Comments by Tau_of_Tennessee

Written on John Adams: Butch Jones' recruiting proves that UT tradition still matters:

in response to BolivrBob:

BUTch really knows how to create excitement. I believe it will translate into vastly improved play. Prediction: One of the top defenses in the conference. 9-3

I hope you are right, but I do not understand how we can replace the 80% of our offense from last year. I am hoping for a 500 season and retention of most of the commitments thus far for 2014.

Written on Tori Lamp advances to 10-meter final at world championships:

Go Tori! You make us proud.

Written on Before arrest, Aaron Hernandez had brushes with violence at Florida:

Looks like those handcuffs could hamper the gator chomps.

Written on Neil Clabo's career includes more than punting:

He could kick it out of the stadium!

Written on Survey: Help improve the News Sentinel's digital content :

Keep everything rah-rah and don’t point out challenges, problems, or failures. Narrow the view, and keep it all positive. Ignore all other teams in the SEC. Don’t dredge up any history unless it is favorable to UT. Don’t bother with emerging trends in college football unless it potentially favors UT. Don't entertain hypotheticals. Don’t invoke wit, humor, or tongue in cheek…too easily interpreted. Don’t be critical of the program because 450 ball (fb) is just fine.

But seriously…when there is recruiting news please identify the sport in the headline, and as has been mentioned, don’t hype the headlines. Also include pictures of all athletes who merit an article about them.

Written on John Adams: Hurd's commitment makes Beech a Tennessee team:

James "Little Man" Stewart was a very tall and very successful UT and NFL running back as well.

Written on Running back Alden Hill caps strong spring with 100-yard game:

60K plus in the stands...right on Vol fans!

I like the buff all orange uniforms...reminds me of the Reggie White days.

Written on Former Vols post strong results at NFL Combine:

Am I wrong in recalling that Dallas Thomas came to UT at about 260 pounds? Kinda calls out those who grade O-lineman based only on their weight. I might be wrong on that of luck to the hard working four year Vol, Mr. Thomas.

Written on Dallas Cowboys hire Derek Dooley as wide receivers coach :

in response to DRORANGELOVE:

Good Luck Coach Dooley. Thank you for doing your best at UT playing with the hand you were dealt, and I hope you experience a lot better luck with the Cowboys than you did with the Vols.


Written on Brent Musburger's ogling of Alabama QB's girlfriend goes viral:

in response to FWBVol:

OK, it all has to do with professionalism. It would be one thing for him to make the comments sitting around the local pub with some friends, but when you are doing a national television broadcast there are certain limits.

I work for a small newspaper and I have to be careful not to make reference to the "attractive coed" or the "cute blonde point guard."

Would Musberger made a similar comment if he had been doing the women's basketball championship game and one of the star players was dating a body builder that was the reigning Mr. Arizona? And would those of you defending Musberger think he was right to say that Mr. Arizona was hot?

Musberger over stepped the line of professionalism and he at least should make a public apology for those that he might have offended. ABC/ESPN should then put him out to pasture.

It is a given that Mr. Arizona is hotter than Mr. Montana, or Mr. Minnesota for that matter. Especially in January.

Written on John Adams among 3 selected for induction into Tennessee Sports Writers Hall of Fame :

in response to buzz29:

Congrats John. Keep writing to encourage thought instead of mere agreement.

Agreed, I never quite understood critism of JA when pointing out shortfalls when the Vols are playing 600 ball...or worse.

Written on Derek Dooley finds words for Twitter :

Most Vol fans I know think highly of Coach Dooley and sincerely wish him success in the future, unless he is lined up against the Vols.

Written on John Adams: Next coach will realize UT doesn't have speed to catch up :

in response to cltvol:

Preempting the JA hatethon... If nobody knew who wrote this, 90% of the board would agree with content. Factual and insightful.

Ditto, I read Adams first. Usually insightful and at times witty.

Written on John Adams: Art Briles' record too good for UT to ignore :

Would this choice represent a model where you have budget room for top notch coordinators and recruiters? As opposed to the superstar coach? If so, which is the way to go? Just a novice askin.

