Comments by Snapshot

Written on Bruce Pearl: Cuonzo Martin didn't seem happy at Tennessee:

in response to Teresa:

...and if he wasn’t happy there and he didn’t feel appreciated there, then I’m glad he’s not there because I want somebody there that wants to be there.”

That would be Bruce. He didn't wait long enough, even if our crazy administration wouldn't have hired him. I didn't sign the petition, but if he were still available, I would now and so would a lot of others. Then they'd have to come out and tell us why it's ok for him to coach at other schools but not ours.

You are correct. If Bruce was here again all of the self-righteous, unforgiving detractors would love it when the Vols were back at an elite level.

Written on Nearly 5,000 votes later, GVX readers name their choice for the next head basketball coach:

in response to underthehill:

I don't know if it was Ben Fredrickson or the entire NS sports staff..but all I read and heard indicates it was total speculation on their part..the fact that he was not hired by Marq tells me he was not offered..and his statement that he withdrew his name was intended to deceive the drum beaters who wanted to paint UT as the villain when in fact they were more than fair to offer him a raise and 2 yr ext..but they were also smart enough to set the low buyout that they obviously expected they would have to pay with the depleted roster Martin is leaving..now I agree with you ...enough pissin and moaning..get another coach and I don't care who..just so he can game coach, teach good basketball fundamentals and raise hell with the officials over bad calls..

I agree. I said all along Martin was not offered the Marquette job. If they had offered he would have took the job, why else would he have got on a plane and went to THEM?

Oh well, time to move on. Open the checkbook UT and hire a proven winner. 2.9 mil would be less Butch but still enough to attract a lot of good coaches.

Written on Names to Know: Coaches that might come up in Tennessee's hunt for Cuonzo Martin's replacement:

in response to AxeMan:

I think the chances of getting another African American coach to take the job are pretty slim. Gregg Marshall has turned down better jobs than this. Elite programs typically have fans with class so I guess the first check to write would be to BFI to get them to haul the trash away.

I think either one of those guys would be interested if, and that is a big if, the money was right. Not sure what race has to do with it, the only color that should matter is green, the money. If you get that right a whole lot of coaches would be interested.

Written on Names to Know: Coaches that might come up in Tennessee's hunt for Cuonzo Martin's replacement:

in response to AxeMan:

Some "fans" never figured out "Cuonzo" and kept calling him "Kwanzo" because they melded it with Kwanzaa. Just think about how some of those will feel if they Google "Shaka".

What the heck is "kwanzaa"? Is it that holiday someone made up to sell more greeting cards?

Shaka would be a good choice but he seems content at VCU. Gregg Marshall would be a great choice, a proven winner. Just have to open the checkbook and make a commitment to try an have an elite bb program.

Written on Cuonzo Martin leaves UT offer on the table for California:

in response to FWBVol:

I agree that it wasn't the best move for Martin not to address the team himself, but in this age of social networking it was all but impossible for him to tell the team before the news broke.

It's not like he was leaving for Georgia Tech or Virginia Tech that are just a quick hop, skip and jump from Knoxville and Tennessee. Cal is on the other side of the country and the logistics involved made it impossible for Martin to address the team before the press conference at Berkley.

Yeah, I realize it was a long way that he had to travel, however it wouldn't have mattered if he had delayed it a couple of hours or even until the next day if necessary to be able to address his players. The Cal job would still have been there, just didn't do right by his players, in my opinion.

Written on Cuonzo Martin leaves UT offer on the table for California:

So Martin didn't even tell his players himself that he was leaving? Shouldn't they have been extended that courtesy....guess not. Pretty low class there, Counzo.

Written on Cuonzo Martin timeline at Tennessee:

I guess Martin meant that April 1 statement to be an April Fools joke, because that's what it turned out to be.

It will be interesting to see how his personality fits in with the ultra liberal, tree-hugging Cal Berkley campus..

Written on Which coach would you most like to see Tennessee hire?:

Gregg Marshall, open the checkbook and hire a proven head coach this time.

