Comments by HopeisNotaCourseofAction

Written on Lack of big plays leaves Tennessee baseball stranded against Longwood:

Only way they get to Hoover is if they buy their own vacuum cleaners.

Written on Butch Jones says of event countering Nick Saban: 'I'll do anything in Tennessee':

in response to ACWLY:

Rob Preston says he's a Tennessee fan but his heart is still in Alabama. I can live with that but having a 1,000 Alabama fans in Athens is sorta hard to swallow. I'll be getting a ticket to the Coach Jones affair in Cleveland but I WON'T drive through Athens to get there! VFL!

1000 alabubba fans together? In my earlier Airborne Army days we would have called that a "target rich environment" and called for "fire for effect"...

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

in response to TheEffect:

"Enjoy Kentucky's misery while you can, because it won't last long. The 2013-2014 Revenge Tour starts in November....and it's going to be a bloodbath".

The most accurate quote I heard all day.

LMFAO, couldn't happen to a better bunch of overrated, pompous, NBA wannabee jerks. And ole cali better get him so more Dapper Dan's pomade cuz he looked a little disheveled at the presser after the game last night. Hee hee, ha ha ha.

Bloodbath my arse, these kittens lost their teeth and will be sucking pablum for years to come, long overdue payback for them has only just begun.

They will be on a "Revenge Tour" alright, but they'll be on the receiving end not the dishing out end of it, waaaa...poor blue kitties, no NCAA invite and then lost to a nobody 1st game in the NIT, wooo hoo heee ha ha.

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

Ah yes, all the wouldas, couldas, shouldas and wait till next year comments. Reminds me of our recent football seasons.

At least this year in BB, we won't get beat on our own floor by mTsu, cuz they made it to the big dance, and we are relegated to the NIT scrap heap - again.

And yet again we are cryin how we got screwed, that this team or that one got in ahead of us and on and on. Lose 37-36 to gt after making 3-11 FTs and playing absolutely pathetic all game, lose to uga twice, waaa waaa, cry me a frickin river. But just wait till next year, yes sir, next year we're gonna open up a can of ...
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Written on Rejection Sunday: Vols left out of NCAA tournament, receive No. 2 seed in NIT:

Ah yes, all the wouldas, couldas, shouldas and wait till next year comments. Reminds me of our recent football seasons.

At least this year in BB, we won't get beat on our own floor by mTsu, cuz they made it to the big dance, and we are relegated to the NIT scrap heap - again.

And yet again we are cryin how we got screwed, that this team or that one got in ahead of us and on and on. Lose 37-36 to gt after making 3-11 FTs and playing absolutely pathetic all game, lose to uga twice, waaa waaa, cry me a frickin river. But just wait till next year, yes sir, next year we're gonna open up a can of ...

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

This year has ended up being exciting and fun.

Next year could be, depending on who stays and who arrives, an absolutely awesome year with several following years of increased success as these youngins mature.

Who of thunk it after looking so lame losing to gtown 37-36 a few months ago?

I for one am so tired of the ifs and buts, wouldas, couldas, and shouldas in UT men's sports for the past years, BUT IF Coach Jones can ALSO get us back to a winning season in FB, "UT is back in the game baby!" (quote is borrowed and modified from one made by george costanza, circa 1999)

Written on Vols get needed win at Auburn, 82-75:

in response to decades_vol:

I think Tennessee came into this game thinking they were going to win. They almost thought wrong. They had enough composure, though, to rally again from behind and win on the road. This win, ragged as it was, puts the Vols at 4-1 in their last five SEC road games, and 7-1 in their last eight overall. Not bad at all. But for Tennessee's NCAA tournament chances, this thing is far from over. They'd better play against Missouri like it's an NCAA play-in game. The same goes for the SEC tournament. Tennessee can play their way into the NCAA. But they're going to have to earn their way in, by playing the best basketball that they can play.

Decades - Best post so far.

Mo game is a big concern, epecially if we play like we did vs uga and again last night.

Written on Vols land a big one, 64-58, against Florida :

in response to 8inarow:

As I posted yesterday, Vols to line twice as many times as UF. However, home time-clock seemed to work this time (may not have if game was closer)

UF stayed with ut even with 2-key players out, and losing a 3rd in the game to an injury.

So, here is how it will play out.

Gators go deep in NCAA, vols lose early in NIT.

Happens ever year.

There there, stop your cryin' and dial 1-800-WAAAA you pablum sucking Depends wearing lizard POS. We can't hit FTs anyway, doesn't matter if we get to the line more or not.

11 out of the last 16 UT wins over uf. You don't get to play the tourny games at home piss ant, so just slither back to your bog and STFU. uf lost again to UT, no excuses, you all and your Dapper Dan Pomade wearin' coach really should be used to it by now.

Written on Calipari loosened team up after Tennessee thrashing with coaches vs. players dodgeball:

in response to LSG410EC83:

Wondered how the season would end for the team after Cal threw his remaining 5 stars under the bus. Love all the whining about how losing Noel (he is good, I will give him that) cost them the game. However, when we bring up our loss at the first of the year (Maymon) the Can'ttucky fans say that is no excuse. If a team has no more depth than 1 player, says something about the coaching. The BIG ORANGE has worked their way through it. So sad when the defending champions struggle with Vandy they way they did. My big question is, how are they going to accommodate all of the new 5 stars when they will have a full cupboard still there. See how much class Cal has when he has to make room. SURE IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Vacancies will emerge soon. This crop on the floor now assumes they are the next iteration of 1 and done - NBA bound, won't be going to class soon and will either be drafted or kicked off for academics.

