John Adams: UT needs to hit Alabama with its best memories

John Adams
UT Vols coach Jay Graham during drills on the first football practice of the spring at Haslam Field on the University of Tennessee campus Monday, March 26, 2012.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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UT Vols coach Jay Graham during drills on the first football practice of the spring at Haslam Field on the University of Tennessee campus Monday, March 26, 2012. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee's decision to honor former coach Phillip Fulmer at halftime of tonight's game qualifies as its shrewdest strategy of the football season. Fulmer, who will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame later this year, brings back great Alabama memories for UT fans.

He won seven consecutive games against the Tide during one stretch. And even after he stopped beating 'Bama on a regular basis, he slammed the Tide again in his testimony to NCAA investigators.

UT should do more than honor Fulmer, though. It needs to extend the good-old-days theme with creative use of the JumboTron.

Rather than show replays from tonight's game, it should show replays from the 41-14 victory over Alabama in 1995.

Show Jay Graham running 75 yards for a touchdown, Peyton Manning and Joey Kent hooking up for an 80-yard touchdown, and UT intercepting three Alabama passes. That would beat an Eddie Lacy rerun through the UT defense.

Alabama 45, Tennessee 20: The defense gets most of the credit for the Tide's No. 1 ranking. But the biggest mismatch this evening could be SEC pass efficiency leader A.J. McCarron working against UT's deer-in-the-headlights defense.

LSU 30, Texas A&M 23: If I were voting for the Heisman Trophy today, Aggies freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel would be the first name on my ballot. He leads the conference in rushing, total offense, is tied for the lead in touchdowns and scoring, and has twice broken the conference single-game record for total offense.

He also has an offensive line that can hold its own against LSU's heralded defensive front. All Manziel lacks is a complementary defense.

South Carolina 24, Florida 23: The Gamecocks might be underdogs, but Gators coach Will Muschamp will feel like one, too, when he sees coach Steve Spurrier on the other sideline.

Spurrier has lost only one of nine games in which Muschamp was on the opposing team as either a coach or player. Muschamp's one victory against Spurrier came as a defensive coordinator at Auburn in Spurrier's second season as South Carolina's head coach.

Georgia 45, Kentucky 10: After a 1-5 start becomes a 1-6 start this evening, better days are ahead for the Wildcats. Their last four games are against FCS Samford and three SEC teams — Missouri, Vanderbilt, and UT — who have combined to win one conference game.

More good news for the Wildcats: the basketball team is practicing, and no one has beaten them to Bobby Petrino.

Vanderbilt 24, Auburn 20: There's a bright side to the Tigers' 1-5 season. It has provided us more quotes from former Auburn basketball player Charles Barkley.

In a Birmingham radio interview this week, Barkley lamented the state of Auburn football and said: "The three saddest days of my life were the day Elvis died, the day Michael Jackson died and the day Mike Shula got fired."

Mississippi State 38, Middle Tennessee State 23: Despite their 6-0 record, the Bulldogs shouldn't be overconfident against a Sun Belt Conference team. They had a tougher time beating Troy of the Sun Belt than they did in their three SEC games against Auburn, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Troy had 572 yards and 30 first downs in a 30-24 loss.

Top 25: West Virginia 42, Kansas State 37; Notre Dame 27, Brigham Young 17; Oregon State 37, Utah 24; Oklahoma 52, Kansas 14; Southern California 51, Colorado 13; Florida State 38, Miami 17; TCU 39, Texas Tech 37; Louisville 37, South Florida 23; Rutgers 30, Temple 23; Clemson 41, Virginia Tech 34; Stanford 31, Cal 27; Cincinnati 38, Toledo 34; Boise State 41, UNLV 13; Oklahoma State 42, Iowa State 38; Texas 40, Baylor 27.

Record: 114-23 (.832), 60-57 (.513) against the spread.

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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vq4nfo writes:

Adams, the game is tomorrow night not tonight. In a hurry to leave town? You can see the game on ESPN as you leave the state!

Don't come back!

arkansasvol1975 writes:

I hope I am wrong, but my prediction for the game is Bama 48 - Ut 17. Hope I am wrong but our defense cant stop anyone and Bama has #1 defense in the nation I believe. Just hope there isn't more red in the stands than orange.

PUL4VOLS writes:

John John John, games are not won by memories! It takes consistency, persistence, and a lot of hard work. For some reason the Vols have not taken care of all that business in the biggest games this year. Alabama would be a great place for them to start. That is a tall tall order.

Jszvols writes:

looking for good times again but im just not sure its with dooley,although i wish he could get it done i just dont think so.hoping for gundy,patterson,peterson,and my hope gruden

John_10065 writes:

The only memory I want on the this Saturday is the one where we all go:

"What was the guy's name that used to write those silly baiting articles?"

"Adams something or another"

"Yep! That's it, John Adams!"

TooDlems writes:

Troy will smack the Big Orange if they aren't carefull.

Tru138 writes:

Wrong. They need to hit em with a sledgehammer.

pcshowtime writes:

in response to TooDlems:

Troy will smack the Big Orange if they aren't carefull.

Go pick your sister up at the strip club her shift about to end.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to TooDlems:

Troy will smack the Big Orange if they aren't carefull.

