Comments by OrangePride

Written on Tennessee baseball fights back, but can't recover from early hole against SEC-leading Alabama:

And that balk wasn't the only horrible call by that umpire that led to runs. There were at least two others where the pitch was darn near the center of the plate belt high that would have been rally or inning ending strike outsbthat were curiously called balls. In each of those cases, they led to one or more runs. Alabama needs no help from umpires, but got a ton of it last night. Don't like to complain about umpiring, but last night's was atrocious.

Written on Govols247: Minnesota AD: Pitino 'not interested' in Tennessee job:

In a related story, Martin of Tennessee announced that he was where he wanted to be and a new contract would be out shortly.

Written on Mike Strange: Hire a guy who can prove the joke's not on Tennessee any more:

in response to TNlogfire:

I never thought the joke was on UT, nor do I know anyone that did. Read Climer....now THAT'S how it was. Well done, David Climer..!!

You know, reading your post hade me rethink my own. You are right; with the talent we had and the season we had up until its last few weeks, there really wasn't anything to actually "get behind." So, the petition aside, perhaps my and much of the media criticism is ill placed. And yes....Climber has it right on the mark. Thanks for the good post.

Written on Mike Strange: Hire a guy who can prove the joke's not on Tennessee any more:

Well said. Our fan base is deserving of the bashing its getting...those who signed that I'll advised petition as well as me and the rest of us for our halfhearted, lukewarm support. But all that is water under the bridge, and Martin made the smart move in leaving with his stock at the high water mark. But, in my view, Tennessee may also be better off with this new opportunity to bring in a proven winner who, like Pearl and Jones, is capable of re-energizing the fan base and building a championship program. It will only be a win-win if Hart can find and hire that dynamic individual. If he does not, then the joke really will be on Tennessee.

Written on John Adams: UT's next move needs to be as good as Cuonzo Martin's was :

Absolutely right. I think the prospects for next year were very sketchy at best. A down year would have reignited the petition crowd and even more scrutiny.....better to leave now. AND.....IF...Hart could attract Marshall, well then this whole thing is a big upgrade. There are a few others who might be easier to get, so I'm not buying any champagne just yet.

Written on [Updated] Cuonzo Martin leaving UT for California; search for his replacement begins:

Not thrilled at Martin's sudden bolt to Cal, but certainly not shocked. To my mind, Hart made a fair offer, but there has been a lot of poison poured into the well, not the least of which was the that petition. Our short term future looks bleak right now, and there will be big time recruiting issues that will likely set us further back. On the positive side, Hart has a huge opportunity to get a proven winner in here and start anew. Some good names are out there, let's hope we get one. I wish Martin well, but now we move on.....I am just glad Bruce is off the board because that had the potential to rip this fan base apart.

Written on Pat Summitt's dog, Sally Sue, dies:

Soooo sorry to hear this, Pat. Losing such a loving companion and family member is just one of the worst kinds of grief. Our collective heart goes out to you today.

Written on John Adams: No matter who starts, UT will be better at quarterback:

in response to oldster:

I expect that we fans will feel better about this year's offensive line than we have the past 3 because of the lower expectations. The group that just left came in with such hoopla that we all expected them to be the greatest line UT ever had and to be able to dominate the line of scrimmage every game. What we got was significantly less than that. They were good, maybe even very good - at times, but they were often perceived as being a disappointment due to the hype. This group, on the other hand, has little expected of them so if they are even adequate, they will be hailed as being better than they really are.

I think you have a very valid point Oldster. We all bought into that, "One of the best O-lines in the country" mantra and never quite saw it. But I remember when all those guys were new in Dooley's first year. Like this year's line, we had low expectations... but in the end, they were pretty serviceable. I think that could be replayed this season. We have been way above average in pass rush D these last years, and that might be the most noticeable difference with this year's group.....or perhaps not. It will be interesting to see them grow.

Written on John Adams: No matter who starts, UT will be better at quarterback:

JA has this right. We will be better at QB this year. The offense, which bordered on woeful last year, has more talent at receiver, the bigger RB they need, and two years under the Jones system. The big question is how the OL will perform. Frankly, I expect less, but not the big drop off some predict. We will get better as the year goes on. Looking forward to watching them all Saturday. PLUS..and let's not lose sight of this, we have some very fine talent arriving this summer. Its not all blue skies yet, but I do see some breaks in the clouds.

