Comments by Olddogsrule

Written on Butch Jones to pick QB early next week:

1-Worley ..2-Peterman ..3 Dobbs.. 4-Ferguson

Start 1 and give 2 enough series against the Governors to see game play for both. Give 3 a series or two at games end. Redshirt 4. 4 practices, dresses out and is on the sidelines. But if injury or poor performance indicate 4's the guy, the minute he steps on the field, even if not until a bowl game, his redshirt season is gone. Might be 3 with his major could redshirt but I doubt it. If anyone transfers, I won't be surprised if it's 4, but I will be disappointed.

Whatever we say, bUTch and staff are going to go with the QB they believe has the best chance to win. Their near term support, win or lose, depends on making the right position decisions this year.

Written on John Adams: Like its players, UT coaches have something to prove:

in response to murrayvol:

They'll never admit it but they'll miss him when he's gone.

So NOT TRUE. Fact is when johnny boy was recuperating from knee replacement several of us commented about the breath of fresh air beginning to waft through GVX. That and the rest of the staff there proved johnnyboy's not needed ... at all .. for GVX to be a success.

FIRE JOHN ADAMS! SAVE MONEY and HAVE A BETTER PRODUCT.

Written on John Adams: Like its players, UT coaches have something to prove:

Several different ways this could've been wrbetter.

But not by johnnyboy, the unmitigated king of jerks in print non journalism.

FIRE JOHN ADAMS!!!

Written on UT's Don Mahoney wants to send his line out on winning note:

This year we play: A politician, what-folks on a pic-nic?, 2 fowls, a lizard, 4 felines, a red tide (that foul smelling stuff in the water that sometimes shows up when we go to the beach), a canine, and an outhouse door … sheesh!.

6-6 to 8-4 if we get the trap games

GO YOU VOLUNTEERS!

'SMOKEY RULES'

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

Ooooh Noooo! Mr. Hand, it's

'Eyore', or better yet ...'My Name is Legion'

yada,yada,yada

Let's have a contest and see who can write it's posts for it....we all KNOW what it's going to say.

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

Truth is fans of Volunteers sports HAVE NO RIGHTFUL STAKE in whatever colors they wear. Make enough noise about it and some Computer Science major will get up a petition to change the school colors to Cyan, Red, Yellow, & Black .. and the mascot to Mr. Bill ...an it'll pass just like voting some frat boy in as homecoming queen.......Oohhh Nooooo! Mr. Hand!!!

Written on John Adams: Phillip Fulmer needs to look in a mirror before assessing blame:

in response to oldster:

Do any of you football geniuses remember the transition from the single wing to the T? I sure do. It took more than a year. Offensive changes take time. This is particularly true when you have offensive linemen who are not smart enough to figure out the differences between left and right and inside and outside. I taught 10 year old linemen to flip flop so that the strong side guard tackle would be lineup up on the same side as the TE. While this did mean that they needed to know that instead of blocking to their right or left that they now had to block to their inside or outside, it also meant that only one tackle needed to learn the combination blocking with a tight end. Evidently, UT's linemen could not handle this difficult concept. Of course, Fulmer did recruit and sign them. But, then, he did that before he hired Clawson and tried to institute a system that required more thought than the guys he had previously recruited were capable for handling. Given more time, either these would have figured it out, the system would have been tweeked, or new players signed who could figure it out.

My Dad could not for the life of him understand why Bowden (a high school team mate) hung on to the single wing when it had been abandoned by virtually all of CFB. Driving home after a visit, I'd listen to Dad's orations (rants) on why we should change. "We HAVE to get on with the PASSING game!" These are some of my first memories of VOLS football. So yes, a coach can and does make poor decisions and should be replaced.

What you are describing for the offense is much like attempting to teach the 3-4 to 4-3 players ... eh? a-la Dooley and Sunseri who neither one had the personality to win their players over and get them to buy in to the system.
In fact, the players couldn't wait to get out of there after practice instead of watching film.

Yes, we all want to always find ONE place to point a finger, say fix that, and all the problems are taken care of.

But it's much more complicated than that. A winning coach (read program-because there is usually more than just the coach involved) makes a bad hire, great recruits show up as virtually uncoachable, or have to be dismissed, the administration spends money on sky-boxes instead of salaries, .... there is plenty of reason and blame to go around. That's why in the real world we say 'No one is irreplaceable'.

