Tim Spencer interviews for Vols' running back job

Former Chicago Bears assistant Tim Spencer interviewed for the Tennessee running backs job this week, a UT athletic department source familiar with the search told the News Sentinel on Wednesday.

Coach Butch Jones is searching for a replacement for Jay Graham, who left Monday to join the Florida State staff. FSU has yet to officially confirm Graham’s hiring or his role on the team.

Spencer, 52, spent the last nine seasons as running backs coach for the Bears. Before that, he spent 10 seasons as an assistant at Ohio State, coaching under John Cooper and Jim Tressel.

The source, who requested anonymity because the search is still ongoing, said at least one other candidate would interview this week.

The remaining candidates are currently employed coaches. Former Tennessee and Auburn assistant Trooper Taylor is not a candidate for the job, the source said.

Spencer was a star running back at Ohio State who went on to a 10-year career in the USFL and NFL. Spencer has two links to Jones from his time in Chicago, where he worked with Mike Bajakian, UT’s current offensive coordinator, and Mike DeBord, a former head coach at Central Michigan who is close to Jones and many of his staff members.

Spencer was not retained by new Bears coach Marc Trestman, who replaced the fired Lovie Smith.

UT starts spring practice on March 9, and is likely to have the new coach on board by then. But there are several contingency plans in the event of a delay. Tight ends coach Mark Elder has coached running backs in the past, and the Vols have several graduate assistants and interns who could be temporarily authorized to fill the ninth on-field coaching slot.

Graham, a former Tennessee running back, was slated to make $265,000 in 2013. At Florida State he’ll be reunited with Randy Sanders, a former UT player and longtime assistant coach who served as Graham’s position coach in college. FSU’s staff also includes defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri, who was UT’s defensive coordinator in 2012.

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

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Nighthawk writes:

Can he recruit?

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

I seem to remember some darn good RB's at OSU/Chicago while this guy was RBC..Sounds like CBJ is taking this hire as serious as a coordinator gig..

eVOLved writes:

Shouldn't getting the Bears RB coach be good? Jason Whitlock is right about shamatuerism, because the NCAA and the NFL trade coaches.

SummittsCourt writes:

So glad trooper taylor is not a candidate!

tnsportsman writes:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

FEARinSEC writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

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tnsportsman writes:

in response to FEARinSEC:

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Yes First Hand Information! Email or call AD Dave Hart. Was in LA, CA few weeks ago at a function Tee attended. It's very well documented concerning that SOB Jimmy Cheek Rules at UTK!

GO VOLS!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

So glad trooper taylor is not a candidate!

Same here. Who in their right mind would hire a grown man who ALWAYS has his baseball cap on backwards. I wonder if he sleeps and showers with that stupid cap! G.B.O.!!!

volforeverandever writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

So glad trooper taylor is not a candidate!

Agreed

olecountryboy writes:

Yes please. Spencer would be a great addition to the vols staff. Jad College experience and NFL experience.

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I seem to remember some darn good RB's at OSU/Chicago while this guy was RBC..Sounds like CBJ is taking this hire as serious as a coordinator gig..

Yes sir. He coached Eddie George and Maurice Clarett at OSU. He coached Thomas Jones, Matt Forte, and Michael Bush in Chicago. Very, very good football coach. I really like the fact that he's not moved around much, he seems loyal.

Basketvol writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

Cheek was booed loudly at TBA last night when his face came up on the big screen on some sort of ad. This happened repeatedly, at "home." This speaks volumes.

creekroad writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

So glad trooper taylor is not a candidate!

Amen!

BIVOLAR_BEARE writes:

in response to Rich_Is_Re-born:

Yes sir. He coached Eddie George and Maurice Clarett at OSU. He coached Thomas Jones, Matt Forte, and Michael Bush in Chicago. Very, very good football coach. I really like the fact that he's not moved around much, he seems loyal.

Beanie Wells wasn't too shabby either, and there was Bennett from Texas in the backfield with Forte as well..

pingkr62 writes:

in response to Nighthawk:

Can he recruit?

Being an NFL assistant can't hurt. G.B.O.!!!