Calipussy has it all figured out as log as he has his tin of Dapper Dan hair pomade readily available.

Written on Calipari loosened team up after Tennessee thrashing with coaches vs. players dodgeball:

Much to the chagrin of little dicky vitale and others who like to pass themselves off as experts, their hero, paisano and appointed face of SEC men's bball is losing his throne and becoming more irrelavant with each game.

And yet the rest of us could not be happier!

Written on Butch Jones gave raspy address to Big Orange TipOff Club:

in response to The_Ghost_of_Neyland:

Kind of ironic that Tressell is trying to protect integrity...

I read it was a conference call with Tressel, Petrino, Kiffin and Mike Price all advising on integrity of the game and personal ethics.

Written on Butch Jones gave raspy address to Big Orange TipOff Club:

in response to RickyVols:

Win a National Championship and we'll all be happy to drive down Butch Jones Ave on the way to Neyland.

Street my arse, win a NC and we'll name a whole block after him... "Butch(er) Blo..

Written on John Adams: No Michael Dyer, even if UT in dire need:

in response to johnlg00:

No doubt the media shills can be annoying on occasion. However, I am reminded of an old saying that goes, "It isn't wise to start arguments with people who buy ink by the barrellfull." The modern equivalent would be, "people who have millions of viewers on TV and online every week". Signing Dyer would automatically be an opening for the pious media types to come down hard on the program. Maybe it wouldn't hurt in the long run if they took him and he panned out, on and off the field, but Jones has to be concerned with how the program looks RIGHT NOW. We all say that the next class will go a LONG way to showing whether or not Jones is the right man for this job. I don't think a controversy like this would help him in recruiting that class. But that's just my opinion; others may differ and are welcome to do so.

Yep, no doubt the safe and easy call is to pass on this RB. And who says he would come here if offered? Other schools will surely offer and likely not have all the standards Jones would require if he did come to UT.

Which ever way Coach goes on this I support him (like that matters), but 'hope' he makes the decision based on all the factors, and not let the fear of the media wussies make it for him. Help in the backfield RIGHT NOW would go a LONG way to getting this program back on a path to winning and actually being competitive in SEC games RIGHT NOW, not waiting yet another year for the next batch of prima donna recruits and hoping that is the year we finally land the stud RB.

Media will pee on us anyway as they have done in the past, so let 'em run their mouths or keyboards.

And going the other way, if this RB came here and had a big year, that could be very positive for recruting, cuz for a number of reasons, it's been a while (years) since a UT RB has done much. How has that worked out the past 2 years for recruiting - three 3*s, 2 of which weigh in at 180 or less.

If one or both of our starters go down for whatever - injury, grades, homesick, that leaves our fly weight scat backs to pound the rock, uh oh.

Written on John Adams: No Michael Dyer, even if UT in dire need:

in response to johnlg00:

Well, there are certainly a lot of people who agree with you. I myself am somewhat torn on this issue. All I have said is that it is Jones' decision, he is the one who will have to live with the consequences either way, and that the current situation may not be as dire as it seems on the surface. Jones HAS to be concerned with the perception of outsiders. The program doesn't have a real good national image right now. The fan base is divided. Signing Dyer wouldn't, IMHO, help that much. We are all entitled to opinions but we don't all have responsibility for the program.

"...it is Jones' decision...We are all entitled to opinions but we don't all have responsibility for the program."

That sir, you and I 100% agree on!

Main reason IMHO our program doesn't have a real good national image is more due to its 3 losing seasons in a row than anything else. I still am irked when I think of jay bilas and his ilk pontificating about Pearl when he was in his last year at UT. Those espn wieners and other wannabees on radio can all go to hell on a shetland.

If the kid came here and did good on and off the field, those same jackasses would be tooting his horn 2 years from now when the NFL draft rolled around and picked him early 1st round.

And wouldn't it be nice to watch him run wild vs the au peace chickens this year. Hee Hee, now that would give 'em something to talk about on college gameday!

Written on All of Jordan McRae's career-high 34 points "count" in 82-72 win over LSU:

After watching them score 36 points all game vs georgetown, 4-11 in free throws, playing awful in every aspect and losing by 1 point, and then the loss to uga on our homne court, I could not have predicted this great run they are pulling off now.

Several games to go, and with mo beating uf, those will be 2 games that will tell us a lot about our future.

And this year, maybe we can actually have a nice run in the SEC tourny. If we are still playing like this, I would like to meet up again with ole piss, and kick uk and calipussy again too as that will never get old.

Written on John Adams: No Michael Dyer, even if UT in dire need:

in response to johnlg00:

You are correct that the gross numbers don't tell the whole story, but neither do your examples. Against the better opponents, the defense couldn't stop anybody. That meant that very early on, the Vols were behind and had to pass to try to catch up.

Overall rushing numbers don't tell the story of how games go. We would all prefer a team that can run the ball at will from the outset against good opponents, the way Alabama does. We would mostly settle for a running game that can eat clock in a game even if we established a lead with the pass, the way Spurrier's Florida teams mostly did it.

No question the Vols' running game wasn't all it should have been, and I was as disappointed as anyone that we couldn't sign a game-breaker with this class. Neal, Lane, and Young aren't likely to be running on Sundays, but they can do better than they have. Much of it has to do with the overall offense and the approach this staff has to running the ball. As I suggested in an earlier post, it doesn't require super talent at every position to have a serviceable running game and I think the Vols can at least have that.

