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Written on Vols lose to Ole Miss, 92-74 in SEC opener:

Ole Miss had 44 free throws. 44! That's horrible; and I'm not commenting on the officiating. I'm commenting on our defense, or lack thereof. Afraid this is going to be a long, miserable season. This team will be lucky to make the NIT.

On a side note, Marshall Henderson can play, but he's a full on punk. A buddy of mine that lives out in Utah told me he had about the worst reputation of any player in the Mountain West. I'd say his rep is well deserved. If he makes it through the SEC schedule without someone cleaning his clock, I'll be surprised.

Written on Tyler Bray, Justin Hunter, Cordarrelle Patterson, Darrington Sentimore to NFL draft:

Not sure exactly what Sentimore is thinking. Frankly, I'll be surprised if he is drafted.

Bray will have to remake himself to have success at the next level. He has basically gotten by at Tennessee on the strength of his right arm. When I think about all the qualities that are required to be a successful NFL quarterback, the only one Bray possesses is his arm strength. The other needed traits, leadership, character, poise, work ethic, mental approach, are all woefully lacking in Bray's total package.

Hunter and Patterson, I think we all agree, are the most likely of these four to have success as pros. I think there are a couple of things that both these guys have in common. Their raw athletic ability are their biggest assets. And like a lot of guys like that, they pretty much got by on their raw talent. Hunter had way too many drops this past season, indicating a lack of concentration and focus. Both Hunter and Patterson, primarily because they have such immense physical talent, are a little sloppy and lazy on their route running. They will have to improve on that at the NFL level.

Often times, players that are physically gifted coast a little in college, primarily getting by on their raw talent. That won't do in the NFL. But, once players move onto the next level, they understand that fact, and adjust accordingly, once they start getting paid. Some others don't get that, and as a result, they fail. Bray, Hunter and Patterson all have the chance to be successful. Bray has the most work to do. Hunter has everything to be a very good NFL receiver; he just needs to step up his focus. Patterson is simply in the infancy of what he can be. Tremendous raw talent that is just waiting to me molded by good coaches into a premier receiver.

My thoughts on the probabilities for success for these 4 guys: 1) Patterson; 2) Hunter; 3) Bray; 4) Sentimore.

Whatever their shortcomings have been, I thank each of these four young men for their contributions to UT and wish them healthy and successful careers in the NFL. God speed.

Written on Tennessee WR Justin Hunter bound for NFL draft, while Ja'Wuan James says he'll be back :

Good luck at the next level. I wish you well. But your effort at the NFL better exceed what you put forth for the Vols this year, or your stay will be a short one.

Written on David Martin catches a UT degree at 33:

Hey, David Martin. Good job by you!!

Written on Vanderbilt gives coach James Franklin new contract:

in response to SummittsCourt:

He turned down 5 mil a year from Arkansas... how smart is he really.

http://outkickthecoverage.com/vandys-...

You don't really believe Arkansas offered James Franklin $5 million, do you? Nick Saban money? Really? Don't put too much stock in anything Clay Travis writes. He's a complete tool, trolling for page-hits on his website.

Written on Philadelphia report says Eagles keen to hire Gruden:

A few thoughts on Dan Mullen. I've always thought he was overrated as a head coach. During his time at Mississippi State, the huge majority of his conference wins have come against the bottom-feeders. With their drubbing at the hands of Ole Miss, the 'Dogs lost 4 of their last 5 games. And their only win this year over an FBS team that finished with a winning record was against Middle Tennessee. I think the bloom may be starting to fall of the rose that is Dan Mullen. Personally, I don't want him in Knoxville, even though I think he would take the job in a heartbeat.