Written on John Adams: Tennessee still a top-20 job ... especially if the price is right :

in response to baldingalum:

Top 20? Top 10. Most beautiful stadium in the country. Brand new facilities. Devoted fan base. It's in the best conference in college football but not in the DEEP SOUTH - as in Darwin's waiting room. 6 National Championships. Alma mater of the NFL's top quarterback and running back. Devoted fans. It's a great job. Don't undersell KNS.

Good point! I spent last summer in Oklahoma City/Norman. Knoxville is like nirvana in comparison.

I have pondered what a Dan Mullin or Mullin clone could do with UT resources.

Written on An early look at candidates to replace Derek Dooley as Vols' coach:

We have a Houston Nutt kind of budget.

Written on Dave Hart: Vols 'at a crossroads' :

in response to TheRealDragonSlayer:

I, for one, am grateful for the time and effort coach Dooley has put in, and I wish him well. He has always been a class act.

Let's hire a great coach and bring our program back to where it needs to be. The cupboard is not bare, thanks to the recruiting of coach Dooley and Jay Graham. A great coach, a big name coach, can do wonders here.

Go Vols!

Well said Dragon Slayer. Dooley found himself in a very tough situation and he improved it. Thanks to coach Dooley for his efforts and I wish him all the best with his still young career.

Written on John Adams: Derek Dooley's firing should be announced right away :

On the bright side, the world is scheduled to end in December...

Written on Tennessee QB Tyler Bray uninterested in recent hot streak, NFL talk :

I appreciate your effort Tyler. Keep on, keepin on.

Written on John Adams: If not a big name, how about a familiar one in David Cutcliffe? :

According to recent popular opinion, it takes more than four years to clean up a mess, so re-elect Dooley.

Written on Curt Maggitt out for rest of season with torn ACL:

Get well soon big fella.

Written on John Adams: If not Jon Gruden, how about Bobby Petrino or Tommy Tuberville? :

I enjoyed the article but I must point out that Petrino's success came before his transgressions. It would be tough to discipline players with that baggage following you around.

I would be ecstatic with Gruden however.

Written on Tennessee's Cordarrelle Patterson says 'instinct' helps him makes plays :

Patterson is freaky good. The year has been a little disappointing but the team is very entertaining to watch

Fight on Vols!

Written on Lattimore dislocated knee and has ligament damage:

Terrible looking injury. I hope Lattimore recovers and gets a big NFL contract. The concern shown by the Vols players was class.

Written on John Chavis urges Tennessee's fans' support through rough patch :

Luv ya Chief! Thanks for the good times.

Written on John Adams: Offensive line best example of UT's improvement :

in response to BigOrangeSports:

Just my own personal thoughts on this team.
They have 3 losses against teams ranked in the top 12. Yeah, each could have been a win if either this happened or that happened, but it is what it is. Sometimes things don't go your way. This team has improved over last year's team. The O-Line as discussed in the story above is the biggest example of that. Defense has a LONG ways to go to get close to our Offense as a whole.
CP is awesome. Too bad he will go Pro after this season. Bray showed his toughness has improved Saturday night when he got his knee rolled and got up and carried on and right after a comment on the air about how when he gets his Uni dirty he folds. Justin Hunter is already in the NFL. Last 2 previous seasons he wouldn't have thought twice about getting hit and maybe getting hurt. Saturday night he showed that he wasn't going to take anymore chances for this team. He should be benched now. Palardy has, hopefully, finally figured out what has been his issue and will begin to show why he was the #1 kicker when he was recruited. I am afraid that with people leaving early for the draft that next year's team may struggle more than this year's team is doing. I hope Bray stays another year. He could use the polishing and he will still have some really good rec'rs coming back. Pig Howard will be as good or better than JH when he learns the system and feels more comfortable in the team setting. Z Rogers is another good target for Bray. O-Line will lose only one Senior. This team's Offense can be better next season than this one. Defense can only improve next season and maybe it will take a year or possibly two to get the players to understand the 3-4.
Dooley will NOT be fired after this season, unless he just lays down and quits and I don't see that happening. I think he will give Sal at least one more season to get the Defense in shape to compete and win some of the games we shouldn't have lost this year. My own opinion is that if the Defense was playing 1/3 as good as our Offense is playing, we have no more than 1 loss right now. People can blame Dooley all they want, but Dooley doesn't wave at the ball as it passes by, like JH did. Dooley doesn't play 15 yards off a rec'r in the Secondary. If Dooley gets fired, then we go backwards, not forwards. And UT can't afford to pay a 3rd coach NOT to coach. Everyone has their opinions and this is mine. Support this team the rest of the year. We're still young and undermanned in a lot of positions. No, we're not Vanderbilt, but we aren't Bama this season either.


