From Football Scoop.....
"Several coaches here tonight complimenting Justin Fuente on how well the local Memphis HS coaches say he's doing reestablishing relations"
Not shocking. I've only been around him 3 times and actually talked to him once. He seems down to earth. Not on a pedestal.
Other coaches and players will love that I'm guessing.
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A wink is as good as a nod to a blind man
That........ that Deltaslim, talks all weird.
It's obvious that Coach Fuente is a smart guy when it comes to x's and o's and handling the media. I'm glad to hear that he's equally skilled at building recruiting relationships, but certainly not surprised.
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I'm so sick of this conference expansion crap that I'm ready for football to actually start.
Based on various speeches and interviews of his, and my 1 conversation with him, I believe that he should be the man for the job and should be able to get top local talent. I am concerned with the recent news of local juniors declaring for Old Miss, UTK, Vandy and others beside Memphis. I guess it will take longer.
Although it has changed a bit, we have been up against it with the local HS coaches for some time when it comes to recruiting local kids. The local coaches have wanted us to settle for their leftovers after the sec schools have gotten the better players. I believe that Justin and his staff will get something special rolling here real soon, and with his Texas ties we will be fine. I'm not really concerned with Freeze or Franklin long term and I'm ecstatic we have Justin instead of Freeze.
"You can't worry about 2 weeks or a year from now; or you will miss the joy of today" ----Jeremy Williams
And some of these local HS coaches are former Tigers who were overlooked by the SEC schools. I just wish they would take some pride in themselves from that aspect and help us out. But I understand SEC payrolls are certainly bigger. Maybe if the new staff and AD do a better job of reaching out to former fb players - like we reach out to former bb players - we can mend some relationships.
I'm sick of seeing tiny schools out performing us.. We finally pulled someone who came from a successful smaller school, and I think he'll turn us around. It's our turn to overachieve!! Go Tigers!!
Boise State was just a nice small school until they got the right coach and recruiting team, and university leadership support. Look where they went. UM can do the same.
I am not looking for SEC membership. I will be happy if we can surpass MTSU and Arkansas State in football before long. Unfortunately, we were bypassed by both schools over the last 4 or 5 years. It is what it is and I am not expecting instant success. I would like to see steady progress though. I supported Larry Porter but never saw us improving under his leadership.
I have high hopes for Justin Fuente.
Tommy West singlehandedly killed the football program. We were good for a few 4-7 or 6-5 seasons before he got there. He made it to five bowls, and then the bottom fell out.
Porter couldn't save the program. Hell, nobody could've followed West and done any better.
Fuente has a long, hard road ahead of him, but if we can keep him he just might be the right guy to turn it around.
If I'm not mistaken, we will have roughly 65 players on scholarship, which is 20 below the NCAA allowed limit. We will be shorthanded in every game we play this year. It will take a few years to get back up to 85.