Vols buckling down for last week of spring camp

Dooley reviews the Vols' recent practice

The critical scrimmages are both out of the way and the finish line is in sight.

But rather than coast into the Orange and White Game and the offseason, Tennessee is instead narrowing its focus and trying to maximize its last week of camp.

That process started with some intense meetings and film review on Monday and continued with an energetic practice on Tuesday as the Vols got started on personal checklists of areas to improve with three workouts left this spring.

"We made a real point not to stick one foot out the door here this last week," UT coach Derek Dooley said. "We have three practices and we have another game, so this is a real important week to show improvement.

"We had every player identify two things that they need to improve upon the most in the last week, and we even keep moving some things around to evaluate players. This is another week, and it's an important week."

The Vols will cap it Saturday with their annual exhibition at Neyland Stadium, an event that hasn't typically been among the most important for Dooley in terms of evaluating his roster.

He suggested he would "probably do some things differently" than he has with the Orange and White Game over the last two seasons, though he didn't tip his hand and indicated the plans wouldn't be finalized until after practice on Wednesday. But either way, the things Dooley is looking for from the Vols in the final days of camp haven't changed.

"The mental outlook is the biggest thing," Dooley said. "When things get a little tough, in a scrimmage, in a game, how do we respond to it. That's something we did not do, and really we haven't done it well in two years, it's been a little disappointing and it's something I've always taken a little pride in as a coach.

"You know, we were able to do it pretty good at (Louisiana) Tech and we need to be able to do that here. That's when it gets tough, find a way to grit out a victory."

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mikethehistorystudent writes:

Hopefully the new coaching additions will increase our mental toughness and focus. I've been disappointed in the way that our team seems to lay down in the second half. If CDD can't inspire our players then I'll be going to the dark side and calling for a new head coach. I hate to say it, but I'm ready for some success. If we don't get 9 wins this season, start shopping.

born2ride writes:

Dooley wins 9 games or he is a goner.

thevoice writes:

Unless we play UK/Vandy 9 times this year, Dooley ain't winning 9 games in this conference. Somebody tell me what 9 games we win this year. New coaches, new defense!!!, out-recruited again by important SEC foes, extreme pressure to succeed, and a losing record from the head coach = 9 wins? I hope so, but...

dalvol writes:

in response to thevoice:

Unless we play UK/Vandy 9 times this year, Dooley ain't winning 9 games in this conference. Somebody tell me what 9 games we win this year. New coaches, new defense!!!, out-recruited again by important SEC foes, extreme pressure to succeed, and a losing record from the head coach = 9 wins? I hope so, but...

I'm more optimistic than "thevoice" above, but that's why they play the games, isn't it? I like the chemistry I see developing here on this team. If I'm wrong, I'll be man enough to come here and admit it. Will you and the trolls who come on here to disparage our coaches and players be man enough to do the same?

volpreacher writes:

in response to thevoice:

Unless we play UK/Vandy 9 times this year, Dooley ain't winning 9 games in this conference. Somebody tell me what 9 games we win this year. New coaches, new defense!!!, out-recruited again by important SEC foes, extreme pressure to succeed, and a losing record from the head coach = 9 wins? I hope so, but...

Once again, here come the naysayers.

NC State W
Georgia State W
Florida W
Akron W
at Georgia toss up
Open Date
at Mississippi State W
Alabama toss up with lean toward Ala.
at South Carolinatoss up with lean to UT
Troy W
Missouri W
at Vanderbilt W

volpreacher writes:

in response to dalvol:

I'm more optimistic than "thevoice" above, but that's why they play the games, isn't it? I like the chemistry I see developing here on this team. If I'm wrong, I'll be man enough to come here and admit it. Will you and the trolls who come on here to disparage our coaches and players be man enough to do the same?

I'm with you. But don't count on thevoice or other naysayers to eat crow. They will either disappear or come back saying, I knew it all along.

volpreacher writes:

in response to volpreacher:

Once again, here come the naysayers.

NC State W
Georgia State W
Florida W
Akron W
at Georgia toss up
Open Date
at Mississippi State W
Alabama toss up with lean toward Ala.
at South Carolinatoss up with lean to UT
Troy W
Missouri W
at Vanderbilt W

Left off Kentucky which will be a huge W. 9 wins minimum.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to thevoice:

Unless we play UK/Vandy 9 times this year, Dooley ain't winning 9 games in this conference. Somebody tell me what 9 games we win this year. New coaches, new defense!!!, out-recruited again by important SEC foes, extreme pressure to succeed, and a losing record from the head coach = 9 wins? I hope so, but...

