Andrew Gribble: Da'Rick Rogers rumor prompts introspection, skepticism

Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers is stopped by Kentucky defenders at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. UT lost to UK for the first time since 1984 with a score of 10-7.(AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers is stopped by Kentucky defenders at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011. UT lost to UK for the first time since 1984 with a score of 10-7.(AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

From someone's interpretation of "inside knowledge," to a never-ending flow of message board posts, to the comment sections under GoVolsXtra.com stories to the lightning-fast world of Twitter, the Tennessee fanbase has been engaged in one massive game of Telephone since the Vols' embarrassing finish to the 2011 season.

If I took everything I've read or heard during the past two weeks to be absolute fact, I'd be covering a program that is looking to replace every member of its coaching staff, including head coach Derek Dooley. It'd be a program that has had, roughly, 14 contentious team meetings since the 10-7 nightmare. And it'd be a program that would basically have to start all over on the recruiting trail because, of course, every one of UT's 21 commitments would now be looking elsewhere.

The majority of it has been absolute nonsense, the byproduct of one of the most disappointing finishes in UT football history combined with the natural progression toward a time of year many simply label as "Silly Season."

"During the time of year where there's no games going on, people are always going to try to fill that void somehow," said UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton, who has gone from swatting down rumors at baseball's winter meetings with the Houston Astros to, well, doing the same at UT since he came to the school in 2010.

It was never more silly than last Friday, when the polarizing sophomore wide receiver, Da'Rick Rogers, took his turn through the rumor mill.

Already at the center of controversy because of bad body language, a poor performance against Kentucky and things he may or may not have said in the week leading up to the game, Rogers had his status with the team come into question.

A local TV station and a former Vol were one of the many outlets to "confirm" that Rogers was, in fact, off the team. Numerous others, including the News Sentinel, countered that Rogers wasn't off the team, but was in a similar boat as former safety Janzen Jackson was earlier this year: Not off the team, but not with the team.

So fervent was this rumor that UT took the unusual step to acknowledge it.

"Da'Rick Rogers has not been suspended," Dooley said. "(He) is still a part of our football team."

End of story, right? That's yet to be determined.

Neither Dooley nor Rogers have addressed reporters since the Kentucky game and neither is expected to do so anytime soon. The narrative isn't over, but for now, it's at least been shoved aside.

Why UT, a program that typically does not even acknowledge rumors — let alone respond to them — felt the need to quash this one, though, leads to another question. What caused this rumor to rise to the top and prompt a response?

In a 2005 podcast with National Public Radio, Nick DiFonzo, a psychology professor at Rochester Institute of Technology who has devoted his career to this kind of question, outlined the four reasons why certain rumors gain traction. At the time, he was addressing why rumors were rampant in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina — an infinitely more important event than anything that has ever occurred in the world of UT athletics — but the basic philosophy applies to rumors as trivial as high school gossip.

1. The rumor agrees with a currently held attitude

How this applied: Rogers' popularity with fans waned throughout the season because of a perceived bad attitude. It crashed at the end when a number of them connected the dots after a handful of the team's seniors said that certain players were only "playing for their stats." Earlier in the week, Rogers had talked openly about how special it was for him to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards.

2. The rumor comes from a credible spokesperson

How it applied: As mentioned above, a local TV station and a prominent former Vol reported that Rogers was off the team. No one, including the News Sentinel, had named sources, but that's become standard procedure when covering college athletics in 2011. It's hard to find anyone who will go "on the record" at this time of year.

3. The rumor is heard repeatedly

How it applied: It's as simple as this: Twitter. Because of Rogers' prominence, the story was tweeted and re-tweeted by not only local writers and fans, but by fans all across the country and national writers whose respective followings can reach into the hundreds of thousands.

4. The rumor is not rebutted

How it applied: The Twitter-centered news cycle has turned seconds into minutes, minutes into hours and hours into days. Not hearing anything from Dooley or anyone at UT until later in the afternoon — about five hours after the rumor was reported by credible sources — felt like an eternity.

"All of us," DiFonzo said, "are gullible in every way, shape and form."

Did UT do the right thing to address the rumor? Or should it have done what Auburn did last year during the Cam Newton fiasco, when it adopted a uniform policy to "no comment" any and all queries about the quarterback's eligibility status?

