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RashaadSalabeb writes:

Just win Baby!

Fight on you Mighty Vols!

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

Great game by McRae...and the rest of the Vos.

Golden's 20 was marred a little by turnovers. He showed maturity in this one that had not been evident before---he was able to steer his play back between the white lines after a couple of ball handling mistakes, and did not let themistakes throw him for long or grab control of his focus.

Stokes is deceptively quick...and can handle the basketball on the floor.

LSU was well coached.

For a second game in a row, UT's bench looked the part of winners---players composed as they celebrated, coaches dressed like professional coaches, etc. Good to see that UT is well represented in front of a national TV audience.

I wish somebody would tell Coach Martin to sit up straight and smile when he is being interviewed on camera after the game. His sitting down low, leaning on his elbows, makes him seem intimidated, etc. That sometimes happens whtn a big guy is trying to get close to the microphone. 18 inches away is about right, if you are speaking up.

He needs to speak a little louder, sit up straight and smile, to look the part of the composed, confident leader. It will help the perception. He is such a big, tall guy that if he scrunches down, he has a tendency to look (on camera) as if he is intimidated...and scrunching down also makes people speak softer and with less authority.

Great game, Vols.

GOVOLS! GOVOLS! GOVOLS!

Can they do it again?

VolsFanInNC writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

When's the last time we had two guards over 20 points apiece?

Great offensive game. LOL if we can keep McRae and Golden scoring like this...

My guess would be Lofton and Jajuan Smith.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Great game by McRae...and the rest of the Vos.

Golden's 20 was marred a little by turnovers. He showed maturity in this one that had not been evident before---he was able to steer his play back between the white lines after a couple of ball handling mistakes, and did not let themistakes throw him for long or grab control of his focus.

Stokes is deceptively quick...and can handle the basketball on the floor.

LSU was well coached.

For a second game in a row, UT's bench looked the part of winners---players composed as they celebrated, coaches dressed like professional coaches, etc. Good to see that UT is well represented in front of a national TV audience.

I wish somebody would tell Coach Martin to sit up straight and smile when he is being interviewed on camera after the game. His sitting down low, leaning on his elbows, makes him seem intimidated, etc. That sometimes happens whtn a big guy is trying to get close to the microphone. 18 inches away is about right, if you are speaking up.

He needs to speak a little louder, sit up straight and smile, to look the part of the composed, confident leader. It will help the perception. He is such a big, tall guy that if he scrunches down, he has a tendency to look (on camera) as if he is intimidated...and scrunching down also makes people speak softer and with less authority.

Great game, Vols.

GOVOLS! GOVOLS! GOVOLS!

Can they do it again?

Was the T on his lapel straight enough for you?
How about the tie? Did he use a windsor knot?

That's the man's personality.........but maybe in time you'll get that changed.

Good grief...............

HopeisNotaCourseofAction writes:

After watching them score 36 points all game vs georgetown, 4-11 in free throws, playing awful in every aspect and losing by 1 point, and then the loss to uga on our homne court, I could not have predicted this great run they are pulling off now.

Several games to go, and with mo beating uf, those will be 2 games that will tell us a lot about our future.

And this year, maybe we can actually have a nice run in the SEC tourny. If we are still playing like this, I would like to meet up again with ole piss, and kick uk and calipussy again too as that will never get old.

One_in_West_Knox writes:

LSU didn't quit...but Kentucky did.

brod writes:

impressive, impressive win. lsu came to play, and got some breaks and calls go their way. awesome performance by mcrae, good tempo on offense and not bad defense against a team with a inside/out game that poses problems for everybody. don't know what caused the turnaround but i like it. can't belive mizzou came back to beat florida. i turned that one off.

Vol_In_Ohio writes:

People are asking when the last time UT had a couple of guards go for 20. I remember this game (actually went to it) where they scored 121 against Long Beach State in the NCAA tourney - Lofton/Smith/Smith all had 20+.

http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscor...

Current Vols are playing great...keep it going!

jmaples54 writes:

cuonzo, unlike many of us fans, doesn't panic when the team is slow to gel early in the season. i admire his style.
may be too late to make the ncaa's unless we win the sec tourney. either way, i hope we can improve on last year's tournament results.

signalcorps writes:

Tn was the better team all around ,,,write it down this team will be ranked next season in the top 15 ....

