John Adams: Arkansas a special role model for Vols

John Adams
Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams (3) is held by guard Grant Cook (72) as they celebrate Adams' touchdown with offensive tackle Grant Freeman, right, during the second half of the NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. Arkansas defeated Tennessee 49-7. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Arkansas wide receiver Joe Adams (3) is held by guard Grant Cook (72) as they celebrate Adams' touchdown with offensive tackle Grant Freeman, right, during the second half of the NCAA college football game in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011. Arkansas defeated Tennessee 49-7. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

The offense ranked 81st nationally in rushing. The defense was ninth in the SEC.

That's no way to win a championship, right?

No. But Arkansas did OK for itself with a below-average running game and a pedestrian defense last season.

The Razorbacks passed their way to an 11-2 record and a fifth-place finish in both top-25 polls. Tennessee fans couldn't ask for a better role model.

Arkansas had an accomplished passer in Tyler Wilson. UT has an accomplished passer in Tyler Bray.

The strength of Arkansas' team was its receiving corps. The strength of UT's team is its receiving corps.

So far, so good for the Vols. There's a catch, though.

Although Arkansas proved you can pass your way to national prominence without honoring such traditional SEC virtues as running and defense, its special teams played a huge complementary role in its success.

You might remember Joe Adams, who seemingly became invisible in the face of five UT defenders on a touchdown punt return.

He led the SEC in punt returns last season, and two other Razorbacks ranked third and fourth in the conference in kickoff returns.

Arkansas' Dylan Breeding led the SEC in punting average, and placekicker Zach Hocker ranked second in field goals made.

UT has a potentially explosive passing game like Arkansas'. Its defense could be just as good or better than the Razorbacks' was last season. And its running game can't help but be improved after outrushing only four other FBS teams.

But imagine if the Vols had special teams comparable to the 2011 Razorbacks. If that's too much to ask, imagine what improvement top-40 special teams could provide.

The Vols ranked 61st last season in punt returns, 41st in kickoff returns, and 104th in net punting. They didn't have any Lou Groza

candidates, either.

Maybe experience will help. Punter Matt Darr and placekicker/punter Michael Palardy, who wowed no one last season, return. Palardy needed only one scrimmage to boost special-teams optimism. He made all four of his field-goal attempts in Saturday's first preseason scrimmage.

Punt/kick returner Devrin Young also returns. Though not in Adams' class, he qualified as an upgrade for UT last season.

Recruiting could be a factor, too. Much has been made of the impact wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson could have on the passing game. He also could impact the return game.

"It's hard to find better than Devrin from what I saw," UT special-teams coach Charlie Coiner said. "But CP brings something to the table."

He brings track speed. That was evident last season at Hutchinson Community College, where he returned 10 kicks for 482 yards and three touchdowns.

"CP is one of those guys," Coiner said. "How good is he? I can tell you he's fast and we're glad we have him."

Adams repeatedly showed the difference a big-play return man could make, But you don't need last season's Razorbacks to appreciate the impact of special teams. Just check out the last two college games played in the Georgia Dome.

Auburn recovered an onside kick, blocked two punts and had a 62-yard kick return in beating Virginia 43-24 in last December's Chick-fil-A Bowl. A few weeks earlier, LSU defeated Georgia 42-10 in the SEC championship game, thanks in part, to special-teams play.

LSU's Tyrann Mathieu had a 62-yard return for a touchdown and averaged 29.8 yards on four punt returns. Tigers punter Brad Wing averaged 50.8 yards on eight punts.

Those are other examples worth following when the Vols open their 2012 season in the Georgia Dome.

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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123forVOLS writes:

ANA...Another Nonsensical Article by John Adams. So what else is new?

GreerVol22 writes:

I think Adams is raising valid points. Special Teams stunk, running game stunk, and the passing game went south after Florida. Its a wonder we won 5 games.

The last time i remember completely winning the kicking game involved one of the Colquitts.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

You are right John, Young isn't in Adams' class because Joe Adams was a Senior and Devrin Young was a Freshman last season. It's a little too soon to go and write that Young won't be as good as Adams was. One was a Senior, the other was a Freshman.

Huttdawg100 writes:

The best example that Arkansas gives UT is Jeff Long, their AD. He handled the Petrino situation far better than Hamilton handled the Kiffin situation.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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No doubt, Worley made the start and the whole team acted like a deer in headlights.

