Comments by LSG410EC83

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

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

I agree except for the crazy talk about the pink!

I guess I went a little too far with that one. haha. I am as big an "orange and white" guy as the other. Just seems there is a lot of people against the idea of any change. We all need to realize that the traditions we enjoy today was new to others at one time, be it more than one generation back. Nothing is wrong with forming new traditions. If they are meant to be part of the University of Tennessee history, they will stand the test of time. If not, it will probably be a one or two and done thing. Will always be a UT fan, no matter what changes may come to pass. Have been since the day I realized there was a UT, and that has been a long time seeing I was born in this great state. Was blessed to have attended our beloved UT and obtain a degree in 83. my youngest son also attended and graduated 2 years ago. As have said and will continue to say until the day I lay down this old body, IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. Class of 83

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

in response to edee:

Gray is not a splash of class...It is Jones taking over and trying to change Tennessee traditions and be the one to say I DID THAT..can't imagine recruits coming to a university because of GRAY uniforms....

Come on, evidently you have a computer at your fingertips seeing you and many others are posting on this site. I will help you and others out that say that the gray has no tradition at UT. First of all, the video plainly tells when gray was worn. Seeing you must not have taken time to watch the video, here is a link showing the history of the uniforms of University of Tennessee Football. I would not want to see them wear it all the time, but, what is one game a year going to hurt. Let them wear pink, they are still UT football players. IT IS GREAT TO BE A MULTICOLORED UT FAN. GO BIG ORANGE. UT 83

http://blog.heritagesportsart.com/201...

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

I don't think the gray will be worn but maybe once a year as far as football goes. I am a big ORANGE fan. Always have been, always will. A little change every now and then may not be too bad, just as long as it comes no where close to replacing the good ole orange and white. A little off topic. Got to see Mr. Stokes eating at Chandlers deli on Magnolia this afternoon. Looks to have trimmed down some, but still a big ole boy. Gave him his privacy, but just watching how the young man carries himself out in public was a pleasant surprise. He was very respectful to all he met and sat in the corner just keeping to himself. Good to see that fame has not got to his head. Looking forward to football firstly, but cant wait for the hoops. IT is great to be a Tennessee Vol. Go Big Orange. Class of 83

Written on GoVols247: Legacy pick: Dillon Bates to play for Vols:

The suspense was a killer last night on ESPNU, but well worth the wait to see the young man put that beautiful Tennessee orange hat on. If he is anything like his dad, we have great things to look forward to. I attended UT when his dad played, and yes, he did get run over by Walker, but Bill was far from the last. Sad that many remember Bill by that one hit. Bill Bates was one of the most energetic players that ever graced the field. Isn't it funny how a fan from Vandy can't show any footage with someone from his team running over Bill. The "commode door" fan on here needs to watch the following, which he won't, showing even Herschel himself praising the man.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1R8xs...

Anyway, nice to get to welcome a member of the Bates family back to Knoxville. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. Class of 83

Written on UT walk-on Brandon Lopez: 'I'm always gonna go hard':

in response to usafvol:

My apoligies sir; I misread! I'll suggest removal of my post immediately.

No problem. Sorry if I came on a little strong. Have always backed the BIG ORANGE and always will. Now as for the other one, agree 100 percent.

Written on UT walk-on Brandon Lopez: 'I'm always gonna go hard':

in response to usafvol:

I suspect the trolls "seeitthrough and lsg410ec83" are either the same guy or two boys who share a toothbrush..

How can you see my response to this article that of a troll. I have nothing but the highest regard for kids like Brandon Lopez. If you would do a little searching, have been on this site for quite a while. Usually have nothing but positive to say about my Vols. Graduated from the great University in 1983 with a BS in Agriculture and am a season ticket holder for basketball. Give me a reason for why you think I am a troll unless you took something I typed in a wrong way. LOVE MY VOLS.

Written on UT walk-on Brandon Lopez: 'I'm always gonna go hard':

in response to maciste54:

A feel good story about a good kid and the phooey for brains are out in full force. Lopez is a credit to his team. More college athletes should follow his example.

Used to respond to the trolls. Finally decided to just suggest removal. Have to agree 100 percent about the example this kid is to others.

Written on UT walk-on Brandon Lopez: 'I'm always gonna go hard':

If the rest of the guys on the team have an attitude and work ethic like Mr. Lopez, it is going to be one heck of a year. Enjoyed seeing the hustle you brought to the floor when you were put in last season. Your hustle was second to none in my book. Thanks for what you do for the team. Need more articles such as this. Can not wait for Basketball season. Got the ticket renewals in the mail yesterday(like putting a carrot in front of a horse) IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Written on Changes don't change course for UT men's basketball:

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

I completely forgot about AJ Davis!!

NCAAs here we come. Plenty of talent this year.
Our starting 5 will be awesome. I don't know who that'll be in a couple of places. But again I can't wait.

