Comments by Alwaysavol

Written on John Adams: Recruiting a running battle for Vols :

in response to OrangePride:

When you win NC's, young players want to be a part of that. But if that were the primary criteria, no one but top 10 teams would get many of these high 5* players and that's not the case. Tennessee has clearly been very remiss in building the connections to high schools and athletes over the Dooley years. We've heard it from a variety of sources and that has been a huge reason for our lack of success. The two biggest issues now for 2014 will be player evaluation and getting an early start on building a quality relationship. Will we outclass the Florida's/Alabama's/LSU's in this next class? Probably not. But can we bring in a 4* and 5* core of kids around whom to build a solid Tennessee program? You dang well bet we can....and the road back starts there! So I'm glad to see CBJ and staff are already talking and working toward just that end! WE CAN'T FIX THE PAST SO LET'S JUST GET GOING ON THE FUTURE! GO VOLS!

Good post!

Written on Mike Strange: No fairy tale for Trae Golden, but book hasn't closed on season :

What about Brandon Lopez? He's a point guard, isn't he? I thought he did a good job when he got to play against Xavier and Memphis. Surely he could take care of the ball better than McRae and Richardson did in this game.

Written on Report Card: Tennessee-Georgia :

How on earth do the special teams rate a C? Missed field goal, missed extra point, blocked punt, cost us a timeout on Georgia's 2-point conversion, and still couldn't stop it. No returns to speak of to balance that out. If that's a C, I would hate to see how bad they would have to be to get an F.

Written on John Adams: Bold offense better than old offense:

"...who at least have shown the potential to be regarded as possible big-time players..."

So, you're saying that there might, just maybe, somehow sort of be a slight bit of a chance that they will be almost kind of decent?

Sheesh, with a vote of confidence like that, how can they miss?

Written on Bernard King shares tips on persistence:

in response to born2ride:

Best player ever in UT basketball.

There's no doubt about it.

Written on John Adams: Pull for the Vols, of course, but root for Razorbacks, too:

Not as long as Bobby Petrino is their coach.

Written on Players say Cuonzo Martin is 'going to keep it real':

in response to Ironcity:

Yes the kid was told to transfer because he would never play and he wouldn't have. I watched the kid, he could shot and that was it. He couldn't guard my grandmother he couldn't handle the ball and he couldn't jump. He could shoot though but we would have never known that since he would have never played

I agree, Ironcity. Pearl was doing the kid a favor. He would have gotten little if any playing time at UT. I only saw him play once or twice at Belmont, but from what I saw it was hard to imagine him having success against SEC competition.

Written on UT says basketball staff commited violation in March; Pearl to get $948,728 in salary, insurance costs :

The statement said "non-NCAA-related incidents." Incidents, not violations. So, it is possible that there were some personal things going on with Bruce that Cheek/Hamilton didn't like. Or maybe that's just a smoke screen to bolster their case to get rid of him. Either way, it seems like the new violation in March would have been enough to close the deal on firing CBP.

Written on Janzen Jackson's father: 'He's doing well':

"Guidry recently took over as the RedHawks' interim head coach after Michael Haywood left to assume the same position at Pittsburgh."

Haywood left to become interim head coach at Pittsburgh? I believe he left to become the permanent head coach at Pittsburgh. Of course, with the high turnover and short tenure of head coaches these days, I guess you could say that all head coaches are in an interim position.

Written on Five former Vols named to Pro Bowl:

How is Arian Foster not the starter for the AFC? He leads the entire NFL in rushing yardage and touchdowns.

Also, Jerod Mayo has 41 more tackles than Ray Lewis. I know Lewis is one of the all-time great linebackers, but if you lined up the stats and ignored the names attached to them, I have to believe that Mayo would be the starter.

Written on 'Smart decisions' needed for punt returners :

I didn't think I would ever long for the days of Billy Arbo, but I would be happy with someone like that right now. I'm not sure he ever returned a punt more than 2 yards, but I don't think he ever dropped one or fumbled one, either.

