Really good read on Currie landing Tony Vitello

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A great read on how the hiring went down.


Also, sounds like TV shares my love for Tombstone.


Great find! So many welcome coincidences that led to the hire, like Arkansas getting eliminated early (always welcome) and DeBord having been recruited by TV previously.
 
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Currie's best hire as athletic director.

Currie hired two of UT's best coaches and then feckless fans, idiotic state legislators and Fulmer ran him out of town with their bible-belt handwringing over Schiano---nice. Fulmer, taking advantage of an episode of university self-harm, weaseled his way into the AD job and then hired a loser as the head football coach--nice---and made a lazy hire for the women's BB program--another failure....Nice.
 
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Currie hired two of UT's best coaches and then feckless fans, idiotic state legislators and Fulmer ran him out of town with their bible-belt handwringing over Schiano---nice. Fulmer, taking advantage of an episode of university self-harm, weaseled his way into the AD job and then hired a loser as the head football coach--nice---and made a lazy hire for the women's BB program--another failure....Nice.
The way I look at it, it led us to Heupel and our best football season in 2 decades and the best QB recruit since Peyton Manning. And now we have a highly motivated young women’s coach that will bring us an exciting brand of basketball. Currie made one big misstep during the football search but he did make great hires in other sports. There is no denying that.
 
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Whatever Currie got right was by accident.

That guy was a terrible hire in a long procession of bad hires. His “mean mug” for the cameras on the sidelines at Missouri trying to show the media that he was just sooo upset about Butch’s performance (all weeks after he should have fired the guy). And then the Schiano fiasco.

Currie was terrible. He lucked into Vitello.
 
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Whatever Currie got right was by accident.

That guy was a terrible hire in a long procession of bad hires. His “mean mug” for the cameras on the sidelines at Missouri trying to show the media that he was just sooo upset about Butch’s performance (all weeks after he should have fired the guy). And then the Schiano fiasco.

Currie was terrible. He lucked into Vitello.
He’s been pretty good at wake forest. It’s hard to come to a place like Tennessee and have to fire a football coach a year in. It wasn’t exactly a great situation for him.
 
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Currie hired two of UT's best coaches and then feckless fans, idiotic state legislators and Fulmer ran him out of town with their bible-belt handwringing over Schiano---nice. Fulmer, taking advantage of an episode of university self-harm, weaseled his way into the AD job and then hired a loser as the head football coach--nice---and made a lazy hire for the women's BB program--another failure....Nice.
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Currie hired two of UT's best coaches and then feckless fans, idiotic state legislators and Fulmer ran him out of town with their bible-belt handwringing over Schiano---nice. Fulmer, taking advantage of an episode of university self-harm, weaseled his way into the AD job and then hired a loser as the head football coach--nice---and made a lazy hire for the women's BB program--another failure....Nice.
John? Is that you?
 
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He’s been pretty good at wake forest. It’s hard to come to a place like Tennessee and have to fire a football coach a year in. It wasn’t exactly a great situation for him.
Danny White had to make the most important hire of his life the instant the ink on his own contract dried and he handled it better than Currie did.
 
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Currie would have probably been a decent AD. There was just too much dysfunction around the University during that time.

He was only on the job for 8 or 9 months. It was easy to make him the scapegoat of all problems at UTAD.


He had ideas that were way overdue in creating a single athletic department with a single identity and ran into a buzzsaw with the She-Woman Man Haters Club that makes way too much noise- and contributes little of their own money.

* The "Lady Vols" name still needs to go away. There should only be "Vols". The concept is outdated and creates tribalism within a single organization, boosters, and fanbase. People actually thought going to single nickname/mascot meant the school was defunding or deemphasizing women's sports.
* Schiano was clearly a better choice than who was eventually hired.
* Currie was clearly a better choice at AD than who was hired to replace him.
* The Tennessee fanbase was at its most dysfunctional. Unless Currie hired a defending national championship coach, they were going to abhor whoever was the frontrunner.
* The administration- especially on the women's side was filled with too many unqualified hacks..
* He neither fired or hired a men or women's basketball coach
* He may have made the second best hire of a SEC baseball coach ever. (Skip Bertman) or at least of a coach with no prior association with the school.
* He faced a rolling financial roadblock of coaching payouts, reduced donations, and huge overhead- that also created the dysfunction with the fans, boosters and within the department.