Vo2Vol writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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It was embarrassing Merlot, about as embarrassing as you are. We have more experience, depth, size, and speed than we had last year. We are not a JV team this year. Of course, you could coach up a bunch kids fresh out of HS and compete.

arkyvol writes:

i've got season tickets to razorback games (my wife is native arky and the reason i'm way out here), but i refused to go to the tennessee game last year. i had painful memories of the last time the vols played in fayetteville and didn't want to undergo a round of remarks about my orange gear again. i fully expected the vols to lose. little did i know. i knew the hogs were that good. i just didn't realize the vols were that bad. i agree with adams--the hogs are a benchmark for what a real coach can do in 2-3 years. unfortunately the vols are a showcase for how mediocrity breeds futility. petrino faced a greater challenge than dooley when he came here, not only was there an empty cupboard, he didn't have the tradition, the support, the facilities, or the reputation the volunteers do. i've heard a lot of baloney of how bad dooley had it. well, this is his third year. last year was petrino's third. does anyone remotely believe the results will be comparable?

arkyvol writes:

p.s.: of the six losses in petrino's last two years, four were to l.s.u. and bama (the other two were auburn (nat. champ.), and ohio state (later vacated).

CrankE writes:

Debby Jennings is a special role model for John Adams too. Maybe he could be fired too.

keepitreal4vols writes:

I wish another newpaper would hire John Adams, but who would want him?

VolinCalif writes:

I think John is pointing out some good data. He makes it clear we are a passing team good enough that if we are just a little above mid stream in the other area's we'll do just great. But I have to disagree in a respectful fashion with John. This team is a V 12 engine and they are hitting on all cylinders. We are not going to be mid point on defense, we are going to be in the top 20. Just may be the top O team in the nation. We have talent at running back and they are going to prove it to everyone. The blockers are top of the conference. As for the special teams. Well there I'm just a little worried. But I think we will see the biggest improvement in that area. Don't say they aren't talented, and we now have return players that can catch and hold the ball.
Vols 10-2 plus a bowl
Vols 35 NCS 14
Could win the SECE Just have to get by Steve.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to arkyvol:

p.s.: of the six losses in petrino's last two years, four were to l.s.u. and bama (the other two were auburn (nat. champ.), and ohio state (later vacated).

So? Five of UT's losses last year were to teams that finished in the top 19. Four of them were top 10. Three of them were ranked 1, 2 and 3 (but finished 1, 2 and 5).

What's your point?

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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They're going to taste like MerlotGoVols sandwiches? Yuck!

Halftime adjustments and playing for four quarters had nothing to do with coaching and everything to do with lack of depth and lack of experience -- youth.

Using "Dooleave" in a post = zero credibility.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to arkyvol:

i've got season tickets to razorback games (my wife is native arky and the reason i'm way out here), but i refused to go to the tennessee game last year. i had painful memories of the last time the vols played in fayetteville and didn't want to undergo a round of remarks about my orange gear again. i fully expected the vols to lose. little did i know. i knew the hogs were that good. i just didn't realize the vols were that bad. i agree with adams--the hogs are a benchmark for what a real coach can do in 2-3 years. unfortunately the vols are a showcase for how mediocrity breeds futility. petrino faced a greater challenge than dooley when he came here, not only was there an empty cupboard, he didn't have the tradition, the support, the facilities, or the reputation the volunteers do. i've heard a lot of baloney of how bad dooley had it. well, this is his third year. last year was petrino's third. does anyone remotely believe the results will be comparable?

In what dream world did Petrino face a greater challenge than Dooley? How many scholarship players were on Arkansas' roster Petrino's first season?

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to arkyvol:

i've got season tickets to razorback games (my wife is native arky and the reason i'm way out here), but i refused to go to the tennessee game last year. i had painful memories of the last time the vols played in fayetteville and didn't want to undergo a round of remarks about my orange gear again. i fully expected the vols to lose. little did i know. i knew the hogs were that good. i just didn't realize the vols were that bad. i agree with adams--the hogs are a benchmark for what a real coach can do in 2-3 years. unfortunately the vols are a showcase for how mediocrity breeds futility. petrino faced a greater challenge than dooley when he came here, not only was there an empty cupboard, he didn't have the tradition, the support, the facilities, or the reputation the volunteers do. i've heard a lot of baloney of how bad dooley had it. well, this is his third year. last year was petrino's third. does anyone remotely believe the results will be comparable?

