Comments by arkyvol

Written on John Adams: Schools should be waiting in line to hire Bruce Pearl:

if Tennessee gives a tinker's damn about its reputation, it can't hire Pearl back. That being said, he was the best men's basketball in Tennessee history.

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

in response to rbwtn:

Mike Hamilton, in my opinion made some real stupid mistakes out of obvious inexperience. He was looking at things as a business not as an Athletic Director. Compared to other schools who have great coaches they normally stick with their coach through ups and downs. No school can expect to stay on top forever name one that has. Fulmer should have been given another chance to right the wrongs that caught up with him. Now you see the results. I hope, and it's looking like we have a good one the current coach can get us back but he hasn't played a game yet. We'll see. At least the AD today at UT is a Sportsman first.

hammy made stupid mistakes because he was stupid. inexperience had nothing to do with it.

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

my take on this article is that adams doesn't think fulmer gave him the respect he thinks he so obviously deserves.

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

I don't know whether fulmer could have ever gotten it turned around, but playing him off against the greatest disaster in college a.d. ranks in history? the only 'achievement' mike Hamilton ever managed in his tenure was getting himself paid a seven figure severance package for torching the once mighty vol program.

Written on Reaction to new UT uniforms likely generational:

"help with recruiting" yeah. sure. I hope nobody tells bama, texas, socal, lsu, florida, georgia, oklahoma, michigan, and osu, to name a few, about the disadvantage they're gonna suffer while the vols go the boise state route.

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

in response to Olddogsrule:

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

End of Story

yeah, and the field at neyland is gonna be painted orange. we got to keep up with the boise states of the football world.

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

if adidas thought they could peddle leasure suits to the UTAD, they'd slap a T on it.

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

i'll say this. what i've seen coming out of knoxville these last few years sure as hell doesn't resemble in the least what i once took for granted. maybe this strange uniform is a good idea. the last three teams sure weren't worthy of the orange and white. if and when the vols field a team that is, then let's go back to the uniform we used to love.

Written on What do you think about the Vols' gray uniform?:

yeah, sure. let's finish the job hammy and orange pants started. burn every tradition the vols were once known for. bama will keep looking like bama (and playing like it), ditto lsu, florida, and georgia. the vols will field a collection of emitt kellys.

can't you guys see that all adidas is interested in is selling uniforms?

Written on John Adams: SEC could lose best player and still win big:

for every article I've seen on the aggies or their program in general, it seems there have been half a dozen on manziel. they might not realize it yet in college station, but seeing the back of johnny football will the best thing to happen to them since joining the conference.

Written on Vols land four-star juco DL Lambert :

this is the best feeling i've had about recruiting since weasel boy blew in (and out) for his hi and bye show.

Written on Johnny Majors donates memorabilia to state library:

one thing about ole johnny. never had my hopes dashed because all that was ever expected was a higher level of mediocrity. phil was like a breath of fresh air (at least until he got satisfied).

Written on Walk-on Brett Dockery has left program:

was he any relation to rex dockery, former lineman for the vols in the early 60's,and later head coach at texas tech and memphis state? (killed in a plane crash in the early 80's) from bradley county.

Written on John Adams: Tennessee football is due a run of good luck:

those of us who pointed out that dooley had exactly zero credentials for the job were damned as 'haters' and fair weather vols by people who wouldn't know a real coach if he bit them in the you know where. it turned out pretty much as we predicted (for the first time in Tennessee history, three back to back losing seasons). adams, you are entirely too easy on him. don't worry about his feelings. the loot he hauled away on the way out is more than enough to salve that.

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

petrino is a brilliant offensive coach, but a crummy recruiter. his success has come at schools where talent is fairly plentiful (auburn as an assistant, louisville, and arkansas). he got the most out of what he had at arkansas, but the fact he didn't have more of it, and that the future was starting to look iffy can be laid to his spotty recruiting.

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

fwiw: petrino went 5-7 his first year with the hogs (week 2, the hogs beat Louisiana-Monroe by one point). petrino is a helluva coach, but if they pose a threat to the vols this year, the vols are in worse shape than I thought.

Written on John Adams: College football needs to kick national signing date out of game:

there is not one benefit of the proposed adams rule that could not be realized under the present framework if both sides keep their word. oops. perhaps that's a little too idealistic.

