Comments by Basketvol

Written on Mike Strange: A stronger Tennessee levels SEC playing field:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

I think you bring up an interesting point. Football is not going away but I think you will see a shift in the future like you are seeing in baseball today. In the past 20-30 years, the youth that would have normally been playing baseball were doing other things such as video games, basketball, and football that provided more action than baseball. There is very little interest in inner city youth in playing baseball. The talent in baseball today is not what is was 20 years ago (and would be much lower if not for the dramatic increase in players from Latin America). The drop in talent compared to other sports is one reason why football is much more popular than baseball and why baseball has been passed by basketball as well.

I think the injury and concussion issues are a huge concern for long term future of football. I think you will continue to see strong football in the Southeast and Texas where football in embedded within the culture. But I can see other parts of the country banning or reducing youth football due to potential injury concerns. In the next 30-40 years, will there still be the huge hunger for football that currently exists if the players aren't as talented? High school and college football may become like sweet tea...most parts of the country dabble in it but only one region knows how to do it.

Great post. I can see things playing out regionally like you described. I love the last bit about sweet tea. So true.

Written on Mike Strange: A stronger Tennessee levels SEC playing field:

in response to SevenT:

Alabama pounds Tennessee every year, UT simply does not belong on the same field with Alabama. Back in the 1950s it may have been a good game but not today.

Every SEC fan would rather see Alabama play a good SEC East team like Florida or Georgia.

You don't have to go back in time that far. Tennessee dominated Bama in the 90's Did you read in the article that over the last 21 years Tenn and Bama are even at 10-10-1? Did you read the article?

Written on Mike Strange: A stronger Tennessee levels SEC playing field:

in response to SAMA_BUCKS:

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My take on that game--there was nothing lucky about Travis Henry and the Volunteer offensive line taking the ball right down the field for a touchdown after the Stoerner stumble. The story behind that game is one of the greatest stories of determination to win a game that I have ever heard. Billy Ratliff willed that fumble to happen. That was a great game to be at; also the six overtime win. Worst ever--the Jabar Gaffney "touchdown" game.

Written on Vanderbilt plans to go from 'good to great':

in response to MetroplexMojo:

NashVols,

I am going to be in Nashville in a couple of weeks for work. I need some good dining recommendations. The previous times I've been to Nashville, the food has been like Vandy's historical record...underwhelming.

I'm not sure what sort of dining experience you are looking for, but if you want to pick up some quick, delicious, local food check out Sloco's Sandwiches. The Frothy Monkey is another restaurant in Nashville (and Franklin) that sells good local food. Taco Mamacita has a unique menu. None of these places would be considered fine dining though if that is what you are looking for. Good luck and represent UT while you're there!

Written on Vanderbilt plans to go from 'good to great':

in response to VolzsFan:

The winninest Coaches in SEC History

Bryant
160-46-9 215 games

Spurrier
122-41 163 games

Vaught
106-39-10 155 games

Dooley
104-42-4 150 games

Neyland
103-17-10 130 games

Fulmer
98-34 132 games

Had he not been railroaded, he would be battling Spurrier for second. In fact, he would be second because USC would not have had all those wins with him still in place.

Yes, but it UT had the cumulative record of every coach that has ever coached an undefeated season then UT would be have a near perfect all time record. If every Heisman trophy winner had signed with UT, then UT would have won every Heisman trophy. Should I keep going, or do you get the point?

Written on Vanderbilt plans to go from 'good to great':

in response to VolzsFan:

UT All Time Football Record

799-354-53 66%

Take out the Hall of Famer Fulmer and the long ago era Neyland and this is what you got.

474-271-41 60%

SEC All Time Record

UT 320-181-19

Take out Fulmer and Neyland

119-130-9

That is the real UT history.

