Comments by CoverOrange

Written on John Adams: Butch Jones hasn't had enough time to change UT's losing ways:

In evaluating a prediction you have to believe that sportswriters, being that it is their job, have the time and take the time to look closely at all teams, and the experience to make valid comparisons. Much more so than the average fan with their full time job elsewhere and only getting tidbits through the internet which is oh so reliable. I don't believe JA has the time much less takes the time. He is too busy pontificating and smirking at his own picks panel jokes to do real investigative research.

Written on John Adams: Butch Jones hasn't had enough time to change UT's losing ways:

"The first two months of the schedule were loaded with nationally ranked teams, which UT probably couldn't have beaten even at the top of its game."

What? JA just said we were leading in the third qtr against Florida. We had Georgia on the ropes in the 4th, South Carolina on the ropes in the final minutes, we were slugging it out with MSU on the road toe to toe. All after Brian Randolph went down which changed the dynamics of the secondary from marginal to total disarray.

Written on Meyer was a part of SEC's title run, now wants to end it:

The difference between the SEC and the Big10 is the swath of athletes from Texas to North Carolina. Urban knows that and will dominate the B10 until the rest of them figure it out.

Written on Vols to retire Dale Ellis’ jersey March 1:

in response to Caspian:

I'm all for honoring former outstanding players. But I've never been a fan of retiring jerseys if it means no one ever wears that number again. Hang the jersey in the rafters, but keep using the number. Otherwise, eventually, if college basketball is played long enough, there will be no numbers left. They'd have to start using letters.

Every current player should have to memorize the name of every other player who previously wore his number.

4 players deserving the honor in 40 years. 47 more numbers to go. I think we'll be okay for awhile.

Written on Vols to retire Dale Ellis’ jersey March 1:

Well deserved. Should have been much earlier.

Written on John Adams: Schools should be waiting in line to hire Bruce Pearl:

in response to UkJarhead:

I have always found it amazing how you people bash Cal, who has never been suspected, accused, or convicted of breaking a single rule. Yet you can't wait to have an admitted, convicted, and sentenced cheater and liar back as a coach. Priceless

No money exchanged or academic fraud involved. Pearl was guilty of jaywalking. That's why.

I won't disparage Calipari without solid facts of him breaking rules. But I wouldn't be surprised if someday facts surface.

Written on Pig Howard takes stab at figuring out who will start at receiver for UT:

in response to Henley-Street-Bridge:

I used to know some of this stuff, but can anyone tell me

What is an X receiver, and what is a W (the slot?).. surely Pig is not playing the slot, that's the big tough guy position and he's a shrimp from Orlando

Then is the Z, the one reciever opposite the Slot player and on the side of the tight end.. doesn't a Z have to line up in the backfield to prevent "covering" the tight end to that side.

Anybody?

I had always been familiar with XYZ, but A and W are new to me. X being the split end, Y the tight end and Z the slot. So North at X, got that. But Howard said sometimes he goes out wide which only the TE would do to become a WR or the Y position. So is A = Y and W = Z? Or is this XYZ + A and W in a five receiver set? I need a root beer now.

Written on John Adams: Schools should be waiting in line to hire Bruce Pearl:

Pearl was blackballed for 16 years by the Div I ADs for a lesser crime. It would have to be an AD not a member of the good ole boys network that would offer him.

Written on Butch Jones to pick QB early next week:

Austin Peay is a scrimmage game. Start the guy you want starting against Oregon. I have no idea who that will be. I'll hang up and listen to Butch.

Written on Mark Wiedmer: Phillip Fulmer takes responsibility, likes UT Vols coach Butch Jones:

Still interesting how some say "they" when he really is talking about himself. No wait, not that interesting.

Written on Mark Wiedmer: Phillip Fulmer takes responsibility, likes UT Vols coach Butch Jones:

All I can say to the above is stop talking about yourself in the mirror in the third person.

Written on Antonio Barton officially on campus, enrolled at UT:

in response to beartn#223846:

I'm glad we got him, but I really don't like the graduate transfer rule. All a player has to do is tell another team his interested, and the new school can design a grad school program the old school doesn't have.

Don't forget the all important graduate in 3 yrs. I like the rule, gives student athletes a choice and freedom to earn that choice.

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

in response to CoverOrange:

I counted 31, but point taken. While there is a lot of talent and experience, how well Bardon fits in is a complete unknown at a critical position.