Written on John Adams: Reasons why you might be more optimistic about UT football:

I gotta admit. I feel a heckuva lot more comfortable about this coach than I ever did about his predecessor (maybe its because his surname 'Jones' didn't get him the job). My optimism isn't just because Sunseri is no longer around. Its because Mike Hamilton is history. Whatever that golden parachute works out to be, you could double it and it would still be a bargain for getting rid of that stiff.

Written on Poll: Of Tennessee's four non-conference games per season, how many should be against teams from power conferences?:

playing a bottom feeder like Oregon State, Iowa State, or Virginia only proves that you know how to choose your stiffs.

Written on Mike Strange: Enjoy Austin Peay and South Alabama, you paid for it:

in response to govols26:

Well Austin Peay may not be a Bama or Georgia but its still Tennessee and its still a Saturday night in Neyland. I would love to see them schedule some better games but I still love my Vols and will be there in 5 weeks! At least we (should) will get the Butch Jones era started with a win!

economic realities and cable t.v. being what they are, I suspect you're gonna have a lot of room to spread out in neyland.

Written on Mike Strange: Enjoy Austin Peay and South Alabama, you paid for it:

in response to RatherBeDrivingaTitleist:

I hate to break this to you Strange, but if you think any coach is going to ask his AD to schedule 12 teams that have a chance to beat him, you have lost your mind.

fair enough. but if the powers that be at the U.T.A.D. think i'd pay Alabama or Georgia type prices to see Austin Peay or South Alabama, they've lost their minds.

Written on Big Ten vs. SEC? Answers depend on question:

amazing! article about the sec, and the vols don't even get mentioned. thanks again, hammy.

Written on Mike Strange: Rethinking the SEC's projected bowl options:

in response to onetruevol706:

I lived in NYC for 4.5 years, that city is such a dump. I would hope the SEC stayed away from there. No college football fans there anyway.

I agree. And the ones who are still think Notre Dame and the Big Ten are the end-all, be-all of college football.

Written on Mark Wiedmer: SEC football fans touchy about uniform changes:

some things ought to be left alone. i don't like the idea of orange turf (ala boise state) either.

Written on Butch Jones goal is simple: Rebuild the Vols:

"losing is a disease...,as contagious as syphilis".

dooley could have used that half-pint psychologist.

Written on Tennessee's football uniforms will have minor changes in 2013:

don't screw with the uniforms!

Written on In case you missed it: Former Vandy coach Woody Widenhofer retires from toll booth job:

i can think of a former u.t.a.d. whose skills might have qualified him for this position, but i wouldn't bet on it. come to think of it, i can think of a former football h.c. and a former baseball h.c. who on a good day might have been able to handle the booths on either side of his.

Written on Tennessee finishes 37th, an all-time low, in final Directors' Cup standings:

i'd love to see the university of tennessee do better in the director's cup standings, but i'd be a helluva lot more impressed if it did better in the u.s. news & world report standings.

Written on Vols' SEC baseball schedule includes CWS finalist Mississippi State in 2014:

in response to 10seVol85_Part_Deux:

That's one of the stupidest posts I've read in a long time. That's like getting a non-conference, away game against the loser of the BCS championship game (with the playoff) and saying they're no big deal because they lost. Or saying the same thing about the loser of the NCAA basketball tournament championship game. Silly.

any team that's frightened of a team that managed to squeeze out one run in eighteen innings ought to switch to badminton racquets. my point was that if the dogs had spent less time goofing off and more time tending to business (as the bruins obviously did), likely they wouldn't have been embarrassed the way they were.

Written on Vols' SEC baseball schedule includes CWS finalist Mississippi State in 2014:

if the cws is any indication, the dogs are not that big a deal. 'cept they've got that collection of stupid looking white hats they were modeling on espn before ucla handed them their butts in the first game.

Written on David Climer: UT's bad APR shows deeper troubles:

in response to Classof72:

The people above AD level who have said they wish to make UTK a 'top 25' university must bear ultimate responsibility. They have been like Elvis impersonators who thought they really were Elvis.

Hopefully, things are starting to get better now. They need to keep in mind that they can't hope to have a top academic teaching and reseach program at UTK if they can't even produce a quality footall team. The former is more challenging than the latter. Good luck to them and GBO!

"they" must bear responsibility for exactly what? wanting to make u.t. a university tennesseans could be proud of? the only way to have a "top academic and teaching program" is to field a good football team? i presume your degree wasn't in logic.