This is the stupidest post I have ever read, and that is saying something considering present company (prohandicaps multiple personalities). Completely rearrange history and you have the "real" UT history. What are you smoking? Hahahahahaha

Written on What does Vegas say about Vols in 2013? :

in response to GeauxTeamScribe:

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Your love of Franklin gave you away, Bret. Same troll, new name.

Written on Butch Jones doesn't bite on Saban bait:

On topic, I like Butch Jones' style. It looks like he plans to do his talking with the team he puts on the field. That will be the true test. Until then, everything else is just speculation.

Written on Butch Jones doesn't bite on Saban bait:

in response to GeauxTeamScribe:

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Yep, definitely Professionalhandicapper

Written on Butch Jones doesn't bite on Saban bait:

in response to GeauxTeamScribe:

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You seem familiar, probably ProfessionalHandicapper aka Brett Maverick.

We are not talking about Franklin and we are talking about the UT glory years because this is a UT site. Now, are you getting it?

Written on RB Marlin Lane 'absolutely' on track for return to Vols, Butch Jones says:

in response to One_Percenter:

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So, which new-name-same-troll are you? I'm crossing my fingers and hoping I make the cut for true Vol fan. When will you give us the results? I can hardly wait.

Written on UT's coach the right man for Peyton Manning:

Why the Broncos, Peyton? Why? A true Vol for sure. It's just painful to see him in a Broncos uniform. Anyone but the Broncos.

Written on Jordan McRae announces he won't enter NBA draft:

Good decision. I hope he has a great senior year and goes high in the 1st round of 2014.

Written on Jordan McRae, Jarnell Stokes apply for evaluation from NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee :

If you plan to make basketball a career, and can have a professional evaluation without declaring for the draft, why wouldn't you? I'll save my opinion of their decision for after they make it, rather than making assumptions.

It's funny to me to read other's posting about their lust for Michigan and Louisville. They are playing in the championship game, of course they look better than us. They are the two best teams in the country. Don't worry though, we're aren't as far away from being a good team as you seem to think. Let's get back to being a good team first, then worry about "looking like" a national championship team. One step at a time.

Written on Dave Hart praises outgoing Alabama AD Mal Moore, says he's committed to Tennessee:

in response to rtrchatt:

Doubt Ozzie Newsome will take a huge paycut and leave Baltimore, but replacing one Bama legend with another Bama legend is a popular choice among the Tide Nation.

Coach Moore is the quinessential southern gentlemen and will be greatly missed. He certainly is one of the reasons CNS has made the committment to Alabama. The next AD hire is critical for CNS retiring at Alabama, and rocky flop has no worries re DH. He is not in the running IMHO. Roll Tide

Who (here) cares?

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

in response to SevenT:

Question: What kind of a sorry team gets dog whipped 17 points by a crud Division 3 shcool like Mercer on their howm court?

Answer: Tennessee

Might want to check your math

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

in response to 9willbesofine:

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Actually, yes. It is still funny. ahahahahahahahaha
Thanks for reminding me!

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

in response to notfunanymore:

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Other than Florida? Kentucky, UMass, Missouri, Wichita St., Xavier, Alabama, . . .

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

in response to Witch_Doctors:

Witch Doctor would but since you posted the idea now hundreds of Music row hacks have stolen it and now in studio laying down the tracks! lol
Bones never lie.

I'm already working on it ...

Motown Style:
I'm waiting (He's waiting)
I'm waiting by the locker room door
I'm waiting (He's waiting)
'cause defense makes me snore
And I'll keep waiting (Waiting)
By the locker room door

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

in response to emailnodata:

Wonder if KNS would run this poll:

"If Bruce Pearl could come back, would you forgive and forget?"

My answer: Already forgiven and forgotten. Not coming back.

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

in response to yabadabadoo1026:

to our folks who just couldnt show restraint and wait to after this game to laugh at Kentucky, you all look so predictably foolish now but you will never learn better

If we were doing it on a Kentucky site, yes we would look foolish. The name of this site is Go Vols Xtra with emphasis on the "GO VOLS!" What that means is, when Kentucky loses to a team like Robert Morris, we (Vol fans) come on here and have a few laughs together. That event is totally unrelated to the disappointing performance by OUR basketball team tonight.

