Sometimes when times are tough and you feel like there is no hope, it is best just to sit back, take a deep breath, and laugh a little bit.
The 'As Jon Gruden Turns' soap opera was the lead off hitter in this three-ring circus, which we've come to know as the UT coaching search. After finally putting the 'visions of Gruden dancing in their heads' to bed, the attention turned to Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher.
While we are on the subject, who names their kid Jimbo? But I digress, the Jimbo Fisher experiment did not last that long. I thought all along he was just using Auburn and Tennessee to gain some more leverage in Tallahassee. Bob Stoops, Al Golden, and about half of the country were up next in the rumor mill.
Finally, it looked like Athletics Director Dave Hart had narrowed his search down to Mike Gundy (Oklahoma St.), Charlie Strong (Louisville), and Larry Fedora (North Carolina). After apparently offering Gundy the job, he soon realized he was fourty-five and a Cowboy man. Charlie Strong, come on down, you're the next contestant on the Vols search. He's coming, he's not coming, there is a press conference, there isn't a press conference, Louisville is having a team meeting, they are not having a team meeting, Dave Hart is in a plane, his car in not at the airport.
This is the part where we all take a deep breath and relax. Folks, remember this a football coaching vacancy; We are not curing cancer or feeding the homeless. Lets all keep this in perspective.
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