VolsFanInNC writes:

in response to VolsFanInNC:

My guess would be Lofton and Jajuan Smith.

I was wrong. Cameron Tatum 21 and Scotty Hopson 20 1/11/11 in a loss to Florduh...That's the last I found.

signalcorps writes:

in response to jmaples54:

cuonzo, unlike many of us fans, doesn't panic when the team is slow to gel early in the season. i admire his style.
may be too late to make the ncaa's unless we win the sec tourney. either way, i hope we can improve on last year's tournament results.

No big dance this season that's coming next year people will be surprised,,,what we are seeing is a young team learning to play competitive college ball and they're looking good doing it,,,lets not forget(it's only coach martins second season) this is a young team........Looking Good

FanNotSheep writes:

It does seem like Martin's signature season may be starting slow and coming together as the season goes on, but for that to work you have to go deep in the SEC Tournament. This team must either win out the regular season and win two in Atlanta or win the tournament to go dancing. Just being hot down the stretch won't be enough in the SEC with Kentucky down.

Great to read McRae's unselfish words. Love when players don't care about their own success unless the team wins. And this team is starting to look a little bit like the Chris Lofton/JuJuan Smith teams we loved so much. Roll on!

gogovols2002#222335 writes:

Where's all the boo-birds now?? CM is doing a good job at UT especially under the circumstances left by Bruce Pearl. He recruited Stokes and a few other good ones which few other HC's could have done. CM was highly criticized for low scoring defensive games at the begining of the season..but look at them now. BTW part of the problem with low scoring games is the FACT refs will not call fouls like they used to.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Great game by McRae...and the rest of the Vos.

Golden's 20 was marred a little by turnovers. He showed maturity in this one that had not been evident before---he was able to steer his play back between the white lines after a couple of ball handling mistakes, and did not let themistakes throw him for long or grab control of his focus.

Stokes is deceptively quick...and can handle the basketball on the floor.

LSU was well coached.

For a second game in a row, UT's bench looked the part of winners---players composed as they celebrated, coaches dressed like professional coaches, etc. Good to see that UT is well represented in front of a national TV audience.

I wish somebody would tell Coach Martin to sit up straight and smile when he is being interviewed on camera after the game. His sitting down low, leaning on his elbows, makes him seem intimidated, etc. That sometimes happens whtn a big guy is trying to get close to the microphone. 18 inches away is about right, if you are speaking up.

He needs to speak a little louder, sit up straight and smile, to look the part of the composed, confident leader. It will help the perception. He is such a big, tall guy that if he scrunches down, he has a tendency to look (on camera) as if he is intimidated...and scrunching down also makes people speak softer and with less authority.

Great game, Vols.

GOVOLS! GOVOLS! GOVOLS!

Can they do it again?

You can't find anything to moan about regarding the game so you cry about how Coach Martin does interviews? LOL... Coach Martin looks intimidated? Uh.. Okay. My money says Coach Martin would stomp your guts out without blinking an eye. Intimidated...LOL

vol98champ writes:

Didn't get to watch the Kentucky game. Was traveling. Forgot about the LSU game until 5:50 local time; that's 8:50 in Knoxville. I am beginning to believe I should just check the box score.

FanNotSheep writes:

in response to gogovols2002#222335:

Where's all the boo-birds now?? CM is doing a good job at UT especially under the circumstances left by Bruce Pearl. He recruited Stokes and a few other good ones which few other HC's could have done. CM was highly criticized for low scoring defensive games at the begining of the season..but look at them now. BTW part of the problem with low scoring games is the FACT refs will not call fouls like they used to.

Pearl did not leave UT in a mess. He took the program to a level it never reached before. I'll forgive you since you obviously have been smoking crack, but Elite 8? Almost Final 4? Ranked #1 in the nation, even if just for a week?

Whatever success Tennessee basketball has had in the past 25 years or will have anytime soon is directly linked to Bruce Pearl, and though I really like Martin and wish him great success, I would love to see Pearl and his staff on our bench and see opponents unable to even inbounds the basketball. Last night's game was the first time I've seen flashes of the excitement Vol fans once took for granted since Pearl was running the show.

sameolvolalum writes:

A little momentum is a good thing as the boys are rounding out at a good time. Is it me, or is this site nice to read today? W's keep those trolls away. Here, kitty, kitty, kitty!

