New Tennessee Coach Josh Heupel Just Fired the Only Person to Finish Above Him in the 2000 Heisman Voting
New Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel is busying assembling his new staff in Knoxville, and news came out Friday that Heupel had decided not to retain now-former Vols offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke. The news was expected, as Chaney runs a very different brand of offense from Heupel and UT's quarterback play under Weinke has been questionable to say the least — and I do mean to say the absolute least.
But there was a bit more to Heupel firing Weinke than just bringing in a new quarterbacks coach.
That's right, Weinke just narrowly beat out Heupel for the 2000 Heisman Trophy. I'm going to be totally honest, I had no idea Heupel was a Heisman finalist until he became Tennessee's head coach this week. But when you look at the other names on that list, there's no denying Heupel was balling out for the Sooners.
And it took more than two decades, but Heupel finally got to get some revenge over Weinke. I'm sure Heupel doesn't actually take any joy in firing anybody, but somewhere in the deep recesses of his mind, this felt good. I don't care who you are, you don't forgive or forget something of that magnitude, even if it wasn't up to Weinke whether he won or not.
Revenge is a dish best served cold.