Derek Dooley gets another shot against ranked opponent

Numbers don't add up against ranked opponents

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley leads the team to the field for warm ups against N.C. State during the Chick-Fil-A Kick Off Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL STAFF)

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Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley leads the team to the field for warm ups against N.C. State during the Chick-Fil-A Kick Off Game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL STAFF)

Charlie Daniel's cartoon for the Vols game against Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Athens, Ga.

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Charlie Daniel's cartoon for the Vols game against Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, at Athens, Ga.

Derek Dooley stood on a stage in Hoover, Ala., in July and delivered a sweeping statement of self-assurance. Shoulders back, chin up, the third-year Tennessee coach declared to the rest of the SEC, "You're not going to have Tennessee to kick around anymore."

That proclamation set the table for the 2012 season. Now Dooley and the Vols have to eat at it.

Analyzed and scrutinized despite a 3-1 start, Tennessee has reached the gauntlet of its schedule.

It starts with No. 5 Georgia (4-0) today (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.) at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Ga. After a bye next weekend, games at No. 21 Mississippi State, home against No. 1 Alabama and at No. 6 South Carolina await.

Since beating South Carolina in 2009, the Vols are 0-6 against Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina and have been outscored 191-69.

"This is a new football team and this football team is not going to be held hostage for the things that have gone on at the University of Tennessee over the past four years," Dooley announced earlier this week.

That said, reality is a picture painted by the numbers. Dooley is 4-13 in SEC play, 1-7 on the road and 0-11 versus ranked opponents. Rhetoric can't change that. Winning can.

"That's our next step — we're going to have to go out and perform and beat one of these teams," Dooley said.

Georgia will be tough to beat. Led by the arm of quarterback Aaron Murray, the feet of running back Todd Gurley and the tenacity of linebacker Jarvis Jones, the Bulldogs have won their first four games by an average of 31 points.

Oddsmakers list Tennessee as a two-touchdown underdog.

While the Vols sloshed to a lethargic closer-than-it-looks 47-26 victory over Akron last Saturday, Georgia hacksawed Vanderbilt in a 48-3 romp.

After beating Vandy, Georgia coach Mark Richt provided his players with a UT history lesson.

It was 2004. Georgia had impressively marched over LSU in a 45-16 win. The next week, some young Vols handed overconfident Georgia an unexpected 19-14 loss.

"I told them that this situation just reminded me of that season," Richt said. "Tennessee came in with a freshman quarterback (Erik Ainge) and beat us, and I wanted to help them understand it could happen.

Though he's not a freshman quarterback, Sanford Stadium and its 93,000 fans will be another SEC proving ground for UT junior Tyler Bray.

In 11 career starts, Bray has thrown for 2,089 yards, 21 touchdowns and one interception against six non-league opponents. In five SEC starts, he's thrown for 1,200 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.

Looking for his first top-25 win as UT's starter two weeks ago against Florida, Bray threw a pair of costly picks. With the game on the line late, his final seven passes fell incomplete and UT's final three drives resulted in minus-8 yards.

The loss has lingered around the program like a dense fog.

"I won't say we got scared (against Florida), but we kind of disappeared," Bray said earlier this week. "We weren't ourselves."

While Tennessee lives and dies with its passing game, Georgia's attack is as balanced as a trapeze artist.

Something's got to give. One team will do the pushing.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn

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14th_rated_sec_coach writes:

Look at the record against ranked oppenents and against the sec last year..heck for the last 2 years and you will see why Dooley was the 14th rated coach in the sec before the season started....maybe 13th right before the Joker but that will be determined at the end of November

arkyvol writes:

dooley rolled snake eyes today on what was supposed to be the crown jewel in his next recruiting class. to bama, no less. they're really hurting for running backs i hear. maybe dooley can pick up enough of the conference leftovers to suit up a team in the coming years. lousy recruiter, lousier coach. thanks again, hammy.

VOLS34 writes:

Hopefully all you people touting Dooley as someone to hang on to will watch the game tomorrow....