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Was the T on his lapel straight enough for you?
How about the tie? Did he use a windsor knot?

That's the man's personality.........but maybe in time you'll get that changed.

Good grief...............

Actually I liked his makeover of the coach.hehe
While he's at it let's get rid of the lip licking he does in interviews. It's distracting.

A smile and a friendly demeanor would help us all. volrunsintoit is usually a troll if I remember correctly but let's hope the coach reads the good parts of his makeover.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

in response to Vol_In_Ohio:

People are asking when the last time UT had a couple of guards go for 20. I remember this game (actually went to it) where they scored 121 against Long Beach State in the NCAA tourney - Lofton/Smith/Smith all had 20+.

http://scores.espn.go.com/ncb/boxscor...

Current Vols are playing great...keep it going!

I was really asking about Mcrae and Golden or maybe McBee or richardson.lol I knew Loften Smith and co had at least one of those games. Good feed tho'.
Did you notice that Long Beach's 2 guards had 20+ and one other had 17? That means mostly our bench won the game.hehe

johnlg00 writes:

in response to AHOUSE:

I am a little late in giving my thoughts after all the nice comment made here, and probably not many people will read or care what I think, but I will put it in here just in case.
The major difference this month and before most people wanted to fire the coach and stop watching the team play , if you notice Golden no longer waltz's up the floor, and they don't wait until the clock runs down to get it going.
Now it's different,and it appears they work on their game in practice enough so it is automatic in the game and play as if it is the last game of their career. I would like to see them spread the floor against the press, and not throw the ball to McBee,(has no speed and can't dribble).
Stokes, he has decided he is wearing the big boy pants and now can play with the big boys. I wish for Hall, stop walking and practice catching, but it maybe too late. My next wish to play KY and win by 40!!!

Some good points here. I agree that the Vols seem to be playing quicker and with more purpose, yet also cutting down on the silly turnovers. I somewhat disagree with what you said about passing to McBee against the press. He does seem to get trapped in the corners more often than I would like to see, but part of that is that the other guys don't always make themselves avaliable for the pass from him. He is also a deadly free-throw shooter, so too much physicality on him becomes an almost automatic two points.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

Pearl did not leave UT in a mess. He took the program to a level it never reached before. I'll forgive you since you obviously have been smoking crack, but Elite 8? Almost Final 4? Ranked #1 in the nation, even if just for a week?

Whatever success Tennessee basketball has had in the past 25 years or will have anytime soon is directly linked to Bruce Pearl, and though I really like Martin and wish him great success, I would love to see Pearl and his staff on our bench and see opponents unable to even inbounds the basketball. Last night's game was the first time I've seen flashes of the excitement Vol fans once took for granted since Pearl was running the show.

Can't really argue with much of this. I too wish CCM would pull out a few tapes of some of Pearl's games and study how his teams defended the out-of-bounds plays. The current Vol personnel would seem ideally suited to do that just as well as Pearl's teams often did. For whatever reason, they didn't do that as much or as well in Pearl's last couple of years, but at one point they were so good at it that announcers never failed to mention it even after they WEREN'T so good at it.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Actually I liked his makeover of the coach.hehe
While he's at it let's get rid of the lip licking he does in interviews. It's distracting.

A smile and a friendly demeanor would help us all. volrunsintoit is usually a troll if I remember correctly but let's hope the coach reads the good parts of his makeover.

I don't think that guy is really a troll, he is just an embittered Fulmer fan. Most of his scorn is directed at Hamilton, Hart, and Cheek, though perhaps too much of it falls on coaches who can only try to do the best they can and on fans who don't share all his indignation and have no real power.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Was the T on his lapel straight enough for you?
How about the tie? Did he use a windsor knot?

That's the man's personality.........but maybe in time you'll get that changed.

Good grief...............

Well...since the most well presented team obviously has the best chance of the bid...and this is a team that needs the edge...

Personaities do not hunker down in front of a national TV audience. People who have not been shown how to do media the right way hunker down.

You are, I am certain, knowledgeable in a lot of areas.

What I'm saying is accurate. What's the problem with you, bud? You got some issues at home, or something.

Please take them out elsewhere.

Thanks...

