The highs and lows of UT's 2011 football season

HIGHEST OF HIGHS

Sept. 10 — Tennessee 45, Cincinnati 23

Running game? Rush defense? Who needs it when you're throwing it this well?

The Vols looked simply unstoppable through the air in a convincing rout at Neyland Stadium. Tyler Bray completed 34 of 41 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns, making him the first UT quarterback since Peyton Manning to clear 400 in a single game. He peppered the Bearcats from start to finish in the Vols' best game under Derek Dooley.

Even kicker Michael Palardy and the defense showed up when it had to. Palardy executed a perfect, surprise onside kick and the Vols stopped the Bearcats twice on fourth-and-short to prevent them from matching UT touchdown for touchdown.

LOWEST OF LOWS

Nov. 26 — Kentucky 10, Tennessee 7

It began in ugly fashion and it just never got better. By the time Bray's fourth-and-long pass was intercepted by Taledo Smith, the feeling had sunk in for most Vol fans. UT had lost to the Wildcats for the first time since 1984.

Even worse than the game, which featured an anemic UT offensive attack matched against a Kentucky offense that had wide receiver Matt Roark playing quarterback, was the aftermath. A number of UT seniors called out the team's younger players who, in their minds, didn't play with enough effort, were playing for their own personal statistics and weren't interested in making a lower-tier bowl game, among other things.

As Dooley said during the post-game news conference, UT, as a program, had hit rock bottom.

GAME OF THE YEAR

Nov. 19 — Tennessee 27, Vanderbilt 21 (OT)

When Palardy's fourth-quarter field-goal attempt sailed into the backside of center Alex Bullard, all appeared lost. Blessed with a second chance because of a unique penalty call, the Vols made the most of it and rode the momentum to a relatively improbable, relief-filled victory.

On the very next play, Bray connected with wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers, who made a twisting, one-handed catch in the corner of the end zone, to tie the game. The drama only increased, as Prentiss Waggner intercepted a pass in UT territory to force the game into overtime. In the extra period, UT cornerback Eric Gordon emerged as the hero, picking off Jordan Rodgers and running it back 90 yards for the game-winning touchdown.

The play had to be confirmed by a controversial video ruling, but that only further motivated the Vols to celebrate. Video of the team's locker room celebration, which featured Dooley saying the Vols always "beat the — out of Vandy," leaked to the public and, perhaps, lit a flame under this rivalry.

TURNING POINT

Sept. 17 — Hunter goes down

He was wide open and the throw was on the money. The situation was so promising, Justin Hunter had his mind on bigger things.

Hunter's body twisted awkwardly in the air when he made a 12-yard catch in the first quarter at Florida. The landing was worse, as Hunter immediately clutched his left knee and writhed in pain. He knew immediately that his ACL was torn and X-rays soon revealed the grizzly truth. He was done for the season.

So, too, was the Vols' seemingly unstoppable passing game. It never was quite the same without Hunter, who not only made big plays, but opened up the field for Rogers and tight end Mychal Rivera. Other receivers such as Zach Rogers, DeAnthony Arnett and Vincent Dallas failed to fill the massive void left by Hunter and it only got worse when Bray went out for five games with a broken thumb.

OFFENSIVE MVP

Wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers

Love him or hate him, the polarizing sophomore had one of the best seasons by a UT receiver in the program's history.

Rogers led the SEC in receptions (67) and receiving yards (1,040) and was second with nine touchdowns. He was obviously a better receiver with Justin Hunter on the field and was a more consistent player when he had someone else opening things up, but Rogers was still making things happen without Hunter in the lineup.

It's hard for some to wonder just how good UT's offense would have been with both Rogers and Hunter on the field. It's even harder to imagine what it would have looked like without Rogers, too.

DEFENSIVE MVP

Defensive tackle Malik Jackson

Focusing purely on statistics, the senior wasn't as productive in 2011 as he was at the end of last year. In Jackson's case, though, his numbers weren't at all indicative of how important he was to the Vols' defense.

