UT to spend a week of training camp at Milligan College

Tennessee is packing up, heading out of town and giving its training camp a professional feel.

At least for a week anyway, and only for this season.

Derek Dooley has previously looked into the logistics of taking his team to a site away from campus for some August practices to both promote chemistry and keep the focus on football, though the Vols coach eventually elected to stick around after analyzing the options in the past. But perhaps that previous research came in handy with the possibility for distraction looming during the move-in process to the new Football Training Center, which prompted Dooley to schedule a week of practices at Milligan College in Elizabethton as he prepares for his third season with the program.

“The week in Johnson City will provide a unique opportunity to build team unity and limit distractions,” Dooley said in a school release. “The opportunity to train away from campus also allows for a more efficient move into our new Football Training Center and will reduce the wear and tear on our practice fields.”

The turf at UT will be saved that abuse starting on Aug. 9 and wrapping up on Aug. 15, dates that line up with the projected schedule to move all the operations and offices for the football program into its sparkling new facility from the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex. The week without punishment could potentially save UT from having to re-sod Haslam Field in the middle of the season — which school spokesman Jimmy Stanton suggested might help offset the cost of renting facilities at Milligan. An exact price tag for the road trip aren’t expected to be available until after it’s over.

Regardless of the cost, shifting workouts from their own campus to one in Elizabethton is designed to make it easier to focus for both the Vols and the facilities staff, with the latter trying to wrap up the reorganization while the players, coaches and most of the support staff are gone.

But since moving into a new building isn’t going to be an annual occurrence, Dave Hart indicated that practicing elsewhere during camp won’t be either.

“The decision to train off-campus this year is not only driven by the factor of our move into our new Football Training Center, but also by the opportunity to maximize the ability of our coaching staff to become further acclimated to one another and the team in a very controlled environment,” the UT athletic director said in the release. “I support Derek’s decision and feel strongly that we need to make this investment in our football program as we prepare to open our season in Atlanta (against North Carolina State on Aug. 31).

“This is a one-time situation, and there are no plans to train off-site at any time in the future.”

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heyitsme writes:

in response to TennVolAlum:

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Sounds like they're trying to make the best out a potentially difficult time frame. No big deal...

rampsneggs writes:

Has the airplane hanger at ETSU finally met the wrecking ball?

TheVolSnake writes:

Go Vol's

When you return you will love your new facilities

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

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pms151 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Go Vol's

When you return you will love your new facilities

And you will be distracted by the newness of everything. What bad timing. Break up training camp in the middle of such an important season.

tovolny writes:

This will be good from several perspectives. Upper East Tennessee and the Tri-Cities area have been a forgotten part of the state when it comes to recruiting. Players can expect contact from Va. Tech., Clemson, Ga. Tech., Navy, and Notre Dame before Tenn. Recruiting services shun this area also;however, some good players often show up at other schools. Remember a guy named Steve Spurrier, he was never recruited by UT. A few like Jason Whitten, Nick Showalter, Neal McMeans, and Dick Williams somehow did finally end up at UT.

I hope they have set some time for the people of the area to show up at a practice for photos and autographs.

I know you are thinking that: hey, the players just aren't that good up there. This is the perception, but take some time and check it out...you will be surprised.

TritanVol writes:

Why Milligan??? They don't even have a football facility there that I know of.

troubleinc writes:

in response to Sammy_Burklows_Revenge:

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Sammy, your schtick is getting old dude. My user name pretty much hits the nail on the head

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

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troubleinc writes:

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AMEN!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to RockyMountainVol:

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He can't come up with anything new or interesting, because he only has about a 20 word vocabulary, and most of those words are some kind of childish, derogatory play on Coach Dooley's name.

troubleinc writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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Is a BodeaneVol anything like a Florida Troll? Yep.

jbc writes:

in response to tovolny:

This will be good from several perspectives. Upper East Tennessee and the Tri-Cities area have been a forgotten part of the state when it comes to recruiting. Players can expect contact from Va. Tech., Clemson, Ga. Tech., Navy, and Notre Dame before Tenn. Recruiting services shun this area also;however, some good players often show up at other schools. Remember a guy named Steve Spurrier, he was never recruited by UT. A few like Jason Whitten, Nick Showalter, Neal McMeans, and Dick Williams somehow did finally end up at UT.

I hope they have set some time for the people of the area to show up at a practice for photos and autographs.

I know you are thinking that: hey, the players just aren't that good up there. This is the perception, but take some time and check it out...you will be surprised.