Written on John Adams: UT baseball celebrates Saturday, dominates Sunday:

in response to ericmortenson#1442477:

jones, serrano and martin...like where we are headed.

Ditto.......and can't wait to see this O/W game Saturday. Weather looks fantastic and I want to see some of these new young guns with the QB's. Blue skies, baby....blue skies. (Or are they orange?)

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.

And you base this most insightful assessment on just what? Your long, successful Division 1 coaching career? Your intimate knowledge of baseball talent and performance expectation? Fact is "guy," you have no idea of just what kind of expectation we might have. But here are some facts regarding current performance: 1) Off to best start in school history. 2)Took series from the number 4 team in the country, including a 7-0, 2-hit whitewash. 3)The team has 5-7 freshman and sophomore's on the field at almost all times. 4) They are in the top few of the league in several categories. So just what is it that you see as so woeful in their performance that it portends a disaster for the rest of the season? We lost a couple we shouldn't have? Is that it? Actually, what it sounds like to me is that you simply have some personal issue regarding CDS. If so, get over it! And BTW, the season has yet to unfold and you're spot on....we'll just wait and see if you're right. (BTW.....I don't coach the team. I'm just a fan and played the game a few years.)

Written on John Adams: UT baseball celebrates Saturday, dominates Sunday:

HOLY COW!! Is this really an article on baseball from John Adams?! Baseball has finally merited his attention? To be sure, Saturday and Sunday were special. Taking a series from Vandy might indeed be the springboard to Tennessee once again being relevant in the SEC. They certainly looked like a team to be reckoned with Sunday. Can they do it again at Georgia? Good question, but if they don't, not to worry. There are ample opportunities ahead for these Vols to demonstrate they are the real deal. To this point in the season, they have accomplished some extraordinary things even with that recent slump. But now it's time to kick it up another notch....and this weekend demonstrated they are capable of doing just that! Thanks for a great Sunday at the park! Go Vols!

Written on Dave Serrano declares: 'I hate losing' after Vols fall to ETSU, 2-1:

The theme is so repetitive that one hardly wants to even mention it for fear of contributing to the self fulfilling prophecy. We begin the year great and sweep thru our non-conference schedule and then hit SEC play with dismal results. And as these one/two run losses mount and our bats continue to fail us, the refrain becomes all too familiar. The pitching is much better than in previous years, but hitting is sparce and fails to come thru when key opportunities arise. Moreover, the bull pen has become unreliable in tight games and let several get away. The question now is, how will this team respond? Vandy is a good challenge and we are home. Its a potential turn around weekend; but we best come out on fire or we will again see some all too familiar results.

Written on Marquette asked Hall of Famer Gene Keady for reference on Vols coach Cuonzo Martin:

I believe that dopey petition is a considerable factor in this decision... and it should be. But right now its a business decision and CCM is not going to throw any cold water on interest or offers. He will use those as benchmarks in his negotiations with Hart. And if Hart is not north of everything else, I'm not certain there is compelling reason for Martin to continue to stay. "In due time" we will know. (What an idiot thing for Hart to say!)

Written on Tennessee's tournament run comes to an end after rally against Michigan falls just short, 73-71:

in response to underthehill:

I agree ..Kudos to the Vols for a valiant effort..but let me explain the point I was trying to make a little differently..with 10 sec on the clock and the ball in your possession..and the game on the line..the ideal situation is to have your best rebounder..and Stokes may be the best in college basketball..have him in a position to rebound a shot if it is missed..why put the ball in the hands of your best rebounder in this situation..you have a chance the shooter will make his shot and a chance to put a missed shot back up..I think this is the general coaching practice in this situation..I think we watched the same game ..we just have a different understanding of what we saw..I thought no foul should have been called and the Vols should have got the ball out of bounds at the end..but at that point it probably would not have changed the outcome..

There is another school of thought on this underhill, and that is have your best inside man attack the rim. He either makes the bucket or perhaps draws the foul. There are always two options on the inbound and you take what the defense best offers. Unfortunately the call didn't go our way, and it certainly could have. I guess we will always have thoughts of "what if" we had done it this way instead. Great determination by our Vols!

Written on Tennessee's tournament run comes to an end after rally against Michigan falls just short, 73-71:

In close games like this, the zebras almost always decide the outcome..especially if it involves the fine line between charging/blocking violations. Call could easily have gone the other way, but it is what it is. I give the refs some credit though, I think they worked very hard to make the calls right. And credit Michigan.. that first half was as good a game as they will ever play. But even more credit to my Vols for never quiting, scratching back into it, and making this game a nail biter. Just a great game and monumental heart. Thanks to both the coaches and players for making the end of this season so enjoyable. Proud of all of you.