Go Vols. I'm also excited about football...though it is a mystery right now.

Right there with ya. Season cant get here fast enough. Barring no injuries, NCAA's should be easily attained. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Written on Gray's transfer leaves little margin for error in Vols' secondary:

in response to KnoxVegas88:

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So hard to do (I have fell into their slimy trap myself too many times) but so true. They tend to get more post than ones that are supportive of the Big Orange. Look forward to the upcoming season. Believe we have the coach we need. Just need to be patient. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. Class of 83

Written on Trae Golden leaving Vols: 'We wish him well':

A UT athletic department source with knowledge of the situation told the News Sentinel that Golden’s departure is “based on academics” and a result of “repeated plagiarism.”

I guess this was Martin's fault according to many of you. If this is true, he ought to be gone and should have a hard time finding another school to take him. Free ride (oh yeah, he had to play ball) and doesn't take advantage of it. Liked Golden just as much as anyone, but this should be a negative on him, not Martin or the school. Hope he gets things straightened out. Hope many of you enjoy humble pie, I forgot, you all are always right. Keep finding negative in anything UT does. As for this ole boy, IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. Class of 83

Written on Source: Trae Golden's departure 'based on academics' and 'repeated plagiarism':

in response to xanga:

if true then Martin had to know Golden wouldn't be back and could have kept Landry. Just makes Martin look that much worse.

If it is sunny, you want rain. If it is hot, you want it cold. Doesn't matter what Martin does for some of you, it is danged if he does, and danged if he doesn't. Once again, a lot of people spewing off at the keyboard before knowing all the facts. Sounds to me like it just happened. Seen it happen 30 years ago. Think someone is doing fine and then bam, thrown out for cheating. No warning, nothing. So, Martin very well did not know one thing about it. But, it does not matter to you and others. It is Martins fault according to some.

Written on Travon Landry's father on recruitment: 'It's just the nature of the beast':

in response to GAVol7:

Tells you something about Martin and commitment. When you make a commitment to a kid, you stand by your assessment. If you as a coach messed up on your assessment, then it's on you...unless the kid does something illegal. Don't think that future potential recruits won't take notice of that. And schools will use that against him in recruiting. Sign with TN and you might have a commitment...or you might not. If I'm the Dad I don't request the release and I make Martin stand by his commitment and initial assessment. The kid committed as a Junior and a coach does this after NLI signed and Spring classes about to end? Come on Martin. I thought you were all about standing up and being a man and being accountable. Practice what you preach. You lost me on this one.

Once again, a lot of assumptions. Sounds like Martin sat down and explained the situation. It looks like if Landry stay, not much play time if any. Never know. If for some reason Landry thought he could have worked his way into the rotation, he could have stayed. The ball was in his court to stay or leave. I do hope the best for the young man. I think he has made a move that will suit him better in the long run. If future recruits sign a NLI, well, it is legally binding. Many on here so quick to jump on Martin, but then, what would you have been saying come basketball season. Easy to second guess all decisions made when one knows little about the big picture.

Written on Former Tennessee signee Travon Landry signs with New Mexico State:

in response to tennlions:

Here is some information that may clear up questions that some people have.

What is the National Letter of Intent (NLI)?
The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an NLI member institution.
 Prospective student-athlete agrees to attend the institution full-time for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).
 Institution agrees to provide athletics financial aid for one academic year (two semesters or three quarters).

How can a signee be released from the NLI?
Release Request:
A request for release must be initiated by the NLI signee by submitting the NLI Release Request.

That is from NCAA.org. What it doesn't say is how much a player will play, if at all. Likely in this case, Plan A was informing Landry of the amount of bench minutes he was going to get. Plan B (if he elected to stay) would have been to pull an existing scholarship.

Pretty much what I found on more than just the sight you cited. So, Martin could not have dropped the kid, renigged, gave the shaft, wronged, stabbed him in the back, etc, etc, etc. as many on here have posted. Landry had to request himself to be released. Sounds to me, and that is speculation, that Martin informed the young man of the possibility of minimal playing time (as you mentioned) due to the talent ahead of him and may have even helped him find a school where he would get playing time. If Landry decided he still wanted to play at UT, then Martin would then had to drop kick one of his existing scholarship players. Thanks again for the post. Know it will not shut people up, but, it is good enough for me. ITS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Written on Former Tennessee signee Travon Landry signs with New Mexico State:

Can the school actually release an athlete that has signed a NLI? Honest question. All I can see is they can if the athlete does not meet academic requirements. Other than that, and I may be wrong, the athlete is locked into the school for one year. The only way this can be broke is if the athlete ask to be released and the university agrees to it. I could not find anywhere saying the university could initiate the release first. Really am curious. Am I misreading or missing something.

Written on Former Tennessee signee Travon Landry signs with New Mexico State:

in response to bUTch_please:

B!t(h please. We get it. You enjoy taking abuse from more experienced men...and it is the slow season...but...don't make us watch.

