Time was needed for Vols to build chemistry without Jeronne Maymon

UT gradually learned how to play minus star

Tennessee's Jeronne Maymon leads teammates in a pre-game huddle before the matchup against Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee's Jeronne Maymon leads teammates in a pre-game huddle before the matchup against Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Standing in Gate B of Milan Airport, Jeronne Maymon leaned back against a wall. A tranquil Italian voice was the lone background noise.

“Si prega di non lasciare il bagaglio incustodito.”

Please do not leave your bags unattended.

Dreading the 10-hour flight ahead, Maymon was asked to reflect on the 10 days behind.

“This set the tone for the whole season,” the Tennessee senior said.

That was seven months ago, on Aug. 15, back when UT’s season was a hopeful nugget, dangling in the distance.

The cord was cut last week. A 75-67 loss to Mercer in the first round of the NIT is the postscript to a campaign that began with an exhibition tour of Italy, traveled to an in-season tournament in Puerto Rico, dropped down low, came back up and finished with a whimper.

The loss to Mercer was preceded by an SEC tournament loss to Alabama that ultimately popped the Vols’ NCAA tournament bubble.

A 20-13 record is in the books.

The aforementioned Maymon — the top Vol who appeared on billboards in Knoxville and in ads in this newspaper — never played a minute.

“Of course with Jeronne we’re a better team, but without him I thought we did some really good things once our guys realized certain guys had to step up,” UT coach Cuonzo Martin said Friday.

If the trip abroad set the tone to 2012-13, Maymon’s injured knee, which loitered like a teenager at the mall, was the year’s bass drum.

It dictated everything.

The news came prior to a preseason scrimmage at Georgia Tech in late October. Martin announced Maymon, who underwent microscopic knee surgery after the 2011-12 season to address a torn meniscus and briefly played in two of UT’s four games in Italy, would start the season on the sideline. There had been a setback, Martin explained, but the preseason second-team All-SEC selection was “obviously not lost for the season.”

Maymon most certainly was and, in hindsight, his absence sawed the season in half. On one side, reality said the Vols couldn’t reach full potential. On the other, the void opened the door for some Vols to dictate their own importance.

On Jan. 6, the program put Maymon’s season in a storage locker. A medical redshirt retained his final year of eligibility, allowing him to postpone his final season to 2013-14.

The unwanted news hammered a banged-up program. There was, though, at last a sense of clarity. The Vols not only struggled playing without Maymon, but also struggled to grasp when, or if, he would return. Seasons can’t be played in limbo.

“Every guy was expected to do his part, but then we lost a big part that we were expecting to do certain things,” Martin said. “Then you have to make adjustments, but while you’re making adjustments, you’re playing against good teams. You’re still playing Oklahoma State and going to Georgetown and Virginia while you’re trying to figure it out. It’s not like we knew early, ‘OK, Jeronne is out for the year.’ ”

Martin added that, “Jeronne Maymon wasn’t the reason we started slow —we needed to get it done,” but stars aren’t replaced like water filters.

The trickle-down effect drenched everyone. Jarnell Stokes had to learn to play through double-teams and rebound without his 6-foot-7, 260-pound frontcourt mate. Jordan McRae had to grow into a leading scorer capable of playing 36, 37, 38 minutes per game. Trae Golden’s importance was ratcheted up. Some role players were forced to play out of position.

Eventually things were figured out.

“Chemistry as a team propelled us to win eight out of nine,” Martin said. “They could have let it gone south. But they didn’t. They gelled.”

Though Maymon never played, expectations for the Vols scarcely changed. It was NCAA tournament or bust.

In the end, a Tennessee team picked to finish fourth in the SEC preseason poll — under the assumption Maymon would play — instead finished fifth without him.

“I don’t think that that’s probably talked about enough,” Martin said.

So now the focus shifts to next year, Martin’s third on Rocky Top. He said Maymon is pain free in workouts, adding, “If you look at his body, it’s probably better than when he was playing.”

“I project him to be in the starting lineup next year,” Martin said, before dropping this caveat, “barring any major injuries.”

That will set the tone for 2013-14.

Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men’s basketball. Follow him at Twitter.com/BFQuinn.

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FeelVol writes:

And I for one will have my season tickets,looking forward to it.