Written on Mike Strange: The money ball is in Martin's court now:

Back in the midst of the post A&M "Bring Back Bruce" haze, I posted that if CCM was listening to all that, he might well choose not to come back on his own......especially if he ends the season well and somehow gets in the Dance. Well, here we are and Bozo's like Terry continue to make Moron posts that do nothing but add to that possibility. My guess is Hart will make a good offer and every effort to keep Martin. But will someone make an even better one? Very possible and we can only hope the voices of the real fans drown out the Terry's of the world.

Written on A season on the rebound: Vols roll into Sweet 16, send Cinderella Mercer home:

For about 2/3 of this season, what I saw from the Vols was a very slow, plodding team that only rarely seemed to really get on their horses and play uptempo ball. Frankly, they were often boring to watch......and their results were at best mediocre. But since that A&M loss, what we see is a high energy transition game, speed, and absolutely impassioned shut-down defense! It's exciting to watch, fun to be a part of, and producing totally awesome results!! It's the team we all thought would be here all year. OK, so it wasn't, but it danged well is now and give all the credit to Martin and these young men. They found their voice; and just in time for the dance. I am sooooo happy for them.......and me. I know some have us as pretty solid underdogs to Michigan, but watch out. I don't count us out on that game one bit. Oh yea! Happy in Knoxville!

Written on Tennessee men's basketball team beats Mercer, punches ticket to NCAA tournament's Sweet 16:

in response to goobervol:

FYI:
Post Game Comments:

1. JS: Thank God for the opportunity, etc.
2. JR: (Paraphrased) We played for Coach Martin; Some coaches have nothing to do with you when you are not playing basketball, etc.
3. Coach Martin: So emotional to comment more than a few words.

Bottom Line: The Knoxville News NEEDS to publish all of the names that were signed by selfish, ignorant, and classless fans who signed any petition against Martin in favor of Pearl. Anything less is a travesty of justice, a personal slap to God's face, and an insult to the one and only man who never turned his back against God and has taught these young men more about the value of life in their short lives than the rest of us could ever begin to imagine. We do not deserve Coach Martin as a representative of UT. If he stays, that will be HIS GIFT to UT.

You mean because a bunch of people jumped off the wagon during the season, all the other fans and UT must now conclude "we don't deserve CCM?" Sorry, but can't go that far. Besides, of those 30 some thousand folks I bet you can't now find a dozen who will admit to it. Just happy for these young men and CCM right now. They have finally realized some rewards for the hours and years of work they put in.

Written on Tennessee men's basketball team beats Mercer, punches ticket to NCAA tournament's Sweet 16:

YES!!!! Zebras did their best to keep Mercer in it, but our total control of the lane and boards was waaaay too much. Another great defensive effort and Richardson was awesome! Go Vols... Sweet Sixteen here we come.

Written on Tennessee pulls away from Iowa in OT, 78-65:

Oh baby, how sweet it is. But I will have to see my cardiologist if we're going to have any more games like this! So glad for Coach Martin and my Vols. Losing this game would have a real downer, but somehow they found a way to win. Iowa's heart was gone when it went to OT. Now let's beat Mass and get a chance to really make a statement when we meet the probable Duke! Great job Vols!

Written on Don't think First Four game counts as NCAA tournament? The Vols say you're wrong.:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

What do you haters want? UT was picked third and ended up fourth. Calipari and UK was picked #1 in the country and wasn't even in the top 25 by AP in the final rankings. GA was third but so disrespected by their pitiful schedule they aren't dancing. Three teams made into the NCAA while the rest of the conference bombed. I guarantee everyone of them would trade with UT today.
Pearl isn't coming back nor should he. He wouldn't have been as successful this year as Coach Martin. He didn't even play Maymon and failed with McRae while playing his own worthless son getting beaten by 30 to Michigan in Charlotte.
I truly hope the Vols do well and Coach Martin has a chance to leave Tennessee for a better more appreciative university. The lies and personal attacks against his intelligence, capabilities, character, recruiting and coaching style is outrageous.
The morons and racists that continue to besmirch this class act coach are not fans but ignorant cowards.
Sadly, the players even recognize the "element" in Tennessee as do a number of sought after recruits. The constant negativity is going to crush this program just like what happened in football.
Why don't you nimrods go rail on the 11 SEC programs that didn't have a winning SEC record or an invitation to the NCAA tournament. Become a Kentucky fan, they sure were a bust after not even going to the dance last year and then getting an 8 seed after being picked to win it all.
Coach Martin will be a winner wear ever he ends up! Not so much for the flat earth society!

