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Vols' Jones riding on Kelly's successes?

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08:21 AM ET 12.26 | For Butch Jones, will successful stops in Central Michigan and Cincinnati serve as a predictor of success in his biggest job yet? [Some] detractors point to Jones following in the career path of Brian Kelly, who went 19-16 at Central Michigan and 34-6 at Cincinnati and now has Notre Dame playing for the national championship in his fourth season there. At both CMU and Cincinnati, Jones took over the season following Kelly-led conference titles. ... "I think it's accurate that I've followed him," Jones said. "I have a tremendous amount of respect and he's a very close friend of mine, but I think that's the furthest thing from the truth. I think he'd tell you that, too. Every team is different, and every team has its own personality."

Chattanooga Times Free Press

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December 26, 2012  09:21 AM ET

I'm betting he's not playing for a NC in 4 yrs.....sorry Tinny, VHF, et al......just don't see a turn-around that quick.

December 26, 2012  09:27 AM ET
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I'm betting he's not playing for a NC in 4 yrs.....sorry Tinny, VHF, et al......just don't see a turn-around that quick.

UTk has to beat Bama, UF, UGA, and SCar then the best team in the SEC West just to get a shot at a BCS game. Just look at those teams' rankings. Up hill climb.

December 26, 2012  09:31 AM ET

Tennessee has a coach now?

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December 26, 2012  10:07 AM ET

Homer alert!

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December 26, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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UTk has to beat Bama, UF, UGA, and SCar then the best team in the SEC West just to get a shot at a BCS game. Just look at those teams' rankings. Up hill climb.

I agree, but why do they have to beat Bama?? Bama is not in the SEC East!

December 26, 2012  10:24 AM ET

And here I thought it was Kelly who was riding on his predecessor's success <sarcasm>

December 26, 2012  10:30 AM ET
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I agree, but why do they have to beat Bama?? Bama is not in the SEC East!

Perma cross division rival. UTk and Bama play on the 3rd Sat in October.

December 26, 2012  10:32 AM ET
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You forgot Vandy..That will be an issue as long as Franklin is there

Meh... It is still Vandy. Franklin has them 4th in the East on one of their best seasons. UF, UGA, and SCar are all better and will be.

December 26, 2012  10:36 AM ET
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You forgot Vandy..That will be an issue as long as Franklin is there

He forgot Oregon too ...

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December 26, 2012  10:38 AM ET
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Perma cross division rival. UTk and Bama play on the 3rd Sat in October.

Thanks for the info!!! My mistake, I thought you meant in divisional play.

December 26, 2012  10:39 AM ET
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He forgot Oregon too ...

Meh... Vandy would take them to the woodshed... SEC defense...

December 26, 2012  10:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

He forgot Oregon too ...

Good point, the Vols have to play in Autzen Stadium this coming season.

December 26, 2012  10:42 AM ET
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Meh... Vandy would take them to the woodshed... SEC defense...

LOL, yeah so would Kentucky!!! And I don't mean Kentucky's basketball team!!! :-)

December 26, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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LOL, yeah so would Kentucky!!! And I don't mean Kentucky's basketball team!!! :-)

In all reality UTk vs Oregon could get ugly fast. UTk's defense had a lot of issues this year changing to 3-4, they will probably go back to the 4-3. The secondary had problems catching Trey Burton.

December 26, 2012  10:45 AM ET
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LOL, yeah so would Kentucky!!! And I don't mean Kentucky's basketball team!!! :-)

No they sucked. UK's former coach is now UF's WR coach.

 
December 26, 2012  10:52 AM ET
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In all reality UTk vs Oregon could get ugly fast. UTk's defense had a lot of issues this year changing to 3-4, they will probably go back to the 4-3. The secondary had problems catching Trey Burton.

Hey, anything is possible!!! The Vols could catch the Ducks napping, but damn it is very hard to play Oregon at Autzen Stadium. :-)

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