A radio host has a strong opinion about Tennessee’s future.
Matt Jones of KentuckySportsRadio.com dropped an interesting opinion Wednesday in which he said Tennessee, Notre Dame and Nebraska will never be consistently great like they were in the past.
His argument? The nationalization of college football in recent years has harmed those programs. Check out his explanation for Tennessee below.
“Tennessee used to own Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee. They’d recruit those places, and next thing you knew, all the best players — your Heath Shulers, everybody came to Tennessee. Now? Well, I can go to Virginia Tech. I can be Michael Vick at Virginia Tech. I can go to UNC. I can go to NC State. You can go a ton of places. So Tennessee now has to play with a normal recruiting base, and guess what? The talent in Tennessee is not all that great. So those three programs, in my opinion, they can have good years. Could they win a national championship? Maybe. Could there be a year where they’re a contender nationally? Sure. But will they be consistently great, like they were for decades? No, and I think the three that suffered the most from what I call sort of the nationalization of the sport where everybody [is] on TV [are] Notre Dame, Nebraska and Tennessee.”
Tennessee fans might not like this take, but Jones makes some sense with this opinion.
Programs such as Notre Dame, Nebraska and Tennessee can’t pitch the advantage of playing on television each week. After all, the SEC Network and the proliferation of college football coverage on other networks make it possible to watch just about everyone these days. Winning is the ultimate recruiting tool, and it’s clear those programs have fallen off from their glory days.
Of course, the strength of certain recruiting areas can be subjective. And a strong run by any of those programs would make them appealing to top recruits throughout the country. But you can’t dismiss the bulk of Jones’ argument here.
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) May 24, 2017