Comments by CommodoreCapital

Written on Vols open season at Xavier, face difficult SEC road tests:

in response to VolzsFan:

What an idiot.

NC State? Probably Kansas? Wichita State (final 4, Xavier in the Natti. Virginia. Probably Iowa. Very good schedule and when you go down the schedules of the traditional elite, they will look similar.

Idiot

So UT plays 2 out of 12 teams that went to the NCAA and you think that is tough. I am not going down the fields of the traditional elite but Vanerbilt plays 4 out of 12 and I guarantee the traditional elite play 5-6 teams that played in the NCAA tourney last year.

I just don't want to hear you crying like the past few years on why you don't get in the tournament when UT schedules teams that will but them on the bubble each year.

Written on Vols open season at Xavier, face difficult SEC road tests:

Is Martin serious about "one of the best, if not the best non-conference schedules in the nation". With that schedule of only one NCAA tournament team last year out of conference, UT will need to win 22 games because of the SOS. Not like many of the SEC games are going to help.

I think UT can get 22 wins, but that comment is absurd.

Written on Vols picked fifth in East by SEC media:

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Written on Vols picked fifth in East by SEC media:

in response to johnlg00:

Since you asked a legitimate football question in an apparent mood of honest inquiry, I'll try to give you an answer. First, I would say that many of us longtime fans are asking the same question.

No doubt they will have to do it differently this year, since they lost the whole "take-it-the-distance" group. However, that was a high-risk offense that often couldn't convert critical third downs or turned the ball over. Scoring drives, when they happened, came so quickly that the beleaguered defense was left in bad field position and on the field too long.

It is thought that the offense will rely as much as possible on the running game to control the clock and field position. The two top returning RBs both had over 4.5 ypc in a passing offense that often abandoned the run game in the second half. With greater experience, hopefully better coaching, and more strategic emphasis, the running game should be productive. If the opponents are forced to align to stop the run, passing opportunities should appear. There is good talent in the receiving corps even though most of it is extremely raw.

The plan I mentioned is of course nothing more or less than good ol'-fashioned SEC football. I don't know if the Vols are strong enough and deep enough to make that work against the better opponents. The defense of course has to prove it can stop somebody or at least take the ball away and score. And as you also said, we are concerned about the kicking game.

So I at least don't expect the Vols to light up the scoreboard a lot this year. I expect a lot of 24-17-type scores, if not lower. I am putting most of my hopes for a decent record on Jones and staff not losing games they ought to win, on generally good decision-making by coaches and players, and a favorable turnover to takeaway margin. Realistically, a fairly thin reed to lean weighty hopes on. I'm not surprised the Vols are picked so low; I DO believe the Vols will spring a few "surprises" of their own as the season goes on.

Good assessment and I appreciate the comments. I believe both teams will be needing the win to up their possible bowl destination with the home field advantage that UT will have, I thik it will be a pick'em type of game.

Written on Vols picked fifth in East by SEC media:

in response to utvolfan1955:

Vanderbilt will have a new QB and Zac Stacey graduated

My question was how is UT going to score. I am aware that Vanderbilt has a new QB and lost starting RB. Vanderbilt still has more skilled players on the offensive end then UT. Once again how is UT going to score?

Written on Vols picked fifth in East by SEC media:

Not trying to be a troll but I am trying to see where UT is going to get their offense this year.
They should have a good o-line (same was said last year), the RB though have gotten some carries, one of them does not seem to have the leadership qualities you would want in your starting back , new Qb's, new Wr's, a below average kicking unit and return team.

The offense kept them in every game last year and without that fire power how are they going to score?

Written on Four Vanderbilt players kicked off team amid sex crime investigation :

in response to DLuckySeven:

It was probaly with each other. Franklin is under investigation of joining them It was a fivesome.

Did this story excite you Josh Briscoe?

Written on Four Vanderbilt players kicked off team amid sex crime investigation :

in response to Colliervol:

Funny how Franklin's mouth is flapping 24-7 under normal conditions and now he disappears. Couldn't find him with bloodhounds. When the going gets tough.......

Franklin was actually on vacation and had to cut his trip short. What do you want him to say the canned answer of "we are waiting for all the information to come out"? He could have been like Cuonzo and bounced around the issue and said, "we are granting these players there request for a release". No he didn't, he let the university take control as they should and within days they were dismissed.

Written on Tennessee finishes 37th, an all-time low, in final Directors' Cup standings:

in response to NashvillePreds:

Serious question for CommodoreWestEnd:
Do you know if franklin is still crying himself to sleep at night over J Hurd? I'm worried about the guy. Last I heard, he had players stabbing each other, and was trying to recruit unborn children.... troubling.