Johnny Mills

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

So is it team bonding or simply to allow them to finish the on campus facilities? The more this dude talks, the more he loses credibility with me. Even when there's no reason to, dude always sounds like he's spitting a line of bull----. JMO

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to tovolny:

This will be good from several perspectives. Upper East Tennessee and the Tri-Cities area have been a forgotten part of the state when it comes to recruiting. Players can expect contact from Va. Tech., Clemson, Ga. Tech., Navy, and Notre Dame before Tenn. Recruiting services shun this area also;however, some good players often show up at other schools. Remember a guy named Steve Spurrier, he was never recruited by UT. A few like Jason Whitten, Nick Showalter, Neal McMeans, and Dick Williams somehow did finally end up at UT.

I hope they have set some time for the people of the area to show up at a practice for photos and autographs.

I know you are thinking that: hey, the players just aren't that good up there. This is the perception, but take some time and check it out...you will be surprised.

Was it Teddy Gaines who was from Kingsport? I can't remember.

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Was it Teddy Gaines who was from Kingsport? I can't remember.

Aren't Brendan Downs and Mack Crowder from that area?

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

He can't come up with anything new or interesting, because he only has about a 20 word vocabulary, and most of those words are some kind of childish, derogatory play on Coach Dooley's name.

10SE,

You are so correct. Notice, the anti-Vol Jeff, the obnoxious, whiny troll does as someone else suggested.......throws out his frustrated nonsense, then high tails it. When people correctly identify this disturbed individual for what he is.........notice there is no reply. People like this know they have problems but won't address them.

So the very limited vocabulary continues and it kind of reminds you of a hit and run driver...........the cowardly sort.

GerryOP writes:

106 and counting...
12-0 baby... 12-0!

vol49 writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

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Now THAT is funny right there! DING DING DING DING WINNER!!!!

GerryOP writes:

in response to BigOrangeFever76:

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That pussfellar 1&dun would fit nicely into that circle.

Derelict_My_Vols_Cap_i_tan writes:

Don't hate on the dirty J, we all know if Phil would have discovered Pal's, UT doing mini-camp at Milligan in the fall annually......

jbc writes:

Gene McEver from Bristol

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to lemme_axya_this:

Aren't Brendan Downs and Mack Crowder from that area?

Yes, Tennessee High School in Bristol.

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to tovolny:

This will be good from several perspectives. Upper East Tennessee and the Tri-Cities area have been a forgotten part of the state when it comes to recruiting. Players can expect contact from Va. Tech., Clemson, Ga. Tech., Navy, and Notre Dame before Tenn. Recruiting services shun this area also;however, some good players often show up at other schools. Remember a guy named Steve Spurrier, he was never recruited by UT. A few like Jason Whitten, Nick Showalter, Neal McMeans, and Dick Williams somehow did finally end up at UT.

I hope they have set some time for the people of the area to show up at a practice for photos and autographs.

I know you are thinking that: hey, the players just aren't that good up there. This is the perception, but take some time and check it out...you will be surprised.

Alex Walls from Virginia High School in Bristol, VA was a pretty good walk-on at Tennessee. There's another walk-on kicker from Virginia High that is at UVA right now. I've lived in the Tri Cities almost all of my life, and there aren't very many guys going D-1 from here. The Sensabaugh's from Kingsport are about the only really talented guys that Tennessee has missed out on. In this area out of all the high schools, VA and TN there are maybe three guys that go to D-1 schools every year and that's pushing it. I go to high school games up here as well. Most of the kids from this area aren't even invited walk-ons at D-1 schools and if they are it makes the newspapers and the news. Most of these kids end up going to schools like UVA Wise and Emory and Henry. Last season, Ty Hayworth from Dobyns-Bennett signed with Wake Forest and another kid signed with Marshall and one at VMI. That's about it...Most ended up at Tusculum, TTU, etc. In other words, the talent pool up here isn't that big.

http://video.tricities.com/v/51485606...

ETownVol writes:

in response to rampsneggs:

Has the airplane hanger at ETSU finally met the wrecking ball?

Nope... still there... used for basketball and track amongst other things but not for football anymore.

BigOrangeFever76 (Inactive) writes:

in response to TennVolAlum:

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You are about as much a UT grad as my dog is a Harvard grad. The only difference is my dog does not lie about it. On another note...I will be at the UT-NC State Game in Atlanta. How about we meet up and you can call me stupid to my face, Nancy. I will be at several home games if you cannot afford the Greyhound ticket to Atlanta. Let me know, Buford Pusser.

Vol43 writes:

in response to tovolny:

This will be good from several perspectives. Upper East Tennessee and the Tri-Cities area have been a forgotten part of the state when it comes to recruiting. Players can expect contact from Va. Tech., Clemson, Ga. Tech., Navy, and Notre Dame before Tenn. Recruiting services shun this area also;however, some good players often show up at other schools. Remember a guy named Steve Spurrier, he was never recruited by UT. A few like Jason Whitten, Nick Showalter, Neal McMeans, and Dick Williams somehow did finally end up at UT.

