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Coach Duggs and Tennessee to face Kentucky at 9 pm

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:


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:

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.

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:

Duggs told our own Ryan Lemond he plans to hang 50 on UK’s defense:

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.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for Coach Duggs and Tennessee to face Kentucky at 9 pm

  1. A conservative white man
    8:58 pm June 4, 2020 Permalink

    I met coach Duggs back in the day, he asked me if he could marry my 7 year old son.

  2. Gaber
    9:35 pm June 4, 2020 Permalink

    Duggs originally started off as a boys field hockey coach at an all girls school in Rancho Cucamonga.

  3. Big Sexy
    10:00 pm June 4, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe in virtual world we can beat Tennessee in football.

  4. Cletis75
    10:01 pm June 4, 2020 Permalink

    Rumor has it Coach Duggs placed 2nd and 5th at the inaugural “Swallow the Leader” contest in 2001 on South Floyd St!

  5. Gaber
    10:26 pm June 4, 2020 Permalink

    Duggs earned a scholarship to play ‘Rock, paper, scissors at University 6 but was ruled ineligible due to a night spa scandal that led to book titled ‘Breaking Cardinal Pools’.

  6. dan1965
    2:58 am June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Duggs is secretly a Lane Kiffen great friend, who was sent to Tennessee to do all this, only to make bad decisions in the matchup against Kentucky (some say he did it all on purpose to throw the game because he was found out to be originally from Harlan,Ky, where he made it out alive after being pursued by the Justified deputy for some alleged illegal activities), and to give his home Kentucky that Big victory over Tennessee they’ve been seeking.
    He then quit Tennessee and Fulmer after 1 year,as Kiffen did telling Fulmer to go screw himself ! Rumor has it he was seen having dinner in Lexington with the Big Dog , and Coach Stoops, and John Calipari and would soon be joining both the football and basketball staff ! And Calipari forgot his wallet at home it was said of that night….lol

  7. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    5:18 am June 5, 2020 Permalink

    Duggs is a Sandusky protege.

  8. satcheluk
    1:39 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

    How did the game with UK turn out?

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      5:50 pm June 5, 2020 Permalink

      Duggs struggled but eventually won thanks to the game being on the easiest setting and the AI completely skewed in his favor.