UT beat Vandy in overtime after Vandy had sealed the win with a blocked punt late and UT got off the hook with a penalty and then lost to kentucky..Maybe Ut had better play Ut Martin and Buffalo 9 times. Maybe the new AD can continue the new tradition of buying out teams like N Car and replace them again this year with another Buffalo. UT will be worse this year than last as all the great Fulmer players are gone. Its funny a school that sat home for every post season still tries to laugh at a school that went to the NCAA Tourney, a Bowl and a College World Series (only Florida and Vandy went to all three) while their school was one of two (Ole Miss and UT ) that sat home for all three and watched the real SEC schools play. Join the WAC and quit bringing down BCS ratings in the SEC.

rtrchatt writes:

in response to volpreacher:

Once again, here come the naysayers.

NC State W
Georgia State W
Florida W
Akron W
at Georgia toss up
Open Date
at Mississippi State W
Alabama toss up with lean toward Ala.
at South Carolinatoss up with lean to UT
Troy W
Missouri W
at Vanderbilt W

The only "toss up" you could win against Alabama is the coin flip, and do not worry the game will be over by the start of the 4th qtr.
Saban has won the last 5 by an average of 21 pts and why will this change? Bama is better coached, better prepared, and more talent on the field. Try a little less vodka with all that orange koolaid lol.....

volpreacher writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

UT beat Vandy in overtime after Vandy had sealed the win with a blocked punt late and UT got off the hook with a penalty and then lost to kentucky..Maybe Ut had better play Ut Martin and Buffalo 9 times. Maybe the new AD can continue the new tradition of buying out teams like N Car and replace them again this year with another Buffalo. UT will be worse this year than last as all the great Fulmer players are gone. Its funny a school that sat home for every post season still tries to laugh at a school that went to the NCAA Tourney, a Bowl and a College World Series (only Florida and Vandy went to all three) while their school was one of two (Ole Miss and UT ) that sat home for all three and watched the real SEC schools play. Join the WAC and quit bringing down BCS ratings in the SEC.

Yes, and UT played both with a qb at 80% health. Also Vandy had the best team they had in years. UT had undoubtedly the worst they had in years. Yet UT still won. Vandy loses several key players this year. Blocked punts are part of the game. No penalty was called for, not needed since no offense. Lame excuse. Kentucky was just a case of laziness by UT.
Now, UT returns 20 starters. AS of now are healthy. They have a year's more experience.
Vandy stinks at baseball this year, so what's your point? UT beat Vandy this year in basketball while rebuilding a team. Are you really going there? And when the Vandy game with UT happens in football? Well over half the stadium will be in orange. Go Vols. YOu make me laugh with your ignorance.

volpreacher writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

The only "toss up" you could win against Alabama is the coin flip, and do not worry the game will be over by the start of the 4th qtr.
Saban has won the last 5 by an average of 21 pts and why will this change? Bama is better coached, better prepared, and more talent on the field. Try a little less vodka with all that orange koolaid lol.....

We will see if you return to this site after the game is over this year. You need to be the one with less vodka. Alabama will probably lose 3 this year. The UT/Ala game will be a really really close game. I guarantee it.

Punched_By_Lady_Luck writes:

in response to thevoice:

Unless we play UK/Vandy 9 times this year, Dooley ain't winning 9 games in this conference. Somebody tell me what 9 games we win this year. New coaches, new defense!!!, out-recruited again by important SEC foes, extreme pressure to succeed, and a losing record from the head coach = 9 wins? I hope so, but...

Been an Alabama booster long, or...?

VolinCalif writes:

in response to volpreacher:

Once again, here come the naysayers.

NC State W
Georgia State W
Florida W
Akron W
at Georgia toss up
Open Date
at Mississippi State W
Alabama toss up with lean toward Ala.
at South Carolinatoss up with lean to UT
Troy W
Missouri W
at Vanderbilt W

Preacher you are out of it.
Georgia isn't a toss up this year by any means. It is an out and out Win for UT. It's our year and we shall howl loud and clear. WE can easily go 10-2 plus a run at the SEC East. It is time you stopped being neg on this site. Two losses?! Are you trying to kid an old man or get me back into church? Two toss-ups only the rest are wins. By the way I'll be happy to carry the collection basket.
Just kidding , if we ever needed you we need you now.

