With first class, Butch Jones and staff worked overtime to build relationships

Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones talks with the media during a press conference in the Peyton Manning Locker Room Complex at Neyland Stadium Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones talks with the media during a press conference in the Peyton Manning Locker Room Complex at Neyland Stadium Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

New Tennessee linebacker Corey Vereen is so serious, according to UT coach Butch Jones, that his poker face can be difficult to read.

That was the case during a recruiting visit to Vereen's home in Florida in December. Jones and his staff weren't sure if the meeting was going well, because they couldn't get Vereen to crack a smile.

During a lull in the conversation, Vereen's dad turned to Corey and said, "Go get it, son." As the coaches waited, Vereen went upstairs.

He returned with a guitar and started strumming 'Rocky Top.' There was little doubt that Vereen was a Vol.

Jones talks frequently of the importance of relationships in the recruiting process, but he had only two months to foster one with the 21 players who signed with the Vols as part of the 2012 recruiting class.

But judging by the funny anecdotes he shared about each and every prospect during his statewide tour last week — including plenty of embarrassing ones — Jones worked to make up for lost time.

Using the 247Sports composite ranking system, which is designed to provide a consensus of national opinion, Tennessee signed 17 three-star prospects and four four-star players.

That's not bad until you consider Georgia and Texas A&M had 14 four-star players each. LSU signed 19 four-stars. And while UT didn't sign a consensus five-star player, Ole Miss signed four and Alabama signed six.

But Jones is adamant that he doesn't worry about the star system. During his trips last week he twice mentioned watching Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones in the Super Bowl. Jones went to Lane College.

"We don't get into stars," Jones said. "We have our own rating system. Stars don't mean anything. The one thing you can't measure is individuals' hearts."

Many of Jones' stories last week revolved around character — "We're going to live it every day in our program," he said — or loyalty to UT.

Jones described the bedroom of offensive line signee Austin Sanders, which was plastered with every letter and communication he had ever received from the Vols.

Leaving the in-home visit, offensive line coach Don Mahoney called Jones and said, "Hey Coach, I think he's going to stick to his commitment."

Then there was receiver signee Paul Harris from Maryland. According to Jones, there were two posters hanging in his bedroom — one of the Biletnikoff Award, which goes to the nation's top college receiver, and one of the Heisman Trophy.

Every night, Jones said, Harris would recite the Heisman mission statement that includes the words, "Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work."

Receivers coach Zach Azzanni, when told by Harris that he wanted to win the Biletnikoff, replied, "Whoa, slow down. Let's work on getting you to class on time."

Some of the stories may have been embellished, some of the one-liners polished a bit to get maximum laughs from the crowd. And some of the assertions — like the one that quarterback signee Riley Ferguson has lost only two games in his life dating to Pop Warner ball — are difficult to verify.

But the quickly forged relationships seemed genuine, and Jones said doing that was a team effort.

He credited coaches' wives, most of whom commuted weekly to Knoxville to help host recruits' families on weekends.

"Our wives were recruiting every weekend, helping to build relationships with the recruits' mothers," Jones said.

It was one thing to convince players like Vereen and Sanders, who had been committed to Tennessee for ages. But luring players who had committed elsewhere was another story.

"Now you're trying to undo a year or two of relationships in 31 days," Jones said. "That's why I think our staff and wives are so associated with our football program and did a fantastic job. It's not just the coaches. It's a community. It's a fan-base. You'd be amazed at the amount of individuals with parents who will come a day early and they just walk around the town. They'll walk in and ask directions at a gas station. The way our fans and Knoxville greet recruits is very special and unique to Knoxville. The fan base and the people in this area did a great job."

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/TennesseeBeat.

FIVE SIGNEES MOST LIKELY TO MAKE AN IMPACT IN YEAR 1

1. Riyahd Jones, CB: Junior college prospects are usually a good bet for making a quick impact, as they’re more mentally prepared and physically ready than new recruits. Jones has an added advantage by enrolling in January.

2. MarQuez North, WR: Even if North is a bit raw and in need of polishing before he’s ready to wow the SEC, UT’s lack of depth at receiver will give him an immediate opportunity.

3. Jason Carr, DE: It’s tough to be an impact freshman on the line, but Carr has the body to work his way into the rotation quickly and aim for a starting role in 2014.