According to Fred Koenig, a social psychology professor at Tulane who also spoke on NPR's 2005 podcast, UT made the right decision if, of course, there was no truth at all to the rumor.

"It gets the message across that the rumor floating around is not true and not fair," Koenig said. "Anybody that hears it and passes it on is gullible because of it."

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acknowledgment writes:

Jimmy Hyams is on record as saying the Vols would be better off without Rogers on the team - and that he's witnessed transgressions personally. None of that is rumor.

Maverickman writes:

rumor is Tennessee will not be able to give away there tickets next year..Thank you for making Tennessee football not matter

volnbig11land writes:

in response to Maverickman:

rumor is Tennessee will not be able to give away there tickets next year..Thank you for making Tennessee football not matter

Really? Troll or insignificant....

givehim6 writes:

So it appears Da'Rick is still a Vol, if he plays in 2012 his job will be easyer with him not being the only target, Hunter will be back. Maybe a running game will appear, not a big one at first but take some heat of the passing game.

voodoo101 writes:

But, but, but ... you mean what some "expert" quoting anonymous (probably anomalous) sources on the radio and something somebody (maybe even a real living person - intellect and knowledge unassessed) on the internet said might not be true! Deplorable; it could lead to another "War of the Worlds" panic. I think I heard that a friend of a friend with a third cousin who dates a girl at UT who happens to know someone working in the laundry that supplies towels to the football team is a trusted source providing all the inside scoop.

Dalton writes:

I've supported every Vol coach since Majors....not blindly but with hope and an open mind...one thing I hinged my optimism on...the coach in control and his team behind him...talent can be eventually gained through good recruiting. All of our head coaches have been good recruiters, but a watershed loss of control game like Fulmer's Wyoming game and potentially for Dooleythe WR FOR QB Kentucky. He has a season to show that game was an anomoly or Hart has to do his job!.....I really like Dooley the man....hoping he lives up to it as a coach....this Rogers mess will fall by the wayside if the coaching pans out.

volmania_82 writes:

so is rogers staying or going?

flatrock writes:

D, Rogers is not the first high-strung, self-centered wide receiver on this team or any other. His large ego -combined with his frustration of being double- and triple-teamed the last 9 games- bit him in the butt several times. I am certain that the seniors on this team probably had a difficult time swallowing his act all year, but bit their lips in hopes of salvaging a bowl invite. A fully-recovered Justin Hunter, a juco WR or two, and a QB who cares enough about his team to learn how to manage the run game (are you listening Justin Worley?) will cure these ills....Now let's find a punter and a kicker with gonads! Go Vols!

flatrock writes:

IMHO, Jimmy Hyams is a joke...He ranks with Anthony Herrera, Jack Sells, Ron Zook, Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin as pathetic idiots who have been permanently scratched from my Christmas card list!

oldster writes:

in response to flatrock:

IMHO, Jimmy Hyams is a joke...He ranks with Anthony Herrera, Jack Sells, Ron Zook, Bruce Pearl and Lane Kiffin as pathetic idiots who have been permanently scratched from my Christmas card list!

I totally disagree. John Adams is a smart alec with an apparent dislike for the UT Athletic Dept., who cannot seem to be able to write anything about any of the men's team without some sort of dig or negative statement. Jimmy Hyams, on the other hand, is much more thoughtful and even handed with his thoughts and analysis. He is usually very restrained when talking about punishment for players -particularly when compared to Adams who would throw someone off the team every time anyone even alleges they do something wrong (he has yet to admit he was wrong for calling for and obtaining the dismissal of Nilo Silvan when a girl charged him and several others of sexual misconduct, and later being found to have lied about it). The fact that it was Hyams, rather than Adams, that makes me think that Rogers must be a real cancer and not just an immature young man who may grow out of the problem (unfortunately, the team has no Al Wilson who would have beaten it out of him if necessary).

FanNotSheep writes:

Jimmy Hyams is definitely old school. Nothing wrong with that; I'm no spring chicken myself. But it seems Jimmy wants a return of Happy Days in Mayberry, where all the players have crew cuts, white socks and say things like "Gosh" and "Gee whiz."

Hate to break it to Jimmy, but Aunt Bea is dead, and Barney and Andy and Mrs. C. ain't looking so hot either.