Excellant post...voice of reason. No verdict is due till after year four. I am sure if we had the cash for a super star coach it would have come out three years ago. The team keeps fighting. Results will follow.

Written on Missed extra point less scrutinized because of margin of loss :

Maybe we need to improve our roid program. Does anybody find it curious as to how David Pollack goes from an all SEC bull rushing defensive end at UGA to the smallest guy on the ESPN set that includes two former QBs and an announcer?

Just kidding folks. Maybe he just decided to get into triathlon after leaving football.

Written on Knoxville's ESPN football market a top 10 staple :

I would be in Knoxville this weekend if not for a work project to finish up. I'm stuck in Jacksonville, FL. I'll have to tune in via ESPN.

Y'all have fun up there!

Written on Plenty of Tyler Bray to Justin Hunter in UT's 51-13 victory :

"Fla is horrible and Brantley is mediocre at best."

If I am not mistaken Brantley was 0-0-0 for a total of zero yards passing and running today.

Written on Tianna Madison sued by parents :

That might make for an awkward Thanksgiving dinner.

Written on Halftime: Tennessee 28, Georgia State 6 :

Don't jump off the coffee table just yet. I doubt the total package was revealed today. We'll find out next Saturday though.

Written on Mike Strange: SEC powerhouse? Vols hope O'Brien is right :

If NC State still wears the red helmets like they finished out the year in last year it will look like the old UT versus Bama games back in the late 60s. Cool for us old timers.

Written on Offensive line coach Sam Pittman looks for atonement against N.C. State :

I do not like the idea of Hunter returning punts...too long of a target for that situation.

Written on Derek Dooley doesn't expect suspended Da'Rick Rogers to return:

As long as he is back by Monday we should be ok.

Written on Terry McDaniel now a defender for his church, Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame inductee :

Terry McDaniel is on my all-time favorite vols list. I like him even more knowing what he has been up to after hanging up the cleats.

Written on Vols have 13 days to correct breakdowns :

It is a bummer that Danielson and Vern won't be calling that game (FL) in Knoxville this year. Vern misses a few things here and there but I like him and Danielson is the most interesting analyst in the game in my opinion.

Written on Dooley: Vols morning practice more 'edgy' than usual:

in response to NO_DIGGITY:

I can only remember 10 or them.

1. Snake Stablers 5th down pass to lose to UT.
2. Joe Namath kicked off team.
3. Fans throw rock through Bill Curry's office.
4. Antonio Langham with a pocket full of $20's.
5. Joey Kent with 10 UAT Jersey behind him in 95.
6. Al Means with a Pocket full of $100(inflation)
7. Casey Clausen 4th down comletion, 5 Bama DB's
8. Dude putting poison on poor old Aubies Tree.
9. Trent Richardson in one of his 100 free suits.
10. Punt Bama Punt ( had to give Aubie one ).

Now that is what I call a post!

Was the Stabler game the one that UT won in Knoxville? I remember one the covers of SI in the 60's; it was a shot of UT player and UA player in end zone...UT won. Also thought there was one with Richmond Flowers against UA...?

Written on Vols move practice to Science Hill High School :

The field at SHHS is situated in a low area between two banks. I would imagine it will be hard to keep the practice completely private. Good chance for the locals to get a peak at the 2012 Vols!... albeit perhaps from afar. GBO!

Written on John Adams: Vols have pieces get to back in national conversation :

in response to laraccoon:

he is spot on on one thing, this year will go along way in determining how long it will take to rebuild the program .if they have a decent year ,at least 8 wins then recruiting will be better(and Dooley has done fairly well while not doing much on the field) but if they have a disappointing year then rebuilding will drag on a little longer . most people expect to win at least 8 games this year , probably most of you expect more , Dooley wins 8 games this year and in my mind that is monumental !

