HoustonVol, would you take Petrino? Petrino at UT would scare me a little bit. More than Spurrier at USC actually. Spurrier is obviously a better coach but SC has a lower ceiling than Tennessee.
@bradleygator Would I want Petrino as the Vol coach? No. While his programs have never had issue with the NCAA, yet. He personally does not have any moral fibers in his body and is not worthy of being the Vol head coach. Plus I think he has shown his limit as a college coach. He needs to have a come to Spurrier moment. Spurrier could score by the dozen, but never won a NC until he started feeding the defense the talent that he recruited for the offense. That and hiring a defense coach and just let him coach (Stoops). If Dooley is let go, the first coach I would go after, was also my first choice after Fulmer; Dantoni from Michigan St. I think that he has the ability to take UT back to the top.
I would love Spurrier, but I don't see that happening. While I hate him as a coach, it is only because his victories usually come at my Vols expenses. He wins cleanly, and can flat out coach. The TN boy coming home could be a nice story. As far as USCe having a ceiling, I think as long as Spurrier is there that ceiling is lifted. Once he steps down, they will revert back to 4th in the East.