Playing in the middle of a surprisingly effective defensive line, Jackson led the Vols with 11 tackles for loss and was tied for third on the team with 56 tackles. Those strong numbers came about despite him facing constant double- and triple-teams. He also wasn't exactly surrounded by players who could take that burden off his shoulders.

It was certainly a different scene than when Jackson emerged out of nowhere near the end of 2010. Opposing teams knew he was coming and, on most occasions, still couldn't bottle him up.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Linebacker A.J. Johnson

Johnson was at a different position than the one he played in high school and he wasn't even involved with the Vols' nickel package during the early part of the season.

It didn't matter. The "dump truck" simply produced, racking up 80 tackles, which was one short of the team lead and easily the most by any freshman in the SEC. Most promising for the Vols was how Johnson performed in big games. During a three-week stretch against LSU, Alabama and South Carolina, Johnson racked up 36 tackles.

Johnson's future may see him move back to middle linebacker, a position he's probably better suited for considering his 245-pound frame. No matter what, though, Johnson has instilled enough confidence to believe he'll succeed wherever he's put.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Linebackers coach Peter Sirmon

One of the lowest-paid among Dooley's assistants, the first-year coach earned every last dollar in 2011.

Sirmon supervised a linebacking corps that was without its leading returning tackler (Herman Lathers), featured a senior who hadn't started playing the position until 2010 (Austin Johnson) and was littered with youth, inexperience and an overall lack of talent. In the end, UT's linebackers were one of the pleasant surprises in an otherwise disappointing season.

The emergence of freshmen Curt Maggitt and A.J. Johnson had a lot to do with their respective levels of talent, but Sirmon also should be credited for how he groomed them and maintained their production from start to finish. Sirmon, meanwhile, has also been one of the Vols' top recruiters. UT likely will have to pony up more cash if it hopes to keep Sirmon away from a number of other programs.

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

The offensive line

The pass blocking improved. That was a positive. The rest, however, was one big negative, as the unit seemed to regress for unknown reasons in 2011.

It's hard to pinpoint what exactly went wrong with the line, which featured one junior and four sophomores. Some of the players cited communication issues, but those were resoundingly dismissed by Dooley. Some ex-Vols called out the players for an overall lack of toughness and nastiness.

Whatever it was, it will have to be better in 2012. The Vols can't expect to be any better than five wins if they can't finish higher than 117th in the nation in rush offense.

PLEASANT SURPRISE

The front seven

The secondary, bolstered with an injection of bodies and talent, was supposed to carry the Vols' defense in 2011. Less than a few games into the season, however, it became clear that the rest of the defense would be the one carrying the secondary.

The defensive line didn't generate enough pressure to pick up a bunch of sacks, but it held its own and improved as the season unfolded. Running backs Isaiah Crowell, Spencer Ware and Trent Richardson were all held in check against the Vols. The linebacking corps also was better than expected, as the freshman tandem of Maggitt and A.J. Johnson piled up tackles while senior Austin Johnson led the team in both tackles (81) an interceptions (four).

The Vols' defense as a whole finished with significantly higher marks defensively, ranking 12th in pass defense and 28th in total defense. The front end can take pride in the fact that it had a major hand in both.

PROMISING DEVELOPMENT

Defensive tackle Maurice Couch

Expectations were understandably high for the junior-college transfer. He was the only player in UT's signing class to garner five stars from one of the many scouting services, after all. So, it was fair for those to consider the first half of Couch's first season at UT to be a disappointment.

The second half was the exact opposite, as Couch played exactly like many envisioned he would from the moment he moved to Knoxville. Cracking the starting rotation by November, Couch picked up five of his six tackles for loss and 27 of his 37 tackles in the final six games of the year.

