I guess this is a less diplomatic way to write this than Joel or Hooper or Will would write it, but I am happy B.J. Coleman is no longer playing football for the University of Tennessee.
Did you listen to his post-quitting interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press? Check the FanQuotes section here, there is a lot of quoteworthy material excerpted from it. He threw everybody under the bus. Fulmer, Clawson, Crompton, Stephens, Kiffin, Reaves, Smokey, the water boy, the scorekeeper. Everybody.
Yeah, he's a 19- or 20-year-old kid, and subject to not always respond as maturely to situations as maybe he should.
And yeah, from the facts available to us, it sounds like Kiffin could have handled the situation better than he did.
But it doesn't matter. Moreso than anything he has done since arriving on campus, that interview demonstrates he is not cut out to be a central figure representing the University of Tennessee.
It's possible that, as he says, he's more talented than Stephens or Crompton and that the coaches passed him over despite that to make the position more appealing to 2010 and 2011 recruits. And it's possible that all those second team reps could be construed as not giving him a fair shake.
But in all his time at UT, he has never done anything on the field to demonstrate he is head and shoulders above the other QBs on the depth chart. One 300-yard game against JV competition does not a starting quarterback make.
What he has demonstrated is that he has a good pointing finger.
Best of luck to him, but also, good riddance.
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