They are like the VOLS in moral victories. I think the VOLS will beat them by 7-10.

UT4prez writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

Adams, the game is tomorrow night not tonight. In a hurry to leave town? You can see the game on ESPN as you leave the state!

Don't come back!

This article is written for tomorrow's paper.

KWW, the measure of a fan isn't who they deem to be the biggest rival. No one on here can judge the "real" fans from others. No such thing. People 40+ likely say Bama and people under 40 likely say Florida even though its been pretty one-sided. The creation of divisions hurt the UT-Bama rivalry.

For tomorrow I do believe we will be competitive. Like our other games I believe we will have the ball in the 4th down one score at some point. Ultimately I do see Bama getting it done. I'll say 38-28. You never know though. If we don't turn the ball over and contain the big plays we can win this game. The likely scenario is at least 2 turnovers though. It'll be fun no matter what. If I were betting I really like the over. I think the point total is 55. I really liked Oregon last night too. I should have bet that one!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

Adams, the game is tomorrow night not tonight. In a hurry to leave town? You can see the game on ESPN as you leave the state!

Don't come back!

Pay attention. These stories are written for publication in the print edition of KNS. This article will be in the Saturday paper, thus the same "today's game" reference in all these articles.

orange_eVOLution writes:

Manziel, Manziel, Manziel... but he couldn't beat Florida.

Show up for the Bama game, VOLS!!!!!

10seVol85_Part_Deux writes:

in response to KremsersWaywardWallop:

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GFY, you pathetic old loser.

allvol8 writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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Good post. GBO!

orange_eVOLution writes:

in response to KremsersWaywardWallop:

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Dooley cares about Tennessee and does not make excuses. The VOLS will give their best tomorrow, despite your childish Dooley nicknames.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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Great post!
I take it you didn't pass out at Krystal Burger after the game?

HeyWhitey writes:

in response to collegegrovebilly:

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Great memory!
Hate it but the Vols don't have a snowballs chance in hell. There will be more tide fans than vols fans in Neyland. Ugly game.

Classof72 writes:

The way to hit Bama with a memory is to sneak Peyton into the game. Just say Bray's hair fell out. GO VOLS!

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Some real painful losses to Bama in the 1990's.. 1990 9-6 loss in the kicking duel right at the top..And I believe it was 94 when we had the game won at home but Bobby Humphrey on the last drive got outside and ran for the winning TD..Bad memories for sure

snuffysmiff writes:

The Fulmer and '97 team honor ceremonies are pregame, not halftime, John Adams.

dirislr#209355 writes:

in response to vq4nfo:

Adams, the game is tomorrow night not tonight. In a hurry to leave town? You can see the game on ESPN as you leave the state!

Don't come back!

Those articles are wrote on friday night to appear in saturdays paper. As smart as you are you should know that.

rtrchatt writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Some real painful losses to Bama in the 1990's.. 1990 9-6 loss in the kicking duel right at the top..And I believe it was 94 when we had the game won at home but Bobby Humphrey on the last drive got outside and ran for the winning TD..Bad memories for sure

You are talking about David Palmer. Bobby Humphrey played 10 yrs earlier,and his son Marlon will be the top rated DB in the class of 14. Wonder where he will play lol?

Bama 48-38-7 and CNS will not lose to UT and he will retire at UA.

Sir_Spanky writes:

Yep, hit 'em with memories!.. Reminds me of the song "The Way We Were"... You know, it used to be that we could line up right!, GET OFF BLOCKS!!!, and hit somebidy! Now I'm reading something that reminds me more of a Barbara Streisand song than a football rivalry. Makes me wanna puke. Maybe it's time to run off every single clown over there that has anything whatsoever to do with football - from the board of trustees to the lowest secretary - ever last one! And take Bob Kesling with you. I'm tired of hearing that there's "a lot of football left" after we get our regular Florida beatdown!

JayTee writes:

Who's idea was it to honor Fulmer at the BAMA game? Didn't they know it would just pi** them off even more.

snuffysmiff writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

You are talking about David Palmer. Bobby Humphrey played 10 yrs earlier,and his son Marlon will be the top rated DB in the class of 14. Wonder where he will play lol?

Bama 48-38-7 and CNS will not lose to UT and he will retire at UA.

Wasn't Palmer either in '94. Palmer entered the NFL draft after the '93 season.

UT4prez writes:

in response to snuffysmiff:

Wasn't Palmer either in '94. Palmer entered the NFL draft after the '93 season.

93 was the David Palmer game. Of course Bama had to forfeit that game. Does that make it sting any less? I would say not.

Bama is on another roll against us. This will be a tough streak to bust. You never know but Bama looks awfully good this year. I give credit to Saban. They had some major losses, especially on defense, and you certainly can't tell. Good coaching.

dodgevol1961 writes:

ABSOLUTELY PATHETIC football team. Great job of being humiliated again by a much better team. Let's see.. Vandy has two conference wins this year..we have none.... nothing changes if nothing changes... so either the coaching staff needs to go, or the current players need to go. Maybe if the stands are empty the AD will get the message. UT football sucks... and yea im a diehard fan.. Time to fix the problem, or move to the MEAC conference... We ain't a sec team anymore..we are a joke!

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