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Signs you might be on a hot seat.

Signs you might be on a hot seat.

With Zach Azzanni’s departure to the NFL, Booch is now looking to fill his fifth position on the Tennessee staff this offseason. If that isn’t telling enough, After interviewing with the Bears within the past week, Azzanni, who passed up multiple chances to leave the Vols during his four seasons at Tennessee, accepted their offer […]

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Boom goes the NCAA’s dynamite.

Boom goes the NCAA’s dynamite.

Ole Miss, when you find yourself spending more than 20 minutes explaining your response to the latest round of NCAA’s Notice of Allegations, you’re losing. These are the three allegations the school won’t challenge 1. The first allegation – it is alleged that a prospective student-athlete (Prospective Student-Athlete A) went hunting near campus on private […]

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Don’t even think about leaving.

Don’t even think about leaving.

The buyout provisions of Major Applewhite’s first contract with Houston are something to behold. If Houston were to fire Applewhite, the school would owe him the base salary — $650,000 — for each year remaining on the deal. But if Applewhite were to leave, he would owe the full $1.5 million — that’s his base […]

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A Champion of Life departs.

A Champion of Life departs.

I've confirmed Tennessee wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni is leaving for the same position with the Chicago… https://t.co/QDqbJA0lbD — Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) February 22, 2017 One of the two remaining original staffers Booch brought to UT is leaving for the same job in the NFL.  Gettin’ out while the gettin’ is good?

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Recruiting the recruiters

Recruiting the recruiters

If Jim McElwain’s two most recent coaching hires live up to their reps, in state Florida recruiting is gonna be more brutal than ever, especially when you think about the new coaches at the mid-major programs there. Mark Richt had better step up and do his job in South Florida.  Hurting the Gators’ recruiting efforts […]

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“Who replaces Isaiah McKenzie?”

“Who replaces Isaiah McKenzie?”

It’s a good question, but the more relevant one is who blocks for who replaces Isaiah McKenzie? Even with McKenzie, Georgia’s return teams have been substandard for years.  Here’s how they’ve ranked in conference play for the last four seasons: KICKOFF RETURNS 2016:  9th 2015:  12th 2014:  7th 2013:  14th PUNT RETURNS 2016:  6th 2015:  […]

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Close, but no ceegar

Close, but no ceegar

Your reminder of how 2016’s 7-5 regular season could have been: Georgia is one late, fourth-down touchdown catch by Isaiah McKenzie (against Missouri) away from going 0-4 last season against the teams it will face in this four-game stretch. Of course, the Bulldogs also came close to going 3-1 against Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mizzou and Florida. […]

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When Nick met Jesse

When Nick met Jesse

This may be your ultimate “doesn’t have time for this shit” moment. The coach said the visit reminded him of a conversation he once had with the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who spoke at LSU at Saban’s request when he coached there. “He said, ‘You know, Nick, your stadium, Tiger Stadium at the time, on a Saturday […]

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“Two words — Donald Trump.”

“Two words — Donald Trump.”

According to Dennis Dodd, Tommy Tuberville is thinking about running for governor of Alabama. PAWWWLLL!!! Maybe he could urge passage of a law requiring the state to recognize Auburn’s 2004 national championship.

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You can go home again.

You can go home again.

At least if you aspire to being a P5 athletic director, according to Andrea Adelson.  What’s the key attraction from the school’s perspective?  C’mon, dog. But in these specific cases, it’s completely understandable why so many of these programs opted for somebody with long-standing ties. Especially since an athletic director’s job increasingly relies on fundraising […]

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Are Sanford Stadium improvements a zero-sum game?

Are Sanford Stadium improvements a zero-sum game?

Bulldog Illustrated asks the musical questions, It all depends on one’s perspective. On the one hand, there is indeed an issue with long lines at the facilities on game day at Sanford on the north side, and by half-time or the end of the game, the conditions in the restrooms are not the most pleasant. […]

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He’s not saying that’s the case.  He’s just saying.

He’s not saying that’s the case. He’s just saying.

Tennessee sports writer hears “rumors” about one of the candidates for the open UT AD gig and decides to disseminate them in an column. Anytime I asked someone, “What’s wrong with Blackburn?” I got rave reviews on what a great hire he would be. But I also heard rumors. “I heard he has a drinking […]

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SEC officiating — NEW!  IMPROVED!

SEC officiating — NEW! IMPROVED!

Steve Shaw takes a victory lap. The SEC improved officiating accuracy by nearly 8 percent in 2016 thanks to having more eyes on the replays, SEC officiating coordinator Steve Shaw told CBS Sports. Eight per cent!  That’s awesome.  And just how did Shaw come up with the math for that? Last season was the first […]

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Today, in career advice

Today, in career advice

ESPN writer tells Booch one key to getting off the hot seat is “…to lighten up or let go of some of the clichés he’s thrown around in recent months like ‘champions of life’ or ‘five-star hearts.’” What would be the fun in that?  Besides, you know a man by the clichés he keeps.

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Kirby gets a break.

Kirby gets a break.

This is good news. Just received confirmation that OL Solomon Kindley will be a redshirt freshman this year despite playing one rep last year at Missouri. — Anthony Dasher (@AnthonyDasher1) February 20, 2017 I’ll be interested in seeing the details on how they dodged the bullet on one of the stranger brain farts of 2016.

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What never was and what could be

What never was and what could be

David Wunderlich offers a tale about Georgia’s in-state recruiting since the 2002 season that provides an interesting contrast between Richt’s final years and Smart’s first two. We’ve all lamented the disintegration of the 2013 class, but David notes that the class was a disaster not just because of who came and went, but also because […]

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Throwing away the throwaway year narrative

Throwing away the throwaway year narrative

Judging from these pieces in SI.com and CBSSports.com, I don’t think the national media is jumping on board the Jeff Dantzler train.  If that kind of thinking gets picked up by the talking heads at ESPN this summer and fall, that’s gonna make for some tough sledding trying to defend another subpar season without at […]

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