Written on Malik Jackson getting a little too personal:

I'm not so sure it was a bad call, but whether it was or wasn't is irrelevant, and it doesn't matter whether we agree with the way those plays are now being called. Players have to follow the rules as they are currently being interpreted, and they know that. It sure looked like Malik could have pulled up on that play and avoided hitting the QB.

Written on Vols commitment Crowder impressed :

in response to mercyseat:

"Once in a lifetime thing". I used to see majors once a week down at the frontier house that used to be on kingston pike, and he was always drunk!

I'm not saying you didn't see Majors drunk somewhere in Knoxville, but if everyone who made a similar claim had ACTUALLY seen that, Knoxville would have to have a population of about 1 million.

Written on Report: Newtons admit pay for play in phone talks :

in response to beartn#223846:

To be fair, I think most of us would demand money to spend any amount of time in Starkville.

You got that right! No place was ever more aptly named than Starkville, Mississippi.

Written on Workouts turn 'physical' for Vols:

With apologies to Eric Gordon, I think if you fumble on two kick returns in one game (and I think they were two consecutive kicks, weren't they?) you shouldn't be returning kicks anymore...at least not in the same game,and maybe not at all. Maybe he was just having a bad day. If so, fine, let him win the job back during practice the next week. If he is as confident as he says, then taking him out when he was having a bad day shouldn't damage that. It happens to athletes all the time, in just about every sport. I thought it was a horrible decision to put him back out there after the second fumble.

Written on Vols only had 10 trying to block field goal :

in response to CarthageVol:

Didn't know where else to post it, but .....Pearl gets FIRED in the morning. Details to come. Source from deep within program.

1:23 a.m. on October 12 and still no report of Pearl getting fired. Maybe you should get a new source.

Written on James is getting up to speed:

in response to Jamestown17:

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Don't know about "all those empty seats" either. Over 99,000 for a game like UT-Martin and over 102,000 for the other two games. Yes, there might be a few, as there would be at pretty much any place with a huge stadium and an unranked non-conference opponent coming to town. But there won't be many...Vol fans will be there in force to support our team.

Written on Strange: Dooley's debut has familiar ring to it :

in response to allVolinGA:

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No, Fulmer didn't hire himself, but he sure didn't do anything to help Majors leave with dignity. All had to say was "No, let Coach Majors finish the season, then I'll take the head coaching position." One little sentence. Those in power at the time were so enamored with having Fulmer as head coach that they would have agreed to that pretty easily - they would have done pretty much whatever he wanted. That's all Fulmer had to do, but he didn't...he wanted the job so badly that he forgot about demonstrating any sort of integrity. He may not have stabbed Majors in the back, but when he had the chance, he sure didn't protect him.

So, for Fulmer to act the way he did when he lost his job - acting like he was surprised/insulted when it was announced before the season was over - was absurd. What goes around comes around. At least he got to finish the season. Thanks to Phil, Majors never got that chance.

Written on Focus on freshmen: First-year receivers will get action thanks to injuries :

in response to oskie_score:

How can one not be impressed w/ Denarious Moore? A virtual after-thought many wrote off as a pkg deal to sign Lennon Creer. He has since exceeded expectation while becoming Tennessee's "go-to" / 1st option receiver.

Z. Rogers has blazin' speed but needs to work on better separation from the defender, consistency in catching the ball and YAC.

I was impressed by Hunter and D. Rogers play vs UTM, esp so in their ability to block down field. As to their speed and raw talent...indisputable.

Looking forward to see Milton display his ability. Like his height...flashes of ECU's 6'8" WR Justin Jones making that leaping catch in the EZ vs Tulsa (yesterday) as time ran out...it's a beautiful thing.

Speaking of Milton, why didn't the article mention him? And did he play at all against UTM? Is he really that far behind Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers at this point?

Written on Strange: Dooley's debut has familiar ring to it :

in response to AlpharettaVol:

How could you do a roundup of the weekend results without mentioning the Ole Miss loss? I believe that is more interesting to Vol fans than what happened to Kansas.

I agree, but I assume it was because the theme of the article was debuts. Houston Nutt wasn't making his debut as head coach at Ole Miss. I suppose he could have written about Masoli's debut, but he was only writing about head coaches.