Think it will amusing to see the Doc school whoever this is. Go get him Witchy. Now to sit back and laugh at what may follow.

Written on UT releases Travon Landry from men's basketball letter of intent:

Here is for all of you that say Martin dropped him like a rock. Quote from other article on this site,"A letter of intent stands as a school’s binding agreement to provide financial aide to a student-athlete for one academic year. A school can grant a student-athlete a “full release” from his or her letter, but only if the student-athlete requests it. READ THE LAST LINE!!!!!!!. He could have made UT grant his scholarship for at least one year. As I have seen mentioned on here and the other thread, he probably saw the handwriting on the wall that he would be buried so far in the rotation that he would seldom see the floor. This will be a better fit for him. Sure Martin handled it with a lot more class than many of you have on this topic. Hope the best for the kid. PROUD TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. CANT WAIT FOR BASKETBALL SEASON. Class of 83

Written on UT releases Travon Landry from men's basketball letter of intent:

in response to SevenT:

You are good at assumptions. Let me see if I can assume a few things about you. You like most UT fans are completely obsessed and jealous of the success of the following programs (for good reason):

Florida Football
Alabama Football
and Kentucky Basketball

FYI - If a Head Coach makes public statements to the media, High School coaches and parents of recruits hear it, not to mention the negative recruiting other Coaches use on the same recruits who want to bad mouth Calipari. The truth is the players are dying to come to Kentucky and play for one of the best. It is what it is.

Why I am falling into this trap beats me but, NO, could give a flying flip about Florida, Alabama, and least of all, Kentucky. I have been a UT fan since as long as I can remember. Went to UT and graduated in 1983 with a B.S. in Agriculture. Have a son that is as big a UT fan as I am and also graduated from UT in 2011. One thing you will not have to assume about me and that is posting on other teams sites. The good Lord has blessed me with being a true Volunteer Fan for the past 52 years and if He allows me another 52, I will wear the orange proudly. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. Class of 83.

Written on UT releases Travon Landry from men's basketball letter of intent:

in response to SevenT:

Calipari is completely up front and brutally honest with the player during the recruiting process. If you listen to his radio call in show you will hear it all on the air.

I am not a "one and done" fan. The NBA makes the rule because they saw too many players declare for the draft out of High School and nobody selected them in the draft. So the player had to go to Europe or the NBA development league. Calipari uses the rule to his advantage but he is open and up front about it which is more than I can say for what Martin did in this situation.

Just Saying

In comes Calipari with his best angelic look upon his face to a recruits house. "Mom and Dad, I assure you that your little boy will be taken care of if he attends our university. I guarantee he will make great grades with minimal effort. I promise he will go pro after one year, and if he doesn't(face changing from that of an angel to an evil demon), I will drop him like a rock. I am going to be brutally honest with you. Just so you know up front, I only care about your son for one year." Yeah right. How many of the parents, present and past, have you personally spoken with. Instead, you belief a radio interview, like he is going to tell the truth. I like the assumptions you along with others on here are making without knowing anything that may have gone one between the two parties. I just wasted some precious time responding to you knowing good and well you will continue spewing off at the mouth. JUST SAYIN

Written on UT releases Travon Landry from men's basketball letter of intent:

in response to bUTch_please:

b!t(h please...how far did I have to look?

www.wildcatbluenation.com/2013/04/01/kentucky-wildcat-basketball-did-john-calipari-oversign-for-2013/

And what is funny, they are proud of it. Must be why SevenT is not on their message board and on ours. If everyone knew the whole story, would probably stop a lot of whining.

Written on UT releases Travon Landry from men's basketball letter of intent:

in response to vol1994:

Amazing to read the specualtion on this board. Landy was given a scholarship offer. However, he struggled this year and there were conservations b/t the Vol asst coaches and Landry (his father too). The Vols had to upgrade at point guard and did when the other kid decommitted from Vandy and selected UT. Martin, Yemi, and the coaching staff had a conversation after his incident. Why make it public during the season that he would leave the program? Pops was signed knowing Yemi was leaving UT.

Back to Landry- his parents knew he would sit the bench if Stokes returned. Martin was 50-50 on Stokes' departure so the waiting game was over for Landry when Stokes decided to stay.
Let's give the coaches the benefit of the doubt. Keep in mind a scholarship offer is annual, not for four to five yrs. Ask Saban's players!!
Landry stayed committed to the Vols knowing there was a chance he would be asked to look elsewhere, or told he would sit the pine, if UT found another guard and Stokes returned. I commend Landry for his loyalty to the Vols but he had a horrible sr. year which caused doubt.