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

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

Bama Dave really screwed this up. Didn't see it coming, he should have he threw the man under the bus by showing no support during the season. Then he dragged his feet on the extension. The idiots got what they wanted, listen to the current players supporting his move. No respect for the idiots that will now get what they deserve. You heard the Vols say they played for their coach and each other.
He and his family endured enough from a weak AD, racist fans, and ignorant morons.
Good luck Coach Martin, Cal has hit a home run and you will excel in Berkeley.
Wait until next year will now become the moniker for Tennessee BB.
Can't wait to see the next Goober that would take this job, I guarantee he won't be black for all you Shaka lovers!
Bama Dave should be fired!

You are such a moron. It doesn't surprise anyone that you would once again throw racism into your post.

Dave Hart is really in your head, isn't he? Why is that? He didn't hire Martin, in case you didn't know.

Your first name wouldn't happen to be Jeff, would it? Inquiring minds want to know.

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

I got blasted by a lot of people on here when I said Martin was not offered the Marquette job. Well, it looks like I was right after all. Marquette is a better basketball job than Cal, and
I understand he has family in Chicago area, so why would he turn it down if he was looking to leave, which he obviously was. Don't mean to say I told you so....

Maybe things will work out better for him at Cal. Just didn't like his style of basketball.

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

Get on the plane to Wichita, Ks. Dave Hart, and don't come back until G. Marshall is your coach!! He had an interest before and Hamilton couldn't get it done. Now is your chance to make a HUGE hire for the program.

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.

Seriously, you are going to compare B. Jones to Dooley? A real football coach to a wanna-be coach? Not going to waste the time explaining it to you because you still probably wouldn't comprehend it.

Written on UT gets commitment from 7-foot-1 center Kingsley Okoroh :

in response to AxeMan:

Good signing. I wonder if the fact that Larry Brown at SMU offered him will make "westknoxrepub" any less toxic about it. He does love him some Larry Brown.

The article said SMU had an interest, not that they had offered.

Written on 'No time for baby steps' although freshmen show big play ability for Tennessee:

in response to Goodgriefcharliebrown:

What happened to your photos this Sunday, they're lousy at best.

Really, you are complaining about the photographs?

Written on Josh Malone, Jalen Hurd shine in Orange and White Game:

Josh Malone is an incredible talent! I hope to see him running open in some secondaries of other teams this fall. Hope that was mostly him and not our def. backs just being bad in coverage.

Written on Jarnell Stokes will announce he is entering NBA draft at Friday press conference:

in response to volnsc:

I wish him the best. He had a great junior year and coming back offers no promise he could top that with a better senior year and a different supporting cast. The improvement he made over his sophomore year was significant. I selfishly would love for him to stay but he needs to follow his dream. Good luck big guy.

I feel the same way. He needs to stay and get a degree. Only being 20 he has plenty of time for pro ball. I think the Vols will struggle without him next year. Maybe things will work out for him, just think he could really be a force in the SEC next season and maybe get to a solid first round draft position.

Written on Informal talks between Lady Vols and UConn about resuming series:

in response to WaitUntilNextYear:

If you want to be the best you have to beat the best and the Lady Vols haven't been on that stage in 6 years.
The LV's teetered on the edge all year and couldn't beat Stanford, Notre Dame, Baylor, Maryland during the season. They beat UNC but wouldn't today. Louisville would have been another embarrassing loss and playing UConn would have been the worst beat down in LV history.
The program began the decline under Pat as the LV's forgot how to be the aggressor and play fundamentally sound BB. When the decline started the coaches and players in woman's basketball became better and up afraid of the LV's.
Play UConn and beat them is the litmus test for a successful significant program, just like beating the mullet heads, gators, dawgs, and tigers in football.
If you don't play the best and win you are insignificant!

Speaking of insignificant, you are. If you think they should apologize to that scum-bag you are nuts, and are no Lady Vol fan. Maybe you don't have any problem with coaches that break the rules, but some of us do.

Written on Deadline for Jarnell Stokes' NBA decision fast approaching:

He better stay and get his degree, something that will pay dividends the rest of his life. I'm not an NBA fan at all but I believe second round contracts are not guaranteed. That would be taking a big chance on his part if he does decide to go.

Written on John Ward’s most memorable games at Stokely:

I was there for that game against Temple. It was in the old Volunteer Classic holiday tournament. Talk about a boring game! You have never heard so many "boos" that every one was raining down on the Temple players. It didn't matter, they continued to freeze the ball the whole game.

