Comments by traderjoe

Written on A 'smokey' shade of gray for Tennessee football uniform:

in response to Vol1973:

A grey metallic helmet is needed to finish off the package. A white helmet looks like a leftover. Oh well... go win with any color!!!

Go Vols !!! VFL !

Agree. Change the helmet. If the players picked this uniform and it'll help recruiting, who cares...even if it's pink.

Written on Picture of Alabama commitment holding wads of cash goes viral:

in response to CantStandCantStandSaban:

Remember when Nu'Keese Richardson did the same thing a few years ago? Of course, the difference there was he was proudly displaying a wad of wrinkled one and five dollar bills...not C notes.

LOL... you get what you pay for, right?

Written on Wide receiver Ryan Jenkins eager to join Vols:

This says it all as far I'm concerned...at least until we see what happens on the field...but this is a great start...

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/16...

Written on GoVols247: Vols in race with Ole Miss for DT Williams:

CJ had game! We need the studs. Hope he comes to TN...much, much better than ole Ms.

Written on Govols247: Former Terps RB transferring to UT? :

What a change from the Dooley years. How many athletes transferred in under Dooley? We may be back in contention in a couple of years.

Written on Source: Trae Golden's departure 'based on academics' and 'repeated plagiarism':

Just more evidence regarding the degradation of our society. We no longer have standards. The fact that any university would accept a repeated cheater shows you they value their commercial interest more than upholding any kind of academic or moral standard. Look at Columbia U. hiring a cop killer to be a professor of our future leaders. Look at the affirmative action standard the press holds Obama to..he's above criticism and any kind of negative judgment by the left.

Written on Butch Jones' UT commitments high-ranked:

From the Atlanta Journal Constitution...
By Michael Carvell

It was a tough decision for Ryan Jenkins.

The wide receiver from Lassiter High School committed early to Clemson, where his older brother played football for the Tigers. Then he got a last-minute scholarship offer from Tennessee, where his father starred in football.

Jenkins was part of a sizzling start to Clemson’s recruiting efforts in Georgia this past year. Early on, no out-of-state school recruited Georgia as well as Clemson, which also counted consensus No. 1 Robert Nkemdiche among its early commits.

However, while Clemson finished with a respectable performance in Georgia, it would’ve been a Hall of Fame effort if the Tigers hadn’t lost four of the state’s best in the final stretch.

They all slipped away to SEC schools: Nkemdiche signed with Ole Miss to play with his brother, Grayson DB David Kamara went with Nkemdiche, Jenkins followed in his father’s footsteps at Tennessee, and Peach County WR Demarcus Robinson … well, it’s still confusing why he switched (several times) from Clemson to Florida.

Jenkins talked about recruiting with the AJC:
•What is the most creative thing a college coach did to get your attention? “Probably Butch Jones at Tennessee. He asked me before I came up what my favorite food was, and I told him crab legs. I didn’t think anything of it. But when I got up there to his office, he had crab legs and seafood laid out for me (on my official visit to Tennessee)”
•Which non-Tennessee coach was the nicest? “Probably Coach Elliott, the running backs coach at Clemson who had been recruiting me for a long time. That’s still my boy. We have a great relationship. He was probably the coolest coach.”
•Which coach was not so nice? “I’m still a little bitter about Nick Saban not offering me so I will have to take that out on him the next four years.” What happened there? “I thought they were going to offer me. He had told me that they were real interested and looking to offer, but they never did. I guess I will have to prove them wrong the next four years.”

Written on Tyler Bray shut out at NFL draft, but Mychal Rivera lands with home-state team:

If you have talent and you're not picked, then this is very telling regarding how others view your character. Bray and Da'Rick will be used as examples when coaches are warning their players about behavior on and off the field for some time to come. When the NFL passes because of character, then you know they have serious doubts because the league has taken more than a fair share of bad actors over the years and what they seem to be finding out is that character often wins out over talent in the long run particularly when you are in a team sport. Maybe Bray and Rogers eventually make it, but not learning how to behave has been quite costly to both and I'm sure they would not choose the same path again if given the choice.