"well, this is his third year. last year was petrino's third. does anyone remotely believe the results will be comparable?"

Yes

Snapshot writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

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Well the Bitter Old Man is back with a new name again.
Right Jethro?
Sadly the same childish name calling hasn't changed.

LDDFC912 writes:

Sad that so many negatiive comments are said about a team that was already short on talent who limped in to Arkansas and was beaten soundly. Please return your season tickets to hatemylife.com. We will send you a rope and instructions. Go Vols. Haters play dead.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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The point about halftime adjustments is that the coach can't suddenly make his young players older or better conditioned just because it's the second half. Without depth and enough time in the conditioning program, you can't keep up with the other guys in this league, and there's no halftime adjustment any coach can make to fix that. It takes time and years of recruiting and conditioning to make that adjustment.

As far as how many accounts/screen names I've had, it's three. In the six years I've been posting on this site, three. I was Tweetdriver63 (I have no idea why I got banned on that one after five years of commenting.), then 10seVol85 (That one got the boot for letting one of you trolls get under my skin, and apparently, for putting a "Y" in Gators.), then 10seVol85_Part_Deux.

DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho writes:

in response to 123forVOLS:

ANA...Another Nonsensical Article by John Adams. So what else is new?

Another well thought out insult by a 12 year old who just discovered sarcasm...so, I guess nothing new at all.

gc_scvol writes:

Tatally off topic...Did I miss the article about Reeves-Maybin committing to the Vols last week or was there not one written?

crappieking writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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+1000

arkyvol writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

So? Five of UT's losses last year were to teams that finished in the top 19. Four of them were top 10. Three of them were ranked 1, 2 and 3 (but finished 1, 2 and 5).

What's your point?

my point is that other than those losses, there were none, nada, zip. in other words, they didn't lose to the likes of kentucky and a toothless florida. to make it even clearer, the vols have about as much chance of finishing where petrino's hogs did in his third year (poll wise) as smokey being swapped for a chihuahua.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to gc_scvol:

Tatally off topic...Did I miss the article about Reeves-Maybin committing to the Vols last week or was there not one written?

Wasn't written I did however post on several threads the hour is happened.

4 Star (Scouts) Reeves-Maybin 6-1,205 just committed to the Vol’s. He is a gifted athlete that put up big numbers on both sides of the ball as a junior. He has played safety and linebacker on defense and Scout projects him as an outside linebacker on the next level. He has a lot of room to grow at that position, but he has all the skills to be very successful there. He can run, he has good size, he is aggressive, he can move in space, and can turn and run with running backs.

3 Star (Rivals) Maybin stood out at multiple events this summer, including the Nike Memphis camp and the Music City Classic. At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, he's somewhere between a safety and linebacker. While playing safety, he's more than comfortable in coverage. He already has a solid body, so bulking up to play linebacker at the next level isn't out of the question. The Vols have a talented defender, regardless of the position he ultimately plays.

Jr. year Stats: Running 170 Att, 1,448 Yards and 31 TD’s: Passing threw for 1,267 Yards and 15 TD’s: on Defense 103 tackles and 3 fumble recoveries. All these Stats where for his JR. year only.

TheVolSnake writes:

10SE

I really feel sorry for the trolls and haters, they don’t seem or don’t want to understand why we had the year we had last year. Injuries, lack of depth and just flat wore down. In the SEC you have to have depth to be Competitive. To top all that off had the toughest Schedule of all the SEC teams.

Also have you noticed the even J. Adams is starting to change his tune in his articles, I think he knows the bad times are coming to the end. It is easy to bash someone or a team when they are down, it takes a real fan to support them though the good times as well as the bad times.

I really feel sorry for them because of the amount of Crow they will be eating this year. If you notice they have constantly gone up in the number of wins needed, this is because they know deep down in their heart this is their last two weeks of bashing prior to the season open and everyone sees how good the Vols really are.

usafvol writes:

in response to MerlotGoVols:

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Real fans don't complain the way you and a few other troll holes do. Fans support the team (including the coach). I think you're just a miserable little boy who's not happy unless he's complaining about something. How about showing a little support instead of thoughtless complaints? Dooley didn't come begging for this job with promises of championships. He walked into a job that nobody wanted because we had no talent. Kiffin did his best to destroy the FB team by taking players and coaches with him. Folks like you come on here posting and it's like reading something a 14 year old might have written. I doubt you have any concept of what it takes to recruit, coach or run a FB team. If you're gonna complain, how about coming up with better idea's other that "fire Dooley". I'm sure that in some warped way, your constant bashing somehow makes you feel superior but in reality it makes you look like the dweeb that you really are..

