Ariel Massengale's comeback is back to the court

Tennessee's Ariel Massengale (5) is shaken up during the game against Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Tennessee defeated Florida, 89-69. 
  
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Tennessee's Ariel Massengale (5) is shaken up during the game against Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena on Thursday, January 23, 2014. Tennessee defeated Florida, 89-69. (SAUL YOUNG/NEWS SENTINEL)

Ariel Massengale’s comeback has reached the court.

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broleb44#1437447 writes:

I am tried of reading about the "accidental" hit in the head. Butler is a dirty coach and her players are also. You people that are writing the hit was not on purpose, are trying to be so political correct, or you are blind. Go back and closely review the game, and the hit, and tell me the girl was going for the ball. Also check out the under cuts, and other hits to injury, the lady vols,. and you will agree. Good reporters tell it like it is, none on the kns staff do.

MaxVolFan writes:

I don't understand why they just don't call it a concussion. Of course I'm no doctor but 7 games is a long time to be out with a head injury. Anyway get healthy Ariel we will need you down the stretch.

atnvol#283282 writes:

Why is everything so hush hush about her injury? Is it a concussion?? For weeks it was reported as a "facial injury"...what the heck gives?

underthehill writes:

Hate to see any player hurt ..but Carter and Reynolds are both better basketball players than Ariel..that is the major reason this team is playing better..

Rookie2 writes:

Doesn't really add up to me. Why wouldn't she be on the bench in street cloths supporting the team. It almost sounds like a discipline issue, and then this comment:

“We all rallied together and said we were going to have her back,” Lady Vols forward Cierra Burdick said. “That’s what teammates do. That’s what family does.”

Well that's awful big of you. If she had a concussion, why wouldn't you have her back.

1volk-nowi-tall writes:

in response to broleb44#1437447:

I am tried of reading about the "accidental" hit in the head. Butler is a dirty coach and her players are also. You people that are writing the hit was not on purpose, are trying to be so political correct, or you are blind. Go back and closely review the game, and the hit, and tell me the girl was going for the ball. Also check out the under cuts, and other hits to injury, the lady vols,. and you will agree. Good reporters tell it like it is, none on the kns staff do.

Agree that the FL team played dirty. Agree about the undercuts and the added contact after made baskets where officials will usually overlook this contact. Have never seen as many players displaced, knocked to the floor and getting up from the floor. It takes real courage to keep a game clean and these officials do not have that courage. How many players have you seen react to a foul being called on them like Simmons did earlier in the season or Izzy did at Vandy yet no techinal foul called on them. Believe me the SEC womens officials are out to level the playing field against the Lady Vols. Let them keep trying but go Lady Vols!!!!

oldster writes:

in response to broleb44#1437447:

I am tried of reading about the "accidental" hit in the head. Butler is a dirty coach and her players are also. You people that are writing the hit was not on purpose, are trying to be so political correct, or you are blind. Go back and closely review the game, and the hit, and tell me the girl was going for the ball. Also check out the under cuts, and other hits to injury, the lady vols,. and you will agree. Good reporters tell it like it is, none on the kns staff do.

Just because the result was catastrophic does not mean the swipe was intentional. In fact, if I had been teaching one of my players to intentionally hurt someone and the best they could do was swipe with an open hand and hit someone in the side of the face while running by, I would have benched them. I.e. If it was intentional, it was a pathetic effort. That hit should not have hurt anyone unless it made contact with her eye. If she got a concussion from that hit, she should never play any sport again. It just was not a violent hit.

oldster writes:

in response to 1volk-nowi-tall:

Agree that the FL team played dirty. Agree about the undercuts and the added contact after made baskets where officials will usually overlook this contact. Have never seen as many players displaced, knocked to the floor and getting up from the floor. It takes real courage to keep a game clean and these officials do not have that courage. How many players have you seen react to a foul being called on them like Simmons did earlier in the season or Izzy did at Vandy yet no techinal foul called on them. Believe me the SEC womens officials are out to level the playing field against the Lady Vols. Let them keep trying but go Lady Vols!!!!

The SEC basketball officials, men's or women's, are not good enough to have an agenda either for or against anyone. If they went out to intentionally make bad calls, at least half of them would be better than the ones they make now.

DroopyDrawers writes:

in response to broleb44#1437447:

I am tried of reading about the "accidental" hit in the head. Butler is a dirty coach and her players are also. You people that are writing the hit was not on purpose, are trying to be so political correct, or you are blind. Go back and closely review the game, and the hit, and tell me the girl was going for the ball. Also check out the under cuts, and other hits to injury, the lady vols,. and you will agree. Good reporters tell it like it is, none on the kns staff do.

Leave Dan Fleser out of this. He is the only KNS reporter that is worth his salary. In fact, he needs a raise. Dan tells it like it is. Did ever occur to you that The Lady Vols are keeping it hush-hush and Dan has no idea what has happened to Ariel.

Dan, keep up the good work.

johnlg00 writes:

I hope Ariel is OK, but I hope she has had the opportunity to watch the game tapes and see how Andraya has been doing it. Andraya is, IMHO, a far better athlete than Ariel will ever be and she is far more fundamentally sound to boot. Ariel can still be an asset if she summons up all that experience she has accumulated with both the national teams and the Lady Vols, draws the proper conclusions from it, and just simply makes better decisions on the court.

broleb44#1437447 writes:

in response to DroopyDrawers:

Leave Dan Fleser out of this. He is the only KNS reporter that is worth his salary. In fact, he needs a raise. Dan tells it like it is. Did ever occur to you that The Lady Vols are keeping it hush-hush and Dan has no idea what has happened to Ariel.

Dan, keep up the good work.

Darn, DD I do not think I questioned the lady vols being hush hush, about Ariel's condition. As Ariel, has a history of concussion's, I would think she and her family, and UT are considering her possible retirement. Also I am sure you know the rules that prohibit UT from discussing her health in a open forum. The point I was trying to make was the damn hit from the florida player was on purpose. The fl player was not going for the ball, if you and Dan look at it closely you can see that, and the fl player was laughing over the hit as she went to the fl bench, also the sorry -ss coach was quite happy with the play, not commenting on play in a straight forward manner, was my beef with the kns staff.

underthehill writes:

in response to johnlg00:

I hope Ariel is OK, but I hope she has had the opportunity to watch the game tapes and see how Andraya has been doing it. Andraya is, IMHO, a far better athlete than Ariel will ever be and she is far more fundamentally sound to boot. Ariel can still be an asset if she summons up all that experience she has accumulated with both the national teams and the Lady Vols, draws the proper conclusions from it, and just simply makes better decisions on the court.

I have said several times that I think Holly and her staff are doing any and everything they can to make this team as good as they can be..it is clear to me that Carter and Reynolds make this team better when they are on the floor..and I do not think this staff will change what they have going..

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