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Evan Woodbery writes the blog 'Evan's Eleven' about Tennessee football.
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Evan Woodbery writes the blog "Evan's Eleven" about Tennessee football. http://blogs.knoxnews.com/woodbery/

As the first signing day of coach Butch Jones' tenure at Tennessee winds down, you can follow the latest by reading Evan Woodbery's blog, Evan's Eleven.

Be sure to look back on the complete chat wrap of his live signing day discussion by clicking here.

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Comments » 18

Snapshot writes:

Vonn Bell, hope you are happy in Columbus, NOT!!!

Not that I am bitter or anything.

wbsmd1 writes:

Need a coach of the status to recruit elite athletes. If UT is serious about returning to national status in football Jones needs to be fired today.Waiting a few years with mediocre teams will not help.SMU proved it takes recruiting the athletes and results are quick.Alabama proves there is no chance an SEC school with the TV contract the SEC has could ever get the death penality.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to wbsmd1:

Need a coach of the status to recruit elite athletes. If UT is serious about returning to national status in football Jones needs to be fired today.Waiting a few years with mediocre teams will not help.SMU proved it takes recruiting the athletes and results are quick.Alabama proves there is no chance an SEC school with the TV contract the SEC has could ever get the death penality.

Wow! The idiots are out in force today.

wbsmd1 writes:

in response to BigBadVol:

Wow! The idiots are out in force today.

Just realistic about what it would take to win a championship. Auburn with their new head coach has done well. Why the difference?

The_View_From_Memphis writes:

No UT football class should ever consist of less than 5 players from Memphis. Both of the Greatest and Most athletes in the state of TENNESSEE reside in the Bluff City. It is a complete travesty that Jones has only committed 1 kid from Memphis.

To see what the BETTER programs think of Memphis talent, check the rosters of 'Bama, LSU, Ark., Miss.St., and now Ole Miss. WOW!

jimr07 writes:

in response to wbsmd1:

Need a coach of the status to recruit elite athletes. If UT is serious about returning to national status in football Jones needs to be fired today.Waiting a few years with mediocre teams will not help.SMU proved it takes recruiting the athletes and results are quick.Alabama proves there is no chance an SEC school with the TV contract the SEC has could ever get the death penality.

Nice to see someone so positive

orangecountyvols writes:

in response to wbsmd1:

Need a coach of the status to recruit elite athletes. If UT is serious about returning to national status in football Jones needs to be fired today.Waiting a few years with mediocre teams will not help.SMU proved it takes recruiting the athletes and results are quick.Alabama proves there is no chance an SEC school with the TV contract the SEC has could ever get the death penality.

Good Lord don't announce to the whole world how stupid you obviously are. Best for whiners like you to keep a low profile and just get lost.

wbsmd1 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Good Lord don't announce to the whole world how stupid you obviously are. Best for whiners like you to keep a low profile and just get lost.

Sorry I annoyed you. The results will be the ultimate proof of where the program is heading.

Mr_Brownstone writes:

in response to wbsmd1:

Need a coach of the status to recruit elite athletes. If UT is serious about returning to national status in football Jones needs to be fired today.Waiting a few years with mediocre teams will not help.SMU proved it takes recruiting the athletes and results are quick.Alabama proves there is no chance an SEC school with the TV contract the SEC has could ever get the death penality.

in 32 days CBJ and his staff moved us up from 45 to 21. no doubt he will have us in top ten next year after 1 year foundation.

so in effect by your comments, "you sir, are an idiot!"

KVCrockett writes:

in response to wbsmd1:

Sorry I annoyed you. The results will be the ultimate proof of where the program is heading.

If results are going to be the ultimate results( your words), why dont you wait for some before you make such negative comments?

tennrich1 writes:

Why in the WORLD would you WASTE your time responding to an obvious set-up....Dont blame Bell though I wished he had wanted to be at UT...I understand his decision...and apparently he did not want to work at rebuilding something instead of going where he felt he could do maybe three years and gone with a realistic chance at winning big...These kids have thought about, prayed about, and discussed with every Tom, Dick, and Harry for 2-3 years about their decisions...how arrogrant it would be for me to question that decision...

SummittsCourt writes:

in response to wbsmd1:

Need a coach of the status to recruit elite athletes. If UT is serious about returning to national status in football Jones needs to be fired today.Waiting a few years with mediocre teams will not help.SMU proved it takes recruiting the athletes and results are quick.Alabama proves there is no chance an SEC school with the TV contract the SEC has could ever get the death penality.

First off, that elite head coach has to want to coach at UT - they all have jobs.
Second, UT has to have the money to pay them - UT is 200 million in debt right now or didn't you hear.
Third, firing Jones today is the dumbest thing anyone could ever say and I mean ever. IF UT fired Jones today what then? Who are they going to get - see points 1 and 2.
Fourth, SMU? are you kidding or just dumber than a box of nails?
Fifth, doing it dirty like bama is not how UT operates. Winning isn't everything and it will come back on them one day.