4. Jabo Lee, RB: This may seem an odd choice, because Lee was a last-minute addition to the class, but the field is wide open behind Marlin Lane and Rajion Neal. Someone — whether it’s Lee or another young back — will get a chance to be next in line.

5. Woody Quinn, TE: Sure he’s best known for being a converted volleyball player, but coaches love Quinn. He has an SEC-ready frame and there will be ample opportunities for tight ends in Jones’ new offense.

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Lvillebill writes:

Looking forward to a long Butch Davis era.

voloffaith writes:

in response to Lvillebill:

Looking forward to a long Butch Davis era.

Ha Ha..we know that you know that you know that you know you were trying to be cute with the wrong Butch......

On topic, forging relationships for the future is key. Interesting about the star system ratings game.

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to Lvillebill:

Looking forward to a long Butch Davis era.

Yep. Most of us do. Virginia Tech and Boise State built upper-tier programs with three star athletes using that same approach. CBJ will most certainly get the fours and fives in the future, but these new players will most likely meld in with a pretty good bunch already here.

formerflgranny writes:

in response to Lvillebill:

Looking forward to a long Butch Davis era.

Butch who? Surely you are better than that.

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to voloffaith:

Ha Ha..we know that you know that you know that you know you were trying to be cute with the wrong Butch......

On topic, forging relationships for the future is key. Interesting about the star system ratings game.

I'm sure he didn't mean it. 'Didn't catch that myself until your post popped up..........but I'm old.

rb4346 writes:

in response to CheekMustGo:

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I disagree with you, Boise State is a top tier program. If you don't believe it then ask Oklahoma and a few other great teams. Good coaching and dedicated players. CBJ wii get the Vols there, just give him a little time.

voloffaith writes:

in response to CheekMustGo:

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What did you not understand about Coach Jones statement concerning kids with integrity? We are starting afresh and with a new slate.

volfaninutah writes:

Haven't heard of any of our 3 stars beatin' up on a classmate and using his debit card for a candy bar. Maybe the worm has turned in our favor after all.

PureOrange writes:

Very proud to have Butch Jones and his coaches. Think they are going to make us very proud.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

Butch Jones is the man and if he continues this relentless recruiting UT will have a top 5 class in 2014..Write it down.

pingkr62 writes:

This guy continues to impress. Awesome hire...again. G.B.O.!!!

jt45 writes:

195 days till its football time in Tennessee.
Looking forward to a new era in UT football.

AlexAndersonAAradio writes:

KNS! It's a shame that we have to go to a South Florida web site to get information on the tournament our #4 ranked softball team is playing in. If we have a sports team actually good in something it drives you all crazy and you sweep it under the rug.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

"Some of the stories may have been embellished, some of the one-liners polished a bit to get maximum laughs from the crowd. And some of the assertions — like the one that quarterback signee Riley Ferguson has lost only two games in his life dating to Pop Warner ball — are difficult to verify."

I see that Mr. Woodberry is beginning to get wise to Jone's tendency to exaggerate.

"Best coaching staff in the USA." "UT was always my dream job." "saw UT play growing up."
"We don't go by stars." "We have our own evaluation system." etc, etc.

B.S. artists are easy to find. Arkansas had one who got caught---but he could recruit and compete with coaches at the highest levels.

At UT maybe it would be a good thing to cut the B.S., stop the exaggerations and just perform.

Next year, if Jones recruits players with lots of stars, or if the class's ranking is high, he'd better not mention it.

He has already painted himself into a corner.
But you can bet that he has always wanted to be in that corner, and it's the best corner in the USA.

voloffaith writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

"Some of the stories may have been embellished, some of the one-liners polished a bit to get maximum laughs from the crowd. And some of the assertions — like the one that quarterback signee Riley Ferguson has lost only two games in his life dating to Pop Warner ball — are difficult to verify."

I see that Mr. Woodberry is beginning to get wise to Jone's tendency to exaggerate.

"Best coaching staff in the USA." "UT was always my dream job." "saw UT play growing up."
"We don't go by stars." "We have our own evaluation system." etc, etc.

B.S. artists are easy to find. Arkansas had one who got caught---but he could recruit and compete with coaches at the highest levels.

At UT maybe it would be a good thing to cut the B.S., stop the exaggerations and just perform.

Next year, if Jones recruits players with lots of stars, or if the class's ranking is high, he'd better not mention it.

He has already painted himself into a corner.
But you can bet that he has always wanted to be in that corner, and it's the best corner in the USA.