TheSmokyMountainThatRides writes:

i dunno. i don't want to hear that one player that wasn't there the WHOLE season was an issue. good teams fight through it. why have i been hearing excuses recently. good season. not good enought though. it should always be ncaa or bust. that's what winning programs do. if not? then lower the cost of my 3 season tickets and i'll be content with 1st round nit failures. gbo.

rockypop writes:

The concern I have with this team is that they are by college standards today, a veteran team - starting two seniors, two juniors and one super-hyped sophomore. And, they are all playing in their second season under the same coach.

In spite of having to play without Maymon, they seemed to be way too delicate to have sustained any consistency. I can't buy the argument that they needed more time to "gel."

Case in point - Kentucky's teams for the last three years. Yeah, we all hate Cal, yada, yada, yada, but when you can bring in brand new FRESHMEN teams every year and do progressively better in the tournament until in your third year, you win it all with basically a team of freshmen, then that tells me you ought to be able to get a group of guys on the same page who have been with the program at least two years.

There's no doubt that Martin's biggest challenge is recruiting. He's got one more year with Pearl's best recruits, and then he's on his own. And, it doesn't look promising. He needs to make a statement next year, because UT could be returning one of the most talented and experienced teams in the conference (although minus the depth).

Hubbs will be under considerable pressure to contribute right away, and the veterans will absolutely HAVE to perform consistently. Then Martin better find the new McCraes, Goldens, Maymons and Stokes. And, find them in a hurry.

totoiv writes:

I don't buy the article. Last year when Stokes arrived mid-season the chemistry of the team seemed immediate. I think Martin has shown his team's get off to a slow start. He needs to work on that. Key losses at the beginning of both years have cost the Vols dearly. I also now second guess Coach Martin having McCrae coming off the bench as the sixth player for the first part of the season. How did the Coach mis-judge the runner-up to SEC player of the year. And, I loved McBee, but allowing him to play through his elbow injury cost the team. Then, finally, if they don't figure out how to handle the pick-and-roll we can have a great team, but won't go too far. I guess having Maymon in the paint will help.

pcorange writes:

I don't even know what to say. Should not have been beaten by Mercer after making a big deal about the NCAA dis. Maybe Maymon will make all the difference. I hope so.

movinonup writes:

Gee, Harvard's co-captains both got kicked off team at the first of this year.....jus sayin

eduardo writes:

damage control! Sorry but this coach aint got it! Should have hired Gregg Marshall when they had the chance! Look what he has done at Winthrop and now Wichita St.!!!!

JimmyJoe writes:

I don't see how not having maymon for the whole year affected their ability to win games in March... And what is CCM talking about when he says that wasn't talked about enough? They didn't get it done... the NCAA tourn. is full of mid major programs that did get it done... And coaches that get the very best out of their players... That's why we are here with more excuses than wins... CCM doesn't need to worry about excuses and what is or isn't being talked about...he needs to learn how and when to use a zone defense...

BillsBrother writes:

I guess excuses are one of the differences between rebuilding and reloading.

flatrock writes:

Wow! Losing your leading scorer, leading rebounder, emotional rock doesn't impact a team?

usafvol writes:

I don't think chemistry had much to do with the horrid shooting percentage in the last two games..

manoffewwords writes:

Everyone knows CCM is a good man . UT Chattanooga
has a head coaching job open and they need a good man. BBB now!

willphill#241787 writes:

Let the excuses begin.

jmaples54 writes:

weak link on this team was golden. disappeared for whole games on offense. defensive liability. no consistent leadership. cuonzo has to light his fire or replace him.

arkyvol writes:

straight cop out. like saying the football team would fall apart when peyton graduated. as eastwood was fond of saying in 'heartbreak ridge', when things change, you adapt.

TheRealDragonSlayer writes:

in response to eduardo:

damage control! Sorry but this coach aint got it! Should have hired Gregg Marshall when they had the chance! Look what he has done at Winthrop and now Wichita St.!!!!

We beat Wichita St this season. Were you talking when that happened too? Or are you the typical troll that suddenly gets a big voice after the season ends? Its easy to sit behind a computer and type away. Next season, when we have a killer team and a great season, I will be watching these boards to see if you make a lot of noise in support...and if you do, I will call you out every time as a pretender and bandwagoner.

johnlg00 writes:

Well, again, while the tone of many of the comments lately is overly negative, IMHO, there is reason to wonder why it took so long for the team to learn to play without Maymon. That said, a basketball team is a very fragile creation. Comparisons with football are not really applicable here. Each player has so much more impact on a basketball team than even a good QB has on a football team. If the parts don't function together, they can't beat anybody. Team chemistry is a very real thing, and simply combining a bunch of random elements doesn't automatically create a useful compound. Look at UK this year, even WITH Noel. No question the team was slow to adapt to Maymon's loss and CCM bears some responsibility for that, but Maymon was the catalyst that allowed the team to come together.