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

You can't find anything to moan about regarding the game so you cry about how Coach Martin does interviews? LOL... Coach Martin looks intimidated? Uh.. Okay. My money says Coach Martin would stomp your guts out without blinking an eye. Intimidated...LOL

Rich, please don't go totally rednecked here.

Nobody challenged coach Martin to anything.

But he needs help in presenting his team; UT needs to be sold back into the limelight. Great records can languish---frequently do---in this media frenzied world. Look at some of the West Coast teams from small towns...that are virtually ignored by national media.

What I am saying is accurate. So...please don't act like you are a redneck. Everything to a redneck is about SOMEBAWDY KIN STAWMP YORE ______. Instead, why don't you act like Rich really is reborn?

Thanks...

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Well...since the most well presented team obviously has the best chance of the bid...and this is a team that needs the edge...

Personaities do not hunker down in front of a national TV audience. People who have not been shown how to do media the right way hunker down.

You are, I am certain, knowledgeable in a lot of areas.

What I'm saying is accurate. What's the problem with you, bud? You got some issues at home, or something.

Please take them out elsewhere.

Thanks...

Well "Bud"

Rich and I don't actually have the problem. It seems the problem lies with a person who is expecting someone to adhere to his dress/posture requirements.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Well "Bud"

Rich and I don't actually have the problem. It seems the problem lies with a person who is expecting someone to adhere to his dress/posture requirements.

Witch Doctor say Bones see many many "suggest removals" in his posting future as he gets nowhere trying to "talk" sports on a level of someone who knows and understands the game so now is trying to troll to get a response. Witch Doctor say hes nothing but a person needing a reaction..and..
Bones never lie.

no1djkb#278630 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Rich, please don't go totally rednecked here.

Nobody challenged coach Martin to anything.

But he needs help in presenting his team; UT needs to be sold back into the limelight. Great records can languish---frequently do---in this media frenzied world. Look at some of the West Coast teams from small towns...that are virtually ignored by national media.

What I am saying is accurate. So...please don't act like you are a redneck. Everything to a redneck is about SOMEBAWDY KIN STAWMP YORE ______. Instead, why don't you act like Rich really is reborn?

Thanks...

I am going to try to say this without offending you. I don't think Coach Martin needs to change who he is for anyone on TV or for you either. I am not saying you should not have an opinion this is a free country but this program needs someone who stands by what they believe and is as real as they can be. Coach Martin does not need to prove anything to anyone. He played in the NBA, played for a respected program and coach, and he has proven that he can motivate players and that he wants what's best for them. The jury is still out about him being a good fit for UT but at least he is going in the right direction

johnlg00 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Rich, please don't go totally rednecked here.

Nobody challenged coach Martin to anything.

But he needs help in presenting his team; UT needs to be sold back into the limelight. Great records can languish---frequently do---in this media frenzied world. Look at some of the West Coast teams from small towns...that are virtually ignored by national media.

What I am saying is accurate. So...please don't act like you are a redneck. Everything to a redneck is about SOMEBAWDY KIN STAWMP YORE ______. Instead, why don't you act like Rich really is reborn?

Thanks...

We have had our disagreements, and you might be going just a tad overboard on this, but it couldn't hurt for Martin to get a little advice and maybe some practice in tightening up his TV image. I surely don't want to him to become just another PR-oriented, glib, stuffed shirt. If that is the alternative, I would take him just as he is. As it is, I think he comes across as serious, genuine, thoughtful, and not one to gild the lily. I'll bet his manner comes across much better in a recruit's living room than it does on TV. I can live with that.

jt45 writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Great game by McRae...and the rest of the Vos.

Golden's 20 was marred a little by turnovers. He showed maturity in this one that had not been evident before---he was able to steer his play back between the white lines after a couple of ball handling mistakes, and did not let themistakes throw him for long or grab control of his focus.

Stokes is deceptively quick...and can handle the basketball on the floor.

LSU was well coached.

For a second game in a row, UT's bench looked the part of winners---players composed as they celebrated, coaches dressed like professional coaches, etc. Good to see that UT is well represented in front of a national TV audience.

I wish somebody would tell Coach Martin to sit up straight and smile when he is being interviewed on camera after the game. His sitting down low, leaning on his elbows, makes him seem intimidated, etc. That sometimes happens whtn a big guy is trying to get close to the microphone. 18 inches away is about right, if you are speaking up.