GerryOP writes:

in response to Johnny_Aint_No_Del_Shofner:

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What screen name did you go by before you adopted this one? All you do is get on here like a butt-hurt-little-kid and rant and whine about everything Vol. You're probably some dork that graduated number two in your class of two at East Fumbuck Hollar Middle School and you're all POed because UT won't let you set foot on campus unless you're wearing a janitor's uniform.

YOU are an embarrassment to MY University. Just ... be ... freakin' ... gone.

SeaBassHauling writes:

in response to GerryOP:

What screen name did you go by before you adopted this one? All you do is get on here like a butt-hurt-little-kid and rant and whine about everything Vol. You're probably some dork that graduated number two in your class of two at East Fumbuck Hollar Middle School and you're all POed because UT won't let you set foot on campus unless you're wearing a janitor's uniform.

YOU are an embarrassment to MY University. Just ... be ... freakin' ... gone.

I'm sorry but besides how he worded it with it sounding in anger.....where is he wrong...? Pretty much straight on about what's being talked about....!

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to GerryOP:

What screen name did you go by before you adopted this one? All you do is get on here like a butt-hurt-little-kid and rant and whine about everything Vol. You're probably some dork that graduated number two in your class of two at East Fumbuck Hollar Middle School and you're all POed because UT won't let you set foot on campus unless you're wearing a janitor's uniform.

YOU are an embarrassment to MY University. Just ... be ... freakin' ... gone.

He's had many but his latest name was GleenFordsFoible, Dooley obsessed old man

traderjoe writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

Sounds like a plan. Is Cheek just power hungary, anal, or stupid? Inquiring minds would like to know.

utvolfan1955 writes:

in response to utvolfan1955:

He's had many but his latest name was GleenFordsFoible, Dooley obsessed old man

GlennFordsFoible at any rate a po chit

ivyvol writes:

in response to creekroad:

Amen!

If Trooper Taylor were so good he already would be on Saban's staff.

GerryOP writes:

in response to utvolfan1955:

He's had many but his latest name was GleenFordsFoible, Dooley obsessed old man

Thanks! I knew his ranting drivel sounded familiar. So, I guess it's the SOS with a different screen name. ETTPT for sure.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

You publish these lies under a number of names. But no matter what name you use the result is the same. BS. Once again I will ask you to name one player in the last 20 years that was refused admittance to UT and signed with another SEC team. Now I can name you a player that was denied by Florida and signed by UT, Omari Phillips. So name one or STFU

GerryOP writes:

in response to SeaBassHauling:

I'm sorry but besides how he worded it with it sounding in anger.....where is he wrong...? Pretty much straight on about what's being talked about....!

You should have ended your post after the first two words. Talked about where? Around the burn barrel under the I-40 bridge over Western Avenue?

tree_em_smokey writes:

Ya but hires like these seldom work out as he will most likely get a better offer in the next year or two. Either another NFL gig or a college he attended or a school that is closer to where he would prefer living or has family etc. Hope I'm wrong. GBO!!!

springtx_vol writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

If I understand the premise of the second paragraph, you are infering that no other school in Div 1 (FBS) refuses players that the NCAA has cleared. If that is correct, you are sorely misinformed. We had a recruit last year (Philips) that UF would not let in due to their standards over the NCAA standards. In fact, there are LOTS of schools that have higher standards (Notre Dame, Stanford, Geargia Tech to name a few, and Ga Tech is a public institute, so don't go there).

If I remember correctly, I believe that the SEC has a policy of not allowing partial qualifiers anymore. One of the reason that Spurrier gave for leaving UF was that he was tired of having recruits turned away and ending up playing them while they were at FSU or Oklahoma.

This policy hasn't seemed to hurt the rest of the SEC, don't blame it on Cheeks.

GBO

frblalack writes:

I have complete confidence in Coach Butch Jones & his staff to come up with our best option for running backs coach. Coach Butch has been ostracized for keeping his staff together...which is about the stupidest criticism I've ever heard. First of all his "team of coaches have been wildly successful" and secondly isn't there a huge benefit to continuity and mutual respect and communication between our staff members? I am extremely proud of the way Coach Butch has represented the University, and the best is yet to come. Whomever is selected for running backs coach should be a team player along the lines of our current coaches. I can't wait for the greatest era of Tennessee football in this modern day environment to surface. Loyalty & dedication without the ego will translate to our team & make our team great going forward!