Like most junior-college transfers, Couch was out of shape when he arrived at UT. It took some time to get back into playing shape and it also took a while before he became acclimated to a climate that isn't friendly to those afflicted with asthma. That shouldn't be a problem as he heads into 2012 as one of the key cogs in UT's defense.

JURY'S OUT

Running back Marlin Lane

There were flashes of brilliance, but there were more moments of hesitation and trepidation.

Lane didn't have the impact that a number of freshman running backs have had recently in the SEC, but he wasn't bad, either. He finished with 441 yards of offense and four touchdowns, often flashing better moves and speed when he was catching passes out of the backfield.

Not all running backs have the ability to adapt to the college game immediately like South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore, so it's far too early to make any conclusions on Lane's future with the Vols.

But the Vols are in desperate need of a playmaking running back. It's not something anyone can take lightly. Lane's progress will be closely monitored throughout the offseason. If he doesn't have what it takes, the Vols will have to keep looking for "the guy" on the recruiting trail.

EARLY LOOK

The SEC has yet to unveil its revamped 2012 schedule, but the Vols are safe to expect an easier trek.

They'll just be tested early in the season rather than the middle.

Bowl-bound North Carolina State, a Jekyll and Hyde team in 2011, is locked in as UT's opening opponent in conjunction with the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta. In all likelihood, Florida will remain the Vols' first SEC opponent of the season. According to Georgia's 2011 media guide, the Bulldogs were originally set to host the Vols on Sept. 29 rather than early October, but that's subject to change.

An October date with arch rival Alabama and non-conference matchups with Akron (Sept. 22) and Troy (Nov. 3) are the only other games that appear to be locked in. The usual suspects in the SEC East will be sprinkled somewhere on the schedule and likely will be joined by Missouri.

The million-dollar question remains to be what the SEC will do with the Vols' other matchup with an SEC West opponent. Will the Vols have to ditch their expected home date with Arkansas or their road trip to Mississippi State? Or will both be off the schedule and replaced with a trip to Texas A&M?

Seemingly everything remains possible, though it would be hard to imagine that the Vols play five teams that finish in the BCS top 15 like they did in 2011.

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mahabrando writes:

Keeping on ANY of Kiffin's staff is idiotic. Simple as that.

dvhill100 writes:

Pretty accurate article. A lot of potential, but the attitude has to get right. On the plus side, the schedule cannot be any harder. Down side, if the comments about the younger player's attitudes are true, CDC has to break bad on it now. Dissention, hate and discontent don't go away unless they are stamped out immediately. No player is above the team.

BustaRhymes writes:

There were highs?

GloryDays writes:

It is really sad that the game of the year or biggest highlight is beating Vandy.

arkyvol writes:

what highs? oh, i forgot. our h.c. is the boy with the famous last name. beating vandy qualifies for him.

arkyvol writes:

if we can get out of the north carolina contract, why can't we get out of the kick off classic? i'm surprised the conference is trying to work something on this. why does the sec deserve this kind of national humiliation?

rockypop writes:

How much longer are we going to have to endure articles on how pathetic this football season was? It can be disected from hel* to breakfast, and it always boils down to a pathetic season. We get it.

CrankE writes:

We have a coach of the year?

Kicker of the year: Derrick Broadus. In a moment worthy of "The Replacements", Broadus was the only bright spot between Florida and Vandy. I wonder if he would have made the field goal at Kentucky?

frblalack writes:

Offensive MVP - JUSTIN HUNTER!

Best coaching job by far was was LANCE THOMPSON!

Best overall player ...by far - MALIK JACKSON!

Most disappointing ... by far - MICHAEL PALARDY!

Let's hope & pray that Herman Lathers, Tyler Bray, & Justin Hunter recover to play at their full potential. And Tiny Richardson and Marcus Jackson can be the difference makers in our run game.

Vols can be GREAT AGAIN!

GO BIG ORANGE! ALL VOLS - ALL THE TIME - VFL!