Written on Philadelphia report says Eagles keen to hire Gruden:

in response to RockyToptoNeyland:

Top 25 Tennessee Head Football Coaching Candidates (Likeliness to come to UT 1-10)
1. Chris Peterson, Boise St (1)
2. Gary Patterson, TCU (2)
3. Dan Mullen, Miss St (4)
4. Mark Hudspeth, ULL (9)
5. James Franklin, Vandy (5)
6. Bill Cowher (2)
7. Pat Fitzgerald, NW (7)
8. Mike MacIntyre, SJSU (8)
9. Gary Andersen, Utah St (7)
10. John Gruden (5)
11. Darrell Hazell, Kent St (9)
12. Charlie Strong, Louisville (6)
13. Dave Doeren, NIU (8)
14. Bo Pelini, Nebraska (3)
15. Dabo Swinney, Clemson (2)
16. Mike Gundy, Ok ST (3)
17. Art Briles, Baylor (7)
18. Gus Malzahn, Ak St (5)
19. Matt Campbell, Toledo (8)
20. Doug Marrone, Syracuse (5)
21. Frank Solich, Ohio (6)
22. Pete Lembo, Ball St (8)
23. Bill Blakenship, Tulsa (7)
24. Butch Jones, Cincy (6)
25. Paul Rhodes, ISU (7)

Nice list, RTTN. I would respectfully disagree with your assessment of the likelihood of Mullen coming to Tennessee. I think he would hightail it out of Starkville in a split second, if offered the head spot in Knoxville. Good job with the list.

Written on David Climer: Derek Dooley's time is up for Tennessee Vols:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEARE:

Whatever? You claim one poster makes no sense with their logic and you then point to an article someone wrote claiming Gruden would be a bad fit..Hello, ever hear the saying: Don't believe everything you read?

I don't believe everything I read; I can think for myself. The reason I referenced the Braden Gall piece is, that I happen to, for the most part, agree with the points he made. My main point, however, is I believe it is pure fantasy to think Jon Gruden is coming to Tennessee (or any other college program, for that matter).

Written on David Climer: Derek Dooley's time is up for Tennessee Vols:

in response to ModelMaker:

I think Jon Gruden would make an excellent head coach for Tennessee. If Dave Hart goes after him with whatever It would take to get him here I think he will be our next head coach. I think he wants to get back into coaching. His wife is a UT graduate and her family lives in east Tennessee. I think that is huge. I think it would be easier for him to make a name for himself in college than the pros. Just imagine if you were a football player and someone came up to you and said Jon Gruden is sitting in the stands. I also think Jon loves Tennessee football.

Mr. Logic your post is devoid of logic. There is no way Jon Gruden is coming to UT. The dude has a pretty good gig at ESPN doing Monday Night Football, where he's knocking down north of $4 million a year, working about 4 months a year. And if he does have a desire to get back in coaching, what makes you think he wants to do it on the college level? Gruden is an NFL coach, and if he returns to coaching, that is where it will be, the NFL. And again, if he does want to get back into coaching, there will likely be 6-10 NFL openings, including some pretty plum spots like the Eagles, the Cowboys and the Chargers. In addition, UT can't and won't pay him what he could make at some of these premier NFL spots. And you mention that "it would be easier for him to make a name for himself in college than the pros." Are you out of your mind? He's a proven NFL coach who has won a freaking Super Bowl. He doesn't need "to make a name for himself." Also, go to Athlon Sports and read "5 Reasons Jon Gruden Would Be A Bad Fit At Tennessee," by Braden Gall. All Vols fans need to dismiss the fantasy that Jon Gruden is coming to Tennessee. It ain't happening. We need to go after a proven college head coach, target the right guy, and bring enough money to make it happen.

Written on Peyton Manning's tips may have helped Chris Leak beat Vols :

This is what you call a "troll" article. Good job by you John Adams. For trolling, that is.

Written on Jay Greeson: What if Bruce Pearl still led UT Vols?:

I guess the "What If Lane Kiffin . . . " column is right around the corner.

Written on UT 75, Florida 70: Cuonzo Martin told Vols they could win in Gainesville :

Don't know if you guys caught this, but there at the end when Washpun got the technical, Coach Martin made him go apologize to the Florida player, then promptly sat his butt on the bench. I like that a lot. Setting guidelines and expectations. This is the way you build a program.

Written on UT 75, Florida 70: Cuonzo Martin told Vols they could win in Gainesville :

Really proud of the boys today. They gave a solid 40-minute effort; complete domination in the paint. And Trae had maybe his strongest all-around game since conference play began.