It might be possible to fill a roster with players who live and breathe for ol' UT and never give any thought to an NFL career, but if you do that you're not going to like the direction of the next streak in the Tennessee-Kentucky series.

And if Dooley was not smart enough to realize that he doesn't have enough talent on this team to start dismissing all-SEC receivers, I would not want him coaching the team. Not that it would matter because the same old-school fans who say good riddance to the player would be screaming for the coach's job after the next 5-7 season.

movol77 writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

Jimmy Hyams is definitely old school. Nothing wrong with that; I'm no spring chicken myself. But it seems Jimmy wants a return of Happy Days in Mayberry, where all the players have crew cuts, white socks and say things like "Gosh" and "Gee whiz."

Hate to break it to Jimmy, but Aunt Bea is dead, and Barney and Andy and Mrs. C. ain't looking so hot either.

It might be possible to fill a roster with players who live and breathe for ol' UT and never give any thought to an NFL career, but if you do that you're not going to like the direction of the next streak in the Tennessee-Kentucky series.

And if Dooley was not smart enough to realize that he doesn't have enough talent on this team to start dismissing all-SEC receivers, I would not want him coaching the team. Not that it would matter because the same old-school fans who say good riddance to the player would be screaming for the coach's job after the next 5-7 season.

Translation? - Teams won't win without bad characters and most good players are problems?

SevenT writes:

I wish Double D would leave and keep Rogers

Olcrow writes:

Just as some posters are saying,with Hunter in the game this year the offense was firing on most cylinders.Next year all receivers will return plus the added depth of new recruits (which aint to shabby right now) will stretch the field and open up the running game which never got going this year.Everyone trying to throw Chaney under the bus will eat their words.Many might not remember the O he ran at Perdue!

VOODOOley-2011 (Inactive) writes:

in response to oldster:

I totally disagree. John Adams is a smart alec with an apparent dislike for the UT Athletic Dept., who cannot seem to be able to write anything about any of the men's team without some sort of dig or negative statement. Jimmy Hyams, on the other hand, is much more thoughtful and even handed with his thoughts and analysis. He is usually very restrained when talking about punishment for players -particularly when compared to Adams who would throw someone off the team every time anyone even alleges they do something wrong (he has yet to admit he was wrong for calling for and obtaining the dismissal of Nilo Silvan when a girl charged him and several others of sexual misconduct, and later being found to have lied about it). The fact that it was Hyams, rather than Adams, that makes me think that Rogers must be a real cancer and not just an immature young man who may grow out of the problem (unfortunately, the team has no Al Wilson who would have beaten it out of him if necessary).

I agree. Jimmy Hyams is the most thorough, accurate and careful reporter going today concerning UT. He is not one to just through out BS to see if it sticks to the wall or something. Adams is nothing short of a clown, and tries to be, so if you like to laugh a lot (usually at Adams) then read Adams. If you want some hard facts for a change, and opinion that's fact-based, conservative and highly informed, then listen to Jimmy Hyams... Nuff Said

DaveVol writes:

Rumor is that these rumors are ...rumors.

MidTennVol writes:

Gribble, you are much too good for the KNS. You will not be there long. You have a very bright future covering sports.

Great story.

FanNotSheep writes:

in response to movol77:

Translation? - Teams won't win without bad characters and most good players are problems?

Not exactly. Here is the translation:

This team won't win without Rogers and Bray. Rogers is reportedly a guy who is concerned with his individual game and want to make it to the NFL. Most good players want to play in the NFL. Most good teams have lots of good players.

Jimmy does not get Bray's sense of humor. He is an older guy who is from a by-gone era when players said "yes sir" and gave their all for "Dear old UT" -- well, dear old UT has made millions on the backs of players and these kids know it's all a bunch of bull.

They play for their coaches, their teammates and mostly for their future games, which nearly every one of them dreams will be played on Sundays.

FanNotSheep writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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If you don't like reading only rumors and speculation I don't think you will enjoy the future, when "news" will consist of blogs and tweets written by your neighbors -- and professional journalists will have gone the way of the dinosaur. Enjoy the sportswriters at the KNS. Because of the tremendous interest in UT athletics, it remains one of the finest newspaper sports staffs still surviving in a market this size.

