Vols pipe in crowd noise for indoor practice

The Neyland-Thompson Sports Center was thumping this morning, as Tennessee practiced with piped-in crowd noise in an attempt to simulate the atmosphere of Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium.

"This is only our second game in a hostile environment," coach Derek Dooley said. "It took us a while at Florida really to settle down and start executing so we got to make sure the environment doesn't affect us from playing as good as we can play. It gets tough on third down, the noise goes up, a lot of communication between quarterback, center, offensive linemen, quarterback and receivers.

"We need to keep working on it, stay composed and execute the offense."

Dooley said the Vols didn't handle adversity well earlier this season at Florida, when star wide receiver Justin Hunter went down with a season-ending knee injury and the Gators jumped out to an early 16-0 lead. By the time UT collected itself in The Swamp, it was too late.

"It was new to them," Dooley said. "You've got to get used to playing in those environments and keeping your mind clear from all the external things that are going on in a game and making sure you're doing what you need to do to play at your best."

Aside from the major injuries to Hunter, quarterback Tyler Bray and linebacker Herman Lathers, the Vols have no other noticeable bumps and bruises heading into Saturday (TV: ESPN2, 7:15 p.m.).

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Mansonlamps writes:

It's always funny to read these "(fill in the blank team) pipes noise to get team ready for big road challenge." They are published every year, by just about every local writer for every college team. Why. Must. You. Do. This. To. Us. Every. Year?

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Witch Doctor say you starting so show a lack of Football IQ disqualifying the constant "Dooley" whine...Fulmers gone..grow up.
Bones never lie.

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

Does anyone know when Lathers is projected to be back?

smoky50 writes:

in response to smoky_moUnTain_sasqUaTch:

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I AM WITH YOU SASQUATCH!!!!! These nay sayers dont remember what we are trying to fix. Fulmer needed to go several years before he was asked to leave. LAME KIFFIN...well that was Hammy's doin. Lets not dig deep on that decision. Dooley will fix this he just needs time to get the right tools. Poor recruiting and instability have dogged us. Patience VOL NATION PATIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

285exp writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Unless they're stupid, your fans don't make noise while your offense is trying to run a play.

jowemedo writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Your post would have made more sense if your first sentence had the words "am I?" at the end. With Doctor is right. Your IQ is not as high as a yard marker.

wbsmd1 writes:

Why is a game like this on TV? I have followed Tennessee football for 46 years and have 2 kids on the UTK campus. We all remember the few close victories and Fulmer's run when Bama had struggling teams but the majority of the games were not competitive and really not fun to watch.It would be more fun to play schools like NC and Virgina that also have more in common with UT academically. But I must admit that the game will probably be closer than the talent differential developing betwwen UT's and Bama's next recruiting classes

TommyJack writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Hey Vicki, they also do it to practice non-verbal signals.

sorkb writes:

cdd, the cbp of football!!!

tenacjim#211887 writes:

I don't think the noise will be the hindrance to the Vols' ability to execute...how do you simulate the team across the line. Remember LAST Saturday? Only worse this time?

givehim6 writes:

Teams have been doing this vs UT for years glad CDD got the idea. UT will need all the help we can get. But GO VOLS!

Sledge_08 writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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HOW STUPID??? There's very little noise at Neyland when we are on offense..you idiot!

DaveRamseyRocks writes:

in response to Sledge_08:

HOW STUPID??? There's very little noise at Neyland when we are on offense..you idiot!

You Got That Right....Giddyup!!

Sledge_08 writes:

in response to TommyJack:

Hey Vicki, they also do it to practice non-verbal signals.

Hey Vicki, is your husband a football fan too?

1voiceofreason writes:

I like the last line.

Other than our 3 best players being out for the year, the team is healthy.

How encouraging. Hopefully Bama doesnt squash two more of our QB's like they did a week or two ago.

VolGrad writes:

in response to SpongeBobOrangePantz:

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+ ∞

Volunatic writes:

in response to MerlOT_GoVols:

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Sure, but most of these Vol players weren't around in '08 when bama took over Neyland Stadium and essentially had the home field advantage.