gc_scvol writes:

in response to usafvol:

Real fans don't complain the way you and a few other troll holes do. Fans support the team (including the coach). I think you're just a miserable little boy who's not happy unless he's complaining about something. How about showing a little support instead of thoughtless complaints? Dooley didn't come begging for this job with promises of championships. He walked into a job that nobody wanted because we had no talent. Kiffin did his best to destroy the FB team by taking players and coaches with him. Folks like you come on here posting and it's like reading something a 14 year old might have written. I doubt you have any concept of what it takes to recruit, coach or run a FB team. If you're gonna complain, how about coming up with better idea's other that "fire Dooley". I'm sure that in some warped way, your constant bashing somehow makes you feel superior but in reality it makes you look like the dweeb that you really are..

mgv Isn't a Vol fan Never has been. Never will be. The only way to handle these losers is to completely ignore them.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to usafvol:

Real fans don't complain the way you and a few other troll holes do. Fans support the team (including the coach). I think you're just a miserable little boy who's not happy unless he's complaining about something. How about showing a little support instead of thoughtless complaints? Dooley didn't come begging for this job with promises of championships. He walked into a job that nobody wanted because we had no talent. Kiffin did his best to destroy the FB team by taking players and coaches with him. Folks like you come on here posting and it's like reading something a 14 year old might have written. I doubt you have any concept of what it takes to recruit, coach or run a FB team. If you're gonna complain, how about coming up with better idea's other that "fire Dooley". I'm sure that in some warped way, your constant bashing somehow makes you feel superior but in reality it makes you look like the dweeb that you really are..

Great Post

I fully agree.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to usafvol:

Real fans don't complain the way you and a few other troll holes do. Fans support the team (including the coach). I think you're just a miserable little boy who's not happy unless he's complaining about something. How about showing a little support instead of thoughtless complaints? Dooley didn't come begging for this job with promises of championships. He walked into a job that nobody wanted because we had no talent. Kiffin did his best to destroy the FB team by taking players and coaches with him. Folks like you come on here posting and it's like reading something a 14 year old might have written. I doubt you have any concept of what it takes to recruit, coach or run a FB team. If you're gonna complain, how about coming up with better idea's other that "fire Dooley". I'm sure that in some warped way, your constant bashing somehow makes you feel superior but in reality it makes you look like the dweeb that you really are..

Just for the fun of it the other day, I went though Kiffen’s class #10 Rivals and used their point system and removed all the players that left, We ended up 361 points which would have placed us at 62nd place, actually lower points because I didn’t subtract some of the bonus and the last three 3 star players I subtracted only the minimum points and I didn’t subtract all the bonuses from the 3 Star players and below.

I didn’t go team by team and add or subtract other teams players just based on our points and where we would have placed. We started at signing day with 2,037 points and was ranked 10th, just ahead of the 11 the ranked Gators with 2,017 and 12th ranked SC with 1,952.

So what was a top 10 class in reality the class was #62 ranked.

To top that off the 2008 class was at #35 and only four of these players are to start or have significant playing time this year.

So as you can see the cupboard was bare when Dooly took over

From Kiffen's class and what is left and what is gone.

Gone:

Five Stars off team (2): Janzen Jackson, Bryce Brown

Four Stars off team (6): Jerod Askew,Nu'Keese Richardson, , Darren Myles, David Oku, James Green, , JerQuari Schofield

Three Stars off team (5): Naz Oliver, Mike Edwards, Rae Sykes, Kevin Revis, Nigel Mitchell-Thornton, Robert Nelson, Arthur Jeffery, Toney Williams

Left on team;

Five stars left: None

Four Star Left (3): Eric Gordon, Marlon Walls, Marsalis Teague

Three star Left (3): Greg King, Zach Rogers, Daniel Hood,

Fulmer's last class has 8 players left.

GreerVol22 writes:

WHAT IF......

What if we have another 5 win season and Dooley leaves....Would you hire Petrino and his baggage if you knew he would deliver 10 win seasons????

Because someone is going to.

AllforTenn writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

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Absolutely stupid post from a Dooley hater. Think you are clever by calling him names (which shows your lack of character)?