OrangePsyched writes:

Wow 9 comments and 6 of them were from the same person. At best 9-3 next year worst is 8-4. See how that works? I choose to be positive while you see the negative side. I like my life much better. VFL!

volaholic45 writes:

I'll hope for the best, too, but right now Dooley is stacking up the signature losses (at LSU, North Carolina, Kentucky) and is still waiting on a real signature win (Vandy was fun, but doesn't count, especially when laying that loaf in Lexington 7 days later).

Watching the ACC game, telling Taj Boyd to buzz off is looking dumber and dumber.

And while I'm at it, what happened to a fan kicking a 50 yarder to win a million bucks to spend on whatever the heck he wants. Now we get 2 girly men college students (an education major and a social work major, no less) doing 5 yard tosses into a Dr. Pepper inflatable to win $100K in tuition? So the school gets theirs either way, and the loser will be buried in debt his degree can never pay off. They'll probably both wind up occupying Wall Street, and not in a good way.

Maverickman writes:

The spirit of discontent is palpable in Rocky Top. You can feel it in the air right now.
Its time for the RIGHT CHANGE..To expect Anything less than ,playing at a hight level every year is a insult to Tennessee Alum and FANS.To even think this program is headed in the right direction is Blind hope.Waiting another year will only delay this rebuilding of Tennessee Pride and Tradition. Mr. Heart Im counting on you, To put your mark on This Proud Tennessee football Tradition and save our program. Fire Dooley and spend the money to bring a winner to Rocky Top.Make Football matter again, GO VOLS

sbigdaddy writes:

OK, I think we can win next year but..... I think the coaching has to get better and they have to find out a way to get the players motivated to play the right way. coaching in my opinion has been done out of fear versus motivation of its players. OK Taking the redshirt off Worley for 2 games was not a good move. WE ALL KNOW THAT. Not playing Rajon Neal early in the season was not a good decision and to not have him as the feature back next years is just flat out CRAZY.. he is a better back than our freshman this year... He just is. James Stone was doing well last season snapping with his left hand and Tyler still was throwing the football with no problems... Who Idea was it to have Stone switch hands.... Coaching!!! The O- Line can pass protect well WHY?? because 70% of play calls were for passing plays..... How can they run the ball well against Bama, LSU and not against others???? Heistand better stop yelling at the players and talking down to them as they seem fearful of him... How does that motivate anyone???? You get the best out of players when you coach them up..NOT tear them down.. and finally IF Dereke Dooley keeps saying WE ARE A BAD TEAM.. HOPE HE MEANS THEY ARE BAD COACHES TOO.. because it starts there...Not ever have I heard Nick S and Les M. ever, ever blame the players they always say they have to improve as coaches getting the team ready.... The environment needs to change and Coach DD needs to let former players come back to be around the program beside PM.... I thought they were VOLS 4 Life!!!!1 Cant talk out of both side of your mouth coach.... I like you, think your in over your head but... so was Nick and Les Miles when they got there start.... But they were smart enough to surround thmeselves with GREAT COACHES AT EVERY POSITION... and for peep sake GET A RUNNING BACKS COACH.... PLEASE!!!!!!! Injury is apart of the game.... so you must do a better job preparing the players and your coaches.... Starters:
Same Offesenive line but but J. Schofield at your left Guard or and Stone back at Center.... QB Bray
WR Hunter, Rogers and for PEEP sake M Milton deserves a chance... Was not impressed with Z. Rogers.. RB- R. Neal, Full back please go with Fugate.. Tight end.. Rivers blocking needs help and he falls way too much Go with C. Clear...
Defense- Couch, Smith, Miller, AJ Johnson at the Middle, Curt M. Strong side Corners- Well you have to bring in a big time corner and DB... They were toast this year... Extra Point and Field goals should go to Brodus who was at the frat house.. he got courage and a great leg.... Punt return.. we need a fast guy like guy from LSU... Young was ok... but... Too small...
Just saying..... oh oh and please tell Chaney to stop being so predictable in play calls and play action pass works well not just running up the middle
thank goodness Imani Corss will be there next year a big back for back up..
.....

oldster writes:

in response to frblalack:

Offensive MVP - JUSTIN HUNTER!