One lil after thought...he may recruit quality kids that have high stars as well. So a high class rating that way won't have him in the corner and nowhere to go. C ya'll after church.........

Orange_Beach writes:

in response to sameolvolalum:

Yep. Most of us do. Virginia Tech and Boise State built upper-tier programs with three star athletes using that same approach. CBJ will most certainly get the fours and fives in the future, but these new players will most likely meld in with a pretty good bunch already here.

What are you talking about? Virginia Tech "upper tier"? Are we even talking about the same sport? Just tune in August 31 from Atlanta and get educated on "upper tier".

volinlm writes:

Saying you don't pay attention to the star system is like saying 'political polls don't really mean anything'. But, I like Jones' style and enthusiasm. There are 'sleepers' in every class and 4 & 5 star losers as well. Here's to better years ahead!

GVolsG writes:

2014 class is crucial! Bring on the legacies, the class that shall be known as the re-Vol-vers: Berry Twins, Bates, Kelly Jr. Throw in Hurd and then go restack the oline.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to ALWAYS_TIME_2_TROLL:

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Pretty well actually..

LCPanthers (Inactive) writes:

We are going in the rite direction.Next year should be a top ten recruiting class and then we can compete.

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to voloffaith:

One lil after thought...he may recruit quality kids that have high stars as well. So a high class rating that way won't have him in the corner and nowhere to go. C ya'll after church.........

The problem is not with his recruits, although they will have difficulties matching up with (yes, you gotta believe...) Bama, LSU, SouthCarolina, etc, etc.

But if the AthleticDirectors (HamilHart) can keep scheduling D-2 teams, maybe his recruits will be able to match up enough to get him 6 wins or 7...which is more than the previous coach HamilHart hired could do.

$1BillionDollar$ every decade and THIS is what these bozos come up with???

massvolfan writes:

in response to AlexAndersonAAradio:

KNS! It's a shame that we have to go to a South Florida web site to get information on the tournament our #4 ranked softball team is playing in. If we have a sports team actually good in something it drives you all crazy and you sweep it under the rug.

You are so right! This outstanding group of young ladies is off to a tremendous start... 7-0...ranked 4/4...and deserves the coverage that KNS refuses to provide for us softball fans!!

Rumblefish writes:

This was kinda a fun article to read. A little "behind the scenes" of recruiting if you will. Keep'em coming.

bigorangebolt writes:

I am impressed more every day, with coach Butch Jones! We need to support him and the Vols! He needs time and support and the Vols will be winning big again! GBO!

GloryDays writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Butch Jones is the man and if he continues this relentless recruiting UT will have a top 5 class in 2014..Write it down.

What I like about Butch Jones is that he sees the big picture. He is laying the foundation for building a great program that should be around for years. Be patient Vol fans, good things are right around the corner.

GloryDays writes:

in response to ALWAYS_TIME_2_TROLL:

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Coach Jones only had 30 days to recruit, most of the hay was already in the barn, moron. Check back next February, and the Vols will have a top 10 class. What you are under estimating is Jones ability to coach guys up. Unlike Dooloser, his team and players will improve, not to mention the attitude of fans and players. Enjoy the next year or two troll cause the Vols are going beat your sorry rear for years to come.

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to Orange_Beach:

What are you talking about? Virginia Tech "upper tier"? Are we even talking about the same sport? Just tune in August 31 from Atlanta and get educated on "upper tier".

Oh. My bad. 'Sorry I left out those who were in diapers just a decade ago. You don't remember when VT had a very strong football program? Eat your Cheerios.

Tennfan4075 writes:

I hope Jones knows what he is talking about and does well, but I seem to remember a guy named Dooley who recruited character, laying a foundation for the future and didn't pay attention to the star rating systems and we know where that led us. Does it not seem ironic that coaches who end up with a team of few stars don't believe in stars?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to GloryDays:

What I like about Butch Jones is that he sees the big picture. He is laying the foundation for building a great program that should be around for years. Be patient Vol fans, good things are right around the corner.

Totally agree, the man knows what he is doing..He knows the foundation it takes at the college level, after following Kelly and implementing his own system he's battle tested. I'm just an ex-jock, but when you feel the excitement/electricity he exudes it just feels right with CBJ. I know if I were in that auditorium hearing his initial intro to the team I would have fought ten men after hearing his speech. The man is a motivator and a solid fundamental fb coach. CBJ just feels right, and seems right at home at UT..Keep up the great work coach..

