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Tennessee challenged Kentucky in basketball under former coach Bruce Pearl. Maybe it can challenge LSU under new coach Cuonzo Martin.

That’s not an indictment of Martin. It’s merely a state-of-the-program assessment following the departure of Tobias Harris and Scotty Hopson, who have elected to enter the NBA draft rather than continue their college basketball careers at UT.

They leave behind what could be the worst basketball team in the SEC. At best, it will be closer to LSU, Auburn and South Carolina — who were a combined 12-36 in the conference this past season — than to Kentucky, which is about to reload with another NBA-bound recruiting class.

And there’s only so much Martin can do about it. He can demand effort, defense and teamwork. But he can’t coach the ball into the basket.

In fact, the next offense is more apt to remind you of another UT coach.

Fifty-point scores were commonplace during Kevin O’Neill’s three-year run in the mid-1990s. All that stands between a return to the 50s are a lot of maybes.

Maybe Cameron Tatum will rediscover his shooting touch. Maybe freshmen Trae Golden and Jordan McRae will suddenly blossom as sophomores. Maybe Renaldo Woolridge will start to play as well as he raps. Maybe one of Martin’s late recruits will play above his recruiting-service ranking.

If not, a really good defense might throw a shutout against these guys.

I’m not suggesting Harris & Hopson was an updated version of Ernie & Bernie. But they will leave a huge void in the scoring column.

Even with Harris and Hopson, the Vols’ offense was often agonizing to watch in 2010-11. Imagine the leftovers and newcomers without them, center Brian Williams, or point guard Melvin Goins — a foursome that included four of UT’s top five scorers. Moreover, Hopson and Harris averaged 32.3 points per game while the rest of the team averaged 37.6.

Offense won’t be Martin’s only concern. He still doesn’t know the price tag for UT’s NCAA violations, which led to Pearl’s dismissal. And given all that has gone wrong recently on athletic director Mike Hamilton’s watch, the new coach doesn’t even know how long his boss will be around.

Conference competition will be another concern. Kentucky will be loaded again. Vanderbilt should field its best team yet under coach Kevin Stallings, although you might assume it will lose once to UT just because it’s Vanderbilt. Florida will have to revamp its front line, but its experienced guard tandem returns, and two McDonald’s All-Americans are on the way.

In a best-case scenario, perhaps the Vols can hold their own against the likes of Georgia and South Carolina in the East and the second-tier teams from the West. Fans would expect little more if Martin had succeeded Buzz Peterson. But Pearl raised those expectations by scheduling and beating some of the best teams in the country while qualifying for six consecutive NCAA tournaments.

As the Vols draw closer to the 2011-12 season and move further from the Elite Eight of 2010, the Pearl era might seem more like a six-year dream, as though the program went from Peterson’s 14-17 team in 2004-05 to what’s coming next.

Hint: It won’t be pretty.

John Adams is a senior columnist. He may be reached at 865-342-6284 or adamsj@knoxnews.com. Follow him at http://twitter.com/johnadamskns.

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carbonzip writes:

Nabob of negativism!

Ironcity writes:

I hate it when your right. I do though believe their is a lot more talent that will show up with the opportunity.

Chris4Vols22 writes:

No doubt we won't be as good, but my god, we are not going to be that terrible.

huntined#565710 writes:

This year we expected more and didn't get it so next year we will not expect that much from them and maybe we get more then expected. Tough being down in FB,BB AND Baseball at the same time..but things will change one sport at a time.

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Can't argue with this one. We will be that terrible, realism is often confused with negativism. Kool-aid drinkers call it negativism.

Raleigh writes:

Next season, the basketball team will be almost as bad as my baseball team is this year.

flatrock writes:

Thanks, Bruce, for the stupidity.

flatrock writes:

And, tell me again why we are paying him $900,000 to not coach?

VolunteerLifer writes:

I hate to be as negative as Adams, but that's just about the way I see it, too. On the other hand, these players may not be as bad as they looked last season. They were obviously victims of a lousy coaching job by Pearl. Maybe if Martin can do a good job of coaching we can have a decent team. Martin may be tempted to just focus on recruiting, but he will have to win before he can recruit top talent, so I hope he focuses on coaching the team this season.