Get your head out of the clouds and back down to reality, Dooley is not an SEC coach period. He held Saban's clipboard and everyone wants to act like he was a prodigy. Give me a break.... We need winners, I'm sick and tired of being the laughing stock of the SEC. We need a coach that has the guts not to LET his team quit when they are down by a touchdown. He was a last resort when Kiffin left and we settled for mediocrity. No more mediocrity, Tennessee deserves better.

CrankE writes:

"You're not going to have Tennessee to kick around anymore."

Dooley can back his words or be his words. (i.e. You're not going to have Dooley...) It's that simple.

RockyMtnVol writes:

Its easier to be negative than to look for the positive. Bored people are boring and unhappy people like to make others unhappy.....its just a fact, that everyone one of the negative post are from people who's own life is a negative, they don't want others to be winners, its easier for losers to try and describe any situation and relate it to their own lives. It doesn't matter if UT wins or loses Saturday, you will still find fault, you might not post it, but in your mind you'll have negative thoughts about the team, coaches, refs, bad call, good call etc... IF UT was to go 11-1, you would find reason to make it all look like your life. I hope each of you have no influence over another human or child, because you are a virus that won't stop or want to.

Go Vols!!!

123forVOLS writes:

Tomorrow is the time to do it. We all hope it happens but still have questions. Nevertheless, despite all the negativiting, Dooley is still UT's head coach and will be even if they lose tomorrow. I say go win a big one Vols not just for the head coach or recruiting but for the whole Vol nation. It is possible. GO VOLS!

CrankE writes:

Bray: "We weren't ourselves."

That wasn't us. That was somebody else. We're not like that. I know we can be a really good team. Magic Dust. Perfect Storm.

Denial.

Can't tell you how often we've heard stuff like this over the last decade at The Hecktagon.

Tyler Bray, you are yourself at all times, win or lose, Completion or intentional grounding, TD or INT. Nobody else could POSSIBLY be you. If that wasn't you on the field, then where were you? Who was it? If you own your performance-good and bad, then you can get better. Until you own your performance, improvement is impossible.

The first step is identifying and admitting that a problem exists.

Sigh...

HeyWhitey writes:

in response to CrankE:

"You're not going to have Tennessee to kick around anymore."

Dooley can back his words or be his words. (i.e. You're not going to have Dooley...) It's that simple.

I agree, tomorrow will probably be the beginning of the end for Dooley.

99gator writes:

at this point, it's in tennessee's best interest to lose to georgia and the other usual suspects.

that way, they can get a real coach

Rumblefish writes:

"We're going to have to beat one of those teams"

Just one of them coach? Glad you would be satisfied with that. (NOT)

RockyMtnVol writes:

in response to CrankE:

Bray: "We weren't ourselves."

That wasn't us. That was somebody else. We're not like that. I know we can be a really good team. Magic Dust. Perfect Storm.

Denial.

Can't tell you how often we've heard stuff like this over the last decade at The Hecktagon.

Tyler Bray, you are yourself at all times, win or lose, Completion or intentional grounding, TD or INT. Nobody else could POSSIBLY be you. If that wasn't you on the field, then where were you? Who was it? If you own your performance-good and bad, then you can get better. Until you own your performance, improvement is impossible.

The first step is identifying and admitting that a problem exists.

Sigh...

Wow dude, you need to get some serious medical attention, please tell us you don't work around others or children, because I bet your the guy that they try to stay away from...your negative vibes just can't stay in your head...you have to puke on others to feel good.

99gator writes:

in response to RockyMtnVol:

Wow dude, you need to get some serious medical attention, please tell us you don't work around others or children, because I bet your the guy that they try to stay away from...your negative vibes just can't stay in your head...you have to puke on others to feel good.

he posts truth

jdt24boxer writes:

we are awful, we need a new coach today not tomorrow. how about PETRINO

BottleThrower writes:

0-12

99gator writes:

"I won't say we got scared (against Florida), but we kind of disappeared," Bray said earlier this week. "We weren't ourselves."

you didn't disappear. you have never actually appeared in a big game. ever.