Your post is so true. Would say there is a lot more to this than the headlines say. Evidently this was well talked about between the parties seeing he was taking an official visit the same day it was confirmed he was released. Who knows, Martin may have helped line him up with New Mexico State. Everyone wants UT to have the best Basketball program they can, but want to second guess every move our coaches make. I believe that is why they are where they are and not sitting here on a message board. Looking forward to what Martin has on the court in the fall. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. Class of 83

Written on UT releases Travon Landry from men's basketball letter of intent:

It is amazing how everyone wants UT to be a consistent force to be reckoned with in the NCAA, but are against Martin when a situation such as this happens, even though we do not know anything about the situation. It is far from the first and will not be the last here or anywhere else. No different than signing a bunch of one and done players and then having to make some hasty decisions when they decide not to go pro after one. Hate it for Landry, but, it may be a blessing in disguise for him. How much playing time would he have gotten? His STATS don't look all that good. Skylar McBee had abetter 3 point average(finished with 34% career whereas this young man shot a little over 6% last year) and I seem to remember many on here spewing out hate toward a young man that was true Tennessee through and through. As mentioned by many, we have no idea the whole story and probably never will. Hope the best for this young man. If he is as good as many have said, he will land in a school with a full ride and will be successful. Still GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. Class of 83

Written on Iowa finalizes field of Battle 4 Atlantis; UT now waiting on bracket:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Great news for UTBB..Playing a tough schedule must continue if the Vols intend on playing in the big dance..GBO!!

Kind of wondered who we would be up against in a tourney. Good to see this one consist of some quality teams with Xavier, 'Nova, and Kansas. Just hope and pray we can keep our guy's injury free. Also hope Maymon picks up where he left off before his injury. Ready for the season to start tomorrow. As always, IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. Class of 83

Written on Cuonzo Martin expects to talk to Jarnell Stokes today about draft status:

Would love to see him come back and believe it would help him in the long run. However, we all need to put ourselves in his shoes. He will make more in a couple of years than most will make in a lifetime. This is going to be an ongoing problem until the powers to be decide to make them play out their scholarship. Everyone wants a 4 or 5 star player knowing good and well the chances of them staying are low. Happy when we get them, but mad when they opt to leave early. Hope he makes a decision that will best serve him, not me. If he goes or if he stays, it is still GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. And concerning Skylar, thanks for the years of hustle you showed on the court and the many great things you did off the court. So sad that people can't remember the good things you did. Wish you the best in what you do. Class of 83

Written on Order of protection was taken out against Yemi Makanjuola:

in response to SevenT:

Reminds me of a couple of years ago when the UThug Basketball players went "gang banging" with illegal guns and other stuff in the car.

Same ole, Same ole

Yeah, happened, just kind of like carrying a gun on high school property as late as Jan.7,2013 (T.J. James-UK Football) or,Sept.12, 2012 possession (Raymond Sanders, Marcus Caffey, Bookie Cobbins-UK Football), or Feb. 27, 2012 trafficking in a control substance (Ridge Wilson-UK Football) This is just to name a few of the more recent ones. It happens at every university so be careful before you start casting stones at another school before looking into your own dark closet. We can even get into some of the sex offenses of some of your former players if you want, but aint gonna go there. So why not just give it a rest. It is GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL (that is why I do not even go to other team sites) GO BIG ORANGE. CLASS OF 83

Written on Orange and White Game offers road map for summer improvement:

Went to the game and came away with a positive outlook. I did enjoy watching the hustle during the warm ups and the team spirit. Just all around looked more organized. Once the scrimmage did start, it did seems as if the defense had improved greatly. I hope this is true, if not, our offense needs a lot of work. Very impressed with Hill running the ball. He hits the hole like a back should do, instead of dancing on their toes in place hoping a hole will open. Thus far, looks like Worley was more comfortable. He still has quite a way to go though. Another thing I really liked is when the team came down to the band at the end of the scrimmage. This day seemed more like a game day than they have in the past couple of years during regular season. Really look forward to the fall. Realize we do have a long way and probably will not happen in one season, but, I do feel this team is now headed in the right direction. There was a couple of things I did not care for. One is when the guy came over the intercom telling the band to give him a break, they were trying to work on the field. If a band playing disrupts a team that much, they have more to work on than I give them credit. Also, the fist in the air thing. It was a big flop. If this tradition is to start, it will start after the team proves itself during the season, not during a scrimmage. Besides these little things, it was a great day. Just reemphasized that IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. Class of 83

Written on Marlon Walls says hospital visit with Katelyn Norman changed his life :

in response to RIGHTISBETTERTHANLEFT:

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I am sure there were many. I for one was touched by this story, thus it was worth writing. Do you think these guys ran to the paper and said "Hey, write about me, write about me." Like the old Anne Murray song, "Sure could use, a little good news today". Didn't you read the part where they said they thought about not doing the walk in fear of it bringing attention to them instead of the walk itself. I guess you would rather only see the headlines when one of the players falter in life. Come on. Get a life. I for one think it is great to see stories of these young men doing something good. As for me this makes it GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Written on Marlon Walls says hospital visit with Katelyn Norman changed his life :

