So Phil Fulmer's gone as Tennessee's head coach. Well, not gone-gone... he'll still be around for the rest of the season, making his game in Nashville "Win one for the Fulmer."
Anyway, just checked out the comments on Chris Low's blog on ESPN. Quite a few names being mentioned as possible replacements.
As of noon:
College head coaches David Cutcliffe, Mike Leach, Steve Spurrier, Tommy Tuberville, Chris Peterson, Jim Grobe, Mike Gundy, Bronco Mendenhall, Brian Kelly, Butch Davis, Jim Leavitt, Bobby Petrino, Mack Brown, Todd Graham and Brady Hoke.
College assistant coaches Norm Chow, Will Muschamp and Trooper Taylor.
NFL head coaches Jon Gruden, Jim Zorn, Bill Belichek and Mike Singletary.
NFL assistant coach Josh McDaniel.
Former NFL coaches Lane Kiffin and Bill Cowher.
That's 25 names.
Guess whose name didn't come up?
Would his name be there right now if Vanderbilt had beaten Miss State and Duke and the Commodores were 7-1?
Do I wish Vanderbilt had beaten MSU and Duke? Absolutely. Am I worried about our failure to score points? Absolutely.
But I believe Bobby Johnson is building a strong program in Nashville and I believe he's going to get over this six-win hurdle and then move on to bigger goals. The Vanderbilt football program would take a huge step backward if he left. After the season, I think the university ought to give him a nice raise whether his name is still being mentioned for the Clemson job or not.
So in a way, those two losses that should have been wins could benefit the Commodores in the long run.