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Written on Jarnell Stokes staying for junior season at Tennessee:

This is excellent news and speaks well of Jarnell that he would make this decision!

As for all of the previous comments stating nonsense such as "good riddance" and "traitor", go find another team to root for.

I saw lots of progress from the first of last season to the end for Jarnell. He greatly improved on his ability to make good decisions when being double teamed and staying out of foul trouble.

I think that next year could be very special if we can get steady PG play and Hubbs can make some three's. I don't think that is asking too much. If we don't have a top 15-20 season next year, then Coach Martin will deserve some of the criticism that he has received. However, I expect that some of the frequent negative posters on this site will be eating crow...just as they should for the negativity spoken concerning Jarnell.

I am very excited about the next b-ball season!!

Written on Mike Strange: Another NCAA near-miss ups the ante for Cuonzo Martin, Vols in 2014:

Wow, suddenly Pearl is a genious. The same guy that played his son, Steven, while the masses complained. Actually was playing Steven while Maymon was on the bench. Ever consider that?

Written on Did Tennessee deserve to make the NCAA tournament?:

I think that the verdict is still out on Coach Martin, though I still believe that he will be successful. He overachieved last year and raised our expectations for this year (which were appropriate). The loss of Maymon really hurt UT, especially Stokes, in the early part of the season and cost us some victories. CCM adjusted his lineup and we won 10 of 12. I think that the pressure of having 12 straight must-win games caught up with us and cost us that Bama game. We shot very poorly, and while Bama has a good D, we missed a lot of open looks. You need to hit at least 35% of your 3's against the zone, and we were 5 for 23. I think that we were too tight. We should be very good next year if everyone returns and Maymon is healthy. Anything less than 25 wins and ranking in the top 15-20 will be a let down. Too many variables in the last two years to make a definite decision. Pearl's style was more fun to watch, but we didn't always out strategize everyone. Put Lofton on this year's team and we win 5 or 6 more games.

Written on Vols get needed win at Auburn, 82-75:

Observations from the game:
- must win game and we won, but it should have never been this close
- Kenny Hall has been good on offense for several games now; he needs to quit trying to draw charging fouls and instead try to block some shots on these driving guards
- McBee was a big defensive liability last night. Got caught twice on off-ball screeens and gave up catch and shoot 3's, then got blown by for a traditional 3 point play when Hall got called for a block.
- As Golden goes, so go the Vols.
- If Stokes had been fully engaged he could have had 30 points last night. He was sleep walking and got a double/double. 1/10 at the line....ugh!
- McRae was off and still had 21. Several great passes, including a couple that were dropped.
- Moore played like a freshman. His minutes need to be limited. Some nice scoring, but some lapses on both offense and defense.
- we need somebody else to step up...Q or Reese, somebody when McBee isn't doing it.
we beat an emotionally charged Auburn team on Senior night, playing over their head. Always good to get the W.

Written on Just McRae can't save the day for UT against Georgia, 78-68:

After winning in 4 OTs and then getting our biggest win over the season vs UF, this had the feel of a tough (i.e, trap) game. I thought that we would win, but I didn't foresee McBee and Golden going ice cold at the same time. The season and NCAA tourney hopes are not over. We need to win our next four games, though, but it is very doable. Auburn is terrible and Mizzou has not been good on the road in the SEC. We are capable of beating or losing to anyone. I am not giving up hope, nor am I going to start trashing Coach Martin after one bad game. As Golden goes, so goes the team. I don't think that is all on the coach. We don't have much to fall back on when Golden is off, and that can be somewhat attributed to recruiting prior to CCM's arrival. Our previous coach cheated, then lied about it. He dug his own grave.

Written on Vols land a big one, 64-58, against Florida :

in response to johnlg00:

Agree with all except that Kenny at least got back a few of the points he gave up. In a game this close and hard-fought, his four points were huge. Yemi had several big plays on defense and got some big rebounds. The next step in his development, after learning how to GRAB a pass when it comes to him, is to learn how to gather himself when he gets it down low and power up to SLAM IT! I know he can get up that high, but right now he tries to play the game too upright. As Jimmy Dykes said, real basketball power flows from the ground up; he mentioned several times how Jarnell plays below the rim, but he keeps his feet under him and is thus able to power up through the contact.