Written on Butch Jones' finding of No. 1 pick in NFL Draft profiled by Yahoo :

I hope that wasn't a once in a lifetime occurance. Great story and shows CJ has an eye for talent. Time to start recruiting some of those 5 star lineman who are itching for a chance to push some Bama boys around.

Written on Peyton Manning on Butch Jones: 'He has it all mapped out':

Peyton is the best! And the best thing to ever happen with the Vol football program, and that's saying a lot because we've turned out some great ball players. He's a great ambassador for the program and football. When you think about TN football you want recruits associating Peyton Manning and Reggie White..and one of my all time favs, Stanley Morgan with TN. It is a good sign that Peyton has endorsed CJ. We may be on the way up in a couple of years.

Written on Butch Jones likes Vols' focus after break:

I'm feeling more positive as time passes. It looks like this staff will be able to recruit. Maybe we didn't get many/any difference makers this go around but I'm confident next recruiting season will be different. CJ looks and acts like a coach. What a relief from the Dooley era. Things are looking up. Go Vols!

Written on Phillip Fulmer helps restart football at East Tennessee State:

Not many coaches have a national championship and a bit part in a movie with Sandra Bullock. Nice career! He's got money and can do anything he wants. Phil's better off than 98% of Amerikans.

Written on Offseason could be time to evaluate Cuonzo Martin's contract:

When is Bruce Pearl's exile over?

Written on Season ends for Vols in NIT opener, 75-67:

Cuonzo, still baffled? This game should've been good therapy for that. Baffled no more I'll bet.

Written on Cuonzo Martin baffled by Vols' NCAA tournament snub:

It's really simple and quite obvious why TN and other SEC schools did not get in. The criteria is somewhat muddled and arbitrary which is all the cover the powers that be needed as an excuse to dis the SEC for the sin of dominating the most important sport on the planet, college football. This was retribution plain and simple. So be it. Let the little schools play their roundball. They know what's coming in the fall.

Written on Checking out 'the bad' — Three concerns for UT:

Good thing...so far.

Written on Tim Spencer interviews for Vols' running back job:

in response to tnsportsman:

Jay Graham is gone and Tee Martin did not come home because of JIMMY CHEEK the Swamp Lizard SOB that has UTK as the only D1 school in the DAMN Nation with an Internal Approval of Recruits over and above the NCAA Clearing House!

#firecheeknow VOLS if we EVER want to compete again in SEC FOOTBALL! Tee told me directly the above problem, Top Recruits know they are not guaranteed admittance to UTK even after NCAA Clearing House! A Blind Man could see how all the other SEC schools use this against TENNESSEE!

THIS HAS TO CHANGE NOW! After 38 years of donations and donation season tickets, I'm DONE until that SOB CHEEK is GONE!

Wise Up VOLNATION!

I LOVE TENNESSEE, REVOLT NOW!

Sounds like a plan. Is Cheek just power hungary, anal, or stupid? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Written on Former UT strength coach Troy Wills arrested for breaking into arena office:

in response to moonpie-ellie:

What kind of a strength coach uses a saw? He should have ripped the door off with his bare hands.

LOLLOL Really... He worked there how long and didn't realize there were security cameras that work around the clock? No worry; he'll get back in shape in the pen...they have good equipment in there and there's lot of incentive to stay strong.

Written on John Adams: Losing Jay Graham is more than just losing a running backs coach:

Did CJ try to keep Graham or did he let him know he wanted his own people? Regardless, you can't fault the outcome because now we have the best coaching staff in the country even though they can't out recruit the other SEC newcomers. However, I'm sure they can coach the 3 stars up to 5 stars in no time.

Written on Butch Jones impressing 'my mentality' on Vols during grueling workouts:

CJ sounds like a coach. I like the orange, white, and blue system.

Dooley should've been wearing blue pants.

Written on Tyler Bray to participate in Gruden QB Camp:

Jon Gruden runs a QB camp?