RememberWhen writes:

in response to rockypop:

The concern I have with this team is that they are by college standards today, a veteran team - starting two seniors, two juniors and one super-hyped sophomore. And, they are all playing in their second season under the same coach.

In spite of having to play without Maymon, they seemed to be way too delicate to have sustained any consistency. I can't buy the argument that they needed more time to "gel."

Case in point - Kentucky's teams for the last three years. Yeah, we all hate Cal, yada, yada, yada, but when you can bring in brand new FRESHMEN teams every year and do progressively better in the tournament until in your third year, you win it all with basically a team of freshmen, then that tells me you ought to be able to get a group of guys on the same page who have been with the program at least two years.

There's no doubt that Martin's biggest challenge is recruiting. He's got one more year with Pearl's best recruits, and then he's on his own. And, it doesn't look promising. He needs to make a statement next year, because UT could be returning one of the most talented and experienced teams in the conference (although minus the depth).

Hubbs will be under considerable pressure to contribute right away, and the veterans will absolutely HAVE to perform consistently. Then Martin better find the new McCraes, Goldens, Maymons and Stokes. And, find them in a hurry.

careful there cowboy...too much truth will get you banned from here...or at least called a troll!

Witch_Doctors writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Well, again, while the tone of many of the comments lately is overly negative, IMHO, there is reason to wonder why it took so long for the team to learn to play without Maymon. That said, a basketball team is a very fragile creation. Comparisons with football are not really applicable here. Each player has so much more impact on a basketball team than even a good QB has on a football team. If the parts don't function together, they can't beat anybody. Team chemistry is a very real thing, and simply combining a bunch of random elements doesn't automatically create a useful compound. Look at UK this year, even WITH Noel. No question the team was slow to adapt to Maymon's loss and CCM bears some responsibility for that, but Maymon was the catalyst that allowed the team to come together.

Witch Doctor say not to worry too much about the negative comments as you can easily spot..most are from the same person with a couple different logins. lol.
Bones never lie.

gillblog writes:

At the risk of sounding hopelessly negative about UT bb, I have to say that after watching Memphis vs. Mich St yesterday it seems clear the Vols as currently structured will never be able to advance very deep into an NCAA tourney.

I don't believe I have ever seen such speed, precise quickness, power and scoring ability maintained essentially the entire game as I saw in that game. And, I am certain I've never seen that kind of performance in any Vol bb team over the past 5 years.

smokeygrowl writes:

Martin said the team gelled to win 8 of last 9 but the fact remains that they choked in SEC tourney. I dont give a phooey about the NIT. I played hard if it was a pick up game out in the yard but kids today don't. They should have been pissed that they were playing Mercer and beat the hell out of them but they didn't. Really who cares bout NIT though we missed the dance We likely would have made the tourney with Maymon.We will see next year ther wil be no excuses barring major injury lol

Pompey writes:

...Dooley's "final exam" came in the 2012 season...Martin's will be given in 2013/14...we shall see.

If Martin doesn't pass Greg Marshall is my pick for replacement....!

VolunteerLifer writes:

I believe with Maymon playing we would have made the dance, and not on the bubble. After all, we were only one quality win away, and surely he would have made the diff in one of those losses. But we wouldn't have gone far in the big tourney, because our point guard play is so inconsistent.

Assuming no one goes NBA, and barring major injury, next year's team should be loaded with experience and talent. But its ultimate accomplishments will depend on the improvement of the point guard position. We should make the dance easily, but if point guard play doesn't improve a lot, we won't go far.