And BTW, how good would Jarnell's "little" brother look in orange some day? I think they said he is a sophomore in HS and already 6'7" and 240. He also claims to beat Jarnell when they play in the driveway! He certainly seemed to be enjoying himself tonight.

Hall's 4 points were big, but he gave up more than four points. Twice, that I recall, they scored the very first possession that he went in, and they had to immediately replace him. Besides being too weak to guard on the post, his defensive positioning is lacking. He is playing with a lot of energy right now, but last night I would have preferred to stay with Yemi. Yemi has already improved alot and I am confident that in the offseason that they will work on his low post offensive footwork and power moves. Jarnell is an absolute beast, and always seems under control...well, except for his coast-to-coast layup attempt last night.

Ever since people were predicting that Albert King would be better than Bernard (who BTW is the best player that I have ever watched in person), I don't get overly excited about younger siblings. However, he is definitely huge and won't be getting any smaller. There is a lot to be excited about right now, which hasn't been the case for a while for UT men's sports.

Written on Vols land a big one, 64-58, against Florida :

in response to GRRN7MAXIMS:

One game at a time boys. Great effort from the entire team. UGA is a game that can easily be overlooked. Our Volunteers need to take it one day at a time, one practice at a time, and one possesion at a time in Athens. If we continue to play team basketball there is a possibility of the University of Tennessee Mens Basketball program to go dancing, and cut a rug deep into the tournament as a team NOBODY wants to draw.

I agree that UGA is the most important and most dangerous of the three remaining games. Auburn is horrible, and we will win that one. I think that we are fortunate to have the extra day of rest after back-to-back hard fought, emotional wins. Having played this game on Tuesday should help us to be adequately ready by Saturday. I predict that we go 3-0 to close out the season. We are playing great defense right now, if we just keep Kenny Hall off the floor we will be fine. Everytime that he came in the game tonight, they went right at him and scored. Even with his offensive limitations, I would rather see Yemi in the game when Stokes needs a breather. I used to question why McBee was getting so much PT when his shot wasn't falling, but he is playing outstanding defense right now. This team is fun to watch and they just keep getting better and are playing with confidence. Even when they fall behind, there is no panic. Coach Martin is doing a great job and I hope that this run will shut up all the critics who were calling for his head a few weeks ago.

Written on Vols blow out Kentucky, 88-58:

Were the football recruits that were on campus for Junior Day in attendance at the basketball game? If so, that should be a positive.

Written on Vols blow out Kentucky, 88-58:

Where are all the chronic complainers who were comparing Coach Martin to Dooley a couple of weeks ago? While I doubt that we can play this perfectly every game, I see several areas that encourage me for the long haul: 1) Stokes now makes teams pay for double teaming him. He has improved greatly on this part of his game. 2) Golden is playing like he did at the end of last season. 3) Our bench players are productive. 4) Moore seems to get better every game.

I like Coach Martin and have always believed that he will be successful. Yes, we had a stretch of really ugly basketball for several weeks, but he coached well last year and at his previous job. That is why it is important to be patient. I see continued improvement, discipline on and off the court, and tough defense. We probably wasted too much of this season for anything this year, but we will be a very good team next year and need to finish strong this season. I would love to see a nice run through the SEC tourney. Winning it is our only hope at an NCAA bid, but as weak as the SEC is that is not an impossible task.

Written on UT's prayers answered as Vanderbilt misses chances to win at buzzer:

in response to Ironcity:

He could have recruited a PG somewhere along the line and the cupboard was not empty as you say. 4 four star players is not an empty cupboard.

and how many good PGs did Pearl recruit? CJ Watson was a Peterson hold over if I recall correctly. We had average PGs most of the time under Pearl, and what Cuonzo inherited was below average. Yes, we need to get a true PG, but my point (no pun) is that it takes time to recruit PGs. Hopefully Landry, though only a 2 star, will help fill that need. I like what I see out of Moore (a 2 star) and Richardson (a 3 star), so I am overly concerned about the rating. Of course, it would be great to get a 4 or 5 star PG, but that is not going to happen here unless we start winning at a high and consistent level.

