Comments by MooseandSquirrelVol

Written on Highway Patrol: Freshman Charles Mosley lucky to be alive after crash:

in response to Caspian:

Gosh, that reminds me of something similar I saw many years ago as a kid in almost the same location. Our family was traveling east on I40 just west of Memphis. We suddenly saw a pickup going to opposite direction rolling over and over along the shoulder. He had blown a rear tire. We stopped and ran across the median and found the driver barely conscious, hanging upside down with his legs tangled in the steering wheel. No seat belt was common in those days. I have a feeling he didn't make it. Charles is fortunate, all things considered.

Yeah no seat belt used to be common for me too but after crushing a couple steering columns I buckle up in my Lazy-boy lol

Written on John Adams: Plenty of blame to go around for UT's football failure:

in response to oldster:

Steve Spurrier hated the University of Tennessee and would never have attended college here. I doubt he would have coached here either, though enough dollars might have overcome his distaste. He went to high school in Johnson City, but he was always a Floridian (and a jerk).

Phil Fulmer was quite aware that his offense had grown stale, unlike Mr. Wyatt. That is why he hired Dave Clawson. The problem was that people like John Adams had forgotten the lessons from the switch from the single wing to the T, to-wit: that changing offensive systems frequently take time. This is particularly true when you have O linemen who are not bright enough to adapt to a flip flopping scheme that I know from experience that 10 year olds can understand and run and a QB who just could not get anything but a pro-style offense. Hall of Fame coaches do not get stupid overnight (absent disease or infirmity) I fully expect the other UT to learn this lesson, too.

I noted that you omitted your own name from this list Mr. Adams. Surely, you do not suffer from humility and underestimate the influence of your columns. No, you just want to avoid taking the blame. Had things worked out well, I bet you would have been taking bows for getting rid of Fulmer, though.

"...Phil Fulmer was quite aware that his offense had grown stale, unlike Mr. Wyatt. That is why he hired Dave Clawson. The problem was that people like John Adams had forgotten the lessons from the switch from the single wing to the T, to-wit: that changing offensive systems frequently take time...."
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That's partially correct.
In my opinion the main reason it wasn't given more time was Coach Fulmer's insistence, week after week, that they had the "best week of practice" ever and all the problems were fixed.
Then the next game unfolded and afterward it was "work-like-heck".
Until the next Thursday when once again the week of practice had cured all the ills.

When a coach repeats that the problems have been fixed only to find other-wise one has to assume that said coach doesn't know what the problem is.

Had Coach Fulmer down-played expectations and constantly reminded the admin and fan-base of the reality of the situation rather than insisting other-wise he just MAY have received that one more year to prove he truly had turned it around.

Written on John Adams: Steve Spurrier not all lip in comparison to Nick Saban:

in response to MikeNPS:

Yet another column with meaningless, empty-headed rantings from John Adams. I say once again, "Why is Adams still employed?"

Stock options?

Written on John Adams: Recent SEC reruns bode well for Alvin Kamara's UT commitment:

in response to jmaples54:

hahaha. that is SOOOO funny. and you are a reject from intelligent conversation.

Ernie Capadino : "Ooh, that hurt".

Written on John Adams: Recent SEC reruns bode well for Alvin Kamara's UT commitment:

LSU journalistic rejects, not so much.

Written on John Adams: Utah State not typical opening opponent for UT:

Never underestimate ANYBODY.

Written on John Adams: College football players should be paid the old-fashioned way:

And John Adams should be paid the unemployed way

Written on John Adams: Donnie Tyndall's hurry-up recruiting risky business:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

What do you expect, he got caught cheating. No big thing if you win.
Sounds like an episode of "Breaking Bad."
Maybe this will get Bama Dave and the Chipmunk fired!

Just fill out the form slick.
Just fill out the form and let Polly do the printing.

Written on Govols247: Richardson proved toughness in 2013, Butch Jones says:

in response to tomwell#293587:

I personally encourage that "Tiny" should return to Tennessee for his senior year and will improve his offensive skills in 2014. He could win In SEC East for Vols!