The other who have commented on your statements are accurate with their observations... you are an idiot.

TNVOLNTX writes:

in response to wbsmd1:

Just realistic about what it would take to win a championship. Auburn with their new head coach has done well. Why the difference?

WOW, did I miss a season or something? Last I checked, Tennessee's new coach has an identical W/L record at his new school as Auburn's coach has at his and a much more successful history. Somebody must of poured a 55 gallon drum of stupid all over you this morning.

TNVOLNTX writes:

Jones and staff salvaged a respectable class. Here's the challenge. If you look at some of the recruiting classes ahead of us you'll find: Florida - of 26 commits, 15 were in-state. LSU - of 28 commits, 12 were in-state. TX A&M - of 32 commits, 22 in-state. UCLA - of 24 commits , 15 in-state. Georgia 32 commits, 18 in-state. Then there's Tennessee - of 21 commits, only 6 in-state. That's a significant handicap going into every recruiting class. That's not an excuse, just a reality. The only way to overcome that it is to have stability, consistency, string together a couple of winning seasons, and improve our brand nationally, but more importantly, improve it regionally. We have done it before. No reason it can't be done again.

volfaninbuckeyeland writes:

in response to tennrich1:

Why in the WORLD would you WASTE your time responding to an obvious set-up....Dont blame Bell though I wished he had wanted to be at UT...I understand his decision...and apparently he did not want to work at rebuilding something instead of going where he felt he could do maybe three years and gone with a realistic chance at winning big...These kids have thought about, prayed about, and discussed with every Tom, Dick, and Harry for 2-3 years about their decisions...how arrogrant it would be for me to question that decision...

Really appreciate your thoughtful post, tr1, and, like you, I was feeling hopeful about Bell, especially since one of the most outstanding players ever to attend UT was another Rossville native--Bobby Scott. Hard to appreciate all of the intricacies of recruiting unless one has been involved in the process, but rather than bemoan the ones who rejected Tenn, I choose to celebrate the ones who DID choose to be a VOL. I have much more confidence in CBJ & his staff than I did in his predecessor, and even though his first year at UC was a bit bumpy, he proved himself a winner much like Franklin has done at Vandy. The challenge will be much greater in the SEC than it was in the BEast, but true greatness can never be attained by avoiding challenges. Here's to congratulating and at the same time thanking these young men for coming to UT, and here's to hoping we all witness a reversal of BO football fortunes in '13!

Vol1973 writes:

A recruiting class is only a start. These guys must be developed and coached to win otherwise it will be more of the same. The real work starts now... let's go coach, get these guys ready for the start of a terrific future !!!

Go Vols !!

tnoutlaw2001#228008 writes:

Bell could very easily turn out like Marlon Brown. Another 5 star that was considered a make it or break it type recruit.
Don't forget a name like Bryce Brown either, number 1 running back in the country out of high school. Is he even in college now? Maybe

The one negative on Bell too me now, he seems like a prima donna. He milked everything he could out of UT and even Bama up to the last minute, and I think he knew for awhile he was going to Ohio State, so for that alone, I say good riddance, and good luck, we'll see if we even know your name in 2 years, because the chances are high we won't remember it, not statistically at least.

ElizabethtonvolnNC writes:

To the Legions: I don't portend to know that CBJ is going to be a great coach, or even if he will be a great recruiter for that matter. However, in the short time he has been here I like the way he has gone about the business of reestablishing the Tennessee brand. I guess some fail to realize...capper, foils,et. al. that you repeatedly bashed the former coach because he did not have a proven record. All I know is CBJ does, the championships speak for themselves, whether they were with other coaches players or not. I do believe he was on those coaching staffs evaluating talent, coaching and recruiting. Don't forget before his last championship team, the previous one went 4-8 at Cincy. That ought to tell the legions something. Recall, these same legions have reported that the former coach more or less deteriorated the relationships with high school players and coaches. Add to the fact we have had 4 coaching changes since 2008 and suffered through 3 losing seasons with no bowls the last two years. In comes CBJ, and there are those that expect him to sign a top 10 class. Guess what legions, it ain't gonna happen. This coach and staff have brought with them energy and hit the ground hard to reestablish what has been lost. If you want to shout about how great Vandy is doing, then get off this site and go cheer for the dores. If you don't like Hart, Cheek or any of the other guys you deem misfits or feel non UT supporters hired to dismantle all things great in UT Sports, repeat, get off this site, go grab a sign and stand out front of the UT administration building instead of trying to wreck the support for the men and women who "will give their all for Tennessee today"! GO VOLS and GO Coach Jones.

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