Written on John Adams: Right sales pitch could keep UT quarterbacks on board:

in response to Tao_of_Tennessee:

Would it not be right to say that sometimes you need four QBs? Wasn't Worley, Peterman, and Ferguson all hurt at the same time at one point last the year?

Good point. Hopefully the starter, who ever it turns out to be, will be more durable this season.

Written on Tennessee State transfer M.J. Rhett eyes Vols, would like to play with Jarnell Stokes:

in response to martvol:

You Cuonzo haters just can't help yourselves. "Reach." "Fill a spot." If you've got nothing good to say about the program why don't you just head down I-75 to the auburn plains. Sickening is what it is.

Why don't you stick it. First of all I'm not a hater. I've my opinions and have as much right to express them as you do. If you don't like it, too bad. Just because sheep like yourself are willing to settle average doesn't mean everyone else is. "Fill a spot", what would you call taking a questionable player for one year? I would much rather he sign a good post player out of high school, how about you, genius, you have all the answers?

Written on Tennessee State transfer M.J. Rhett eyes Vols, would like to play with Jarnell Stokes:

in response to AxeMan:

What is with you guys taking out your hate for CCM on players? I'm sure some recruiting guys at Oklahoma St, Wichita St, Memphis, Villanova, Miami, Ole Miss, Ga Tech, Illinois, Minn, Texas A&M (According to ESPN all have offered) would love to copy your post and Tweet to Rhett with a warning about the "fans" at Tennessee are like. Between you and "westknoxrepub" their clipboards are probably overflowing.

Just what the heck is YOUR problem dude? I simply ask some legitimate questions about the guy, and you get your panties in a wad. Just because I want the Vols to recruit the best players makes me a hater. YOU need to chill out and quit hateing an other people....freaking hypocrite.

Written on Tennessee State transfer M.J. Rhett eyes Vols, would like to play with Jarnell Stokes:

If Rhett is that good, why did he end up at TSU? They only went 5-25 this year, makes you wonder how good he really is. Seems like he might be a bit of a reach, maybe Martin is just looking to fill a spot with another post player. Anybody know if he recruited this guy out of high school?

Written on Tennessee guard Quinton Chievous will transfer outside of SEC:

in response to fannotsheep:

I guess I don't understand people wanting UT and Coach Martin to fail. I certainly wanted Pearl to be Tennessee's basketball coach but I never hoped for losses to make that happen. And since it ain't gonna happen, someone please tell me the logic in wanting Martin to fail.

Tennessee cannot attract a big name basketball coach. You are dreaming if you think they can get a proven coach with Pearl's ability to come here. They will not pay for it, they will always make decisions based on what is best for football, and the basketball world is not filled with coaches who want to come to a state university located in a non-diverse town, where the in-state cities with more diversity are as close or closer to other schools.

An opening at Memphis would probably attract better coaching candidates than an opening in Knoxville. When they had Calipari, we had Buzz. The best coach we have had in at least four decades was way off everybody's radar before he showed us all what he could do. Enough said. And enough hating.

I disagree with your contention Tn. cannot attract a big name basketball coach. I do agree they have not been willing to write the check and make a commitment to hire an elite coach. If schools like Fla can do it, why not here. Most of those people don't care for basketball, they have trouble filling up that 12k seat gym. Why not HERE???

Written on Tennessee guard Quinton Chievous will transfer outside of SEC:

in response to johnlg00:

I think you slightly misread WKR's original comment. Ware did have a history with UT before he went to Louisville. He was committed to come to UT before Pearl was fired. He then said he wasn't coming to UT, he was going to the U. of Central Florida. At some point, he and Martin communicated about him coming to UT after all. The way I heard it, Ware dithered about making a decision and wouldn't clearly say yes or no to Martin's offer. At that point, Martin probably told him to just do what he wanted to do. I SERIOUSLY doubt that the thought, let alone the words "Wes Washpun is a better player than Kevin Ware" ever crossed Martin's lips or even his mind.

Good points. You'll have to forgive axme, he is so deep into Cuonzo that he could never conceive of him doing anything wrong. We will see if he can step his recruiting and fill these openings with some players who can get on the court actually contribute.