Written on The skinny on Joshua Dobbs:

As I said before, he's a great recruit and we're lucky to have him. Someone knows how to recruit and close a deal. Some others obviously don't.

Written on Four Alabama football players arrested on robbery charges:

Seriously, what's wrong with young, black men? How can the black community blame this on whites? Why hasn't the black community done something to save black young men?

It's just unreal the number of black athletes who are arrested in college athletics each year. One can't argue that these men were not given a chance. If they all come from the ghetto, which I doubt, then they had their ticket out. A full ride at a major university and a chance for a huge payout if they make it to the pros. At worst, they get a college education and a helping hand from a thankful alumi network. Really, what the heck is going on with these guys and is letting high risk talent into college programs helping or hurting?

Written on John Adams: Recruiting a running battle for Vols :

in response to jhayes0926#638474:

I can't agree with signing a 180 lb. rb, simply because they won't survive long in the SEC at that size.I really think there is a reason most good teams recruit the 4 and 5 star players. Chances are better for immediate results.

Jhayes...you're a cynical as I and we'll both be run off this board..lol

Of course there have been fantastic exceptions to weight and height metrics when it comes to success in football. But since we're just armchairing it, I wouldn't want to go up against the 240lb LB Bama just signed...umph!

Written on John Adams: Recruiting a running battle for Vols :

in response to SewaneeVolFan:

"A LITTLE early" to judge Coach Jones's recruiting? You think?

Maybe if he'd had thirty-TWO days to recruit instead of 31, the picture would be complete, and we'd know once and for all that this is the worst coaching hire since Gerry Faust. Or Sunseri.

Not sure which is more annoying, the doomsday prophesying, or the certainty that you can predict the future in the first place.

LOL...just going by what we know based on the experts who do the rankings. We came out 11th in the SEC in case you missed it. You sound like a guy who will be satisfied with average and a 10 year re-building program. I don't think the economics will support this if you judge by the fan attendance last year. Sorry you find critical analysis of the facts so upsetting. But rest assured, Hart is counting on people like you to keep spending their money at the stadium regardless of what kind of product he puts on the field. I will say I will agree with you that no one can predict the future...in any activity in life, but what we have to do is assess the probabilities in hopes that we can shade the outcomes to more favorable than less. So how would you evaluate our recruiting relative to Auburn, Arkansas, and Kentucky? Are you willing to say that what the VOLs had to offer in terms of facilities and tradition was somewhat better than these schools? How would you say we did relative to the elite in the SEC given our facilities and a coaching staff who refers to itself as the best in the nation? How many years are you going to wait and see before you feel you have enough evidence to make a judgement? I haven't thrown in the towel on CJ. As I've said before, he has the look of a coach and he has a positive attitude. He's certainly had head coaching experience which Dooley did not have. Is he good enough to make our program competitive in the SEC before they have to board up the stadium? Don't know but what I did say is that he's not off to a 'great' start...he's in with the pack of other recent hires. Nothing 'exceptional' so far except for the contract he signed.

Written on John Adams: Recruiting a running battle for Vols :

in response to AllforTenn:

Who is talking about doubts about Jones besides you? All your negative comments mean nothing. So you don't like Jones. Then leave.
As for 5 star running backs, how did Bryce Brown do? And how about David Oku, No.1 all-purpose back? They don't all work out.

Yep, the article sounds like our guy. Who else would say, "We've got the best coaching staff in the SEC, no USA"...or something to that effect. Words tumble from him easily...but for some reason his words did not sway key recruits to TN. And yet he locked up another 'world class' contract and he's never won a game in the SEC. The obvious conclusion is Hart and all the other idjits who are in the decision making chain regarding UTK athletics need to go. The management of Dooley and the hiring process was very clownish and amateurish, an obvious indication of Hart's ineptness. I hope CJ does well and that maybe his blarney has landed him in a place he really wants to be. Lord knows, he's getting paid enough. But one really wonders if UT faithful got what we hoped for when you compare his recruiting results with the other new hires. How did CJ et al not knock it out of the park given the fact that allededly we have the best facilities in the country in addition to our great football history. Did Hart hire a man who hired a coaching staff with few NFL connections, probably the most important consideration in attracting top talent in the SEC? Hart swooned over Cincy's success in that league and guessed this is all that was needed to win in the SEC. It's a little early but as I've said before, the 1st measure of our new coach will be how he did in recruiting and so far it looks like we didn't get what we paid for.

