TDFoster:All Vol fans appreciate your son's hard work and dedication despite some inappropriate things that have been said about him. I would like to know how Arian feels about coming back for his senior season, and how he thinks Crompton will do next year. Thanks TD for the support. It means a lot to Arian. We all know that no matter what negative we hear, there are still those who do support him and his teammates. As for coming back next year, we really haven't discussed it. Arian is fully focused on this season. As for Crompton, he has 100% confidence in Jon's abilities to be the QB next year and lead the team.
Fostermom: Thanks TD for the support. It means a lot to Arian. We all know that no matter what negative we hear, there are still those who do support him and his teammates. As for coming back next year, we really haven't discussed it. Arian is fully focused on this season. As for Crompton, he has 100% confidence in Jon's abilities to be the QB next year and lead the team.
Ole Smokey: I would like to know what affect this eason has had on him. Is it making him want to work even harder and come back for his senior year?With all the grumblings about the staff, what affect would a new staff make on his decision to return?Why does it seem that no matter what position that Coach Trooper coaches they are always a bright spot on the team?
Fostermom: They all have to work hard in order to maintain their strength and stamina. No decisions have been made about the end of the season. It is a bit distracting for the guys to hear the talk of firing their coaches but they do very well blocking it all out. What it does is push them closer together and creates an "us against the world" mentality that could prove to help them. As for Coach Troop, he is a great coach, knows his X's and O's and loves the kids. He is a "player's" coach which means he will fight for them and they will run through a wall for him. He's just that kind of man, on and off the field.
BillyBlaze: How does the speculation about a coach's future affects players, specifically concentration and morale?
Fostermom: It's hard for them. They hear and see media reports about how everyone wants the coaches gone. It affects them as they sometimes feel that what happens to a coach's job could be their fault. But they have no other option but to work hard and continue to try to do the things that will help them win. Their morale is good. They are used to playing with pain and fighting through adversity.
Docfarmer: What is your favorite Tennessee moment of all time? What part of the recruiting aspect did you enjoy/dislike the most?Which coaches have you and your son bonded with the most?What aspects of Knoxville/Tennessee do you and your son enjoy the most? How many games have you been able to attend?
Fostermom: My favorite UT moment so far was the first time I took my mom to a game in Neyland. When they ran through the "T", she was so overcome with emotion that she had tears in her eyes. It was a powerful thing to watch her grandson do that. The recruiting thing was exciting at first but then became kind of tiring. That part gets old fast. The best part was just getting to know different staffs from different universities and seeing how they approach things. The coaches he and I have bonded the most with are Coach Troop and Coach Fulmer. Arian is pretty comfortable wherever he is and has been happy in Knoxville. I usually drive in from Nashville and in the fall when the leaves are changing, it's a gorgeous view. I've been to probably 9 or 10 home games since Arian first arrived, but this weekend against Arkansas will be my first this year.
SavageOrangeJug: What was the deciding factor in Arian choosing UT, and how soon in the recruiting process did he know?
Fostermom: There were really two factors: 1) Neyland Stadium and 2) Coach Troop. When Arian first toured the campus, the practice facility, he was satisfied. But after they took him to Neyland, he called me on the phone and told me: "Mom, this is where I want to come. I want to play in that stadium!" UT was his fourth visit and he was scheduled to go to West Virginia the following weekend, but he called the coaches at WV and told them he wouldn't be coming. And Coach Troop and Arian have very similar backgrounds and upbringing. They hit it off immediately and remain close.
fernandomike: Was Arian bothered by the fact that he did not receive enough touches against Alabama? Thanks for your son's contribution to our team. He is a solid back and a really tough runner.
Fostermom: Bothered only because he felt like he could've helped the team win. But he trusts his coaches to make those decisions and stands by them.