But everyone wants to find the easy way out don't we johnny-boy...and put all the blame on one person, as if that ONE person can foresee; and if they are demi-gods and can indeed foresee, then indeed prevent all possible problems that can possibly arise in CFB. Of course they can't, especially assistant coach salary caps and other restraints made by their own bosses.

Hamilton spent money on stadium improvements when he should have been focused on assembling the highest quality possible assistant coaching staff.

That's what I don't like about the journalism business. They are never to blame for anything when they're wrong. Just ask them. It's only their opinion.

Written on John Adams: Phillip Fulmer needs to look in a mirror before assessing blame:

in response to Go4Two:

NO Bear did not win a NC at KY...

Bear coached the Mildcats for 8 years, from 1946 to 1953. He won the 1950 SEC Championship going 11-1. So yeah, he did win a TITLE, not the NC, but the SEC, and was gone three years later after going 8-4, 5-4-2, & 7-2-1.

Written on Quarterbacks center of attention for UT coaches in scrimmage:

GO YOU VOLUNTEERS!!!

'SMOKEY' RULES!!!

Written on Poll: What do you think of Tennessee's new gray uniform?:

in response to pikavol:

Did someone really just bring Obama into this debate?

Some of you guys take all of this waaaaay too seriously.

Wal yeah, they does! Why? You may ask.

Becuz 'What it Wuz, Wuz Football!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=...

Ol' Andy, he musta been a Volunteer fan, He shore liked his Big Orange.

Written on Vols buying into Butch Jones' many quirks:

in response to proudveteran:

I was thoroughly behind Coach Jones until he decided to "junk" the Orange and White Tennessee tradition for "Smokey Gray" uniforms (not our hound dog either). He totally lost my support and belief in him as a person...all "slick tongued" words out of both sides of his mouth.

bUTch did not "junk" the Orange & White! Three colors have ALWAYS been associated with the VOLS. Evidently the 'black' we who have always thought was the color of the early unis jersey was in fact this dark grey, or 'smoke'. The pants were actually a khaki brown canvass.

The 'Smokey' uniform will only be used one game, near Hooowl-o-ween! The rest of the year will be EXACTLY the Orange & White we have seen all these years but in hi-tech pads, fabrics & cuts that provide greater freedom of movement with compressive characteristics that hopefully decrease fatigue and injury.

The videos and photos show the team loves it. Thats all I need to know.

GO YOU VOLUNTEERS!!"

'SMOKEY' RULES!!!!!!!!!

Written on Vols new alternative football uniform adds a 'smokey' shade of gray:

The uniforms are going to change over the next 5 to 10 years across the board in NCAA football. Every team, every conference.

End of Story

Written on Evan Woodbery: UT video drops strong hints that new uniforms will come out today, could be 'smokey':

in response to frblalack:

The more I think about it; the angrier I get!!! Our school colors have ALWAYS been Orange & White & that's the way it should stay! Period.

Whomever decided they had the authority to change our school's colors needs to be fired immediately or given a stern warning & a History lesson! And I don't care if it was the President, or Jones or Hart, etc. No one has the right to change our school's colors. I thought the black & orange Halloween thing was atrocious, but that was ONE game. Coach Jones, we're not Oregon & we don't want to be Oregon. We're UT and our colors are Orange & White!!! Pls wear those "new" uniforms one time for an away game at Austin Peay or somewhere & then let's go back to our tradition! Please!

Always a Vol - Orange & White Vol

I respectfully disagree sir. Black ('smokey' for the marketing dweebs who came up with that) HAS ALWAYS BEEN A TRADITIONAL AND OFFICIAL UT COLOR.

Please read the Volquest link below.

http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.a...

But you and I have been down this road before.

http://blog.heritagesportsart.com/sea...

We really are in the 21st Century. Whether or not you like Oregon's styling .. RECRUITS DO!

I predict ALL CBF teams will be doing this. Those who do so sooner, will gain benefits. Those who do so later, will have lost the opportunity to build on the benefits that could have been gained.

I've said this before, I'll say it again, of course you are free to disagree.

The uniforms are the Volunteer Football Program's. And that is for the players. Let them choose what makes them feel good, feel excited to wear, feel empowered when they run through the T. It's their team and their uniform, we are just and only their fans and should support them, unless they decide on pink tutus --- well any color tutu)

But these new unis, this is a good thing. It is not a bad thing.

Orange and White will ALWAYS be our primary school colors, make no mistake about that.
Orange and White will always be what we see on the field for the far greater percentage of games.

But this black (smokey if you wish) uni?

I really do like it! More important is, The Players Like It! It's what they want to wear.