Are there no exhibition games or is that the game with Tusculum and someone wrote down January instead of November?

Oops, Barton. Sorry Antonio.

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

in response to johnlg00:

If I counted right, the Vols have 33 scheduled games in the regular season. If they go, say, 25-8 against that schedule, they should be no worse than a #5 seed in the NCAA tournament, depending of course on who the 8 are. If they really put it all together and everybody stays happy and healthy, they could do better than that. I love ya', CCM, but this is your big chance, so don't blow it! I don't think he will. I think we are going to be loving some Big Orange basketball this year!

I counted 31, but point taken. While there is a lot of talent and experience, how well Bardon fits in is a complete unknown at a critical position.

Are there no exhibition games or is that the game with Tusculum and someone wrote down January instead of November?

Written on Vols' scholarship roster has 19 seniors, but still plenty of questions entering 2013:

So many numbers, not sure what to make of them. Kinda agree with Butch, once the oblong ball is kicked, it doesn't matter.

Sorry to see Fugate go. Seemed like he had so much promise as a Freshman FB.

Written on Poll results: Over three-fourths at least OK with Vols' gray jerseys:

I didn't become a fan of the Vols because I liked the color orange just as the color crimson didn't sway me. It is just a way to identify, market. So how does going gray set you apart from everyone else going gray?

Is this new color gray or grey? If black is the absence of color and white is all colors and gray/grey is a mixture of black and white, is it even a color?

Written on Could 'smokey' gray uniforms be coming for Tennessee men's basketball?:

The problem I have with the The Gray, basketball or football, is it will make us look like every other team that sports a gray alternate uniform.

Written on John Adams: UT's upset-minded fans should have Georgia on their mind:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Concur with everything you posted..Great points.

Being reasonable and rational sometimes I get things right...and a kudos from the great BB!

Written on John Adams: UT's upset-minded fans should have Georgia on their mind:

in response to CCLC:

"After Kiffin bolted, Tennessee hired the polar opposite from a personality standpoint and in doing so brought in a coach who was coming off a three year career as a head coach at Louisiana Tech. Derek Dooley was not only unqualified to lead a big-time SEC program, but he’d struggled at a mid-major (he was 17-20 at LA Tech and was 4-8 in his last season there). Expectations were high (of course), and he couldn’t meet them."

I wasn't a Dooley fan but will admit to taking a wait and see approach. Why? Because as son of a champion you had to figure he knew something about the game. As asst to Saban at two places, you had to figure he knew something about organization. At La Tech, the first year is always a throw away year in transition, the second year he did alright, wining record and all, and the third year was bad supposedly because injuries decimated the team. That's what we were told...minimal info really. Not much in-depth investigation and analysis from KNS or editor JA. Yeah, many ego driven fans jumped ahead of themselves and pronounced Dooley the second coming of his dad (who took a few years to get the Dawgs going) but the first clue I had something was not right is when he arrived without a single asst accompanying him (although that may have been true of Majors back in the 70s, sports news reporting was sketchy back then too). Had Dooley not driven off the DC the year before, last year would have been a good year.

Written on John Adams: UT's upset-minded fans should have Georgia on their mind:

"Their up-tempo, spread offense could be a nightmare for an unproven defense."

There is evidence that JA is a bad writer. "Unproven" doesn't mean bad. An inexperienced defense, yeah, I'll agree, but it is possible they could prove to be an incredible defense although not likely.

Words have meaning. Writers should know better.

Written on Mo Couch is Vols' third defensive lineman to get dinged:

Reading the line about Fugate, the thought occurred to me to move him back to FB. The next thought occurred wondering do we even have a FB position in this offense?

Written on Wrath of Butch finds Vols:

Um, yeah, taunting is going to get trolls to stop posting.

Facts, or lack thereof, don't stop them either.

Like cockroaches, they serve no purpose but will always be there. No need to get down on the floor with them.

Written on Vols geared up for Saturday's scrimmage:

in response to Pompey:

...could someone tell me if Justin King has ever been healthy....

Seems like some guys just have that knack. Read the other day that Montario Hardesty is in danger of being cut from the Browns because he is injured again.

Written on Butch Jones says freshman DE Corey Vereen might miss only 5-6 weeks:

Good idea rich, use that powerful prayer thing to prevent injuries rather than recover from them.

Written on Tennessee football season opener to be on pay-per-view:

Wasn't part of the deal with ESPN that they have option to broadcast 10 of the 12 games of each SEC team? If CBS, ABC,or Fox doesn't pick it up, then it falls to some fourth party network to show it. I remember the days when John Ward or a ticket to the game were the only options.