That's an excellent idea!
If only it weren't against the rules.

Written on Former signee Philip Cofer says UT among three finalists:

in response to crod:

doesn't sound like he is coming.

doesn't sound like he's not either.

Written on Jason Carr, once a highly touted prospect, moving on from Tennessee:

in response to johnlg00:

In sports or in the military or in life in general, a person is either an energy booster or an energy drain. Some guys just need so much pushing and prodding to produce their best that it eventually becomes no longer worth the effort. As with the basketball team this year, you don't need guys who aren't pushing themselves to be the best they can be or buying in totally to the program. You can give the best coaching and support, but at some point a guy has to take responsibility for his own development. You can't want success for him more than he wants it for himself. Jones' comments from time to time suggest that this is what may have been the case with Carr. If so, it is better to part ways even if it leaves the squad a little short-handed at a position of need.

You're right of course and I think it's better to know now that they're short handed than to find it out on fourth and one with the game on the line.

Written on Prep School forward Jabari McGhee becomes first men's basketball player to sign under new UT coach Donnie Tyndall:

"They have everything I need to be the best," McGhee said. "I have no excuses now."
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Not gonna pretend I have a clue how good young Mr. McGhee is or may (or not) become, but I like him already.

Written on CJ Turman to ask Tennessee for release from scholarship:

in response to threehundredbowler:

Even the recruits know TYNDALL IS THE WRONG GUY.

Tennessee Basketball has gone to Hll just like Football.How I wish Fulmer and Pearl were still here.Thank you M.H.

Horse Feathers.

Written on New Vol basketball coach Donnie Tyndall introduced at news conference:

"White reportedly rebuffed an informal offer from UT on Monday due to concerns about long-term security."
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If you want a guarantee buy a toaster.

Written on All Vols assistants get 1-year extensions; Tommy Thigpen given $25,000 raise:

in response to ThirdCreek:

We're not the Legion of the Miserable...we are simply waiting to see the tangible results in terms of a winning record and a quality bowl appearance. Jones was worse in his first year than Dooley was in his first year-and Dooley took over a team in disarray after Kiffin screwed over UT, leaving behind a mess.

We saw what happened when Dooley was given an extension after his first year.

Horse Feathers.

Written on Butch Jones says defense at Orange and White game was 'unacceptable':

in response to BrassMonkey:

Same old, same old. Wait for the excuses to start after we drop the prime time home opener to Utah State and continue till we get embarrassed by a Vandy team with a fresh coach.

Horse Feathers.

Written on Dave Serrano says Vols reached 'defining moment' with series victory over Vanderbilt:

in response to 81volguy:

Pretty sure you're a coach of the team, not a fan. Because this team has performed WAY below the way it should. Just watch the rest of the season, and we'll see who's right.

June 5, 2007.
'nough said.

Written on During Paul Finebaum visit, Butch Jones quizzed about Lane Kiffin:

in response to MooseandSquirrelVol:

I don't have the socially acceptable words to express the disdain I feel for Finebaum.
I don't read anything he wrights.
I don't listen to his show, and I do not knowingly purchase any product offered by any of his sponsors.

P.S. If Jack Daniels is one of his sponsors, please, I don't want to know about it!

Written on During Paul Finebaum visit, Butch Jones quizzed about Lane Kiffin:

in response to CASEXX:

If Jones weren't a football coach he could work in the State Department as a diplomat. No way could I be so gracious to Finebaum.

I don't have the socially acceptable words to express the disdain I feel for Finebaum.
I don't read anything he wrights.
I don't listen to his show, and I do not knowingly purchase any product offered by any of his sponsors.

Written on UT, Cuonzo Martin renew commitment to one another; coach's revised contract is in the works:

in response to Snapshot:

To bad Martin didn't "renew" his commitment until getting back from Marquette after not being offered the job! Funny how that works. Why else would he have got on a plane to start with if he didn't intend to take the job if offered? If he wasn't that serious about it he could have told Marquette you can come to Knoxville and talk if you want me that bad.

Horse Feathers.