We were not behind 'early on' in the uf game, it was the typical 2d half collapse, and that game is the lowest total all year. We ran it up on the weak sisters of the poor and based on that have inflated averages. Take those 3 or 4 cupcake games out, most other games vs the good teams we did not have a 100 yards total in the entire game. Which means there were no 50+ yard break away TDs, you know, like the 5* RBs on the other teams all had against us, those little things that turn games around.

I am tired of "seviceable", mediocre, wouldas, couldas, and shouldas year after year. New QB and receivers wil need a stud in the backbield, no time to just be serviceable and then what, improve to 6-6?

It is time to step up and get this ship turned around, and the RB position is one where we can start. If we can't seem to get a 5* to come here as a freshman, give this guy a chance to come in and show us what great things he can do including off the field.

And if the espn wannabees, has beens and other irrelavant talking heads don't like it - f 'em.

Written on John Adams: No Michael Dyer, even if UT in dire need:

in response to VOLSONTHECOMEBACK:

You guys that are dogging our current running backs need to get your facts straight. Rajon Neal and Malin Lane were both 4 star highly rated running backs in high school and both weigh over 210 pounds. Rajon Neal also runs track for UT and electronically got clocked at a 4.36. That's as fast or faster than any elite running back in the SEC. Rajon Neal averaged 4.5 yards per carry and Marlin Lane averaged 5.5. I agree with you that our production in the running game is not near as effective as it should be. However, it improved nearly 60 more yards per game than 2011. I think the biggest problem is that both our offensive line and running backs have not been consistent. There is no question that our O-linemen are elite pass blockers, but they have struggled against elite competition opening up running lanes. Our running backs have also showed times of greatness and times where they looked like freshmen in high school. Our running backs need to take advantage of the holes that are open rather than trying bounce outside and make a 70 yard touchdown. This is the SEC. You can't make a living bouncing to the outside in hope that you will outrun an NFL defensive end and outside linebacker, unless you're Chris Johnson. You guys need to stop dogging our running backs until you get your facts straight. It's not just our running backs. Our offensive line has struggled also.

One last point and "the rest of the story" as Paul Harvey used to say.

Our RB numbers average per carry you provide are a little misleading. For example, as a team we only had 83 rushing yards vs uf, 79 vs ua, and 91 vs usc, all losses of course.

But we had team numbers of 184 rushing tards vs ga st, 188 vs troy and 232 vs mighty akron, all wins, albeit against the cupcakes.

So those averages are inflated vs the nobodies, and against the top teams we had squat. And oh yeah, Patterson had double figures in rushing in most of those games so these were not just Neal and Lane totals. Oline part of it - you bet.

Just sayin.

Written on John Adams: No Michael Dyer, even if UT in dire need:

in response to VOLSONTHECOMEBACK:

You guys that are dogging our current running backs need to get your facts straight. Rajon Neal and Malin Lane were both 4 star highly rated running backs in high school and both weigh over 210 pounds. Rajon Neal also runs track for UT and electronically got clocked at a 4.36. That's as fast or faster than any elite running back in the SEC. Rajon Neal averaged 4.5 yards per carry and Marlin Lane averaged 5.5. I agree with you that our production in the running game is not near as effective as it should be. However, it improved nearly 60 more yards per game than 2011. I think the biggest problem is that both our offensive line and running backs have not been consistent. There is no question that our O-linemen are elite pass blockers, but they have struggled against elite competition opening up running lanes. Our running backs have also showed times of greatness and times where they looked like freshmen in high school. Our running backs need to take advantage of the holes that are open rather than trying bounce outside and make a 70 yard touchdown. This is the SEC. You can't make a living bouncing to the outside in hope that you will outrun an NFL defensive end and outside linebacker, unless you're Chris Johnson. You guys need to stop dogging our running backs until you get your facts straight. It's not just our running backs. Our offensive line has struggled also.

Dogging our RBs? Yes Lane and Neal are 4*, but point is the last 2 years recruiting brought in three 3* RBs, 2 of which are 180 lbs or less. That's our depth, hopefully not our future. And your point about bouncin vs hittin the holes, if the holes are there, is correct. The great RBs know the difference and make the right decisions early. How many times the past several years did we have 3d and 1 or less and punted? Many reasons for that, but if we had the big stud RB who can break a tackle or make his own 1 yard gain, it could have been fewer punts and more sustained drives.

And yes, Oline struggled, Dline struggled, QB struggled, LBs and DBs, coaches certainly struggled. All that strugglin got us 3 losing years in a row.

New coaching staff, maybe strugglin will be on decline.

Just sayin we have not had a 'great' RB in a long time and did not see anything great the past 2 years added to the roster while other teams pull in multiple 4/5* each year. Not doggin, just statin facts. if this staff had more than 32 days to recruit a top RB, bet it would have been different, maybe next year.

Written on John Adams: No Michael Dyer, even if UT in dire need:

in response to Supersayin1:

Sorry to tell you the truth, but we do not have two good RB's! We have two average Big East type RB's tat have yet to break long runs for TD's or make game changing plays against any Big names or even small fries!

So again what two good RB's are you watching? Because Lane and Neal are not them.

Also it doesn't matter how they have been coached (Jay Graham) they don't have whats needed to even be compaired to elit or even very good SEC RB's!!

