Hardest Jobs in College Football

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You had me at AL, GA, and FL but lost me at Kentucky. Good this year, yes, but we still went 7-3 against them in a terrible 10 year stretch for UT football. Not an issue if we have a competent coach as mentioned above. In a normal world where everything is rolling, it should be this:

Alabama
Georgia
Florida
LSU

Texas A&M
Tennessee
Auburn

Ole Miss
Arkansas
Kentucky
South Carolina

Miss St.
Mizzou
Vandy

Those would be my tiers of success.
Slot Tennessee in below Alabama. For 80 of the last 90 years that's been our winning rate. Georgia is regularly one of the biggest disappointments in football.
 
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In the current landscape using in-state recruiting excuse is ridiculous. TN has always had a high dollar recruiting budget and is very centrally located in the Southeast. Also, when we were strong most of our players were from GA. Fan expectations, well, tell me an SEC team that doesn't have those. Agree with the other poster, we are our own worst enemy.
This is true, even vandy fans expect to suck every year.
GBO!!
 
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Someone else said it but basically Oklahoma is the answer as to why this is wrong. Almost all their players are from Texas, it's a small state.

If Bama has the same record as Tennessee over the next 10 years you could put them into being a tough job for the same reasons:

- Small state that doesn't produce a ton of talent
- Sky high expectations
- Competition in state from another SEC school
- Bama was great because Tennessee was down, Florida was down

Tennessee is included in these lists because of the huge fan base. Click bait. You really want someone to believe success at Tennessee is harder than success at perhaps Wake Forest? Purdue? Both Mississippi Schools? Oklahoma state? Oregon State? Maryland? South Carolina? NC State? How is Va Tech not on their list. Come on...
I always believe national writers love to mention UT because our online presence is so great. It always gets them attention.
 
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Slot Tennessee in below Alabama. For 80 of the last 90 years that's been our winning rate. Georgia is regularly one of the biggest disappointments in football.
That is just my list of how easy it should be to win at a program. Historically, we've been better than Georgia. They have a better path to sustained success though. Honestly, it could be the best job in all of college football.
 
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There was a time when we did well in Ohio and the northeast. Both Majors and Fulmer were deluxe recruiters. With the exception of Reggie Cobb, our stud RBs have all been out-of-state. Heck, for that matter, most of our best players at every position have been from out-of-state
 
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Someone else said it but basically Oklahoma is the answer as to why this is wrong. Almost all their players are from Texas, it's a small state.

If Bama has the same record as Tennessee over the next 10 years you could put them into being a tough job for the same reasons:

- Small state that doesn't produce a ton of talent
- Sky high expectations
- Competition in state from another SEC school
- Bama was great because Tennessee was down, Florida was down

Tennessee is included in these lists because of the huge fan base. Click bait. You really want someone to believe success at Tennessee is harder than success at perhaps Wake Forest? Purdue? Both Mississippi Schools? Oklahoma state? Oregon State? Maryland? South Carolina? NC State? How is Va Tech not on their list. Come on...
Oklahoma is good because they still win a lot (partly because they have a much easier conference, but still). It's been tough for programs like UT and Nebraska that rely on a good amount of out of state talent because they have not been nationally relevant when the latest recruits have been watching football.

Also, other programs have caught up on recruiting budgets, facilities, etc. so that advantage is slightly gone. Once the Vols start making waves nationally, the recruiting gets easier.
 
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The Athletic
Power 5 schools in order
-Vandy
-Kansas
-Nebraska
-Texas
-Washington State
-Miami
-Auburn
-Tennessee

First-place votes: 2
Tennessee hasn’t played for an SEC title since 2007, hasn’t won one since 1998 and has had five head coaches since Phillip Fulmer’s ouster in 2008. Outsized expectations and access to talent were the most frequent reasons for including Tennessee.
“Not much in-state talent compared to a lot of SEC schools, but sky-high expectations and controlling donors,” one agent said.
The state of Tennessee’s talent is improving, in part because of Nashville’s booming population, but it’s not possible to field a high-level SEC program in Tennessee on in-state talent alone. “Tennessee was great because Clemson wasn’t around, North Carolina wasn’t around. Those great Tennessee teams and players came from that area,” one Group of 5 assistant said. Fan expectations also make life difficult and coaching stays short, but that problem isn’t just at Tennessee, one agent said.

-Wake Forest
-Michigan

Notable mention SEC school
South Carolina: “Impossible place to win.” — Agent
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