Written on Robert Morris stuns Kentucky in NIT, 59-57:

in response to UkJarhead:

You people are hilarious. There are no excuses this year. We suck. The players were overrated and we played poorly. It was embarassing for our standards. It was ok for yours, but not ours. The great news is, we get a new chance to win a championship every year. To say the system don't work is laughable. If the system has to result in championships every year, then no, it don't work. But 7 straight 30 win seasons, 5 straight top recruiting classes, and expectations to win it all I think is the sign of a good program. We had a bad year, fine. Enjoy it. But we did just win a title, 1 of 8, and we hve more wins than anyone. And didn't you just lose at home to Mercer....

And those that complain about one and done are fans at school that can't get them. We have 6 McDonald's All Americans coming next year. I guess if they wanted to come to UT, you would say no??

I take back my previous comment.

Written on Robert Morris stuns Kentucky in NIT, 59-57:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

Did anyone watch this one? I understand U K fans were sending twitters and e-mails to the Robert Morris people warning them of the impending massacre which was going to befall the Colonials.

OK fans, this is one we can talk about a little bit on OUR site. Don't go to the the Kitty site to rub it in...........losing to Robert 'freakin' Morris in a 3,000 seat gym. Therefore, Seven teeth is drowning in his sorrow tonight. He'll say, "well, we didn't get to use our one and dones in Co-Rupp arena."

That was an exciting game. The stuffy kittens and Calipara got a huge dose of humble pie to choke on. #1 seed in the NIT is given a break.....they don't have to worry about another possible beat down by the Vols.

I don't think R M even missed a free throw. Calipari, given a warning for leaving the coaching box earlier, could have well received a T for doing it later.......but we can forgive him.......he was quite frustrated. All the talk about another one of those 'greatest recruiting classes again coming in' is actually an invitation for people like Tennessee and Robert Morris to laugh at all that. After all, the games are played on the floor, not in the media !

"OK fans, this is one we can talk about a little bit on OUR site. Don't go to the the Kitty site to rub it in."

This to me is the line that trolls cross. You will never find me on a UK, UF, or U-anything-but-T website talking trash and stirring things up from behind a keyboard. I will; however, come on a UT website and talk all the trash I want, especially after UK loses to Robert Morris. I'd feel pretty stupid right now (much the same way 7something, professionalwhatever, 8isenough, and so on must feel) if I had been on their site talking trash, and then UT flops in the first round as well. I can respect fans of other teams like UKJarhead who come here and talk respectfully about the game.

Disappointing end to an okay season with some memorable wins. I hope next season is better or Coach Martin's seat might start heating up.

Written on Robert Morris stuns Kentucky in NIT, 59-57:

in response to andforhisnexttune:

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Did you see the Alabama game?

Written on Vols try to turn attention off NCAA omission and onto Mercer:

in response to 1Volunteer:

Not so fast, troll-breath. The Vols' record against Alabama is 1-1 this year. I think that's identical to the Gators' record against the Vols. The Gators did a little better against us this year than last. I wish them good luck in the Big Dance.

I like your spirit, but the Vols were 1 - 2 vs Bama and 1 - 0 vs UF (3 - 0 over the last two years).

Written on Vols try to turn attention off NCAA omission and onto Mercer:

in response to 8inarow:

And the Vols have a shot at losing to Bama 3-times in the same season.

Lucky for you we didn't play the gators two more times.

Written on Cuonzo Martin baffled by Vols' NCAA tournament snub:

in response to ProfessionalHandicapper:

In case he didnt notice Bama and Kentucky both were higher seeds in the NIT. So looks like Bama and Kentucky have more to complain about than Martin.

