Can you imagine how "The Ol' Ball Coach" would react if he got a call from UT head man Phillip Fulmer asking permission to speak to Junior about the Vol vacancy?
FULMER: "Steve, this is Coach Fulmer. I was wondering if I could speak with one of your assistants about a vacancy on our staff."
SPURRIER: "You're interested in hiring one of MY guys?"
FULMER: "Yep. Your team beat mine this year, so I figure if you can't beat ‘em, hire ‘em."
SPURRIER: "Who are you wanting to talk to, Phil?"
FULMER: "I was thinking your son might be a good fit, Steve."
SPURRIER: "That's a good one, Phil. Not as funny as my line ‘You can't spell Citrus without UT' but it's still pretty clever. Now what do you REALLY want?"
FULMER: "I want to talk to Steve Jr. He's a receivers coach and we're looking for a receivers coach."
SPURRIER: "OK (laughs). You have my permission to talk to him, Phil. Is there anything else?"
FULMER: "Yeah. If we hire Steve, do you think Sidney Rice might be willing to come along, too?"