And so it begins... GP job watch 08, and on election day no doubt! Normally I wouldn't bring up anything UT related (Texas or Tennessee) but as it relates to GP, naturally I've got to take the bait. Also, seeing as how one of our very own bloggers has a soft spot in his heart for all things Rocky Top, this definitely becomes more interesting because we have a mole in the inner circle of this coaching search.
Backing up, as I'm sure most of you have heard, Phil Fulmer will be stepping aside/not letting the door hit him on the ass after 17 years as HC at Tennessee. It's definitely the end of a coaching era as Fulmer was easily the longest tenured coach in the SEC, if not one of the longest tenured in the entire country outside of the Paterno and Bowdenbots. Pretty amazing that a coach can go from a year where the only thing between him and an SEC championship/BCS berth is a shape shifting, river boat gamblin Ryan Perriloux to being asked to resign the next, but thems the breaks. Anyway, as will happen with most major coaching searches around the country, the blogosphere has GP rated pretty highly on the list of coaches who could possibly replace Fulmer. Given his Tennessee ties and tenure, you'd think a program like the Vols have would go after a Tennessee guy, but in a league like the SEC where just winning isn't good enough, I'm sure they're willing to branch out. There are some interesting names on this list (Jim Grobe, Brian Kelly, Butch Davis, Jon Gruden, Leach, Boom MF'er), but this is just one of those things that, again, year in year out, is going to make us question TCUs loyalty to Patterson, unfairly or not. We all understand that he loves Fort Worth and isn't going to take just any job for the money as evidenced by past behavior, but if a job like a Tennessee or a Clemson or, heaven forbid, a Kansas State comes calling, would he jump? Overall, what kind of money do you think TCU could offer him if a serious offer came up that was equally as intriguing to him as being at TCU and money was the only determining factor? If June Cometh can get paid $2 milli to post a one win season, surely we can match or even beat that kind of money, right? Look, I'm not saying GP is a money grubber or a guy to jump at a new job, because he's most definitely not, but a high profile job like Clemson or Tennessee only comes along once every 10 or so years, if that, so it's hard to pass up I understand. Still, I know we all love Patterson and he's definitely got a following, but I'm not sure if he's ready to take the reins of a program like that. Kansas State? Well, that scares the hell out of me, but that's for another post.