KVCrockett writes:

CBJ and staff are already lightyears ahead of past staff. It seems DD read a book or something, and said "I think we should do it this way", CBJ comes in and says " I KNOW we should do it this way". Also if he has no complications from shoulder surgery Reeves- Maybin from Clarksville will contribute early, and will be a huge Vol favorite. GO VOLS!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to KVCrockett:

CBJ and staff are already lightyears ahead of past staff. It seems DD read a book or something, and said "I think we should do it this way", CBJ comes in and says " I KNOW we should do it this way". Also if he has no complications from shoulder surgery Reeves- Maybin from Clarksville will contribute early, and will be a huge Vol favorite. GO VOLS!

What position will Maybin play?? He's a tweener that could be an OLB or TE/option QB. The man can play anywhere, but if you had to guess where do you believe CBJ will position him?

VOLFLIAM writes:

in response to ALWAYS_TIME_2_TROLL:

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You my sir are a f.C F. (first class fool)

wigmeister writes:

So far, liking this coach. Let the practice begin!!

kevininaugustageorgia writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

"Some of the stories may have been embellished, some of the one-liners polished a bit to get maximum laughs from the crowd. And some of the assertions — like the one that quarterback signee Riley Ferguson has lost only two games in his life dating to Pop Warner ball — are difficult to verify."

I see that Mr. Woodberry is beginning to get wise to Jone's tendency to exaggerate.

"Best coaching staff in the USA." "UT was always my dream job." "saw UT play growing up."
"We don't go by stars." "We have our own evaluation system." etc, etc.

B.S. artists are easy to find. Arkansas had one who got caught---but he could recruit and compete with coaches at the highest levels.

At UT maybe it would be a good thing to cut the B.S., stop the exaggerations and just perform.

Next year, if Jones recruits players with lots of stars, or if the class's ranking is high, he'd better not mention it.

He has already painted himself into a corner.
But you can bet that he has always wanted to be in that corner, and it's the best corner in the USA.

Yeah, you stay after him, bud! Don't let this guy get away with any junk...

The nerve! Actually playing up to the crowd! No other coach or staff in the country would dare do such a thing.

Stay after 'em. Let us know all about these important issues your investigations uncover.

Also, thanks for the comparison to Petrino. Bet the average UT fan has not seen evidence that leads to that conclusion!

UT fans who step up and continually point these things out, help keep our proud program a national leader in college football year after year...

lemme_axya_this writes:

in response to sameolvolalum:

Oh. My bad. 'Sorry I left out those who were in diapers just a decade ago. You don't remember when VT had a very strong football program? Eat your Cheerios.

Nice one, he's probably just a casual football fan at best. If he reads your comment, he'll google VT to find a little history on their football team and then reply to you as if he new it all along.

ncvol11 writes:

in response to pingkr62:

This guy continues to impress. Awesome hire...again. G.B.O.!!!

This guy has not coached one game. Continues to impress with a recruiting class that was rated by people who know the SEC as 10th in the league. Maybe his rating system is better than theirs so let see how many games he can win next season and then either be impressed or not so much. My suspicion is that if they do not win as many games as last year the knoxville crowd that never attended one class at UT will be howling.

bigorangesux writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

"Some of the stories may have been embellished, some of the one-liners polished a bit to get maximum laughs from the crowd. And some of the assertions — like the one that quarterback signee Riley Ferguson has lost only two games in his life dating to Pop Warner ball — are difficult to verify."

I see that Mr. Woodberry is beginning to get wise to Jone's tendency to exaggerate.

"Best coaching staff in the USA." "UT was always my dream job." "saw UT play growing up."
"We don't go by stars." "We have our own evaluation system." etc, etc.

B.S. artists are easy to find. Arkansas had one who got caught---but he could recruit and compete with coaches at the highest levels.

At UT maybe it would be a good thing to cut the B.S., stop the exaggerations and just perform.

Next year, if Jones recruits players with lots of stars, or if the class's ranking is high, he'd better not mention it.

He has already painted himself into a corner.
But you can bet that he has always wanted to be in that corner, and it's the best corner in the USA.

Funny last paragraph!! You're correct, stars "won't matter" until they become 4s.

VolGrad writes:

Lots of football and journalism 'spurts on here today. Boy, I bet you all have CBJ really sweating!

Go Vols! Just win!!!