Written on Ex-Powell star now Alabama's ambassador :

Gotta love the "I got to see Tim Tebow cry in person" comment. I figured that by itself would endear him to many posters on this board.

Written on Pearl, Dooley believe SEC in good position for expansion :

in response to 99gator:

i hate this schedule garbage.

we play in the same league in the same freaking division. the schedule ain't a whole lot different.

when tennessee and georgia are ranked again, maybe florida's schedule will look better.

C'mon, 99. You're better than that. You know the question isn't about the conference games - it's the non-conference schedule that is the issue. In recent years, Florida has gotten a reputation - and not just from posters on this board - for playing an overall weak non-conference schedule. To be fair, several other SEC teams get similar criticism, so it isn't just the Gators.

Written on Mariners fire former Vol Cockrell as hitting coach:

Maybe they should think about just getting some better players. Other than Ichiro, they don't seem to have much talent. I watched one of their games the other night and the guy batting 3rd was only hitting .198. I'm not sure Ted Williams could help these guys.

Written on Mariners fire former Vol Cockrell as hitting coach:

in response to AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons:

did Cockrell play baseball as well in Knoxville?? Guess so. That was before my time.

Yes, Alan Cockrell did play baseball for UT. He was an outfielder in 1983-1984, and was named to the All-Century Tennessee baseball team.

Written on Negedu's visit to Indiana 'going in good direction' :

Doesn't it seem irresponsible of Indiana to let him play?

Written on Forbes: Missing on Selby 'hurt' :

Darn. I didn't expect him to re-commit to us, and it's still a great recruiting class, but it would have been nice to have Selby.

Written on UT still after Selby; Pearl busy with ESPN on Wednesday:

in response to VolunteerLifer:

Well, if we don't get Selby, maybe we could follow the Kentucky model of recruiting: Fire our present head coach, then hire the coach of the Memphis Tigers on the proviso that he bring his number one recruiting class with him, and combine that with our recruiting class to create an instant top five team. Crime does pay, huh?

Yet we got as far in the tournament as they did. The big name coach and all the big name recruits did not result in a national championship or even a Final Four appearance.

Written on Despite key absences, Joseph encouraged by work of secondary :

in response to Orangeatang:

Akron: Win
Oregon: Loss
Florida: Loss
UAB: Win
LSU: Loss
Georgia: Loss
Alabama: Loss
S. Car: Toss-up
Memphis: Win
Ole Miss: Toss-up
Vandy: Win
Kentucky: Toss-up

4 guaranteed wins. 3 toss-ups. Best case scenario: 6-6.

Aren't we playing UT-Martin instead of Akron? Did I miss a schedule change?

Written on Chism an AP All-SEC second-teamer:

I can't see how Calipari got Coach of the Year. Recruiter of the Year, maybe. Any coach in the SEC, and lots of other places, could have won with the talent he had.

Written on Vols hold off Tigers 59-49:

I think this game is proof that Scotty Hopson reads govols.com. Every time they print an article about how well he's doing, how he has improved, how he has finally gotten it going, or whatever, he takes a step back for the next game or two. Here's hoping that it will only be a one-game disappearance this time! We need him. Of course, he wasn't the only one who seemed to be playing in a fog today.

On the bright side, we still won, and that's really all that matters at tournament time.

Written on Watson finds his scoring touch :

in response to Pablopeepants:

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I don't think we can count on Selby. He decommitted some time ago. I think he committed somewhere else after that, didn't he?

Written on Consistency goes a long way for Vols :

If we move up in seeding, I hope we move up at least two spots. I think I'd rather stay a #6 seed than become a #5 seed. Too many bad things happen to those #5 seeds!

Written on Duke Crews has moved on after dismissal :

in response to virginiavolfan:

Don't worry Duke if you were still here than I am sure Pearl would still be playing his son over you in the rotation. There is good talent now sitting on the bench while he plays.

Like who? Surely you don't mean Woolridge, who lately hasn't been able to hit the broad side of a barn, though he doesn't let that stop him from jacking it up. He also doesn't seem to care much about playing defense. No, Pearl doesn't bring any scoring, but at least he hustles and plays very good defense. Who else is Pearl taking minutes from that has good talent?