Take_Back_Knoxville writes:

I commend Gribble for this article, This touches on more than just the DaRick incident, it also is a good description of how the media effects UTs program as a whole, nationwide. Adams and Hyams are the true cancers of this program by the way they choose to get a message to the masses. These guys are both, 100%, pro-LSU. Adams just comes out and flaunts it. Hyams on the other hand is a little more subtle. He knows enough stats and has enough logical arguments to garner respect from peers and make him dangerous. Make no mistake, when something negative happens to our program he is turning cartwheels. This cancerous, and cannibalistic, attitude spreads like the rumor in the article effecting how fans view the program (trusting the media to be straight with them) prompting negativity on message boards. This negativity then goes viral across the nation into recruits and opposing coaches living rooms. The message gets picked up via Twitter by the players themselves who are but gullible 20 year olds. They've always been taught to believe the press. KNS and Hyams says they have no shot at winning against whatever team and the doubt sets in. The funny thing I've noticed is that during the off season Hyams and Adams actually do a pretty good job. Once football season kicks in, the level of vitriol (sp.) is ramped up to a fevered pitch. This has been their plan for our program since they arrived on the scene some 15+ years ago. Go to Tuscaloosa and you will not be accused of being a homer for supporting the local team. Hyams and Adams hide behind a curtain they call objectivity. If you pull that curtain back you will be attacked and dragged through the streets as ignorant.

FanNotSheep writes:

Uh, Take Back Knoxville, I think you need to give the players more credit. I think they see through the BS much better than most of the fans and some of the media.

The players know who fills the stands and sells the jerseys. It sure ain't Jimmy Hyams, and lately it ain't any of the brass at UT.

I want to win, but if we can't do that I want to see great players like Bray and Rogers. You can listen to John and Jimmy all afternoon if you want to. If you ask me, the kids have it right and the oldsters and the Penn State Way guys are living in a past that no longer exists, and maybe never really did.

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to Dalton:

I've supported every Vol coach since Majors....not blindly but with hope and an open mind...one thing I hinged my optimism on...the coach in control and his team behind him...talent can be eventually gained through good recruiting. All of our head coaches have been good recruiters, but a watershed loss of control game like Fulmer's Wyoming game and potentially for Dooleythe WR FOR QB Kentucky. He has a season to show that game was an anomoly or Hart has to do his job!.....I really like Dooley the man....hoping he lives up to it as a coach....this Rogers mess will fall by the wayside if the coaching pans out.

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CharlotteVol writes:

So Da'Rick - and maybe even some of the other underclassmen - are interested in their stats. So what? Aren't we a better team if Da'Rick goes over 1,000? Especially since Hunter is out?

I bet LSU and Bama have some kids who want to put up some big numbers. I bet Richardson and Matheiu are disappointed they did not win the Heisman.

My point is there are Da'Rick's on every team - team leaders who want to put up big numbers. This alone is not a sign of a program in shambles.

SummerfieldVol writes:

Sound like DaRick is in the dog house, not off the team but not a part of the team. UT has done more for players than players have done for UT. If UT did not offer scholarships to these player there would not be NFL future, so it should be thank you UT for the chance to play for You and all the fans because you made it possible for me to play on Sunday. So it is not all about me, myself and I. Any player who thinks he is the team and the team can not do without him, needs to come to reality, when he is gone, UT will have a team next year and years after he is gone. No player is bigger than the school. Personally if this is any players attitude and it was up to me, I would show him the Exit the road home.

RemembertheAlamo writes:

in response to Maverickman:

rumor is Tennessee will not be able to give away there tickets next year..Thank you for making Tennessee football not matter

Heck, I don't know about next year, but I couldn't give away my tickets this year.

TommyJack writes:

Good work by Gribble.

Dools will either fix the Da'rick problem or they will both be gone.
Neither Adams nor Hyams means much to me in terms of following the Vols. Fans are too sensitive. Having an all homer press would be worse.
That is all. Phone comments to BR-549.

Witch_Doctors writes:

Witch Doctor say some good points but on the AD/Dolley addressing the "rumors"....WRONG. Witch Doctor say they would have be someone in front of the Mic 8 hours a day because of the silliness(case in point) that gets "reported". Witch Doctor say you guys filled in blanks that didnt exist and got busted...
Bones never lie.