Mboroalum writes:

in response to LCPanthers:

We are going in the rite direction.Next year should be a top ten recruiting class and then we can compete.

It'll be a to 5 class, if he does nothing but sign the former Vols kids. Should be an exciting fall.....and winter.
GBO

6972 writes:

It has been noted many times by many writers that CBJ only had 30 days to recruit. To put that into a little bit of a different perspective, how many us met the love of our life, our wives to be forever more, and sealed the deal in 30 days? I think for real relationships to develop it takes a little time. I see great recruiting days ahead, given a little time. Here's to looking for a great future of recruiting and greater performance. Go Orange!

volthrunthru#658770 writes:

in response to kevininaugustageorgia:

Yeah, you stay after him, bud! Don't let this guy get away with any junk...

The nerve! Actually playing up to the crowd! No other coach or staff in the country would dare do such a thing.

Stay after 'em. Let us know all about these important issues your investigations uncover.

Also, thanks for the comparison to Petrino. Bet the average UT fan has not seen evidence that leads to that conclusion!

UT fans who step up and continually point these things out, help keep our proud program a national leader in college football year after year...

You-hoooo! Pssssst! Kevinnn!!!!Over-Here! Hey, uh, it's safe to take your meds. The asteroid will NOT hit you if you take 'em. Promise.

Listen...nobody said the guy is Petrino, or like Petrino, except both tend to have reporters and fans wondering about some of the stuff they say. But Petrino takes that to a whole other level...or maybe two levels.

And just to help you out... programs that win 11 or 12 games in regular season are national leaders...in one year...or year after year...

Uh...pssssttt! Uh, Kevin...just to help you out...

when was the last time that happened? And...pssst...uh...Kevin...who was head coach then at UT? And, uh...pssstt...Kevin...how many times did that Head Coach do that???

And...psst...uh...Kevin...what did the national leader level leaders of the Athletics Department and University do with that guy, when he was about to turn the corner in a bad year and win eight games????

Here's a clue: they fired him on Homecoming Monday! Guaranteed to make the players do well!

HamilHart type ethics---you know, like either pushing out Pat Summitt or making it look like that was being done. Class leadership all the way. And most fans do not say a word, because it goes right over their head.

That level of fan ignorance would be confused enough to think that the messenger is responsible for the message---

confused enough

to believe that somebody who says the Orange Emperors have not had clothes for several years on Mount Knoxville...

was going to cause irrepairable harm to the naked emperors, who are making Mount Knoxville the laughinstock of the Football Kingdom.

Some fans, thank The Almighty, are smart enough to tell hens from their cackles, cars from the honk of their horns and football performance at UT from fan comments about the lack of that performance.

Just so you can now say you have been told...but that probably was too deep for you...

Please allow me to help you a little further, so you do not shame your homehtown...

it is okay for Secretary Rice to be on the course @ The Masters. You do not have to do anything about it.

It's okay to take down the 1958 calendar...

Promise...

sameolvolalum writes:

I see gay Jeff's back on line. Glenn Fords What? Keep your eyes off mine, Flowers!

kevininaugustageorgia writes:

in response to volthrunthru#658770:

You-hoooo! Pssssst! Kevinnn!!!!Over-Here! Hey, uh, it's safe to take your meds. The asteroid will NOT hit you if you take 'em. Promise.

Listen...nobody said the guy is Petrino, or like Petrino, except both tend to have reporters and fans wondering about some of the stuff they say. But Petrino takes that to a whole other level...or maybe two levels.

And just to help you out... programs that win 11 or 12 games in regular season are national leaders...in one year...or year after year...

Uh...pssssttt! Uh, Kevin...just to help you out...

when was the last time that happened? And...pssst...uh...Kevin...who was head coach then at UT? And, uh...pssstt...Kevin...how many times did that Head Coach do that???

And...psst...uh...Kevin...what did the national leader level leaders of the Athletics Department and University do with that guy, when he was about to turn the corner in a bad year and win eight games????

Here's a clue: they fired him on Homecoming Monday! Guaranteed to make the players do well!

HamilHart type ethics---you know, like either pushing out Pat Summitt or making it look like that was being done. Class leadership all the way. And most fans do not say a word, because it goes right over their head.

That level of fan ignorance would be confused enough to think that the messenger is responsible for the message---

confused enough

to believe that somebody who says the Orange Emperors have not had clothes for several years on Mount Knoxville...

was going to cause irrepairable harm to the naked emperors, who are making Mount Knoxville the laughinstock of the Football Kingdom.