I hate to say this, but John Currie was the AD Tennessee needed. (Here come some metaphors) He was willing to yank off the Band-Aid and get rid of some overpaid parasites within the program. He needed. He was willing to take the slings-and-arrows from militant Subaruism and BlueHairs to combine the two departments and run the combined entity like he was hired to do. At 99.9% of colleges, adding the word "Lady" or suffix "ette" to a nickname was considered sexist. However, simple petty politics has kicked the inevitable decision down the road to another day and the athletic department still remains divided with seperate identies. It makes ZERO sense. Even keeping the name "Lady Vols" in an effort to honor Pat Summitt will only make it harder for the program to move on and do things a different - and possibly better way. I hope the outsider Kim Caldwell hire helps move the process along a little but the name on the jerseys will make it unnecessarily harder for her.

Discharging Currie without a qualified replacement ready to go was especially foolhardy.

To me, the continued use of the name "Lady Vols" is roughly the logical equivalent of customized pronouns and putting those pronouns in your email signature.
 
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He was only on the job for 8 or 9 months. It was easy to make him the scapegoat of all problems at UTAD.


He had ideas that were way overdue in creating a single athletic department with a single identity and ran into a buzzsaw with the She-Woman Man Haters Club that makes way too much noise- and contributes little of their own money.

* The "Lady Vols" name still needs to go away. There should only be "Vols". The concept is outdated and creates tribalism within a single organization, boosters, and fanbase. People actually thought going to single nickname/mascot meant the school was defunding or deemphasizing women's sports.
* Schiano was clearly a better choice than who was eventually hired.
* Currie was clearly a better choice at AD than who was hired to replace him.
* The Tennessee fanbase was at its most dysfunctional. Unless Currie hired a defending national championship coach, they were going to abhor whoever was the frontrunner.
* The administration- especially on the women's side was filled with too many unqualified hacks..
* He neither fired or hired a men or women's basketball coach
* He may have made the second best hire of a SEC baseball coach ever. (Skip Bertman) or at least of a coach with no prior association with the school.
* He faced a rolling financial roadblock of coaching payouts, reduced donations, and huge overhead- that also created the dysfunction with the fans, boosters and within the department.

I hate to say this, but John Currie was the AD Tennessee needed. (Here come some metaphors) He was willing to yank off the Band-Aid and get rid of some overpaid parasites within the program. He needed. He was willing to take the slings-and-arrows from militant Subaruism and BlueHairs to combine the two departments and run the combined entity like he was hired to do. At 99.9% of colleges, adding the word "Lady" or suffix "ette" to a nickname was considered sexist. However, simple petty politics has kicked the inevitable decision down the road to another day and the athletic department still remains divided with seperate identies. It makes ZERO sense. Even keeping the name "Lady Vols" in an effort to honor Pat Summitt will only make it harder for the program to move on and do things a different - and possibly better way. I hope the outsider Kim Caldwell hire helps move the process along a little but the name on the jerseys will make it unnecessarily harder for her.

Discharging Currie without a qualified replacement ready to go was especially foolhardy.

To me, the continued use of the name "Lady Vols" is roughly the logical equivalent of customized pronouns and putting those pronouns in your email signature.
very well said. Sometimes when you are in-charge of a ****-show it makes you look like a ****-show too.
 
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Currie hired two of UT's best coaches and then feckless fans, idiotic state legislators and Fulmer ran him out of town with their bible-belt handwringing over Schiano---nice. Fulmer, taking advantage of an episode of university self-harm, weaseled his way into the AD job and then hired a loser as the head football coach--nice---and made a lazy hire for the women's BB program--another failure....Nice.
Vitello and who?
 

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