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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"The program wasn't a disaster when Dooley got here, but it is now."

That isn't the stupidest comment I've ever read, but in a nutshell, it is definitely the most ignorant, ill-informed comment, and the one displaying the greatest lack of understanding of the situation, that I have ever read.

Congratulations, Walt. You are now the most ignorant commenter on GVX.

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

Don't troll group-hugs just warm your heart? Awwww......

Scribbler thinks Dooley was born on third base. Scribbler has probably never even gotten to second base.

kyvol98 writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Don't troll group-hugs just warm your heart? Awwww......

Scribbler thinks Dooley was born on third base. Scribbler has probably never even gotten to second base.

Walt has always been in the top 5 in stupidity.
Poor guy took an IQ test and proudly displays his score as part of his signature here.

usafvol writes:

in response to GeauxTeamScribbler:

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You and walt should get a room and compare your Dooley bashing posts together. Oh yeah, don't forget Merlot; between the three of you there might be an IQ of a house plant..

CoverOrange writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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I support the Constitution of the United States although I often don't support the president or many of the congressmen that run the country. Likewise, I always support, cheer, root for the Big Orange regardless of how I feel about the coach, AD, other fans, et al.

Not liking the coach is one thing, rooting for the team to fail to effect a change in leadership is another thing. The difference between a fan and a troll.

Walt, you don't have any more information than the rest of us yet you decisively concluded years ago that Dooley was a loser. For myself, I don't know, but I believe this year will be decisive. I have no choice to wait and see. In the mean time I will watch each game and cheer every positive Vol play and groan at every negative Vol play. What will you do?

tovolny writes:

John, only a few lines from you and look what you started. Just enough smart___ remarks to roil the masses.

News John, news, we need news. Information from Saturday or last week is not news. Okay repeat afte me: N is for new information, E is for no exceptions, W represents worthwhile information, and S tells us how serious. This is new, worthwhile, serious information. NEWS John, NEWS.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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Walt

Your statement The program wasn't a disaster when Dooley got here is total wrong and without merit.

I know you love Fulmer But you need to read these two articles and understand where we were at when Dooley got here. This is the reason we started 32 True Freshman over the last two years.

http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/3...

If anyone ever wondered why Phillip Fulmer got canned, just take a look at the development of some of his highly touted recruits at the end of his tenure. You'll see no less than four on this list.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/11...

I loved Fulmer (He was recruiting my son) and don't mean to slam him at all, but his last few years were not up to par at all and this list didn't take in account all the arrests our players had during that time (I think if I remember correctly 31 arrests over a 17 month period).

He took way to many changes on recruits his last couple of years. I do wish he had become the AD I think he would have done a great job. Nothing against Hart but Fulmer is and will always be a legend in TN.

These were Fulmer’s last two years:

2008 we were 5-7 and didn’t beat a ranked team and even lost to Wyoming who was 4-8 that year. So I guess even the HOF Coach can go 5-7 and he had a full team.

2007 we were 8-4 we did beat 12th ranked Georgia and 15th ranked SC, but were clobbered by the Gators 20 to 59.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to GreerVol22:

WHAT IF......

What if we have another 5 win season and Dooley leaves....Would you hire Petrino and his baggage if you knew he would deliver 10 win seasons????

Because someone is going to.

I would, but with the fallout from Pearl's lying still lingering like nuclear winter, I doubt Hart would do it.

Florida fired Ron Zook after 3 years, I would bet, partially, over knowing Urban Meyer could be had. Outside of Petrino, what mover and shaker is out there?

BolivrBob writes:

FACT: When Dooley took over the cupboard was totally empty. With that and the injuries from last year God couldn't have won. Why do you idiots just post the same thing over and over, that isn't valid nor does it make any sense. Hopefully this team will shut your pie holes this season. If you're not a Vol fan, why are you even here?

exlineman writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

I support the Constitution of the United States although I often don't support the president or many of the congressmen that run the country. Likewise, I always support, cheer, root for the Big Orange regardless of how I feel about the coach, AD, other fans, et al.

Not liking the coach is one thing, rooting for the team to fail to effect a change in leadership is another thing. The difference between a fan and a troll.

Walt, you don't have any more information than the rest of us yet you decisively concluded years ago that Dooley was a loser. For myself, I don't know, but I believe this year will be decisive. I have no choice to wait and see. In the mean time I will watch each game and cheer every positive Vol play and groan at every negative Vol play. What will you do?

