Dear National Media, Tennessee football fans have no regrets. The Jeremy Pruitt-era disaster that led to notice of the allegations and put the school in serious trouble changes nothing of what happened in 2017.
Just to refresh your memory, release Falls Butch Jones. John Curry tried to sneak in Greg Chiano’s appointment on Sunday when no one was paying attention. An outburst of fans ensued, and the national media, apparently in Chiano Reservoir, set Utah on fire.
Corey led a disastrous search for training afterward, which eventually led to his ouster. Philip Vollmer took charge and hired Jeremy Pruitt. The story is dead. Four years later, with Pruitt’s departure due to an NCAA investigation with major violations, some believe it is now worth immersing himself in Tennessee football.
Pat Fordy of SI.com, a big advocate for Chiano at the time, wrote an article over the weekend saying that the chickens have come home to stay in Falls. He added that they got what they deserved. In the meantime, Twitter decided to join him and thought they were both overwhelmed with folders.
I think CFB is better when Tennessee is good, but Tennessee Twitter actions during the Schiano/Pruitt affair in 2017 were a complete farce, with essentially no accountability https://t.co/fll8GyK0Fo
– Mike Meltser (@MikeMeltser) July 22 2022
Remember when Tennessee fans rioted over Greg Chiano? https://t.co/drLdSooGYS
– Tyler Calvaruso (@tyler_calvaruso) July 22 2022
It’s funny because Pruitt only got the job because the fan base felt the Schiano scandals would give the show a bad look. https://t.co/pnyB8coSsi
– Logan Carney (@Media_Carnival) July 22 2022
This is a message to everyone who participated. Football in Tennessee is still in a better shape right now than it would have been if she had hired Chiano. The Vols are now owned by Josh Heupel and are out of a 7-6 season in their first year with the return of one of the best quarterbacks in the country.
Energy is everywhere at Rocky Top, and many outlets have Vols expected to be the top 20 team this year. Even if you thought Chiano’s checked baggage was unfair, let’s talk about what he did on the field.
Does anyone honestly believe Schiano would have UT as a potential Top 20 team now? He has yet to have a successful season in two years with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, and while the Big Ten East is the toughest division and the SEC East the weakest, it’s still the SEC.
Critics may point out that the volumes will not face all these scandals. Well, if you read the notification reports, which we’ve written about here, you’ll know that there’s a good chance that the binders won’t face any serious punishment.
Also, even if they did, what would you lose to the football game anymore if you weren’t a competitor in the college football game? The vessels lose their luster. Scholarships are also less relevant to NIL deals. Simply put, the NCAA doesn’t seem to be penalizing the folders, and there’s not much they can do anyway.
As a result, any attempt to weed out Tennessee football is futile. It doesn’t make sense, and the folders have been removed for over a year from Pruitt. If you’re asking if Vol fans will do what they did in 2017 again, the answer is yes.