They take run into piles, and even when they have open field, they either can't make the jump cut or simply chose to run right into tacklers arms instead of taking it for even more yards or to the house for TD's!

Also looking at them when they are open they lack any type of speed to get away and any type of power to break tackles!!

We need Dyer because he would start immediately and get us the big plays we need on a consistant basis!

We claim we want character kids, and we see what that got us? Bama,UF,LSU,UGA have moved up and we have took major steps back!! Sorry but BYU type kids won't win in the SEC, and they won't win Titles either!

It's Character vs Questionable = Wins vs Barely winning. But you guys would rather win a few times and barely make bowl games with good kids than win alot and make championships!

Sorry but character kids aren't what got Alabama 3 strait national titles believe it or not!

Agree with some of your points, bring him in if he wants to play SEC ball again, but.....he does not get the same leash others get. One bad incident, gone.

That may be what Coach does with the others too, but seems there should be a case by case approach to others who came here 'unblemished.' If he still wants to be a thug after he sees what UT has to offer, see ya.

I believe a few busts for 50 yeards up the middle after breaking 2 or 3 tackles (how long has that been since we had that at UT) or streaking 80 yards down a sideline against a ranked SEC team (and not w ky, ga state or akron) would cause some of these church ladies to quietly cheer him and the VOLS on as the rest of the 100K (yes, we could fill Neyland again) roared our approval.

But again, he comes in knowing he is 1 and done, and not the type of 1 and dones calipussy brings each year to uk.

Written on John Adams: No Michael Dyer, even if UT in dire need:

in response to Rumblefish:

How many years of eligibility does Dyer have left? 2?

If so, take him as a walk on, and let him EARN his scholership for his senior year AFTER demostrated good behavior.

Not likely he has the $ to pay his own way, and with scholly offers likely from other schools including SEC, why would he anyway?

I, like many others, am tired of the 3* 175lb RBs passed over by every big school and recruited by the 2d tier schools (and us) who can't hit the line and make a hole or get arm tackled by the opponents' water boys. Wish we had a real SEC 4 or 5* game changer. We might have good RBs now who give it their all, and God bless 'em, but we have not had that great RB in many years.

Not sure if this guy could be our guy. Coach wants players with character. We'll see how he handles current players who screw up, and yes, there will be some. If this kid has been clean in Bible school, and he comes here with the understanding 1 strike and your out, is Coach going back on his commitment to have players with character?

If while wearing the Power T he runs over, thru or just out runs gators or bammers, and is clean for the next 2 years, bet he would be celebrated as a pivotal piece of the long awaited UT turnaround.

But if he smokes weed, does not attend class, passes within 2 blocks of a gun store, or anything else that does not meet the standards he was apprised of once he came aboard, see ya.

Written on Butch Jones says Vols were 'selective' :

in response to Vol43:

I know what you want and you ain't gonna get it from me buster. You're on the wrong site for that kinda stuff.

Naa Nancy, you are definately not my type, but good one nevertheless - you got jokes!

Written on Butch Jones says Vols were 'selective' :

in response to Vol43:

You're gonna make me cry <sniff, sniff>

Aww, wipe your tears and pull your skirt down, you'll be OK.

Written on Butch Jones says Vols were 'selective' :

in response to Vol43:

Man, you nailed it! This is the main reason why I don't come around much anymore---all these negative posters. They're worse than trolls in my opinion

Aww, poor wittle 43, surely you know that no one cares if you don't come around.

Consider taking even longer, much longer absenses, as you are not missed when you "don't come around".

Written on Butch Jones says Vols were 'selective' :

in response to JonGrudensAgent:

About the only pluses for Jones in this class were holding onto,Ferguson, Harris, Reeves-Maybin and Carr.

Adding North, Sanders and Dobbs was pretty impressive as well.

Striking out on Bell, Lawson, Ford, Bellamy, Boyd,and Levenberry turned this class into a potential disaster though.

Beyond those guys mentioned earlier, Jones filled this class out with projects and players that had few if any offers from the big boys of the SEC.

And spare me the excuses of a limited time frame and losing seasons. Auburn and Mississippi are sitting pretty tonight with relatively unproven staffs and rough seasons in recent years.

They are just paying a lot less than what the Vols are to Jones and his "best staff in the country". Freeze is making 1.5 million less a season than Jones and Malzahn is making 7000,000 less.

"Striking out on Bell, Lawson, Ford, Bellamy, Boyd,and Levenberry turned this class into a potential disaster though".

Those players were also selective, selecting teams other than UT. Very disappointing. And yes, au pulled a top rated class, so that no time on station excuse is a little lame.

Let's cheer for #25 - Woo Hoo! Just don't look at the 11 or so SEC teams ahead of us. We did not gain on the teams that have been handing us our butts for many years now. In fact, the talent gap widened.

Our 3* LBs with heart will get run over or out run by those 5* RBs with talent, and our 3* 175 lb RBs will get whacked by the 5*s on uf, ua and other top SEC DLs and LBs who have kicked our arses for more years than we want to admit.

I don't understand why we can't get at least one 4* RB in here ANY year. We are 4 deep in the 175 pounders who are passed over by the big winning programs and who will get arm tackled or won't hit the line and make a hole cuz they are too light in the britches.

5'8 175 lbs might be a star when the best team you play all year is maybe ranked in the top 25. This is not the stud who wins games for you in the top 10 stacked SEC week in and week out.

Maybe next year Jay.