VolBy3 writes:

Typical Adams. I hope by now most people understand where he comes from. He always thinks the glass is 3/4 empty. I am the eternal optimist and still believe that someday he will be gone and remove a ball and chain from this sports program.

GO VOLS!

kdaff51 writes:

in response to flatrock:

Thanks, Bruce, for the stupidity.

My thoughts exactly!

murrayvol writes:

Nothing is ever as good or bad as it seems....but this is pretty close.

jt45 writes:

I hope your wrong and these new kids play with heart and determination and suprise a few people, at least maybe with less ego and attitude than some did last season. You should at least give them a chance before you start shouting doom and gloom.

VolMoment writes:

Oh now Adams is right. Look at Butler, they don't have players with all those stars and what did they do. Went toChampionship game twice in the last two years.
I was a big pearl fan but last year team made me realize that Pearl had not recruited the same players that he inherited, the likes of Lofton and Smith who were gunners. Coach Martin is recruiting that type of player.
Pearl would not have a good team next year. Hopson and Harris would have left and B. Williams and Goins gone.
Not Martin's fault so give him time. Adams could not make a positive comments if a preacher ask him to in church.

tree_em_smokey writes:

in response to huntined#565710:

This year we expected more and didn't get it so next year we will not expect that much from them and maybe we get more then expected. Tough being down in FB,BB AND Baseball at the same time..but things will change one sport at a time.

You're right Hutined, I just hope the FB team turns around first. FB is my first love, BB second. Plus there is a better shot at the FB program turning it around first. I hope the BB Vols get it together and CCM max's the players potential! GBO!!!

OwensboroVol writes:

Tennessee will be lucky to win 6 games in the SEC. You can hang it all on Mike Hamilton, the little Accountant Weasel who doesn't know anything about sports. He hired a guy who wasn't ready for the big time and you can tell it by the kids he is recruiting. He just can't evaluate the type of talent required to maintain the Tennessee Program. He then went out and done everything just short of actually running Scotty and Tobias off. He then made it a point to discourage the Pearl 4 & 5 star recruits from coming to UT. Things are going to be terrible this winter. I sure Mike Hamilton will be sitting back and counting the money he saved by hiring what should be a Division 3 coach. Remember No $$ giving until Hamilton is gone!!!!!!!!!!

FWBVol writes:

in response to VolMoment:

Oh now Adams is right. Look at Butler, they don't have players with all those stars and what did they do. Went toChampionship game twice in the last two years.
I was a big pearl fan but last year team made me realize that Pearl had not recruited the same players that he inherited, the likes of Lofton and Smith who were gunners. Coach Martin is recruiting that type of player.
Pearl would not have a good team next year. Hopson and Harris would have left and B. Williams and Goins gone.
Not Martin's fault so give him time. Adams could not make a positive comments if a preacher ask him to in church.

I agree that Butler, and VCU for that matter, didn't have all the players with all the stars and both made it to the Final Four. But that said, I doubt if either of those teams survive in the SEC with their rosters.

A mid-major can play well in the tournament and make an exceptional run as we have witnessed in the last few years, but going on a five-game run to get to the championship game isn't the same as playing Florida, Kentucky and Vandy twice in the same season. SEC coaches have more time to prepare for each other and teams with the better players and good coaches usually win.

That's not to say that I don't think Cuonzo Martin won't do a good job. I think he will do very well at UT in time, but this year looks like it will be a struggle. I'm sure the team will win a few games it isn't supposed to, and maybe if we are lucky we will make it to the NIT. I really don't see the NCAA in the near future, but I could be wrong and I hope I am.

orangepeel writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

Tennessee will be lucky to win 6 games in the SEC. You can hang it all on Mike Hamilton, the little Accountant Weasel who doesn't know anything about sports. He hired a guy who wasn't ready for the big time and you can tell it by the kids he is recruiting. He just can't evaluate the type of talent required to maintain the Tennessee Program. He then went out and done everything just short of actually running Scotty and Tobias off. He then made it a point to discourage the Pearl 4 & 5 star recruits from coming to UT. Things are going to be terrible this winter. I sure Mike Hamilton will be sitting back and counting the money he saved by hiring what should be a Division 3 coach. Remember No $$ giving until Hamilton is gone!!!!!!!!!!