Caspian writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

The only "toss up" you could win against Alabama is the coin flip, and do not worry the game will be over by the start of the 4th qtr.
Saban has won the last 5 by an average of 21 pts and why will this change? Bama is better coached, better prepared, and more talent on the field. Try a little less vodka with all that orange koolaid lol.....

Gotta admit, that was pretty good. Especially the coin toss and the vodka. lol.

jack4444 writes:

How a team loses at home, doesn't win its own division not to mention its conference and gets all excited about a mulligan is beyond me. No wonder that trophy smashed into a million pieces.

orangeman1 writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

UT beat Vandy in overtime after Vandy had sealed the win with a blocked punt late and UT got off the hook with a penalty and then lost to kentucky..Maybe Ut had better play Ut Martin and Buffalo 9 times. Maybe the new AD can continue the new tradition of buying out teams like N Car and replace them again this year with another Buffalo. UT will be worse this year than last as all the great Fulmer players are gone. Its funny a school that sat home for every post season still tries to laugh at a school that went to the NCAA Tourney, a Bowl and a College World Series (only Florida and Vandy went to all three) while their school was one of two (Ole Miss and UT ) that sat home for all three and watched the real SEC schools play. Join the WAC and quit bringing down BCS ratings in the SEC.

Rivera,Bartholemew, D Thomas, Z Rogers, Fowlkes, Bohannon, Lathers, Wilkes, P Waggoner. You do know there are still several key contributors from Fulmer's last recruiting class dont you? Well, NO, I guess you dont cause you are still stuck on UT firing Fulmer. I get it. You wish Fulmer were still here. You think things would be better. Who knows? you might be right, BUT he isnt coming back and Dooley is our coach. He is actually alot like Fulmer in ways so if you cant get behind Dooley or the players( which are very talented) then why dont you just pick another school to be a fan of? It would probably make your life happier and you wouldnt be so negative about the team all the time.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

UT beat Vandy in overtime after Vandy had sealed the win with a blocked punt late and UT got off the hook with a penalty and then lost to kentucky..Maybe Ut had better play Ut Martin and Buffalo 9 times. Maybe the new AD can continue the new tradition of buying out teams like N Car and replace them again this year with another Buffalo. UT will be worse this year than last as all the great Fulmer players are gone. Its funny a school that sat home for every post season still tries to laugh at a school that went to the NCAA Tourney, a Bowl and a College World Series (only Florida and Vandy went to all three) while their school was one of two (Ole Miss and UT ) that sat home for all three and watched the real SEC schools play. Join the WAC and quit bringing down BCS ratings in the SEC.

I laugh at you because Skip Bayless is Vandy's greatest claim to fame.
By the way, did you see Jalen Rose expose him as the liar/blowhard that he is?

Navaloranges writes:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

UT beat Vandy in overtime after Vandy had sealed the win with a blocked punt late and UT got off the hook with a penalty and then lost to kentucky..Maybe Ut had better play Ut Martin and Buffalo 9 times. Maybe the new AD can continue the new tradition of buying out teams like N Car and replace them again this year with another Buffalo. UT will be worse this year than last as all the great Fulmer players are gone. Its funny a school that sat home for every post season still tries to laugh at a school that went to the NCAA Tourney, a Bowl and a College World Series (only Florida and Vandy went to all three) while their school was one of two (Ole Miss and UT ) that sat home for all three and watched the real SEC schools play. Join the WAC and quit bringing down BCS ratings in the SEC.

You are simply a JOKE, plain and simple.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to born2ride:

Dooley wins 9 games or he is a goner.

Don't worry, CDD won't be a goner. However, its a safe bet that you will still be a goober.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Walt,

Take "Go Vols" out of your screen name. You are not a UT fan at any level. You and Jeff Flowers need to "retire" and move in together. Your evenings could be spend talking about how good things were back in the 70's and why you both turned into Grouchy Old Men.

gc_scvol writes:

No dogs in this race, but this Walt guy sure seems as though he has some issues.

orangecountyvols writes:

BigOrangeFever and other Vols,

We have a tandem here don't we friend......the pitiful-handicapper and poor ole' Walt.