Some fans, thank The Almighty, are smart enough to tell hens from their cackles, cars from the honk of their horns and football performance at UT from fan comments about the lack of that performance.

Just so you can now say you have been told...but that probably was too deep for you...

Please allow me to help you a little further, so you do not shame your homehtown...

it is okay for Secretary Rice to be on the course @ The Masters. You do not have to do anything about it.

It's okay to take down the 1958 calendar...

Promise...

Gee, you wrote a whole book just for me. What can I say except, I'm flattered.

I wont attempt to argue with you on all that, because I frankly don't wont to invest the time.

I will say you absolutely did compare the current coach to Petrino. Even an East Tennessee education (Sweetwater is the hometown, not Augusta) could figure out your comment was meant to compare the two.

"B.S. artists are easy to find. Arkansas had one who got caught". Your quote, not mine.

If those words were not intended to attempt to convey Jones' character is comparable to Petrino, then you need to learn how to write, instead of me to read.

Sorry you didn't like my sarcasim. It is simply my way of making a point about idiotic comments without actually calling the author an idiot.

I judged your comments, not you. You, in turn, write a book to call me a homophobe and / or a racist. Nice.

I'm guessing by your responding by name calling that you are not voting the straight Republican ticket lately. It's ok, nobody is perfect. Have a great day!

sameolvolalum writes:

in response to kevininaugustageorgia:

Gee, you wrote a whole book just for me. What can I say except, I'm flattered.

I wont attempt to argue with you on all that, because I frankly don't wont to invest the time.

I will say you absolutely did compare the current coach to Petrino. Even an East Tennessee education (Sweetwater is the hometown, not Augusta) could figure out your comment was meant to compare the two.

"B.S. artists are easy to find. Arkansas had one who got caught". Your quote, not mine.

If those words were not intended to attempt to convey Jones' character is comparable to Petrino, then you need to learn how to write, instead of me to read.

Sorry you didn't like my sarcasim. It is simply my way of making a point about idiotic comments without actually calling the author an idiot.

I judged your comments, not you. You, in turn, write a book to call me a homophobe and / or a racist. Nice.

I'm guessing by your responding by name calling that you are not voting the straight Republican ticket lately. It's ok, nobody is perfect. Have a great day!

Whoa, Kev! Who got YOUR panties in such a wad? You two need to get a room, or at least find a spot underneath some bleachers to either duke it out or make out. At any rate.........keep it off here.

UTvols33 writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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LOL! You must copy and paste this stuff. Don't you have anything else to contribute or is this all you can get out of that tiny brain?

Snapshot writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

(This comment was removed by the site staff.)

Is it true you are the bitter, less talented brother of legendary Vol Richmond Flowers?

You could at least come up with something new occasionally, instead of the same tired, drivel.

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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Nothing here but Richmond Flowers 0.50..

rb4346 writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Totally agree, the man knows what he is doing..He knows the foundation it takes at the college level, after following Kelly and implementing his own system he's battle tested. I'm just an ex-jock, but when you feel the excitement/electricity he exudes it just feels right with CBJ. I know if I were in that auditorium hearing his initial intro to the team I would have fought ten men after hearing his speech. The man is a motivator and a solid fundamental fb coach. CBJ just feels right, and seems right at home at UT..Keep up the great work coach..

Great post. I think the players are excited and chomping at the bit to play football, ready to show the fans that last year is a bad memory. I think even the trolls will be excited about your post, that is if they can comprehend what you said. CBJ will have the Vols playing like the old Vols, I think he is a winner. It may take a couple of years but he will get us there. Who do you feel will be the starting QB and do you feel the quarterbacks we have will have the mobility and speed to run CBJ's system. GBO!!!!

rb4346 writes:

in response to kevininaugustageorgia:

Yeah, you stay after him, bud! Don't let this guy get away with any junk...

The nerve! Actually playing up to the crowd! No other coach or staff in the country would dare do such a thing.

Stay after 'em. Let us know all about these important issues your investigations uncover.

Also, thanks for the comparison to Petrino. Bet the average UT fan has not seen evidence that leads to that conclusion!

UT fans who step up and continually point these things out, help keep our proud program a national leader in college football year after year...

Agree with you, some of these so called fans need to stick their heads back in the sand.

rb4346 writes:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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You need to take a couple of valiums. Idiot!

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