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Tressel among the betting favorites to land Vols job

Jim Tressel AP

Well, I certainly didn’t see that one coming.

With practically all of the focus centered on Jon Gruden in Tennessee’s search for a new head coach, there are a couple of names tossed out by one gambling website that wouldn’t necessarily come to mind when trying to get a handle on that situation.

In odds released by Thursday, former North Carolina head coach Butch Davis is listed as a slight favorite at 3/1 to become the Vols’ next head coach.  Davis has also been mentioned as a possibility at Arkansas, where he played one year before a knee injury ended his playing career.

Davis was fired by UNC shortly before the start of the 2011 season in the midst of an impermissible benefits/academic misconduct scandal.

And, speaking of scandals, Jim Tressel is listed as a 9/2 favorite for the UT opening.  Tressel resigned/retired/was fired as Ohio State’s head coach for his role — cover-up, lies and all — in improprieties that led to OSU’s bowl ban this season, costing the undefeated Buckeyes a shot at playing in the BcS title game.  As part of the NCAA’s sanctions levied last December, Tressel was hit with a five-year show-cause penalty that would follow the coach, who is currently an administrator at Akron, if he decided to get back on the sidelines.

If anyone, UT or otherwise, were to hire Tressel, the penalties levied on the coach would be enforced at the new school: a five-game suspension to start the tenure and a suspension for a bowl game that first season should the team qualify.

Others listed includes four current head coaches: North Carolina’s Larry Fedora (15/4), Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen (5/1), Miami’s Al Golden (21/4) and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher (7/1).

Interestingly, Bovada, for whatever reason, did not lay any odds on Gruden.

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24 Responses to “Tressel among the betting favorites to land Vols job”
  1. rsmeans says: Nov 30, 2012 8:11 AM

    Well the Vols have a far better list than Auburn who probably has a better future. Despite the penalties Tressel wouold be the best choice for any team.

  2. effjohntaylornorelation says: Nov 30, 2012 8:19 AM

    Grind that axe!

  3. parkerfly says: Nov 30, 2012 9:04 AM

    Doesn’t he have like 3 years left on a show cause? Why would anyone other than the school of the blind want to hire him?

  4. coolhorn46 says: Nov 30, 2012 9:25 AM

    Why? He’s tanned, he’s rested, he’s ready. Keep Tressell’s players away from tattoo parlors and he’ll win you a lot of games.

    Seriously, let him get through the NCAA-imposed sanctions, and make sure he knows NOT to repeat mistakes, and you’ve got a head coach that would win big wherever he coaches.

  5. sssjim7 says: Nov 30, 2012 9:29 AM

    He could coach at any school that will probably be on sanctions next year and it wouldn’t matter to either party…

  6. noozehound says: Nov 30, 2012 9:29 AM

    who the hell keeps thinking Jumbo Fisher is interested in UT? after waiting behind Bowden so long at FSU he isn’t going to jump ship after 3 years, when the noles are starting to compete for national prominence for a garbage team. that’s, seriously, the stupidest speculation I’ve EVER heard.

  7. sssjim7 says: Nov 30, 2012 9:30 AM


    Yep… just as stupid as the rumors about FSU wanting to join a conference 1/2 way across the country…

  8. buckeye94 says: Nov 30, 2012 9:49 AM

    As much as I like the man and he’s a great coach I think…he’s very conservative when it comes to playcalling

  9. jimbo75025 says: Nov 30, 2012 10:01 AM

    As a UT grad, if either Tressel or Davis is hired, my checkbook will be permanately closed to the school.

    Why would any SEC team even consider Tressel? His record vs the conference is not exactly sterling.

  10. scalpemseminoles says: Nov 30, 2012 10:03 AM


    Get out a map and tell me where west Virginia is in relation to the rest of that conference.

  11. jonkybon says: Nov 30, 2012 10:46 AM

    I find it amazing that Davis lost his job at UNC for impermissible benefits and questionable academics. Tressel lost his job at OSU for impermissible benefits; yet Spurrier got a raise despite the fact that football players at South Carolina got more than three times the benefits of Davis and Tressel’s teams combined. SC is also the only school to not only retain, but give a raise to a registered sex offender (GA Mangus). Amazing how Clowney had a 0.3 GPA going into his senior year at HS, had less than 550 on his SAT’s, but still qualified at SC. That’s right his transcripts amazingly changed after he signed with Spurrier.

