Coach Duggs is off to a 3-0 start as the Tennessee Vols’ head coach, but there’s already some controversy on Rocky Top.
Duggs’ third win came against a UConn team that was overmatched on paper, but gave quite a fight on the field.
The Huskies actually led going into the fourth quarter.
4th quarter time
Need #DuggsNation now.
UConn 24, Tennessee 21
Live —> https://t.co/tAnypyEQvl
— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) May 22, 2020
Tennessee, however, was able to weather to storm and squeak out a 28-24 victory.
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 22, 2020
After the subpar showing from the Vols, there are some folks that suggested Coach Duggs’ seat is already warm.
Duggs is on the hotseat after that pathetic showing imo. Better prove himself in SEC play. https://t.co/inz9vkn4GE
— Charlie Burris (@Charlie_Burris) May 23, 2020
It’s understandable. Tennessee has been through a lot over the last decade. There’s been plenty of false hope floated around Knoxville.
The Vols are no strangers to being undefeated heading into Florida week. We’ve seen this before. The Tennessee/Florida matchup gets hyped, only to see the Gators win in a runaway (shoutout 2012 and 2017 Vols).
But I think the Coach Duggs hot seat talk is a bit premature.
The UConn game was nothing more than a classic trap game. After two big wins to start the season, the Vols may have been looking ahead to Florida a bit.
But while the UConn game was closer than it should’ve been, it was still a W for Tennessee.
Plenty of elite coaches have been through this before — especially in their first season.
I mean, Nick Saban lost to Louisiana-Monroe in his first season at Alabama. And Ed Orgeron lost to Troy in his first full season as LSU’s head coach.
These things happen.
Duggs has brought too much energy to Rocky Top for there to be any talk about his seat being hot.
Now, if Florida hangs 50 on Tennessee, then maybe we’ll reevaluate Duggs’ job security. But until that happens, it’s Duggs country in East Tennessee.
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