Written on Verdict still out on modifications to UT coach Cuonzo Martin's contract:

Hopefully whatever Hart comes up with in a raise/extension will include a minimal buyout so if the time comes to make a change they won't have some huge payoff to contend with once again.

Written on Auburn basketball coach Bruce Pearl cancels speaking appearance in Harriman:

in response to slb1zellwood#1421797:

Bye Bruce you are now a part of Vol history and go forth and sin no more and please remember "I shall never tell another lie" so help me Jesus.

Didn't take the haters long to respond.

Maybe you should take your own advice, or maybe you are perfect.

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

in response to UTForever:

Say what, Snapshot?????? Your twisted logic is deeply flawed and laughable. Your apparent sources are simply misinformed. And your "sour note" posting is so yesterday. Its time for UT fans to embrace reality and proclaim together: Go Vols.

I don't think the logic is twisted at all. You tell me why he had to fly to Marquette is he was not seriously interested in the job. Maybe you guys are just naive. One of two things happened, he went there with every intention of taking the job if offered, or he was using it to get a raise and extension. If you are happy with those actions from your coach, then fine.

Everyone wants to call me a hater, but the fact is I DON'T hate Coach Martin. I just have never been a fan of his slow it down, walk it up the court style of play. Can anyone honestly say they enjoyed watching those games where the Vols struggled to score even 50 points? Not me. If that is what you want in a coach, well you have it. I just think if was a slap in the face of Vol fans to fly to Marquette when it could have been done behind the scene by his agent, and saved him the embarrassment of not getting the job. I really don't care how vol quest wants to spin it, I don't think he was offered the job.

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

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.

Written on Cuonzo Martin will remain at Tennessee; contract modifications underway:

Kind of funny how he withdrew his name when he wasn't offered the job. If he had been offered he would be there right now. Why else would he have made the trip?

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

in response to AxeMan:

Here's some facts.

According to 24/7 Sports.

The UConn 2014 recruiting class is ranked 24th.
The Tennessee 2014 recruiting class is ranked 38th.

The UConn 2013 recruiting class ranked 42nd.
The Tennessee 2013 recruiting class ranked 26th.

The UConn 2012 recruiting class ranked 50th.
The Tennessee 2012 recruiting class ranked 58th.

UConn average: 38.66
Tennessee average: 40.66

Tennessee had 2 juniors from the 2011 recruiting class on this year's roster.

Jarnell Stokes-15 pts per game.
Josh Richardson-10 pts per game.

UConn has 3 juniors from the 2011 recruiting class on this year's roster.

Ryan Boatright-12 pts per game.
DeAndre Daniels-13 pts per game.
Pat Lenehan-4 pts all season.

UConn is in the Final 4 and Tennessee made it to the Sweet 16 which is "an elite level" and "average" recruiting would be a ranking of 175.5.

By the way you made my point perfectly. UT average class for that period was ranked 40th, and apparently you are happy with that. Just keep bringing in the 40th ranked class and see how you do long term. Let me help you with that, average. I want to be better than average but you don't. Why are you willing to settle?

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

in response to AxeMan:

Here's some facts.

According to 24/7 Sports.

The UConn 2014 recruiting class is ranked 24th.
The Tennessee 2014 recruiting class is ranked 38th.

The UConn 2013 recruiting class ranked 42nd.
The Tennessee 2013 recruiting class ranked 26th.

The UConn 2012 recruiting class ranked 50th.
The Tennessee 2012 recruiting class ranked 58th.

UConn average: 38.66
Tennessee average: 40.66

Tennessee had 2 juniors from the 2011 recruiting class on this year's roster.

Jarnell Stokes-15 pts per game.
Josh Richardson-10 pts per game.

UConn has 3 juniors from the 2011 recruiting class on this year's roster.

Ryan Boatright-12 pts per game.
DeAndre Daniels-13 pts per game.
Pat Lenehan-4 pts all season.

UConn is in the Final 4 and Tennessee made it to the Sweet 16 which is "an elite level" and "average" recruiting would be a ranking of 175.5.

Gee thanks, axme, but I really don't need you to do research for me or anyone else. It's just common sense to know you neen really good players to win at a high level. But you are so far up CM rear end you can't possible see that. If you are satisfied with an average basketball program then that's ok. As for me I would hope UT would strive for excellence, but until they make that commitment and are willing to pay for a big time coach we will continue to stumble along.

