Vols challenged to avoid 'moping' this week after bowl goal fizzles

Vols look to stay motivated for final game

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) is flipped over on a tackle by Vanderbilt linebacker Steven Clarke (12) as Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler (1) looks on during the second half at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (11) is flipped over on a tackle by Vanderbilt linebacker Steven Clarke (12) as Vanderbilt safety Kenny Ladler (1) looks on during the second half at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)

Ja’Wuan James wandered around a somber locker room Saturday to shake the hands of his teammates.

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UTANDNOBAMA writes:

Hey mope away guys... You sure earned it. And believe me boys nobody will notice.

TNFaninFL writes:

The coaches get an " F ". Offensive play calling was pathetic after the second interception, let Dobbs run and throw it around, what is there to lose. Offensive line underachieved this year, Butch should have kept Sam Pittman, not seeing Mahoney doing much with that talent, our O line never pushed anyone off the ball this year. The fake field goal on 4th and 15 or whatever it was ... insane. I am all in with Butch but.. we gave that game to Vandy. Help is on the way with a big recruiting class and we need it.

rocket22 writes:

While everyone is blaming play calling and coaching for the loss, the coaches were working with the cards that they have been dealt by the 2 previous coaches...NO SPEED, limited talent and a minimal number of true Division 1 players.

The players gave everything they had, but their limitations were exposed again. The seniors should be praised for not giving up and continuing to play hard.

That being said, it is about time for someone in the media to "grow a set" and comment on the worst review call that I have ever seen. Following the rule, there MUST be "indisputable video evidence" for the replay official to overturn the call on the field. Since the ball was never visible on any of the replays, by rule the call on the field should have stood.

Our spineless, gutless media would rather write articles that criticize both the players and coaches while not addressing the main reason the game was lost.

TommyJack writes:

in response to rocket22:

While everyone is blaming play calling and coaching for the loss, the coaches were working with the cards that they have been dealt by the 2 previous coaches...NO SPEED, limited talent and a minimal number of true Division 1 players.

The players gave everything they had, but their limitations were exposed again. The seniors should be praised for not giving up and continuing to play hard.

That being said, it is about time for someone in the media to "grow a set" and comment on the worst review call that I have ever seen. Following the rule, there MUST be "indisputable video evidence" for the replay official to overturn the call on the field. Since the ball was never visible on any of the replays, by rule the call on the field should have stood.

Our spineless, gutless media would rather write articles that criticize both the players and coaches while not addressing the main reason the game was lost.

You have a point, rocket. But the play calling on offense ran scared. You can't play scared.
BTW, the search for a QB should still be underway. Not sure our current starter has a big time arm.
And, FWIW, the gray uniforms are just plain butt-ugly to me.

westknoxrepub writes:

With next year's schedule we'll be lucky to go 3-9. . .so looks like in a couple of years we'll be looking for another coach.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to rocket22:

While everyone is blaming play calling and coaching for the loss, the coaches were working with the cards that they have been dealt by the 2 previous coaches...NO SPEED, limited talent and a minimal number of true Division 1 players.

The players gave everything they had, but their limitations were exposed again. The seniors should be praised for not giving up and continuing to play hard.

That being said, it is about time for someone in the media to "grow a set" and comment on the worst review call that I have ever seen. Following the rule, there MUST be "indisputable video evidence" for the replay official to overturn the call on the field. Since the ball was never visible on any of the replays, by rule the call on the field should have stood.

Our spineless, gutless media would rather write articles that criticize both the players and coaches while not addressing the main reason the game was lost.

IMNASHO, game officials should be made available for post-game interviews by the SEC.

ut_man1#1427524 writes:

They should be used to it! One big win in the last four years!

WaitUntilNextYear writes:

Two years ago I was in the stadium on the sideline when a miserable Kentucky team beat Tennessee without a quarterback while a weak doofus allowed Bray and Rogers to tank the game. What is the excuse going to be this year. Two weeks to get ready for an average Vandy and the Vols had no fire to win. They found another way to lose led by a coaching staff that eschewed a dominant running game and squandered the opportunity to run the ball down their throats while burning the clock. We lost in the last 14 seconds but at least 30 plays by UT were snapped with over 10 seconds on the clock.
Very, very poor coaching and mental preparation to win. I question whether the coaches have mailed it in to focus on recruiting?

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