Tennessee: Lovely This Time of Year

I love it when people in the sports media propose good ideas.

In 2008, the Tribune reported
that Tennessee reached out to Bears coach Lovie Smith to gauge his
interest in becoming the coach at the school where he worked under
Phillip Fulmer in 1993 and '94. Smith declined, but now the Volunteers'
job is open again with the exit of Lane Kiffin to USC.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk opines today that both sides should revisit the option.

"Frankly,
it might be in everyone's best interests for Smith to pursue the
opportunity, unless he has no interest in leading a college program,"
Florio writes. "The Bears undoubtedly would have cleaned house at Halas
Hall but for the buyout obligations to Smith and G.M. Jerry Angelo. 
With Smith's ability to stick around for 2011 riding on the performance
of quarterback Jay Cutler and mounting uncertainty regarding a work
stoppage after next season, heading to Knoxville makes plenty of sense,
especially if his compensation from the Volunteers would be enhanced by
a partial buyout from the Bears."

Lovie Smith is a terrible football coach but he would be a terrific hire for Tennessee and he should definitely consider the option.  Please.  Pleeeeeeeease.

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  • Just hope and pray that Tennessee has deep pockets and can afford to offer him more than what he's making now. Wouldn't that scenario clean things up rather neatly?

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    sweet handle name and pic!

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Yours is the best though. Love it, makes me laugh every time. Especially because I knew he was right at the time he said it. Classic, it will be talked about for years to come. "They are who we thought they were" is used all the time now in the sports world.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    I got the idea because my friend made "Crown Their Ass" t-shirts a couple years ago w/ the Bears logo. Went down to Bourbonais the season after and got Hester to sign it. He read the shirt but it didn't trigger. Some men are just meant to return kicks.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Like you said Jeff, I think Lovie is too stubborn and prideful to go to the NCAA at this point. He likely would view it as quitting or a demotion. At this point, he wants to turn the ship and prove us all wrong. I like that quality in a coach, but not in this one.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    As Ghost said, Fewell is out of the picture. Smart man. Biggs is starting the media fire - reminding us of how Lovie they woudl have no trouble attracting people.

    They will PeeWee Herman this whole thing once they hire the OC and DC. Essentially saying "I meant to do that" - trying to convince us they got the people they wnated all along.

    It's so pathetic that I almost feel sorry for them.

    Lovie has a VERY legitmate out with the Tenn job. I hope he takes it.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    wow...

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Wow! What a fucking deal that would be! An easy out for Smith...and maybe the Bears would push him toward that destination.

    I don't think it will happen...but I didn't think the Jay Cutler trade would happen either.

    Cowher '10! Change we can believe in!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    you mean pennies and nickles we can believe in. My favorite quote :"George Halas throws nickels around like manhole covers". Dick Butkus.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Again, it would come back to where/how will he win with the current roster ? There's no depth. Angelo is going to find players with no draft picks ? Hiring Cowher would lull fans into a false sense of security. As has been widely touted, no coach has coached two teams to a superbowl. We have to be careful of the Obama-effect. He was touted as the man for change, a new wave in the White House. What does he do ? Campaign promises out the window like the rest of them, and then prints $800 Billion out of thin air in a country that's been bankrupt since 1933. be careful what you wish for. Doesn't matter who comes in - the roster will be very difficult to improve.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    Oh, and Adam Schefter is reporting that Fewell is going to become the Giants DC. Great, that's fucking great!

    Get rid of this joker!

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I'm sorry... I meant to put my "wow..." comment as a reply to Jerseyflyer's comment.

  • He's too stubborn to admit his mistakes.He'll still be coaching the Bears and taking it from here and there.

  • I would imagine that the pressure is heating up in Halas Hall right about now. My suspicion though is that new hires will be made from teams that are currently in the playoffs.

  • Lovie will state emphatically to the press that "ain't nobody gonna run me outta town. I be staying until I run this franchise into the ground". Fewell is a given. You all know why so I don't need to go there. Maybe Lovie will touch base with Jesse and Sharpton to figure out how much cash he can lift/steal from Halas family to leave "quietly". Real nice like and off to Knoxville Tenn. "Oh Ginny, Al Sharpton is on the line and wants to talk to you about a buyout...at full price natch...that'll be roughly 11 million Ginster. Now don't cause no problems. Lovie just wants his due for running Bears into ground...NO JUSTICE NO PEACE..

  • In reply to tkfay:

    Eeeeeaasy Jersey, easy.

    We don't need those types of undertones here. The focus is on lovie because he's a bad NFL HC and a complete tool, which can be said for many and all types of coaches in the NFL, college, HS. Keep it clean brother.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Although Lovie doesn't say much, Lovie speaks way more eloquently than you write Jersey.

  • In reply to crowntheirass:

    I do have to admit that we should be careful with Character issues here. Lets just keep it above the belt at all times.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Phil,

    (regarding your response in the last thread) I was kidding about the small college thing, hence my use of the 'small college' moniker. But I totally get that NCAA FB is HUGE business, I just think sometimes they understand the business of football more than some NFL teams, which I find strangely, and in our case painfully, ironic. Let

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    We ain't in the prisoner-takin' business. We're in the killin' Packer business, and cousin, business is a boomin'!

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    Very nice Ghost. Love it.

  • In reply to TheGhostofHalas:

    My wish list:
    1) Lovie walks.
    2) Cowher talks.
    3) Sign Guard Jahri Evans(New Orleans-free agent)
    4) Trade Devin Hester for a 2nd or 3rd round Draft pick. As long as DH isn't our number one return guy on our team he will only complicate the WR issues.

  • In reply to ImissButkus:

    Worth more in a player trade .... Hester for Orton ?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Jersey has flirted with Obama/Sharpton overtures for months. Why everyone is suddenly catching on now, I don't know.

    Oddly, all he does is kill the argument. Lovie is a crap coach, and hates having his authority challenged. He is to football what Clarence Thomas is to the Supreme Court. They are both morons who don't deserve the job they have.

    But not because the color of their skin. Because, and this is impossible for people like Jersey to accept, there are smart and dumb people of every color.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    What Lovie did to Ron Rivera had much farther and wider implications than perhaps we all realized.

    Nobody likes this guy. Nobody wants to work with him. He may be a players coach, Butter Harris may like the way Lovie comes over and rubs his feet and plays Modern Warfare on the Xbox with him, but that doesn't really win games, does it?

    We're a joke. Hub Arkush and his brother over at PFW have it right. A big fucking joke.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    By the way Arkush was totally bullshitting about that inside info that the Bears were going to hire a big name - or was he ? Maybe they reached out to a few and got laughed at ...

    How does Ginnie get on with Ditka ? That could be anohter fuckup the McCaskeys are capable of. In desperation, with nobody wanting to coach the Bears, she turns to Da Coach ...

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    where did that weird angry mini rant come from? Jersey is a fucking creep.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Why did everybody knock Jerseys comment? I thought it was humorous to say the least.
    Just from a more unbiased perspective, I think it's interesting that GP can get away with lumping Lovie and C.T. together but Jersey can't with Lovie and two activists who traditionally look to take up the black guys side and make a stupid situation about themselves no matter what the circumstances.
    Though this blog is obviously not political so in hindsight maybe he should lighten up.

  • In reply to tkfay:

    Do you have the location for your next cross burning?

  • In reply to tkfay:

    Ha!

    Rosenbloom in the Trib: "Smith has completed the first quarter of getting jilted by coordinators."

    Well done.

  • Well, that sums it up better than I could.

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