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This is from outkick.  I know some of you don't like Clay but he is spot on here.   

 

7. Tennessee has lost five games in a row by double digits for the first time in the history of the program.

As I said a couple of weeks ago, I’ve lost the ability to hate Jarrett Guarantano for his game-altering pick sixes. That’s what this dude does, he’s a fifth year senior who still sees the field like a freshman. He hasn’t progressed. It’s not his fault that he stinks, it’s the fault of the coaches who have allowed him to start as many games as he has.

He should have been recruited over long ago.

The backbreaking pick six against Auburn just when it appeared Tennessee was poised to take the lead late in the third quarter was vintage Guarantano. How does a fifth year senior make this mistake? Even if the defensive back who picked it off didn’t make the interception, the receiver was still covered by the defensive back behind him.

Guarantano’s ability to throw interceptions to defensive players who are able to catch the ball in stride is unequaled in college football. He’s now thrown THREE PICK SIXES on the year. Three! Outside of Jameis Winston almost no one can pull this off with their interceptions. (And yes, I know, you can certainly question why Tennessee stopped running the football when Auburn couldn’t stop them at all and you can point out that Tennessee missed two field goals and threw a pick six, meaning the Vols arguably should have been able to win this game if they didn’t screw up, but ultimately coaches take the blame for consistent player errors).

So where does this leave Tennessee?

The Vols have Vanderbilt this weekend and then finish with Florida and Texas A&M both in Knoxville. Unless Pruitt’s team wins two of these final three games, I’m pretty much convinced Jeremy Pruitt isn’t the guy. And I think when you know that someone isn’t the coach for your program it doesn’t make sense to bring them back for another season. You’re just prolonging the inevitable. It’s like looking for a marriage partner and continuing to date someone you know you aren’t marrying. What’s the point? We already know how this story ends, with a break up eventually.

So is a Tennessee booster willing to cut a check in the midst of the covid mess to replace Pruitt? I don’t know. Trust me, I wish I were rich enough to do it, I’d stroke the check in a heartbeat. (While many colleges are struggling with their budgets, it’s worth noting that the stock market is at record highs. So many rich people are in great financial shape. There’s a bit of a dichotomy here. Odds are your school’s richest boosters are richer than they’ve ever been before. And they might even want to get the tax deduction on a big buyout donation to a program to avoid some taxes at the end of the year. Especially since a ton of rich people are going to be selling stocks in December to try and avoid the expected Joe Biden capital gains tax increase. Anyway, that’s a bit of a financial digression there, but my point is there are plenty of rich people out there with too much money looking for something to do with it.)

Tennessee’s situation is particularly interesting because Hugh Freeze, who lost a tough game at N.C. State, would 100% take the job at Tennessee. And he’s currently in play for the South Carolina job. Meaning if Tennessee doesn’t hire Freeze then the Vols will be going up against Freeze every year.

Plus, I think there’s a good chance Freeze would bring in Ty Simpson, who is the best quarterback recruit in two generations in the state of Tennessee, in the 2022 recruiting class and with the talent already on this roster I think he’d win nine or ten games by his second season in Knoxville.

And the Vols would be back and ready to roll again.

To me, Freeze is like Bruce Pearl. He lost his SEC job in a cloud of improprieties, but you know as soon as he’s back in the conference he’s going to win at a high level. The only question is: who is going to make the move to get him and reap the benefits?

If you want to win and you want to be immediately relevant, Freeze is the answer for Tennessee.

It’s clear as day to me.

But what typically happens at Tennessee, and what has happened ever since they fired Phil Fulmer, is they miss their window to get a proven coach who would fit the program well and instead they end up trying to go hire an unproven coach who typically falls flat on his face.

That’s exactly what happened with Pruitt after Dan Mullen left the Vols at the altar and went to Florida — setting off the Greg Schiano mess — and my concern is in a year when they fire Pruitt there will be slim pickings in terms of available coaches for hire.

Yes, it’s expensive and I’m sure the usual suspects would complain, but if you fire Pruitt next year you’re already going to be paying a large buyout. It’s not like you are saving a ton of money by keeping him for another year. And in the process you will have lost more ground in fan apathy and disinterest.

I’m telling you, it’s time for Tennessee to make a move and go get a proven winner in the SEC, it’s time to bring Hugh Freeze to Knoxville.

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Here's a stat fer ya ass...

 

Since the Kentucky game, JG has thrown more TD passes for the other team than he has for his own. 

 

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