I agree 100%. Mike Hamilton should be fired asap.

flatrock writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

Tennessee will be lucky to win 6 games in the SEC. You can hang it all on Mike Hamilton, the little Accountant Weasel who doesn't know anything about sports. He hired a guy who wasn't ready for the big time and you can tell it by the kids he is recruiting. He just can't evaluate the type of talent required to maintain the Tennessee Program. He then went out and done everything just short of actually running Scotty and Tobias off. He then made it a point to discourage the Pearl 4 & 5 star recruits from coming to UT. Things are going to be terrible this winter. I sure Mike Hamilton will be sitting back and counting the money he saved by hiring what should be a Division 3 coach. Remember No $$ giving until Hamilton is gone!!!!!!!!!!

I have read a lot of posts on here over the life of GVX- and some of them are quite good. This one, however, may qualify as the most idiotic yet. I sure hope you are a troll, ZerOwensboro, because I can't imagine a true Vol
follower ever reaching the conclusions you apparently have. Now, please read the following slowly and commit it to memory : Coach Martin's resume includes playing and coaching for the Big 10's winningest hoops program; he has NBA experience;
and his work ethic and recruiting prowess are
acknowledged by friends and foes alike. When Purdue's best player (who red-shirted this year due to injury) says that, if he ever has 2 sons
who are D-I prospects, he will send them to play
for Coach Martin at U.T., that is good enough for me. He did not run off Scotty or Tobias- the impending contract dispute in the NBA scared
a host of underclassmen back to college- and caused the 2 Vols to rise in the draft rankings; Bruce's 2 heralded recruits can't get in school; and, there are few- if any- big name
recruits left at this time of year and why would any of them jump at an offer from a school that has a sentencing date with the NCAA Infractions Jury. Cuonzo will get it done- in time. You did get the easy point right- it is time to "retire" Mike Hamilton. Congratulations!

tree_em_smokey writes:

in response to flatrock:

I have read a lot of posts on here over the life of GVX- and some of them are quite good. This one, however, may qualify as the most idiotic yet. I sure hope you are a troll, ZerOwensboro, because I can't imagine a true Vol
follower ever reaching the conclusions you apparently have. Now, please read the following slowly and commit it to memory : Coach Martin's resume includes playing and coaching for the Big 10's winningest hoops program; he has NBA experience;
and his work ethic and recruiting prowess are
acknowledged by friends and foes alike. When Purdue's best player (who red-shirted this year due to injury) says that, if he ever has 2 sons
who are D-I prospects, he will send them to play
for Coach Martin at U.T., that is good enough for me. He did not run off Scotty or Tobias- the impending contract dispute in the NBA scared
a host of underclassmen back to college- and caused the 2 Vols to rise in the draft rankings; Bruce's 2 heralded recruits can't get in school; and, there are few- if any- big name
recruits left at this time of year and why would any of them jump at an offer from a school that has a sentencing date with the NCAA Infractions Jury. Cuonzo will get it done- in time. You did get the easy point right- it is time to "retire" Mike Hamilton. Congratulations!

THANK YOU flatrock!!!! Why can't all people in this world be this level headed! It kills me when people think CCM is going after these 2 star athletes as if they're the pick of the litter. HE DOESN'T THINK THAT. It's just all that's left. Geeeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzz. Wake up people.

wazzya69vol writes:

in response to flatrock:

I have read a lot of posts on here over the life of GVX- and some of them are quite good. This one, however, may qualify as the most idiotic yet. I sure hope you are a troll, ZerOwensboro, because I can't imagine a true Vol
follower ever reaching the conclusions you apparently have. Now, please read the following slowly and commit it to memory : Coach Martin's resume includes playing and coaching for the Big 10's winningest hoops program; he has NBA experience;
and his work ethic and recruiting prowess are
acknowledged by friends and foes alike. When Purdue's best player (who red-shirted this year due to injury) says that, if he ever has 2 sons
who are D-I prospects, he will send them to play
for Coach Martin at U.T., that is good enough for me. He did not run off Scotty or Tobias- the impending contract dispute in the NBA scared
a host of underclassmen back to college- and caused the 2 Vols to rise in the draft rankings; Bruce's 2 heralded recruits can't get in school; and, there are few- if any- big name
recruits left at this time of year and why would any of them jump at an offer from a school that has a sentencing date with the NCAA Infractions Jury. Cuonzo will get it done- in time. You did get the easy point right- it is time to "retire" Mike Hamilton. Congratulations!

