fans wouldâ€™ve tolerated mediocrity as long as Volunteer fans tolerated Fulmer?
There is much to love about the Tennessee job.
But forget about that if you are some national pundit. It is more fun to toss dirt on a proud program.
We know the Volunteers face enormous challenges. They are battling for third best program in the SEC Eastern division these daysâ€”Florida and Georgia have left the Volunteers behind. Now South Carolina and Vanderbilt and Kentucky field competitive teams nipping at and some years passing the Volunteers.
And Tennessee plays Alabama every season. Thatâ€™s makes a tough schedule that much tougher.
But I know Iâ€™d still rank the Volunteer job in my top 10 or 15 in the nation. It is an SEC program. And while some coaches might eschew the challenge of coaching in this league there are plenty of others who understand that the biggest challenges yield the greatest rewards. (See LSU winning the national title with two losses.)