As for Martin, he has two campaigns with mixed results under his belt. Being his first year, the first campaign was positive. Losing Maymon spoiled his second season, no doubt. You had top like how both teams jelled late and made a run, but on the flip side, I am very disappointed in the no-shows in all of the league and NIT tourneys his teams have played in. I don't understand how the momentum they built going into the league tourneys simply ended like that, and I don't understand how they could then turn in terrible performances in NIT games on their own home court. It's a mystery that hopefully will be figured out for the best next season.

mocsandvolsfan writes:

There's one player I'd take out of the starting lineup right away. We need a dependable ball handler. Also someone to get the ball in the right places at the right time. AND especially some one who can defend a ball screen. At least someone to replace this person on court when they go sour for key minutes in the must win games. I hope this young man really takes his failures to heart this summer. Honestly I haven't trusted this player for two years now and I believe is the cause of many of our bad games. When he was on no one could beat us. When he was off no one could lose to us. He needs to seriously learn to defend the ball screen and to seriously learn to distribute the ball. Martin I hope will teach us to get the ball upcourt too. OR we could replace this person with a ball player that plays hard all the time AND knows how.

That said I understand having a bad night. Next year maybe the newbs can fill in a little??better. Mr. Thompson?? Hubbs?

Also Coach? Play the players that play well in the games and not just the ones who practice well?? It seems you do that sometimes. I don't know really. Teach your players to stay with what's working also. Too often we'd get something going and then we quit. I know partly the defense adjusted to us. But sometimes you have to let a player have a good game and not worry about it. DON'T take them out when they got it goin'.

OK I let some things out.

O man the negativity!!!

FeelVol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Well, again, while the tone of many of the comments lately is overly negative, IMHO, there is reason to wonder why it took so long for the team to learn to play without Maymon. That said, a basketball team is a very fragile creation. Comparisons with football are not really applicable here. Each player has so much more impact on a basketball team than even a good QB has on a football team. If the parts don't function together, they can't beat anybody. Team chemistry is a very real thing, and simply combining a bunch of random elements doesn't automatically create a useful compound. Look at UK this year, even WITH Noel. No question the team was slow to adapt to Maymon's loss and CCM bears some responsibility for that, but Maymon was the catalyst that allowed the team to come together.

Thanks John and well said as always by a true Vol fan.

murrayvol writes:

in response to johnlg00:

Well, again, while the tone of many of the comments lately is overly negative, IMHO, there is reason to wonder why it took so long for the team to learn to play without Maymon. That said, a basketball team is a very fragile creation. Comparisons with football are not really applicable here. Each player has so much more impact on a basketball team than even a good QB has on a football team. If the parts don't function together, they can't beat anybody. Team chemistry is a very real thing, and simply combining a bunch of random elements doesn't automatically create a useful compound. Look at UK this year, even WITH Noel. No question the team was slow to adapt to Maymon's loss and CCM bears some responsibility for that, but Maymon was the catalyst that allowed the team to come together.

Well said. And teams without effective (and consistent) point guard play are lost on offense and defense. Golden's problem at the point is he can give you a great game or he can be a liability on both ends.

I challenge anyone to name a team still playing in the Tourney w/o a quality point guard.

gillblog writes:

It's an old axiom, point guards win tournaments. But, there is also the issue of quickness and team speed, something this year's Vols could not sustain. John Wooden always said, 'be quick, but don't be in a hurry.'

Contrary to others here, I believe Golden has the ability to be a tourney-level point guard. But, the team around him has had too much influence on his own play. When they slow down, he seems to follow the trend. If CCM could work the hesitancy out of his movements and decisions, I think Golden could play at tourney standards. The rest of the team must work on timing, coordination, consistancy, and sustained effort.

BxVol writes:

Coach Martin has done a good, not great job as coach of the Vols.I entered UT as a freshman in 1967 so I was around for the Mears era, and in all that time to the present I feel we have had two great coaches, Ray Mears and Bruce Pearl.Coach Pearl would be a tough act for anyone to follow considering all he did to make the Volunteers a program to be feared on the national level.
Next season we will have a team that very well may be preseason ranked in the top 25.Hopefully next season we will go far into the Big Dance.It seems like recruiting is on the uptick so here`s hoping that next season is when the Vol return to national prominence under Coach Martin.

jt45 writes:

I just hope we are not saying (maybe next season) after next season. Vols fans have seen and heard enough of that in both FB and BB the last few years. Im optimistic the talent we have coming in is better than what we have had lately. Quickness and ball handling have been the Achilles heal of this group since game one and every team that had those two attributes was able to beat us off the dribble time and time again. They just were not ready for serious post season play at any level. The committee got it right even though I hate to admit that as a Vol fan.
As for the article I dont buy the time to gel theory at all, in fact if anything they looked less cohesive at seasons end than they did last year but the results were the same. The only way they get better IMO is to recruit faster more talented athletes, regardless of who is coaching them.

