Is Tennessee a Destination Coaching Job? [Audio]
From the inception of the Southeastern Conference in 1933, figures such as Paul “Bear” Bryant, General Bob Neyland and Nick Saban have shaped the SEC as one of the top conferences in America and “The Third Saturday in October” as one of college football’s most storied rivalries.
Alabama and Tennessee are one-two in SEC titles as the Crimson Tide has captured 26 conference championships while the Volunteers have 13 conference titles.
As Alabama has risen to the top of the college football world under Nick Saban, Tennessee has fallen on hard times with no 10-win seasons since and one season with a winning SEC record since their last SEC Championship Game appearance in 2007.
In addition to their on-field performance, Tennessee has seen three head coaches lead the football program since Phillip Fulmer’s departure in 2008.
With these issues, concerns have arisen as to the program’s position in the SEC as a destination coaching job.
During Thursday’s episode of Inside the Locker Room, Wimp and Barry Sanderson explored Tennessee’s viability as a destination coaching job along with which SEC coaching jobs are destination jobs.
Both Wimp and Barry listed Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Texas A&M, LSU and Auburn as destination jobs in the SEC. However, they differed when it comes to Tennessee being a destination job.
Coach Wimp Sanderson explained his reasoning for Tennessee being a destination job.
“Because I think he has the tradition to win, and if the right guy gets in there, he’ll never leave.” Wimp Sanderson said.
After listing six schools in the SEC that are not destination jobs, Barry Sanderson detailed one reason why he thinks Tennessee is presently not among the top coaching jobs in the SEC.
“I throw Tennessee in there now because of where you recruit.” Sanderson said.
Both hosts of Inside the Locker Room analyzed the various aspects of the Tennessee program including the passion of the fan base, facilities and their recruiting base.
Later in the discussion, Inside the Locker Room contributor and former college football assistant coach Max Howell took his turn at dissecting Tennessee’s football program as a destination job.
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