Written on Source: Cuonzo Martin pulls his name out of running for Marquette position:

"UT athletic director Dave Hart, through a spokesman, declined to comment about Martin's status on Monday."
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Gotta love the world we live in today, where it's necessary to use a spokesman in order to not say anything.

Written on Mike Strange: Vols holding ground in SEC will be tough, no matter the coach:

Horse feathers.
3rd place is NEVER the goal.
It sometimes may be the least acceptable STANDARD.
But when somebody's GOAL is to be number 3,
they need to seek a career in journalism.

Written on Lady Vols pit their motivation versus St. John's momentum:

in response to johnlg00:

PS: An expression such as, "Josh Richardson has made almost a 100 percent improvement in his scoring in the post-season" would be perfectly valid, because you are talking about an actual number. It is not possible to quantify a degree of improvement in health. That's all of that, I promise(;-D)!

I agree. My pet peeve is the constant use these days of the word "less" in place of "fewer".
It drives me to distraction.

Written on Mike Strange: Bruce Pearl can relate to Cuonzo Martin's clutter:

in response to johnlg00:

WAY too simple--and simple-minded--answer in today's college sports world. Don't you think, after losing his dream job for lying about something that isn't even a violation now, that Pearl might have learned something from it? I believe that if I had lost millions of dollars learning a lesson like that, it might stick. You act like he has a history of cheating. His only real offense before coming to UT was blowing the whistle on another program for cheating, pretty much what Fulmer did to Alabama. While that might have been a no-no among some of the shadier members of the coaching community, it hardly amounts to a murder-one conviction.

I don't think it was so much that Pearl was fired for cheating as it is that he WAS fired.
It's been my experience that once the powers that be (not just at UT but anywhere) cut someone loose (for whatever reason) they are extremely reluctant to rehire them.
It's almost as if to do so would be admitting they had made a mistake.
Something not everyone can bring themselves to do.

Written on Mike Strange: Bruce Pearl can relate to Cuonzo Martin's clutter:

Am I wrong or is Pearl doing his best "Rick Flair" in that pic. "WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!"

Written on Alcohol citations against 7 Vols set to be dismissed after Thursday hearing:

in response to topbanana:

I'm going to get some heat from this but this isn't right. The only reason they are getting off is because they are football players. Anyone else wouldn't be so lucky. We wonder why the UT athletes get into trouble all the time, they know they'll get off because they play football or basketball. If I were the coach they'd be off the team permanently.

Ignorance can be cured.
Stupid is forever.

Written on A week from spring ball, Butch Jones anticipates quicker, stronger Vols:

in response to johnlg00:

A good part of the poor tackling fundamentals you mention are as much due to lack of speed as lack of technique. If you aren't quick enough to take the proper angles and get in proper body position, all you CAN do is lunge and grab. Butch says they are working on that, so I guess we'll see.

And again, as for the off-field stuff, they had ONE incident in a solid year now. Don't you remember the "Fulmer Cup" and the frequent transgressions of Dooley's players? They have also vastly improved in their academics, a fact which should be not only known but near and dear to the heart of a "facultyman". Some people just like to gripe for no apparent reason.

".....the frequent transgressions of Dooley's players?"
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And to top it off with Dooley's players, it was more likely to be the QB!

The one guy on the team who's supposed to be smart enough to not get caught, if nothing else!

Written on A week from spring ball, Butch Jones anticipates quicker, stronger Vols:

in response to Goodgriefcharliebrown:

Glad these fools are playing football and are not in a military platoon. Hate to think someone's life would be in the hands of these immature punk lawbreakers. Jones is a joke.

Spoken like someone without an inkling how much trouble off-duty military personal sometimes get into.

Written on John Adams: Just making NCAA tournament wouldn't justify retaining Cuonzo Martin:

in response to murrayvol:

Actually Coach Stallings looks more like (the late) Peter Boyle who played the "monster" in Young Frankenstein.

I agree.
Dave Hart is the real thing.

Written on John Adams: Just making NCAA tournament wouldn't justify retaining Cuonzo Martin:

Posting the articles that you do doesn't justify retaining you either John, but I digress.