I was going to write a lengthy post, but most of what I had on my mind is in yours. Frankly, it is what it is...we're in! And I hope these Vols come out against Iowa on fire as they have been doing in these last half dozen games. I really want to see a Tennessee/Duke matchup. For the Martin haters and naysayers, nothing will be enough, so the Vols have to focus on this chance to give them all a full portion of humble pie.

Written on UT baseball beats Missouri twice Saturday to win series:

in response to longandstraight:

How in the world can you say the football team is in good shape. They had a mediocre year and have not played or beaten anyone this year except themselves. I guess the large orange blinders are on. One has got to laugh at that. I suppose the verdict on men's basketball would be all peaches and cream if the liar and cheat were to be rehired.

How can you NOT feel the shape of Tennessee football is on the upswing. We can't correct the Dooley years or the past, but we whipped Georgia's butt all over the field and only lost on another official review. The following week we beat a very good South Carolina team. We have a top 5 recruiting class with 14 outstanding players already here. So you go ahead and wallow in the "woe is me" Dooley past if you like. But even though its only spring ball, for some of us, we are feeling much better about the state of Tennessee football. As for that silliness about Pearl, how about you watch what the Vols did today against #1 Florida instead. Very proud of this team tonight. And baseball as well. Why don't you stop by Alumni Hall tomorrow; I put a pair of orange glasses on reserve for you.

Written on Dave Hart: UT will assess J.J. Clark at the end of track season:

"Declined under his leadership" ??....more like collapsed! This firing comes late. We will see if Hart has any magic in this hiring. IMO he did very well with Butch Jones, so we will have to wait and see.

Written on John Adams: South Carolina coach likes UT's chances against Florida:

Yes indeed........ a heck of a matchup. The BIG difference in Tennessee since the A&M game has been defense, defense, defense. There have been very, very few uncontested shots and it has shown in the scoreline. Now....can they do that against the Gators? Especially Wilbekin, but he is not the only one. They have two or three who can kill you with the 3. An interesting matchup indeed. GO VOLS! MAKE A STATEMENT!!

Written on Tennessee Vols snap MTSU Raiders' win streak:

Wow. Talk about the sound of one hand clapping. Sheesh. I guess I'm the only one following our Vols in this memorable start. ...at least following the stories. (Good job KNS with your newly crafted pay to view policies.....any more ice water you want to throw on UT sports?)

Written on Tennessee Vols snap MTSU Raiders' win streak:

Baseball Vols are playing great ball coming into the SEC season. The pitching has been sound, we're hitting the ball at key times, and we are playing with energy and enthusiasm. So keep it going and take the series this weekend! Don't know bout anyone else, bit I'm loving it so far!

Written on Bubble Blowout: Vols roll Missouri 72-45:

Three straight blowouts brings a new question to the table. Let us suppose we do well enough in the SEC Tournament and reach at least the semi finals, perhaps even the finals. Then we go to the Dance and get to the round of 32; perhaps if real lucky, the Sweet 16. Who is to say that CCM, with his stock at an all time high, might he not grab a good offer and pick up his hat right now? Particularly if no extension is coming from Hart..and that's likely to be the case. We have NOTHING pointing to a good year next year. The 49th best recruiting class, almost all your quality players moved on, and not much bench ready to step in and take big spots. Rebuilding at best. CCM is not deaf and he cannot be thinking he will have blanket support from the fan base through a tough season. SO, that leads us to the obvious question: if the Vols keep playing lights out ball, will CCM chance it and stick around? Given what we've seen this year, would you?

Written on Alton "Pig" Howard, Vols' top pass-catcher in 2013, won't participate in spring practice:

This is unfortunate and I hate to see someone with his ability and experience enter the season as a question mark. He is a true competitor and was a major contributor last season. Let's all hope everything works out and he will be back with his teammates in August. In the meantime, REALLY looking forward O/W Day!