Another one that only comes around when this team is down. How did Kentucky do with that #1 seed tonight?

Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

in response to bUTch_please:

No truer words Basketvol, no truer words.

Last basketball article commented on by WestKnoxRepub, Feb. 7 after the loss to Georgia. Nothing for over a month while UT is winning 9 out of 11. What a pathetic loser!

Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

in response to underthehill:

Interesting comments..and I agree with much of what you say..I thought the winner of bama -ut would and should have got in..I am anti bama but fair is fair..and bama should have got in..I think Martin has done a bit better than ok but if you watch Belmont and MTSU play you will see teams that execute the fundamentals of basketball better than any I have seen in the SEC..I can accept Martin saying Golden was the best option the first year..he should have got some help at point for this year..to not do so next year ..as I see it..would be neglectful and very poor judgement..the point guard at MTSU came from a JC..don't know if UT has or not..but it seems to me they should not overlook any option to improve speed and ball handling skills at point..not to mention the worse defensive point guard I have ever seen at UT...

I agree. When UT didn't make it, Bama should have. Three teams from the SEC is ridiculous--payback for dominating football.

Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

in response to Sir_Spanky:

Two losses to Alabama, two to Georgia, should be enough BY ITSELF to keep any team out of the NCAA.

Sorry, that's just stupid. So, if UT's record was 28 - 4, with those 4 losses, they don't make the tournament?

Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

in response to volhome:

Then I'm part of the 5%, as I agree with WP. Keeping CBP would have been a few years slapped would have been the same postseason results (no NCAA tourney), and yet we could have been winning 25 to 30 games a year. It's the same wimp-headed thinking that cost us CPF (on 'probation', if you will), and here we are back at NIT again. The only way CCM can shut those 5% of us up is to win the NIT, and that for darned sure ain't happening. Welcome back to basketball mediocrity, fellow Vol fans. Sadly, all too familiar territority.

I liked Bruce Pearl and hated to see him go. But it's pretty easy to claim we would be winning 25 - 30 games a year with him as coach when there is absolutely no way to prove that. In fact, based on the evidence (the team's record his last year and previous records), this might be a bit of a stretch. We'll never know because he lied to the NCAA and got fired. So, speculate away. Had we kept Dooley, we probably would have won the NC next year. See how that works?

Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

in response to westknoxrepub:

In no way shape or form has Martin recruited well. Stokes was Pearl's recruit bottom line. Everyone cried about how the cupboard was bare, yet EVERYONE who contributed this year were Pearl's recruits, while Martin's contributed NOTHING. Crean walked into a wasteland and built it up, Martin walked into a good situation and completly screwed it up.

Taking over a job after the last coach was fired (with the AD not too far behind), players bolting for the professional leagues, looming NCAA sanctions scaring recruits away, and limited time to recruit; you call this walking into a "good situation?"

Taking that same team and finishing 2nd in the SEC when expected to finish at the bottom(and inexplicably being left out of the NCAA) and then just missing the tournament the next year by one basket against G'Town after losing his star All-SEC player; you call this completely screwing it up?

I call you an idiot.

Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

in response to westknoxrepub:

Two years of failing to make the tournament. . .show cause up after next year.

Look who decided to show up now that UT is down. Pathetic.

Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

in response to sheep:

Are you top 10 in three pointers made at tennessee? and soon to be 3rd all time in games played? Funny how everyone blames Skylar, and he has hit lots of clutch shots even this year(A&M, Florida,) and all of this with a torn UCL(Tommy John Ligament) in his SHOOTING elbow, which he has never complained about or blamed. Easy to hate on the guy, when you have no idea what you are talking about. He made 63 threes last year, and didnt play against Florida at home, he has made 50 this year,second only to Mcrae, and yet he still is the problem. Also, he got beat by players that torched everyone else, and most of the time, he was in position, they just made good shots. If you actually watched the games, you might know these FACTS. Once again no facts, but a baised opinion.