First, the pitiful-handicapper cannot post anything without his boring references to Fulmer....his idol. And what about ole' Walt? His posts sound exactly like the grouchy old Leland from Arkansas who calls in on the Sports Animal. Truth is, Walt is just the epitome of negativity.

NavalOranges, good seeing you back here. What a departure from the trolls when you post, along with Johnlg, Gerry, Witchy etc.

Here's the deal friends about the whiny anti-Dooley/anti-Vol football team comments. True Tennessee fans don't jump with joy over the type of seasons we've had lately. However.......we don't moan and groan and cry daily about it as the naysayers do. We understand why the trolls are here but people like Walt just gripe about anything and everything. What the rest of us will do is not go off the deep end in April, 2012 as many are prone to do. We'll see how it goes and then deal with it........if nec.

gc_scvol writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

BigOrangeFever and other Vols,

We have a tandem here don't we friend......the pitiful-handicapper and poor ole' Walt.

First, the pitiful-handicapper cannot post anything without his boring references to Fulmer....his idol. And what about ole' Walt? His posts sound exactly like the grouchy old Leland from Arkansas who calls in on the Sports Animal. Truth is, Walt is just the epitome of negativity.

NavalOranges, good seeing you back here. What a departure from the trolls when you post, along with Johnlg, Gerry, Witchy etc.

Here's the deal friends about the whiny anti-Dooley/anti-Vol football team comments. True Tennessee fans don't jump with joy over the type of seasons we've had lately. However.......we don't moan and groan and cry daily about it as the naysayers do. We understand why the trolls are here but people like Walt just gripe about anything and everything. What the rest of us will do is not go off the deep end in April, 2012 as many are prone to do. We'll see how it goes and then deal with it........if nec.

100%

CroKev writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

The only "toss up" you could win against Alabama is the coin flip, and do not worry the game will be over by the start of the 4th qtr.
Saban has won the last 5 by an average of 21 pts and why will this change? Bama is better coached, better prepared, and more talent on the field. Try a little less vodka with all that orange koolaid lol.....

Think Bama has a chance against LSU this year in Baton Rouge?

CroKev writes:

Voice / Handicapped / Bodeane / Walt / et al.

OK, here's the challenge: If UT wins 8 or more games this year, you all promise to stay off GoVolsXtra for 1 year. If they win 7 or less, then I promise to stay off for a year. Of course, this assumes that we're all men of integrity (i.e., won't change our screen names). I'm confident in my claims; how about you?

Orange_Scooter writes:

in response to CroKev:

Voice / Handicapped / Bodeane / Walt / et al.

OK, here's the challenge: If UT wins 8 or more games this year, you all promise to stay off GoVolsXtra for 1 year. If they win 7 or less, then I promise to stay off for a year. Of course, this assumes that we're all men of integrity (i.e., won't change our screen names). I'm confident in my claims; how about you?

Oh, good God no! If UT wins 8 or more, I want those jerks to stay and eat crow. Then again, it won't matter because they'll just change their names.

arkyvol writes:

i just hope bobby petrino is still between jobs come next november.

thevoice writes:

in response to CroKev:

Voice / Handicapped / Bodeane / Walt / et al.

OK, here's the challenge: If UT wins 8 or more games this year, you all promise to stay off GoVolsXtra for 1 year. If they win 7 or less, then I promise to stay off for a year. Of course, this assumes that we're all men of integrity (i.e., won't change our screen names). I'm confident in my claims; how about you?

I don't mind eating crow and swallowing my claims. I enjoy taking responsibility, something seemingly scarce these days. But I don't see these wins just magically appearing out of nothing, all because we "hope" so. Are we just suddenly going to start beating Bama, UF, UGA, USC... because we "hope so?" Try a running game, a kicking game, a threatening defense. Currently, arrows are not pointing towards us having ANY of those things; plus we have a brand new caching staff and a new defensive scheme!! How the hell are wins just suddenly going to appear? Because we're UT? Wins are costly and not necessarily associated with a program's name alone. I've always "hoped" so, for over 35 years of my adult life, including those in which I was a student at UTK. I've tried to apply logic, intelligence, and history...