Best coaching job by far was was LANCE THOMPSON!

Best overall player ...by far - MALIK JACKSON!

Most disappointing ... by far - MICHAEL PALARDY!

Let's hope & pray that Herman Lathers, Tyler Bray, & Justin Hunter recover to play at their full potential. And Tiny Richardson and Marcus Jackson can be the difference makers in our run game.

Vols can be GREAT AGAIN!

GO BIG ORANGE! ALL VOLS - ALL THE TIME - VFL!

While we are hoping and praying for things to make the Vols better, let's hope and pray that Palardy and Darr quit, transfer, leave, get thrown off, whatever. Alex Bullard's butt needs a rest.

OrangePsyched writes:

Maverickboy at least one of your posts along with 6 others on here. You have no life. No discontent from here. I'm all Vol. CDD will be here for a long time so cry me a river girlyboy. VFL!

sbigdaddy writes:

Have you seen practice TINY make a difference WWOW!!!! get to know that game.. he a good 2 deep
OK, I think we can win next year but..... I think the coaching has to get better and they have to find out a way to get the players motivated to play the right way. coaching in my opinion has been done out of fear versus motivation of its players. OK Taking the redshirt off Worley for 2 games was not a good move. WE ALL KNOW THAT. Not playing Rajon Neal early in the season was not a good decision and to not have him as the feature back next years is just flat out CRAZY.. he is a better back than our freshman this year... He just is. James Stone was doing well last season snapping with his left hand and Tyler still was throwing the football with no problems... Who Idea was it to have Stone switch hands.... Coaching!!! The O- Line can pass protect well WHY?? because 70% of play calls were for passing plays..... How can they run the ball well against Bama, LSU and not against others???? Heistand better stop yelling at the players and talking down to them as they seem fearful of him... How does that motivate anyone???? You get the best out of players when you coach them up..NOT tear them down.. and finally IF Dereke Dooley keeps saying WE ARE A BAD TEAM.. HOPE HE MEANS THEY ARE BAD COACHES TOO.. because it starts there...Not ever have I heard Nick S and Les M. ever, ever blame the players they always say they have to improve as coaches getting the team ready.... The environment needs to change and Coach DD needs to let former players come back to be around the program beside PM.... I thought they were VOLS 4 Life!!!!1 Cant talk out of both side of your mouth coach.... I like you, think your in over your head but... so was Nick and Les Miles when they got there start.... But they were smart enough to surround thmeselves with GREAT COACHES AT EVERY POSITION... and for peep sake GET A RUNNING BACKS COACH.... PLEASE!!!!!!! Injury is apart of the game.... so you must do a better job preparing the players and your coaches.... Starters:
Same Offesenive line but but J. Schofield at your left Guard or and Stone back at Center.... QB Bray
WR Hunter, Rogers and for PEEP sake M Milton deserves a chance... Was not impressed with Z. Rogers.. RB- R. Neal, Full back please go with Fugate.. Tight end.. Rivers blocking needs help and he falls way too much Go with C. Clear...
Defense- Couch, Smith, Miller, AJ Johnson at the Middle, Curt M. Strong side Corners- Well you have to bring in a big time corner and DB... They were toast this year... Extra Point and Field goals should go to Brodus who was at the frat house.. he got courage and a great leg.... Punt return.. we need a fast guy like guy from LSU... Young was ok... but... Too small...
Just saying..... oh oh and please tell Chaney to stop being so predictable in play calls and play action pass works well
.....

sbigdaddy writes:

in response to oldster:

While we are hoping and praying for things to make the Vols better, let's hope and pray that Palardy and Darr quit, transfer, leave, get thrown off, whatever. Alex Bullard's butt needs a rest.