All Vols - Vol for Life - Big Orange Forever - Annd pleaaase don't mess with the Orange & White...that's our team colors & should remain that way forever. We are Tennessee...Orange & White...we don't need to emulate Oregon or any other fancy trendy here today gone tomorrow color schemes. Our uniforms should be Orange & White!!!

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

Just go away. STFU and go away. You are done, right? Good.

OR...embrace the positive and stop spewing the vitriol. Jay Graham is gone. So what? Coach Jones is finding us a very good replacement. Tee Martin didnt come here. So what? He couldnt hang on to his reruits while at USC, so what makes you think he would work wonders here?

Love Tennessee unconditionally. Otherwise, take your money and go somewhere else.

By the way, we as VolNation HAVE wised up...to antics like yours.

volfaninutah writes:

Would be a great pickup. Has all the ties... NFL and the current staff. HE has worked with some studs along the way. Could slide in for an easy transition.

rb4346 writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

Agree with you. Why is it that they continue to let Jimmy Cheek get away with his policy on this, does he not see or care about what he is doing to the VOLS. They are having enough problems getting their share of the better recruits and this makes it even harder. If the VOLS were winning (which they will) they are still at a disadvantage with this stupidity of Cheeks. It almost seems like he doesn't care one way or the other, just sitting there and collecting his overpaid salary. Wake up Cheeks. GBO!

Volunatic writes:

in response to budd#207344:

You publish these lies under a number of names. But no matter what name you use the result is the same. BS. Once again I will ask you to name one player in the last 20 years that was refused admittance to UT and signed with another SEC team. Now I can name you a player that was denied by Florida and signed by UT, Omari Phillips. So name one or STFU

Facts are inconvenient in the context of rants.

nocleats writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

ABSOLUTELy CORRECT!!!!!!!
Cheek needs to be "removed"

CarlChilders writes:

In response to Tnsportsman: "I love Tennessee. Revolt now!"

Now that's a zinger!

Couchdummy writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

So glad trooper taylor is not a candidate!

I second that!

Tennfan4075 writes:

Coaching running backs is not rocket science, if you recruit the top players and so far I see very little indication anyone on the Vol staff can recruit top SEC caliber players. I may be wrong but unfortunately only another 2-3 years of wait and see will determine where the program stands and this could mean a decade of ineptness. The constant turmoil is really unsettling and hard to believe enough quality players with options from quality programs will except the Vol offer.

Mboroalum writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

So glad trooper taylor is not a candidate!

If we ever need a "chest bump coach", Troopers the man. But beyond that.......Nah.

BigBadVol writes:

in response to SummittsCourt:

So glad trooper taylor is not a candidate!

Me too! That guy is nothing but trouble.

Ayres_Hall writes:

I've never heard of Tim Spencer. His background sounds good. But does he meet John Adams' only requirement?

Banner writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

Let's get a clue. CBJ wouldn't have taken the job if he couldn't get his recruits in. That conversation took place within 15 minutes of the initial interview. There may be a procedure with admissions but that doesn't mean they can't get their recruits in to school. Have you seen the tweets or interviews with current Vol players? Do you think they could have been admitted to UT without being an athlete?

SCVFL writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

Could you substantiate your claim with at least one example of the VOLS losing a recruit because of Cheek's "extra" rules???
I seem to recall the VOLS picking up a recruit last year that passed NCAA Clearance, but was still refused admittance to Florida, but I cannot recall one that went the other way.
CBJ has not even in a practice session yet and already there is a group of you that want to do nothing but blast him and his staff.
I do not know if he is our "savior" or not, but he comes with a much better resume than the last coach. Is it possible for the VolNation to get behind CBJ and support him at least through next December to see what might take place?

All though I am growing sick of the VFL "thing" that CDD started, especially with some of the former players/coaches, I am and have been a VOL FAN for LIFE = VFL.
GO BIG RNG...VFL

tnsportsman writes:

in response to Basketvol:

Cheek was booed loudly at TBA last night when his face came up on the big screen on some sort of ad. This happened repeatedly, at "home." This speaks volumes.

Yes I know, most VOLS know about Booger Nose Cheek! But we need more Donors and Ticket Holders to boycott until Cheek is gone! His rules are KILLING UT in recruiting!