Written on John Adams: Tennessee football is due a run of good luck:

in response to brokendownoldvol:

I was at that game it was that kid from California Steve Allatore(sp).

Hmmm, thought it was in the futile years where nothing seemed to go right (the late 70s but 1980 struggled too). I watched on the Sunday replay so the details don't stand out for me. Thanks.

Written on UT freshman Corey Vereen undergoes knee surgery, but expected to return this year:

in response to madmaxvol:

"The person spoke on condition of anonymity because UT has not yet publicly released information about the injury."

Hopefully they can ferret out the mole before the season starts.

People need to get over the anonymity gig. It's common in institutions dealing with the media when waiting on the piece of paper with the i's dotted and t's crossed by a cadre of lawyers. It is most likely someone in the AD's office "authorized" to knowledgeably speak, just off the record. There is no "Deep Throat" making clandestine calls to KNS. It could have been Stripling or even Jones himself, speaking off the record. Evan won't tell.

Written on John Adams: Tennessee football is due a run of good luck:

in response to EastTnVols962:

I agree that Ratliff caused the chain reaction that led to the fumble, but I have NEVER seen a QB try to catch himself with the ball like that. Regardless of the stumble, he just handed us that ball. Yes, Ratliff should be credited, but there was a lot of luck involved in that as well.

I saw a UT QB do that same thing in the late 70s, at the one yard line no less. I don't think it was Randy Wallace, maybe Jeff Olszewski (sp?)?

Written on John Adams: Tennessee football is due a run of good luck:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

I disagree, had Stoerner been sacked (not fumbled) and punted the ball away. UT would have scored (regardless of field position) on their next possession. The "luck" was in the first game against Syracuse when a questionable pass interference call saved the day for UT on the road with Big East officials.

Hey BB, I don't remember the details but wasn't that fumble on second down, thus a sack would have allowed a couple of more plays Arky to run off another minute and a punt would have added 30-40 yards. Even if 3rd down another 30 seconds goes by. The luck was Ark OC calling a roll out pass when trying to run out the clock.

What people don't realize is the difference of that one play was an undefeated season, we still would have been in the BCS game and won it due to all the other upsets later in the season. Rather have the NC than an undefeated season ala Auburn 2004.

Written on Chiefs envision Eric Berry as pass rushing and defending threat:

in response to VOLet_parking:

Didn't the Kiffins try this approach and completely neutralize Berry?

No. Monte Kiffin increased Eric's paycheck if anything.

Written on Draft losses force Vols to rely on young receivers:

Tom Hanks was right about boxes of chocolates, you really won't know what you'll get until you open the box. Could be truffles, could be milk-duds. As dragon said, unproven does not mean incapable.

Written on Wigged-out Eli and Peyton rapping on new TV ad:

Name another professional sport superstar that has made commercials making fun of himself. Kudos to the Mannings challenging the image.

Written on Vols on their toes after Butch Jones throws camp a curveball:

in response to 2Geezy:

its on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDchIb...

Love how the ref puts down the ball for the next play before the previous one is even finished. No standing around for this team.

Written on Chiefs envision Eric Berry as pass rushing and defending threat:

in response to cheetah-vol:

I'm glad he's healthy and hope he stays that way. He's a super athlete heading towards an all-pro season this year. Now if he'd just motivate those twins to commit to us....

If you are a believer of history repeating itself, every time there is a Berry on a Tennessee team, the team doesn't do all that well. I'm going to believe in complete coincidences instead.

Written on Chiefs envision Eric Berry as pass rushing and defending threat:

in response to jimr07:

SevenT accomplished his purpose.. see all of us that responded to him....sad...i wonder what his boyfriend is like..

Seven Troll-bait 7
Vol fan fish 0

Written on John Adams: Western Kentucky would be worst loss for the Vols :

in response to arkyvol:

fwiw: petrino went 5-7 his first year with the hogs (week 2, the hogs beat Louisiana-Monroe by one point). petrino is a helluva coach, but if they pose a threat to the vols this year, the vols are in worse shape than I thought.

JA always leaves out the pertinent parts of the whole story.

Written on Daniel McCullers enters first practice with new weight of high expectations:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Too funny..I guess that's why Daniel Lincoln was called the man-boob assassin..lol

Always hits 'em right between the up, er, downrights.