Think we need a better OLINE COACH the players we have now can get it done TINY is 2 deep have you been to practice.... DUDE has a lot to learn trust me.... next year we are going to be fine if we get better coaching

born2ride writes:

This was the worst year ever.

Classof72 writes:

It's the worst two-year performance at Tennessee in a hundred years. It's not worth picking over, except to get it out of our systems. Then, let Dave Hart worry about it.

dtennessee#235123 writes:

Can someone please show me one thing to be optimistic about? Dooley is a disaster and it started with thirteeen men on the field at LSU, not 12, an unbelievable 13!

Tennessee has not gotten better in two years. Dooley is a HUGE mistake.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

I have preached for 2 years that UT should go out and buy June Jones away from SMU. Looks like that ticket will be cashed today by Arizona State as Jones is meeting with the Top brass there today. With Summlin heading to Texas A&m and Jones going to ASU two of the best will be taken when Dooley fails again next year. Looks like Ole Miss will hire a very good offensive mind in Hugh Freeze from Ark St. Freeze took the number 92 offense and moved it up to number 42 in one year before being named head coach. Recruiting was strong when Freeze was head of recruiting at Ole Miss where he helped land a number 13 class followed by a 25th ranked class. UT needs to step it up now and quitting wasting time with this coaching staff.

bigdisbig writes:

2012 Football Schedule is as follows:

8/30 or 9/1 - NC State (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic; ESPN/ABC) LOSS
9/8 - Georgia State WIN
9/15 - Florida LOSS
9/22 - Akron WIN
9/29 - at Georgia LOSS
10/6 - BYE
10/13 - at Mississippi State LOSS
10/20 - Alabama LOSS
10/27 - at South Carolina LOSS
11/3 - Troy WIN
11/10- Missouri WIN
11/17 - at Vanderbilt LOSS
11/24 - Kentucky WIN

Next year Dooley goes 5-7 and I'm being generous with the Missouri win.

cloudodust writes:

My vote for Highest of Highs was the departure of Mike Hamilton.

crmcm44#321757 writes:

What does it say about Tennessee football when the "HIGHEST OF HIGHS" is a win over Cincinnati?

volinlm writes:

Cannot underestimate the impact of a very poor kicking game. In the SEC it's critical. That area has been poor through Kiffin and Dooley. Don't get it?

Maverickman writes:

in response to OrangePsyched:

Maverickboy at least one of your posts along with 6 others on here. You have no life. No discontent from here. I'm all Vol. CDD will be here for a long time so cry me a river girlyboy. VFL!

Your ALL SHEEP,Blindly follow a loser coach. You don not have the ability to separate a Gomer Coach in orange pants and The Tennessee football program. VFL Vandy Football Loser.

bigdisbig writes:

in response to NachoPappy_76:

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Evidently you cannot see the forest for the trees. Name calling is for children my friend and evidently you have yet to grow up.

rootin4volz writes:

George Cafego is rolling over in his grave over Palardy and the entire kicking game, I can assure you. THAT was the biggest disappointment of the season.

iowavol writes:

in response to cloudodust:

My vote for Highest of Highs was the departure of Mike Hamilton.

Can I get an Amen on that! The mess he has created is beyond bearable.

knoxchatter writes:

in response to NachoPappy_76:

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um, the schedule posted by Bigdisbig is 'tentative'..(likely, but subject to change) and has appeared on several sports websites there TACOPEPPY...and if you consider the past two seasons, and what we have returning in 2012....the prediction is really not that far off...it's being excruciatingly realistic in fact! GBO!