Written on No Vols-Kentucky game in Knoxville for first time since 1952 season:

in response to Orange_Beach:

You must be speaking of Mark Womack, because Steve Shaw doesn't handle any of the scheduling. If it weren't for Bama grads the SEC wouldn't be what it is today.

Yeah, thas rite! Them Bama grads got the ol' Alma Mater the cushiest strength of schedule they can fur as long as I can remember.

Dead last this year. Guess they can brag about more winning seasons. Possible NC's too, with that scheduling system put in.

No respect for those backscratchin' 'Bama grads' here!

Written on Evan Woodbery: UT video drops strong hints that new uniforms will come out today, could be 'smokey':

in response to StoneJackBaller:

This is old news already. This website is so behind. If you're not on Twitter, you should be. This was news yesterday.

Well! That's soooo tweet! But I don't .. an won't.

Written on Evan Woodbery: UT video drops strong hints that new uniforms will come out today, could be 'smokey':

in response to Olddogsrule:

I hope it was the Volunteer Team that got to pick their own uni, instead of being told what they had to wear. It's their team, not ours. We're just the fans.

For the Hooowl-oween game I'd love to see an all Black uni with really big Orange numbers styled after the Power T, high gloss Black carbon fiber helmets with the Orange Power T, and white accents everywhere. Even use it for another game or two. An all White uni, and all Orange uni, then they could mix it up some.

But, yeah, we in the 21st CENTURY now!

Drag 'em on in Butch, even if they kickin' & screamin'!

Hmmm...Volquest link was posted while I was looking up the Pantone color. It is a 'light' black, or very, very dark grey.

Oh well, 'cept for the helment, I wuz pretty close. I'd have made the numbers a little bigger, but ....if this is what the players like and want then...

I LIKE IT TOO!

GO YOU VOLUNTEERS!

Written on Evan Woodbery: UT video drops strong hints that new uniforms will come out today, could be 'smokey':

I hope it was the Volunteer Team that got to pick their own uni, instead of being told what they had to wear. It's their team, not ours. We're just the fans.

For the Hooowl-oween game I'd love to see an all Black uni with really big Orange numbers styled after the Power T, high gloss Black carbon fiber helmets with the Orange Power T, and white accents everywhere. Even use it for another game or two. An all White uni, and all Orange uni, then they could mix it up some.

But, yeah, we in the 21st CENTURY now!

Drag 'em on in Butch, even if they kickin' & screamin'!

Written on Evan Woodbery: UT video drops strong hints that new uniforms will come out today, could be 'smokey':

Panton Matching System (PMS 426) is black. Not jet black, but black; and yes it has always been an official school color.

www.ubsolutions.net/downloads/pms-chart.pdf

Written on Heat coach Spoelstra attends Tennessee practice:

in response to Chappy:

Every post you make is a slam against Coach Jones. Did he not ask you to the prom or something?

Witchy alluded .."the truth lies deeper" ...

WE know by It's (won't designate humanity by using the word 'his') S.O.S. diatribe style the multiple user name jerk we continue to hear folks say is Jeff Flowers.

How does anyone know that? Is it truly Jeff Flowers?

John Adams ... hey johnnyboy! Is that you?

Written on No Vols-Kentucky game in Knoxville for first time since 1952 season:

Calamari and the Kentucky fan base took up the 'One & Done' position which I say is antithetical to the whole concept of the collegiate scholar/athlete, to the concept of the level playing field, to the concept of sportsmanship in general. It's very nature is an attempt to gain advantage over every other NCAA team outside of the normal modes. It is an abuse of the players, telling them they're going to the NBA if they play for Calamari, soon, and Big Money is just around the corner. Which in fact is not true as most will not make it in the pros.

As long as Kentucky and the slimy squid continue this, I can never look at the Kentucky bb game again without a jaundiced eye.

So, frankly, I don't care if we ever play them again. I take pleasure in last years stomp 'em in the dust & walk it dry, beatdown frog stompin' of Calimari in the fact that we beat the squids' legal but IMHO unethical O&D system, not that we beat that team from the armpit of the south.

Welcome A&M, Welcome Mizzou ... let's play ball!!!

Written on Fulmer has interest in joining selection committee:

in response to murrayvol:

If the SEC goes to a 9 game conference schedule, the champion could very well have 2 losses and still be the best team in the land.....but miss the 4 team playoff. That's reality.

The four team playoff won't work. It's as bad or worse than the BCS. Four isn't enough.