Rumblefish writes:

in response to RockyMtnVol:

Its easier to be negative than to look for the positive. Bored people are boring and unhappy people like to make others unhappy.....its just a fact, that everyone one of the negative post are from people who's own life is a negative, they don't want others to be winners, its easier for losers to try and describe any situation and relate it to their own lives. It doesn't matter if UT wins or loses Saturday, you will still find fault, you might not post it, but in your mind you'll have negative thoughts about the team, coaches, refs, bad call, good call etc... IF UT was to go 11-1, you would find reason to make it all look like your life. I hope each of you have no influence over another human or child, because you are a virus that won't stop or want to.

Go Vols!!!

some of what you say in your post is true. but please don't confuse "negativity" with being realistic about the football program.

if we win tomorrow...sure, some jerk will have something negative to say about it. but, assessing the state of the program as it currently is...is not being negative at all. real plain and simple...the program is just in a poor state. recruiting, coaching, product on the field vs anyone relavent, etc. just poor.

Rockytopfan96 writes:

Give the guy a break!! Come on. If ya just believe in ol rockytop!!

Rumblefish writes:

Realistic list of coaches who Tennessee could get in here and get things going in the right direction:

Charlie Strong, Louisville--good recruiter/coach and is defensive minded. Been around the SEC for a while

Gus Malzahn, Arkansas St.--we all saw what he did with Cam Newton. Given the state of Auburn football after Malzahn left...goes to show who was the brains behind that undefeated team

Kirby Smart, Alabama--yeah, that would be nice for sure, and he is due a HC job at a good school with great facilities. We are here for you Kirby :)

Dana Holgorson, West Virginia--he sure is dominating the Big XII. But, I wonder who he would bring in to run the D??--the return of the chief???

Garrick McGee, UAB--yep. He was the OC while Arky won 21 games the past 2 yrs.

There is my two cents since several posters have asked what coaches Tennessee could realistically get in here to replace Dooley on other stories.

No...Gruden isn't coming here. Neither is Bill Cowher. I wouldn't want either of them in here anyway. They both have been out of coaching for years...let alone come back to college and deal with all the recruiting issues.

CrankE writes:

in response to RockyMtnVol:

Wow dude, you need to get some serious medical attention, please tell us you don't work around others or children, because I bet your the guy that they try to stay away from...your negative vibes just can't stay in your head...you have to puke on others to feel good.

Where did I get any of this wrong?

It's simple ownership. If Bray doesn't own his bad performances, then nobody else needs to either. (Bray said "We".) Thus, an entire TEAM can simply ignore their poor performance and never fix it.

There's been plenty of denial at UT over the last decade-which explains a lot about the results we've witnessed. Again, how did I get this wrong?

Oh, and I can't resist; If I apply Bray's mindset, the only way that UT walks out of Athens a winner is if THEY AREN'T THEMSELVES.

99gator writes:

in response to CrankE:

Where did I get any of this wrong?

It's simple ownership. If Bray doesn't own his bad performances, then nobody else needs to either. (Bray said "We".) Thus, an entire TEAM can simply ignore their poor performance and never fix it.

There's been plenty of denial at UT over the last decade-which explains a lot about the results we've witnessed. Again, how did I get this wrong?

Oh, and I can't resist; If I apply Bray's mindset, the only way that UT walks out of Athens a winner is if THEY AREN'T THEMSELVES.

the team quitting bothers you.

i can't imagine why

BigOrangeSports writes:

I'm a Dooley fan and hope he can back up his words, but there is something that has me concerned. When he brought in highly touted Justin Wilcox to run the defense, it seemed he couldn't get the job done here and was maybe overrated as a defensive guru. Now that he has went to UWash, he has shown his defensive coaching prowess by not allowing the potent Stanford offense to score a TD. Why couldn't he (JW) get it done here? Are the players at UWash that much better than the ones available to UT? Or is there something deeper that JW couldn't overcome on the Hill? Dooley seems to be having a lot of issues keeping coaches around. This is troubling and will become more so if any more coaches abandon ship anytime soon.

volsbandit writes:

Jon Gruden..........coming at a Neyland Stadium near you in 2013.