IndyVolFan writes:

You knuckleheads are right...losing one player shouldn't make a difference. After all, look at Noel at UK. Jeesh, their entire team including their freakin' water boy has 5 stars and they tanked the rest of their season. Ditto Chicago Bulls losing Derrick Rose. Colts without Manning. I could go on.

Guess they should fire their entire coaching staff cause they can't coach either. (Said with as much facetiousness as the simpletons can comprehend)

Many of the people who post on here are examples of why I get made fun of because I grew up in Tennessee. The Yanks I served in submarines with really thought we didn't wear shoes and only went to school through elementary. I enjoyed making them look foolish when I twisted their arguments and beliefs around in circles. Logic is a very useful tool if you'll dare to use it!

claiborneh writes:

"I predict him to be in the starting lineup next year"
No ship Sherlock. You did not recruit anybody other than Hubbs

claiborneh writes:

in response to IndyVolFan:

You knuckleheads are right...losing one player shouldn't make a difference. After all, look at Noel at UK. Jeesh, their entire team including their freakin' water boy has 5 stars and they tanked the rest of their season. Ditto Chicago Bulls losing Derrick Rose. Colts without Manning. I could go on.

Guess they should fire their entire coaching staff cause they can't coach either. (Said with as much facetiousness as the simpletons can comprehend)

Many of the people who post on here are examples of why I get made fun of because I grew up in Tennessee. The Yanks I served in submarines with really thought we didn't wear shoes and only went to school through elementary. I enjoyed making them look foolish when I twisted their arguments and beliefs around in circles. Logic is a very useful tool if you'll dare to use it!

You only used one sided logic. Which is logical fallacy. Did you grow up barefooted : )

johnlg00 writes:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

I believe with Maymon playing we would have made the dance, and not on the bubble. After all, we were only one quality win away, and surely he would have made the diff in one of those losses. But we wouldn't have gone far in the big tourney, because our point guard play is so inconsistent.

Assuming no one goes NBA, and barring major injury, next year's team should be loaded with experience and talent. But its ultimate accomplishments will depend on the improvement of the point guard position. We should make the dance easily, but if point guard play doesn't improve a lot, we won't go far.

As for Martin, he has two campaigns with mixed results under his belt. Being his first year, the first campaign was positive. Losing Maymon spoiled his second season, no doubt. You had top like how both teams jelled late and made a run, but on the flip side, I am very disappointed in the no-shows in all of the league and NIT tourneys his teams have played in. I don't understand how the momentum they built going into the league tourneys simply ended like that, and I don't understand how they could then turn in terrible performances in NIT games on their own home court. It's a mystery that hopefully will be figured out for the best next season.

There has been a lot of criticism of Golden on here and some of it may be justified. However, as a poster pointed out on another thread, Golden cut his turnovers almost in half over last year. Yes, he still had some bad ones from time to time, but if he stays healthy and improves his assist-to-turnover ratio as much next year as he did this year, I don't think he will be quite the weak link some say he was this year.

As for his ability to defend against the drive, he definitely needs to improve the way he moves laterally; he tends to straighten up when he is trying to slide in front of a driver and that needs to be fixed. That said, he needs more help from the other defenders. There aren't many guys who can completely stop a good driver one-on-one; it takes a team effort to stop a good penetrator.

As for the late-season flame-outs, no doubt they are maddening. Again, though, I have to point to Maymon. Late last season, he was practically playing on one leg and Golden only slightly less so. This year they didn't have Maymon at all. People will be amazed how much difference having him back will make next year if he is fully recovered.

dcap8424 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

Well said. And teams without effective (and consistent) point guard play are lost on offense and defense. Golden's problem at the point is he can give you a great game or he can be a liability on both ends.

I challenge anyone to name a team still playing in the Tourney w/o a quality point guard.

Kansas.

They use a converted 2 guard to play point. Elijah Johnson is servicable at best as a point.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to Pompey:

...Dooley's "final exam" came in the 2012 season...Martin's will be given in 2013/14...we shall see.

If Martin doesn't pass Greg Marshall is my pick for replacement....!