Need more articles such as this one. Thanks guys for putting others first during your spring break. You will probably never know totally what your visit meant to this young person. God bless and please GoVols.com, keep these behind the scenes stories coming. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Written on Butch Jones pleased with Vols' attitude after first day back at practice:

in response to LSG410EC83:

Have to say Jones and crew have said and done the right things thus far. That alone should have everyone a little optimistic. Loved what he said before they took spring break and how is sounds like he is not backing down on his word as they come back. Looking forward to next season. As for the big announcement, wonder if it had anything to do about Coach Fulmer be named and advisor on building back ETSU Buc football. Just announced here in the Tri-Cities. Hope all goes well on this also. Be kind of fun getting to the Bucs play ball again. Hopefully it will be more competitive.

Heaven forbid that the grammar police catch me before I correct myself. Correction "Coach Fulmer _being_ named _an_ advisor" and "Be kind of fun getting to_see_ the Bucs". Once again, so sorry for my mistakes.

Written on Butch Jones pleased with Vols' attitude after first day back at practice:

Have to say Jones and crew have said and done the right things thus far. That alone should have everyone a little optimistic. Loved what he said before they took spring break and how is sounds like he is not backing down on his word as they come back. Looking forward to next season. As for the big announcement, wonder if it had anything to do about Coach Fulmer be named and advisor on building back ETSU Buc football. Just announced here in the Tri-Cities. Hope all goes well on this also. Be kind of fun getting to the Bucs play ball again. Hopefully it will be more competitive.

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

in response to cobragolfer:

For all you UT fans who are calling me a TROLL for being on YOUR fan board... I didn't come here as a fan board basher. I got here from KNOXNEWS.COM. If there is an article about the Vols in the paper, then I'll comment. As far as Cobra clubs... look at the beating the US Ryder Cup team took from Ian Polter... a Cobra player!! The Vols will experience their beating tonight.

If you are not a fan, and do not want to be called a troll, why comment. As for the definition of internet troll: "In Internet slang, a troll (pron.: /ˈtroʊl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion". When you come on here posting such as you have, you are a troll according to this definition from Wikipedia. So, don't be suprised when your called one. As for this UT FAN, IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. Class of 83

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

in response to cobragolfer:

First of all big boy ... I'm not a troll. I live in this city and have been here all of my life. I didn't go to UT and I'm NOT a UT fan. My opinion is mine and yours is yours. It takes a "little man" to hide behind a screen. Change your name to "YELLOW" instead of orange... and enjoy your beloved Vols.

What an idiot. You say you are not a troll. However, you admit to not being a UT fan which post stupidity on a site that says GO VOLS. Please explain that to the rest of us that are probably still shaking their head after reading your ignorant post. If you hate the team so much, why post about it. Speaking of being a coward hiding behind a screen name. My true initials are LSG, I am for UT, and I graduated from UT in 1983. What is your excuse. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TRUE UT VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. Go out and show you deserved an invite to the big show by winning big in the NIT.

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

in response to AFTiger:

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the Vols on securing a top seed in the NIT.

Well done.

It gives me great pleasure to congratulate the AFTiger on securing a top seed as jerk of the year.

Well done.

Would really bother me if you played in a conference with some competition. Hope you enjoy facing some teams that really matter.

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

So tired of all the "I miss Bruce", "Bring Bruce back", "If Bruce was here" blah, blah, blah. I liked Bruce just as much as anyone else, but hey, all he had to do was tell the truth when asked. My goodness, he should have known they knew about the picnic when the bloodhounds asked him. Anyway, he is gone and will not be back. We have Martin now, and I believe he is what we need at this point. As far as many of these posters, get your facts right before showing your ignorance. Chattbud, this team averaged for the season 66 points a game, far more than 50 as you mentioned. Tomcat, a majority on this sight look forward to seeing Witch Doctors witty post. Lighten up, life is too short. SevenT, would worry more about your own team, you know, the one that got schooled by Vandy. The only thing that eased the pain from the loss yesterday was watching the Kitty fans in the stands with the look of disbelief. I got to see that look at TB arena during the 30 point beatdown. Actually, most of them resorted to texting on their phones, playing games on their phones, or getting a jump on their long trip back home. Anyway, hated we lost just as much as any true Vol fan. Don't think the team was not trying. They looked tired and sluggish for some reason. Realized they had just played a game the day before, but, so did Vandy. Stokes was sucking air at one point. Kind of wonder if they were so tight knowing the importance of this game that they wore themselves down before the game ever started. It can happen. Have enjoyed this another year of UT basketball. For those of you that have thought this is boring basketball, you have not watched the games I have this year. I forgot, it is only boring ball to watch when we lose (according to many on here) Hope we make the Big Dance. If we don't, we don't. Its not like it is the end of the world. Will be pulling for them whichever tourney they do make. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

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

Sorry for the rant guys, just get tired of all the negativity, especially when our season has closed out on such a positive note.