I have just read three outstanding posts by 10se, usavol and cover orange. You guys give the facts as to why we have faced difficulties in getting back to where we used to be, before the great recruiting stopped.

Several years ago, I had a discussion with several big Alabama fans and they were very complimentary of Tn. fans stating good season or bad season Tn. could always count on their fans to be there for them on Saturday's and during the year in all sports.

Coach Dooley will get our program corrected and maybe the relationship between him and KNS will improve. This team has great potential and just remember anyone can be beat on any given Saturday. Alot of luck goes along way in having a great season, as well as great performances.

These so called fans that are trolls don't stop to realize that we all have seen things happen with our program that upset us, but we got over it and still continue to pull for our school. UT was here long before we were born and will be here long after we are gone. No coach and university is going to please us all of the time and we just have to man up and get over our little dislikes and pull for a team we all love and want to do well.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to exlineman:

I have just read three outstanding posts by 10se, usavol and cover orange. You guys give the facts as to why we have faced difficulties in getting back to where we used to be, before the great recruiting stopped.

Several years ago, I had a discussion with several big Alabama fans and they were very complimentary of Tn. fans stating good season or bad season Tn. could always count on their fans to be there for them on Saturday's and during the year in all sports.

Coach Dooley will get our program corrected and maybe the relationship between him and KNS will improve. This team has great potential and just remember anyone can be beat on any given Saturday. Alot of luck goes along way in having a great season, as well as great performances.

These so called fans that are trolls don't stop to realize that we all have seen things happen with our program that upset us, but we got over it and still continue to pull for our school. UT was here long before we were born and will be here long after we are gone. No coach and university is going to please us all of the time and we just have to man up and get over our little dislikes and pull for a team we all love and want to do well.

Great Post you hit the nail on the head

exlineman writes:

Thank you sir. Go Big Orange.

manniesghost1903 writes:

Perhaps we should all take my departed mother's attitude toward UT. She was a Pennsylvania Republican who became a solid UT Vol fan. We would watch UT on TV at every opportunity. During Basketball Season we would listen to the Vols play on WLAC. When I left home and went into the service, I would hear from her after every game. In her eyes the Vols never played badly. They would always fight the good fight and if the other team won, it was due to dirty play or poor officiating.

Navaloranges writes:

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SevenT writes:

Dooley is the best coach in the SEC bar NONE. His recruiting, play calling, motivation and toughness will earn him SEC Coach of the Year Honors. UT is going to the SEC Championship and I have already booked a hotel room. Alabama, Georgia and Florida are going to get crushed by the Orange. 12-0 BABY, BCS Bowl here we come!!

Go Dooley, Go Vols!!!!!!!!!

Signed,
Dooley-Juice Drinker

SCVFL writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Great Post you hit the nail on the head

Good post EX.
I have been a VOL fan since 1961 and have never waivered. I have not always liked the coaches(not just FB) butr have always supported them, the players, and above all the school.
I have said before that I also do not know if CDD is the man or not, but any coach deserves 4 to prove themselves. I think he has done a GREAT job of turning the program around player wise and upgraded all of the coaching staff this off season.I believe if he lets the DC and OC(?) and assistants coach we have a lot to be excited about. NChamp? probably not, SEC champ?,probably not.Better football team? definitely.
I love me some VOL football.
GO BIG RNG...VFL

Tenn64 writes:

JA should find a seasoned sportswriter and use him as a role model instead of clogging the internet with his drivel.

Snapshot writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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If you think the program wasn't a disaster when CDD took over,then you had not been watching or you are fool.

Fulmer left very little talent, and what Kiffin brought in, about half of them left or were kicked off. We get it, you don't like Dooley, but how about giving him a season with a full roster to play with and see what he can do.

No matter he is the coach this year, so deal with it!

Snapshot writes:

in response to Navaloranges:

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Good response, Navaloranges. Haters like Walt just can't get over the fact that Fulmer lost it and had to go. I'm sure that Wally could have taken over and went undefeated, because he obviously has all the answers.

exlineman writes:

For a little trivia, don't know how many people remember this, but it was in the Nashville Tennessean in the time that Alabama was struggling and we were on top of the world in all sports. Coach Bear Bryant made a statement, if Alabama was going to be a leader they needed to copy Tennesse's program and be competive in all sports.

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