Do we really need to talk about behavioral issues amongst teams? Sure Franklin would like to have had Hurd but Kimbrow and Wesley Tate (2 local TN boys) will fill in just fine. Signing day is still many months away and another 4-8 season could sway some recruits to another team.

Written on Tennessee finishes 37th, an all-time low, in final Directors' Cup standings:

in response to thevoice:

At least we beat Vandy.

UT fields about 6 more teams then Vanderbilt in these reports. If you want to compare the 3 sports that really matter to most fans, Mens B-Ball, basketball and football, then the score would be 118-0, Vanderbilt.

Ouch, times they are a changin'

Written on Vandy routs Mississippi State 16-8 in SEC semis:

Keep rollin' dores...

Written on John Adams: Hurd's commitment makes Beech a Tennessee team:

After TN goes 4-8, he will sign with Alabama.

Written on Vols handle Morehead State, but Dave Serrano unimpressed with effort as big SEC series looms:

And Vanderbilt clinches the SEC. Going for the all-time SEC season winning percentage this weekend against the Tide.

Anchor Down.

Written on Vanderbilt coach James Franklin says 'people are offended' that he stands up for his school:

in response to BaldingEagle:

Vandy under Franklin

vs ranked teams: 0-6 with average score being 30-10

wins against: Kentucky (2), Wake Forest(2), Ole Miss (2), Auburn, Missouri, NC State, Elon, UConn, Army, Presbyterian, UMass, and Tennessee.

If this is where Vandy wants to be and "stay",congrats. But goals should be to schedule a good team (and not buy your way out) and beat someone that is not new to division I or one of the worst teams those schools have ever fielded. I went to a NAIA school and we use to beat Elon and Presbyterian all the time. Anchor Down!!!!

Georgia State, Troy, Akron, Buffalo, Montana - very similar to what most teams in the conference play. Since 2008, UT has beaten 1 ranked team and Vanderbilt has beaten 2 ranked teams. Neither one of us is where we want to be. As far as buying out a team, does the "mighty" UNC Tarheels ring a bell.

Written on Vanderbilt coach James Franklin says 'people are offended' that he stands up for his school:

in response to CoverOrange:

"Anchor Down"? Doesn't that imply that you are going no where?

Anchor Down means "you're here to stay".

Written on Vanderbilt coach James Franklin says 'people are offended' that he stands up for his school:

Franklin is a professional in PR and in coaching. He handled that very well.

Anchor Down...

Written on No. 3 Vandy beats Vols, 4-3, in 12 innings:

Take the series. Really. Serrano is the Derek Dooley of baseball.

Written on Former Vol Eric Westmoreland arrested for drugs:

VFL tradition rolls on.

Written on Tyler Anderson dismissed from track team, faces new charges:

I would like to see him try that against Chamique Holdsclaw.

Written on Govols247: Thompson picks Tennessee:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

No doubt, he showed his arse last year yelling NIT, NIT at the UT fans after he got his rear handed to him @ TBA last year.

But he was correct, when he was saying NIT, unlike the great BP who couldn't keep his story straight.

Written on Mark Wiedmer: Does UT control its NCAA destiny?:

4 SEC teams would be the max the league gets and unless Ole Miss really tanks then it would be FLA, Missouri, KY and Ole Miss. Ole Miss taking 2 from UT will be the deciding factor. Best UT can hope for is Ole Miss to lose out.

Written on Jay Graham leaving Vols for Florida State:

The "great" Jabo Lee is probably pissed off that his RB coach left and thinking he would have been better off at East Carolina.

Written on In Butch Jones' 'VOLympics,' UT players will earn, lose points for actions away from field:

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Written on Four Alabama football players arrested on robbery charges:

Looks like with the addition of Dyer and these boys, UT will be able to fill out their recruiting class.

Written on Middle Tennessee rallies to beat Vanderbilt 56-52:

Vanderbilt is down, but if I recall UT lost to MTSU last year as well. Probably will be a battle and the first to 50 points wins.

Written on John Adams: Cordarrelle Patterson will leave highlights, regrets behind :

in response to bkwats2003#237114:

Sorry Vol fans, but CP stopped going to class months ago. He couldn't return if he wanted to.

I doubt the team wants Bray back. He is considered an arrogant cry baby and not a team leader at all. I'm sick of these Cali QBs

Agreed. Even if UT had made a bowl game CP wouldn't have been eligible. He has a shot to stick around in the NFL if he keeps his head on straight.

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

Apparently UT fans are the only ones that think University of Tennessee is still a Top 25 job.

Written on Five Vols named AP All-SEC :

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

Hunter and Cobi Hamilton had the same yards/catch (Hunter actually .01 yards better), but even with only 73 catches Hunter had 9 TDs compared to Hamilton's 5 TDs with 90 catches.