What? ANOTHER "mid-major" coach? How are we ever going to advance that way? Wonder what it would take to get Tom Izzo or Tom Crean. Oh, heck, let's just go for Bill Self or Coach K while we're dreaming.<Sarcasm mode off>

johnlg00 writes:

in response to dcap8424:

Kansas.

They use a converted 2 guard to play point. Elijah Johnson is servicable at best as a point.

It seems to be the nature of some fans whenever a team shows what they think is a deficiency in some area to fantasize about getting some "ideal type" of a player to remedy that deficiency. In fact, there are very few "ideal" players around. The thing is to find the best fit between the players you actually have and the roles you would like to see them fill. It is always a matter of adjustment, both on the part of the players and that of the coaches to do the best they can with what they've got. It can't hurt to keep trying to find and develop the best players you can, but the bottom line is to maximize what you actually DO have. I can sympathize with those who think Martin could perhaps do better at this.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

What? ANOTHER "mid-major" coach? How are we ever going to advance that way? Wonder what it would take to get Tom Izzo or Tom Crean. Oh, heck, let's just go for Bill Self or Coach K while we're dreaming.<Sarcasm mode off>

PS, Pompey: I wasn't criticizing YOU, I was imitating the reaction of those who continue to insist that UT can't reach the top level in either football or basketball unless or until they hire a "big-name" coach. I think Marshall is a possible rising star in the game today, and he would be a great hire if UT has to let Martin go next year.

SneakyPete writes:

Maymon came here from Marquette with 3 yrs eligibility. He sat out a year, played a year under Pearl and one year under Martin. The transfer year should have been his redshirt year.
This should be his 6th year out of high school. How is it possible he gets the extra year so quickly? It usually take the NCAA a decade to make any kind of decision. Has the NCAA already granted a him a Medical Redshirt?

mborokyvol writes:

in response to rockypop:

The concern I have with this team is that they are by college standards today, a veteran team - starting two seniors, two juniors and one super-hyped sophomore. And, they are all playing in their second season under the same coach.

In spite of having to play without Maymon, they seemed to be way too delicate to have sustained any consistency. I can't buy the argument that they needed more time to "gel."

Case in point - Kentucky's teams for the last three years. Yeah, we all hate Cal, yada, yada, yada, but when you can bring in brand new FRESHMEN teams every year and do progressively better in the tournament until in your third year, you win it all with basically a team of freshmen, then that tells me you ought to be able to get a group of guys on the same page who have been with the program at least two years.

There's no doubt that Martin's biggest challenge is recruiting. He's got one more year with Pearl's best recruits, and then he's on his own. And, it doesn't look promising. He needs to make a statement next year, because UT could be returning one of the most talented and experienced teams in the conference (although minus the depth).

Hubbs will be under considerable pressure to contribute right away, and the veterans will absolutely HAVE to perform consistently. Then Martin better find the new McCraes, Goldens, Maymons and Stokes. And, find them in a hurry.

Are you kidding me? Builing a championship team with 6 to 7 of the best recruits in the country and this years UT team without G.Maymon, is the lamest most ridiulous comparison anyone could possibly concieve. Look what happened to the superstars when they lost one of their 5-star starters! Rethink this through!

johnlg00 writes:

in response to SneakyPete:

Maymon came here from Marquette with 3 yrs eligibility. He sat out a year, played a year under Pearl and one year under Martin. The transfer year should have been his redshirt year.
This should be his 6th year out of high school. How is it possible he gets the extra year so quickly? It usually take the NCAA a decade to make any kind of decision. Has the NCAA already granted a him a Medical Redshirt?

The NCAA surely has its faults, but they are usually pretty quick to approve compassionate transfers and medical redshirts. In Maymon's case, it shouldn't have been that hard to document his medical history and the NCAA guidelines are pretty straightforward. I don't know what the exact status and sequence of the paperwork is in this case, but I'm pretty sure UT has good reason to believe that Maymon will be eligible next year.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to johnlg00:

PS, Pompey: I wasn't criticizing YOU, I was imitating the reaction of those who continue to insist that UT can't reach the top level in either football or basketball unless or until they hire a "big-name" coach. I think Marshall is a possible rising star in the game today, and he would be a great hire if UT has to let Martin go next year.

The way WSU has played in the NCAAs so far this year, Marshall is DEFINITELY a rising star in coaching. Makes one wonder how the Vols were able to beat them this season. Also shows that the Vols themselves have plenty of potential, they just need to tighten up a few things.

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