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

in response to westknoxrepub:

WITH McRae, Maymon and Stokes, Martin made the NCAA tournament once in three years. . .what about what's left gives you confidence he can get back in the tournament. Medicore players in a bad leage are not going to get into the tournament. Just do your research, look at who he's brought in here. Four players in this years class, all three stars, only one of which had any offers from top level programs, and even Austin's offer list is so-so.

There you go, confusing people with the facts! lol

Maybe they will turn out better than expected, maybe not. The fact is, it doesn't matter how good a coach you are, if you don't have elite players you are not going to win at an elite level. Too many fans on here seem to be willing to settle for average.

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

in response to johndavid:

Why did he have to withdraw his name? He told the recruits it was just rumors and to ignore them.

He may have played Hart for $ he hasn't earned.

I'm not happy he was meeting with them. When was the last time we had a head coach meeting with another school besides Kiffin?

I agree 100%. He tells the recruits to ignore the rumors then gets on a plane to Marquette. How honest was that, you decide.

Clearly just a ploy to get more $$, plain and simple.

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

in response to snowpeapod#263184:

The trouble with Calipari's formula is it makes a mockery of college athletics. If I held season tickets for a program that recruits players who had zero desire of getting an education and only used it as a means of getting into the NBA, I would drop my season tickets in a heartbeat. With that formula UK will never retire another players jersey. Imagine how we as Vol fans would feel if we never had the pleasure of seeing Allan Houston, Ernie Grunfeld, Dale Ellis, Chris Lofton and even Bernard King who only stayed 3 years. Of course this is only my opinion.

Oh yeah, winning national championships and going to final fours, who wants to put up with that nonsense? Until the NCAA and the NBA agree to put a stop to the one-and-done it is what it is. Personally I think they should do like football and have to stay three years before being drafted.

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

With the roster they will have next year I don't see any hope of finishing as high as third in the SEC. Could be wrong, but right now just don't see it happening.

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

in response to trek:

" Ignore the rumors" isn't a denial of anything, nor is it an indication of one's integrity. Until Coach Martin has his meetings with the interested parties, there's really nothing to tell anyone. The meetings could come to nothing or they might end in an offer. But it's not the press's or staff members' news to tell any recruits. Any decisions will be announced by the coach when the decision is made. I have no doubt Coach Martin will fill in the recruits after he makes his decision. Unlike Lane Kiffin and company, by the way, who were busy group texting recruits and signees not to attend any classes at UT or else they'd be completely committed and wouldn't be able to follow Kiffin to USC. Two completely different animals.

Besides, all you haters are so convinced Coach Martin can't recruit and has nobody great coming next year, so why should you care if what he tells recruits and when he tells them?

Now go away and find another petition to sign. You got your wish, Coach Martin is most likely leaving. I just wonder how long it'll take you and your hating cronies to criticize the next coach.

Let me clarify it for so you can maybe understand. I wasn't referring to future recruits. There was reports that a current signee, who did not want to be identified said the staff told him to ignore the Marquette rumors. GOT IT?

No, I'm not a hater, and I'm not going away. I'm a fan and supporter and have every right to ask for excellence in our basketball program. If you want to settle for mediocre results on the court that is your problem, not mine.

Now why don't you go take a trek.
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Written on Marquette asked Hall of Famer Gene Keady for reference on Vols coach Cuonzo Martin:

in response to westknoxrepub:

http://msn.foxsports.com/college-foot...

Pretty much sums up why we shouldn't pay $2 million for smoke and mirrors.

Good article. If I were Hart I would be on a plane to Kansas on wouldn't come back until Greg Marshall was my coach.

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

in response to FWBVol:

First of all Hart and the UT athletic department probably signed off on Martin meeting with Marquette. It is common protocol in college athletics for a school interested in another school's head coach to get permission to talk to him.

Unless you directly heard what Martin told the recruits you really can't know if this is a reason for you to question Martin's integrity.

The way many UT fans have treated Martin since he arrived at Tennessee there's little wonder he's listening to Marquette.

Yes, this was our first year in the Big Dance under Martin, but a lot of the blind Pearl followers refuse to admit things were a mess when Pearl was fired and Martin has done a decent job of staying the course and keeping UT somewhat relevant in college basketball.