  12. cometkazie says: Nov 30, 2012 10:50 AM

    I wonder if he would wear an orange vest to go with the orange slacks?

  13. thegamecocker says: Nov 30, 2012 12:14 PM


    Hey Jonky…..I see you come fishing for me heh, son! Still smarting over last Saturday’s 27-17 loss to the Fighting Gamecocks at Death Valley II huh? Four in a row isn’t it? I see Tajh Boyd may be seeing where he stands in the upcoming NFL draft. I don’t blame him seeing how Jadeveon Clowney will be back to harass him again next season. Your hatred for THE University of South Carolina runs very deep. Maybe time for some anger management therapy sessions, don’t ya think? Maybe you should learn from your esteemed Coach Sweeney and just not say anything…be a gracious loser who shows some semblance of sportsmanship. Why not go back to your hole and think about that. BTW, I have not seen “FAT BRAD SCOTT” much in the upstate. How’s the “Fat Man” doing? I know he had a successful run as “BENEDICT ARNOLD” some years back…..look it up stupid.

  14. dryzzt23 says: Nov 30, 2012 12:17 PM

    The Vest SHOULD be allowed to go back into coaching. Most NCAA rules are ridiculous anyway, and all he did was cover his players indiscretions, it’s not liked he killed dogs, killed a limo driver, raped someone, or something that would be construed as a …what do they call it…a CRIME.

    In fact if Tressel HAD committed a crime, the NCAA would have gone easy on him.

  15. jonkybon says: Nov 30, 2012 1:32 PM


    Still the Bipolar delusional a$$hole as ever. Like every Jailcock fan around, thumping your pidgeon chest like a Bama Tide fan with the trophy case of…Wait, no one in the entire NCAA football has an emptier trophy case. Your team does lead the NCAA in felony charges and most players suspended between the hours of 1AM and 2 AM, when nothing matters.

    It’s obvious you emulate The Ole Nut Sack himself. Only SOB in the history of the NCAA to award himself a game ball.

    BTW, your pathetic attack on me doesn’t change or hide the fact that over $60,000. of impermissible benefits at the Whitney is one of the largest infractions to date. I believe the Reggie Bush house is the only one to top it.

    It also doesn’t change the facts surrounding Clowney’s HS transcript or when he promoted a party at a strip club last winter. A secondary NCAA violation that was also swept under the rug. Not sure how Nut Sack gets away with it.

  16. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 30, 2012 1:40 PM

    Tressel will happen when David Duke is named the ADL’s Man of the Year. Its a smokescreen.

    If today’s reports are true, and there is no reason to believe them to be honest, then UT has royally screwed the pooch by putting all their eggs in the Gruden basket. My view is that the Gruden thing is probably still alive and until I see a statement from the man himself then thats what I’m going with.

    Anyway, all this speculation about “odds” is hilarious. There are maybe 4 people who knows what names are on the shortlist. Security around this search pretty much mirrors the Manhattan Project. The only real odds I’d take right now are on the probability that Tennessee screws this up. 2/1

  17. jimbo75025 says: Nov 30, 2012 2:19 PM


    You know, I didn’t really believe the Gruden thing either-that is until people started denying things and that is when you know there is some fire to go with the smoke. I agree with you that “well placed sources” generally means some bullcrap that someone thought up in the middle of a bender.

    If this whole thing broke down on a budget for assistants, I would expect that could be resolved with a few phone calls to some big boosters.

  18. thegamecocker says: Nov 30, 2012 2:27 PM


    Won’t stoop down to the name calling, sophomoric comments you make. That would make me like you and we are not anything alike. But we both know that Jadeveon Clowney and any other student transcripts are private and certainly not of public record. So your comments are not at all true. That makes you a liar. I’m saying that because it is fact.

    I suppose you cannot handle the 4th straight loss Clemson has suffered at the hands of the Fighting Gamecocks. I thought the game was cleanly played with only one cheap shot. Your CB nailed Bruce Ellington with his back turned. Other than that, nothing to speak of. Better take your blood pressure meds because more coming next year. But, the Lady Gamecocks BBall already destroyed their Clemson counterparts. Looking forward to Frank Martin’s club hosting the Tiger’s Dec. 7 (Pearl Harbor anniversary….look it up dummy). Than onto Baseball season. Son, as long as we beat Clemson in whatever the sport or activity, it just warms my heart to no end. That 5 Star recruit the Tiger’s lost recently must have broken your heart. You may want to consider some mood changing drugs because you need it. One last thing: Dabo is unhappy with your landscape trimming….even your gardening skills are waning.
    (Look up the word “waning”, stupid).