Written on UT assistants fired up at thought of full recruiting year:

What are the ties/connections/relationships/experiences of our current coaching staff and the NFL?

Written on Butch Jones says Vols were 'selective' :

Dobbs is certainly a great recruit. Talent, brains, and character. Nothing to complain about here and the fact that we were able to steal him away from Arizona says someone on the staff can recruit and knows how to close a deal.

Written on 21 new Vols in Tennessee's 2013 signing classs:

in response to ncvol11:

Well this is just what I feared. We do not have NFL experienced position coaches. There is not a four or five star recruit that does not feel they have a shot at the NFL. They want, expect and will gravitate to where they will be trained and coached by NFL coaches. To say that we have all of these players in that are and have played in the NFL is nice. Nicer is who have you coached up to the NFL and who did you coach in the NFL. Being ranked 11th in the SEC sucks. If this current staff thinks they out recruited the old regime sorry Old bones don't lie. Can anyone tell me what was wrong with Sam Pittman?
There was some quality that we had here but lets do it the Jones way. He was here longer than Dooley for his first class yet Dooley's was not like droopey drawers bringing up the rear. Dooley couldn't do the job with top 15 classes so Jones is doing the job now. NICE!!!!

Well ncvol11, you raise good points which have also been mine since the 'best coaching staff' in the country was assembled. CJ looks like a coach and he has a great attitude but this is the SEC. Did he not have enough money to hire top assistants or did he go for the guys he's most familiar and comfortable with. It seems reasonable to think that if you were faced with the challenge of getting to the top from the bottom in the most competitive league that you would try to hire coaches who would appeal to the top recruits' desires to have someone capable of facilitating their entry into the NFL. This also should have been a hiring criteria by Hart but one wonders if he has what it takes based on how he went about hiring CJ and how he managed Dooley. I'm convinced CJ will fight hard and he's willing and youthful enough to put a lot of energy into the mission, but one wonders when you look around the league and look at the other coaching lineups we face in the recruiting wars.

Written on Top247 QB Dobbs signs with Vols :

Welcome aboard Dobbs and congrats CJ! 1 for 2 is not too bad given the situation.

Written on Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has rest of SEC in a tizzy:

in response to sameolvolalum:

Hey, Vol fans. I know it's easy to spew back at gay Jeff and Trader Blow, but it's far more enjoyable to trade comments with those other than these sociopaths. If you wish to respond, don't repost.......just state their names and say your piece. Nobody wants to read their drivel once, so don't annoy the rest of us by reposting......which is what these professionsl trolls love.

sameolvolalum...lol...was that before they required reading and writing? Did you have to look up sociopath or just look in the mirror? You certainly didn't add anything to this thread...but then you really didn't get your GED did you? lol

Written on Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has rest of SEC in a tizzy:

in response to KnoxVegas88:

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I'll bet you can tell me what it taste like can't you? lol Sorta in your neighborhood I'm guessing knoxvegas...lol

Written on Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has rest of SEC in a tizzy:

According to this article, this is why we will have the #1 recruiting class this year...won't we?

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/15...

Tennessee’s football program moved into its newly built Football Training Center during the 2012 season and with over 145,000 square feet of wow- factor, recruits would be hard-pressed not to be bowled over.

The Vols' new football training home base includes state-of-the-art facilities for meetings, training, rehab, weight lifting, practice, dining and well, yes, entertainment.

After checking out the video link included above it’s difficult to make a solid argument that Tennessee does not have the best facilities in the entire nation.

As far as the latest gauge of the Center’s influence on recruits, Rivals.com currently has the Tennessee class of 2013 ranked at No. 32.

Though not a blazing number by any stretch of the imagination, the ranking is considerably more favorable when you keep in mind the very recent major coaching change and a 2012 season that pumped out only five wins.