Written on Georgia delivers a punch in gut to Vols, 68-62:

in response to TheFuj:

School is just losers. Just so poorly coached. They think they play defense. They put no pressure on. Martin just looks lost.
Just like the Dooley teams. As the season goes on and more coaching he does, the team just looks worse.

Agree. Get down early (8-2) and you just know it is over, no need to watch the rest of the game, even at home.

Halftime, like dooley, can't make changes, 2d half just more of the same ole same ole.

Some player on the other team every game, just like dooley, has his career game, makes us look inept, and of course we are.

Seems early on we were aspiring for the NIT, aint happenin. And we get another year of this next year, good grief.

Hope AD Fart is scouring the directional and small college ranks now for another no-name coach to come here. That strategy is so solid, finding unproven nobodies for the big boys SEC level, overpay him, and set him up for life, ya know, like dooley and this latest BB clueless hero.

Written on Vols flip Brown from Syracuse:

Top 25 for now, it aint over.

Bad news is 9 SEC teams are ahead of us, so who are we closing ground on - no one that matters.

More years of ua and uf 5* RBs running over our 3* LBs, and our 3* 175 lb RBs getting smoked by their 5* DLs and LBs.

But stars don't matter, even though ua has had three of the last four #1 recruiting classes according to one recruiting service, and they beat us by 30 year in and year out, and oh yeah, 3 of teh last 4 NCs. New staff? But au pulled a top 10 today, why are we so far back?

Stars don't matter my arse. More years of just hoping to beat the commodes and ukittens, and getting rolled by every ranked team we play, with a potential upset on rare occasions.

Why we can't pull in at least one 4* RB each year - ANY year is amazing. Arm tackled scat backs 3 deep, still no big power backs.

Written on Updated odds for all of Tennessee's football targets:

Evan needed to get an article out so he poops some percentages like he has any clue what is inside these youngins heads. Maybe if he had sat down with them and chatted, but no, this is his take on what he and the rest of us for that matter, reads on blogs and floating rumors.

And since this crack KNS staff can't get a bathroom pass from the UT football office, they put this pablum out knowing many are starved for any scrap of info, made up from a dog pile or otherwise.

Unfortunately, he knows no more than we do. Just guessing and in some cases when a kid is not even coming for a visit, stating the obvious.

Written on UT's prayers answered as Vanderbilt misses chances to win at buzzer:

in response to ronburgundy:

Well, quite honestly it was John Wooden the constable from up Vonore way and it wasn't basketball advice but that's not the point. I was funning a bit with BigBadTard and his assessment of his fellow posters. My point in the end was that a win is a fine thing but this group can do better with the tools they have. An ingredient is missing from Mr. Martins recipe.

The 'other' John Wooden, yes, I know how that is.

I know a Will Smith and a John Daly and they can't tell me phooey about movies or golf. And I REALLY knew a Jacalyn Smith in HS if ya know whut I'm a sayin', man I wish...

Written on UT's prayers answered as Vanderbilt misses chances to win at buzzer:

in response to SummittsCourt:

Exactly! It's poor coaching because he's not making adjustments and players are not playing to their abilities. This team has the talent to be in the big dance, but they will be NITing again because of their inability to play 40 minutes. This is coaching and it is also players as well.

2 minutes to go last night with a 5 point lead and the ball. Turnover, turnover, miss FT (McBee), miss FT, miss FT (McRae) and pure luck that put back fell short.

Same with the Alabama game. Don't get me wrong, I am happy they won both, but both should have been losses at home.

This is poor coaching and players not "getting it" and playing for 40 minutes.

Seems NIT requires at least a .500 record. Not convinced we'll have that at the end of this season.

Beating sub .500 teams on our home court by 1 point is better than losing, but not very comforting when we go on the road or play teams with winning records.

Missed FTs and turnovers like we had last night and every game will not serve us well in our remaining games.

And as mTsu showed us last year on our home court, other NIT teams will not miss that layup like vandy did as time expired.

So even if we somehow do make the NIT, it will be 1 and done. Whoopdedoo.

Written on Derek Dooley to offer recruiting commentary on ESPNU's National Signing Day coverage :

in response to keepitreal4vols:

When they mention Vonn Bell, Dooley might ask 'who's that?, Never heard of him." When ESPNU goes way in depth to the 2 & 3 star kids, Dooley will shine in that discussion.

Yes, he'll talk about their heart and burning desire to play, nevermind they can't tackle, run or catch, are not recruited by top tier teams and will get blown up in the SEC.

But by golly they have heart and will be key players when their teams kick the heck out of opponents like UT Martin, w.ky, akron and ga st!

Written on Marshall Henderson talks the talk, walks the walk as Ole Miss sweeps UT, 62-56:

Cuonzo Dooley, different arenas, same results.

Waiting for the VOLS to lose a game when a player hits a potentially winning basket at the buzzer, but wait - we had 6 players on the court! LOST again!

Pretty much have lost games every other way imaginable, ya know, like his mentor Derek did.

And how is that payback working out coach? What a #@*&ing mess.

Written on Josh Richardson: 'It's payback week' for Vols :

Good grief, just stfu and win, and don't lose 3-4 more in a row before you win another one. Payback my arse.

Written on David Climer: Vols staff looks close to home for recruits:

Stars do matter, and if you don't believe it go look up where alabubba finished in one recruiting service three of the last 4 years - answer - #1. And yes coaching and heart are important, but saban ain't winning these NCs with 2 and 3* players.