VolGrad writes:

in response to wbsmd1:

Why is a game like this on TV? I have followed Tennessee football for 46 years and have 2 kids on the UTK campus. We all remember the few close victories and Fulmer's run when Bama had struggling teams but the majority of the games were not competitive and really not fun to watch.It would be more fun to play schools like NC and Virgina that also have more in common with UT academically. But I must admit that the game will probably be closer than the talent differential developing betwwen UT's and Bama's next recruiting classes

17 of 29 games since 81 were within 10 points of each other. So most have been close, and UT has almost as many blowouts (5) against Bama during that time as Bama has (7) against UT. [Blowout is a relative term here meaning merely more than a 10 point margin.]

As for why it is on TV: you've been following UT football for 46 years, and you don't know the answer to that one? Because of the historic rivalry (which lends itself well to the marketing of the game), if at least one of these teams is ranked in the top 10 then this game gets televised.

Go Vols! This is BOC!!!

VolMoment writes:

in response to VolGrad:

+ ∞

Another zero football I.Q. reply. SpongeBobOrangepants is correct. You must be one of the stupid fans that does the wave when we have the ball in Neyland. When the wave came in to fold, it was always done when the other team had the ball. We need to get back to the right way. let me know how many times the Alabama fans yell when they have the ball. Oh well your mother will have you in bed so I will tell you, ZERO!!!!

Berryfan21 writes:

I'm proud of Dooley and his efforts. He knows his team and how they work- so if that means they should practice with loud Bama crowd noise, then they do it. He wants the best for UT and we should too. I saw some good Dooley quotes here http://www.kyoo.com/tennessee-football. GO vols!!

ROCKYTOPBRAD writes:

in response to Sledge_08:

HOW STUPID??? There's very little noise at Neyland when we are on offense..you idiot!

Its not as loud as it should be. to many old people sitting on there hands,and to many people leaving in the 3rd to beat the rush.just poor fandom!

GiveHimSixMoreYears writes:

in response to VolGrad:

17 of 29 games since 81 were within 10 points of each other. So most have been close, and UT has almost as many blowouts (5) against Bama during that time as Bama has (7) against UT. [Blowout is a relative term here meaning merely more than a 10 point margin.]

As for why it is on TV: you've been following UT football for 46 years, and you don't know the answer to that one? Because of the historic rivalry (which lends itself well to the marketing of the game), if at least one of these teams is ranked in the top 10 then this game gets televised.

Go Vols! This is BOC!!!

This game has always been televised when one of the two teams is in the Top 10? Well, if you want to watch the game, you'd better hope Bama remains in the Top 10. Because, it ain't never happening for us, as long as we're under Doofus.

You children keep supporting this loser. Next, you'll be calling MTSU a signature win.

TommyJack writes:

in response to GiveHimSixMoreYears:

This game has always been televised when one of the two teams is in the Top 10? Well, if you want to watch the game, you'd better hope Bama remains in the Top 10. Because, it ain't never happening for us, as long as we're under Doofus.

You children keep supporting this loser. Next, you'll be calling MTSU a signature win.

cubicle chatter

wbsmd1 writes:

in response to VolGrad:

17 of 29 games since 81 were within 10 points of each other. So most have been close, and UT has almost as many blowouts (5) against Bama during that time as Bama has (7) against UT. [Blowout is a relative term here meaning merely more than a 10 point margin.]

As for why it is on TV: you've been following UT football for 46 years, and you don't know the answer to that one? Because of the historic rivalry (which lends itself well to the marketing of the game), if at least one of these teams is ranked in the top 10 then this game gets televised.

Go Vols! This is BOC!!!

Interesting that you started in 1981 leaving out the previous 10 game losing streak

Navaloranges writes:

in response to GiveHimSixMoreYears:

This game has always been televised when one of the two teams is in the Top 10? Well, if you want to watch the game, you'd better hope Bama remains in the Top 10. Because, it ain't never happening for us, as long as we're under Doofus.

You children keep supporting this loser. Next, you'll be calling MTSU a signature win.

"Us"? Seriously? You actually think you're fooling anybody? OR, you actually think ANYBODY gives you an ounce of credit on here. Laughable.

69grad writes:

in response to smoky_moUnTain_sasqUaTch:

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YES!!

GiveHimSixMoreYears writes:

Can't wait to hear the excuse for when Doolittle loses to a Vandy team with a 1st year coach and half the talent. That ones got to be a beauty.

I've been a Tennessee fan all my life (and an alum) and it's the fools here who support this fraud Dooley who are turning our program into a national joke.

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

Crowd noise or no crowd noise, we simply don't have the depth or talent to compete. Love my Vols, but I can see this one getting ugly early.

