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Staff Notes: Chris Weinke is now a trivia question. He's the first guy to flirt with two different Tennessee administrations and manage to miss the mark. After extensive conversations with Jeremy Pruitt, Chris Weinke won't be joining the new coaching staff in Knoxville. He may just end up on Willie Taggart's new FSU staff before all is said and done.

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I love the upside of Jeremy Pruitt. We're going to know almost right away if Pruitt is going to get it done here.

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Little O has done some wonderful work on the magic of season two in college football. This is some great food for thought.

Little O
'Tony B,

I've learned a few things in school over the years, and one thing that is just now beginning to really sink in is that claims like these should be supported by evidence. So I started looking for some.

What I found was, as Tony would say, interesting.

I decided to look at about 19 or so coaches, including the biggest names in college football, many of the names mentioned in our alleged current coaching search (big names and up-and-comers), and the name we're all sick of at this point, Butch Jones.

Sure, there are plenty of others we could look at, but I think the cases below demonstrate the point well enough.

I wanted to see how long it took for a coach to show signs that he was a good coach, or perhaps more specifically, that he was a going to be successful at the job he landed, based on wins and losses and, to a lesser extent, championships of some kind.

My "research" essentially shows that good (or good fit) coaches reveal themselves BY the end of Year 2 in a "good job," if not in Year 1. If they inherit a program known as a "bad job" either historically or due to extreme circumstances (NCAA bans, etc.), then maybe it takes until Year 3 or 4.


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Nick Saban - Toledo: 9-2 Yr 1 - Michigan St: 9-2 Yr 5*** bad job [no winning seasons previous 5 yrs; took to bowl games each of 1st 3 yrs, eligible every yr] - LSU: SEC Champs Yr 2 - Alabama: 12-2 overall/8-0 in conference, lost SECG to eventual Nat'l Champion Florida Yr 2

Urban Meyer - Bowling Green: 8-3/5-3 Yr 1 [2-9 the yr before]; 9-3/6-2 Yr 2 - Utah: 10-2 Yr 1 [5-6 the yr before]; 12-0/7-0 Yr 2 - Florida: 9-3/5-3 Yr 1; 13-1/7-1 & Nat'l Champs Yr 2 - Ohio St.: 12-0/8-0 Yr 1 [NCAA & B1G ban]; 12-2/8-0 Yr 2; 14-1/8-0 & Nat'l Champs Yr 3

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Pete Carroll
- Southern Cal: 11-2 Yr 2

Bob Stoops
- Oklahoma: 13-0 National Champs Yr 2


Chip Kelly - Oregon: 10-3/8-1 Yr 1; 12-1/9-0 lost in NCG Yr 2 [Conf Title 1st 3 yrs (tied division Yr 4), Won 12 games each of last 3 yrs, BCS Game all 4 yrs]

James Franklin - Vanderbilt: 9-4 Yr 2 - Penn St.: 11-3 Yr 3** [NCAA sanctions]

Jim Harbaugh - San Diego: 11-1 Yr 2 - Stanford: 8-4 Yr 3; 11-1 Yr 4, better record ea yr** [no bowl game for 5-6 yrs before he got there, including 1-11 record yr before he was hired] - Michigan: 9-3 Yr 1; 10-2 Yr 2

Mark Richt - UGA: 13-1/7-1 SEC Champs Yr 2 - Miami: 9-4/5-3 Yr 1 [8-5/5-3 yr before]; 8-0/6-0 Yr 2


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Brian Kelly - Div II Grand Valley St.: 8-3/8-2 Conf Champs Yr 2 [stayed 13 seasons, won consecutive National Championships last 2 yrs, last 3 yr records: 13-1/9-0 (Lost in NC Game); 14-0/9-0; 14–1/9-1]
- Central Michigan: 6-5/5-3 Yr 2 [1st winning season 7 yrs]; 9-4/7-1 Conf Champs Yr 3** [BAD Team under previous coach, Mike DeBord!! Won >3 games only ONCE in 4 yrs]
- Cincinnati: 10-3/4-3 Yr 1 [1st 10-win season in 58 yrs]; 11-3/6-1 Conf Champs Yr 2; 12-0/7-0 Sugar Bowl #4 in country Yr 3 - Notre Dame: 8-5 Yr 2; 12-1 L in Nat'l CG Yr 3

Bobby Petrino - Louisville-CUSA: 11-1 Conf champs Yr 2 - Louisville-ACC (Part 1): 12-1 Conf champs Yr 2 [9 wins Yr 1 both conferences] - Arkansas 10-3 Yr 3; 11-2 Top 5 Yr 4*** [more wins ea yr]