Written on No. 17 Kentucky loses to South Carolina 72-67:

This is what happens with a floor full of one and dones. Its happened two years running for Big Blue where in tight games, they've had lots of floor mistakes and lost. Away from Rupp where the crowd and officials can't help, Calipari is left only with freshman and himself. Apparently not enough. Maybe he's rethinking things? Doubt it...his ego couldn't stand the shock of being wrong. Anyway, NOBODY feels sorry for him OR Kentucky.

Written on John Adams: Riley Ferguson's unknowns make him intriguing at quarterback :

Yes, QB was anything but a bright light last year EXCEPT.... let us all remember one very important fact. In Worley's last two games, he led the team to within a literal inch of beating highly rated Georgia, and he did beat ranked South Carolina. So before we put him in the back seat, let's just see what takes place this spring. From where I sit, it's going to be very interesting indeed.

Written on Mike Strange: Vols fend off the pressure, get a win:

With Vandy arriving here Saturday, TBA better have a good crowd on hand because this group needs it. At least they need SOMETHING to fuel their game focus and intensity. The fact is that MSU outhustled Tennessee and basically outplayed us in the second half at Starkville. If we play that way in ANY of these next three games, they are almost assuredly going in the L column and we can make the NIT our regular post season destination. Memo to CCM: If your guards are constantly being beat and allowing everyone to the rim, how about changing to a little zone so the bigs can help clog up the paint. Good grief but we allowed a BAD team to whip our cans in that second half!!

Written on UT blocks Bulldog run, beats Mississippi State 75-68:

Let me start by saying a win is a win, and we desperately needed this one. But this State team is woeful and to let them hang around and darn near steal this game was pitiful. There were times the game looked like a schoolyard pickup game. If MSU could shoot fouls, they would have won. If this team learned anything tonight it should be that they will be 0-3 if they repeat this performance against the next 3 opponents. Another uninspired, lackluster game where they only showed up for a half.

Written on David Climer: For Tennessee Vols, buying out Cuonzo Martin should be about more than just dollars:

in response to underthehill:

Let's be fair..ok..when other coaches who have done far worse had nothing done to them..does it not appear someone was out to get Pearl for something they couldn't get him for earlier at another school..is that fair..I am not a fan of bringing Pearl back but I dread the thought of him going to bama or auburn ..if that happened..it would be hard for UT to compete with them..Pearl is going to be offered several good jobs..I hope he goes somewhere out West or away from the SEC...

No one is saying what was done to Pearl and the University of Tennessee was either fair OR measured. The NCAA is a bad joke on enforcement and is scandalous in its selective enforcement. Was it payback for earlier behavior, I don't know, but it was certainly over the top in its harshness.

Written on David Climer: For Tennessee Vols, buying out Cuonzo Martin should be about more than just dollars:

in response to FWBVol:

Actually Pearl's last year was the 2010-2011 season so the decline started a year, possibly two, before his meltdown and the scandals showed up. You mentioned the last 10 games, but Climer was talking about season ticket sales.

I'm not saying Martin should be retained or fired. I see strong arguments for both points. My context is that Climer using the season tickets was not logically thought out based on when he said sells started going down and when Martin was actually hired.

My point is that attendance was not in free fall decline under Pearl. In 2010 Tennessee defeats Ohio State in Sweet Sixteen and is 2 seconds short of beating Michigan State to reach its first Final Four. Attendance that year was outstanding .... One of the highest in the country. Using season seats, as you correctly note, is misleading. It's game overall attendance that is the true and final measure of fan support. Under Martin that number has steadily fallen and we are near reaching pre-Pearl levels. It's likely to go lower! Now, I am near certain this administration will not bring back Pearl even if it does release Martin. I am with those who hope Pearl's next job is in the PAC 12 and not the SEC because, with all his faults, he's a heck of a basketball coach. I don't want to see him on the opposing bench making us suffer further.

Written on David Climer: For Tennessee Vols, buying out Cuonzo Martin should be about more than just dollars:

in response to FWBVol:

An interesting point Climer made in the column is that tickets sales have gone down every year since 2009. This is just Martin's third year as the head coach so the downward trend started under Bruce Pearl.

I'm not saying that UT should keep Martin as head coach. I'm not saying he should be fired either. What I am saying is throwing the decline in season tickets in there as a reason for Martin's firing shouldn't be a factor since they were on the decline under Pearl and it probably has something to do with the economy.

I do know UT has to play better. Stokes was a non factor again in the second half against A&M. Martin needs to get things turned around quickly. The thing is he seems like a class act and his teams haven't done anything to disgrace our the university off the court.

