Originally Posted by WVRed
Not exactly liked in the SEC either. When he starts poaching top coaches from the Pac-10, he will really be hated.
That being said though, I do think he was on the right track rebuilding Tennessee. He played Florida pretty close earlier this season. I don't think anybody outside of Knoxville expected him to compete with Alabama or Florida this season.
I don't think Knoxville thought he would compete with Alabama or Florida either. They'd be calling for his head if they did. Instead they were OK with how he did, but the recruiting violations did make the natives restless