There have been many what-if scenarios in college football history. When you consider that the success of a program depends in large part on which recruits come to the school, it is easy to imagine how things could go differently, considering that these players have been on many other teams could.
Here’s one: What if Joe Burrow chose Tennessee instead of LSU?
Apparently, this was something that was about to happen when Burrow was looking for a new school after making the decision to move from the state of Ohio after the 2017 season.
On the Stanford Steve & The Bear podcast this week, Chris “The Bear” Fallica stated that he heard Burrow had plans to join the Vols when it looked like Tennessee was going to appoint former Ohio State Defense Coordinator Greg Schiano, set to succeed the fired. to compete for Butch Jones as head coach.
“Someone told me a few weeks ago that Greg Schiano was the head coach of Tennessee and Tennessee didn’t run away … Joe Burrow was going to Tennessee with Schiano,” Fallica said on the podcast. Imagine that. Imagine that 2018, 2019 would never have happened at LSU because Joe Burrow was never there because he was in Knoxville. How would that LSU program be perceived now? I doubt [head coach Ed Orgeron] would still be there. “
And maybe the 2018 and 2019 Vols would have done better than under Jeremy Pruitt. Tennessee went 8-5 and won the Gator Bowl in 2019, but it wasn’t nearly as successful as LSU, which went 15-0 and won the national championship, with the Heisman Trophy-winning Burrow at the top .
However, the story cannot be changed. While the Vols probably would have been better if they had Burrow, that didn’t happen. But it’s interesting to think about.