Written on Fulmer has interest in joining selection committee:

in response to DawgDayAfternoon:

What difference does it make to Vol fans whether the selection committee is made up of former coaches, administrators or the media, when you have zero chance of ever being in it? Maybe reality comes slow to Knoxburg, but you've now established yourselves right next to the Cats and a few notches below the Dores. That's permanent 5-7 territory. Just enjoy the ride and a possible bid to the Weedeater or Papa Johns every five years or so.

You constantly troll this site. Why? What can possibly be so threatening about the Volunteers rebuilding program to you that posting pretty much the same drivel over and over on GVX has become an obsessive/compulsive disorder in you? If you truly are a Bulldog fan, yer one SICK puppy!

Written on Heat coach Spoelstra attends Tennessee practice:

in response to bUTch_please:

"My coach is cooler than your coach" - Devrin Young.

IS COOL!!!

Written on Heat coach Spoelstra attends Tennessee practice:

in response to bUTch_please:

"My coach is cooler than your coach" - Devrin Young.

This!

Written on Butch Jones challenges team 'to pick it up' during Tuesday's practice:

in response to sameolvolalum:

As a kid I was impressed by Bowden Wyatt's tough approach with the Vols. Vince Lombardi instilled fear into everybody with his Packers and Bill Cowher was similar with the Steelers. CBJ would have some big boots to fill if compared to these guys, but everybody's got to start somewhere and this version of the Vols FB team displays a respectable amount of respect, seasoned with an impressive element of fear-of-screwing-up coming out of the guys. They've all apparently bought in, which'll show in those third and fourth quarters in the near future. These guys are going to be fun to watch.

My dad grew up with Bowden. Lots of stories there, but the one that fits here is how during early practice Bowden's first year, he left the team a couple of times 'cause he couldn't stand some of Neyland's coaching tactics. One of which was if the team wasn't putting the 'intensity' into practice he wanted, Neyland would have them step over the big creosote poles dividing the practice field from a gravel parking lot right beside it. Practice in gravel?!!! Intensity found! I don't know how long Neyland got away with that but the just the thought of practicing football in a gravel parking lot is enough to make my intensity step up an I ain't even playin', I'm just typin'.

Wunner who Bowden modeled his 'tough approach' coaching after?

Written on No Vols-Kentucky game in Knoxville for first time since 1952 season:

in response to UkJarhead:

This is a shame. Big money is ruining college sports for me. I couldn't tell you who is in the other big conferences anymore except the SEC. Tradition is heading out the window. This is my favorite rivalry in sports. I've lived around the Knoxville area for many years and so enjoyed this game, except last year....What a shame.

Yup ... what you said.

Except I really, really did very much enjoy last year!

Written on Johnny Majors donates memorabilia to state library:

in response to bUTch_please:

hahahahahahah...fish.

hahahahaha ... John Ward say, "Give Him Six"!!!!

No_Sir_EEee-Ain't-No-Johnny-Majors is he?

Written on Jones savors challenge of rebuilding Tennessee:

in response to SAMA_BUCKS:

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Written on Which team will win the SEC East this season?:

in response to huntined#565710:

Looking at schedules S.C. HAS THE BEST CHANCE TO WIN THE EAST.FIRST THEY ONLY HAVE TWO TOUGH GAMES FLA AND GA If they beat one of them they will win it. And they play FLA at home and they don't play any tough teams in the west side. Now FLA has GA-S.C.at S.C. and at LSU
GA has S.C.and LSU at home and FLA in JAX.
But S.C. HAS THE BEST CHANCE TO WIN IT they lost two games on the road last year. Ga won it last year as they also only has two tough games and they lost one of them to S.C. but beat FLA and won it...

^^^ good post huntin' ed!

I agree. Until we see how CBJ takes to it, Spurrier is the better game day coach on any given Saturday than pretty much anyone else in the SECe (or all of CFB for that matter) and that includes Mark Richt. An uninjured Jadevon Clowney will have a lot to say about these games too. Even if he's effectively double teamed, that will free up other C.O.C.K's defenders to disrupt. The building (not re-building) Spurrier's done for the C.O.C.K.S program since 2005 (8th year now) has taken them to competing for the SECe crown which was unheard of in mah younger years.

One site (SDS) lists SC as having the #10 SOS in the SEC with UGA #8, and they say SC "has the easiest schedule of any of the SEC powers."

I'm with you. SC can take the SECe.