Written on How would you grade the coaching staff that Derek Dooley has put together at Tennessee?:

I assumed the poll intended to find out how we feel about the staff RIGHT NOW, about who we have hired - not about their record. Obviously they have no record to judge yet. But based on what we know at this point, I gave them an A. I like the hires - no one has mentioned Hiestand yet, but I think he was an excellent addition to the staff. Also like Baggett and keeping Chaney and Thompson. Not as sure about Hinshaw. In the end, we just have to trust that Dooley knows good coaches when he sees them. It seems like he has the staff he wants, so for now that means they get an A from me.

Written on State's best awaiting Dooley's offer for 2011 :

in response to Alwaysavol:

The final score of the 1991 Sugar Bowl was 23-22. Virginia had a very good team that year (for them). They were ranked #1 for a week, and some think it was their best team ever. They had some big stars that year - Shawn Moore at quarterback, Herman Moore at receiver (both finished in the Top 10 in Heisman voting) and Terry Kirby at running back. Herman Moore and Kirby had some productive years in the NFL. The ACC was pretty good in football that season...Virginia beat Clemson, who was rated No. 10 at the time, and lost to Georgia Tech, who was the eventual national co-champion. I guess those are the reaons Virginia made it to the Sugar Bowl. I wasn't there, but I remember watching it on TV, and Kelly leading the winning drive and Thompson's late TD were definitely memorable moments.

Uh..."reasons" not "reaons."

Written on State's best awaiting Dooley's offer for 2011 :

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

Yes, I was there on the front row! Literally, first row of the end zone where Tennessee scored the winning touchdown...(bad seats for the most part). I think the final score was 16-15. Were you there? The thing I remember about that game was the Virginia rag tag band did a halftime routine that poked fun at Tennessee. It ended with a fake Fat Elvis dying on the field. They wanted help in dragging him off and asked for "volunteers". The band was loudly booed as they left the field.

Not sure why Virginia was in the Sugar Bowl. I still have a copy of the game program.

The final score of the 1991 Sugar Bowl was 23-22. Virginia had a very good team that year (for them). They were ranked #1 for a week, and some think it was their best team ever. They had some big stars that year - Shawn Moore at quarterback, Herman Moore at receiver (both finished in the Top 10 in Heisman voting) and Terry Kirby at running back. Herman Moore and Kirby had some productive years in the NFL. The ACC was pretty good in football that season...Virginia beat Clemson, who was rated No. 10 at the time, and lost to Georgia Tech, who was the eventual national co-champion. I guess those are the reaons Virginia made it to the Sugar Bowl. I wasn't there, but I remember watching it on TV, and Kelly leading the winning drive and Thompson's late TD were definitely memorable moments.

Written on State's best awaiting Dooley's offer for 2011 :

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

No, I don't think he has announced the recruiting coordinator. A couple of choices...obviously, Lance Thompson is a recruiting machine. Terry Joseph was the recruiting coordinator on Dooley's staff last year. Or the new DC Wilcox is a ball of energy and might be the pick. Just a hunch but I would guess that it will be one of those three. They will announce that before Junior Day which is usually in late February.

I thought I had heard that Terry Joseph had been named the recruiting coordinator, but maybe that was just conjecture/rumor that I read here somewhere. The UT web site doesn't say anything about it.

Written on Steven Pearl can smile about playing time :

He may be a role player, but he does his role well, and every team needs those kind of guys. He's improving with every game. I enjoy watching him play, and I'm happy for him that he is getting some minutes. Way to hang in there, Steven!

Written on State's best awaiting Dooley's offer for 2011 :

"For proof that such a sales pitch works, look at former UT assistant coach Ed Orgeron."

I'd rather not.

Written on UT talking with Chuck Smith on last assistant vacancy:

Is it just me, or does that profile photo of Chuck Smith look like The Rock?

Written on Florida defensive coordinator Edwards leaves for Bills:

in response to 99gator:

i'm not worried about the hiring of a coach in and of itself.

i never heard of edwards before florida hired him.

but, how do you take a job and leave less than a month later.