He needs to speak a little louder, sit up straight and smile, to look the part of the composed, confident leader. It will help the perception. He is such a big, tall guy that if he scrunches down, he has a tendency to look (on camera) as if he is intimidated...and scrunching down also makes people speak softer and with less authority.

Great game, Vols.

GOVOLS! GOVOLS! GOVOLS!

Can they do it again?

I bet you didnt see all the flames coming from this one, for some reason I read it differently than most and think your just noticing the little things (like the interview). I see what your saying and Im sure that some interviews are conducted with plenty of prep time (such as those by major networks) but most of these post game videos are just done on the fly after a long game working to get a win. Surely you understand that. The image Martin projects to the public after a game is genuine. It may not be flashy yet because he has the job of turning these young men into winners. Someone once said speak softly and carry a big stick. I believe he got plenty of respect. Sounds like the better option to me.

wally writes:

McRae has not only evolved into an outstanding player. He's also, seemingly and more importantly, matured into a total class-act. It's great to see.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to wally:

McRae has not only evolved into an outstanding player. He's also, seemingly and more importantly, matured into a total class-act. It's great to see.

I agree. If Jordan mostly keeps going like he has been lately through the end of next year, he may go down as one of the most respected Vols ever. Got a ways to go to get to the level of esteem in which Vol fans hold, say, Chris Lofton, but he is doing fine so far.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Well...since the most well presented team obviously has the best chance of the bid...and this is a team that needs the edge...

Personaities do not hunker down in front of a national TV audience. People who have not been shown how to do media the right way hunker down.

You are, I am certain, knowledgeable in a lot of areas.

What I'm saying is accurate. What's the problem with you, bud? You got some issues at home, or something.

Please take them out elsewhere.

Thanks...

Winning on national TV is the best way to showcase our program. Save the loud talking showboating for someone else. Those dudes generally end up being frauds anyway.

As for me being a redneck...LOL, whatever. That's about as comical as your other posts on here...

Basketvol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Can't really argue with much of this. I too wish CCM would pull out a few tapes of some of Pearl's games and study how his teams defended the out-of-bounds plays. The current Vol personnel would seem ideally suited to do that just as well as Pearl's teams often did. For whatever reason, they didn't do that as much or as well in Pearl's last couple of years, but at one point they were so good at it that announcers never failed to mention it even after they WEREN'T so good at it.

Some good observations here. I remember in Pearl's last couple of years I was frustrated by the lack of press, after they had been so successful, but I just accepted that there must be a reason. Wrong personnel?

I'm feeling the same way with this team. It seems like they would really benefit from amping up the pressure. They weren't doing it at all early in the year so I'm glad to see it pop up from time to time, but I want more pressure! As you and others have said, this team had to start over and learn how to play without Maymon. It has taken time for the team to trust the coach and the coach to trust the team. Once this mutual trust builds, the coach has more options because he can give the team more freedom. Same thing is happening on the offensive side of the ball. I like what I'm seeing, but I would REALLY LIKE to see more pressure. I think they would cause quite a few turnovers this way with the personnel they have in place.

iowavol writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

Great game by McRae...and the rest of the Vos.

Golden's 20 was marred a little by turnovers. He showed maturity in this one that had not been evident before---he was able to steer his play back between the white lines after a couple of ball handling mistakes, and did not let themistakes throw him for long or grab control of his focus.

Stokes is deceptively quick...and can handle the basketball on the floor.

LSU was well coached.

For a second game in a row, UT's bench looked the part of winners---players composed as they celebrated, coaches dressed like professional coaches, etc. Good to see that UT is well represented in front of a national TV audience.

I wish somebody would tell Coach Martin to sit up straight and smile when he is being interviewed on camera after the game. His sitting down low, leaning on his elbows, makes him seem intimidated, etc. That sometimes happens whtn a big guy is trying to get close to the microphone. 18 inches away is about right, if you are speaking up.

He needs to speak a little louder, sit up straight and smile, to look the part of the composed, confident leader. It will help the perception. He is such a big, tall guy that if he scrunches down, he has a tendency to look (on camera) as if he is intimidated...and scrunching down also makes people speak softer and with less authority.

Great game, Vols.