When we lose 42-13 year in and year out, when his 5* WR gets beind our 3* DB or his 5* RB runs over, thru or just outruns our 3* LBs, that is not all coaching or heart. That is size, speed and God given athletic ability. Can't coach those.

Patrick Willis (and agree we missed him) notwithstanding, the 4&5*s are likely more proportionally represented in the NFL than all the others combined. The recruiting services are not perfect, but there must be some agreement by the top SEC coaches since well over half their players are 4&5*.

And yes, I saw uf get their tails handed to them in the bowl game, and upsets do happen, but consistently winning week in and week out in the SEC requires the hosses - on the field. Rudy can win one or maybe two, but the top tier players are needed in the SEC to be a top tier team.

And as it stands now in one recruiting service, lsu is #4 with 18 of 26 commits rated as 4/5*; ua is #3 with 14 of 21 rated 4/5*; nd is #2 with 17 of 22 4/5*; and uf is #1 with 16/26 rated 4/5*. Even uga is 9th with 15/29 4*.

In the NC game nd lost so bad cuz their recruiting the past 4 years was not even in the top 10, and in the 20s 2 of those years. They got lucky in a couple of their games to be undefeated and it was clear they were not even a top 10 team that night, but when Herbstreet kept saying he never saw nd miss so many tackles, it was clear to most, they were not used to playing that level of talent.

Our coaching is upgraded now and thank goodness for it, and they have it very tough coming in so late, but if we come in with four 4*s this year, who are we gaining on in talent? Coaching em up and getting 3* players with heart gets us from 5-7 to 7-5. Still won't be competitive with the top tier teams we have on our schedule every year.

Written on David Climer: Vols staff looks close to home for recruits:

CBJ is busting his butt to make up for previous failures by predecessors. A hard sell on this player when competing with the NC and the old gator boy up there in OH. This stud at one time was a UT fan, so let's see if CBJ can convincce him to e a part of our return to prominence.

We need that 5* RB too, and a few other quality difference makers who are still giving us a look. Although coming in late at no fault of their own, we'll see soon enough if this staff can begin to bring in the talent this year required to once again compete and win in the entire SEC with teams other than the ukittens.

Written on Mike Strange: Vols gave themselves a chance, but Rupp won again :

in response to martinvol34:

Okay. Enough. If Stokes had any work ethic and wasn't lazy as he!! he would be a highlight reel. Undersized post players have to develop their skills - themselves. He has to get to the gym outside of practice and take a 1000 shots so that he doesn't have to be 2 feet from the basket to make a shot. He also has bad footwork and seems lost on defense and rebounding. They need to watch Izzy and Bashaara pursue the basketball on rebounds - that is part learned skill but mostly want to. And the Martin bashing is almost turning into racism it seems. It's Year 2 and basketball is about the players for the most part. They have to want to play defense and bang and hustle and Trae plays when he wants and Jarnell can't stay out of foul trouble. Kudos to Cuonzo for benching their behinds. Fricking Microwave generation - right now. Right now. The sky is falling. The sky is falling. I want my gratification right now. Well even in our best Tennessee basketball days under Jerry Green, they still had lapses. We've never been a basketball powerhouse - Oh yes we have, GIRLS! Get over yourselves.

Yes, if anyone disagrees with how Coach Martin coaches, the results he attains or fails to attain, it surely must be racism. Thank you DA.

If anyone disagrees with the President's comments and orders at gun clamp down today, yes, you too must be a racist.

And guess when some in the first year, and more the 2d and 3rd years into Dooley's tenure disagreed with what he was doing and NOT doing - that was all non-white folk on here, racism?

No free passes at this level, we are well into our 2d year, you either produce or get called out for failing to produce. No one should get less scrutiny because of their race, religion, etc. Losing game after game is not a racial issue since it is not the reason or an excuse. Ws and Ls are simply cold, hard, black and white facts.

If the Ls continue to outnumber the Ws the way we are going now, then Coach Martin, just like Dooley at the same time in his tenure here, needs to buck up.

And those who want to drop the race card at the first opportunity can go buck off.

Written on Mike Strange: Vols gave themselves a chance, but Rupp won again :

Coach Pearl did a great job while he was here but folks - BRUUUUCE has left the building, and he ain't comin back.

The scrutiny heaped on UT by the high and mighty ESPN and similar announcers would be tremendous, and AD Fart blossom does not have the gonads to go there.

And even if he did, Pearl would need to win very quickly or there would be a Shinola storm the likes we've never seen, and those sports critics would heap so much horse manure on UT there would not be enough lime in E TN to keep us from suffocating.

Bruce would get here under the gun for quick results, inheriting a team with not much talent, and surely not his type of players. So it would depend on if he could recruit. You don't think those kids watch ESPN and listen to jay bilas and his types do you, naaa.

Nope, BRUUUUCE is gone, and he ain't comin back no mo, no mo...

Written on Mike Strange: Vols gave themselves a chance, but Rupp won again :

in response to johnlg00:

All the coaching in the world is no good if players don't make plays. That flagrant foul sequence is one example. The half-dozen or more missed layups are another. The failure to secure a few more defensive rebounds and loose balls were others. The team actually ran more plays on offense, more successfully, than at any time so far this season. The Vols went toe-to-toe with the program and at the place that has frustrated a variety of UT coaches--and lots of others, for that matter--for decades if not generations. This Vol team is not dead yet. This particular crop of UK "one-and-dones" is not likely to win a championship; last year's crop was lightning in a bottle, not a formula to ensure championships. No one else has succeeded with that formula, only UK under Calapari would even try it, and it may not work for him again.

