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Former UT Coach Smith Rants About His Departure From Knoxville

Well, former Tennessee defensive line coach Chuck Smith just had his day in the sun… but it’s hard to imagine much positive light falling on him after his morning press conference.

According to radio host Jimmy Hyams of WNML-FM/AM in Knoxville, Smith covered a number of topics during his presser and afterwards… which we’ll summarize for you:

* Smith wanted Tennessee fans and media to know that he remains a “Vol for life” and did not quit on the UT program.

* He said that “family” isn’t important at UT and that he was driven away because he was “too big for the program.” 

* In an odd twist, he then compared himself to Lane Kiffin saying that once a person puts on the “T” logo, he’s a “Vol for life.”  Not sure that making a pro-Kiffin comment is the best way to go in the Volunteer State these days.

* He denied rumors that he and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox ever came to blows…

* But when it came to praising his co-workers, he did have good things to say about UT’s offensive assistants and Derek Dooley.  His defensive mates were noticeably omitted.

* He also said that his defensive line was the “MVP” of the team over the Vols’ last four games.

* At one point, Smith said he would like to be a season-ticket holder at Tennessee… and then said he’d like to coach elsewhere in the SEC East.  Maybe it’s a love/hate thing. 

Smith might find it hard landing another job in the SEC East — or elsewhere — after the press conference that he called without UT’s knowledge.

His exit for Tennessee isn’t likely to serve as an entrance to anyplace else.


UPDATE — Want to watch the odd press conference?  Click here.


greg kapusta
greg kapusta

The VOLS had the worst tackling defensive line in the SEC....Good riddens........


I read is conference as this. I went to coach Dooley and demanded X position and X amount of pay. I am chuck smith and I am worth that. Coach Dooley came back with we have this and will pay this. Chuck offended by the lack of respect that someone of his stature has, said if I don't have what I want, I am out of here. Dooley politely told him to not let the door hit you where the good lord split you. Seems like a pretty mutual parting to me.


I think he needs to check his sugar level......something is not right.

Vandy Fan
Vandy Fan

John, he is getting ready to interview on 104.5 the zone in Nashville, FYI...


Old Chuck seemed to be a little manic during that press conference. I would say he is dealing with mental illness of some sort.


Apparently Chuck thinks people were sitting around wondering why he was fired. We weren't, but know we know why anyway.


John, any idea who Chuckie's agent is? I can't imagine this was done w/ the knowledge of any agent worth a flip. Chuck's dreaming if he thinks he can ever get a job on a decent staff in the SEC. Pretyy telling that a big-time program in the SEC, who recruits the Atlanta area heavily, was just in the market for a DL coach and not even a whisper of Chuck's name. Oh well, there's always Kentucky, they love former Vols.


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