GO VOLS ALWAYS!

laraccoon writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

Coaching running backs is not rocket science, if you recruit the top players and so far I see very little indication anyone on the Vol staff can recruit top SEC caliber players. I may be wrong but unfortunately only another 2-3 years of wait and see will determine where the program stands and this could mean a decade of ineptness. The constant turmoil is really unsettling and hard to believe enough quality players with options from quality programs will except the Vol offer.

Jones and his staff were introduced to this mess , they did not create it.if you thought they were going to walk in and in approx. 30 days convince a bunch of 5 star players to sign on the dotted line , with the string of lousy seasons the Vols have strung out i think your missing a few sandwiches in your picnic basket . UT needs to win on the field first , and the coaches need time to build relationships with kids and their parents before kids want to call Knoxville home for their college experience .That my frind is not rocket science either !

tnsportsman writes:

in response to SCVFL:

Could you substantiate your claim with at least one example of the VOLS losing a recruit because of Cheek's "extra" rules???
I seem to recall the VOLS picking up a recruit last year that passed NCAA Clearance, but was still refused admittance to Florida, but I cannot recall one that went the other way.
CBJ has not even in a practice session yet and already there is a group of you that want to do nothing but blast him and his staff.
I do not know if he is our "savior" or not, but he comes with a much better resume than the last coach. Is it possible for the VolNation to get behind CBJ and support him at least through next December to see what might take place?

All though I am growing sick of the VFL "thing" that CDD started, especially with some of the former players/coaches, I am and have been a VOL FAN for LIFE = VFL.
GO BIG RNG...VFL

Understand the Cheek Rules! The "Extra Approval Rule" comes after a recruit has signed the NOI.

As Tee Martin told Dave Hart about these rules, 'I will get killed on the recruiting trail by all the other schools, They will tell Recruits, you are not guaranteed entrance at Tennessee'

Tee told his wife on the plane to Knoxville, 'call the movers today, we are not going back to LA' SO What Happened?, Dave Hart told him the Cheek Rule may never go away, all this from Tee.

THINK, if a 5 star RB who has OUR VOLS on the short list, along with OSU and AL, is being told by Saban and Meyer you risk not getting in UT, what do you think will happen? LOL, Simple Math, Don't Need A Rock To Fall On Me! Seems Jay Graham wanted to dodge rocks too, at FSU!

And by the way, CBJ would have taken OUR VOLS Job if Neyland was burning down in front of him!

I will support Butch and TENNESSEE forever! BUT WE need to go after Cheek HARD!

FIRE JIMMY CHEEK VOLS!

dakota10902 writes:

in response to Tennfan4075:

Coaching running backs is not rocket science, if you recruit the top players and so far I see very little indication anyone on the Vol staff can recruit top SEC caliber players. I may be wrong but unfortunately only another 2-3 years of wait and see will determine where the program stands and this could mean a decade of ineptness. The constant turmoil is really unsettling and hard to believe enough quality players with options from quality programs will except the Vol offer.

I do not understand why everyone is saying a decade and not three years. I believe in CBJ. I like the fact he has kept his staff together. I like the fact he has been successful everywhere he has been. It seems to me that he has a recipe for success, he seems competitive. It appears he wants to be here and turn this thing around. He appears to be a Leader, not only to the players, but to his staff as well, which I think is just as important as anything. I believe he will be strategic in his recruiting, and get the player's he needs to compete. I have been saying there is always next year, and I am sick of doing it just like the rest of you, but I do not think that pessimistic views are going to help anything. We needed a change we got it. Let's see what happens.

budd#207344 writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Understand the Cheek Rules! The "Extra Approval Rule" comes after a recruit has signed the NOI.

As Tee Martin told Dave Hart about these rules, 'I will get killed on the recruiting trail by all the other schools, They will tell Recruits, you are not guaranteed entrance at Tennessee'

Tee told his wife on the plane to Knoxville, 'call the movers today, we are not going back to LA' SO What Happened?, Dave Hart told him the Cheek Rule may never go away, all this from Tee.

THINK, if a 5 star RB who has OUR VOLS on the short list, along with OSU and AL, is being told by Saban and Meyer you risk not getting in UT, what do you think will happen? LOL, Simple Math, Don't Need A Rock To Fall On Me! Seems Jay Graham wanted to dodge rocks too, at FSU!

