So Josh Heupel has been here 18 months now. He took over a 3-7 program, under NCAA investigation, with essentially every major starter transferring out of the program. A national laughingstock, a has-been of a program, a roster in shambles…and he was a hire that most all of us viewed to be Danny White’s safety valve after swinging and missing on all the candidates he really wanted. So let’s look back at the other reported names in that coaching search, as Josh Heupel takes his 4-0 Tennessee Vols into a top 10 national ranking this week… - Tony Elliott: Clemson OC at the time. Now the head coach at 2-2 UVA. [uck fay] him. Didn’t want. - Matt Campbell: HC @ unranked Iowa State. Voluntarily lives in Aimes, Iowa. Doesn’t have the sack to saunter into SEC ball. [uck fay] him. Didn’t want. - Sonny Dykes: HC @ 2-2 unranked SMU, just took an ass whooping from a TCU team not coached by Gary Patterson. [uck fay] him. Didn’t want. - PJ Fleck: don’t even get me started. [uck fay] him. Didn’t want. - Jamey Chadwell: still dominating the Sun Belt. [uck fay] him. I might’ve sorta wanted him. Sue me. [uck fay] you. - Gus Malzahn: HC at unranked, unexciting UCF. We were so low, half of us wanted to settle for Auburn’s garbage. [uck fay] him. Didn’t want. - Lance Leipold: now HC at undefeated Kansas and doing a helluva job. Can’t speak highly enough about the job he’s done there thus far. That said, [uck fay] him. Didn’t want. In summary: Though he was nobody’s first choice, the 18-month eval suggests he was as good as it gets amongst the options we had. Who knows how it’ll all shake out - but early in year #2, Heupel has Tennessee ranked in the top 10, holds a victory over a top-20 Florida team, a top 25 road win, and leads a top 5 scoring offense nationally. At this moment in time, I’d have to grade the hire an A. Can’t imagine anyone doing a better job with the hand he was dealt. I’m summary, thankful for Josh Heupel, and all other coaches can go [uck fay] themselves.