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Written on Butch Jones says Vols were 'selective' :

Im sure that it makes no difference, but I was a little known prospect for college ball, had some decent offers. At the end of the day, I would have paid my own way to UT.

Written on Butch Jones says Vols were 'selective' :

in response to budd#207344:

If you cannot coach it doesn't matter how many stars they have. Saban can coach. He can win . And that makes it easy to go into some kids house, show him the ring and say "Come to Bama". CBJ has to coach these guys up. win some that he shouldn't and then the stars will come back to UT. But if he can't coach it won't happen.

Don't be disheartened. I know that it seems easy to doubt in CBJ, but realize this, he comes from a football heritage in Michigan that can't be ignored. We're talking the same leather headed battle ground that president Gerald R. Ford fought on. I'll be the first to admit that SEC play is dominant, but this mans pedigree and commitment to purist football is enough to make my brow moist.

Written on Mike Strange: No fairy tale for Trae Golden, but book hasn't closed on season :

Wow, seems the dramatic are quick to speak. The root issue with this team is the lack of maymon. He is the floor general for this team, when he is involved the play of those around him is elevated. The Stokes-Maymon tandem is the key to success for this regime, so show a pair and support our team until it heals.

Written on Mike Strange: Martin deserving of honor, but Calipari hard to ignore :

If UK's Calipari is named SEC coach of the year over UT's Coach Martin, I will go to jail at next season's first game vs UK for punching him in the mouth. How can UK's head coach receive a COY award for finishing exactly where he was predicted to in the preseason? Isn't that substantial proof that his team is good because of the talent involved? I cant be the only person who thinks finishing #2 in the SEC, (despite a preseason ranking of #11 in the conference) better illustrates a coach's ability to develop and cultivate great players than simply ending up at the top by stacking your team with next year's NBA crop. That is called recruiting. Sure, I will say it, Calipari runs the recruiting trail. What does that have to do with being a truly gifted coach? I have a hard time believing he is the best that the NCAA has to offer for building confidence in his players, molding them into men of character, teaching them the importance of commitment, stressing the importance of selflessness, and requiring trust and loyalty to be second nature for those who are willing to put the team above themselves. Great coaching doesn't confuse wins with victories, or jeopardize the future of young players by aiding them in whatever dishonesty may be required for their undeserved acceptance into an academic institution turned NBA wh0re house. A great coach should always be an asset to his community, not one who tarnishes its tradition by collecting W's by any means necessary. I hope Im not the only one still holding onto the old fashioned idea that a coach should be a mentor first, and a professor of technique second. Then again, who cares if an all-star point guard wants to sniff a little coke and maybe rape a few women now and then, (so long as hes shooting close to 40% from long range and clocking 6 assists per game) right? There are coaches, and there are hired guns who are very effective in keeping the numbers on the left greater than those on the right. Sports are no longer about respecting and enjoying healthy competition, but instead serve as one more stage on which we display just how consumed our society is by the almighty dollar. I would enjoy for once to see the sports world spotlight on a coach whose primary goal is producing valuable members of society who also play some pretty damn good basketball. Coach Martin for COY! Go Vols!

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