The football opening at Tennessee is guaranteed to stir speculation about Charlie Strong and Kevin Wilson.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – This will be a Sunday when nobody
in the business of college sports can rest:
*With Derek Dooley officially out at Tennessee, get ready
for the talk about Charlie Strong to Knoxville.
It's an SEC job. You can recruit Florida kids there as
easily as you can get them to Louisville. The Volunteers have a huge stadium to
fill – and the appetite to fill it. The Bobby Petrino camp doesn't believe
their guy is in play at UT.
Money? No problem. Dooley's reward for a 23-point loss to
Vanderbilt is a $5 million goodbye check.
But here's another surprising name that has also surfaced at
Tennessee: Indiana coach Kevin Wilson, who can coach offense and quarterbacks.
Wilson has five years remaining on his deal at Indiana
So IU fans and Louisville fans can pace in tandem over the
Thanksgiving holidays, although I'm sure you'll hear other names – such as Dave
Doeren of Northern Illinois, David Cutcliffe of Duke and Dan Mullen of
*Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe, whose team is 5-6, better beat
Vanderbilt this weekend. Two of the last three coaches to lose to the
Commodores – Joker Phillips of Kentucky and Dooley – were fired the next day.
*Mark Blaudschun writes a wonderful blog – ajerseyguy.com –
that touches on plenty of Big East chatter. He keeps knocking down the dominoes
with the rumored Maryland/Rutgers move to the Big East and says look for UConn
to be the immediate relief pitcher for the ACC.
But don't despair Louisville fans. Blau, and I've known him
long enough to call him by his nickname, says the next play could easily be
Louisville and Boise State to the Big 12.
University basketball team traveled to New York City Saturday night, two days
before the Hoosiers play Georgia at the Barclays Center Monday – with Bob
Knight at the ESPN microphone. Thanksgiving break lasts the entire week in
Bloomington so classroom time is not an issue.
If Indiana and UCLA (which plays Georgetown Monday) both win
(or lose) their openers, the schools will play Tuesday.
It will be interesting to hear Tom Crean's take on the
NCAA's eligibility decision on UCLA freshman Shabazz Muhammad. He was
reinstated after sitting only three games while Crean must play without two of
his freshmen for eight games.