They went toe to toe? Well at least they were on the same court, but the final result was all too familiar - another big "L".

Missed layups and FTs, lack of def rebounds, turnovers...all point to something far short of all the coaching in the world. It was not just a bad night, that is the way they play every game. It is clear they are getting beat in all facets of the game, so why can't some coaching get some of that corrected? Cuz they can't, don't know how, who knows?

Current players seem to regress vs improve under this staff. Lose, lose, lose and lose again, that is our last 4, but wait - more to come!

Written on Kentucky pulls away from Vols, 75-65:

So many if's and but's, coulda's shoulda's and woulda's, sounds a lot like football season.

Then there is the moral victory bunch, game was closer than the score indicates, we played hard, blah blah blah. Yes, let's pat em on the back for "playing hard". WTF - they are on a scholly! What are they supposed to do, not play hard, and when they do we act like they are doing something extraordinary?

This team is like the football team, will lose it in the 2d half - book it. 3-11 FT shooting, score 36 points the entire game and lose by 1 at Georgetown, up by 3 with 3 minutes to play and lose by 3 to alabubba. And let's blame the refs, oh yes, we woulda won if...No we wouldn't, we would have figured out yet another way to lose.

You just know, some way some how, even when they are ahead as rare as that is - they will find a way to lose.

This team is bad, may not win more SEC games that the football team did, and that is really showing us something.

Our pulling obscure coaches up from nowhere U is 0-2, similar to our football and bball records. The programs have sunk to all time lows, and guess we'll ride this bball thing down another year and a half to newer and newer lows.

This team couldn't get a "W" if it was the last letter remaining on Jeopardy.

But hey, maybe they'll play hard in all these losses, and there is one silver lining - we won't have to watch another NIT loss on our home court this year.

Written on John Adams: Vols chasing Vanderbilt in recruiting :

in response to exlineman:

The NCAA might be interested in James Franklin, before he is said and done for shady recruiting. He is camped on Jalen Hurds doorsteps from Beech High School in Hendersonville, Tn.

The 2 weeks of no contact especially a junior might apply in this case. Case in point, at the 5A State Championship, he got in the middle of the Beech cheering section trying his best to be seen by everyone there and then turned around and sucked an invitation to Beech High School to speak to the entire team that was being celebrated.. I beleive this period of time 2-3 weeks after the championship might have been in violation of no contact period. For some reason Vanderbilt spends alot of time in Hendersonville the past few years getting John Jenkins from Station Camp Creek, Wesley Tate from Pope John Paul and the starting center for Vanderbilt football, from Hendersonville High School. This is big Orange country and I have personally seen one of Vanderbilts assistant coaches here several months ago buying lunch for a couple of female athletes.

Franklin should be called sneaky pete with his sneaky way of recruiting and cuddling up to some of these athletes in the Sumner Cty. area. I don't know that Jalen Hurd is really interested in Tn., but if they are interested in him, someone had better get with the program in recruiting one of the top running backs in the nation. Jalen is a smart student as well as a player and wouldn't have to go into Vanderbilt under the Peadbody arrangement set up in 1974 to make Vanderbilt more competitive in the SEC. From all that I have heard he is a great kid that would be great for Tn. to have.

"Hope" we can get this kid you speak so highly of, but if he is that good, satan, or muschump will probably get him.

Wish we could keep our good ones home at UT but I am afraid ua, uf, nd and the usc types will cherry pick our best (as few as they are) and we'll still be pulling in the 3* 180lb RBs who get arm tackled behind the line.

Written on What place will the men's basketball team finish in the SEC?:

Martin and Dooley, my how we must suffer through 3 such disappointing seasons with both at their respective helms in the same era.

Hope the AD learned something this year and is getting prospective names now for the end of next year.

We do not need another kabuki dance when Martin who was plucked from obscurity is provided his one way ticket to return there, albeit with a fatter wallet.

Written on Vols lose to Ole Miss, 92-74 in SEC opener:

in response to jakethevolguy:

This is the worst coaching hire since Dooley. Where's Pearl when you need him?

Dooley was pulled up from obscurity as was Martin. Most had never heard of either one, and our then 'extraordinary' AD tried to pull something from nothing and missed on both hires.

Maybe lessons can be learned. Unfortunately, we must endure the remaining time under this one and then 'hope' the next coach is a winner who can immediately bring in some quality players and turn it around, ya know, like what we are 'hoping' for on the football side now.

Written on Vols lose to Ole Miss, 92-74 in SEC opener:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

So much for that shutdown defense.I think it was pretty clear Ole Miss knew they had the Refs in their pocket and used it to their advantage..Not one to complain about refs but no way a team should shot 44 free throws and be in the double bonus with only 7 minutes gone in the 2nd half..Frankly it's unheard of!!! It got so bad the players were afraid to defend and had to resort to a zone defense..Pretty much accepted this is a NIT team unless Golden gets his game back.Second game he missed 12 foot pull ups that used to be automatic..

Seems you have to have a winning or at least an even win loss record to go to the NIT. After this performance does anyone really think we will be there at the end of this season?

And if by some miracle we are in that distinguished NIT, think we'll get past the likes of mtsu or austin pisser on our home court?

GRUUU-DEN!

Written on Cody Clay chooses Division II school over Tennessee:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

Oooh, I see now. Jones is offering kids that are "table scrapp[s]." That's much better. We should be competing for championships in no time.