Written on Tennessee football takes another hit in NCAA academic rate, could face serious penalties without improvement:

sobering reminder that Dooley's incompetence wasn't limited to on the field results. thanks again, hammy.

Written on Jim Foster, Sue Wicks laud Summitt's vision for Hall of Fame:

apparently, ms. rizzotti got some of her class from her old coach as well.

Written on John Adams: Knoxville a big part of Geno Auriemma legacy:

in response to BigVolinCarolina:

“What struck me about them is the standard they held their players to as people and competitors,” she said. “Different players go to UConn than Tennessee."

In the past, I have heard statements similar to this. But, what is someone really saying when they say "different players go to UConn than Tennessee"? Both are successful women's programs, so what is being indirectly said here?

another variation on the frayed big ten theme (the sec is a collection of third rate schools). foster is still ticked at the way pat consistently handed him his butt.

Written on John Adams: How the Vols could rise to top in SEC East:

i'm not impressed by adam's theory of how the vols could improve their standing in the sec, but i've sure as hell got a fool-proof idea of how the news-sentinel could improve its standing as a serious publication.

Written on Texas A&M coach Gary Blair is late bloomer, but big winner:

I got to see what Blair could do with a team from up close. He is a magnificent coach and stamped all over with class. He was forced out from the job here in Arkansas by the most incompetent athletic administrator I've ever seen whose name is not Mike Hamilton. He took a team with no tradition and no super stars to the final four. Once he was gone, the program in Fayetteville returned to its former coma.

Written on John Adams: How the Vols could rise to top in SEC East:

following adam's logic, the only way the vols win is if the rest of the conference comes down to our level. why not go all the way and hope the level of play of all of college football also falls off? i mean, what's the point of winning a conference championship thats not worth having?

Written on John Adams: How the Vols could rise to top in SEC East:

damn! what a downer. adams prescription for success is not that the vols ascend to the rarified atmosphere where the top sec teams dwell, but that through retirement and bad recruiting, they fall back to our level. in other words, the conference championship, if and when the vols win it again, may or may not get them into a bcs type bowl. to hell with it, if he's right.

Written on Lady Vols lose key pieces, but return talent for another run next season:

in response to vts1965:

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I gotta agree. hitting has always been their Achilles heel. was in monica's day, was this year. I wasn't shocked that the land thieves won, but I was at the way Raven and Lauren wilted at the plate.

Written on Lady Vols swept in championship series, Oklahoma wins national title, 4-0:

having watched the sooners the last couple of years, i'd say 'amen' to what weekly said about them. frankly, it wouldn't have surprised me had o.u. run ruled the lady vols in both games. they did that to a lot of good teams this year. what I was hoping for was what I got, a lady vol team that showed up and fought like hell. i'm very proud of them.

Written on Lady Vols give up three-run lead in 11th, fall to Oklahoma in 12th in Game 1:

the dropped popup. my first thought was omg, I hope this is not another bill buckner boot. it was.

Written on John Adams: Reasons for football, men's basketball, baseball teams to be optimistic :

regardless of how the next year turns out, i'd say the reasons for optimism took one hell of an upturn the day hammy turned in his keys.

Written on John Adams: UT baseball takes 'baby step,' still needs leaps of improvement :

would to god that the name of mike hamilton never again be mentioned in connection with tennessee athletics other than to explain the toxic waste site it became during his tenure.

Written on Another 'back breaker' seals fate for Vols, 8-4:

in response to philgreen5#410561:

How long do UT fans have to wait for the Vols to be relevant in football, basketball, or baseball again!

give it time. the worm will definitely turn!

Written on Lady Vols fall to Thomas, Missouri in SEC semifinals, 3-0:

mizzou/lady vols. three out of four, two shutouts.

Written on Open-and-shut-case for Gibson as SEC Player of the Year:

not only a great player, that is one great picture (look at her face).

Written on Open-and-shut-case for Gibson as SEC Player of the Year:

well deserved. her middle name could be 'consistent'.

Written on With SEC regular-season title on the line, Lady Vols run out of time :

in response to CoverOrange:

What maroon booked a 5 pm flight? Send the UT jet next time.

"maroon"? now we've got an aggie doing the travel arrangements?

Written on With SEC regular-season title on the line, Lady Vols run out of time :

in case anybody is counting, the lady vols have dropped three of the last four to so-so teams. i'm hoping its a wake up call and jars them out of any complacency, but it could be an omen.