With the NZAA cloud now swirling over Knoxville, can we all agree that we owe a debt of gratitude to the young lady whose actions (and those of her ilk) are at the center of the investigation?
To her defense, she’s just a student, and like all of us is guilty of things she’ll probably regret when she’s 40. The real blame is on the University of Tennessee administration who let this go on. And even further, for going for the trendy hire in Lane Kiffin, hoping for a quick fix to compete in a changing league.
I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again.
When Nick Saban entered the league, years one and two of the Saban regime changed the conference forever.
Auburn fired their winningest head coach in years.
Tennessee sent fat Phil packing to Krispy Kreme.
Mississippi State fired the Walrus.
Arkansas fired their golden child.
Ole Miss unloaded Orgeron.
And the Vols resorted to an “anything it takes” mentality. And that mentality will now result in this:
Of course, when you think you’re bullet proof, why not test the limits? After all, the orange and white checkered sheets that adorned SEC Commissioner Roy Kramer’s bed for years had to give the Vols comfort.
I echo our friend Cappy when he said yesterday that when the NZAA moves in, they look under every rock they can find, making life miserable for you.
As if Tennessee fans needed anything more than what they’ll see on the field this fall to make them nauseous.
Thank you Tennessee. And thank you Lacey. Enjoy the ride ahead.