And by the way, CBJ would have taken OUR VOLS Job if Neyland was burning down in front of him!

I will support Butch and TENNESSEE forever! BUT WE need to go after Cheek HARD!

FIRE JIMMY CHEEK VOLS!

I have figured it out now. You are not a Tennessee fan. The tip came when you said that this review takes place after the NOI is signed. No UT fan would be such a stupid D****bag to think you could deny someone a scholarship after they have signed the NOI.So with that level of ignorance I can only guess you are either a barking fool from jawja or a gay turd from flowada. Thanks for clearing that up.

Olddogsrule writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

When you fell out of the Stupid Tree you hit every branch on the way down.

You come on here spewing hate. (branch one)

You come on here and visciously attack fans of good will for supporting the Volunteers. (branch two & etc)

You come on here expecting people to believe no one but a Tennessee graduate, or someone with 'Tennessee Ties" is worthy of holding any position in the whole organization.
You come on here ranting and raving and provide no real proof of anything. You howl, "Someone said to me such and such". Or "You were told yada yada yada same 'ol shiss, yada yada" by yourself-(buncha branches because you have NO credibility and we're getting into the bigger stoopid tree branches now) that something is so.

Do you not realize that your very demeanor and tone and lack of providing links to verifible truth renders you without credibility?

(See top of the post-repeat as often as necessary until you come to understand you are not believable because of your relational ineptitude and lack of understanding of the rules of rhetoric in convincing others of a logical position)

What I'm saying is you come across as a raving fool.

Calm dowm, make a list of your grievances, take out any and every inflamatory word. Provide credible verifiable links to your positions. And expect most people to pretty much still pass your posts on by, or ... read your post to have another hoot at the lunatic. It will take a lot of time, but you can build a little crediblity; respect, though, is questionable.

Try doing it like this.

Current high school freshmen have to prepare themselves for the fact that in August 2016 the NCAA GPA admission requirement goes from the current 2.0 up to 2.3. Also, the college entrance exam scores for the SAT and ACT inversely increase on a sliding scale. This will require a higher exam score the lower the GPA.

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/p...

Current scholarship athletes have to meet the NCAA Academic Progress Rating (APR) which is already in place and noncomplying schools have already been hit with loss of practice time and postseason bans.

http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/p...

Seems the UT administration is getting a jump on the new standards. It seems that by putting higher academic standards in place the athletic dept can be hit with the new NCAA standards without a hitch. No bumps, no bruises. It seems the program will have an easier time of keeping current athletes eligible, and not losing a key player to grades. It seems UT should have no problems with APR, never lose practice time and always be eligible for postseason play. So ...

What's your problem with that. And try real hard to be civil from now on. I will too.

Pompey writes:

....until those responsible for oversight of the athletic department for the past few years are brought into accountability Tennessee will continue to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic....!

rtrchatt writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Understand the Cheek Rules! The "Extra Approval Rule" comes after a recruit has signed the NOI.

As Tee Martin told Dave Hart about these rules, 'I will get killed on the recruiting trail by all the other schools, They will tell Recruits, you are not guaranteed entrance at Tennessee'

Tee told his wife on the plane to Knoxville, 'call the movers today, we are not going back to LA' SO What Happened?, Dave Hart told him the Cheek Rule may never go away, all this from Tee.

THINK, if a 5 star RB who has OUR VOLS on the short list, along with OSU and AL, is being told by Saban and Meyer you risk not getting in UT, what do you think will happen? LOL, Simple Math, Don't Need A Rock To Fall On Me! Seems Jay Graham wanted to dodge rocks too, at FSU!

And by the way, CBJ would have taken OUR VOLS Job if Neyland was burning down in front of him!

I will support Butch and TENNESSEE forever! BUT WE need to go after Cheek HARD!

FIRE JIMMY CHEEK VOLS!

All Saban tells a RB recruit is Ingram, Richardson, Lacy, Yeldon and our way will lead you to the NFL IF you put in the work. UT with their 28 wins the last 5 yrs and 6 straight losses to Bama by an average of 24 pts is not a factor Skippy. EXCUSES are always a big part of MEDIOCRITY......

UTvols33 writes:

Whoever they hire, good luck!

GO VOLS! BEAT FLORIDA!

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