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to GiveHimSixMoreYears:

Can't wait to hear the excuse for when Doolittle loses to a Vandy team with a 1st year coach and half the talent. That ones got to be a beauty.

I've been a Tennessee fan all my life (and an alum) and it's the fools here who support this fraud Dooley who are turning our program into a national joke.

Vols,

Another whiner .............claiming to be a fan just like the Merlot drinker and other naysayers.

With fans like you..........we are in a sad state. You can beg and whine...........we'll move on without you.

Even if the unlikely event takes place ( losing to Vandy ) we know you'll be rooting for Vanderbilt, just so whiners like you can say "I told you so."

U T fan? Yeah right.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to GiveHimSixMoreYears:

Can't wait to hear the excuse for when Doolittle loses to a Vandy team with a 1st year coach and half the talent. That ones got to be a beauty.

I've been a Tennessee fan all my life (and an alum) and it's the fools here who support this fraud Dooley who are turning our program into a national joke.

"Fans" like you, who don't even understand the game of college football, are hands down the biggest EMBARRASSMENT to the University. People laugh at folks like you that talk smack and don't know facts.

If you're too dim to realize WHY and HOW we're in this situation, you shouldn't even post on a sports site. Dooley has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with our inability to beat an LSU or a bama, and won't for at least another year. BUT, he WILL be the man to fix the shortcomings of Fulmer's last years when the rebuilding process starts showing. When he does, little Pretenders like you will wilt away.

YOU calling Dooley a "fraud" is comical.

GiveHimSixMoreYears writes:

What's hilarious is how all you Dooley lovers, the ones who were predicting a 9-3 or 10-2 season, now don't even have the confidence in Doolittle to say with certainty that Doolittle will beat the Doremats, who feature a rookie coach and a roster of castoffs.

I'll say it. Franklin will beat Doolittle. What is it you children liked to say on here when you were talking about Doolittle beating Florida and Georgia - Book it ?

We are pathetic under Dooley, 5-7 this year - Tops. But that's progress, right?

BleednUrnge81 writes:

I think we can be 7-5 at best. South Carolina is very beatable now. Our secondary would need to be superhuman against a one dimensional Arkansas team. It's a good dimension, but its only one. Take that away and they have nothing. there was no experience behind Knile Davis. the other games are cake. Kentucky blows, and i don't care how many wins they have or how good their coach is, Vandy is still Vandy. They haven't beat anyone. So if we can play with minimal mistakes against the cockpit and the hog trough, we can finish 8-4 and maybe get a decent January bowl game. Tauren Poole impressed me against a top 5 run defense in LSU. Things are lookin up after Bama. GO VOLS!!!!!!

BleednUrnge81 writes:

in response to VOLS_SEC_RULES:

Does anyone know when Lathers is projected to be back?

if not for bama then maybe carolina and for sure middle tennessee

RemembertheAlamo writes:

in response to GiveHimSixMoreYears:

What's hilarious is how all you Dooley lovers, the ones who were predicting a 9-3 or 10-2 season, now don't even have the confidence in Doolittle to say with certainty that Doolittle will beat the Doremats, who feature a rookie coach and a roster of castoffs.

I'll say it. Franklin will beat Doolittle. What is it you children liked to say on here when you were talking about Doolittle beating Florida and Georgia - Book it ?

We are pathetic under Dooley, 5-7 this year - Tops. But that's progress, right?

It is a push to think Vandy may win an away game this year. I don't think they will even in Neyland. If they had us in Nashville this year, maybe. But of course what do I know I am a "Stupid Idiot"!

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to GiveHimSixMoreYears:

What's hilarious is how all you Dooley lovers, the ones who were predicting a 9-3 or 10-2 season, now don't even have the confidence in Doolittle to say with certainty that Doolittle will beat the Doremats, who feature a rookie coach and a roster of castoffs.

I'll say it. Franklin will beat Doolittle. What is it you children liked to say on here when you were talking about Doolittle beating Florida and Georgia - Book it ?

We are pathetic under Dooley, 5-7 this year - Tops. But that's progress, right?

Vols,

Listen to this kid rambling. If there are any 'children on this site.........we know whose in the group.

Another troll tossing out the 'we/us' words and incessantly running down the Vols.

Talk about a big blow hard saying nothing.

