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Posted: Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 7:12 PM
by Josh
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Well, they finally got rid of Botch. Thank God. There are two narratives at play right now and and I think it's been this way for a while.

You have the old guard, like Jimmy Hyams and some of Tony's best sources. They have consistently said that Botch wasn't getting fired any times soon after the Georgia debacle and they were saying that he could keep his job at 6-6.

Then you have the new guard. John Brice, Trey Wallace, Stephen Hargis, Jayson Swain and some Tony's other sources. Some of these people were told that Botch was getting fired after Alabama.

Now the old guard is saying there is nothing to the Grumors and he hasn't been contacted. I'm sure you've all heard it.

The new guard is saying that there have been talks since the Georgia game. That Gruden has reached out to people to join his staff and that he is seriously considering the offer.

One of two things is at play here.

1. Either John Currie has told his people to put out competing narratives to throw a bunch of doubt into the process.

2. There is such a cluster blank going on over there that the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing.

I think option one is more likely. Currie seems like a calculating guy and I think what we are seeing is the execution of a plan that he's had in place for a while. I can understand his reasons. If the Gruden deal falls though, he can always say he was never really a candidate. It could also be to keep everyone distracted while he goes after some other coaches who may not even be on the radar.

I do believe that Tennessee's people were in Tampa last night and presented Gruden with an offer and a deadline. I don't know what that deadline is at this time.

I do believe that Gruden has reached out to potential coaches to join his staff.

I do believe that Tennessee's offer was substantial and they are willing to pretty much give him whatever he wants.

This is where the rubber meets the road though. Jon Gruden has to be serious about this and take the damn job already. He has been on radio shows bringing up Knoxville and Rocky Top unprompted and saying that you "Never say never to nothin". If he has went though all of this process, and contacted Dale Jones and David Blackburn and everyone else that he has contacted, and doesn't take the job when Tennessee is willing to give him anything he wants, then he is nothing more than a sociopath craving attention and trying to leverage himself into an NFL job. This should make every Vol fan extremely angry if this is true. If he really is that twisted, then he should be hated more than Kiffin or Doug Dickey ever were. At least when they left, they were going to what they perceived as their dream jobs. Gruden would be playing with an entire fanbase and would make Vol Nation a national laughing stock once again. If he doesn't take the job this time, then I NEVER want to hear his name mentioned for this job again. EVER! It would make me sick to think we wasted all this time on him when we could have been working on Chip Kelly or Bob Stoops or Gary Patterson.

If he does take the job, then it will be the best thing to happen to Tennessee football since the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. Tennessee would instantly regain all of the prestige it lost when Lane Kiffin treated the job as a rung on the ladder. It would send shockwaves thought the college football universe not felt since at least Jim Harbaugh to Michigan and probably Nick Saban to Alabama.

I'm not sure when the deadline is, but I think we will know one way or the other by next Tuesday at the latest. The next few days will feel like 2 years, but hang in there. It's almost over.

Be sure to check out Albert Haynesworth's Facebook live tonight at 8. He could have some info.

I'm not really sure how Tennessee will look without Botch on the sidelines. I hope they play with energy. One thing is for sure is that better coaching decisions will be made. Brady Hoke is a much better coach that Botch.

I think LSU is playing at a higher level right now but I think Tennessee shows some fight.

LSU 35
Tennessee 24

In other games....

Michigan 24
Wisconsin 17

Georgia 27
Kentucky 20

USC 41

Oklahoma State 45
Kansas State 31

Penn State 38
Nebraska 17

Mississippi State 28
Arkansas 10

Last week (4-3) Overall Record (46-24)

Thank you so much for reading. Last week I felt pessimistic about the future. This week I feel a lot better about getting a good coach. Follow me on Twitter @Joshes_Blog and let's get the hashtag #TennesseeExceptionalism trending.

Have a safe and fun weekend everyone. Go Vols and God Bless!

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