Written on Mike Strange: Is Jordan McRae being asked to do too much? :

The loss of Maymon is crippling this team. It is easy to forget how often we used Maymon to bring the ball up court last year in critical situations. I think that was very critical to Golden's success and allowed him to get in his halfcourt game, where he is comfortable. I cannot believe that people are comparing Dooley to Coach Martin. This team always plays hard and greatly overachieved last year with the players that were left behind by Bruce. Bruce was an awesome coach and did incredible things, but he did leave a pretty bare cupboard, especially at point guard, which is why we were picked 11th out of 12 teams last year. Those results left us all with high expectations for this year, but that was before the loss of Maymon.

Recruiting B-ball is at least a 2-yr process if not longer. This incoming class will be a real reflection of Cuonzo's recruiting acumen. I still think that he is an excellent coach, a great role model, and positive example for the University. If we struggle next year, then the criticism will be called for. I think that we will be very good next year and I have not given up hope for this year as I see some positive things, especially the development of some of the younger players. The lack of a true PG is a liability, but I lay that at the feet of the previous coach, not the current one.

Written on Derek Dooley to offer recruiting commentary on ESPNU's National Signing Day coverage :

DD: "Well, it looks like in the Eastern Division that Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and Vandy all have solid recruting classes, and in the West that Bama, A&M, LSU, Auburn and Ole Miss all have some good looking kids coming in. UT is well behind all those teams in talent and will continue to fall further behind with this current group of commitments. It's a tough place to win, but if they keep watering the bamboo, all should be well."

Written on Mark Wiedmer: Dooley making Hart's decision much easier:

I was curious as to salaries of coaches that I would hope that UT could lure if we have a vacancy in the near future. I have no idea if we have any hope of obtaining any of these guys, but they are all proven winners and should be able to reproduce their success here. I would much prefer a head coach who has won over a coordinator (such as Kirby Smart) with no HC experience. Current salary and where it ranks (from www.coacheshotseat.com):
Gary Patterson, TCU: $3.25M – 10th
Chris Peterson, BSU: $2M – 38th
Charlie Strong, Louisville: $1.8M, 46th
For comparison, Dooley makes $1.9M and is 42nd on the list. I did not research enough to see what their entire package is worth, but this did provide some interesting information. The other interesting aspect is to look at the top 15 salaries. Most of the top programs have the top paid coaches, but that does not guarantee anything. For example, Chizik, Brown, and Tedford all have high salaries, but all three are struggling.

Written on Other side of Cuonzo Martin slowly surfacing :

Bruce Pearl did incredible things for UT basketball, but I believe that we took a step up with Coach Martin. The man oozes character! He can coach, recruit, and he will make these young men follow the rules. I just hope that Purdue is never looking for a coach, because Martin would be their first choice. We will see the Final Four if he remains at the helm of Big Orange baseketball.

Written on John Adams: All in for Tennessee? Not after that :

Like many others, I too had delusional thoughts that we would beat Florida. Then reality hit with the 80-yd run down the sideline to tie the game. The formula for success in the SEC has been the same for years: solid defense, strong running game, and sound kicking game. If you can also throw the ball well, then you have a championship contender. We have a soft, porous defense, a lousy kicking game, and lower-tier SEC running backs (how many times did Neal get to the second level of the defense to only be tripped up by an arm tackle?). We are still a long way from being a top SEC team. The good teams are getting better, and than though we are slightly improving, we are falling further behind. I fear that we are still many years from competing for an SEC championship.

Written on Vols fall to Presbyterian in 'trap game' :

in response to SummittsCourt:

1. I doubt the majority of the hammy haters are angry just over the firing of Fulmer, it's every major decision he has made has made UT the SEC laughing stock and he continues to bungle things and has yet, to come out and taken responsibility for anything.