When the football program under Phillip Fulmer was declining one of the big arguments against Fulmer was if he was a good coach other people would want him. If you follow that line of thinking and apply it to Martin then Martin must be a good coach because Marquette, which has a larger basketball budget than UT, wants him.

If Martin leaves, and I wouldn't blame him if he does, our best bet will be to hire an assistant coach from a basketball factory and hope they can win. We will never get the name coach many fans want simply because their expectations border on the absurd.

I just know what was reported that his staff had told the recruits to ignore the rumors, and they wouldn't done that without his approval.

I know it is common protocol to ask permission to talk to a coach, but when that coach gets on a plane and goes for an interview he obviously wants to leave. I wouldn't have as much a problem with it if Martin had said to Marquette fine, you want to talk to me, then come to Knoxville.

As for you're suggestion to hire an assistant, you've got to be kidding. We don't need to be an on-the-job training site for someone. No assistants, no mid-major coaches, go hire a proven head coach. It's not that complicated. Once UT decides to make the commitment to have a consistent, winning basketball program they will open the purse and hire a head coach who has been there and done that. There are several out there so don't give me that stuff of "well who are we going to hire", or "who would take this job".

My fear is they will hire an average coach and we will continue to have an average basketball program.

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

Well, so much for his integrity everyone has raved about after telling the recruits to ignore the rumors. I say Hart should tell if he interviews for another job he better make sure he gets it because he just lost this one!

Probably best all around if takes the Marquette job.

Written on Signee says Cuonzo Martin and staff instructing UT signees to ignore "rumors" about Martin to Marquette:

in response to UTForever:

The report about Marquette's interest in Coach Martin is not surprising. As usual, UT has handled this situation incompetently. Hart is a joke, as is Chancellor Jimmy. If we lose Coach Martin, UT fans should unite and push for the firing of Hart and Chancellor Jimmy.

And just what exactly is Hart supposed to say about another schools coaching vacancy? Let me help you with that, nothing! It is not his concern. Until Martin says he is not interested the rumors will persist. It is his job to comment, not the administration.

Written on Mike Strange: Keeping Cuonzo Martin is UT's safest play:

in response to goobervol:

Sir, I could write for six months straight and not cover one-tenth of what NEEDS to be said. Forgive me if you perceive righteous indignation on my part. God is my judge, and He will tell me to be silent. That is the problem with society today. Immediate instant gratification at the expense of others. You lose - I don't need you anymore. Why not give the coaches and the team one or two days to recover from a season filled with emotionalism, betrayal, deceit, pounding, etc.? Where is your compassion, sir? I just pray that neither you nor any family member of yours goes through a similar situation. The only people who can empathize with CCM are those who have lived through it. Please back off and show some respect for CCM and the team. After all they have endured at the hands of some fans, do they deserve a little love? Have a blessed day, Sir.

My point was I just don't get my you are so upset over what I thought was a pretty positive article. Did you actually read the first two paragraphs? How much more positive do you want it to be? If you get this upset over a sports writer doing his job and expressing his opinion, well I guess that is your problem. I've been a Vols fan for a long time and hate to see them lose, but at the end of the day it is a GAME, it's not life and death.

Written on Mike Strange: Keeping Cuonzo Martin is UT's safest play:

in response to goobervol:

Mr. Strange:

How regrettable that a journalist such as yourself would throw a team and its coaches under the bus by sensationalizing and hypothosyzing (spelling) about a topic 24 plus hrs. after a situation occurred that brought grown men to their knees, crying, and basically heartbroken. On this day, who cares about next year? Could you not rather have written a compassionate article describing the trials and tribulations that forced a team and its coaches to retreat to a bubble to escape negative criticism and arm chair Shak Oneals? Where is your own personal integrity and morals? Do you not care about raw human feelings and expressing love and compassion for those in terrible agony and defeat? You have lost all credibility in my eyes. Please pray that the Lord will open your heart to help those who are in need. Anything less is a victory for ???????????

Hey goober, don't you think you are getting a little carried away in your criticism? I think you are WAY out of line questioning Mike's integrity and morals. You know the report is out that Marquette is interested in Martin, M. Strange didn't make that up. I thought is was a fair and interesting article. Not sure where all that righteous indignation is coming from. Just think you should maybe lighten up a bit on someone doing their job, and doing it well in my opinion.