Per Saturday Down South the #1 & 2 most difficult SEC SOS is owned by Arky and LSU of the West. Followed by SECe #3 KY, 4 TN, 5 FL, 6 AUB, 7 MissSt of SECw, 8 SECe UGA, 9 SECw Ole Miss, SECe 10 SC, 11 Vandy, & 12 Mizzou. Hmmm ... #13 is TAMU and dead last is Bama at #14. (Wunner who'll be in the SEC CG). Four of the top half of the most difficult SOS in the SEC is owned by the SECe, but neither UGA or SC are in it. FL's SOS could well bite 'em in the butt.

OutkickTheCoverage calls the Dawgs & C.O.C.Ks game a tossup. I see it as a tossup between SC and UGA for the SECe, and I give that to the Ol' Ball Coach.

CBJ & Staff may well have coached up this years team so that our own players have something to say about which team "Rises to the Top"! The Vols are a trap game for UGA coming off LSU the previous week, while Tennessee can use South Alabama as a scrimmage for UGA.

Written on John Adams: Reserved optimism for Tennessee to break bowl streak :

in response to snowvol:

Darn that John Adams - there he goes again. He just doesn't write enough orange-colored columns to appease the Sea of Orange Whine. Call the KNS! Call the mayor! Call the governor! We got ourselves a Knoxville columnist who isn't nearly enough of a homer to please the star chamber of writers that live in here!

Don't dare be critical or sarcastic... the minions will come after you with acid-tongues masked in not-so-erudite prose.

If only John could write as well as commenters in here. Maybe a couple of kids from the Daily Beacon could stop by... show John how it's done. Who hired this bum anyway?

Gitmo isn't good enough for Adams! Doesn't he know his job? His job is to please and satiate the Legion of the Angry!

And what's the over/under on how many "I'm not a troll but will rip anyone's comment who dares support Adams" amateur writers will now quote this comment and offer the same sophomoric drivel they accuse others of?

Remember: No one is allowed to write for the KNS or comment on KNS articles unless they demonstrate their full and undivided loyalty to the orange and white. Love the Vols, hate Adams. Love people who love the Vols, love people who hate Adams.

Read a column, agree or disagree with the take............... and move on.

I put the over/under at nasty "how dare you!" comments to this comment at 11. I'll take the over.

So yer a trooper in thuh Legion of thuh angry it’s johnnyboys job to satiate wi his constant pointin to thuh past??
Yep, thar he goes agin. Yep! He does, wtitin’ his meanness is purty much all he wants to or surely he’d do a little research (what he won’t do ‘cuz he’s too lazy) an inform thuh fans on THIS YEARS coaches, players, games, matchups, etc. He won’t tho, he’ll jus wait till ther’s sumpthin bad bout this year to rail ‘bout. He’s a sick puppy.
An just FYI, alus who caint stand caint stand johnnyboys meanspirited meanderins have said OVER AND OVER WE DO NOT EXPECT VOLUNTEER SPORTS TO BE REPORTED THROUGH ORANGE COLORED GLASSES! You an alla thuh misguided sons o’ johnnyboy …Get thet piece o’ data inta yer noggin, wouldja!? Ah guess you cain’t read, or won’t believe what yer eyes tell ya, or don’t care to believe itsa truth, so ah’ll say it agin … WE DO NOT EXPECT VOLUNTEER SPORTS TO BE REPORTED THROUGH ORANGE COLORED GLASSES! …An ah don’t wanna be botherin’ no gubbmint officils! But ah sure do wish johhnyboys editors would fire him. His lazy a__ livin’ in thuh past DRIVEL knows no bounds.
Mah malaproptic prose ain’t so prosaic. But, johnnyboys purty much always critical, even when thers no need. Ther’s a fistful o’ types o’ sarcasm, look it up. Ther’s also lotsa twistys in satire, also look it up. Johnnyboy invariably chooses those which allow him to be mean spirited when there is no call. Ah don’ want johnnyboy in jail, jus’ put thuh tired ol’ swayback out ta pasture. He don’t do no real sportin’ work.
Ah normally don’t ‘rip folks support Adam’s’ but you started thuh rippin first, an I’ll defend maself an thuh rest ‘ us sophomoric drivelers who cain’t stand thuh pierce’s elementry lazy pot stirrin. As fer as yer reference ta gambling, purty cute, but no one’s keepin’ score so ther ain’t no O/U.
As far as loyalties go, I don’t care if johnnyboys an LSU fan or whatever, but the hometown of a major college sports program deserves better, much, much, much, much, much better than what john adams has to offer or add, which is almost nothing of real substance to the sports conversation. Yes, a college frosh in journalism can think up ways to belittle a program.
Ah’ll ‘move on’ … when ah’m good a ready.
Seems so fur youse shoulda took thuh under

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

Appy State beat Michigan. Right out of the Twilight Zone. Strange things happen.