2. Hiring Kiffen after going 5-15 in the NFL with no ties to the SEC or Tennessee set us up for Kiffin's attempt to transform UT to USC east which didn't set well with fans or players. Not to mention he got the program into trouble with the NCAA. He made enemies out of everyone including the media, coaches and fans of other teams.

3. Dooley may work out, may not, but he was fourth on the list and I'm sure the other coaches turned us down because they didn't want to work for him, not the state of our football team. Hammy is no AD and he has no business pretending to be one.

4. Hammy has gone to hiring smaller school coaches because he is trying to save the school money, not win games. He is a business man, not an AD. Louisianna Tech, Missouri Valley St., Western Carolina, Wisconsin-Green Bay - all small schools and the sports programs have all gone down hill.

5. I hope the basketball team succeeds under it's next coach, but it will not surprise me if we are fighting for NIT berths instead of NCAA berths.

6. Fire Hamilton now! Hamilton is a sneaky snake - he backstabbed Pearl and his team in order to save face.

In hindsight, I agree with your point #2, but if you were stating that hiring Kiffin was a mistake while he was still here, then you would be in the minority, also making you smarter than most of us. Both local and national football analysts were praising Kiffin’s brash style because it resulted in getting UT back in the national spotlight and was positively affecting recruiting. “All aboard the Lane Train.” We were competitive with Florida and Bama and things were headed up…right up until he left us. I always thought that Lane was only about Lane, but I thought that we would benefit from that because I felt he would need to have success at UT before leaving for greener pastures.

Written on Vols fall to Presbyterian in 'trap game' :

in response to UTfan363:

Would be shocked if a guy like this would come from a cushy job in MLB to have to deal with the NCAA and go recruiting. It couldn't be much of a pay raise if any. The guy has done an outstanding job with the Padres.

I think Raleigh's contract is up at the end of this year so UT wouldn't have to pay a buyout if that is the case. If he signed a 5 year contract, then we could be in for 1 more year of this phooey no matter what happens this year.

Does anyone know how long of a contract he signed?

Balsley still lives in Knoxville during the offseason, so it might have some other appeal. I think that the recruiting aspect would possibly be the deal killer, though the "cushy job in MLB" may not be as cushy as many would think. Long season (Feb to October) with lots of travel and time away from family.

Written on Cuonzo Martin: Win total depends on Hopson's, Harris' decisions:

in response to orangepeel:

We will not have to worry about going to the NCAA next year because we will be on probation with a post season ban. Hopson and Harris may as well leave. Has Mike Hamilton been fired yet.

I think Hamilton is getting way too much blame for recent problems. I think that the majority of people realized that it was time for Fulmer to go with the football program trending down, while other SEC programs were trending up. Our future outlook was gloomy at best, regardless of Fulmer’s past success. So, he let Fulmer go, which made Fulmer supporters upset, but probably pleased the majority of fans. Unfortunately, the Fulmer supporters never let go of that event and continue to blame Hamilton. Hamilton then hired the anti-Fulmer in Kiffin. Kiffin was a cocky jerk, but he was “our cocky jerk”. I didn’t like his arrogance, but I did like his bold attitude and recruiting. Apparently most UT fans liked him as our coach, or there would not have been such an outcry when he left for USC. Kiffin’s departure was sudden and unexpected. The only thing that Hamilton can be blamed for was that the buy-out clause was not favorable to UT. Hamilton then went after the big name coaches (Muschamp, Petersen at BSU, and Patterson at TCU), but none of them were interested – understandably so given the state of our program at the time and the timing of the hire. I think he made a good hire in Dooley, who was very similar to Muschamp, but did not have the same name recognition, but only time will tell. That brings us to Bruce Pearl, who put Hamilton in a terrible predicament. If Hamilton fired Bruce in September, as many are now claiming should have happened, then Hamilton would be blamed for ruining the season and running off a great coach. By waiting until the end of the season, and also after discovering additional problems (e.g, bump, UK tickets, and Brian Williams back “injury”), Hamilton is criticized for waiting too long. Did Hamilton have any good options on handling Pearl? I was hoping that Pearl could stay, which is what Hamilton apparently wanted as well, but recent discoveries made that option nearly impossible. I think that Cuonzo Martin is also a good hire given our current predicament with the NCAA sanctions. We are not a premier basketball school. We have never been to a Final Four and men’s basketball is second tier to football and probably even our Lady Vols. Bruce was great, but he did himself in. Try directing some of your venom in his direction. Hamilton has made mistakes…Fulmer’s contract extension and buy-out clause, lack of a buy-out clause for Kiffin, and hiring Todd Raleigh. I don’t think that firing Fulmer, hiring Kiffin, hiring Pearl, firing Pearl or hiring Martin were mistakes. In fact, they appear to be good decisions given the circumstances in which they occurred.