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to bigdisbig:

2012 Football Schedule is as follows:

8/30 or 9/1 - NC State (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic; ESPN/ABC) LOSS
9/8 - Georgia State WIN
9/15 - Florida LOSS
9/22 - Akron WIN
9/29 - at Georgia LOSS
10/6 - BYE
10/13 - at Mississippi State LOSS
10/20 - Alabama LOSS
10/27 - at South Carolina LOSS
11/3 - Troy WIN
11/10- Missouri WIN
11/17 - at Vanderbilt LOSS
11/24 - Kentucky WIN

Next year Dooley goes 5-7 and I'm being generous with the Missouri win.

A loss to Ga and FL he's gone. The FL game is a must win as both programs are rebuilding.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to bigdisbig:

Evidently you cannot see the forest for the trees. Name calling is for children my friend and evidently you have yet to grow up.

I just dont get the name calling either. All these post are just opinions not fact. Absolutely, Nothing can be taken as fact on this site. The biggest factless site is VOLQUEST.

bigdisbig writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

I just dont get the name calling either. All these post are just opinions not fact. Absolutely, Nothing can be taken as fact on this site. The biggest factless site is VOLQUEST.

This is true my friend. I was posting my prognostications based on the past 2 seasons. I HOPE I am wrong but given the coaching scheme and the fact that Dooley has YET to motivate this team, especially regrouping at halftime, I see another year of frustration and missed opportunities.

Punched_By_Lady_Luck writes:

Hey editors:
Grizzly is a bear.
"He knew immediately that his ACL was torn and X-rays soon revealed the grizzly truth."

The word you're looking for is "grisly".

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to bigdisbig:

This is true my friend. I was posting my prognostications based on the past 2 seasons. I HOPE I am wrong but given the coaching scheme and the fact that Dooley has YET to motivate this team, especially regrouping at halftime, I see another year of frustration and missed opportunities.

It's hard to see but if they did come out and win 9 he would be coach of year.

D60 writes:

in response to NachoPappy_76:

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MGVOL22 writes:

Tee Martin turned down an opportunity to coach at Tennessee….Enough said.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

the lows were the postings of Bret Maverick, born2ride, Packer_Park, bodeaneNotVol and several others

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to orangeblooded83:

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Thanks but I dont accept your opinion. I'll go with my own.

UTKin1992 writes:

in response to bigdisbig:

2012 Football Schedule is as follows:

8/30 or 9/1 - NC State (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic; ESPN/ABC) LOSS
9/8 - Georgia State WIN
9/15 - Florida LOSS
9/22 - Akron WIN
9/29 - at Georgia LOSS
10/6 - BYE
10/13 - at Mississippi State LOSS
10/20 - Alabama LOSS
10/27 - at South Carolina LOSS
11/3 - Troy WIN
11/10- Missouri WIN
11/17 - at Vanderbilt LOSS
11/24 - Kentucky WIN

Next year Dooley goes 5-7 and I'm being generous with the Missouri win.

You ARE being generous. I see 4-7 at best, maybe worse.

The small sect of blind optimists here are Dooleys only supporters...other than his own family. I have yet to read or hear of anyone in the business of college football who thinks he should be retained in 2012. He is an administrative bureaucrat not a football coach.

The one idiot who posted that we should get used to Dooley because "he's gonna be here a long time" made my day. I had to re-read it to make sure I wasn't seeing things! What a moron.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

You ARE being generous. I see 4-7 at best, maybe worse.

The small sect of blind optimists here are Dooleys only supporters...other than his own family. I have yet to read or hear of anyone in the business of college football who thinks he should be retained in 2012. He is an administrative bureaucrat not a football coach.

The one idiot who posted that we should get used to Dooley because "he's gonna be here a long time" made my day. I had to re-read it to make sure I wasn't seeing things! What a moron.