Great post flatrock! GBO

allvollego writes:

First off, lets not get upset that Mr. Adams is stating the obvious. He does get paid to make these observations known the GVX fan base, and whoever else would like to take part in reading it.

Now its time for the real message that vol fans should be getting and understanding. We are to expect no fireworks next season when it comes to matters of championships, rankings, etc. This is merely restating what Adams said. But as for what we should see out of the basketball vols, by this time next year, the outlook should be completely different going into the 2012-2013 season.

First things, good luck to Scotty and Tobias in their professional careers. But lets look at this for what it can be. If Scotty came back, Jordan McRae's minutes decrease significantly, and the trash talk on Scotty would increase in exponential fashion. Lets do each other a favor and let Mr. McRae develop as well as let save us some chatter or from hearing it. This could lead to a promising year the next year. I have also seen Trae Golden play with Jordan McRae and they play very well together, vol fans should give this partnership time to blossom. It could produce something similar to the success at Ohio St. (if you dont know this one, look into how many All-ohio red players end up attending the buckeye nation). The void in the back court also helps develop all perimeter plays because no reliance on Hopson is there.

As for the void Tobias Harris left, it hurts. The bright side to this is recruiting. 2012 has a lot of good bigs, and fortunately many are still interested in UT. If Hall, Woolridge, and Maymon all show significant improvements in the post the season, not only does it translate to another promising year afterwards but good recruiting.

Lastly, stars count for recruiting and we need 4 and 5 star players. With that being said, CCM did great in salvaging UTs recruiting class. Regardless how many stars are next to the player, he should get better with time under a coach, and one thing about these guys he is bringing in, they will be around for a while. They may not produce for 2 or 3 years (redshirt), but afterwards could be instrumental in the rise of the program. I am asking do not judge on the part of the players that are being brought in this year.

One other note just relating to Chevious, Chicago area players have a track record of seriously overachieving when leaving the area, a recent name that comes to mind is Jacob Pullen.

SummittsCourt writes:

Well, at least we have the Lady Vols!

Martin's teams will be fighting for the NIT for the next couple of years. Maybe he will be able to recruit some top level players in the years to come, but this season will be tough to stomach.

punkin writes:

John, could we at least wait till the man coaches a couple of games?

GBOEngineer writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

Tennessee will be lucky to win 6 games in the SEC. You can hang it all on Mike Hamilton, the little Accountant Weasel who doesn't know anything about sports. He hired a guy who wasn't ready for the big time and you can tell it by the kids he is recruiting. He just can't evaluate the type of talent required to maintain the Tennessee Program. He then went out and done everything just short of actually running Scotty and Tobias off. He then made it a point to discourage the Pearl 4 & 5 star recruits from coming to UT. Things are going to be terrible this winter. I sure Mike Hamilton will be sitting back and counting the money he saved by hiring what should be a Division 3 coach. Remember No $$ giving until Hamilton is gone!!!!!!!!!!

Wow. I read your post a few times and I still couldn't find even one thing in it that was true.

Hamilton has more character and integrity than all the the idiots calling for his firing put together. He knows much more about sports than you do.

It's funny that you are so down on the hiring of Martin. Every other coach, analyst and sportswriter thinks it's a great hire. I'll take their word over yours.

GBOEngineer writes:

in response to orangepeel:

I agree 100%. Mike Hamilton should be fired asap.

orangepeel-

you are as dumb as owensborovol, which is saying a lot!

easleychuck writes:

in response to flatrock:

I have read a lot of posts on here over the life of GVX- and some of them are quite good. This one, however, may qualify as the most idiotic yet. I sure hope you are a troll, ZerOwensboro, because I can't imagine a true Vol
follower ever reaching the conclusions you apparently have. Now, please read the following slowly and commit it to memory : Coach Martin's resume includes playing and coaching for the Big 10's winningest hoops program; he has NBA experience;
and his work ethic and recruiting prowess are
acknowledged by friends and foes alike. When Purdue's best player (who red-shirted this year due to injury) says that, if he ever has 2 sons
who are D-I prospects, he will send them to play
for Coach Martin at U.T., that is good enough for me. He did not run off Scotty or Tobias- the impending contract dispute in the NBA scared
a host of underclassmen back to college- and caused the 2 Vols to rise in the draft rankings; Bruce's 2 heralded recruits can't get in school; and, there are few- if any- big name
recruits left at this time of year and why would any of them jump at an offer from a school that has a sentencing date with the NCAA Infractions Jury. Cuonzo will get it done- in time. You did get the easy point right- it is time to "retire" Mike Hamilton. Congratulations!