Kirby Smart - Georgia: 12-1/8-1 Yr 2

Dan Mullen - Mississippi St.: 9-4 Yr 2

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Jeff Brohm - Western Kentucky: 12-2/8-0 Yr 2 [conf title Yr 3 as well] - Purdue: 4-5/2-4 Yr 1 [3-9 yr before]

Scott Frost - UCF: 12-0 Yr 2

Mike Norvell - Memphis: 8-1/5-1 Yr 2

Blake Anderson - Arkansas St.: 9-4/8-0 Yr 2; 8-5/7-1 Yr 3 [conf champs both yrs]; 5-2/4-0 Yr 4)

Mike Bobo - Colorado St.: 7-6/5-3; 7-6/5-3; 6-4/4-2 Yrs 1-3 [10-3 previous yr under Jim McElwain]


Butch Jones - Central Michigan: 8-6/6-1 Conf. Champs Yr 1 [dropped CMU from 10-4/7-1 previous yr under Brian Kelly]; 8-5/6-2 Yr 2 [did NOT win conference]; 11-2/8-0 Conf. Champs Yr 3
- Cincinnati: 4-8/2-5 Yr 1 [dropped from 12-0/7-0 previous yr under Brian Kelly]; 10-3/5-2 Lost 3-way Tie for Conf. Champs [to West Virginia on BCS rankings] Yr 2; 9-3/5-2 4-way Tie for Conf. Champs Yr 3
- Tennessee: 5-7/2-6 Yr 1; 7-5/3-5 Yr 2; 9-4/5-3 Yr 3; 9-4/4-4 Yr 4; 4-5/0-5 Yr 5
[Never lost fewer than 2 games entire head coaching career, despite Brian Kelly rebuilding 2 jobs in front of him]

Lane Kiffin - Tennessee: 7-6/4-4 Yr 1 [5-7/3-5 previous yr]
- USC: 8-5/5-4 Yr 1 [start of NCAA Sanctions]; 10-2/7-2 Yr 2 South
Division Winners [still under NCAA sanctions, scholarship limitations] - Florida Atlantic: 10-3/8-0 Yr 1 [3-9/2-6 previous yr]

As you can see, unless a coach inherits a horrible situation and/or a traditional doormat program, then you can clearly tell if he's good (or not) by the end of Year 2. There's no need to withhold judgment until Year 3 or 4 unless you're serving some sort of NCAA sentence or at a job with no real gravitas.

- Little O'

Little O....I love this and think you're right on the money. Two years is not enough obviously but you pretty much know what you have and where you're going after two years of any regime.

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No Christmas Party For Phil: Sorry. I can't make my own Christmas party....That's the word from Phillip Fulmer as his staff will will celebrate a Christmas Party today without him there. When Fulmer was told about the party, his reply....'I can't make it. I'll be on the road recruiting.' Looooove it.

The Struggle Has Only Just Begun: The word on the street is that Governor Haslam has his eyes on the throne of Joe DiPietro, President of UT. Joe Di is 66 years old. How much longer will he go? Word on the street is that Bill Haslam might want that job. This is how it was once done, but will this be how it will work going forward? Haslam would be tough to keep out of that job since their family has basically appointed the entire Board of Trustees there. Only at Tennessee. And yes, we will be watching this closely.

The Struggle Has Only Just Begun II: Watch Dr. Davenport in the next few months. We'll do our best to have her back as forces (guess who) might move on her once the politics of the new hire calms down. Dr. Davenport has stood up to the House of Haslam twice on yuuuuuge issues including the football hire. If it wasn't for her, Reid Sigmon would be Tennessee's AD and some jabroni would be the new football coach as hired by John Currie Hamilton.

Starting To Get Excited For Tennessee-North Carolina: There's something beautiful about Carolina Blue! What a treat for Tennessee and North Carolina to play in Knoxville. There's something regal about Carolina Blue. You know it's true. This is the biggest basketball game played in Knoxville since???????

Downstairs Seats Are Fetching A Pretty Penny: Carolina fans are coming in droves while Tennessee fans aren't parting with theirs. Downstairs/courtside seats are fetching anywhere between $200 to $500 per ticket. That's the biggest ticket of 2017 on UT's campus according to Clark Moore of Think about that. A Tennessee/North Carolina game is the top sporting event on this campus.

Why Is UT/UNC Such An Expensive Ticket? Did you see the football team play in 2017? Did you see that home schedule/ Georgia and LSU? Think about it. We need something to feel good about here. That's why I'm almost feeling a win in that game. Close your eyes and think about the scene in that place on Sunday. It's going to be off the hook.

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Brandon...It was great seeing you yesterday at Wings Xpress. Thanks to Walter Burton of Smithville, Tennessee for his much appreciated kindness towards me and my family. Walter!!! Thanks for the wonderful gesture. Hope you have a terrific Christmas Holiday season my man.

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