Let's be fair. Pearl was the coach who brought passion back to Tennessee basketball and filled that arena on a regular basis. His last year, however, was littered with the NCAA scandal, his suspension for 10 games, and a lot of very bad publicity. Ticket sales almost had to suffer. But OK, the "trend began" in Pearl's last year. Nonetheless, you have to admit, the team passion, fan enthusiasm, and game attendance is at a low water mark if you use Pearl's arrival as a baseline. Should Martin lose his job on this basis alone? There is a lot of debate on that question, and certainly there are lots of factors that will play into the final decision. My guess is he will NOT be bought out and thus be here for 2015. Whatever. I am beyond worrying about stuff I have no control over. Sadly, it just is what it is.

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

If learning from losses to less talented teams are "learning" experiences, then this Tennessee team should be Mensa applicants. It's clear, and has been clear for quite a while, that CCM doesn't know what the problem is or how to fix what's wrong. It's too late anyway. We can not repair our fractured RPI with the remaining games on the schedule, and a good performance in the SEC Tournament is certainly no given. My guess is we don't even qualify for the bye, so we might be coming home very early. And yes, IF they win 4 in a row OR get to the semi-finals, the VOLS MIGHT have a chance to make it. But when have the Vols won 4 SEC games in a row? Exactly.

Written on David Climer: For Tennessee Vols, buying out Cuonzo Martin should be about more than just dollars:

Here's something interesting. This article was posted as of very early this am. Three hours later, I am the first poster. Between the lack of subscribers and the current lack of interest in this bb program, if one listens hard enough he can actually hear crickets chirping in the background. On point, I doubt that Hart is going to buy out this contract. In fact, I'm not certain how much good it would do. Between the players who will leave, the current bench status, and the somewhat underwhelming signing class, it wouldn't much matter who was here next year; it's likely to be a bigtime down situation. Depending on who Hart could attract to the position, the only thing we might accomplish would be to start the road back to recovery a year sooner. From where I sit, the bb program is in worse shape this year than the football program was the year Dooley was replaced......and that's saying something. We will just see how the year plays out, but my guess is we will get to 20 wins, be replaced by Nebraska in the NCAA's and not get past the second round of the NIT.....IF we even get that far. Buyout? Not thinking so.

Written on Andrew Lee notches second victory for Vols, 4-2:

I must say that the pitching appears significantly upgraded this year...not simply because they're winning, but they are working ahead in the counts, not walking batters every inning, and enjoying a bull pen that is reliable. But I have been high on our baseball team early in the season several times before and seen them collapse once SEC competition began. So I'm thrilled with the start, but I will hold off on the champagne til I see the SEC teams come in. BUT.. I sure do hope it keeps up because we could use a good men's team in at least one sport.

Written on Vols can't overcome close-game curse, dwell on missed opportunities after overtime loss at A&M:

Stokes is exactly right....should have never gotten to that point. That's the story of the season. And Tennessee shouldn't be at this point of being on the outside looking in at the NCAA tournament either....not with this kind of supposed talent. But... Lament not; it will be much worse next year. Hart better send the black curtains out to the cleaners. He's gonna need them.

Written on Andy Cox gives Vols relief between rough pitching start, finish to beat UNLV:

Kyle Serrano is a better pitcher than what we saw today. He ordinarily has better control and command of his pitches. Sometimes in a first outing the adrenalin gets you and you over throw as he did the entire time today. Can't be successful pitching from 2-0 and 3-0 to every batter. He'll have better days ahead. As for the Vols, great win! This UNLV is a good team, so to take the first two is a step forward. Mistakes, yes. But they made some too, and there was lots of good stuff to take away. Now let's close em out tomorrow. GO VOLS.

Written on Antwan Space downs the Vols again, this time in overtime, 68-65:

This is just par for the course....exactly according to form. Play awful for 38 minutes, try to pull it out in the last two and end up short. And why Cuonzo calls a time out with .18 on the clock thus negating the winning basket is beyond everyone. For the growing fewer numbers who were hanging on hoping for some late season magic, well.... "Nobody sees the Wizard today. No how, no way." And if we stay with CCM for next year, which I fully expect Hart to do, these will be known as "the good ole days." How sad.

Written on [LIVE UPDATES] Vols vs. Texas A&M:

So belay my last. They found some O with under a minute. Annnnnnnnd Martin calls time out to negate the winning basket. I will just not say anything....I'm sure others will say plenty. Unbelievable!!!!!