Tell you what kid......take a break from trolling........find your telephone, or automobile/whatever. Then head on over to Derek Dooley, and any of his players and tell them your tough talk............ your predictions, if you think you can handle that.

jobrando#216494 writes:

vols -17
bama-14

VolGrad writes:

in response to VolMoment:

Another zero football I.Q. reply. SpongeBobOrangepants is correct. You must be one of the stupid fans that does the wave when we have the ball in Neyland. When the wave came in to fold, it was always done when the other team had the ball. We need to get back to the right way. let me know how many times the Alabama fans yell when they have the ball. Oh well your mother will have you in bed so I will tell you, ZERO!!!!

Uhh, plus infinity meant that I agreed with the guy's post to which I was replying.

Apparently, you misread his post or my reply.

VolGrad writes:

in response to GiveHimSixMoreYears:

This game has always been televised when one of the two teams is in the Top 10? Well, if you want to watch the game, you'd better hope Bama remains in the Top 10. Because, it ain't never happening for us, as long as we're under Doofus.

You children keep supporting this loser. Next, you'll be calling MTSU a signature win.

I used objective facts to reply to someone else's comment- an A and B conversation, you might say. Then you insert yourself into it with a subjective tangent. If anyone is the child here, it is quite obviously you.

VolGrad writes:

in response to wbsmd1:

Interesting that you started in 1981 leaving out the previous 10 game losing streak

I started at year 1982 for several reasons: 1. It was the year I enrolled at UT as a freshman, 2. It covered a viable number of games to indicate a pattern supported by the totality of our history with Bama, 3. if I were to go back to 71 (to include the 11 in a row that Bama won), I would have had to actually go back further to make a good sample as those 11 in a row would have skewed the stats. I didn't want to take the time to do that.

And yes, it was an 11 game losing streak, not 10.

BTW, since you pointed it out, I should have started with the '77 season and those last 5 losses for the most accurate sample. O well. My bad. :D

VolGrad writes:

BTW for Vol and Bama fans':

Through the 1970 season, the record for UT was 23-23-7.

From 1982 to now, the record for UT has been 38-37.

But the 11 game losing streak from '71 - '81 is something we haven't made up for yet.

Go Vols!!!

NottaVol writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

"Fans" like you, who don't even understand the game of college football, are hands down the biggest EMBARRASSMENT to the University. People laugh at folks like you that talk smack and don't know facts.

If you're too dim to realize WHY and HOW we're in this situation, you shouldn't even post on a sports site. Dooley has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with our inability to beat an LSU or a bama, and won't for at least another year. BUT, he WILL be the man to fix the shortcomings of Fulmer's last years when the rebuilding process starts showing. When he does, little Pretenders like you will wilt away.

YOU calling Dooley a "fraud" is comical.

You tell him Oranges. If anyone needs to be educated in the College Football department all they have to do is tune in Saturday Night, because the Vol Nation is going to be schooled on how to do it.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to NottaVol:

You tell him Oranges. If anyone needs to be educated in the College Football department all they have to do is tune in Saturday Night, because the Vol Nation is going to be schooled on how to do it.

Just another name for a loser florida fan OBSESSED with everything TENNESSEE.

Volunatic writes:

in response to GiveHimSixMoreYears:

What's hilarious is how all you Dooley lovers, the ones who were predicting a 9-3 or 10-2 season, now don't even have the confidence in Doolittle to say with certainty that Doolittle will beat the Doremats, who feature a rookie coach and a roster of castoffs.

I'll say it. Franklin will beat Doolittle. What is it you children liked to say on here when you were talking about Doolittle beating Florida and Georgia - Book it ?

We are pathetic under Dooley, 5-7 this year - Tops. But that's progress, right?

Sure, and when the Vols beat Vandy, you'll have another posting account, with which you will try to insult the win over Vandy.
You are tiresome, PPO.

UTVOL2001 writes:

in response to wbsmd1:

Why is a game like this on TV? I have followed Tennessee football for 46 years and have 2 kids on the UTK campus. We all remember the few close victories and Fulmer's run when Bama had struggling teams but the majority of the games were not competitive and really not fun to watch.It would be more fun to play schools like NC and Virgina that also have more in common with UT academically. But I must admit that the game will probably be closer than the talent differential developing betwwen UT's and Bama's next recruiting classes

Just curious, what do you mean by "play schools like NC and Virginia that also have more in common with UT academically"?

Volunatic writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

Just another name for a loser florida fan OBSESSED with everything TENNESSEE.