GOVOLS! GOVOLS! GOVOLS!

Can they do it again?

WTF are you talking about. The man is all class and obviously knows what he is doing or talking about. You obviously don't.

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

are we really complaining about a coach's demeanor when he's won 4 straight league games, including annihilating a certain storied opponent by 30 points?

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Well "Bud"

Rich and I don't actually have the problem. It seems the problem lies with a person who is expecting someone to adhere to his dress/posture requirements.

Did Rich ask you to mind his business for him?

He has always seemed to be articulate, whenever I have read his posts. So exactly why are you appointing yourself his spokesperson.

As you can see, others have noticed that Coach Martin could use some training in on-camera appearances; after all EVERY major school trains their coaches if coaches are out of practice or otherwise not as smooth as the school's reputation requires, unless the coach refuses.

What you are complaining about is standard policy in professional communications, marketing advertising or journalism. Thus we know that you are anything but a professional communicator; so you frankly do not know.

It's okay not to, but please do not correct some of the folks who do. We are not asking anything out of the ordinary for winners or top level performers.

Just that simple.

Maybe back in one of those coves, that word will get through to you, as soon as the sunshipe gets piped in all the way, so the information we have been discussing can get through the pipe.

GO VOLS!!!

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to no1djkb#278630:

I am going to try to say this without offending you. I don't think Coach Martin needs to change who he is for anyone on TV or for you either. I am not saying you should not have an opinion this is a free country but this program needs someone who stands by what they believe and is as real as they can be. Coach Martin does not need to prove anything to anyone. He played in the NBA, played for a respected program and coach, and he has proven that he can motivate players and that he wants what's best for them. The jury is still out about him being a good fit for UT but at least he is going in the right direction

Thank you for being polite; nowhere in that is any kind of offense, as far as I can see.

Multiple reasons exist that he needs to get some sprucing up as far as on-camera and on-microphone communications:

1. This is big time college ball, and players are looking at articulate, well trained presenters from other teams who, frankly, show better than our HC does, currently. They may not be able to coach better than he, but they look better. And to an 18-year-old that may be the thing that swings 'em to another school.

2. Boosters give to polished looking folks. As an example, consider Mike Hamilton. Nobody worse was ever in that office, except maybe Hart. But he was able to shake the trees well, because he wore $1,000+ tailored suits, $300+shoes, was well spoken, knew the #'s and the $'s because he was a CPA; had been to a lot of great restaurannts, clubs (country, not hip-hop), places, etc...and coult hold a decent conversation. He looked the part, acted the part, but smelled wishy-washy at the end and afterward. So UT prospered...until the piper played the song sheet Hamilton was on.

3. Voters in the polls from places all over the country may not get to see Martin more than once or twice this season---and they for several games saw a coach walking off the court wiht his necktie wadded up, or wearing a T-shirt, etc. So coaches who look like they are top shelf get more respect. Just that simple. Consider Caipari, whose class this year will rank higher than Martin's, despite UT's thrashing of KY; or Petino, whose Armani suits are legendary (those are $3,000.00 at the level he buys, tailored, etc.;) his teams are down this year, but none-the-less, he will recruit big and be interviewed, etc.

Yes, I know money may pass hands for a lot of coaches to players; but the more polished coaches make programs look better. Just that simple.

As Phillip Fulmer got older and chubbier, and the new wave of coaches came into the SEC; some recruits talked about the youth, or how "smooth" the Meyer,etc, etc. were. Just that simple. Notice also that Steve Spurrier has never been anything but a snappy dresser; and he tends to be respected by recruits, coaches and journalists alike.

A few trips to John I. Daniels, some coaching from somebody from major markets, not Charlotte or Nashville, and a better understand of what to do and when to do it, as wella s some "talking points, which EVERY interviewee has---but obviously our p.r. department has never prepared and coached for Coach Martin---would be a big help.

This is not about anything but the truism that in big time media...perception is reality. If they think he is not as appealing on camera as another coach, he has a harder time gettingto where he needs to go. Fact, like it or not.

Thanks for beingpolite and thinking about what you posted. It is much appreciated.

GO VOLS!!!!!!!!