Written on Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has rest of SEC in a tizzy:

in response to jhncpps1:

Chris Johnson came out of East Carolina. Just because someone is a little off the radar doesn't mean that they can't be a good player...Zach Rogers was a 3 star receiver but while he wasn't the most talented receiver on the team, he was probably the most reliable receiver we had last year

You're right of course. Star rankings are not destiny, just probablities based on prior performance, speed and size. We should pay little attention to them.

Take this guy for example. Why would anyone waste their time chasing him:
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/14...

Reuben Foster to Alabama: Crimson Tide Land 5-Star ILB Recruit By Ryan Rudnansky(Featured Columnist) on February 4, 2013 30,599 reads
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Ranked as the top inside linebacker in the 2013 class and a 5-star recruit by 247Sports, Reuben Foster has signed with Alabama, according to Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports:

The 6'1", 240-pound inside linebacker is considered the top overall recruit from the state of Alabama and the No. 7 overall prospect in the 2013 class, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

It's no wonder that multiple big-time programs were after Foster from the start, as he figures to be one of the better downhill tacklers and hardest hitters in the class. His power, speed and size make him an imposing defender, and his burst and instincts could make him a complete linebacker capable of making tackles across the field.

Foster not only displays eye-opening physical attributes, but his technique is also strong, as he uses his arms well to shed opposing linemen while taking precise angles to the ball. In addition, he shows surprising fluidity when pursuing the ball.

The result is a defender who can simply knock ball-carriers and offensive linemen backward with his strength and leverage, while also displaying the speed to get around them.

If there is an area of improvement for the explosive defender, his coverage skills could use some work, but he certainly has the burst to be an asset in that department as well.

This is a prospect who can not only be a disruptive force on defense, but also a dynamic special teams player. There isn't a whole lot not to like about Foster, and he figures to make an impact right away at the next level for Nick Saban's Crimson Tide.

All blarney of course. I'm sure our guy can run around him or through him. Bama better come up with some better talent than this guy.

Written on Former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley confirms he is going to the Dallas Cowboys :

LOL...I wonder if he doctored his resume to get the job? What is his experience that qualifies him as a receivers coach? All American receiver in college? Coached receivers who were all number 1 draft picks? Must of claimed he was a hands on guy at TN...lol Jones is an idiot.

Written on Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze has rest of SEC in a tizzy:

Hey, what are you talking about? We just scarfed up another 3 star...stole him right out from East Carolina. How bout them apples? Can you imagine how difficult it was to get a guy to come to TN who had a scholarship opportunity to East Carolina? That's recruiting and dats wat I'm talking bout. LOL

Wow, we're going to be the gnats in the SEC. Ok, give CJ some time...this is the 1st time he's been in the big league and he's used to recruiting up north...but he's the best and we've got the best coaching staff in the country so it's only a matter of TIMEEEEE. Don't know how in the heck the new Auburn coach got a top 20 recruiting class. Must be some luck involved. At least that Auburn guy didn't get our East Carolina guy.

Written on Poll: How do you feel about the 2013 football recruiting class so far?:

According to the pundits, Auburn's new coach is kicking the phooey out of CJ's best coaching staff in the country. How do I feel about that? The question is, how will the administration feel about a half full stadium after the Florida game. Everyone associated with running the program needs to be replaced in my opinion. CJ looks like a coach but as I said earlier, the 1st measure will be how he stacks up in the recruiting race with the other new hires who have had the same amount of time to recruit as he's had. So far, it appears we are not in 1st place in that race. Give him time...well, ok, but this is the SEC and time may not help much if you don't have what it takes right out of the box. I wonder if Hart and the fans will give CJ 3 years to see if he's got what it takes to recruit and coach in the SEC?