Written on Vols fall to Presbyterian in 'trap game' :

in response to THEKIDWISCONSIN:

There is only one reason why CTR will not be fired this morning...Hamilton is still the AD.

The powers that be need to show them both the door.

Hamilton's show of judgment (Kiffin, Pearl, CTR) when it comes to hiring should have had him fired two coaches ago.

It's a complete embarrassment & he takes no responsibility whatsoever.

I feel extremely bad for the kids.

Raleigh clearly needs to go, but I think most people who are harping on CTR are just trying to find more excuses to jump on the “fire Hamilton” bandwagon. I wonder how many people that are griping about UT baseball have even attended a UT baseball game. I also think Hamilton is getting way too much blame for recent problems. I think that the majority of people realized that it was time for Fulmer to go with the football program trending down, while other SEC programs were trending up. Our future outlook was gloomy at best, regardless of Fulmer’s past success. So, he let Fulmer go, which made Fulmer supporters upset, but probably pleased the majority of fans. Unfortunately, the Fulmer supporters never let go of that event and continue to blame Hamilton. Hamilton then hired the anti-Fulmer in Kiffin. Kiffin was a cocky jerk, but he was “our cocky jerk”. I didn’t like his arrogance, but I did like his bold attitude and recruiting. Apparently most UT fans liked him as our coach, or there would not have been such an outcry when he left for USC. Kiffin’s departure was sudden and unexpected. The only thing that Hamilton can be blamed for was that the buy-out clause was not favorable to UT. Hamilton then went after the big name coaches (Muschamp, Petersen at BSU, and Patterson at TCU), but none of them were interested – understandably so given the state of our program at the time and the timing of the hire. I think he made a good hire in Dooley, who was very similar to Muschamp, but did not have the same name recognition, but only time will tell. That brings us to Bruce Pearl, who put Hamilton in a terrible predicament. If Hamilton fired Bruce in September, as many are now claiming should have happened, then Hamilton would be blamed for ruining the season and running off a great coach. By waiting until the end of the season, and also after discovering additional problems (e.g, bump, UK tickets, and Brian Williams back “injury”), Hamilton is criticized for waiting too long. Did Hamilton have any good options on handling Pearl? I was hoping that Pearl could stay, which is what Hamilton apparently wanted as well, but recent discoveries made that option nearly impossible. I think that Cuonzo Martin is also a good hire given our current predicament with the NCAA sanctions. We are not a premier basketball school. We have never been to a Final Four and men’s basketball is second tier to football and probably even our Lady Vols. Bruce was great, but he did himself in. Try directing some of your venom in his direction. Hamilton has made mistakes…Fulmer’s contract extension and buy-out clause, lack of a buy-out clause for Kiffin, and hiring Todd Raleigh. I don’t think that firing Fulmer, hiring Kiffin, hiring Pearl, firing Pearl or hiring Martin were mistakes. In fact, they appear to be good decisions given the circumstances in which they occurred.

Written on Vols fall to Presbyterian in 'trap game' :

It is obvious that UT will soon be searching for a new baseball coach and I hope that they consider Darren Balsley, the current pitching coach for the San Diego Padres. Balsley has Knoxville ties from his days of playing for the KJays (1989) and later managing them (1999). He has been a manager at the Double A level and is considered one of the premier pitching coaches in MLB (google his name and see how many accolades come up). He is known for his player development and his credibility as a pitching coach would help UT attract some top notch pitchers. I don't know if he would even consider UT, but he would be a great catch.

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