But not this year for this game. However much of a coach Petrino is, he does not have the skill and size of ballers UT has.

Leave the coaches out of it, make it a pick up game, and the VOLS will still cover the spread. Our offensive line will so absolutely dominate the Hilltoppers defense that by start of 2nd half (if not much earlier) we should be scoring at will.

johnny boy just stirring up the S.O.S. He is so predictable, no real comparison of team strengths and weaknesses. He's too lazy to prepare real sports editorials of substance. Could have posted only the headline. Any 10 year old could've written this.

FIRE JOHN ADAMS! GET A REAL SPORTS WRITER AT KNS!

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

in response to SevenT:

Desperate for a tight end.....pick up the volleyball player. That sure sounds like a winning plan!!

An in Football total wins

Volunteers - 75
Kentucky - 24

I do believe that indicates a winning plan there 7 Teeth. That's just Smurfkitties gettin' frogstomped regular now.

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

in response to Henley-Street-Bridge:

Give Grady Quinn some GRITS the first day, and see how pretty boy from California likes getting hit in the mouth. At least now Heather Harrington of WNML (6-1) can date someone that she can look up to.

^^this from a bridge troll

what!!???

Grady? GRITS? 'Ceptin fer some kid, Onliest GRADY Quinn ah fount when ah googled hisownself was on uh FB page. An, like you, one o' his favs wuz 'masterbaitin to yerself'.

An! when ah googled BRADY Quinn to see how high he could jump ah saw sumpthin you gals udshore like.

There's uh sidebar there and ah saw where you cleat groupies could getcher very own Grady Quinn fer 75% off wi' FREE SHIPPING! At's uh big boy now, free shippin' ain't nuthin to spit at.

Oh! an ah just checked, onliest thing you can get fer Henley-Street-Bridge is uh picture o' thuh actual bridge. Guess you cain't get no sportin' bridge trolls online.

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

in response to SewaneeVolFan:

Riiiight. Those v-ball guys just CAN'T be good athletes, and NO ONE ever makes the transition from one sport to another. Sprinters NEVER make good wide receivers, after all, so obviously no v-ball player, especially if he played football in juco, is EVER going to improve the position at UT.

Sheesh.

Just read where previous VB'er & now TE Woody can "leap darn near 12 feet high" ... hmmm at 6'6" with these new 'targeting rules' on 3rd an 3 he could jus walk 4 yards an hop up to catch one over these lil DE's fer a 1st down.

Then tussel as fer as he could get.

GO WOODY!

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

Well Woody, "tusseling forward" in the
SEC's gonna be a whole new thang!

You're gonna get hit hard an yer bell'l be ringin', an someone's gonna say, "Welcome to the SEC!"

Written on 'Bama No. 1 in preseason coaches' poll; Ohio St 2:

in response to Central_IL_Vol:

Roll Tide Roll; RIGHT DOWN THE OLD TOILET BOWL!!

GO BIG ORANGE!

Roll Tide Roll; AROUND THE BOWL AN DOWN THE HOLE!! Roll Tide Roll

GO BIG ORANGE!

Written on Tennessee's defensive players eased by the familiarity the coaching staff has with one another:

in response to SAMA_BUCKS:

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We're just fans an they don't have to say anything to us. "Us fans" have a tendency to speculate, obfusecate, denigrate, moralize, fanticize, criticize, foul up the truth and in general throw some poor kid under the bus when in fact we have no right to know most of this stuff.

If a player's name shows up on a police blotter, yeah .. I want to know, and if 'he done it.. something criminal'.. I want him outta here on the first strike, no second chances at all at UT with thugs. Or if a kid who fails a drug test he should get only that one, not another, and another. Just and only ONE (the proverbial second chance) Fail one more (the second failed test) and he's outta here too. But for breaking team rules, off field medical problems (read HIPPA law here), or family problems, or whatever not related to the football program... none of our business. That's for CBJ and staff deal with and by them keeping the lid on it, they earn the players' trust.

Ah coulda said, "Yer jus nosey, minjerown bizness." but ah'm mor politik than thet.

