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Written on Season ends for Vols in NIT opener, 75-67:

Tennessee needed to shoot more 3's - just kidding. A pretty poor effort tonight. Totally outplayed and out coached by Mercer.

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

SEC is weak this year - it's been acknowledged by everyone who doesn't have their head in the sand that this is so. Florida and Missouri were locked in because of win/loss record, RPI and SOS. Only one more SEC team could make it - Tennessee MIGHT have sneaked in if Ole Miss hadn't won the SEC tourney. I personally think Ole Miss should have gone ahead of Tenn anyway, due to beating us twice in head-to-head games. Not even the least bit interested in watching NIT. Hope Tenn plays better next year.

Written on Webb School sophomore LB Brant Mitchell 'shocked and amazed' at Vols' offer:

It remains to be seen how Butch Jones will manage a game on the field, but I'm liking his off-the-field activities more all the time. There seems to be a lot of positive energy around the team now. It has been a LONG time since it felt that way. I just wish his hiring wasn't tainted by DiPietro and Hart, those traitors that have been planted in our midst to keep our program in the cellar of the SEC. Ha Ha, just kidding - isn't that ridiculous? Yet, there are people that continue to believe this. It will take a while, but Jones will bring our program back to respectability.

Written on Mike Strange: Vols' tournament hopes derailed:

What a bunch of whiners! After the Florida win, where were all your negative comments? Where were all the "Martin can't coach", "Uninspired basketball", "Martin can't recruit", etc. For Pete's sake - these guys were due for a letdown. Anyone with half a brain saw this coming. I hate it, but I'm not surprised - and, I don't think it means that Martin can't coach or that he isn't prepared. Georgia was up for us - we were being touted as the hottest team in the SEC. Conversely, we weren't up for them - they were being touted as one of the WORST in the SEC. I know, I know, a good team has to be up at all times. It must be far easier to get a team psyched up for a great team versus a bad one. Georgia is a hard team for us to match up with. You guys need to grow up!

Written on Mike Strange: Is routing Kentucky proof the Vols are ready to surge? :

I loved watching this game. But - it's easier to get up for the big games. I hope they keep up the effort for the lower & mid tier opponents. I wouldn't be surprised to see them drop some of the next few games to teams they should otherwise beat. We may not see them keyed up like today until they play Florida.

Written on Vols have reason to smile, 54-53 over Alabama :

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

nothing wrong with Dykes----giving an opinion that may not go in Tenn favor is not pro-bama-----to the tenn fans, not referencing you, who are paranoid and always thinking the commentators are against us as they arent--just calling them as they see them---they should just limit their listening to the homer broadcasting crew instead of the tv broadcasts so their feelins dont ever get hurt-----------90% of the posts here are generally critical but a commentator says anything not positive then so many want to claim he dont like us, unbelievable around here the whinning about the commentators dont like us and the referees are always against us

yaba, out of +70 posts, there were probably only one or two others besides mine & yours that didn't sound like Dale Gribble on "King of the Hill" with their conspiracy theories about how the commentators are against Tennessee. It is simply astounding how I can watch the same game as so many other people and come to such different conclusions about things. I'm really glad Tennessee won the game, but that doesn't stop me from seeing what I saw. I don't always agree with the refs or the commentators, but on the last play, Stokes leaned into that Bama Guy. I saw it - he was NOT vertical, he leaned into the guy. I wouldn't have noticed it until Dykes said it during the replay. I'm glad he got away with it, but it WAS a foul.

Written on Vols have reason to smile, 54-53 over Alabama :

in response to golfman1975:

New glasses for you! Stokes was totally vertical and the Bama guy jumped into him. He has a right to his position and should have been an offensive foul if anything.

I think Stokes leaned into the Bama player because he was trying to see if that was Jon Gruden sitting next to Peyton Manning, Dave Hart and Jimmy Haslam.

Written on Vols have reason to smile, 54-53 over Alabama :

Exciting game and I'm glad UT came away with it. Jimmy Dykes said that Stokes fouled the Bama player at the end of the game. They replayed it - Stokes clearly leaned into the guy, not the other way around. I feel like Stokes got away with one, but that's just basketball - the calls go back & forth. No one gets all of them right. Did it cost Bama a win? Don't know. Did it cost Bama a CHANCE at a win? Definitely.

Written on Q&A with Tennessee AD Dave Hart: Butch Jones brings right attitude, but no 'magic wand':

Mr. Hart impresses me as someone who has been around the block a few times when it comes to being an athletic administrator. I think we're lucky he came to Tennessee, and the results of his hard work will become apparent when our football team begins climbing back up in the SEC. I'm glad he's got thick skin, because with some of the nut jobs in this fan base, he's gonna need it. This transition back toward the top is gonna take a while.

