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That's something you don't hear everyday, transferring up
As a UT fan, I hope Bray has a successful NFL career. As a football fan in general Bray's immaturity on and off the field really hurt his draft potential, coupled with him never coming through in a game determining situation.
Other than signing with UT, this is the best decision Stokes has made to date. Can't wait to see his improvement on the floor next year! Go VOLS
Congratulations Dallas, make us proud
Stokes your press conference should be about you becoming a better basketball player by staying at UT. For every lottery pick or no name that has succeeded in the NBA there's exponentially more that have failed. I'm sure most would agree that you have the potential to be an NBA player, but the NBA is a now league that signs a veteran who has reached their potential to a two week contact just to fill in for an injured player. Use next year at UT to get better, if nothing else call Scotty Hopson and see if he might have made a different decision given a second chance. I hope everything works out for UT and Stokes no matter his decision, just please let it be a highly informed, well thought out decision.
As a Titans and Vols fan I'm ecstatic that this pick combines my fan pride for both. As long as Hunter can keep making the tough catches and starts catching the easy one's he will REALLY help the Titans offense.
I guess the Titans staff are the only one's who don't know they've needed a dependable go to wide receiver for the last 10 years! Patterson would be at least the number 2 wide receiver on the depth chart for the Titans as a rookie and if he learned the offense he could be number 1. Good scenario for both Patterson and the Titans, but unfortunately the Titans drafted a guard and the Vikings drafted Patterson. Good luck Cordarrelle
Making $80,000 a year, especially doing something like this...come on she should've enjoyed it, not sue for discrimination. Can't piss off the almighty employer
in response to chattabluetick:
Most of the time with hires its all oysters but every once in a while you find a Pearl.
in response to chattabluetick:
Most of the time with hires its all oysters but every once in a while you find a Pearl.
Definitely puts it all into perspective.
Maybe we can surprise some people next year. Go VOLS
I can't remember UT ever signing so many in-state prospects. Randal Cobb is a VERY RARE player to come out of the state of Tennessee, I just hope for our sake these players are all legitimate prospects. Welcome aboard and good luck.
Thanks for your time and enthusiasm Yemi, good luck in your future endeavors. Glad to see some explanation behind the over signing. Martin was dealt a bad hand with Maymon, Jordan, Golden, and Skyler? Bruce left at least those 4, now I'm interested to see how Martin's recruits do this upcoming year.
For your own sake Stokes, you should stay.
A) Texas A&M is the best college football team in TexasB) Texas won't win another National Championship for a whileC) Mack Brown will be forced out within the next several yearsD) Nice change of pace, but not suited for GoVolsXtra
This is ridiculous, Stokes was outplayed by lesser "talented" player's in numerous games last season. I really hope someone is explaining to Stokes the dramatic increase in career longevity and potential earnings that awaits him if he plays at least one more college season. Whoever is telling him that he's ready is doing him a horrible disservice.
TroyMajorsFleming 10:25 p.m. 4/17/2013
I love the stupidity and lack of basketball I q of all you Bruce pearl lovers. If you pay close attention to fact that Bruce pearl hated both McRae and may on yet under Martin the have blossomed. Hmmm...also they have learn to play defense. And Bruce pearl recruits weren't the greatest he just found a rare shooter in loftin and an explosive play maker in Juan smith...Tyler smith never lived up to hype. You need height no matter if he can just block shots and clog the lane.
Cuonzo Martin has had how many NCCA tourney appearances with UT? Basketball IQ and "stupidity" are you referring to yourself?
All of you clammoring for Bruce Pearl's triumphant return should consider a few things about Bruce.Yes, he injected a much needed dose of enthusiam and swagger to the downtrodden B-ball program. But the Bruce Pearl we hired was not the same Bruce Pearl that we fired. We hired an enthusiastic coach who ran a clean program and was a family man. We fired a coach who lied to the NCAA and also conspired to have his coaches and recruits lie. In the K-NS, Bruce called his new wife Brandy "the love of my life"...while all of his children, from his previous (barely cold) marriage, still lived in Knoxville. There was an arrogance and an ego that the "fired Bruce" probably should have reigned in.In the NCAA, Pearl went 1 game farther than Jerry Green. And, then he killed what he built. Cuonzo exceeded expectations in his first year and I expect him to turn the corner next season. Get over Bruce...he has reached his expiration date at UTK.
Then whom shall we hire to coach our basketball team if Cuonzo fails to make the NCAA tourney again next year? UT always makes great coaching hires when it comes to men's basketball right? Or do we stay with Martin and watch our program continue to decline? Then what? Basketball ticket sales decline, apparel sales decline, luxury box sales decline, the athletic department realizes there's no reason to reinvest each year in men's basketball, and before you know it we rejoice every 5 or 6 years, if we're that fortunate, when our men's basketball team makes the NCAA tourney? We escaped from the SEC basement on a consistent basis under Bruce Pearl and there's no doubt he is the best basketball coach UT can get. Don't fool yourself, yee without sin shall cast the first stone. We've all gotten "too big for our britches" at some point in our life. I'm a UT fan, for many years "fan's" showed up to one men's basketball game a year at UT...it was when Kentucky came to town! Finally we achieved a level of basketball success and I for one as a fan do not want to return to empty Thompson Boling Arena and the only victory each year that matters is one over Kentucky while mediocrity rules the program. Bruce is as sure a thing when it comes to a successful men's basketball program at UT as there is. So I guess the question for some is...give Bruce another chance for fans sake and UT's sake or continue on an unknown search for another great basketball coach while the risk of mediocrity and "settling" grows exponentially.