Written on Mark Wiedmer: Vols follow lead of their pound-the-rock stars:

PRE-SEASON DEPTH CHART
UPPERCLASS STARTERS

11 seniors
7 juniors
-------------
18 of the 22 position players are upperclassmen. Add senior kicker Palardy
and that's 19. 9 more jrs & srs hold 2nd-team status. Total is 28 jr. & sr.

These players didn't come to Tennessee to loose. Dooley's & Sunseri's personalities and ineptitude stood in the way of their success.

Coach Butch Jones and Staff are a whole different ball of wax. Possibly most important is the players say they like and understand the new schemes and trust the staff. Maturity through adversity is indeed one of the results of what these upperclassmen have in their favor. That maturity, understanding the schemes, trusting their coaches; these all will translate into confidence on the field. I believe this team, offense and defense, has the potential to be better than most imagine, not because of any skill player superstars, but because they are a team.

It was our 1998 TEAM that brought home the first BCS NC. We have a TEAM this year.

Written on [Video] 2013 preseason underway:

If Woody's game is as big as he is Tight End is A-OK!

Welcome to Big Orange Country all you Volunteers!

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Written on [Live Blog] Meet the Vols: UT football preseason press conference:

"Talent doesn't win championships, teams win championships."

True that. Exemplified in Big Orange Country by the 1998 National Championship TEAM.

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

I respect tradition like a good VOL fan should. I've been one since the middle of last century.
But whatever the players and coaches want is great by me. Orange and White with some (or even all) Black now and then. They are team and those are their uniforms, we're just their fans.

Written on Texas A&M freshman lineman Polo Manukainiu dies in crash:

Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to the families, friends, teammates and fans of these three young men who died and the two who survived.

Teach your kids to keep their eyes on the road and importance of seat belts.

Written on [Live Blog] Meet the Vols: UT football preseason press conference:

James Stone was asked what the O-line thought about the running game with Rajon and Marlin returning.
He said they were excited to have THREE backs who could carry the rock.

Yeah! Pound the Rock!

Written on On Tennessee's pre-camp depth chart, QB race is wide open:

Hmmm. Anybody remember a pre-fall depth chart being what it was for the first game? ... EVER?

Written on Jabo Lee's coach upset with Tennessee:

I wanted to see Jabo wearing the Orange. I wanted to see him improve the speed and agility we see in his H.S. junior hi-lights. I'm sure many VOL fans liked the idea of seeing Jabo, who seemed destined to play at a minor school, making it in the SEC as a Volunteer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDF2iq...

This kid had the moves!

But the Injuries: So now, after needing almost his whole senior year to heal from the one injury, UT finds he had TWO rather serious injuries before playing a down of college ball.

Everyone knows that no matter how great an athlete one is, being prone to injuries ruins lots of careers. Is Jabo prone, or just unlucky?

The Grades: The time available for study from the injury that kept him out for most of his senior year was used .. how? His coach should have known Jabo's grades were hanging by a thread. Where was Coach Hayes' help and guidance then?

So we get to NCAA college entrance requirements: .. these high schoolers (and their coaches) coming up had better get used to colleges caring as much about GPA as being a baller. The NCAA is moving the entrance GPA to 2.3 from 2.0 and having stronger SAT and ACT rules.

So there's Higher GPA's AND the APR Issue. Schools (especially UT right now) working so hard to meet the APR and avoid sanctions means a high skill player with GPA/ACT/SAT issues is going to get passed over sometimes.

Are high school coaches and counselors getting on board with the stronger GPA rules? Are they helping get the kids ready? Or, are they just going to coach and then blame the colleges for their own lack of involvement and guideance in an athletes studies?

So here's a young man with more than one bad injury before playing even one down of college ball AND he has academic issues, ... well Coach Jackie, what did you expect? And what could YOU have done to see Jabo got help with his studies and was 'Prepared the First Time'?

Good luck at Temple Jabo. You showed your good character in your parting comments. Now heal up, take advantage of tutors and work hard to get your grades so you can play.

Coach Hayes ... don't hold it against Tennessee, we're rebuilding and there are too many questions with Jabo's health and grades. Look to yourself and your school for a goodly part of the problems here. Fix those and there would never have been a problem with Jabo's grades in the first place.

Written on John Adams: Maximizing improvement: Follow 8 'Don'ts of Sal Sunseri':

didn't read it .. byline tells me all i need to know

same ol', same ol' $#1^ from johnnyboy

FIRE JOHN ADAMS

Written on Video game offers possible preview of new Tennessee football uniforms:

in response to tennrich1:

I'll let you ladies worry about "what are you wearing tonite" and just watch UT play football...reminds me of a church split I once heard of over CARPET COLOR....absolutely ridiculous...

lol ...u r singin' to the choir .. ;-)

Written on Video game offers possible preview of new Tennessee football uniforms:

Just let the team pick it an support the team. through the years it'll always be Orange an White, an a little Black sometimes.