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to jt45:

I bet you didnt see all the flames coming from this one, for some reason I read it differently than most and think your just noticing the little things (like the interview). I see what your saying and Im sure that some interviews are conducted with plenty of prep time (such as those by major networks) but most of these post game videos are just done on the fly after a long game working to get a win. Surely you understand that. The image Martin projects to the public after a game is genuine. It may not be flashy yet because he has the job of turning these young men into winners. Someone once said speak softly and carry a big stick. I believe he got plenty of respect. Sounds like the better option to me.

JT...thank you. He needs to have been briefed and prepared and practiced hundreds of times before he ever gets to the post or pre-game.\

That is the way it is done, but the fact he obviously has not been---and previous coaches were not---is proof once again of how screwed up our Athletics Department is.

When some long-term folks retired, a couple of years back, where did UT go to get a PR director???? NYE? LA? from one of the big PR agencies in Chicago or Dallas????? Nope...University of Kentucky.

UK is certainly where all those ESPN, CBS< ABC< NBC and FOX sports journalists...as well as Sporting News, etc, etc know each other and eat lunch every other week and have beers after work severa times a month, etc, etc...

UT Athletics has been run like a provincial little cow town, by Hamilton and Hart. Neither ever worked in big time sports towns before here, and neither understand big time media. Just that simple. And UT suffers.

There is so much that a real pro would do to improve what's going on, and fix a lot of problems that will be left alone until they trip and trap a coach or player, because Hart is like Hamilton---does not know they are there.

And obviously neither does this guy from UK...

So UT left Coach Martin out there not well trained, certainly not practiced and looking like small potatoes...

yet he is supposed to impress recruits' parents as well as Pitino or Calipari or _______________ who has been trained and knows and understands...guys like Bruce Pearl, who came from a media smart school, and built programs on what he learned at Boston U...

Tks for your comment. GO Vols!!!!!!!!!!

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to jt45:

I bet you didnt see all the flames coming from this one, for some reason I read it differently than most and think your just noticing the little things (like the interview). I see what your saying and Im sure that some interviews are conducted with plenty of prep time (such as those by major networks) but most of these post game videos are just done on the fly after a long game working to get a win. Surely you understand that. The image Martin projects to the public after a game is genuine. It may not be flashy yet because he has the job of turning these young men into winners. Someone once said speak softly and carry a big stick. I believe he got plenty of respect. Sounds like the better option to me.

I don't think it's either or. I am older, and was privileged to watch Ray Mears recruit. Mears was a little more subdued than Pearl, but it was a more subdued age. And both of them were polished and knew exactly where they were and what they were going to do next when media folks showed up...and did it.

Coach Martin has not been prepared for what is going to happen if his team wins out. He will look like a nice man, a little out of his league---or if the reporter misunderstands him, during the news conferences; he could be made out to be in over his head. Coaches perceived like that usually get a couple of years in the big dance without all the benefits in recruiting, laying groundwork for contributions, etc., that come with people who have been trained to handle media well.

Coach Martin may indeed be a great guy; but he needs help on mic and on camera...a lot of it.
The fact he is obviusly under-trained shows just how screwed up UT's Athetics Department is in terms of realizing maximum yield from public relations opertunities in all their venues, with all their publics and from a their initiatives.

Go Vol!

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to iowavol:

WTF are you talking about. The man is all class and obviously knows what he is doing or talking about. You obviously don't.

You are showing your ignorance.

I have worked on-air in New York City, other major markets, as well as been a network producer or reporter for CBS, NBC, FOX (formerly RKO,) was involved for a brief time in a couple of the Sports Networks covering major sports conferences including UT.

In my career I have been on-air talent for golf for NBC having done PGA and LPGA, tournaments as contract talent. Have been a stringer and earlier a free-lancer. I pulled cable for the Gold Cup Hydroplane races in Seattle as a teenager.

Probably the high point of my career was that I was named bureau chief for one of those networks in South Korea, with collateral responsibilities. Among those I interviewed as a reporter/correspondent/producer are Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissenger, Howard Baker, Dick Thornburg, Earl Butz, former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Warren Burger, Rosalyn Carter, Betty Ford, (Hillary Clinton almost talked with me, but left abruptly,) Edward Gurney, Paula Hawkins, Jessee Helms, Andrew Young, Jessee Jackson, several Joint Chiefs.

As a kid reporter I interviewed Governor Lamar Alexander, Winfield Dunn, Ned McWhorter , and earlier, Tennessee politicians and Buford Pusser.