OrangePride writes:

Fact is that after a season like Tennessee just went thru, and ending it with the most humiliating loss since Wyoming; disgruntlement, rumors of internal disharmony, and total dysfunction are almost always the talk of the day. This is no different. I don't doubt that Rogers was a BIG negative cloud in these last weeks. Barking at his coach, sideline body language, etc. It can ALL be cured with some wins.......but that ain't happenin til, at the earliest, next year. CLEARLY, the task at hand is for Dooley and the staff to hold this team and this fan-base together through these winter months. How? 1)Get some good recruits in here (especially on the D and O lines. 2) Make some further coaching moves that provide some hope for an improved offense. 3)Start talking optimistically about what is happening in the off-season to get better. It will take a lot more than swating away negative rumors to remove the dark clouds left by that Kentucky fiasco. And, oh by the way?.....it will surprise no one if Rogers pulls a Bryce Brown this winter. And we all know how that worked out so well for Brown.

SewaneeVolFan writes:

Excellent article.

GerryOP writes:

Fans favor whichever columnist/bloggist/radio-guy/poster/whomever who agrees with them.

nocleats writes:

in response to acknowledgment:

Jimmy Hyams is on record as saying the Vols would be better off without Rogers on the team - and that he's witnessed transgressions personally. None of that is rumor.

Considering that Journalists are NOT allowed to watch practices or scrimmages, and the fact that Jimmy Hyams never played the game at a high level, there is a reason to doubt his observations. Remember folks, the local media is still mad about the "closed to media and outsider policies" surrounding Tenn.

Take_Back_Knoxville writes:

in response to FanNotSheep:

Uh, Take Back Knoxville, I think you need to give the players more credit. I think they see through the BS much better than most of the fans and some of the media.

The players know who fills the stands and sells the jerseys. It sure ain't Jimmy Hyams, and lately it ain't any of the brass at UT.

I want to win, but if we can't do that I want to see great players like Bray and Rogers. You can listen to John and Jimmy all afternoon if you want to. If you ask me, the kids have it right and the oldsters and the Penn State Way guys are living in a past that no longer exists, and maybe never really did.

I agree. I'm not saying that the players believe and totally buy into the press just that it creates doubt. That doubt, I think, increases with fan negativity and empty seats. It's sort of like the snake eating his own tail sort of thing.

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to nocleats:

Considering that Journalists are NOT allowed to watch practices or scrimmages, and the fact that Jimmy Hyams never played the game at a high level, there is a reason to doubt his observations. Remember folks, the local media is still mad about the "closed to media and outsider policies" surrounding Tenn.

Witch Doctor say bingo! Witch Doctor say thats what most of this is about.
Bones never lie.

nocleats writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say bingo! Witch Doctor say thats what most of this is about.
Bones never lie.

Thanks Witchie Poo! This all goes away if Tennessee recruits a stud RB and some Big MEAN Dtackles!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to acknowledgment:

Jimmy Hyams is on record as saying the Vols would be better off without Rogers on the team - and that he's witnessed transgressions personally. None of that is rumor.

Witch Doctor say nice throw to Hyams but Basillo and Ward was right their side by side. Witch Doctor say if all these sources are real then Witch Doctor say you reporters should go and beat the krap out of them as they making you all look bad! lol
Bones never lie.
*Hyams DOES not know anything any longer at Tennessee and is bitter.

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to VOODOOley-2011:

I agree. Jimmy Hyams is the most thorough, accurate and careful reporter going today concerning UT. He is not one to just through out BS to see if it sticks to the wall or something. Adams is nothing short of a clown, and tries to be, so if you like to laugh a lot (usually at Adams) then read Adams. If you want some hard facts for a change, and opinion that's fact-based, conservative and highly informed, then listen to Jimmy Hyams... Nuff Said

No,Jimmy Hyams is not the most thorough, accurate and careful reporter going today concerning UT or anyother entites.

Hard facts for a change and opinion that is fact based? An opinion that is fact based or not is still just an opinion. What makes Hyams opinion so special? Oh I know he is close to the UT athletics program some how. Well heres a fact, he is a radio guy trying to make a living and people in this day and age who are not overly sensational in the media don't stay around long.

Conservative and highly informed? In todays media climate if you throw out words like conservative and fact based then everything that follows is some how OK or comes from facts and even in some cases connected to God.