Clarkrm0706 writes:

"Currently, arrows are not pointing towards us having ANY of those things"
I feel you are wrong on that point.
The running games is showing signs of improvement. The kicking game, I honestly don't know but I believe coach SS will improve on the defense as well.
I realize that having lowered expectations helps to never be disappointed but your posts sound like you are never really happy either.
I follow a few sports teams where I am not expecting huge strides but still hold out "hope" for improvement. Being disappointed 1 night a week, sounds better than the constant doom and gloom that you seem to feel. (Just judging by your posts)

GerryOP writes:

It always intrigues me to read posts from the gang that claim to be Vol fans yet all they do on every post is trash Coach Dooley and the Vols. Must be a generational thing that I don't understand ... or ... these dorks are simply attention whores. Sad ... very sad.

137 days ... and still counting.

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to GerryOP:

It always intrigues me to read posts from the gang that claim to be Vol fans yet all they do on every post is trash Coach Dooley and the Vols. Must be a generational thing that I don't understand ... or ... these dorks are simply attention whores. Sad ... very sad.

137 days ... and still counting.

What amazes me is what makes you delusional to the ever negative.
My comments are always (generalizing)
"Don't know if Dooley is the guy or not, but will still cheer for the Vols No matter who is coach."
I have gone a step further about....twice and said "well he has done a decent job recruiting"
I honestly felt that it would be the pro Dooley crowd that would come down on me for not being supportive enough, but instead the negavols now call me a "Doolaid" drinker for my comments of "maybe he will, maybe he won't" ??????
Me thinks others are right when they suggest that a few of these are not actual Vol fans.

TheVolSnake writes:

Since everyone is predicting I wanted to share my thoughts prior to the end of Spring practice.

2012 Schedule and what I think, prior to the end of spring practice

09/01/12 vs. North Carolina State Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.) TBA (Should be a Win)

09/08/12 vs. Georgia State Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

09/15/12 vs. Florida * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Toss Up) Gatos are on the way down and Vols on the way Up, edge to Vol’s playing at Home. They will also have a new QB and several new players will be there first test of 2012

09/22/12 vs. Akron Knoxville, Tenn. (Should be a Win)

TBA 09/29/12 at Georgia * Athens, Ga. (Toss Up) for some unknown reason the Bulldogs have problems and some games the true Dogs show up and other games they play flat.

TBA 10/13/12 at Mississippi State * Starkville, Miss. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

10/20/12 vs. Alabama * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Loss, defending champs and pre season #1)

10/27/12 at South Carolina * Columbia, S.C. TBA (Toss Up) By this time of the year we will really be able to see what both teams have but at this time unknown.

11/03/12 vs. Troy Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/10/12 vs. Missouri * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/17/12 at Vanderbilt * Nashville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

11/24/12 vs. Kentucky * Knoxville, Tenn. TBA (Should be a Win)

7-5 Very Strong possibility even if we have injuries

8-4 very likely

9-3 possible but will need to stay healthy and other teams have issues for once

10-2 Would have to win 3 of the 4 toss ups

11-1 Very unlikely would have to be very lucky and stay completely healthy all year long, the new coaches would have to instill a lot of sound techniques and the Vols will have to play basically mistake free

The toss ups were based on returning starters and loss of key player on these teams, when I did this I went team by team and looked at loss of players and returning starters, the reason is back ups and how they will perform is unknown. We are switching Defense this year which will help us this year if the players can learn the system fast. We have the skill to do so but won’t know how well till the start of the year. We do have to work out our running back situation. As you are aware we have 16 returning starters and many more with large amount of playing time In SEC games. Also unlike the last two years we are not playing top 10 teams back to back to back. Also not playing #1 and #2 back to back.

Go Vol's

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to born2ride:

Dooley wins 9 games or he is a goner.