For the first time all year, I now have realistic hopes of an above .500 conference record. With the hardest part of the SEC schedule in the rear-view mirror, I'm optimistic. If they can consistently bring this same effort, things are looking up, for sure.

Do you realize that if LSU knocks off Bama, and Kentucky wins in Nashville, we'll be tied for 5th, and only 1 game in the loss column behind Vandy and Mississippi State for 3rd. Think of the possibilities!!

To Coach Martin, the staff, and all the boys: Way to bring it today! Well done.

Written on David Climer: Pat Summitt loses her grip on Lady Vols:

I don't agree with everything Climer wrote in his column; however, I also don't believe the topic is out of bounds. "Topgun"'s post fairly well summarizes my own thoughts on the matter. Well done, sir.

Also, I know the columnists do not write their own headlines, so Climer won't catch any flack from me over this, but that headline was unfortunate, to say the least.

Written on Undressed: Turnovers, poor shooting doom Vols, 65-47:

Who the heck is Grant Ramey? And why is his idiocy filling up the Twitter box on this page? Take a break, dude.

Written on Mike Strange: Louisiana Monroe to Duke a mountain of difference :

"Louisiana Monroe to Duke a mountain of difference"

Thanks, Tips. Brilliant insight on your part.

Written on Advisor: Scotty Hopson 'believes he’s a solid first-round guy':

I think Scotty is a good guy, and I wish him well. But if he's a 1st-round draft choice, then I'm the Emperor of Turkmenistan.

I believe Scotty, as much as any current Vols player, could benefit from a year under Coach Martin. I fear he is making a big mistake by leaving early. I hope I'm completely wrong on this, but if he ever puts on an NBA uniform, I'll be surprised.

Good luck to you, Scotty.

Written on Vanderbilt hammers Vols, 19-3:

I'm a Vol fan here in Nashville, and being in Music City, I keep up with the local amateur baseball scene, including Vandy. Before the weekend series, I told a fellow Vol fan that Vandy would likely outscore our boys 30-5 for the series. Little did I know I would be 9 runs short. Egads! I'm 55 years old and have been a die-hard fan of all things UT since I was about 7 years old. These are the worst times for UT baseball that I ever remember. We have surely hit rock bottom.

Written on Tennessee hires Cuonzo Martin to replace Bruce Pearl as men's basketball coach:

This guy can flat out coach. A bunch of you knuckleheads were saying the same thing about Bruce Pearl six years ago. Bruce Who? Out of the Horizon Conference? WTF? Cuonzo Martin's resume is every bit as strong as Pearl's was at the time he was hired. But knee-jerk, no-nothing commentary is to be expected. No surprise on that.

Written on David Climer: Vols' athletics director is next on hot seat:

There are many reasons why Mike Hamilton should be fired; and count me among those who believe he should go. But for everyone who believes he should be fired because he fired Bruce, get over it. This article, and others, should make it painfully clear to everyone that Hamilton was in Bruce's corner to the bitter end. Hamilton had no choice. Bruce, in effect, fired himself.

Written on Mike Strange: Safety net of support fading fast :

For what it's worth, ESPN's Chris Low has told 104.5 The Zone of Nashville that Pearl will be fired upon the Vols exit from the tournament.

Written on Vols' speedsters set tone, 7-3 :

With the lame pre-conference schedule these guys are playing, we're not going to know much about this version of the BaseVols until SEC play begins.

Written on Precedents give UT idea of outcome with NCAA:

It always cracks me up when the headline of an article states one thing, and the very first sentence in the article says the opposite. Nice editing.

Written on Calhoun on UConn's win over Vols: Far and away our best team effort:

in response to stompintheswamp2:

We played ok, uconn played better. Stop the bashing. Hopson doesn't claim to be the best player - he was crowned the best player by others. He is a good contributer on this leaderless team. I do think it's fair to criticize the rotation this season. We have players that still don't know their roles because of the crazy substitutions.

Also, Hopson SHOULD be one of this team's leaders. If not him, then who? I want to like Hopson, and he has been pretty good over the past 6 or 7 games, but when his shots aren't falling he lets it affect other parts of his game. Like one of the previous commenters posted, "There's no moping at the next level."