Not only obsessed with Tennessee-- the poster is apparently obsessed with you. You got any old stalker exes who might be uf fans?

navarrebeachvol writes:

in response to GiveHimSixMoreYears:

This game has always been televised when one of the two teams is in the Top 10? Well, if you want to watch the game, you'd better hope Bama remains in the Top 10. Because, it ain't never happening for us, as long as we're under Doofus.

You children keep supporting this loser. Next, you'll be calling MTSU a signature win.

actually, we will not. You, however, will always be our signature idiot. thanks for that!

Navaloranges writes:

in response to Volunatic:

Not only obsessed with Tennessee-- the poster is apparently obsessed with you. You got any old stalker exes who might be uf fans?

Nah, but I wish dc and zz were gvx EX's . They have to be HS kids from Tennessee that started wearing gator gear for attention. The ONLY explaination for them LIVING on a VOL site 24/7.

SunshineVol writes:

Consider piping in some vasoline.

RUstilltalking writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

"Fans" like you, who don't even understand the game of college football, are hands down the biggest EMBARRASSMENT to the University. People laugh at folks like you that talk smack and don't know facts.

If you're too dim to realize WHY and HOW we're in this situation, you shouldn't even post on a sports site. Dooley has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with our inability to beat an LSU or a bama, and won't for at least another year. BUT, he WILL be the man to fix the shortcomings of Fulmer's last years when the rebuilding process starts showing. When he does, little Pretenders like you will wilt away.

YOU calling Dooley a "fraud" is comical.

BellyButtonOrange.....why do you get so mad about fans calling Dooley out? Are you for the program or the coach? The program will never go away but coaches come and go. They serve a purpose for the time they are here. But the program will always remain. So, are you loyal to the program or loyal to the coach?

Wins and loses is not how Dooley should be judged. He should be judged on execution, attitude, and preparation. We all know it will take a year or so for wins. But execution, attitude and preparation should have been fixed the moment he stepped on campus.

Navaloranges writes:

in response to RUstilltalking:

BellyButtonOrange.....why do you get so mad about fans calling Dooley out? Are you for the program or the coach? The program will never go away but coaches come and go. They serve a purpose for the time they are here. But the program will always remain. So, are you loyal to the program or loyal to the coach?

Wins and loses is not how Dooley should be judged. He should be judged on execution, attitude, and preparation. We all know it will take a year or so for wins. But execution, attitude and preparation should have been fixed the moment he stepped on campus.

"...execution, attitude and preparation should have been fixed the moment he stepped on campus."

The attitude IS "fixed". These guys play to the final gun, with as positive an attitude as they've had in YEARS. Execution? You mean a team playing 80% underclassmen should be executing like a veteran squad? Really? and you attribute YOUTH as something that can be coached out of a player? Really? Preperation? Honestly, some of you TROLLS can ignore our true situation all you want. Makes no difference to me. This team has been better prepared than some of the senior riddled classes during Fulmer's last 5 years as a coach. Our current roster gaining EXPERIENCE is the ONLY thing that can possibly help any of the above mentioned aspects of the game at this time. With the culture that was going on at UT, you actually think that should have been fixed the "moment" he walked on campus huh? Ridiculous.

I've seen several folks on here INCORRECTLY state that there are other teams that are as young, and have the same lack of depth as Tennessee. WRONG. That's HOGWASH. When Dooley took over after two consecutive coaching changes, we were down to 64 players. Last year we graduated the rest of the players with experience. Dooley had to come from behind to salvage his first class, and work on his second with the threat of sanctions hanging over his head, and landed an average class of around 11th with all that going on. What underclassmen we do play with experience are backed up by inexperienced, younger players that Dooley had to recruit under the above conditions.

You TROLLS that choose to ignore all that and act like Dooley hasn't done a good job so far are just full of it, PERIOD. REAL, ACTUAL VOL FANS, like me, that have seen more UT football than just starting in the 90's, are not stupid, GET IT? We are bright enough to be able to tell that Dooley is doing fine, and to give him the time he deserves. NO TROLL, and NO disgruntled University of Phil fan is going to convince us that something else is going on with Dooley, WHEN IT ISN'T. Dooley has done a great job so far, and I expect him to continue to do so. No half-wit troll or Fulmerite with an agenda spewing garbage will change my mind, or that FACT.

WE ARE REBUILDING, GET IT????? We SHOULD NOT be winning games against uga, lsu, or bama at this point, GET IT???? I don't think you do.

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