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Tennessee’s coaching turnover in this century is about average for topsy-turvy SEC

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel has made few coaching changes on his staff since his hiring in 2001.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee has had 44 different coaches come through Knoxville since 2001.

That’s a lot, right?

Believe it or not, it’s almost exactly average for the cutthroat league. The average team has churned through 43.79 head and assistant coaches since 2001, according to analysis by David Morrison of the Columbia (Mo.) Tribune.

For Tennessee, the 2001 starting point is arbitrary. Morrison used it for his analysis because that’s when Gary Pinkel arrived at Mizzou. Pinkel and Georgia coach Mark Richt were both hired that year. Not surprisingly, the Tigers and Bulldogs have had the most stable staffs among the 14 teams in the league.

Check out this spreadsheet if you want to see every coach at every school since 2001. Florida leads the way with 56 total coaches. That’s a lot of turnover for a school that won two national championships during this stretch.

The offensive and defensive coordinator positions were two of the most volatile spots in the survey, changing hands eight times since 2001.

Tennessee beat them in that category, with nine coaches responsible for tight ends in the last 13 years: Doug Marrone (2001); Jimmy Ray Stephens (2002); Greg Adkins (2003-05); Matt Luke (2006-07); Jason Michael (2008, TEs); Jim Chaney (2009, also OC); Eric Russell (2010-11, TEs); Charlie Coiner (2012, TEs); Mark Elder (2013-14, TEs).

(Under former coach Phillip Fulmer, the tight ends coach often handled tackles as well).

The entire data-heavy blog is worth checking out.

Butch Jones is 4th-highest paid coach in USA Today database, but future base salary puts him 18th


KNOXVILLE, TennesseeButch Jones is the nation’s fourth-richest coach. For this year anyway.

Jones is ranked No. 4 in USA Today’s newly released salary database. However, as the newspaper points out in the notes, Jones’ total compensation of $4.86 million includes a one-time signing bonus of $500,000 and $1.4 million to be used as a buyout of his contract at Cincinnati.

Jones’ normal base salary of $2.95 million would put him at 18th in the nation, below Nebraska’s Bo Pellini and above Kansas State’s Bill Snyder.

That figure would be seventh-most in the SEC, behind Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin and in front of Missouri’s Gary Pinkel.

A closer look at the 2nd half of Tennessee’s season: Can the Vols go 3-3, reach a bowl?


KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — At the midpoint of the season, now is a perfect time to reevaluate my preseason predictions.

Let’s see how I fared so far and determine if we need to tweak any of the predicted outcomes for the rest of the year.

At the risk of bragging, my August predictions have been pretty spot-on so far.

Aug. 31 vs. Austin Peay

Speculative line: UT by 45.

Actual line: UT by 49.

My prediction: UT, 45-7.

Actual score: UT, 45-0.

Sept. 7 vs. Western Kentucky

Speculative line: UT by 21.

Actual line: UT by 14.

My prediction: UT, 31-14.

Actual score: UT, 52-20.

Sept. 14  at Oregon

Oregon’s Autzen Stadium (photo by Evan Woodbery)

Speculative line: Oregon by 20.

Actual line: Oregon by 28.

My prediction: Oregon, 45-14

Actual score: Oregon, 59-14.

Sept. 21   @ Florida   

Speculative line: UF by 17.

Actual line: UF by 16.5

My prediction: Florida, 31-14.

Actual score: Florida, 31-17.

Sept. 28   vs. South Alabama

Speculative line: UT by 23.

Actual line: UT by 16.5.

My prediction: UT, 38-17

Actual score: UT, 31-24.

Oct. 5  vs. Georgia

The Vols lost in overtime to Georgia.

Speculative line: Georgia by 15

Actual line: Georgia by 13.5

My prediction: Georgia 35-28.

Actual score: Georgia 34-31, OT. (fixed earlier error)

(I’m using line information from VegasInsider, which may differ slightly from other sites. All lines are for informational/entertainment purposes ONLY.)

The rest of the schedule looks more difficult in some areas, but could be easier in others. South Carolina is difficult to figure, but still quite dangerous. Auburn and Missouri have exceeded expectations, although an injury to quarterback James Franklin could be devastating for Mizzou’s powerful offense. (Coach Gary Pinkel strongly disputed a report that Franklin would be out for the rest of the year).

What about the other James Franklin? Well, he and the Commodores are having a rough year, but the UT-Vandy meeting in Knoxville still promises to be an important and emotional meeting.

Here’s a look at the final six games, with both my August predictions and any changes I care to make.

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SEC Media Days: Missouri’s Gary Pinkel says Tigers are ‘hungry’

HOOVER, Alabama — After a dismal start to their SEC tenure, the Missouri Tigers remain “very hungry,” said coach Gary Pinkel during the conference’s Media Days on Tuesday.

“Like anything else, you have to prove yourself,” Pinkel said. “We’re very, very hungry and we’re excited to get back and compete.”

Pinkel, who grew tired of fielding questions about the strength of the SEC a year ago, said there were no second thoughts about joining.

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