As for who cares about next year, every fan should, this season is over. You can enjoy their run, but it is over for this season. I think Mike laid out the possibilities for next season very well.

Written on Jeff Seidel: Sweet 16 reasons Michigan will beat Tennessee (or not):

in response to johnlg00:

Thanks. That kind of flub has been known to happen. I guess you heard about the TV ad for Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell that showed a picture of the DUKE team celebrating when the ad talked about how big UK basketball was! The people who put together that ad probably make a whole lot more money than the KNS intern who pulled the picture for this article!

Ha! I'm sure McConnell was thrilled with that little gaffe.

Written on Jeff Seidel: Sweet 16 reasons Michigan will beat Tennessee (or not):

in response to johnlg00:

Unless the picture up now is different than the one you guys saw, that is a picture of John Beilein.

On topic, I think that was a very fair set-up piece for the game. I'm sure the experience of making the championship game last year is a great comfort to Michigan, but several of the main contributors to that success are no longer there. The Vols should dominate inside and Richardson should take Stauskas out of his game, so unless one or two of the other Michigan guys just really goes off, I think the Vols can take them.

They changed it. The original picture was of Tom Izzo.

Written on Cuonzo Martin, players have tried to block social media, petition :

in response to Vol-in-GA:

I'm curious, what percentage is a 30K vocal minority of total UT basketball fans, UT fans, UT living alumni?

The 30k by itself is probably not that large a percentage. The question is how many people they represent, such as fans you don't hear from on line or on talk radio who feel the same way.

It is amazing how a lot of the uproar over C. Martin and the team would have been prevented by winning the two Tx. A&M games, thus putting them safely in the tournament, and not having to sweat out once again if you are going to get in.

Written on Jeff Seidel: Sweet 16 reasons Michigan will beat Tennessee (or not):

in response to lc:

Why the picture of Tom Izzo on a story about Tennessee and Michigan?

I thought the same thing. The writer must be Mich. St. fan who was told to do a story on the UT-Mich. game.

Written on Butch Jones makes sure team realizes spring break is over with grueling practice:

in response to BrassMonkey:

Looking forward to a UT football season in the near future where the team does not take 4-5 games off in the middle of the season and just mail it in. Let's home Jones is the one who can provide it.

And just which games exactly did they "take off"? I saw every game and the games they lost they were out-talented and lost to a better team, except Ga. which went to overtime.

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

in response to terry#1416762:

Let him go, and take Hart with him. But, for a fluke, generational upset by Mercer, and we are eliminated by Duke.

We were lucky to get in the pick 4 process, we will be even luckier to be w/n 10 of michigan.

When Stokes and Maymon (pearl recruit) are gone we are going to get savaged in the SEC. We will lose McRae, Maymon, and Stokes from this team, and rumor has it one highly recruited player from last year.

I hope we win, but the realist tells me Sunday was the Apex of the MarNIT years. Rough sledding ahead, for a team that has looked lost all year long despite a lot of talent.

Cuonzo will get the call, don't match and let him accept the call, his stock will be at an all time high, let him do what is best for him in the long run.

Well Terry, you certainly know how to get everyone riled up! Of course everyone bashing you just ignores the part where you said "I hope we win". Maybe Sunday was the apex of the Martin era, time will tell. My concern is he gets a big raise and a 3-5 year extension then has a rough next season, doesn't make the tournament again. Making the dance one time in three years is a .333 success rate by my math, not good. Maybe he will win the whole thing this year and it won't matter. I'm just afraid next season we will go through this whole thing again with him under pressure and people calling for his head and another huge buy-out to face. I hope not, but time will tell.

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

in response to murrayvol:

No the Vols probably won't win the NC but if they keep doing what they're doing, they're a tough matchup for anybody they play.

Michigan is a 1.5 pt favorite (2 vs 11) in Indy which will be virtually a home game for them. That says a lot.

These guys have convinced me they can beat anybody on a given night.

Why do you think Indy "will be virtually a home game for them"? I don't think distance wise it is that big a difference, maybe you meant Michigan just has a larger following. Just curious.

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