Written on Mike Strange: A stronger Tennessee levels SEC playing field:

in response to MetroplexMojo:

I think that the college experience will change over the next 20-40 years. Colleges that do not adapt with the times will face some economic hardships. However, the author glosses over the biggest issue facing for-profit online colleges...NOBODY VALUES THOSE DEGREES!!!!

I'm in my early 30s and have reviewed hundreds of resumes. Any candidate with a degree from a for-profit online college gets tossed. My belief is commonplace in the corporate world and for people my age. For the author to be correct, my generation and corporate America would have to do a 180 when it comes to hiring in the next 20 years. That's not happening. If I was hiring someone out of school, should I hire someone from an accredited 4 year college that has internship experience or someone who got a 18 month degree that advertised right before Maury announced who the father is?

Agreed, the programs providing Maury's pocket change are pretty much only lining the pockets of their investors with Pell Grant and Ed Loan dollars. Few if any are accredited by reputable organizations, and few every will be. But when the big schools like MIT, Stanford, Harvard, etc. and the better land grant programs get it figured out those degrees will be worth something. For better or worse.

As Kurzweil said to the MIT president in the above referenced Forbes article, "However, I do think that when the change gets going, it will happen faster and more profoundly than people expect. It is easy to get lulled by hundreds of years of tradition and stability."

You see it everywhere. County school programs in Tennessee providing these programs now and incorporating pre-existing home schooling methods of socialization. It dosen't have to be a 180. There will be those who never will accept the online degree out of principle. And those who approve it.

So college ball is going to take a big hit, and there won't be any penalty, and the culprit won't get ejected.

Written on Mike Strange: A stronger Tennessee levels SEC playing field:

in response to SAMA_BUCKS:

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Yeah, my career was engineering too. Mechanical. Architecture in '69 before Nam & switched after. Oak Ridge & TVA, & others. About '75 the chief of DOE's design and construction said it took him 3 years for a college grad to get to where they didn't just cost money. I'm nothin' special but I've read hundreds of BS (double entendre' intended) resumes & placed & seen fired some MS Masters of Disaster, always who can do the books, but not engineer their way out of a paper bag. So BSEE meet I don't care.

Go tell Ray Kurzweil- inventor & futurist & a Director of Engineering for Google that his comments to L. Raphael Reif - President of MIT is pi$$ing in the wind.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/singulari...

Some of your points are valid for several years for the hard sciences and engineering. That will change. Right now there's Engineers with their newly minted online MBA's getting advanced.
But in 30 years (or less-maybe much less) when those who hire got their degrees online with supplemental personal/socializing enrichment programs on the side, residential university attendance will be available but won't be necessary. Only private schools, Vanderbilt, Harvard, etc. with their large endowments and reputation to get those corporate grants and the best public land grant universities, hopefully one for every state, will survive. But, survive with much smaller populations. There are 106 land grant schools now, they won't all make it. Many that do may be forced to drop their athelitic programs.

Now football:
Eh! Are we are in total agreement? Since you did agreed with me: "it is NOT dying (not at the D-1 level ENTIRELY, anyway)." {'ENTIRELY' Caps Mine}-to emphasize you only said what I said. So it was all yer wantin' to do bluff an bluster 'bout p!$$ & rain & beachfront somewheres & my bein fool enough to buy it. NO.

Yer somehow from somewhere thunk that I think it's gonna die when I plainly stated the FACE of NCAA sports will radically change. And, as you said (for some reason after rattling on about ocean property)yes, it is a business,.. but a lot of it is sponsored by those smaller educational institutions and many of those sponsoring schools will have pulled in their horns or ceased to exist in 20, 25 & 30 years as the technological advances in all levels of education render them moot, corporate grants are shifted to private private facilities, and (like many now who tried) aren't able to produce viable, accreditable, on-line programs. There won't be 106 Land Grant Schools, not nearly ..unless Congress..well..they may well fund losing propositions.. maybe. Those big schools who survive will always offer a certain amount of sports, and

Yes, TV contracts will drive it, but the NCAA won't have the number of teams we know. But by that time I'll be pushin' daisies anyway, less'n they find the fountain of youth in a medicine bottle.

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