Written on New UT coach Butch Jones in Knoxville:

Good hire - kudos to Hart & Cheek! IMHO, they rose above realistic expectations. Coach Jones, pay no attention to the negative rubes around this place. Those people have no lives outside of U-T football - they only know to bray like donkeys when things don't go to their liking. You'll do fine here.

Written on Charlie Strong spurns UT offer for new deal at Louisville:

in response to GlennFordsFoible:

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You must be helping pcshowtime on that jug of home brew! Get a grip!

Written on Charlie Strong spurns UT offer for new deal at Louisville:

I think Hart is deliberately trying to foul this up, because he's an Alabama mole. Alabama is extremely worried about the Tennessee program getting back to the top echelon of the SEC, so somehow the boosters at Alabama were able to convince Tennessee to hire the super-sneaky Hart, and in this way, ensure that Tennessee's program continues to suffer in mediocrity. As for Cheek, he's nothing but a Florida mole - he is also doing all he can to make sure Tennessee's program stays near the bottom of the conference. Cheek is the one that actually met with Strong, so he must have botched the hire on purpose.

There are people in this fan base actually stupid enough to believe this sort of drivel. Conspiracy, my ---! Anyone crazy enough to believe the top programs in the SEC are conspiring to keep us down has to be under the influence of mind-altering drugs.

We are making ourselves look like fools. Let Hart do his job. We'll get a decent coach. This is only sports - it's not that important in the overall scheme of life.

Wow - that is all I can say.

Written on Agent says Gruden never had interest in Vols' job, calls reports "fantasy":

in response to smugolf08:

I have heard From a
reliable source that Joe Paterno and Jerry Sandusky are not in the running

D--n! that was funny!

Written on Gruden, Haslam, Browns shoot down Memphis report over UT deal:

This is simply amazing. The number of total dullards in this fan base who continue to believe that Gruden will be UT's next coach - I'm guessing all these fools also have lifetime subscriptions to the National Enquirer. This is a total embarrassment for dwindling number of rational & sane UT fans.

Written on Frustration mounts after UT misses another chance to 'get over the hump' :

in response to WhoDat:

Dude you are an idiot, UT is just finishing upgrades again on the sports facility that gives UT one of the best, if not the best sports facility in the nation. UT's facilities have always been considered near the top. A 4 year slid doesn't make or break a program, just look at Alabama as an example, UT is a top ten program in total wins and win pct. The only SEC program that beats out UT is Bama. By the end of this season UT will be one of only 8 schools with 800 victories with 1200 games played. There is too much vested into this football program for it to stay down to long and that's a fact.

I know you are probably a troll or a Vandy fan, and I'm just wasting my time with a response, since you are probably just trying to make other people feel as worthless as you must feel all the time. You do know that's why people troll right, because they have little or no self worth and must make other people feel just as bad as they do, just so they can continue on to another day.

I guess you didn't understand - or care - what I said. I don't care how great U-T's facilities are, and neither do the most highly sought-after recruits. The balance of power has shifted - permanently - to schools in states with larger recruiting bases. I'm no Vandy fan - I'm not a troll - I love Tennessee. But, I'm not going to gnash teeth over what seems to be an indisputable fact, and that is that Tennessee will never again be one of the dominant football powers in the SEC. Have another drink of your kool-aid.

Written on Frustration mounts after UT misses another chance to 'get over the hump' :

The problems for Tennessee started in the 1990s when the other schools in the league started upgrading their stadiums and other amenities. Tennessee simply is no longer all that attractive to many recruits, who have schools with great facilities that are much closer to their homes. People born and raised here love it, for the most part – but, trying to convince a recruit that being close to the mountains is a great reason for coming to Tennessee probably comes off as a little condescending to some.

This school has become a perennial middle-of-the-pack to lower-tier power in the SEC. It’s a fact – if you could convince someone like Nick Saban or Urban Meyer to coach here, things would probably improve - some. But, as good as these guys are, the recruiting base is the issue now. There’s no reason for a great recruit living in Alabama, Florida, Ohio, or California to want to come to Tennessee so they can play in a great stadium and live close to the mountains.

Tennessee may occasionally compete for the SEC Championship, but it will most likely be once every 10-15 years. Derek Dooley is probably about as good a coach as anyone could realistically hope to land in this SEC environment.

Written on Final: Mississippi State 41, Tennessee 31:

I hate to say this - but, what some might refer to as the golden era of Tennessee football is over. It is likely that Tennessee will never again be thought of as one of the top tier football schools in the SEC. Year after year, they will finish in the middle or toward the bottom. They will win the occasional game they aren't supposed to and possibly compete for an SEC championship once every 10-15 years. We don't have anything to attract the best talent in the country to come here anymore. All the other schools in this league have caught up with big stadiums and top level equipment. I'm not sure that even the hiring of Nick Saban could bring the desired results to this fan base. We're in the toughest league in the country, and we can no longer recruit in such a way to be able to keep up. This is reality. Dooley may not be the greatest coach we've ever had, but it doesn't really matter.

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