I, too, would like to thank you for saving me the time to point out how idiotic the post about Coach Martin not being up-to-the-job. There is so very little accurate in the post that it almost seems like a joke.

Thanks again, flatrock.

brod writes:

this article is simply getting you ready for reality. with harris and hopson gone, there are no major scoring threats on the team. last year they were looking for a third scorer. this year, they'll be looking for a scorer period. an above .500 record would be amazing. never thought that i would be happy to settle for the nit. i haven't seen the schedule, but i'm guessing no better than 1-2 in maui and probably never getting above .500 after that.

movol77 writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

Tennessee will be lucky to win 6 games in the SEC. You can hang it all on Mike Hamilton, the little Accountant Weasel who doesn't know anything about sports. He hired a guy who wasn't ready for the big time and you can tell it by the kids he is recruiting. He just can't evaluate the type of talent required to maintain the Tennessee Program. He then went out and done everything just short of actually running Scotty and Tobias off. He then made it a point to discourage the Pearl 4 & 5 star recruits from coming to UT. Things are going to be terrible this winter. I sure Mike Hamilton will be sitting back and counting the money he saved by hiring what should be a Division 3 coach. Remember No $$ giving until Hamilton is gone!!!!!!!!!!

"went and done everything"?

You can't expect people to take you seriously with grammar like that.

westknoxrepub writes:

Let's see, we're losing several of our best players, and left with the bodies we needed to field five men on the floor last year, and we're replacing them with "diamonds in the rough" who have "upside" but they're all guards because Coach Martin doesn't think we need depth down low. I can't judge him on the quality of players he recruited but he'd better step up his game next year, however the fact he's signed only guards when that's the area of least concern is mind boggling.

allvols4life writes:

in response to flatrock:

I have read a lot of posts on here over the life of GVX- and some of them are quite good. This one, however, may qualify as the most idiotic yet. I sure hope you are a troll, ZerOwensboro, because I can't imagine a true Vol
follower ever reaching the conclusions you apparently have. Now, please read the following slowly and commit it to memory : Coach Martin's resume includes playing and coaching for the Big 10's winningest hoops program; he has NBA experience;
and his work ethic and recruiting prowess are
acknowledged by friends and foes alike. When Purdue's best player (who red-shirted this year due to injury) says that, if he ever has 2 sons
who are D-I prospects, he will send them to play
for Coach Martin at U.T., that is good enough for me. He did not run off Scotty or Tobias- the impending contract dispute in the NBA scared
a host of underclassmen back to college- and caused the 2 Vols to rise in the draft rankings; Bruce's 2 heralded recruits can't get in school; and, there are few- if any- big name
recruits left at this time of year and why would any of them jump at an offer from a school that has a sentencing date with the NCAA Infractions Jury. Cuonzo will get it done- in time. You did get the easy point right- it is time to "retire" Mike Hamilton. Congratulations!

I agree!

jmaples54 writes:

it's been going on since john adams has been in knoxville, yet it still amazes me. looking at this board it seems the majority of tennessee fans hate john adams. personally, i don't want a sports editor who is a homer. i prefer realism, objectivity and humor, all of which mr. adams exhibits. not to mention a healthy disregard for the ignorant slings and arrows coming from the collective masses. keep it up, adams, you have your fans, and more importantly, your integrity.

bobbarbilly writes:

"Eeyore" Adams strikes again spewing his no hope doctrine among the masses. He needs to come up from his place in The Hundred Acre Wood, get off of the thistle diet and add some fiber.

BillyVol writes:

Bruce did not do bad at all with the players he inherited from the previous coach. The players Bruce recruited, except for Harris have been marginal at best, except for one or two, and off the court terrible. Harris lasted one year. I firmly believe that Coach Martin will get 100% effort or the players will sit on the bench, and they will be a lot better citizens than what we have seen the last two years.

slb#1351874 writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

Tennessee will be lucky to win 6 games in the SEC. You can hang it all on Mike Hamilton, the little Accountant Weasel who doesn't know anything about sports. He hired a guy who wasn't ready for the big time and you can tell it by the kids he is recruiting. He just can't evaluate the type of talent required to maintain the Tennessee Program. He then went out and done everything just short of actually running Scotty and Tobias off. He then made it a point to discourage the Pearl 4 & 5 star recruits from coming to UT. Things are going to be terrible this winter. I sure Mike Hamilton will be sitting back and counting the money he saved by hiring what should be a Division 3 coach. Remember No $$ giving until Hamilton is gone!!!!!!!!!!