Matthews doesn't have the yards per catch and only had 7 TDS, despite having more catches than Hunter.

Hunter had to share catches with Patterson, Rivera and Rogers (all in the top 20 in the conference for total receiving yards), while Hamilton's closest competitor at Arkansas is ranked #38 in the conference in yardage.

Hunter should have been a clear choice for first team.

Apparently you didn't watch the Vanderbilt blowout of the Vols, when Jordan Matthews blew up. Matthews had 15 more catches, 200 more yards and they had the same yard average at 14.5 per game. Also against SEC competition Matthews did not disappear like Hunter and Bray. Considering Vanderbilt is a run 1st offense, if Vandy threw more then Matthews numbers would have been even higher.

Written on Vanderbilt gives coach James Franklin new contract:

Remember when 90% of the posts said Franklin was leaving Vanderbilt for the 1st job he was offered. I guess not, well deserved raise coach and keep the momentum. There are not many jobs in the best conference in the nation that are better then Vanderbilt. The players are responsible and coachable, the city is great and the education you get will last alot longer then football.

ANCHOR DOWN

Written on Coaching Carousel: After wild day of Jon Gruden rumors, Tennessee's pursuit uncertain :

Maybe UT fans should temper their expectations and shoot for Jay Gruden instead of brother Jon.

Written on An early look at candidates to replace Derek Dooley as Vols' coach:

in response to mbible1utk#324980:

Here's how I could see the coaching shake-down going....

There are 5 schools who are clearly going to be on a coaching search (maybe more, but 5 that I would say are going to be the contenders of the biggest names out there). Those five schools are Texas, Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The real wildcard in the bunch is Texas, because they have resources to go shopping for whoever they want... but here's what I foresee.

Auburn hires James Franklin from Vanderbilt.
Kentucky hires Bobby Petrino
Arkansas hires Gus Malzahn from Arkansas State
Tennessee hires Jon Gruden
Texas hires Will Muschamp from Florida
Florida hires Charlie Strong from Louisville to replace Will Muschamp
Louisville hires Kirby Smart from Alabama
Vanderbilt has to hire a nobody.

Vanderbilt to hire a nobody? Kind of like Tennessee. The AD at Vandy would run circles around Hamilton and HArt, even if he is doing it in sweat pants.

Franklins buyout is 10 million, no one is taking him.

Get ready for the streak to continue.

ANCHOR DOWN.

Written on An early look at candidates to replace Derek Dooley as Vols' coach:

in response to stormblast:

First win over a bad UT team in 30 years and still pounding your chest huh? Enjoy it, because it only happens every other generation.

Vandy fans are dancing in public with pride for once instead of the usual Buffalo Bill's dance scene in front of the mirror from "Silence of the Lambs."

Remember, the clock struck 12 last night. Today begins the next 29 year cycle of misery for Vandy fans, all 73 of you.

I have heard this for the past 5 years about being UT's worst year and I have not seen UT getting any better. You can live in the past or you can live for today. You decide.

ANCHOR DOWN

Written on An early look at candidates to replace Derek Dooley as Vols' coach:

in response to deputy658:

We don't need this classless punk at UT.

Classless punk? Where do we start.... Bray, D. Rogers, Deon Bonner, Cam Clear, and these are just for this year.

VFL

Written on An early look at candidates to replace Derek Dooley as Vols' coach:

Petrino would fit right into the ethics and morals of the university.

Written on Vanderblowout: Tennessee loses to Vanderbilt in Nashville for first time since 1982 :

in response to Theo:

Women's bowling. No really.

Theo go to bed, yes Vanderbilt won the SEC basketball tournament last year.

Written on Vanderblowout: Tennessee loses to Vanderbilt in Nashville for first time since 1982 :

in response to fearthehound:

Please, don't try and create some great motto that never existed. How about have a couple more decent seasons before you start talking smack. At this point, you're just embarassing yourself (or you should be). I'll bet within two to three years you'll be the same old doormat.

Like the motto VFL that Dooley brought on board?

Why live in the past? Sure UT was relevant 5 years ago but today is what it is all about.

Written on Vanderblowout: Tennessee loses to Vanderbilt in Nashville for first time since 1982 :

Earlier in the year, I thought everyone on here had Tyler Bray as a Heisman Candidate and losing Wilcox was no problem because Sal Sunseri was a Saban clone. 8 wins was the minimum with 10 wins likely. Darick Rodgers was lucky to get booted and his gal pal Nash Nance may have liked going to bowl games during his tenure had he stayed commited to Vanderbilt.

ANCHOR DOWN!!