Written on [LIVE UPDATES] Vols vs. Texas A&M:

Sluggish and out shot, out hustled and totally blah. Someone let me know where this team's shooting goes on these days. I just don't see how this team plans to get on the dance floor. Another sad outing against a bad basketball ball team. Course they will now have beaten us twice.....so what's that tell you about us?

Written on Nick Senzel's grand slam lifts Vols over UNLV, 8-7:

A very good win against a very good UNLV pitcher. Except for the lone dinger, Williams was pretty much untouchable. Great effort and focus at the plate today. Not certain why Serrano waited quite so long to bring in Owenby...but he did finally get him out there to shut down the rally. Great start Vols!

Written on Tennessee's rematch against Vanderbilt will air on ESPN2:

If Tennessee doesn't come out running these guys up and down the floor til that so called "iron seven's" tongues are soaking up wood chips off the Summitt floor, then I am going down there and have to hurt people. Intensity and pace needs to go up big time. Vols need to make up for that embarrassing loss in Nashville!

Written on John Adams: Vanderbilt coaching teams up and putting UT down:

Before we come to the conclusion Vandy has the "good coaches" and we are just simply behind, let's see what this week and next November brings. Lady Vols WILL handle business tonight and the men WILL handle business in their game. In football, yes Dooley was way behind Franklin. But Franklin was darned fortunate to get out of Neyland with the W last year against Jones and he knows it. Next year's team will be out of gas and he saw it coming so he got out of Dodge. I for one think Franklin was not nearly as good as folks make him out to be. And next year, I think Tennessee gets back on track in this series. I'm also interested to see if Serrano has a competitive team this year. Its his 3rd season and results should begin to appear THIS year! We'll see if Vandy continues to dominate here.

Written on Butch Jones embarrassed by party arrests:

Take a deep breath, step back until all the facts are in, and let Butch handle the business. I do think CBJ will take significant action where its warranted. He will be fair, but don't expect any slaps on the wrist if "resisting arrest" charges are shown true.

Written on Vols bounce back again, but hope for sustained success after beating South Carolina:

in response to johnlg00:

Thought I would help you with that acronym for Martin you are missing. It's "CCM", for "Coach Cuonzo Martin". Hope that clears it up.

While your opinion of the roster going forward is shared by many, you are wading into quite a swamp if you think fear of what MIGHT happen NEXT year is a reasonable basis for canceling a contract. Of course, if enough deep-pocket boosters convince the administration that Martin needs to go, I'm sure that will happen, no matter how much it will cost the school or how inexplicable such an action will look around the country.

However, since people like that feel more responsibility for all aspects of the program than we casual fans reasonably can, they WILL consider things like the cost of a buyout, what it would cost to get somebody "better", and whether any such person would come to work at a school that fired a coach with a winning record. Let's see how the season plays out before we start out on a path with no clear objective. Some of what is being said about Martin has echoes of the situation with Fulmer, and we all know how well that hasty firing worked out for the Vols.

No, indeed I do not think next year's prospects or the lack thereof is any legitimate grounds for canceling the man's contract. I only point out 2015 to suggest two things. First, I do not think we have been very successful in the recruiting department. If I am right, that paints a dim future and a flaw that ultimately will need to be considered. Second, this year's team, with all its flaws, may well be the best one we will see for a while. All of this said, I hope I am dead wrong and CCM pulls our Vols together for a great finish.

Written on Vols bounce back again, but hope for sustained success after beating South Carolina:

in response to OrangePride:

Well...the bipolar Vols are at it again. Play like chumps one game and champs the next. And of course, underneath all this is the question about whether CMM is the right coach going forward. But in addressing that question there is an 800 lb gorilla waiting in the wings with a possible answer...next year. Next year will tell us if we are growing or declining. Let's say CMM is back. Where are the post players? How do we replace the shot makers? Who supplies the court leadership? It ain't apparent on the bench or roster I'm currentlky looking at; nor do I see any five star talent in the recruited class to light me up. In fact I think recruiting might be the weakest link in the CMM armour. I might even suggest if you were a bit disappointed this year, you are in for a real shock next year. So maybe I better just watch the end of this season and enjoy. Could be a while before we reach this lofty level again.

CMM? Who's CMM? What a dolt. I meant, "CCM." Sorry about that. Need new glasses.

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