Written on Calhoun on UConn's win over Vols: Far and away our best team effort:

in response to stompintheswamp2:

We played ok, uconn played better. Stop the bashing. Hopson doesn't claim to be the best player - he was crowned the best player by others. He is a good contributer on this leaderless team. I do think it's fair to criticize the rotation this season. We have players that still don't know their roles because of the crazy substitutions.

One of the "others" who claim Hopson is our best player is his head coach. Pearl, in the post-game comments: "We are inconsistent because our best player is inconsistent."

Written on Two SEC games, two losses for Vols, 81-75:

Pitt and Villanova are collectively 29-2. How did we beat those two teams, and what has happened to this team since the 7-0 start?

Written on Two SEC games, two losses for Vols, 81-75:

Pitt and Villanova are collectively 29-2. What has happened to this team since the 7-0 start?

Written on Colts' new top priority: re-sign Peyton Manning :

in response to BluezVol:

I lived in Nashville for 11 years and could never figure out why Adams didn't draft Manning. McNair was the "warrior" (translated = he played subpar but b/c he was "hurt" was excused). Then we get Young - enough said. I'm not a Titans fan primarily b/c of Adams. However, I do think a combination of Manning, C Johnson, K Britt, T Owens, etc. would be fun to watch. If they could get a couple more DTs, then they may make a run.

Adams and Titans didn't draft Manning because they didn't have the opportunity. The Colts had the first pick of the '98 draft.

Written on Crompton's job now pays: QB gets $2.68M over four years :

Straight outta Crompton!

Written on Strange: Revenge a motivator in blowout :

in response to TWhite11:

Hey does anyone know if its easy to scalp tickets for the sec tourney?

How easy is a relative term, but in Tennessee and in Nashville scalping tickets is legal. At the Bridgestone Center, however, you can't sell the tickets on the property. You have to step across the street. The arena is right in the center of all the downtown action in Nashville, so there will always be lots of people around, for sure.

Written on Vols hit wall; Wall hits back, 73-62:

Until he shows me some spine, my nickname for Hopson will be Charmin, as in soft. He's suppose to be one of our two best players, but he contributed squadoosh. If he thinks he's ready for the NBA, he's delusional. Maybe the WNBA. Come on Charmin, it's time to grow a pair.

Written on Report: Steele to stay at Clemson:

It's being reported in Nashville that Clemson and Dabo Sweeney have made another run at Steele, with a pay raise, and he's staying. Not confirmed yet, but I trust the person who told me this.

Written on Air Force's Calhoun calls team meeting:

All the criticisms being leveled at Calhoun right now are the same ones fired at a certain coach from Utah a few years ago, a coach who has owned us since he's been in Gainesville.

There is this perception that Calhoun is married to the wishbone. He is not; he's running the wishbone because it is what gives him the best chance to win at Air Force.

Look at his background; it's impressive. In his final year at Wake Forest, as OC and QB coach, WF led the ACC in scoring and total offense. He then moved to the Denver Broncos, where he spent three years working under offensive genius Mike Shanahan. When Gary Kubiak left Denver for the Texans head job, he took Calhoun with him as OC and QB coach. In his single season at Houston, the Texans led the NFL in pass completion percentage and tripled their win total from the previous year. The guy can coach.

Another major factor in Calhoun's favor is this: Because he is the head coach at Air Force, you can be assured that he is a person of the highest integrity. In this respect, he is the anti-Kiffin. And I'm guessing this is a very high priority for Hamilton right now. It should be.

Probably the single biggest question about Calhoun would be his ability to competitively recruit in the shark-infested waters of the SEC. After all, it is a big transition from the Mountain West to the SEC (but, again, think Urban Meyer). However, a strong argument can be made that it is more difficult to recruit at Air Force than at Tennessee. And coaches like Calhoun, Kyle Wittingham (Utah), and Chris Peterson (Boise St.) have proven that you don't have to necessarily have a team stocked with 4- and 5-star players to win at a high level. I have read that there is not a single player on Boise State's roster that was rated above a 3-star (by Rivals) coming out of high school. So it can be done.