All I can say about you D.H. is You are a idiot. Question: As dumb as you are how do you find your way from the bedroom to the bathroom when you have to pee?

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

Let's see...should I thank you for not putting this on 247 so that we actually have an article we can read...or thank you for all of the encouraging words (not)?

CoverOrange writes:

Despite the inaccurate perception of Gollum boy above, UT has talent to put on the floor. I expect they'll push Florida and Kentucky and be NCAA bound in March next year. No less.

bobbarbilly writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Reality can be tough at times. Perhaps one day you will make contact with it.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

I love our team. I LOVE our new recruits. I love Martin. I love ice cream and cake and veggies and cornbread and...sorry!
NEXT year we WILL start a hone game winning tradition again!! NOBODY beats us at home. We may lose all our away games and we may not. But we won't lose at home!! GO VOLS! FOOTBALL first though. Can't wait!

brod writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Despite the inaccurate perception of Gollum boy above, UT has talent to put on the floor. I expect they'll push Florida and Kentucky and be NCAA bound in March next year. No less.

man i hope i'm right and you're wrong. but you are out of your freaking mind.

volfandave writes:

another adams article where he shows just how much he loves the vols..what a jerk!!!!

tdforvols writes:

As long as you have a leader in the Athletic Department who is willing to accept mediocrity then you can expect to receive nothing else.

GrandmaVol writes:

in response to Mama_Calls_Me_Precious:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Hey Mama calls me Bozo, John Adams is not a homer. Wish he'd go back to Louisiana and give the Tigers a dose of his vitriol.

Orangeblood13 writes:

in response to Makeing_The_Call:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

and thanks for showing everyone how stupid you are with your post, you POS

Smokey91 writes:

Mr. Adams, you may be right in your assessment, but you don't have to be so happy about it. I think the boys that we have wil do a lot better than you are saying. Do you thrive on being negative? I don't mind honesty, but man do you pile it on thick. Try to be encouraging sometimes. Nothing wrong with being fair and balanced.

John_10065 writes:

in response to OwensboroVol:

Tennessee will be lucky to win 6 games in the SEC. You can hang it all on Mike Hamilton, the little Accountant Weasel who doesn't know anything about sports. He hired a guy who wasn't ready for the big time and you can tell it by the kids he is recruiting. He just can't evaluate the type of talent required to maintain the Tennessee Program. He then went out and done everything just short of actually running Scotty and Tobias off. He then made it a point to discourage the Pearl 4 & 5 star recruits from coming to UT. Things are going to be terrible this winter. I sure Mike Hamilton will be sitting back and counting the money he saved by hiring what should be a Division 3 coach. Remember No $$ giving until Hamilton is gone!!!!!!!!!!

Blah blah blah,

You are a true twit. First of all Martin is going to have a hard time recruiting top talent until the NCAA gets done with UT.

Second of all, he has already recruited some decent talent inspite of that looming on the horizon no matter what you or Adams thinks.

And finally, I think I would take the opinions of real roundball coaches and players about Martin's ability as a coach than I would a message board troll.

TheOpinion writes:

"Maybe Renaldo Woolridge will start to play as well as he raps."

Gets your facts straight Adams, Woolridge does play as bad as he raps. One of the worst rappers if you can even call him that. More like a wanna be basketball player wanting to be a rapper.

PattheFlaVol writes:

next year will be tough...but I believe Coach Martin is the man for this program and he'll build it with with integrity. By year two we'll be back on track. Hope he's at UT for a long time.

"Before honor is humility"
Proverbs 15:33

Volunatic writes:

in response to flatrock:

Thanks, Bruce, for the stupidity.

Thanks, Coach Pearl, for making UT basketball relevant for 6 consecutive years.

VolCrazie5 writes:

I dont know about you all but seems to me that we need to get behind our new Coach......

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