Should fans lower their expectations for Tennessee Vols football? The responses were mixed | Adams
I recently wrote a column about how many fans are lowering their expectations for Tennessee football. Not surprisingly, the responses were mixed.
Mike writes: I strongly disagree with your column (on fans are lowering expectations. Columnist needs to do the same). Basically you seem to be saying, "Set your standards low and you're less likely to be disappointed.
I definitely do not consider you a loser, John, but, in my opinion, that's a loser's attitude.
My response: That's a valid point. But if fans set their sights on a berth in the Music City Bowl, imagine their excitement at going to the Citrus Bowl.
As former UT coach Butch Jones once said, "Enjoy life's small victories."
David writes: Thanks for your honesty. While I acknowledge UT's dominance over UK, it is always bothersome to hear UT fans in July predicting a national championship run. UK is getting better and UT, worse. That's the reality.
My response: Maybe, Kentucky is on the verge of becoming a "football school" and the Vols are about to become a "baseball school."
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David writes: "I have failed so many times in my life that my recovery time has improved" — Damon Runyon.
My response: If that's true, Tennessee's recovery time against Alabama could be measured in fractions of a second.
Jack writes: Thought the Sunday article (on UT fans lowering expectations) was really good.
My response: I liked your email, too.
I also elicited different opinions on my column about UT's failed football coaches having enough attributes to make one good coach.
Tom writes: You make some good points in the column. Funny that you excluded Phil Fulmer, your favorite punching bag, He had a hall-of-fame coaching record but was a hopelessly unqualified AD.
I guess the first firing of Fulmer and the search for the "perfect" head coach initiated the Vos dismal slide into college sports program hell.
You did a nice job finding admirable qualities within this rogue's gallery.
My response: Rogue's gallery? You're being kind.
Mike writes: I have not been able to stop laughing at your comment that Pruitt dressed for games as though he was ready to go butcher a cow.
My response: His untucked, oversized white shirt reminded me of a butcher in his apron — ready to go to work.
Jim writes: Quit beating up on these guys (former UT football coaches) piecemeal when you are at a loss for a column.
My response: If you aren't mindful of history, you are doomed to repeat it.
Geoff writes: As a close family friend, I want to say what a great job you did on the Wes Kitts piece. Most impressive was how you weaved in Stacy’s story while keeping the focus on Wes and the fantastic accomplishment he’s achieved as a weightlifter.
Stacy and I were close from about age 7 until his death and I cannot put into words how proud he’d be to see his son on the U.S. Olympic team.
My response: Everybody in our community should be proud that one of its local athletes has qualified for the Olympics. I'm just sorry Wes' father isn't here to see it.
Rick writes: The AD at any University, to the best of my knowledge is to run a clean and profitable athletic department. He is not to be a publicity hound or self-promoter (are you listening Phil Fulmer?). He is to be an administrative representative of the University and run the program like a business.
I would dare say there are many college fans who do not know the name of their athletic director. Coaches, yes. ADs, no. That's the way it should be. The only way they know their names happens when a team that is supposed to win, loses. They also may know him during a fund-raising campaign.
From the perspective of a former athlete and business man.
My response: If Josh Heupel proves to be a successful football coach, Tennessee fans will remember the name of new athletics director Danny White.
John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at: twitter.com/johnadamskns.