I have to admit a Mike Leach coached team is about as far away from what type of football I have been asking to play at Tennessee. I have been extremely critical of Butch Jones' "Clap and Punt" spread type of offense. At least that is what I call it. I'd like to get back to playing a much more physical, run your ass over type of football. So Leach's Air Raid, throw it all over the place, style does not seem like something I would approve of. But it reminds me of the old Spurrier offenses. You remember those don't you? Spurrier tried to score every play. It did not matter about field position. Every play was meant to score. Leach is very similar.
It's common knowledge of Leach's affinity for Pirates. How great would that have fit at Tennessee? It would have played well. I coined the phrase Orange Envy a long time back. It would really kick in from other SEC schools if this swashbuckler had sailed up the Tennessee River to Knoxville.I'll explain. Even if we didn't win, it would be the best party on Saturdays on the face of the planet.
Imagine what the Vol Navy would look like. Pirate Flags would be flying all over the Tennessee. Bass Boats, Ski Boats, Pontoon Boats, House Boats, and Luxury Yachts would be flying the Jolly Roger. Water Cannon's would be spraying every boat at dock. Ladies dressed in their best Pirate outfits as well as men in full regalia would be everywhere. 100,000 people in the stands would be singing Rocky Top with an eye patch over one eye. That would have been a given. I would have loved to have sold them as well!
Ropes would have hung from the upper decks for those fans of altitude to swing over to the opposing fans and steal their girlfriends during a blowout. Hell, Neyland would have a Bowsprit built on the side next to the River. Black Sails would blow to and fro in Neyland at every home game. Tailgate parties would have wooden casks of Vol Rum. The Power T burned into each cask. It would have been great!
Philip will do the right thing. He will hire the right coach at Tennessee. I believe it needs to be a Tennessee guy. I want to get back to having those that love Tennessee lead Tennessee. Look at Tennessee of the Majors/Fulmer era. It's not hard to see how success was built out of pride and love for a program. We need that again. But damn, you have to admit, it would have been fun to be a pirate!