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

in response to chipmurphy461:

Tennessee head coach Bruce Pearl announced Thursday that Midway, Ga., native Jordan McRae has signed with the University of Tennessee and will play basketball for the Volunteers beginning with the 2010-11 season. A 6-foot-6, 180-pound shooting guard, McRae is a senior at Liberty County High School and plans to enroll at Tennessee next summer. So Martin "coached" McRae up? Really? Obviously Pearl recruited McRae, but let's assume Martin's coaching is what did the trick, it had nothing to do with physically maturing. Stokes still needs some work. But then again Coach Martin wasn't left with great players, but what about all the starters minus Stokes? What about Maymon?

How much did any of these players play while Pearl was here oh great basketball genius. Let us see who got much playing time(out of a possible 71 games) McBee-64 games under Pearl with and average of 13 minutes per game. Golden played 33 games with an average of 13.3 minutes per game while under Pearl. Hall played a total of 70 games with an average of games with an average of 10.15 minutes per game under while Pearl was here. Maymon played 14 games with an average of 9.1 minutes per game under Pearl (not much playing time under Pearl for someone we missed so much this year). McRae, who should have been this years SEC MVP played in a whopping 10 games and only averages 5.3 minutes per game under Pearl. To look at these numbers, the only 2 that got consistant playing time under Pearl was McBee and Hall with Golden coming in 3rd. Sooooo, Martin inherited a lot of inexperience players and has turned some into some great players. Golden has come on strong, McRae has blossomed, Maymon was the man last year and will hopefully be when he gets healthy. Stokes is coming on.(Got to remember, this should actually have been his first year playing). Liked Pearl just as much as the next, but get over it, he will not be back. Martin had some cards dealt to him that many would have folded with. Look forward to the remainder of the year and the years to come. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TRUE TENNESSEE FAN. GO BIG ORANGE. CLASS OF 83

Written on Just McRae can't save the day for UT against Georgia, 78-68:

Could not pick up the game on tv or internet, so had to listen to it (seems like everytime I have to listen we get beat) Anyway, for some reason it seems everyone thought this game was a gimme. Had a feeling this was gonna happen. Just coming off of some emotional, rugged, hard fought victories has had to wear them down some. Sounds like we settled for the outside shots. They are fine when they are falling, but they can kill you when they don't. Have said all season that the team on the most part plays as Golden plays. Seems like all of them did except for Jordan. Not to say that Golden sets out to play a bad game, just thinks he begins to get frustrated which effects his second half. With all of the losses today in the SEC, we still have a chance to make the dance. Will take some tourney wins though. Even with all that has happened, it is STILL GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. By the way, SevenT got off here pretty quickly for some reason tonight.

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

in response to FanNotSheep:

Bruce Pearl had only minor, secondary violations before he lied to the NCAA. It was a huge mistake, but the charges he was facing were not a big deal. His biggest previous mistake was turning in a cheating Illinois program and being blackballed by the NCAA coaching fraternity not for breaking rules but for breaking the fraternity's unwritten code.

I for one do not like it when all cops stand up for each other -- or all doctors or whomever. If someone is paying players or helping them be eligible by cheating, etc. they should be ratted out. Just like Fulmer did with Bama's booster playing high school players and coaches in Tennessee.

The rule Pearl lied about is no longer even a rule. That's how horrible it was that he broke it. And he did not even invite the junior to the barbecue but didn't want to offend him and his family once they arrived.

I won't say Pearl is a boy scout, but he is not a Calipari -- and if you think Martin is in his league as a coach in terms of basketball knowledge or building excitement in a program, you are delirious.

Have to say I agree with you on the majority of the post. Bruce did bring back an excitement that had not been since Mears. I believe he even brought more. My son attended while Bruce was the coach. He remembers many times Pearl would walk around campus and into the cafeterias talking to the students. Big reason the student body is as big at the games as they are to this day. If Bruce would have only told the truth at first he would have still been here. It wasn't like the head honchos at that time could not have given him warning. Does not excuse the lying though. I admire him for going to the NCAA lynch squad and fessing up. Poop had aleady began rolling downhill at that point in my opinion. Anyway, he is gone and Martin is here. Like what Martin has done thus far. Time will only tell. Pearl may be back one of these days. If not, he may be a burr in our saddle on down the road. I hope the best for Bruce. He got me back into watching the game after a many year hiatus(may not be spelled right but so what) Pulling for my Vols (As I believe you are also) through the remaining games on into the tourny. As I have always said, IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

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

in response to mocsandvolsfan:

Maybe..but a little bit in vain. Pearl will not be here again as long as Martin is successful. My GUESS is that even if Martin leaves in a coupla years that Pearl will already have been hired somewhere AND even if not our higher ups will hire a young upwardly type.

Don't look for the second coming in this case. It's ok to look for Jesus though...that may happen before any of this bball stuff.