I agree, 99. The coaching profession is out of control. In any other industry I can think of, leaving any job - but especially a great job at one of the most desired locations in the industry - would be considered a serious breach of etiquette/ethics/integrity, at the very least. (For that matter, who would hire someone who was willing to leave their previous job after only a month?) Such a person would have a black mark on his record and would likely have trouble getting hired again, at least for a very long time. For coaches, though, apparently no one gives it a second thought.

Written on A topsy, turvy search for UT coach; even Fulmer becomes part of storyline :

I don't think Cut is the right man for the job. I like Cut, I think he did an excellent job both times he was here, and I will support him if he is indeed the guy we hire. However, this hardly seems like the fanbase-energizing, recruit-exciting hire we need. It would almost feel like we just hired Fulmer back.

Written on Oku needs gas for longer returns:

"...the field in college is a lot further than it is in high school."

Uh, no it isn't. Football fields in high school, college, and the pros are the same dimensions - 100 yards long by 53.33 yards wide.

Maybe we have identified part of the problem - our kick returners think they have to run farther than they actually do!

Written on Oku needs gas for longer returns:

"...the field in college is a lot further than it is in high school."

Uh, no it isn't. Football fields in high school, college, and the pros are the same dimensions - 100 yards long by 53.33 yards wide.

Maybe we have identified part of the problem - our kick returners think they are running farther than they actually are!

Written on Slive tells Kiffin, Meyer to cool it:

in response to GahLee:

Does anybody know about parking at the Civic and being shuttled to Neyland, heard something about it recently, going to the game and was wanting to know more about it.

adam,

I take the shuttle from the Civic Center almost every game. Sometimes I walk over, but the shuttle is really convenient and easy. It picks up between the Civic Center and one of the parking garages (on the other side of the Civic Center from the Marriott or whatever it is now). The cost is $4 for a round-trip ticket, or at least it was for the UCLA game. (It wouldn't surprise me if they charged more for an SEC game). I don't know if it costs to park in those garages or not - I usually park further down the street. I know they start running over 2 hours before the game, because that's when I usually get there and they are already running.

One word of caution, though: AFTER the game, getting back on the bus is NUTS! It has gotten a little better over the last couple of years, but it used to be a lot like a crowd at a European soccer game. I usually take the bus over before the game and walk back after the game (it's still the same price, though).

Written on Florida's offense is no joke :

in response to Vol_RobE:

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Wrong. Tennessee was 0-4 against Florida while Manning was here. Football is a team game - one man never won or lost a single football game. This whole thing of keeping quarterbacks' won-lost records like they were baseball pitchers is absurd.

Written on Vols honor season best at annual banquet:

More than 50 games on national television? In the last four years? That can't be right. Maybe if they include Raycom as national television (which it isn't), but I'm not sure even that would make 50. Somebody better do a recount.

Written on Pearl looking at fresh start:

in response to Florrible:

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Florrible,

I'm not a naysayer - I'm a big CBP fan - but I can tell you that the last time the Vols went to the NCAA tournament four years in a row was not all that long ago, though it might seem like it. It was 1998-2001, the Jerry Green era.

Written on Goins says he's signed with UT:

in response to JacksonvilleVol:

I like knowing we get consistent commitments to UT, but I think the general sentiment is felt. Could we recruit some true freshman talent from High Schools?

Also, how do you all feel if we had to start competing with Calipari on allowing one and done players? Would that ever be acceptable for program success at UT?

Personally, I'd hate to see us go the one-and-done route. Recent history has shown that championships - at least national championships and championships of a decent conference - are won by teams with players that stay for multiple years and have some experience. For example, Florida won two national championships with that sort of nucleus and North Carolina had that sort of team this year.

Written on Kiffin comfortable with QBs :

I'm reading between the lines here, but the headline is a little misleading. The article doesn't say Kiffin is comfortable with their play, it says he is starting to understand their personalities and how they are in the huddle. In other words, he is comfortable with knowing how to work with them. Although he did say both Crompton and Coleman played really well, he was referring only to yesterday's scrimmage. I think there is still hope that he isn't yet comfortable with their play. I say "hope" because from the reports we are getting, they still have a long way to go. I hope we do get to the point where CLK is comfortable with their play, but I suspect we aren't there yet.

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