I hope they have set some time for the people of the area to show up at a practice for photos and autographs.

I know you are thinking that: hey, the players just aren't that good up there. This is the perception, but take some time and check it out...you will be surprised.

NY, thanks for bringing this back to reality. You are the MAN.

huntined#565710 writes:

in response to tovolny:

This will be good from several perspectives. Upper East Tennessee and the Tri-Cities area have been a forgotten part of the state when it comes to recruiting. Players can expect contact from Va. Tech., Clemson, Ga. Tech., Navy, and Notre Dame before Tenn. Recruiting services shun this area also;however, some good players often show up at other schools. Remember a guy named Steve Spurrier, he was never recruited by UT. A few like Jason Whitten, Nick Showalter, Neal McMeans, and Dick Williams somehow did finally end up at UT.

I hope they have set some time for the people of the area to show up at a practice for photos and autographs.

I know you are thinking that: hey, the players just aren't that good up there. This is the perception, but take some time and check it out...you will be surprised.

Dale Fair was from there also
BIG BETSY TOWN!!!

Vol43 writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

So is it team bonding or simply to allow them to finish the on campus facilities? The more this dude talks, the more he loses credibility with me. Even when there's no reason to, dude always sounds like he's spitting a line of bull----. JMO

So there you go again Richy Rich running off at the mouth with no substance. RR, did you hire the coach? I didn't hire the coach. Based on you thought process, why don't we just mail it in this season and forget the whole thing. Obviously, Dooley is gonna fail, so why even go to the games and endure the misery? RR, you really underestimate this team and as they continue to win and impress, I'm gonna RUB your nose in it buster.

jbc writes:

Bobby Dodd from Kingsport

jbc writes:

Tennessee High of Bristol in 1972 named high school national champions

SevenT writes:

Wonder if Dooley will install a 6-foot security fence with barbed wire around his prison camp to keep the UT inmates contained?

born2ride writes:

New Facilities...

Another excuse for Dooley not to win.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Worlds Greatest Loser, I am going to laugh my butt off when we go 7-5 this year or better and you and your Troll buddy's have to eat your words.

By the way the #1 recruit rated by all sites has the Vol's in the lead as the team he is looking to commit to.

Why don't you try to support instead of bash every time on every thread.

You claim now to be a successful business man of over 20 years, I don't see how you stayed in operation for one year no one I know of would work for you and none of your costumers could stand your gloom and doom all the time.

I feel we are going to be much improved this year in nearly every aspect of the game.

GerryOP writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Are you the same dude that went by the nmae of westknoxrepub buring basketball season? If so, you will be again eating your words about Coach Dooley just like you did about Coach Zo. If not, you will be eating your words about Coach Dooley just lke westknoxrepub had to eat his words about Coach Zo.

Why you dorks come on here and claim to be Vol fans while trashing coaches is beyond me.

Vol43 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Worlds Greatest Loser, I am going to laugh my butt off when we go 7-5 this year or better and you and your Troll buddy's have to eat your words.

By the way the #1 recruit rated by all sites has the Vol's in the lead as the team he is looking to commit to.

Why don't you try to support instead of bash every time on every thread.

You claim now to be a successful business man of over 20 years, I don't see how you stayed in operation for one year no one I know of would work for you and none of your costumers could stand your gloom and doom all the time.

I feel we are going to be much improved this year in nearly every aspect of the game.

The little fagapotous claims to have been in family business for 43 years. He still shaves his legs. Think on that one for a few milliseconds.

GerryOP writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

Worlds Greatest Loser, I am going to laugh my butt off when we go 7-5 this year or better and you and your Troll buddy's have to eat your words.

By the way the #1 recruit rated by all sites has the Vol's in the lead as the team he is looking to commit to.

Why don't you try to support instead of bash every time on every thread.

You claim now to be a successful business man of over 20 years, I don't see how you stayed in operation for one year no one I know of would work for you and none of your costumers could stand your gloom and doom all the time.

I feel we are going to be much improved this year in nearly every aspect of the game.

You're dang right Snake! 12-0 baby ... 12-0!

volsfanntn11 writes:

I just hope they have a MEET and GREET with the team? Im sure everybody from this area will try to be at some of the practices! It would be nice to get to know some of our vols....since everybody can't AFFORD to be at the games on saturdays!....GBO-VFL!

GerryOP writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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You ... lil' Toadyboy a champion? A champion of wnat?