KingDanno (Inactive) writes:

Negativity??? 0-11 vs. ranked teams! How can you be positive with such a loosing record! I'm actually an optimist, but that doesn't mean I am blind to the fact that we aren't winning, haven't won, aren't recruiting like we should, and aren't even playing close to our potential. Bray "wasn't himself", oh ok Bray. Get a dose of reality people. These comments about "i hope you aren't around children w/ this negativity" Children need to be informed of the battles we face in life. They also need to learn that giving up, blaming others, being sick, or whatever else excuse you want to make isn't going to cut it! You all talking about children are the type of people responsible for kids these days being more narcissistic than any other generation. This is football. TN Football. SEC football. We have the money, we have the fans and support. The team and the coach is letting us down EVERY time they play a ranked opponent. Do you just expect us to get pissed off every Saturday? Eventually, we see the light and think, hey Dooley sucks. We are playing crappy. Why? Well practically every other coach has been replaced. Get rid of Chaney too. How many opportunities are we going to give these people? I thought we should have gotten rid of Dooley after the KY loss last season.

jobrando#216494 writes:

we suck again will be the headlines

dvols writes:

Derrick Henry.................NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

6972 writes:

:Something has got to give. One team will do the pushing". If our offensive line can't push their front around, turn out the lights the party is over. This is won or lost in the trenches. If we can't run it, we can't win it.

15_counting writes:

in response to arkyvol:

dooley rolled snake eyes today on what was supposed to be the crown jewel in his next recruiting class. to bama, no less. they're really hurting for running backs i hear. maybe dooley can pick up enough of the conference leftovers to suit up a team in the coming years. lousy recruiter, lousier coach. thanks again, hammy.

The rich get richer!

Quote this afternoon from Derrick Henry:

"Their program is business-like program. They use that mentally in the weight room and how they approach everything even in the classroom. I just like everything about Alabama."

SewaneeVolFan writes:

in response to RockyMtnVol:

Its easier to be negative than to look for the positive. Bored people are boring and unhappy people like to make others unhappy.....its just a fact, that everyone one of the negative post are from people who's own life is a negative, they don't want others to be winners, its easier for losers to try and describe any situation and relate it to their own lives. It doesn't matter if UT wins or loses Saturday, you will still find fault, you might not post it, but in your mind you'll have negative thoughts about the team, coaches, refs, bad call, good call etc... IF UT was to go 11-1, you would find reason to make it all look like your life. I hope each of you have no influence over another human or child, because you are a virus that won't stop or want to.

Go Vols!!!

That's right, RMV -- you tell 'em! Of course, nitpickers might point out that you're being negative about those negative people. But that's the dilemma permanently unhappy people create for people who want to be positive. It's kinda hard to be positive about people for whom the glass not only is never half full but instead has been empty for all eternity.

It's a positive thing to tell the whiners, nay-sayers, prophets of doom, and trolls to go away. Therefore this is the first positive comment I found in this thread. After about six comments.

So I'll try to add another: the Vols will fight very hard tomorrow, and if they get some luck and a few breaks, they might shock the world.

But I'll pull for them if they win, and I'll pull for them if they lose. GBO!

BeRealistic writes:

Let's play the game & BS later.

voloffaith writes:

in response to BeRealistic:

Let's play the game & BS later.

Does Barbara Streisand still perform?