Another positive factor for Troy Calhoun is the short time frame available for Hamilton. If Mike is adamant about making a quick hire, this works in Calhoun's favor because he interviewed Calhoun in last year's search, and therefore Calhoun has already been vetted by UT. There is simply not enough time to properly vet a relatively unknown candidate.
By most accounts, Calhoun was very impressive in the interview process last year. And some insiders believe he was Hamilton's second choice behind Kiffin.

Again, many of the supposed negatives regarding Calhoun were the same ones being leveled by Florida fans at Urban Meyer six years ago. Is Troy Calhoun the next Urban Meyer? No one knows, but I'm willing to give it a shot.

I drank the Lane Kiffin Kool-Aid like most Vols fans. No one was more excited than I was when he was named the UT coach. But he turned out to be a loud-mouthed punk, more style than substance, with little to no integrity. I was duped; we were duped. We now need the anti-Kiffin. That man is Troy Calhoun, and I hope he's the next coach for the Vols!

Written on Air Force coach Calhoun mentioned among names for Tennessee position :

All the criticisms being leveled at Calhoun right now are the same ones fired at a certain coach from Utah a few years ago, a coach who has owned us since he's been in Gainesville.

There is this perception that Calhoun is married to the wishbone. He is not; he's running the wishbone because it is what gives him the best chance to win at Air Force.

Look at his background; it's impressive. In his final year at Wake Forest, as OC and QB coach WF led the ACC in scoring and total offense. He then moved to Denver Broncos, where he spent three years working under offensive genius Mike Shanahan. When Gary Kubiak left Denver for the Texans head job, he took Calhoun with him as OC and QB coach. In his single season at Houston, the Texans led the NFL in pass completion percentage and tripled their win total from the previous year. The guy can coach.

Another major factor in Calhoun's is this: Because he is the head coach at Air Force, you can be assured that he is a person of the highest integrity. In this respect, he is the anti-Kiffin. And I'm guessing this is a very high priority for Hamilton right now.

Another factor favoring the hiring of Troy Calhoun is the short time frame available for Hamilton. If Mike is adamant about making a quick hire, this works in Calhoun's favor because he interviewed Calhoun in last year's search, and therefore Calhoun has already been vetted by UT. There is simply not enough time to properly vet a relatively unknown candidate.

By most accounts, Calhoun was very impressive in the interview process last year. And some insiders believe he was Hamilton's second choice behind Kiffin.

Again, many of the supposed negatives regarding Calhoun were the same ones being leveled by Florida fans at Urban Meyer six years ago. Is Troy Calhoun the next Urban Meyer? No one knows, but I'm willing to give it a shot. I hope he's the next coach for the Vols!

Written on Vols won't break bond with Tyler Smith :

I fully support Coach Pearl's decision here. Nevertheless, this is a sad day for UT basketball and a sad day for Tyler. But Tyler is not a kid; he's a 23-year-old man. When you make bad decisions they sometimes have bad consequences, and he has to accept that. It sounds like he has. I hope Tyler learns from this and makes something of his life. I wish him well.

Written on Vols name Kippy Brown wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator:

In my opinion, this is not a good hire for CLK. This is a GREAT HIRE!!

Written on Adams: Game, season all about comebacks :

Tongue in cheek, man. Tongue in cheek.

Written on Vols grow tall, show improvement :

There will be bigger wins in the future, for sure. But I'll remember this one for a long, long time. The comeback was a metaphor not only for this season, but for this group of seniors. They were far from being the most talented in the SEC, but no other group had more heart. Overachievers all. I'm very proud of them. Here's to hoping they can cap off their careers with a win in a bowl game.

Written on Adams: Game, season all about comebacks :

I think when we play the Cats in Neyland next year, Lane needs to break out silver jerseys in recognition of 25 years of beatdowns.

Written on Lady Vols, UConn part of doubleheader, just not together :

I'm as big a Lady Vols fan as anyone, but you're not going to see them beat UConn anytime in the near future.

Written on Smith, Chism could be playing final home game; Childress for sure :

I love Tyler and Wayne and what they've contributed to the program, but I don't think either is ready--at this point in time--for the NBA. In my humble opinion, both could use another year of college hoops. I'm afraid if they make the NBA leap after this season, they'll end up like Jamont Gordon last year--not drafted.

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