I'd keep him if 8 wins but he does not seem to realize it's down to one last year. You would think he would stop the negative comments about this team. Dang fire them up and stop tearing them down.

thevoice writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

"Currently, arrows are not pointing towards us having ANY of those things"
I feel you are wrong on that point.
The running games is showing signs of improvement. The kicking game, I honestly don't know but I believe coach SS will improve on the defense as well.
I realize that having lowered expectations helps to never be disappointed but your posts sound like you are never really happy either.
I follow a few sports teams where I am not expecting huge strides but still hold out "hope" for improvement. Being disappointed 1 night a week, sounds better than the constant doom and gloom that you seem to feel. (Just judging by your posts)

FYI, for the last few years UT's seasons have been doom and gloom (see John Adams). Just reporting the facts. I'm not too interested in Spring practice running games, as Spring is not necessarily indicative of Fall games. Show me the progress in games that count. Many teams' running game looks good in the Spring. Heck, so did ours this time last year. I don't post negativity with the baseball or basketball programs since I see bright futures. UT football is different, just check the recent record.

thevoice writes:

in response to GerryOP:

It always intrigues me to read posts from the gang that claim to be Vol fans yet all they do on every post is trash Coach Dooley and the Vols. Must be a generational thing that I don't understand ... or ... these dorks are simply attention whores. Sad ... very sad.

137 days ... and still counting.

You need to state that to the former players who don't like Dooley, not GVXers.

TheVolSnake writes:

We keep looking better and better this year from what I can see from the net.

Running back by committee may work in our favor and keep the running backs fresh and keep defenses off balanced, however I do favor one primer running back this may not be the case this year. We have two quality QB’s backing up Bray so no worries there this year. Our receivers should be lights out and we should lead the SEC in passing this year.

Worries are kicking games and this need to be fixed this spring and fall. If Howard and Lane return kick offs we should be improved on one area of special teams. If the 3-4 can put pressure on the punter we could be improved on the punt return. I like Young as a running back also and this Fall everything will be sorted out, but isn't it great seeing all the options this year.

Remember we have several recruits coming in this fall which will fight also for playing time and some of them could step in right away. Examples: McCullers, O'Brien, Sentimore, Bonner and McNeil. Not that I don’t like the others these players could be another surprise like Maggitt and Johnson was last year.

The offense has several that also could come in and also surprise, the ones I see that has the ability to come in and make dramatic impact on offense is Groom’s , Patterson , Bowles, Howard and Bourque. Last year I didn’t see Maggitt and Johnson as impact players till our LB took several injuries.Also we just lost a LB more then likely for the year Harris and I wish him the best of luck and hope he returns strong next year.

Regardless of rumors and bad media coverage and negative posts we have a great team this year and have good to great backups at nearly every position first time in at least 4 years so I see us very strong this year. I don’t think we will win the SEC but will be much improved over all and will have a winning record.

Dooley is the right man for the job. Yes he makes mistakes but he has stopped for the most part your biggest problem (off field troubles) and now has assembled a great coaching staff.

Everyone wants to forget he (Dooley) had less than two weeks to assemble his first coaching staff and keep the recruits, so to be frank he didn’t get the best coaches out there. To top that off he lost a lot of Key players and so far all those lost haven’t produced where they went, but the book is still open on some of them.

Go Vol’s

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to thevoice:

FYI, for the last few years UT's seasons have been doom and gloom (see John Adams). Just reporting the facts. I'm not too interested in Spring practice running games, as Spring is not necessarily indicative of Fall games. Show me the progress in games that count. Many teams' running game looks good in the Spring. Heck, so did ours this time last year. I don't post negativity with the baseball or basketball programs since I see bright futures. UT football is different, just check the recent record.

A little more aggressive than I had hoped.
I agree that John Adams is always negative but that is just John.
Yes! spring practice doesn't equate to fall records.
In other words, I don't know what this season has in store but neither do you. A little "hope" seems healthier than giving up before the start.

lemme_axya_this writes:

Adams and the KNS can say anything they want because they have no competition. They don't have to be better than anybody. They don't even have to be good.

VirtualMadness writes:

Man!! See what I mean?? Boot the trolls and this place is dead!!

GerryOP writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

What amazes me is what makes you delusional to the ever negative.
My comments are always (generalizing)
"Don't know if Dooley is the guy or not, but will still cheer for the Vols No matter who is coach."
I have gone a step further about....twice and said "well he has done a decent job recruiting"
I honestly felt that it would be the pro Dooley crowd that would come down on me for not being supportive enough, but instead the negavols now call me a "Doolaid" drinker for my comments of "maybe he will, maybe he won't" ??????
Me thinks others are right when they suggest that a few of these are not actual Vol fans.

Clark, surely you know by now that there are a bunch of people on here, trolls and negavols, who just have nothing good to say. I prefer to be positive, because that's what fans do ... and win, lose, or draw, they're stil my Vols!!