No deewayne, you are a DA and you don't see now. Only thing worse than a DA is a blind DA.

Written on Cody Clay chooses Division II school over Tennessee:

in response to DwayneElizondoMountainDewHerbertCamacho:

So Jones is offering kids that can't hang in the SEC? Interesting...

My comment was not a reflection on the coach, he can't know for sure what is in this kid's melon. Coach is coming in late, having to grasp for whatever scraps may be left or try and turn some kids who have said they are going elsewhere. He must have thought he could coach this kid up, but we'll never know.

This kid was a recruiting table scrap, had no long list of other schools after him. Let's keep it real, not like a 5* walked away after "leaning UT".

Azusa is the best fit for him in his opinion, and his is really the only one that counts.

So if he told Butch he was ready to play big boys ball, but inside knew he was not, "Hello Azusa, look at me - I turned down the Univ of Tennessee to play for your proud and glorious football program, now pass me those knee britches and some mo taters and gravy!"

Written on Brent Musburger's ogling of Alabama QB's girlfriend goes viral:

Maybe he's in his 70's and mainlining Viagra.

Or maybe 'it' moved when he looked at her, and if you're in your 70's never skip a chance to pee or waste a boner.

Either way, let the old codger have some eye candy while he still has his sight.

Written on Bama bashes Notre Dame 42-14 in BCS title game:

in response to hikerdude:

Musberger has got to be the worst sportscaster ever.

And there was the espn resident nd homer, Lou Holtz, spittin' all over everyone and predicting a "Nothra Dame victowy", since they were the undathoggs and they would be fiwered up to thow evweeone how good they weally weally are."

He went on to tell a story when he "wuz da coathch, pwaying fur da natchonal championchlip wee ...". I wish Mark May would just reach across and ...swaap him.

Written on Cody Clay chooses Division II school over Tennessee:

The boys across the line in Azusa games aren't quite as imposing as what he would see in the SEC.

Uh huh, it's all about the CJ degree, yeah right.

Would not have worked out and been wasted scholly, no loss, move on.

Written on Bama bashes Notre Dame 42-14 in BCS title game:

I have to hand it to ua, and please know that for my generation they are the biggest UT rival, not uf. Saban has every facet of the game coached up to the highest level. And his players don’t play like thugs the way the punks at uf do - cheap shots, talking smack every play. They just kick your butt so hard your helmet turns around and you are looking out the earhole, and they walk away. That highly touted nd linebacker looked like he had seen a ghost when the camera caught him on the sidelines. And all the hoopla about missing tackles, good grief, it was talent level and coaching difference Herbie.

Coaching matters, and yes, stars matter, as the team rankings in one recruiting index shows for the past 4 years: 2012 ua #1, nd #20; 2011 ua #1, nd #10; 2010 ua #5, nd #14; 2009 ua #1, nd #21.

And isn't it something to see a big RB break tackles and make something when nothing is there? Yeldon and former ua RB Richardson 5*, Lacy 4*.

Stars matter, and with the great O line we have coming back, get us a big 5* RB for the 1st time in many years (maybe after ua, uf, uga, oh st, tx and nd get theirs, 1 will be left for us), and we'll see how much the ground game improves and allows our new QB time to learn and grow into his leadership role.

Written on Poll: What position is the most critical for the Vols to focus on in recruiting?:

in response to takespix:

Notre Dame is playing for a national title with 3 star players.This is Brian Kelly's first stint at a major college. Lighten up and give this guy a chance. We have the same talent level. They just need to be taught HOW TO WIN

Yeah, and how did that work out for them?

Sure hope we can get a big, quality running back this year. It is impressive to see rbs like Lacy and Yeldon break tackles and not go down at the first arm tackle that they run into. Stars don't matter my arse - Richardson 5*, Lacy 4* & Yeldon 5*. Maybe after ua, usc, tx, uf and uga get what they want, there will be 1 left for us this year.

Written on Louisville upsets Florida 33-23 in Sugar Bowl:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

First off, we discuss sports on this, the Vols' site. I doubt many Vols serve as trolls on a Gator website. So the message to lizard trolls/stalkers that camp out here, you get what you deserve. You ask for it, and you get it.

This game could have even been worse for the lizards. Louisville had many opportunities down close that drew blanks. And, give credit to Florida, they've always had people who could take it to the house ( 100 yd kickoff ) so looking back, that's a good time to kick it out of bounds, which did happen earlier.

But here's the score sheet for the lizards:

Pick 6 in the first 15 seconds. Back to back 15 yard person fouls. Player ejected, and rightly so. Botched onside kicks. Driskell coughing up the ball and throwing interceptions. Louisville out hitting and yes, out coaching the lizards.

Title town actually refers to Louisville, KY. Tennessee? Acknowledging this was a horrible defense this year, and yet.........ending the season with a W..........lizards with an L.

The ridiculous Gator chomp was noticeably absent once they realized school was out in this game. Southern Cal plus lizard performances.............good for the game.

Hee hee, you are right. The uf fans were so starved for anything good to cheer about they were delirious when uf was 20 pts down and UL would miss a field goal so they could finally break out their stupid arm motions for all to see.

Was so funny to see those sad, long faces getting their teeth pulled on national TV. And willie muschump losing it over and over on the sidelines - priceless!

Drink though a straw lizards, you lost a big one bad in front of everyone, now meekly go slither back to your bog.

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