Written on Raijon Neal says running back battle is 'wide open':

in response to 6972:

I noticed D. Young was down on the depth chart. I am curious how they will use his speed this year. Hopefully, it is more than just running back KO and punts. I love speed. It kills.

He was moved to WR, I thought.

Written on Mike Bajakian: Speed fine, execution 'wasn't as good' for UT quarterbacks:

in response to TommyJack:

pound the fritter

Ahh, the good ole days.

Written on Raijon Neal says running back battle is 'wide open':

Doesn't really matter who is #1. All three are going to get to play...a lot.

Written on Raijon Neal says running back battle is 'wide open':

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Pickett..142 yards on 69 carries?? That's so bad it must be a misprint

Transfer from Maryland.
Walk-on.
Seems about right.

Written on Daniel McCullers enters first practice with new weight of high expectations:

in response to BolivrBob:

Mount McCullers

Nope. No FG catching man-boobs.

Written on New UT tight end Woody Quinn ready to transition from volleyball:

in response to GerryOP:

CO, I think we will be plesantly surprised with a lot things about this footVol team.

5 in the top 10
3 in the top 5
All 5 in a 6 game stretch over 7 weeks
We need multiple pleasant surprises back to back to back to back to back.
I seriously don't know what to expect this year.

Written on New UT tight end Woody Quinn ready to transition from volleyball:

As a volleyball player I'm sure he has vertical capability and good timing. Catching only 15 passes makes me think he may be a blocking tight end. Odd trail to go from Pepperdine to Cal Baptist to Santa Ana JC. Hope to be pleasantly surprised.

Written on Mike Strange: Brian Randolph is back off the couch, ready to make a difference:

in response to johnlg00:

Randolph's return may indeed enable UT's defensive backfield to play better. That, and there may be other reasons as well; Mike's article suggested that the whole backfield is using the disrespect heaped on them by the whole college football world to drive their work this off-season. They knew that what they were doing last year wasn't working, so they have every incentive to buy in to whatever new concepts and strategies the new staff can offer.

As for your last sentence, it is painful as a long-time fan to say that the disastrous season may have ultimately been a good thing, since so far Jones seems to be a decisive upgrade over Dooley. As you say, as bad as the season turned out, the Vols were in a lot more games longer than perhaps even they realized. If Jones and staff can keep the guys' minds positive, they hopefully won't let opportunities escape them like they did last year.

All I can say about Jones so far is that he is better at managing the players and better at managing the coaching staff. That is where I think Dooley ultimately failed, the players hated him and he did not involve himself in the disarray on the defensive side until late in the season. Those two aspects also affected Fulmer in his final years.

Written on Mike Strange: Brian Randolph is back off the couch, ready to make a difference:

You don't want to believe that one player can make that much difference but the defense did appear to go from mediocre to bad when Brian went down. As close as the Georgia, SC and Missouri games were, he might have been enough a difference to flip 2 or maybe all of them. Take away the demoralization at the end of the season and Vandy game would have been more competitive. Whatever, getting rid of Dooley was a good thing. It is what is was.

Written on Butch Jones says Eric Gordon won't play in 2013:

in response to EastTnVols962:

Lane's already back on the team. Not sure what you mean by this. He's not slotted as one of the first two at the RB position, but he's on the team.

“Marlin will be back and he has done everything to warrant reinstatement to this football team,” Jones said, later adding, “He understands that and he has to start rebuilding that trust with the coaching staff, his teammates, and that started this summer.”

That is a recent quote, although it is positive that he will be back, doesn't say that he is back. If there was an article that said he was reinstated, I must have missed it.

Written on Jabo Lee's coach upset with Tennessee:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

My point was that he did not have the test score required to get eligible, was injured his senior season and yet only took the test twice before June 2013. Where were the coaches/guidance counselors encouraging him to take the tests more often?

I graduated with enough people who took the ACT once or twice and got 25s and 26s. There were several public colleges nearby that gave full or partial scholarships for 27s. I could never figure out why they never took it again.

For one thing, it isn't free, another reason is that it is stressful, a third reason is maybe they didn't know a possible scholarship was one point away. I didn't know that. I scored a 26 back in the early 80s (dang English component) but never was told about any possible scholarships or financial aid. HS guidance counselors were useless back then. Not sure what they did all day.

Written on Butch Jones hints at UT uniform tweaks, but says changes will ‘respect tradition’:

We have a tradition of making changes. Let's not change tradition.

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