Don't recall having a problem with your posts. I gather you tend to be realistic. Nothin' wrong with that.

GerryOP writes:

in response to thevoice:

You need to state that to the former players who don't like Dooley, not GVXers.

Hmmmm, former players that don't like Dooley? That would mean these people, if they exist, fit into one of 3 categories.

1. Recruited by Fulmer/Kiffin, played a year or two and didn't like Dooley's coaching style, and either graduated or left.

2. Were recrutied by Dooley and refused to buy into Dooley's program and either quit or were run off.

3. Football alumni who came back and didn't feel Dooley showed proper respect for their contributions as a Vol.

In each case I might understand why they don't like Dooley. But in none of those three cases do I find it justification to criticize Dooley.

tnfanincali writes:

From I have seen Dooley has done the right thing. He has played a lot of underclassmen these first two years, and it shows in our record. But now all those underclassmen are upperclassmen with game experience. That should also be reflected in our record this year, and next. We don't have the luxury of having 5 stars backed up by 4 stars at every position like the Alabama's and USC's, but we now have quality depth and experience at most positions and are ready to make a run, at the SEC east at least...

volpreacher writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

Preacher you are out of it.
Georgia isn't a toss up this year by any means. It is an out and out Win for UT. It's our year and we shall howl loud and clear. WE can easily go 10-2 plus a run at the SEC East. It is time you stopped being neg on this site. Two losses?! Are you trying to kid an old man or get me back into church? Two toss-ups only the rest are wins. By the way I'll be happy to carry the collection basket.
Just kidding , if we ever needed you we need you now.

I know, it's tough being positive. Ha Ha. I agree, I think 10-2 is very achievable.

GerryOP writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

I'd keep him if 8 wins but he does not seem to realize it's down to one last year. You would think he would stop the negative comments about this team. Dang fire them up and stop tearing them down.

Who told you it was "... down to one last year..." or are you just making that up?

BamaVol writes:

8 wins plus bowl win. If we stay healthy, we might get another one. I do support Dooley, wish him the best, I want to win as much as anyone, We have alot of D.A's on this site, most call them trolls, I would rather call them Dumb ?ss's

BleednUrnge81 writes:

in response to toddyboy:

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Let me ask you a question toddy, is it just dooley you hate, or is it the vols? A real fan would support his team, no matter how much he disliked the coaches. You make my head hurt with the constant state of sore b-hole you seem to be in. Get over yourself, get a dink dink from your sippy cup, have mommy check your footed jammies for #2, and take a nap. GBO and have a good'n.

TitanandVolfan4life writes:

Remember that there's really only 2 to 4 people that seriously hate Tennessee but all of them DO have 3 to 5 names each and come on here with 1 name after another and even talk to themselves with their different names.

That's PROOF of a Psychological sickness and need for professional help.

Get smart and IGNORE them and let them talk to themselves and when they don't get the attention their sickness needs they'll go elsewhere to seek their attention.

CDD is NOT going anywhere after this season even if he only wins 7 games because AD Hart likes the CDD rebuilding plan and he sees improvement like he expects.

The fact is that ALL the smart people knew that CDD took over a total rebuilding job and that it was a 4 to 5 year challenge and this is only spring practice of year 3.

CDD always wanted the right coaches and players to switch to the 3-4 D with some 4-3 mixed in to keep teams confused.

CDD has actually recruited for the 3-4 D plan in his last 2 recruiting classes and now he has CSS and good 3-4 coaches to teach our new Tennessee D schemes.

The CDD plan is moving forward and the smart people that DO know something about college football DO see progress being made.

Injuries hurt us bad last season or we would have Won at least 2 more games but last season does NOT matter now.

It's just a wish and a hope by the Tennessee haters that CDD will get fired after this season because they ARE scared and can also see that our Vols ARE getting better and will continue to get better with every recruiting class.

I bleed Tennessee orange and will always support our coaches and players forever!!!

VFL...GBO!!!

GerryOP writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

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Maybe in the blog world if you repeat something 1,571 times it becomes true.

brokendownoldvol writes:

No Dooley this isn't Louisiana Tech.

brokendownoldvol writes:

These fans here who accept bad coaching and losing seasons is the reason TN football suks now. Ala fans would not tolerate this that why they win.

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