WoodshedVol writes:

These folks hoping that UT LOSES really baffles me. If you can't root for your team during a rebuilding, you don't deserve to root for them when they win. Alabama went through some lean years,so did LSU. Arkansas having one this year. I am for Dooley because He IS our coach. I've taken issue with some play calling and poor tackling this year, But I have NEVER wanted my VOLS to lose. If UT has another 6-6 year, then, yes maybe it is time for a change. Just wait until the end of the season. If Dooley gets fired then, so be it. He will be able to say the program is in better shape now than when he arrived.Kiffin threw us in the creek right before signing day. Players quit and transfered, leaving UT's program in a lurch.
The only kool-aide I drink is Orange.

jobrando#216494 writes:

in response to BigOrangeSports:

I'm a Dooley fan and hope he can back up his words, but there is something that has me concerned. When he brought in highly touted Justin Wilcox to run the defense, it seemed he couldn't get the job done here and was maybe overrated as a defensive guru. Now that he has went to UWash, he has shown his defensive coaching prowess by not allowing the potent Stanford offense to score a TD. Why couldn't he (JW) get it done here? Are the players at UWash that much better than the ones available to UT? Or is there something deeper that JW couldn't overcome on the Hill? Dooley seems to be having a lot of issues keeping coaches around. This is troubling and will become more so if any more coaches abandon ship anytime soon.

Very interesting. Thanks

Rumblefish writes:

in response to WoodshedVol:

These folks hoping that UT LOSES really baffles me. If you can't root for your team during a rebuilding, you don't deserve to root for them when they win. Alabama went through some lean years,so did LSU. Arkansas having one this year. I am for Dooley because He IS our coach. I've taken issue with some play calling and poor tackling this year, But I have NEVER wanted my VOLS to lose. If UT has another 6-6 year, then, yes maybe it is time for a change. Just wait until the end of the season. If Dooley gets fired then, so be it. He will be able to say the program is in better shape now than when he arrived.Kiffin threw us in the creek right before signing day. Players quit and transfered, leaving UT's program in a lurch.
The only kool-aide I drink is Orange.

Who on here has said they "wanted" UT to lose? All i see are some people expecting UT to lose to a better team and some people hoping UT upsets a better team. Seems pretty normal to me. But, I have yet to read where someone actually said they "wanted" UT to lose. Get your head out of the drink my friend.

ProfessionalHandicapper writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Realistic list of coaches who Tennessee could get in here and get things going in the right direction:

Charlie Strong, Louisville--good recruiter/coach and is defensive minded. Been around the SEC for a while

Gus Malzahn, Arkansas St.--we all saw what he did with Cam Newton. Given the state of Auburn football after Malzahn left...goes to show who was the brains behind that undefeated team

Kirby Smart, Alabama--yeah, that would be nice for sure, and he is due a HC job at a good school with great facilities. We are here for you Kirby :)

Dana Holgorson, West Virginia--he sure is dominating the Big XII. But, I wonder who he would bring in to run the D??--the return of the chief???

Garrick McGee, UAB--yep. He was the OC while Arky won 21 games the past 2 yrs.

There is my two cents since several posters have asked what coaches Tennessee could realistically get in here to replace Dooley on other stories.

No...Gruden isn't coming here. Neither is Bill Cowher. I wouldn't want either of them in here anyway. They both have been out of coaching for years...let alone come back to college and deal with all the recruiting issues.

Add June Jones as he has built every program he has been at and took Hawaii to a major Bowl. Chris Ault is the best at Neveada with the Pistol offense but nobody can buy him from Reno. Paul Rhodes of Iowa State is proving to be the hottest commodity. Charlie Strong would do well in recruiting the South. I will always believe the day Hammy screwed Kippy Brown without an interview as promised bit UT. Brown has coached under Fulmer(most points in a five year period) Jimmy Johnson, Tony Dungy, and Pete Carrol. He would have been much better than Dooley and I dont believe so many players would have bolted. Even La Tech is happy Dooley is gone as they are much better with Dykes..

orangecountyvols writes:

Sewanee, RockyMountain and the rest of you real Vol fans,

Hard to sort through the hogwash posts and get to yours, guys. You two were a breath of fresh air, a departure from the usual garbage this site offers. No, you didn't say all is well and that we'd walk out of Sanford with a W. But, the same ole' over bearing and monotonous posters who whine, gripe, and complain about everything pretty much make you say to heck with this site. Regardless of whether we win, and of course I want us to win, coming to read posts on this website is clearly defining the types of trolls and/or gripers that are basically parasites of people you just would not want to be around.