Agreed. Unless mcdevitt is actually Chris Lofton in disguise he needs to STHU.

Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

in response to NEVERBECONSERVATIVEWITHKNS:

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We'll say whatever we want about UK, UF, or anyone here on our own site. Don't like it? Go surround yourself with fans of your own team instead of trolling this site.

Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

in response to NEVERBECONSERVATIVEWITHKNS:

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I see the same whiners whining, and the same supporters supporting. Please be specific and point out which poster thought CUONZO was the greatest and is now as bad as before. That's what I thought.

Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

in response to 1vavolfan:

Talk all day about the Bama game but if UT makes an inbound pass to a wide open Kenny Hall for a dunk against G'Town we are talking seeding. Can't remember UT scoring off a timeout in the CCM era.

I can think of at least once, but that might be it. I would like to see more attempts to score off the inbound pass and have been calling for it all season.

Written on Vols lose to Alabama, will play the waiting game for NCAA tournament:

in response to VOLet_parking:

Thank you for clarifying that everything you say from now on is invalid. Let me ask you a question..If the government raises taxes on tobacco to "deter" smoking, then do they raise taxes on income to deter working?

I think your first sentence is the most closed-minded thing I've read on this site. Congratulations. And by the way, according to your criteria, my opinion DOES count.

I know this is a sports site, but I couldn't resist. Back to basketball. What are the chances Vandy finishes off Ole Miss, and then loses to Florida, nudging Tennessee back in? Also, need Maryland to lose. Too bad it had to come down to this. Like someone said earlier, one more basket against Georgetown and we're not even having this conversation. One more win against anyone and I think they would have been in without any question. I'm expecting better things next year, and hoping for better this year!

Written on Vols lose to Alabama, will play the waiting game for NCAA tournament:

I've seen varying opinions on whether Bama winning or losing hurts or helps us. My initial thought was we would want them to lose to UF, and have UF or UM win the tournament since they are already in the NCAA tournament. Would our RPI benefiting from Bama winning the tournament offset the fact that Bama would take up one of the valuable SEC tournament spots?

Written on Vols lose to Alabama, will play the waiting game for NCAA tournament:

in response to tomkats3242:

Someone needs to tell bones that they teach english. He needs to learn how to speak and write. If he knew so much about basketball he would replace Martin as Coach as it does not take much. Most coachs would have replaced the players who gave no effort today. Please Mr. Hart don't accept an NIT game and make us look worse than we do now. Maybe we need to send Martin back to the Big Ten where they don't coach their players but let them Play. This is the SEC not a learning spot for people like Martin who cannot coach. YOUR turn Bones. Cannot wait till you make yourself look like the coach at UT. COME ON FOOTBALL.

How about being specific? Which players were giving no effort, and more importantly, who do you think you would replace them with? Lopez for Golden? Yemi for Stokes? You would probably just be criticizing for Martin for not playing Stokes and Golden more.

Written on Vols lose to Alabama, will play the waiting game for NCAA tournament:

in response to peerless1:

u know---i could accept a loss by the VOLS in a gutty well played game by 2 two teams fighting for the NCAA tourney but only one team wanted it in the 2nd half--and they won--Coach--whats your excuse?

Do you REALLY think they didn't want to win the game? If so, that's a pretty foolish opinion.

Written on Vols lose to Alabama, will play the waiting game for NCAA tournament:

in response to SevenT:

There are a few givens in life: death taxes and Tennessee losing to Alabama

Might want to worry about your own team. Vandy, really?

Written on Tennessee beats Mississippi State, advances in SEC tournament:

in response to usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it:

Nice win today! Loved McRae's epic 360 dunk! Just keep it going (and thank God we don't have UGA to worry about. Thanks, LSU.)

Amen to that. UGA really had our number this year. I hope we beat Bama and then get Florida and Kentucky on our way to the championship.