Your assuming Bray will not wake up and he may not. He has not won aganst a top 25 team. Tyler has much to prove. Dooley even more. I wonder if our coach had not had the DOOLEY name that even Middle or Austin Peay would have hired him. I dont think so.

wigmeister writes:

Rumor has it that Tyler Bray, DaRick Rogers, and other young players were the one's saying who wants to go to a secondary bowl, and the Kentucky game is not important. If that is true, along with the nastinesses heaped on the coaches by Rogers, this coaching staff has big problems, that they better nip quickly. All games mean something. All bowls mean something. Not going to a bowl is a financial loss for TN. And if the rumors are true, Hart and the President of the university ought to get those players in and let them know how the real world works. Because if the rumors are true, that makes these players losers, because it shows they are not team players. UT is bigger than any player, on any team, at any time. If you don't want to represent the University with everything you have, you don't deserve to be on the team. You don't deserve your scholarship. Period.

I_Bleed_Orng writes:

in response to UTKin1992:

You ARE being generous. I see 4-7 at best, maybe worse.

The small sect of blind optimists here are Dooleys only supporters...other than his own family. I have yet to read or hear of anyone in the business of college football who thinks he should be retained in 2012. He is an administrative bureaucrat not a football coach.

The one idiot who posted that we should get used to Dooley because "he's gonna be here a long time" made my day. I had to re-read it to make sure I wasn't seeing things! What a moron.

You know, it's one thing to really dig into the season we just had. Most (not all) of the negativity concerning that campaign is understandable. But really, condemning us to a bad season 9 months in advance? Please don't try to pass yourself off as a Vol fan with this type of cynicism. You have no idea what will happen in the next nine months. Right now our new class is ranked 16th by espn. It could get better, or worse, who knows. Your post, as well as the posts of many others, almost wish failure upon our program.

While I am concerned about next year, what if it turns out to be positive. What if we can pick up the NC State, Florida, and Vandy games? That would make us 8-4 including two more SEC wins. Based on last season it may seem like I'm using orange colored glasses, but it is certainly not out of the realm of possibility.

Yes we have a lot of work to do. So Dooley, get your big girl panties on, gets your boys to take their cahones out of their mommies purses, and get some work done.

budd#207344 writes:

Lawrence Welk award for a "sportswriter" Andrew
Gribble.

There were no highs. Beating vandy in OT is not a high.

UTKin1992 writes:

in response to I_Bleed_Orng:

You know, it's one thing to really dig into the season we just had. Most (not all) of the negativity concerning that campaign is understandable. But really, condemning us to a bad season 9 months in advance? Please don't try to pass yourself off as a Vol fan with this type of cynicism. You have no idea what will happen in the next nine months. Right now our new class is ranked 16th by espn. It could get better, or worse, who knows. Your post, as well as the posts of many others, almost wish failure upon our program.

While I am concerned about next year, what if it turns out to be positive. What if we can pick up the NC State, Florida, and Vandy games? That would make us 8-4 including two more SEC wins. Based on last season it may seem like I'm using orange colored glasses, but it is certainly not out of the realm of possibility.

Yes we have a lot of work to do. So Dooley, get your big girl panties on, gets your boys to take their cahones out of their mommies purses, and get some work done.

With all due respect, the recruiting class of 2012 will be on down the list of SEC schools - if it ranks 16th...if you believe in the ranking systems. That won't be nearly enough to make much of a difference to our 2012 campaign. At this point, I'm like most Volunteers; I don't know what to expect from the attorney or his wayward team. I just want my program back.

jimr07 writes:

I think i have figured out the vols problems: they have problems of offense , defense and special teams..

ACWLY writes:

The HIGH has yet to come, HART holds the key!!!!!

hereandthere writes:

Folks, why continue to denigrate UK? We are awful. We know that, we know that.

bigdisbig writes:

When Jabari Greer was introduced tonight on Sunday Night Football he did not claim Tennessee as his college. He said something else but I could not understand what he said. Does anyone know about this? He plays for the New Orleans Saints.

clvolfan writes:

in response to GloryDays:

It is really sad that the game of the year or biggest highlight is beating Vandy.

OH,I about forgot,We did beat Cincinnatti, and look how they finished.

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