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    by Published on 06-24-2014 09:08 AM

    08/31/14 vs. Utah State
    09/06/14 vs. Arkansas State
    09/13/14 AT Oklahoma
    09/20/14 BYE
    09/27/14 AT Georgia
    10/04/14 vs. Florida
    10/11/14 vs. Chattanooga
    10/18/14 AT Ole Miss
    10/25/14 vs. Alabama
    11/01/14 AT South Carolina
    11/08/14 BYE
    11/15/14 vs. Kentucky
    11/22/14 vs. Missouri
    11/29/14 AT Vanderbilt
    Definite WINS (>95%) - 3
    Utah State
    Arkansas State
    Chattanooga

    Definite LOSSES (<5%) - 2
    @ Oklahoma
    Alabama

    Likely LOSS (<50%) - 2
    @ Georgia
    @ South Carolina

    Likely WIN (>50%) - 2
    Kentucky
    @ Vanderbilt

    Toss up (50/50) - 3
    Florida
    @Ole Miss
    Missouri

    Overall Record (Regular Season): 7-5
    I think that the games break along these lines, meaning, I think they'll be 5-4 for non-toss up games, and that they'll win 2 of those (toss ups), finishing 7-5.

    Best Chance to Steal a WIN: @ South Carolina
    Despite the revenge factor, I just don't think that USCe is as good as GA (even considering what they've lost), and is our best chance to steal a win. I also think that GA plays completely differently in Athens, and will look to show that last year's nail-biter in Knoxville was a fluke.

    Best Chance to Get Upset: @ Vanderbilt
    It's hard to call it an upset, when they've won 2 in a row, but they'll look to hold what they've earned the last two seasons, and may be tougher than most expect, despite Franklin's departure.

    You're Out of Your Mind We Can Win: @ Oklahoma
    That some have conveniently forgotten our still-glaring and comparative lack of high-caliber athletes, big-game experience and quality depth at almost every position, is somewhat understandable and not entirely unexpected (in the summer heat-induced fog of hope springing eternal, I suppose), but is no less a work of pure delusion. Simply, we are the very antithesis of what OU is right now, and no influx of talent from a single recruiting class - however highly regarded - is going to overcome the many, important and chasmic gaps which lie between these two programs. Damned sure not in Norman, on national television. Stoops is going to continue to seek ways to backup his statements about the SEC 's faux-dominance, and Tennessee (particularly this young o-line, on the road - remember I told to so, here) is going to be on the bad end of his doing so. I don't see a blow-out, per se, but can easily imagine a very (VERY!) comfortable win for the Sooners. Say, somewhere around a 24+ point win. I'd LOVE to be wrong, but can't imagine that I will be.
    by Published on 04-16-2014 12:19 PM     Number of Views: 302 

    Here is a comparative guide for those candidates who are most often mentioned in regards to Tennessee's head coaching search:

    Name Team HC (Yrs) Wins Losses Win% NCAA's NIT/Other No Post Season Best Finish Age Salary
    Tad Boyle Colorado 9 148 115 56% 3 2 4 3rd Rd (AA) 51 $1.5M
    Rick Byrd Belmont 33 689 356 66% 6 14 13 1st Rd (AA) 60 $728K
    Tom Crean Indiana 15 291 194 60% 7 3 5 Final 4 48 $3.1M
    Lawrence Frank Brook. Nets* 9 (NBA) 279 335 45% N/A N/A N/A N/A 43 $1M
    Ben Howland N/A 19 399 208 66% 10 2 7 Finalist (AA) 56 N/A
    Bobby Lutz NC St.* 21 398 247 62% 9 4 8 2nd Rd (AA) 56 $225K
    Chris Mack Xavier 6 111 57 66% 4 0 2 Sweet 16 44 $500K
    Gregg Marshall Wich St. 16 174 71 71% 10 3 3 Final 4 51 $2M
    Archie Miller Dayton 3 63 38 62% 1 1 1 Elite 8 35 $350K*
    Rick Pitino, Jr Minnesota 2 43 27 61% 0 1 1 NIT Champ. 31 $1.2M
    Shaka Smart VCU 5 137 46 75% 4 1 0 Final 4 37 $1.5M*
    Rick Stansbury N/A 14 293 164 64% 6 5 3 2nd Rd (AA) 54 N/A
    Donnie Tyndall Sou. Miss. 9 56 17 77% 2 3 4 Sweet 16 43 $500K*
    Michael White LA Tech 3 74 31 71% 0 3 0 NIT Qrts 37 $500K
    Will Wade UTC 1 18 15 55% 0 0 1 N/A 30 $198K




    Notes:

    • Lawrence Frank has no head coaching experience at the college level, his stats are for head coaching in the NBA
    • Shaka Smart just signed (another) extension....ten (10) years, through the 2028 season
    • Archie Miller just signed an extension through 2019. $350K is his old salary, as the amount he was bumped was not made public
    • Donnie Tyndall just signed an extension through 2018, he must pay back 35% of his contract's worth when leaving ($850K or so, if he leaves this year)
    • Salaries, terms, buyouts, etc. were taken from a variety of sources
    • Stats were taken from Wikipedia, in most cases (just to be transparent)



    My Best Guesses as to the Average Tennessee Fan's Most Popular Choices (in no particular order):
    Name BBall HC Experience Most Likely Reason(s) Cited for Hiring Odds of Being Hired
    Philip Fulmer None His firing was unjust and caused "all bad things" 10:1
    Tyler Summitt .0004 Last name is "Summitt" 7:1
    Bruce Pearl 10+ years We are just stupid enough to re-hire a known cheat and liar 6:5
    Phil Jackson 10+ years Less of a pipe dream than Gruden, knows MJ 265:1
    Derek Dooley None Orange pants, just needed more time...and another sport 35:1
    Jim Haslam None Cut out the middle men, already 12:1
    Clay Travis None Vandy Law degree, we just decide to give up on basketball 109:1
    Jerry Green 10+ Decade of Irrelevance + KMart stock up = Blue Light Special 15:6
    Margie Ison None Miss her weather forecasts, she "talks like us" 400:1
    Buzz Peterson None Like Cuonzo (nice guy + bad coach), but not as "Urban" 38:1
    Bob Kesling None Already attends games, "dead air" better than his announcing 156:1
    Jon Gruden None Better odds for basketball, than football, second time a charm? 183:1
    Gene Hackman None Dave Hart saw "Hoosiers", was impressed with his moxie 156:1
    Dave Hart None Hires himself, lifetime contract with guaranteed buyout, quits next day 4:1
    Wanda Sykes None Cheek/Martin achieve holy trinity of diversity: black, female and lesbian 3:1
    Gary Sousa None Lots of free-time, standard-bearer for University, raw musicality 2:1
    Random Person None First person who appears at Hart's door and calls "dibs" on the job, gets it PUSH


    I'll update each list, as appropriate. Suggestions are welcome.

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