I agree with you laracoon. I have not expected much the last two years, but this year I really like the chances of 8 wins, a big name upset, and a NY Day bowl.

Written on Poll: Which is worse?:

Worthwhile poll or not, it was all worth it me to enjoy the post. Some creative talent on the board.

Written on Penn State vacates Outback Bowl win over Tennessee :

in response to Caspian:

I'll never forget the 1971 TN win over PS. PS had Lydell Mitchell and Franco Harris in the backfield and Hufnagel at QB. The week before the game, the PS newspapers were saying that they had hoped TN would have had a better record that year so that when PS beat them, it would look better for PS. Saying that people were pumped up for that game is an understatement. It looked a little grim initially, until Conrad Graham picked off a pitch out and ran it back for a touchdown. And the romp was on. Toilet paper rolls were streaming off the upper decks, and people were hugging strangers.

If I am not mistaken I believe that Condredge and company put a betting on Joe Pa the following year too, under the lights.

Good times.

Written on Poll: Would you turn a rival school in to the NCAA if you had incriminating information?:

I think you would be short changing your own school if you didn't, unless of course you were not running a clean program yourself.

Written on Tennessee tired of talk, wants action in year 3:

in response to mdvol:

Running game???
I'm looking for 5 wide, zero backs!

Like Yazoo said....
NC STATE.....think Cincy.

VOLS hang 100 in their first 2 games. Start 4-0.

I like your game plan mdvol. This team reminds me of those Gator teams in the middle '90s when they could spread out four future NFL receivers. A lot of teams have 2-3 cover corners but it is hard to go 3-4 deep.

Written on Texas A&M unveils new uniforms:

in response to Caspian:

If I was in charge of UT uniforms, I would:

1. Narrow the helmet stripe the way it was before Johnny Majors widened it. The wide version looks clumsy, unrefined, not sharp. Majors also widened the T. But it looks better wide.

2. Black shoes and white socks. No exceptions.

3. Get rid of the day-glow, florescent quality of the orange. It has a reflective quality about it with certain light angles. It looks washed-out, gaudy and cheap. Instead, use a flat orange that looks the same in any light. And, frankly, the shade of orange could be darkened just a fraction of a millimeter.

For the one game flair version, I would like to see them use a checkerboard for the helmet stripe and perhaps also down the pants leg.

My take on the new orange jerseys and orange pants, when used, were that they were a flat finish instead of a gloss and were much, much improved. They reminded me of the old Reggie White days. I would never mess with the PMS color of UT orange, truly a shade of distinction.

Written on Texas A&M unveils new uniforms:

in response to frblalack:

Tennessee's uniforms are just fine, thank you! Why do some people always want to mess with tradition? We are Orange & White. Period!

All Vols - All the Time - Vol for Life - Orange & White Forever!

I prefer tradition as well and it seems like most football powers also tend to (AL, USC, OSU, OU, Texas, etc.), but I think one creme puff game a year it would be fun to experiment with creativity. I like the way orange pops off of flat gray and think that could be an interesting start. But if they do anything like UGa did last year in their opener, I will disown them.

Sadly, it may be time for Penn State to think about new unis.

Written on Mike Strange: Here's another football list — of unexpected Vol heroes :

in response to SavTnVol:

And to think, most people remember Leaverton for his 18 yard punts when he first came to K Town. I'm glad this story was posted about David even tho I don't remember the tackle. Too many Bud Lites that nite I guess. But do remember setting in the recliner at the end of the game with tears down my cheek telling my wife,"I didn't think I'd ever see a NC!"

I remember that tackle like it was yesterday. I was in row 16 out in the desert. All my Vol friends were disgusted with the play, but I was cheering. Nine times out of ten the shape of that play would have the All American Warrick streaking to the end zone, but Leaverton — with no help in an open field — didn't just trip him up from an angle, he aggressively jacked him up like an NFL safety. He prevented the touchdown in a most unlikely outcome, and was one of several critical plays (Price, T, Goodrich, Bryson, Wilson in that national championship game.

Leaverton also drew an important roughing the kicker penalty earlier in the game.

Written on Dave Parrington a man now with a country :

If you are coming to America, Tennessee is one of the best places to be. Congrats coach.