But, you're right, I won't be satisfied either with with 7-5. My expectations are just like the expectations of every person associated with the Vols football team ... 12-0 baby ... 12-0. And you would still find some reason to hate Coach Dooley.

Vol43 writes:

in response to GerryOP:

You ... lil' Toadyboy a champion? A champion of wnat?

But, you're right, I won't be satisfied either with with 7-5. My expectations are just like the expectations of every person associated with the Vols football team ... 12-0 baby ... 12-0. And you would still find some reason to hate Coach Dooley.

Gerry, ever thought you're just wasting you time?

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

I apologize...........actually broke a rule and read something the immature little troll
"Greatest-troll" wrote. This kid said he was "a champion." Does that sound like one of the KNS wannabe reporters........to you?

No one can be as childish and trollish unless it's a setup. I will say one word to this punk/coward. Refrain for a while babbling here to us and get your childish rear end over to the campus. We would like to hear of how you'd fare with several of the coaches and players. Big talk kid..........no action.

GerryOP writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Oh, you supported Coach Zo? What name did you go by during basketball season?

I'll make you a counter offer. When the footVols win, you shut up. Please... No sane person can exude as much hate as you do and then change to praise with some big wins. Our footVols will win this year. You will lose and be shown the door...

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Worlds Greatest Loser unlike you and the other troll buddies you don't understand or wont understand the mess we were in when Dooley took over and how long it takes to recover from a situation like that. Normally takes 4 to 5 years to build a championship caliber team.

You refuse to read the article me and Gerry have posted several times and understand the impact of losing that many players.

Here is the article again just in case you and your troll buddies what to at least read it.

What's Wrong With Tennessee Football Has Nothing To Do With Derek Dooley

http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/3...
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Tennessee Volunteers Football: Grading Derek Dooley's Tenure as Head Coach

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

Now all that being said I would like for us to win the SEC this year and be the NC but I try to look at things realistic and at this point I don't see us beating Bama and Georgia should be the east champions based on the talent they have returning but last year they played poorly at times and if they continue this year they could be in trouble if they play poorly.

GerryOP writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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Because you hate Dooley and YOU are the delusional.

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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He is not my precious little Dooley, he is the Head Coach of our program.

You claimed before he never beat a team with a winning record, we destroyed Cincinnati which went 10-3 last year and finished ranked 25th in the nation.

Because of lack of depth (because of the articles you refuse to look at) when injuries hit last year we didn't have the talent to recover.

This year will be a lot different, we have depth and several key players coming back that were injured last year.

GerryOP writes:

in response to collegegrovevol:

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I really want to win, that's why I support the Vols!

Now, answer my question! Under which screen name did you support Coach Zo? Just another BS lie...

You said "...I am making sure that UT will not keep a coach who has 0 chance of winning..." You really are silly. You're nothing but another punk kid on here attracting attention ... because that's what punk kids do!

Real fans support the Vols ... because that's what fans do.

12-0 baby... 12-0! Book it and shut up.

GerryOP writes:

in response to Sammy_Burklows_Revenge:

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And you idiot naysaying negaVols crack me up! You really think anything you say on here affects anything? Except attracting attention to your miserable being? Hardly! But keep calling names, keep denigrating our Vols, and eat your miserable words this fall.

12-0 baby... 12-0! Book it and shut up!

TheVolSnake writes:

in response to Sammy_Burklows_Revenge:

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At least we quote articles that we have read and understand. You and Worlds Greatest Loser use quotes in posts as facts 90% of the time as your bases.

Again will be laughing my rear off when we go at least 7-5 and you and your troll buddies are crying.

NC States is going to be a good games but I say Vols by 10, the Gators have lost several key players and is a toss up at this time and wont know much about them because as normal they are playing two cream puffs prior to the Vol's. I feel the Vols win by 7 against the Gators.

The Vol's play SC the 8th game of the year and a lot can happen before that time, bad thing is the Vol's play Bama the week before the SC game.

Ichabod writes:

Probably a good move to just move the entire season up there. Only way to guarantee a sellout.

Tacamo01 writes:

in response to TheVolSnake:

He is not my precious little Dooley, he is the Head Coach of our program.

You claimed before he never beat a team with a winning record, we destroyed Cincinnati which went 10-3 last year and finished ranked 25th in the nation.

Because of lack of depth (because of the articles you refuse to look at) when injuries hit last year we didn't have the talent to recover.

This year will be a lot different, we have depth and several key players coming back that were injured last year.

N.C. State will be a good test! They went 8-5 last year winning their last three (one against Clemson who was ranked 7th in the nation ATT) and have lost only a few seniors. IMO this is the make or break game of the season. Forget the SEC for now, if UT loses this first game the moral from the loss and expectations will carry over into the second game. Who do we play second?

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