Friends, we know who the same ones are. This is what they do. As Rocky Mtn said, they simply want to stir things up.......it's their makeup. The idiots have no credible agenda. It's simply stuff like "fire Dooley, bring in Gruden, bring back Fulmer, etc."
How utterly childish the Walts, the roadside bomber Jeff Flowers, the Merlots etc sound.

They're all like little kids who didn't get their way, and none of them have any answers for winning at U T.........they think they do, but we know they're kinda' screwed up people.

Sorry for the attention given to the troll/gripers, but it's a reminder of how pathetic this site has become.

The rest of us will be behind the Vols and we'll see how it plays out. Only time will provide the answers......and going ballistic before and after every game 'ain't' the answer.

VolinCalif writes:

in response to jdt24boxer:

we are awful, we need a new coach today not tomorrow. how about PETRINO

No! No! He left his hanging on the Bike.

TKO writes:

Could catch georgia looking ahead to south Carolina, but doubt it. I don't believe the Vols will win, but it will not be as bad as people believe. It does depend on if Tennessee can make their adjustments at halftime. If Tennessee can play loose and relaxed, it may help. I hope to see four quarters regardless or Tennessee and Dooley are in trouble.

VolGrad writes:

in response to 99gator:

he posts truth

No, he did not.

He posted his own subjective interpretation of what Bray stated and added his own comments to it.

Truth vs Rhetoric.

Know the difference.

Go Vols!!! Beat the Dawgs!

WoodshedVol writes:

in response to Rumblefish:

Who on here has said they "wanted" UT to lose? All i see are some people expecting UT to lose to a better team and some people hoping UT upsets a better team. Seems pretty normal to me. But, I have yet to read where someone actually said they "wanted" UT to lose. Get your head out of the drink my friend.

rumblefish, you and I are not friends, we both happen to root for the same team. I'll admit maybe I took some of the Dooley bashing as some wanting the Vols to lose, so we could get other coaches.
My question is this. The most likely way for Dooley to get fired is for Tennessee to lose. Which do you want MORE,for Dooley to be fired or the Vols to win?

DLuckySeven writes:

in response to titletownz:

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Please tell everyone what the old bull said to the young bull. lol

rockypop writes:

I continue to marvel at how much agreement there was on this board about the impossible task Dooley was given, and that it would take 4-5 years to turn it around.

Now, the critics say, the task doesn't seem so impossible - in fact, they now say it should be possible for a coach to get Tennessee back to the SEC elite within three years.

Well, the UT that was elite in the 90's would be, at best, a middle of the pack program today. Every single SEC team in the 90's, with the exception of Florida, would have been lucky to win in the MAC. Just about every SEC team during that time had major issues and were just flat bad.

Getting UT back to its level in the 90's won't cut it now. Today, half the SEC fields teams that would compete with the UT teams of the 90's and probably win more than they lose against them.

This is not a death knell for UT, but it is a call for more time to right the ship. Time to start winning. Time to build a recruiting base. Time to prove the right leadership is in place. In other words, time for what the majority of posters on this board said was needed in the first place.

pcorange writes:

in response to VOLS34:

Hopefully all you people touting Dooley as someone to hang on to will watch the game tomorrow....

Get your head out of the clouds and back down to reality, Dooley is not an SEC coach period. He held Saban's clipboard and everyone wants to act like he was a prodigy. Give me a break.... We need winners, I'm sick and tired of being the laughing stock of the SEC. We need a coach that has the guts not to LET his team quit when they are down by a touchdown. He was a last resort when Kiffin left and we settled for mediocrity. No more mediocrity, Tennessee deserves better.