We already knew this
The deadline to enter the NBA Draft is April 28th as long as an underclassmen has not signed with an agent.
We've got faith in you Dave keep up the hard work and the wins will come.
Oenoboy 6:22 p.m. 4/16/2013
Repeat after me...Bruce Pearl will never coach at UT again. Bruce Pearl will never coach at UT again. Bruce Pearl will never coach at UT again.................................................Good grief...can everyone just move on.
Why won't Bruce coach at UT again?
If Stokes leaves now, he and Scotty Hopson are going to be roommates. The NBA big men would eat Stokes alive. He's full of potential, but hasn't reached it yet.
Read on another site he had an injured foot for most of last season. He initially committed to Western Carolina, but chose a community college so he's only got 2 years of eligibility remaining. Maybe Cuonzo can share his insight and logic on this guy. We've seen the consistent recruiting and talent Bruce brought in on the court and statistic wise, as of now Cuonzo is miles behind. Cuonzo seems like a good guy, but being a good guy doesn't always translate to winning basketball games. If this upcoming year isn't better than the previous years Cuonzo's gotta go and we've gotta rehire Bruce. We can't allow our program to decline any more than it already has and Cuonzo's recruits are apparently, more often than not, looking like they're in the wrong conference. Not to mention we're now starting towards a reputation of over signing, in turn somebody's gotta go and that can't look too enticing to recruits seeing as how we're not competing for the national championship every year. All that being said welcome aboard Rawane, I hope you and Cuonzo prove me wrong. Go Vols
How is the relevant news on GoVOLSXtra.com? Go VOLS Xtra!!!! What's the key word here?? VOLS! Stop reporting about James Franklin and Vanderbilt unless you're going to rename the site!
On the one hand, smart move by Auburn. On the other hand the punishment, if any, will not fit the crime thanks to this hiring.
Sounds like grades and classroom attendance are a problem for Lane. Hit the books and at least have a backup plan, as of now Lane is an NFL practice squad player AT BEST!
From a career standpoint, great decision. As a UT fan thank you for coming back.
The only positive I'm seeing is the guy is 6'11... that's about it. Go ahead and draft Bruce's new contract! A buy out makes sense "risk vs reward" (Cuonzo = less tickets sold now and in the future, less apparel revenue from fans now and in the future, and less luxury boxes filled now and in the future)! Bruce = success, a GREAT BASKETBALL coach that loves UT, revenue (like it or not this isn't about who has the best moral character, because moral character doesn't always win games or put fans in seats), I'm willing to wager Bruce will not repeat his past mistakes. If you're a true fan you don't settle for mediocrity or sit idly by while your program starts to decline from a height it has never seen before.
Good stuff Peyton! I have lived in Colorado on and off, let me tell you that football in Colorado ONLY consists of the Bronco's. The only time fans notice college football is when UC (yes it's the University of Colorado NOT Colorado University) and CSU play. So good choice in turning down Colorado Butch!
Great compare and contrast of Dooley and Jones. Jones will bring UT back, but it WILL take several years to do so, just be patient!
Vanderbilt's graduation rate has to do with the type of students they accept NOT their world renowned tutoring! I can understand selling the school where you coach, but each school has alumni that hire their own. Not to mention the fact that student athlete's leave school early to enter the professional leagues, but I'm sure vanderbilt's academic reputation and graduation rate are what keeps Vanderbilt's 5star recruits from leaving early...oh wait how many 1st round draft picks or draft picks at all have come out of Vanderbilt as compared to the rest of the SEC school's?
Where is Tyler Bray's invitation?
Stokes & McRae you're not ready! Take what they tell you need to work on and work on it, then reevaluate things next year.
I hope the kicking game is dramatically improved/ing
Cuonzo tell Stokes if he plays as physical as Wichita State's big man #22, he will OWN the paint!!!
The BLOWOUT of Kentucky!
Great story! GO VOLS!!!!
We'll be hearing this about Alabama in the years to come. In this day and age you don't win a National Championship (especially more than 1 in such a short time) without corruption. This is the business we've chosen.
All things considered, good first season for Holly! Now we've gotta build on it.
As a UT fan I've watched nearly every game this past season. No one on Tennessee's men's basketball team is ready for the NBA! Be smart and return for at least one more season then evaluate yourselves.
Keep up the good work Coach Jones
Bray has not grown up, nor has he become a leader. If he doesn't do both quick, he'll be out of the NFL in a year or two.
I agree, Gillespie is an upgrade
“They played the game like it was the end of their lives,’’ said UT sophomore Jarnell Stokes
Seriously?!?! You're supposed to play every game like that Jarnell! You, your teammates, and coaching staff apparently need to grasp that concept!!
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