In the last 20 years my focus has been on consulting and coaching individuals to be on-camera and on marketing. Have helped Corporate Attorneys deliver instructions by video, worked with on-air talent and corporate officers in all media and venues in national brands. All told have managed., maybe $350-million dollars in marketing budgets.

During those earlier days I produced and reported features on Elton John, Mary Travers, the Byrds, Chicago, Earl Scruggs, etc. I was in front of the Dakota the day John Lenon was shot, later in my career.

So please shut up. I am a semi-retired, seasoned pro---an older guy who loves the Vols, am sad to see what has become of the once great program, am in full sympathy with Martin's efforts to bring the program back, and am fully qualified to offer comments about my beloved Vols on obviously---to those who really do know---short sighted media strategies.

Go the hexx back to Iowa. How's that. I do not like your fore-flushing attitude. And for once I enjoyed telling an apparent creep off.

Coach Martin needs help with media, and Hart et al have waited so late that he may not have time to get it before tournaments. For the same reason UT did not get major league coaches to come here, under HamilHart; they will get minor league media help, if at all, for these coaches.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

Now I get the name...vol Thru and thru is never thru. or finished.

Everyone need a makeover of sorts but you're making much to do about nothing. There's nothing really wrong with Martin's appearance...other than the lip licking he does when talking. Again...we all could smile more if it's genuine. Recruits and their guardians will respond more to sincerity than a suit and tie...most of the time. Suits are fine but a lot of ministers are getting away from them because it puts them out of touch in the minds of the "sheep"! Sales people tend to go with the dress of their clients. In some elements it's ok to be a little less "neat".
"Color me beautiful" is outdated Miss volsthrunthruup! Male teachers used to be required to wear ties and female wore dresses. But no longer. Theoworld of high powered sales and money brokering may be a last holdout but I don't think even they fully expect coaches to follow "suits" if you know what I mean.
jmsho(justmysillyhumbleopinion).

underthehill writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

You are showing your ignorance.

I have worked on-air in New York City, other major markets, as well as been a network producer or reporter for CBS, NBC, FOX (formerly RKO,) was involved for a brief time in a couple of the Sports Networks covering major sports conferences including UT.

In my career I have been on-air talent for golf for NBC having done PGA and LPGA, tournaments as contract talent. Have been a stringer and earlier a free-lancer. I pulled cable for the Gold Cup Hydroplane races in Seattle as a teenager.

Probably the high point of my career was that I was named bureau chief for one of those networks in South Korea, with collateral responsibilities. Among those I interviewed as a reporter/correspondent/producer are Ronald Regan, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissenger, Howard Baker, Dick Thornburg, Earl Butz, former Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Warren Burger, Rosalyn Carter, Betty Ford, (Hillary Clinton almost talked with me, but left abruptly,) Edward Gurney, Paula Hawkins, Jessee Helms, Andrew Young, Jessee Jackson, several Joint Chiefs.

As a kid reporter I interviewed Governor Lamar Alexander, Winfield Dunn, Ned McWhorter , and earlier, Tennessee politicians and Buford Pusser.

In the last 20 years my focus has been on consulting and coaching individuals to be on-camera and on marketing. Have helped Corporate Attorneys deliver instructions by video, worked with on-air talent and corporate officers in all media and venues in national brands. All told have managed., maybe $350-million dollars in marketing budgets.

During those earlier days I produced and reported features on Elton John, Mary Travers, the Byrds, Chicago, Earl Scruggs, etc. I was in front of the Dakota the day John Lenon was shot, later in my career.

So please shut up. I am a semi-retired, seasoned pro---an older guy who loves the Vols, am sad to see what has become of the once great program, am in full sympathy with Martin's efforts to bring the program back, and am fully qualified to offer comments about my beloved Vols on obviously---to those who really do know---short sighted media strategies.

Go the hexx back to Iowa. How's that. I do not like your fore-flushing attitude. And for once I enjoyed telling an apparent creep off.

Coach Martin needs help with media, and Hart et al have waited so late that he may not have time to get it before tournaments. For the same reason UT did not get major league coaches to come here, under HamilHart; they will get minor league media help, if at all, for these coaches.

Now that Lakeshore is closed..do you need a referral for services..

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