So where does he get his information? Proably the same places we do.

No, Jimmy Hyams is just another guy on the radio trying to make a living. No more no less.

VolMoment writes:

in response to acknowledgment:

Jimmy Hyams is on record as saying the Vols would be better off without Rogers on the team - and that he's witnessed transgressions personally. None of that is rumor.

Man are you Jimmy Hyams's mother. Who cares what a journalist major says! I and probably you know more about football than he will ever. You have to be involved and on some sporting teams to understand and be able to accutately judge a sport.

HallowedHill writes:

Tennessee's young team needs support and not the poison spewed by a bunch of gossipy barn yard hens. Grow up PLEASE!

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor say some good points but on the AD/Dolley addressing the "rumors"....WRONG. Witch Doctor say they would have be someone in front of the Mic 8 hours a day because of the silliness(case in point) that gets "reported". Witch Doctor say you guys filled in blanks that didnt exist and got busted...
Bones never lie.

Agree, To bad people make so much money today broadcasting Bologna.

PHAT_VOL writes:

in response to nocleats:

Considering that Journalists are NOT allowed to watch practices or scrimmages, and the fact that Jimmy Hyams never played the game at a high level, there is a reason to doubt his observations. Remember folks, the local media is still mad about the "closed to media and outsider policies" surrounding Tenn.

You are Correct.

volsbandit writes:

Rogers needs to go. That Kelley Washington attitude sbould not be welcome at Tennessee. I have no faith in Dooley stopping the fiasco in this "ME" stuff that I have seen week in and week out. Playing as a TEAM is a thing of the past. By the way, did anybody notice LA Tech going to a bowl game this year? Figure that one out.

born2ride writes:

This is a fact.

Dooley should have been fired after 2 dismal years at UT. Dooley is the worst coach ever at UT.

The only reason Dooley was not fired is because Mike Hamilton gave an inexperienced coach a 6 year deal with a $5 million buy out.

We are stuck with Doolittle for another year or two. Maybe if we buy out any decent non-conference teams on our schedule we can return to 6-6 again. That is the best we can do.

Go Big Orange.

BigOrangeSmoker writes:

in response to flatrock:

D, Rogers is not the first high-strung, self-centered wide receiver on this team or any other. His large ego -combined with his frustration of being double- and triple-teamed the last 9 games- bit him in the butt several times. I am certain that the seniors on this team probably had a difficult time swallowing his act all year, but bit their lips in hopes of salvaging a bowl invite. A fully-recovered Justin Hunter, a juco WR or two, and a QB who cares enough about his team to learn how to manage the run game (are you listening Justin Worley?) will cure these ills....Now let's find a punter and a kicker with gonads! Go Vols!

Justin Worley dont get his chance till Tyler Bray knocks the lights out,Tyler is twice the QB that Justin will ev er be

Maverickman writes:

in response to NachoPappy_76:

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sheep

Maverickman writes:

in response to RemembertheAlamo:

Heck, I don't know about next year, but I couldn't give away my tickets this year.

I had to pay parking to give mine away..

TommyJack writes:

in response to VolMoment:

Man are you Jimmy Hyams's mother. Who cares what a journalist major says! I and probably you know more about football than he will ever. You have to be involved and on some sporting teams to understand and be able to accutately judge a sport.

That's just bogus.

jobrando#216494 writes:

Jimmy's DaMan

volsreign writes:

I was listening to Hyams on his radio show the morning after the Vandy game and he was going on and on about how Bray had said in an interview that he had intentionally tried to take a guy's knee out when he committed the personal foul and that Bray would be suspended for the Ky game. The talk shows and blogs then went crazy with it for a while but I never heard the truth until I asked Gribble about it in his chat and learned that it was all a bunch of phooey that was blown out of proportion by the radio guys. It is now very clear that Hyams has become a rumor monger. Is it just to get attention or is he really trying to sabotage UT as others have suggested?

volsreign writes:

HA HA!! I wrote the word "cr*p" in my last post but the blog computer automatically changed it to phooey!! That's hilarious. I would never type the word phooey.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to NachoPappy_76:

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Not a chance! That ship has already sailed. In fact, it had already sailed about 15 years ago when not over a third of students in my Intro to Poli Sci class could reliably use them correctly in a sentence. Literacy is dying a quick but ugly death in America today.

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