  19. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 30, 2012 2:29 PM


    The most bizarre aspect of this comedy is the fact that Dave Hart has been planted in his office since Dooley was canned. It makes no sense unless this Gruden deal was near a close, or that there is another candidate that has been redlining an agreement for the last 10 days. Its crazy.

    Anyway, I do want Gruden now more than ever for the simple fact that Bama fans are pissing all over the hire, calling Gruden a failure and advising him to stay in the NFL. Its hilarious, I guess none of these clowns read Saban’s resume before he was hired.

    And finally, to all you Bammers, the Manhattan Project was not a disco band from the 70’s. rotf

  20. jonkybon says: Nov 30, 2012 3:56 PM

    @thegamecocker the bipolar lying scumbag, you moron started the name calling a long time ago. In fact, I didn’t respond to your tantrums until you made it personal three times. You started the personal attacks in this thread as you do in every thread. You’re a very very sick individual that is starved for attention.

    As for the game, y’all won. That made you SEC champs again? On to the Super Bowl next? Moron, your team hasn’t won a conference title since 1969. It would have been their second, but the NCAA stripped them of the 1965 title, because as usual, the Shamecocks can’t play by the rules. As usual yous Jailcocks were .500 or less against teams with winning records. Like the Ole Ball Sack, you and the rest of the Cock swollowers are frauds. How are you enjoying sixth place in the SEC. As your teams record gets better (because you only play 3 or 4 good teams a year) you sink further. Fifth last year and second in 2010.

    If the game was so clean: if Clemson won they were headed to the Sugar Bowl; why did they introduce the Chick Fil A Bowl Rep before the game and no others? I’ll bet everything your own, which is less than a week’s pay for me, that Clemson is headed to Atlanta New Years Eve.

    Why was the Ole Ball Sack between the hash marks on three different times while the play clock was running and no flag? Why were your coaches on the field every play with no flag? Why did your team call plays with 13 players on the field almost every play with one flag? Your OLine haven’t a clue how to block without holding on every play. Still, Clemson should have won. If they had caught any one of three balls thrown to a Tiger DB, Clemson wins. If Clemson hadn’t given up the running game that made Clowney look like a duck out of water in the first half, they would have won. If Hopkins, the most reliable WR all year hadn’t developed stone hands, the outcome might have been different. Y’all didn’t win as much as Clemson gave it away. Next time watch a game live, not TV or the highlight reel.

    Now go ahead and have last word as you always do and then drag out your alternate screen names as usual, I’m thru with you!!!

  21. gatorprof says: Nov 30, 2012 4:23 PM

    Why would the Vols want any former HC with prior NCAA issues (i.e., the Vest, Butch Davis, etc.)?

    They should find a top shelf assistant defensive coach, groom him, and let him grow. Given UT’s facilities and history, this is a good job. I would go after guys like Strong (if you want a former stud DC who has proven himself as a HC) if you want more of a sure thing, but you have to be able to move him.

  22. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 30, 2012 5:30 PM


    There is no interest in Tressel, I honestly dont know where all that crap came from. Davis is another story, and he’s been totally cleared by the NCAA in the Carolina monkeybidness.

  23. londonps says: Nov 30, 2012 7:49 PM

    Oh hell yeah the vest

  24. thegamecocker says: Nov 30, 2012 8:21 PM


    ROTFLMFAO!! Man Jonky, you already are on those mind-altering drugs! Maybe it’s a conspiracy against Clemson and its all flowing through your mind. Carolina coaches on the field; Carolina playing with 13 players; Clemson’s receivers having “hands of stone; Carolina’s O-line holding on every play; Chick-Fil-A representatives introduced instead of Sugar Bowl reps; etc. Son (I gotta stop laughing), you are F-ing certifiably nuts! Reminds me of that movie a few years back, “A
    Beautiful Mind” about a Nobel Prize winning Princeton professor suffering from schizophrenia. Except your mind isn’t beautiful; you sure as hell aren’t any kind of prize winner (except Booby Prize); but you are schizo, this I’m sure of. Take your meds before you kill someone!

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