Written on Vols promise to fight as NCAA tournament predictions grow grim:

"...But we are still going to come out and play hard every game.”
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Newsflash!

If you had played hard every game up to this point, you wouldn't be in this situation.

"It's a long season" is the worst mind-set a player or coach can have.

Written on Tennessee announces 2014 spring football practice dates:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Butch Jones is 55-34 overall as a head coach. Anyone who studies stats will know that about the best we can expect is him to 6 out of every 10 games. This will not be good enough. He only has one year on his resume with a .8 or better win percentage. Why will he be able to parlay his past mediocrity into success in the SEC?

Because there are three kinds of false-hoods.
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics.

BrassMonkeys are well known for using all 3 liberally.

Written on Mike Strange: Shouldn't someone have noticed Jarnell Stokes?:

in response to Volsreign1:

And AGAIN a momentum destroying timeout is called immediately after a huge made 3 pointer. Someone please explain this strategy to me.

It's simple really, it goes like this:

Hit the 3 and immediately yell : "LOOK OVER THERE!.....HAHA!....MADE YOU LOOK!"

Written on Butch Jones embarrassed by party arrests:

Mistakes were made, of that there is no doubt.
That said, if this is the absolute worst mistake any of these guys make in their lives, I think they'll be o.k.
I'm sure Coach will do whatever he can to see to that.

Written on Vanderbilt loss kills Vols' momentum, invites bubble trouble:

“But you have experienced guys. The good thing is you will be able to bounce back, learn from it and move forward.”
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Therein lies the rub.
I believe they can bounce back and move forward.
It appears to be the learning from it part that's missing.

Written on GVX Audio: Are Tennessee coaches known for negative recruiting?:

"Every coach is trying to get their message out, and I don't think it's a surprise that they're mad because Tennessee's doing well.
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Good. I can't wait until Nick Saban's head pops from sheer frustration.

Written on Mike Strange: (Mostly) basketball topics to get you through until Signing Day:

What the Hell is a luge?
Never mind. I don't even want to know.

Written on Vols recruiting celebration includes Signing Day event at Tennessee Theatre:

Bad as I hate Memphis rush hour traffic, I just HAVE to be there!

Written on UT denies public access to athletics board meetings:

in response to TommyJack:

Memo to Hart: Lose the clairol.

Dave Hart + scar on forehead + bolts on the neck = Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster.

Written on Sources: Alabama hires Lane Kiffin:

Well I don't give a damn about the whole state of Alabam, the whole state of Alabam, the whole state of Alabam.
I don't give a damn about the whole state of Alabam.
I'm from Tennessee!

Written on Upon return from break, Vols will face slew of meetings to set goals, expectations for 2014:

The Vols will crank up another installment of the Vol-lympics in 2013, which turns the offseason strength program into yet another intrasquad competition.
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Maybe I just missed it, but I don't remember ever seeing anything about how the Vol-lympics came out last year.

Written on John Adams: Readers downgrade upbeat columnist:

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Written on Tennessee football's 12 months of change, transition: Behind the scenes in Butch Jones' first year:

in response to 81volguy:

Nicely done story, evan. I challenge all the critics of this site, and yes, the John Adams haters, to find this kind of content anywhere else. A mature perspective by a reporter who's covered the team all year and who can provide perspective. And John Adams is not supposed to be a cheerleader for your team. This is good journalism and it will be a crime if it dies because what will replace it might very well be the commenters on this board. Merry Christmas to all, and I mean that genuinely.

How the Hell did you bring John Adams into this article?

Written on Tennessee men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin asks for fans' support of slow-starting Vols:

"He expanded Saturday, calling for fans’ continued support of his players while simultaneously encouraging members of the team to block out any message that can’t help."
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No blocked out message can help.

Written on GVX Audio: Cuonzo Martin to disgruntled UT fans: 'Put the heat on me':

"That one (the charge call) I couldn’t really couldn’t see on the screen until I watched it on film"
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BS. Everybody else in TBA saw it.
The man needs to grow a pair.

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