It has been a great run for Gus Duggerton and the Tennessee Volunteers. Coach Duggs, in his first season as head coach of the Vols, has Tennessee sitting at 11-0 and ranked No. 1 after the Vols took down Vanderbilt last night in a close one. Now only Kentucky stands between Tennessee and its first undefeated regular season since Peyton Manning did it in 1998, the last time Tennessee mattered.
Now many of you — most of you, actually — are sitting there asking yourselves, “what in hell are we even talking about here?” It’s a very fair question. I’d be confused too. The back story:
Our friend Big Cat from Barstool Sports/Pardon My Take started a dynasty on NCAA Football ’14 (that’s a video game) and he streams his games live to Pardon My Take’s massive audience. With no other sports to consume, Big Cat’s virtual college football career with its fake head coach, Coach Duggs, has really taken off. And when I say really taken off, I mean this Coach Duggs gimmick has become an internet sensation.
Legitimate news sites in Tennessee are covering this virtual season that is being played on a video game that came out seven years ago. Tens of thousands of people tuned in when Big Cat moved Coach Duggs from a fake job at Texas Tech to his current position as the head coach at Tennessee. Lane Kiffin even had something to say about Duggs’ career change:
— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) May 20, 2020
I will remind you this is all on a video game being played in Big Cat’s living room, while his baby sleeps, and people are loving it.
There’s even a real life person who is now portraying Coach Duggs on the internet, and the Tennessee Vols’ actual Twitter account photoshopped him into a photo with Phil Fulmer once he took the fake job:
Home Sweet Home ? pic.twitter.com/bRYVUVmAIJ
— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 20, 2020
Again, none of this is real life.
But that didn’t stop 10,000+ people from watching live when Tennessee played Alabama four days ago, Duggs’ biggest victory to date.
HALF: Tennessee 14, Alabama 7
— Pardon My Take (@PardonMyTake) June 1, 2020
Tonight he travels to Commonwealth Stadium to face the Cats and you can watch it live right here on Pardon My Take’s Twitch. Kickoff is at 9 pm ET and Kash Daniel is already talking trash on Twitter:
— Kash Daniel (@KashDaniel15) June 3, 2020
Duggs told our own Ryan Lemond he plans to hang 50 on UK’s defense:
Im planning a big dinner tonight. I’m talking a 50?! https://t.co/x0sUuJJC1x
— Tennessee Duggs (@CoachDuggs) June 4, 2020
If all of this sounds absurd, it’s because it is. But it’s Kentucky’s chance to spoil some Tennessee fun, so let’s tune in and maybe the Cats can end the unbeaten streak.
9 p.m. on Pardon My Take’s Twitch.
I can’t believe this is life.