Written on Tennessee beats Mississippi State, advances in SEC tournament:

This team SHOULD be in with this win, but I don't think they are. Better bring it for two halves against Bama and leave no doubt. What a dunk from McRae! Nice game from Chievous. Proof that maybe Coach Martin knows a little more about basketball than random posters on an online forum.

Written on Jordan McRae passed over for SEC Player of the Year:

in response to Theo:

One of the best books I ever read.
Discussing books should also help keep the gator trolls away.

Now THAT is funny!

Written on UT signee Robert Hubbs says Vols will 'do some damage' in NCAA tournament:

in response to claiborneh:

UT Vols signee says, "We don't stand a chance. I'm not sure we will get in, but if we do I say we will wont be able to do any damage. Well probably get knocked out first game."

Another lame article with such insightful opinion from a teenager

Another lame post with such insightful opinion from a troll.

There is a word for your prejudice. It's called agism. I am a teacher and I know and have met many teenagers with amazing insight. Remember when you are old and in diapers, these teenagers--whose opinions you show no respect for--will be running the show.

Written on ETSU covets Phillip Fulmer :

in response to KnoxVegas88:

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I must have missed the 60-0 game that Fulmer coached. Care to explain?

Written on Cuonzo Martin says Missouri win is biggest so far at UT:

in response to johnlg00:

Well, in all seriousness, anybody who presumes to question the intelligence of anybody else on the basis of no visible grounds whatsoever OUGHT to know that the term for a form of non-statistical evidence is ANECDOTAL, not "antidotal", whatever the heck THAT means. As someone with more than passing familiarity with "IQ", how it is tested, and what it means, I can tell you that for all the well-known faults of the methods by which it is tested and defined, it is FAR more than one's snap impressions of another's mode of expression. Your insinuation is right up there with the way "Yankees" have traditionally underestimated the intelligence of Southerners because they think they talk funny or with the impression some Americans have of the superior intellect and sophistication of Brits because of the way THEY sound.

For one thing, FUNCTIONAL intelligence, i.e., the ability to get things done in the "real" world, consists of far more than "readin', writin', and cipherin'" as those things are measured on paper. To avoid the risk of turning this into another tome on a non-issue, I would say only that to question by innuendo the intelligence of a person you clearly know nothing about raises serious questions about YOUR intelligence, not to mention your taste and judgment. Continuing to double down on this line of discussion would call those things into serious question indeed.

I was thinking the same thing, but couldn't have said this better myself. Really, I couldn't. Must be my low IQ, lol. I wonder if Giverny is familiar with Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences.

Written on David Climer: Tennessee Vols' Cuonzo Martin is the right coach at the right time:

in response to chipmurphy461:

Cuonzo Martin coaching record at UT
2011–2012 Tennessee 19–15 SEC 10–6 NIT 2nd Round
2012–2013 Tennessee 19–11 SEC 11–7
2012-2013 Away record 3-8

Actually, the 2012 - 2013 Away record is 4-7.

Without their star player, this team has improved from last year according to these numbers.

The season is not over yet. Worst case scenario is 19-13 if they lose in the SEC and first round of NIT or possibly NCAA. Middle of the road scenario. They win two in the SEC tournament and one in the NCAA, 22-13, which would be better than Bruce Pearl's final year. Even better scenario, win the SEC tournament and go to the Sweet 16, 25-12.

At least wait until the season is over to pass judgement.

Written on Vols' Jordan McRae makes first-team All-SEC:

Congratulations to McRae and Stokes!

My thoughts and observations:

Stokes should definitely be on 1st team.

Golden should probably be on 2nd team but his inconsistency (maybe due to injuries?)could also keep him off the list.

Awful lot of awards (many in the freshman categories) for a certain team on the bubble. They were either overrated at the beginning of the year, or really underachieved, or a bit of both.

Our coach beat the coach of the year--three times in a row. It will be Coach Martin's turn for SEC coach of the year next year, and you can write that down in ink.

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