Can I get an "Amen"?!

pcorange writes:

in response to WoodshedVol:

rumblefish, you and I are not friends, we both happen to root for the same team. I'll admit maybe I took some of the Dooley bashing as some wanting the Vols to lose, so we could get other coaches.
My question is this. The most likely way for Dooley to get fired is for Tennessee to lose. Which do you want MORE,for Dooley to be fired or the Vols to win?

I don't know about rumblefish, but I am one who doesn't believe Dooley will be able to get us out of the cellar. I really don't. He had a better team than UF and they quit on him. Plain and simple. That said, I really like Coach Dooley. He is the kind of man you want leading your program. Nothing would make me happier than for Dooley's team to run the rest of their schedule and earn him a contract extension. Reality says that probably isn't going to happen. The more likely scenario is that he loses the next four and is relieved of his duties. I really, really hope I'm wrong.

Scoon writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

No! No! He left his hanging on the Bike.

Coach Cal, you remember you once told me you got a dirty mind? Well, tell us Coach, exactly what did Petrino leave hanging on the bike besides his reputation?

laraccoon writes:

in response to WaltGoVols:

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you might be right but you might be wrong too. time will tell .Two years and a few games is too early to judge IMO.

Scoon writes:

in response to laraccoon:

you might be right but you might be wrong too. time will tell .Two years and a few games is too early to judge IMO.

Hello ringtail, be a while, no seeeee.

volvann writes:

in response to RockyMtnVol:

Its easier to be negative than to look for the positive. Bored people are boring and unhappy people like to make others unhappy.....its just a fact, that everyone one of the negative post are from people who's own life is a negative, they don't want others to be winners, its easier for losers to try and describe any situation and relate it to their own lives. It doesn't matter if UT wins or loses Saturday, you will still find fault, you might not post it, but in your mind you'll have negative thoughts about the team, coaches, refs, bad call, good call etc... IF UT was to go 11-1, you would find reason to make it all look like your life. I hope each of you have no influence over another human or child, because you are a virus that won't stop or want to.

Go Vols!!!

I couldn't have said it better.

Vols4life77 writes:

in response to volsbandit:

Jon Gruden..........coming at a Neyland Stadium near you in 2013.

Yeah your on to something here..
Gruden is our head coach
Santa Claus will be OC
The tooth fairy will be DC
And Adam sandler will be our water boy.
Gruden will NOT be at Tennessee unless tenn throws huge money on the table, money they don't have.
And on top of that he makes great money to do a cushy Monday night gig. It's a dream wish kind of like hoping to win the lottery just sayin...

volvann writes:

The posters (posers) on this site are funny. Previous years are previous years. If you live in the past, I feel sorry for you. This year is this year. The way I see this year is if you take away an eight minute span against UF, then UT is 4-0. Live for today and tomorrow and you will be much happier. I see good things against UGA, things will are getting better, I am at all the games and I see it happening. Win or lose folks, our team is making progress. Everyone, I mean everyone, is expecting UT to lose to UGA on Saturday. So if we do, based on the oddsmakers and the pundits, I am sure the world will cave in for some. For me, life is good and the Vols will win... No questions asked.

Govols... Vols 33, Dawgs 27....

utvolfan98 writes:

in response to RockyMtnVol:

Its easier to be negative than to look for the positive. Bored people are boring and unhappy people like to make others unhappy.....its just a fact, that everyone one of the negative post are from people who's own life is a negative, they don't want others to be winners, its easier for losers to try and describe any situation and relate it to their own lives. It doesn't matter if UT wins or loses Saturday, you will still find fault, you might not post it, but in your mind you'll have negative thoughts about the team, coaches, refs, bad call, good call etc... IF UT was to go 11-1, you would find reason to make it all look like your life. I hope each of you have no influence over another human or child, because you are a virus that won't stop or want to.

Go Vols!!!

Yes indeedy! We're going to win a big one at some point. Why not tomorrow? GBO!!!

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