John Adams: With a loaded recruiting class, Tennessee's 'family' will have to be reduced by August

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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones during the Vol Walk  before the Georgia game Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 outside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones during the Vol Walk before the Georgia game Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013 outside Neyland Stadium in Knoxville. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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TommyJack writes:

Adams will never be caught without an umbrella at a parade.

ColPhorbin writes:

I normally think the podunkers around here are way to sensitive when it comes to John Adams, but in this case it's quite clear that he simply has writers block and feels the need to point out the obvious, albeit in a way that incites some sort of attention, even if akin to the desperate attention usually reserved for 3-yr-olds who discover a common truth: WAY TO GO JOHN, SUCH A GOOD BOY, YOU ARE SO SMART!

RoadTrip writes:

Geez - what a great (not) angle for a story to support (slam) what Butch and staff are trying to do to turn around a badly performing program; a program of young men, coaches and support staff whose fortunes help determine the livelihoods of the people that read his words in the Knoxville area. He assumes the leader of that resurrection is ruthless and wants to let the poor, pitiful masses (us) and potential players everywhere know that this big bad boogie man has the right to jerk the rug out from under those vulnerable, sincere, and aspiring student athletes purely on a whim and his perception of how good they are as football players.

What makes it even more goofy is the writer's occupation is dependent upon people caring about what he has to say regarding their favorite football program. But alas, they don't. Go pound sand, Adams.

willphill#241787 writes:

The egotistical dullard once again tries to undermine Tennessee athletics. Mr. Adams, Tennessee is perfectly capable of undermining themselves without your help. The Vols have had the expert help of Hamilton and Cheek to destroy athletics. We now have, by good fortune, a good coach and man and super recruiter in Butch Jones. I know that disappoints you but please don't try to sabotage coach Jones' meritorious efforts with another of your insidious columns.

snowpeapod#263184 writes:

Once again, without reading his column, it's obvious based on the comments that the article is loaded with negativity and heavy on sarcasm regarding the UT program. Why can't this knucklehead ever write a positive article about UT?

wn#1414709 (Inactive) writes:

I don't get the negative posts here. I think this particular column basically states the obvious. In then end they can have no more than 85 players. I am sure someone on Jones's staff has several scenario's plotted out with all the moves they need to make depending on who finally signs their letter of intent on signing day. We have already seen TN recruit over a player with the signing of Josh Malone, and a 4 star receiver from Indy decommitting from TN. I would not assume that happened by accident.

Snapshot writes:

in response to wn#1414709:

I don't get the negative posts here. I think this particular column basically states the obvious. In then end they can have no more than 85 players. I am sure someone on Jones's staff has several scenario's plotted out with all the moves they need to make depending on who finally signs their letter of intent on signing day. We have already seen TN recruit over a player with the signing of Josh Malone, and a 4 star receiver from Indy decommitting from TN. I would not assume that happened by accident.

I don't get it either, some people are just way too sensitive. Then there are some who comment without even reading the article, go figure.

It will be interesting to see how it all works out. Butch Jones isn't the first coach to recruit over a player if indeed that is what happens, and he certainly won't be the last.

Plasticman85 writes:

John Adams is Jimmy Cheek's brother from another mother

vut5686#1405392 writes:

Posters are correct that Adam's job is not to just write "positive" articles about UT. When we pay for the privilege of reading him, however, his job is to do a professional job. This article is a case in point. 1) He tells us not one iota of factual information...we did not already know. 2) His style, dripping in sarcasm, implies the factual, actual is a negative, and that our present coaching staff is less than forthright in doing what they were hired to do: improve our talent pool. As I have suggested before, everyone praising his prose should go to a library and sample writing from other areas, including schools or cities with losing programs: informative articles can actually be written without leaving one feeling he had just been caught slipping out of a strip joint.

mac_b_from_tn writes:

I'd be interested to see what the comments were on past stories where Nick Saban was the coach running players off. I bet they weren't attacking the author, they probably called Saban "slimy" and "despicable". But I guess when a columnists draws attention to our team's coach doing it, he winds up being the slimy despicable one.

OrangePride writes:

On a related note, CBJ needs to understand he will need to win games in the future to be successful. Also, Tennessee has a rich tradition and Vol fans are impatient to return to it. Any other patently obvious facts we need to know? Gracious, but this article told us zero. Probably a C- paper in the first year Journalism course on the Hill. (I know, too generous?)

Slats writes:

Seems like I recall Saban and a few other SEC coaches doing just what he is talking about! Come on CJ give us some examples or did you just have a brain fart?

ColPhorbin writes:

Bottom line... is coach really obligated to players who don't play or who were part of Dereck Doolander's classes? It's so interesting the way Adams makes these tautologies that really never have solutions, yet pretend to have one somewhere veiled to the rest of us.

bUTch__please writes:

Keep the 85 players on scholarship that have the best attitudes, best grades and have the best chance to contribute to the success of Team #118.

All others be d@md. Next question.

murrayvol writes:

Let's be honest. We haven't had the opportunity to "recruit over" players in recent years. I'm enjoying this and the players understand it. They may not like it but they understand it.

RoadTrip writes:

You walk in to the room at your class reunion and see the guy that used to annoy the heck of you because he thought he was being smart and funny when really he acted like a sniveling skank nobody cared for or respected? He spots you and makes a beeline since you were nice to him in school and would listen and be nice to him regardless of the stupid stuff he would say. You greet him and listen to him once again to see if things have changed and he has grown into a more mature, good hearted person. You soon realize the opposite, that he is worse than ever. So you pretend you have to make a call and quickly excuse yourself as you know that if you have to endure him much longer you are going to call him a turd to his face.

Adams is that guy. He has gotten worse through the years and has no real access to UT or information to add. So he makes up snide storylines, conspiracies, and acts like he knows inside stuff. Fail. All he had to do was do his job as a normal person and be nice to people and it would have all turned out differently.

fannotsheep writes:

I think some folks expect the media to be like the paid announcers and former UT players we listen to on game day radio. Adams is lazy, probably does nothing but read online sports articles, watch ESPN and talk to his fellow KNS sportswriters (some of whom actually leave the office and attend practices and such). Then I guess he writes whatever comes into his head. But I do think he is a good writer, though certainly sarcastic to a fault.

I guess the posters should be glad that the local media can't afford to upset UT brass and lose whatever contacts they do have. Because if Adams gets their panties in a wad imagine what some serious investigative reporting would do. But not to worry: without the access to the only topic other than weather that anybody cares much about around here, I'm pretty sure the local media outlets would all be bankrupt.

oldster writes:

I just wonder if Mr. Adams keeps young, aspiring journalists employed if they do not perform? If he does not, then perhaps he should recall the saying about the pot calling the kettle black.

vut5686#1405392 writes:

Everyone thinking this article worth a read should just review the news on the Lambert kid. He (Lambert)did what he should have done: decided on what he thought was best for him. But, this is a business...and is played by both sides in whatever way is in their best interest. When it is all said and done, the only favorable result is for the Vols to wind up with 85 of the best they can get...and keep. Coaches know it, players know it and fans expect it. The article adds nothing to these known facts.

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