Have to say a big "Amen" to the last of your post. Love my UT Sports, but there are more important things in this life. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

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

in response to TNORANGEDOGDAD:

Took you a while to slither out of the swamp. Looked like Vols found that quarter sized hole on the top of your Gator head again.

About spewed my coffee all over the computer when got to the "quarter size hole" part. After reading this, finally figured out what Coach Martin was screaming during the game, "CHUTE IT, CHUTE IT". Loved it when we "TAGGED OUT" on gator season in BIG ORANGE land. I've got to stop. Just kind of feeling giddy after getting back to Kingsport last night after watching our VOLS win a great game. Now to address our resident troll 8inarow(may change my name to 3inarow to stand for how many times Coach Martin's teams have beat your lizards). You have many times pointed out how we have so many excuses. Well you started out with 3 right off the bat. What team has no injuries this year. Get over it. Hey, we lost Maymon for the year, Reese came back early after an injury that could have put him out this year, Miller has been dealing with an injury, McBee has been playing with a bum elbow all year (was sweet seeing the little guy score a layup on yall) Richardson has a bum chin, Golden struggled this year with a leg and shoulder injury, my wife has heel spurs, I have bulging disc, my bull is limping.(Oh wait, I guess I should have stopped about 3 excuses earlier) My point. By this time of year, a team should be better able to handle injuries. We have worked through them, took a while, but we have. Soooooooooo, stop your whining and accept the loss you big loser.IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE. KEEP THE WINS COMING.

Written on Mike Strange: Texas Vol fans welcome new era:

in response to HtownVol:

This is pretty cool.
I am Steve Adkins, me and my dad actually. We went to the game with my brother and were hanging out with the players and their family after the game when Mike Strange came up to us for an interview.
Good think me and my dad are both named Steve.

Sorry Mike, we didnt know you meant where from in Texas but we dont tell people we are from Texas, we are from Tennessee.

Thanks for the most publicity we will ever see though.

The game was Awesome!
A&M fans were pretty nice. Although we expected more from the "12th man".

At the end of regulation we were prepared for a loss but I was telling my family the last game I went to was LSU last year and UT was down 17 in the 1st half and came back to force a OT win.
The fans did give the refs a hard time though, They kept calling the older one grandpa and asking him if he could see. I dont know why though the calls were not really in favor of either team although on a inbound play Golden got tackled trying to get open and there was no call.

Anyway, I was very suprised to see our names in GoVols but it is just a nice cap to a perfect game.

GO VOLS

Yall definitely got to see a barn burner. Remember when I worked in Virginia that everytime someone would ask where I lived, I would always first tell them I was from Kingsport, Tennessee. Accent kind of gave it away. As far as the refs, have to agree. They made some horrible calls, but at least they were not one way as they usually are. You could tell the A&M fans were really getting into it,but, you could here the UT faithful on the set also. Glad you got to enjoy a Volunteer Victory. As you have pretty well mentioned without saying it, IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Written on Fourth overtime Golden for Vols, 93-85:

What a game, what a win. This 52 year old can't take too many of these though. Must of pulled a muscle or pinched a nerve in my back from all the twisting and squirming in the recliner. (was not in recline position due to sitting on the edge of my seat). Only reason up at this time in the morning on a day off. One thing about this team, they never give up. Just wondering,since they played 60 minutes, does this count as a 1.5 in the win column? (lol). For anyone that has said Martin is too calm on the sideline, you must be deaf. I could hear him over the crowd on tv this game. Looking forward to Tuesday night against the Gators. If they will play with this type of intensity, look for a good outcome. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Written on Tennessee outlasts Texas A&M 93-85 in 4 OTs :

What a game. One thing about this team, there is no quit in them. This is a bigger win than most will consider it. Going through all of the scenerios in the conference shows that. Just got to keep playing strong (I know, that is the obvious) McBee was 3 rebounds from a double double. I know many on here thinks he ought to sit and I even at times have had thoughts. However, I feel at times he is this team's Bradshaw. Gotta remember, shooting most of season with a bum elbow. Anyway, great victory. Got to get ready for the lizzzzzzzzards. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Written on Vols' streak coincides with Golden's rejuvenation :

in response to johnlg00:

Dang! Maybe the first time I have been first! Big whoop.

As for Trey, it's sometimes hard to tell when a guy has things figured out and when he just says things to make others and/or himself THINK he has them figured out. From what I know of him during his career, I would vote for the former. In this regard, he is regrettably unlike Kenny Hall, who often SAYS the right things and occasionally plays up to his words, but at least as often sinks back into obscurity. I think this streak shows that Trey IS a leader on this team, even if he is not what many fans think of as a true floor general. For the most part, when he has it going, the rest of the team has it going. Let's hope he can keep it up right through to the end, whenever and wherever that is this year.