Written on Vanderblowout: Tennessee loses to Vanderbilt in Nashville for first time since 1982 :

in response to killervol69:

Go find yourself a furry farm animal to spend some quality time with, dirtbag. Slummadores still su_k!!!

Commodores don't suck as much as a BIG ORANGE!!!

0-7 in the SEC

Written on Vanderblowout: Tennessee loses to Vanderbilt in Nashville for first time since 1982 :

in response to TheEffect:

2012 NCAA Tournament Champions? In what?? Can't be basketball......that one belongs to The Big Blue.

Sorry, SEC Tournamet Champions. I was confused with MTSU putting UT out in that other tournament that the others play in.

Written on Vanderblowout: Tennessee loses to Vanderbilt in Nashville for first time since 1982 :

in response to MikeNPS:

Why would we ever lower ourselves to jump on the Vandy bandwagon. And that "Anchor Down" phrase is one of the dumbest phrases I have ever heard.

Is it as dumb as the ceramic dog, Dooley broke out last year? No hating, just jump on board, 2012 NCAA tournament champions, College World Series participant, and soon to be Atlanta Bound bowl game.

ANCHOR DOWN.

Written on Vanderblowout: Tennessee loses to Vanderbilt in Nashville for first time since 1982 :

As the voice of the Commodores, feel free to jump on the bandwagon and have a team to pull for over the holiday season (again).

Just think you don't have to wake up every morning wondering what current or ex UT (VFL) player got arrested the night before.

Welcome aboard and ANCHOR DOWN.

Written on Ex-WNBA, Lady Vol player Holdsclaw in jail on assault charge:

Maybe she can write another book about her struggles in jail and pick up another girlfriend while she is there.

She sounds like a true VFL.

Written on As Derek Dooley's future grows more shaky, team still has goal of bowl eligibility :

Look whos going bowling!!! That's right the 8-4 commodores.

Written on After wild win, Tennessee facing questions as final 3 SEC games loom :

in response to govolsn3:

Tennessee will out score them all. Turn the offense loose and all three teams couldn't combine their defenses to stop them. Quit your whinning or go buy you a VANDY hat...GO VOLS VFL

Vanderbilt is 19th in the nation and 5th in the SEC in total defense. You might want to do some research next time before you post.

Written on David Climer: Did Vols fans really think a win was coming?:

in response to manniesghost1903:

I "caught" the last part of Doug Matthews radio show on 104.5 this morning. I respect Doug Matthews because he has chosen to identify himself with the UT athletic program as a former assistant coach even though he was a star player for Vanderbilt.

Coach Matthews ended his show with several points (opinions),of which, I find myself agreeing with. He related that immediately after the game, Coach Dooley stated he spends 100% of his preparation time with the offense and the kicking game. Coach Matthews pointed out that during his tenure at UT, the Head Coach would spend his time working on the problem areas. Defense is a problem.

He felt it was a mistake to go to a 3-4 defense because UT's personnel does not have the physical ability to make that scheme work. Consequently, the current defensive coordinator was a "bad hire."

Doug Matthews also stated since the retirement of Joe Johnson and Doug Dickey, the leadership at the athletic department at UT has steadily gone downhill. Additionally, recruiting has not been on a level to compete with the better SEC teams.

Coach Matthews also related that the "look and body language" Coach Dooley displayed at that initial press conference was one he had seen before while at Vanderbilt. Perhaps it was unintended by Coach Dooley, but it reminded Doug Matthews of former coaches at Vanderbilt who realized they couldn't get the job done.

Marcus Lattimore was a key player for the Gamecocks. If you watched him play you realize he would become stronger as the game wore on. His loss probably contributed to UT's ability to have a chance to win that game. However, in light of the apparent seriousness of that injury, it is a chance I personally would never want.

Doug Matthews played 1 year at Vanderbilt so I would not call him star player. Please keep Doug Matthews because Vandy fans don't really care for him anyway. If he was that good he would have coached somewhere relevant.

Written on Austin Nichols to visit UT this weekend:

Parents seem pretty smart..... No way they send their kid to Butt Chuggin U.

Written on Jordan Rodgers officially demoted as Vandy QB:

in response to armyvol22:

Vandy is still Vandy!
Starting a guy who beat Presbyterian (Isn’t that a High School team?) which came from Wyoming where he started for two years. Did he lose his job at Wyoming so he transferred to Vandy?????? Over a guy that had close games with South Carolina and Northwestern?
Vandy is still Vandy no matter how much the coach gets fired up.

I think he committed to Wyoming the day after they beat Tennessee.

Written on Starting free safety Brian Randolph says he'll be back "next year" after knee injury :

I thought the Florida RB broke Randolphs ankles also.

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