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Firing Fulmer just one year after he won the SEC East, nearly beat LSU in the SEC playoff, and beat a good WI team in a bowl game was the first mistake.
The Lane Kiffin hire was solid at the time and as proven by his first season. No one could foresee that he would jump to USC after one year. Yet he has had a lot of success at USC and he is a good coach.
I understand that UT was spurned by the first number of candidates to replace Kiffin and that Dooley was not a first choice but was young and came from a solid SEC football family.
Johnny Majors had a losing record in his first two years at UT so people need to give Dooley at least one more year. It's hard to build a program when you have four head coaches in four years.
On the other hand the hiring of "Quizno's" Martin as the replacement for Pearl appears to be bad on all measures so far. He had never been to the NCAA with his previous team Missouri State and his coaching resume was thin. I hope I am wrong.
Throwing Pearl under the bus for minor violations was a huge mistake and showed incredible disloyalty to a head coach who had rebuilt the men's program from nothing into a contender.
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