First of all, thanks John for the many well thought out post you have placed on this board. Always full of facts and as classy as a person can be when dealing with the many trolls we have. Anyway, as has been posted many times in the past, this team plays as Golden plays. Just hope eveyone can stay healthy down the stretch. His play lately has only helped free up everyone else. One more shooter both inside and out that others have to worry about. I do tend to cringe some when he drives for the basket in a crowd. I just wish that Golden, along with the others would try a little harder to finish the shot, even if they are getting fouled. Seems like they are thinking at times it is a guaranteed foul and just tend to flail(dont know if this is correct spelling or not before the spelling police write me up)their arms around instead of attempting to finish. Hope I am wrong and I am just not realizing how strong the guy doing the fouling is. Have really enjoyed watching this team as of late. Look forward to a strong finish. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Written on Former Vol Tobias Harris traded to Orlando Magic:

in response to VOLDoll:

I really feel sorry for Tobias. He, like a lot of our fans bought into Bruce Pearls B.S. If Tobias would have went to a school where the coach would have developed his skills he would have been one hell of a player. To bad he and his family belived in Pearl. What a joke. lol!

I had forgot all about you and your hate for poor ole Bruce. It's been a whole year. Was the hair salon business that bad last year. Hate such as yours can only come from an ex.

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

in response to johnlg00:

After the way he threw some of them under the bus, he is lucky they weren't throwing shot-puts!

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.

Written on Mark Wiedmer: Calipari has more problems than solutions at Kentucky:

in response to OrangePride:

Well Boo Hoo for Coach Cal. Alll weekend all we heard was how they were short-handed without their big man. Fact is, that team has more 4* and 5* players on the roster than anyone in the SEC....so one guy goes down and the house falls apart? Nope. Climer has it right....it's a house built on prima donnas and "all about me" players....and when that's the case, when adversity hits, the finger pointing starts. This Kentucky team is unlikely to reach the NCAA, and Calipari's house of cards is going to come crashing in. And no one is going to feel sorry for any of them outside Lexington.

Agreed 100 percent. What is even worse is how he openly disgraces 2 of his players. Boy aint that a good way to woo recruits watching what is going on at Can'ttucky. Serves the big baby right. Let them have their line up of 5 stars. Will take an occassional 5, some 4 and 3 stars and build a strong program from there. Loved watching Cal get shut up on the sidelines at TBA. Priceless. Now, for the big ORANGE to keep their heads on straight and finish strong. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL. GO BIG ORANGE.

Written on Vols blow out Kentucky, 88-58:

As quoted from Yahoo Sports Assoc. Press
''I'll burn the tape from this one,'' Calipari said. ''I won't watch it. I had to sit through it, so I'm not going to sit through it again.''
I say someone find his address at Kentucky and everyone send him a copy of the game. Sure was fun to not only see his players begin giving up, but ole Cal sitting down without a clue what to do. SURE IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE FAN. GO BIG ORANBGE. By the way, were did SEVENT go slithering to. What a loser.

Written on Vols blow out Kentucky, 88-58:

in response to SevenT:

14-10 Tennessee actually played well today. Fortunately for them Kentucky didn't show up.

Truthfully, Tennessee's AD Department should be grateful Kentucky blessed the City of Knoxville today. They actually sold some tickets to the game and didn't have to pull the curtains on the upper deck like they usually due.

I actually want to thank all of the Kentucky fans for coming to the game. Made the butt kicking that much more enjoyable. Loved how quickly thier mouths shut up once the game started. So much joy in turning around and seeing a majority of them texting or playing games on their phones instead of watching the game. Nothing better to see all of that blue leaving with their kitty kat tails between their legs. IT IS GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE FAN. GO BIG ORANGE. THANKS FOR SUCH A GREAT WIN.

Written on In Knoxville, Butch Jones, John Jancek talk up defense to fans hungry for improvement :

in response to SevenT:

Not sure what is more hideous...those orange ties in the pic or Dooley's orange pants.

I like both of them. As I look over at my sweety of 27 years, she is presently wearing a beautiful UT orang shirt backed by a long sleeved white t-shirt. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. You really have a secret admiration for the color seeing you live on this board. AINT IT GREAT TO BE A TENNESSEE VOL (Even those such as yourself that really want to be one, come on, cross on over to the ORANGE SIDE. You must want to, as I have mentioned, you love residing here). GO BIG ORANGE. And just to add to the "taking correct angles" argument, it is true. When playing football, I was a much shorter and somewhat slower noseguard. Due to a defensive coach that actually played for UT, there were many times I caught a much faster running back when they ran around the end due to realizing where the back would soon be and taking that angle. I love math just as much as anyone else and realize that the hypotnuse (never was good at spelling) is the longest line in a right angle, but the back is usually dodging other defensive players while running that almost straight line. Just some first hand experience from some 30 years ago. And guess what, I am a UT alumni also. Class of 83 Animal Science Major and proud of it.GO BIG ORANGE.

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