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Hey guys, Volunteer and alum here and I promise I come in peace. I was curious as to what your thoughts are on Kevin Stallings. Is he on the hot seat? He really had the dores playing well by the end of the year and arguably showing the most improvement out of every SEC team. Also, if Kevin is shown the way out, would you guys be opposed to hiring Bruce Pearl? I know there would be a meltdown in vol nation if this happened. Looking forward to your responses!
Personally, I like Bruce Pearl. For the guys on this site who follow me on Twitter know I have a serious man crush on him. Do I think we would hire him just as he was coming out of his coaching suspension? No, probably not...and I would want to see him prove himself elsewhere before we even would look at him.
And to answer the first part of your question, no...Kevin Stallings has a job here for as long as he wants to be here, IMO. The team improved as a whole throughout the year and ended MUCH better than I thought it would. I think most Vandy fans would agree with me on that.
If you asked most fans back in December how many wins this team would have come March, I doubt most guess would have been in double digits. I think Stallings did a great job at motivating this team and coaching them up significantly.
With Damian Jones coming to campus soon and Eric McClellan being able to play, I really do think next year's team will at least be a bubble team. Probably not a 4-5 seed but I don't see why VU couldn't get a 12 seed with the level of talent and coaching by Stallings.
There's just no way Stallings is going to get fired unless 1) he commits some horrible infraction or 2) he has another couple TERRIBLE years. He's done enough in his tenure to leave when he wants and basically tough shit for fans who don't think that's soon enough. I also don't think most fans would want Pearl at VU. Definitely a good coach but I'm not sold on his honesty and ethics at this point. I always did love going to see VU-UT games when he had on that damn orange sportcoat, though.
Next year's recruiting class will be vital to the future of this team.
Another Vol "I come in peace..." thread. I wonder how this is going to end.
No reason we can't be adults and have an actual convo that doesn't devolve into trolling/insults.
Stallings is not on the hot seat, but I think he will be if Vandy is not at least in the NCAA conversation next year (bubble or in the tourney). While I thought he did a nice coaching job this season (I wish he was able to motivate some of his previous, more talented, teams the same amount), we have to put in perspective how bad the SEC was this year. Vanderbilt was 0-9 against NCAA tournament teams this year and 1-14 against NCAA and NIT teams.
I'm fine with Stallings having "a job here for as long as he wants to be here", but only if he approaches the job with the same verve and intensity as he did at the beginning of his tenure, particularly in recruiting.
As for Pearl, it doesn't really matter whether fans want him or not because it will never happen. Vanderbilt never hires coaches with significant baggage, particularly NCAA baggage.
I'm with Charles, I love Bruce Pearl. We are in the minority.
But CKS is safe for now and did a really good job this year. Hopefully we continue to improve like we did toward the end of last year.
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Bruce Pearl and James Franklin on the same campus at the same time!
How sweet would that be!
I like Bruce Pearl too. I think its a young man's game--he might be past his prime--but of all the coaches UT has had in pretty much every sports--Bruce Pearl was the only one I could stand.
I laugh when I think about how Pearl and Franklin would dress to a women's basketball game.
Pearl's charisma is a rarity. He will be successful when he gets a job next year. Whoever hires him will be getting a steal.
I'm glad you guys at least respect
What Bruce Pearl did. I think CKS is a great coach, especially X's and O's. I'm not positive Pearl would take the job at Vanderbilt, but he always spoke highly calling it one of the top jobs in the SEC. I do have to say that the SEC wasn't as down as you might think. They finished with 8 top 100
RPI teams but had 9 for most of the year. Across the board the SEC was young, playing most of there out of conference games at the beginning of the year, and not maturing until the middle or end of the year. Great insight guys!
CKS is one of the brightest coaches in America when it comes to the Xs and Os.
He's just old school And doesn't play around with the AAU nonsense. I don't blame him either.
Basketball recruiting is sleazier than 4 hookers on Dickerson rd
He can have a bad temper sometimes too. I loved seeing him kinda cool down and not jump on the kids and be so harsh when they made mistakes towards the end of the year. I feel like the team really responded to that a lot better than being screamed at and scolded. Hope he continues this and notices the effects it has on these young guys.
I like Bruce Pearl, unfortunately, he wouldn't be a fit at VU because of his past. He also recruited a bunch of trashy POS people.
IMO he will be on UT's bench in November of 2014.
Vanderbilt - "Oderunt dum Metuant"
OK....it's snowing in late March in Nashville, and a UT fan actually came over to our board seeking legitimate insight and positive discussion.
Should I be preparing a will?
More like get in touch with your God...
haha we aren't all backwoods rednecks in East Tennessee or anywhere outside of Nashville for that matter. I love Nashville and I think Vanderbilt is a great university. I was a Sport Management major at Tennessee and minored in business. During my time at Tennessee I worked for the AD, specifically in facilities. Speaking of that, what is the new football practice facility like? Also, I watched the season opener against South Carolina on tv, and it seemed like the atmosphere was rocking. Are most games like that or is it for the big games? I've found that small venues can be very tough places to play. There are times when Neyland doesn't have must of a turnout, and all the empty seats literally suck the electricity right out of the stadium.
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