Written on Tennessee governor says Vols must fill Neyland:

in response to eduardo:

Okay you brilliant people that think Gruden did not want the job. All you have to do is google the Chatt TFP Article from Nov. and the Memphis Station that leaked the story about his interest in the job. I for one will always think that Tn had him, but the admin in place did not want to turn over full control of football operations to him. PEOPLE WE MISSED ON A GREAT OPPORTUNITY!!! As Tony Barnhart said when CBJ was hired Tn is not interested in playing BIG BOY FOOTBALL IN THE SEC!!! PATHETIC!

The decision about the new University of Tennessee football coach is in the hands of the man most Volunteers fans seem to want.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press has learned from sources close to the process that Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden has been extended an offer to succeed Derek Dooley.

Sources confirmed that while details are still being negotiated, the university's offer is very lucrative and there is no firm deadline on a decision.

Gruden's decision likely will hinge on the money the school is willing to pay for his potential staff, the sources say.

"Right now, the money is there for him [Gruden], but they aren't as close as he would like for his assistants," one source said. "It could happen as soon as this weekend or go into next week, but he's pretty firm where he is and has already spoken with the guys he wants to be on the staff with him."

According to a different source, "He's told them they aren't close enough on money for the staff. He's very interested, but if they don't come up with what they need for the assistants, he's told them he's out."

Rumors began to surface late Wednesday afternoon that talks had broken down and that Gruden was no longer a candidate for the job. However, according to Times Free Press sources, that is not the case. As of Thursday evening, Gruden had weighed an offer but countered that more money would be needed for the staff he is assembling.

In the meantime, university officials are continuing to consider other candidates. However, the job is Gruden's if he decides to say yes.

UT officially began its search for a new coach after Dooley was fired Nov. 18 after three unsuccessful seasons.

The Vols finished with a losing record in all three of Dooley's seasons and a 15-21 overall record during his tenure, including 4-19 in Southeastern Conference games

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/20...

Written on Tennessee governor says Vols must fill Neyland:

Well, just read Auburn's new coach has landed a #17 recruiting class. Our new coach wasn't listed in the top 25. It just doesn't make sense. You would think top athletes would be lining up to work with the best coaching staff in the country and a top facility with a great football history. It's a real head scratcher.

Written on Vonn Bell enjoys his visit to UT:

Just looked at where the AJC 75 are going...not to TN. Georgia has some of the best talent in the country and when TN was winning with Fulmer it was due in large part to steller recruits from GA. So far, we have 2 committed. A smallish WR and DB. The rest are committed elsewhere.

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

in response to TommyJack:

It appears that Jerry Jones has finally reached the Al Davis stage of life.

LOL

Written on Butch Jones selling UT tradition and new staff to recruits :

in response to Rumblefish:

They just might. The University Bookstore was selling off all their stuff for a clearance sale. Alumni Hall had 40% off all their Adidas gear for several weeks in a row.

Has anybody heard rumors about Tennessee switching over to Nike? Does anybody know when the current deal with Adidas expires? I believe I remember reading about a contract extension with Adidas a year or two ago, but I'm not sure.

Besides Tennessee, Adidas also sponsors UCLA, Nebraska, Michigan, Kansas, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisville, Mississippi St., Notre Dame, Texas A&M and NC State.

And for those of you that want to dismiss uniforms in attracting recruits...read this:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011...

Granted, there are some colleges that have traditional unis...Bama, Penn St, etc. But, I believe every recruiting advantage can help.

BY NO MEANS DO I WANT TO CHANGE TENNESSEE UNIFORMS. A little tweak here and there to keep them more "modern" wouldn't hurt though.

My first suggestion...get rid of the double stripes on the leg. go back to solid white with the "T" on the hip, or have one wide stripe like the one down the helmet.

Helmet stickers? Might be fun.

Wear black jerseys every home game the last weekend in Oct.

Hey, Nike has put the best uniforms on the field. If updating helps with recruting by keeping us hip, then let's do it. Somehow, I just couldn't form a positive picture of Dooley on the recruiting trail. CJ looks like a natural born salesman. He may do well in the hunt. Hope so.

Written on Florida lineman Jessamen Dunker charged with stealing scooter:

Who doesn't like a little Lane Kiffen news...

Fight on! Dozen or so Trojans involved in post-bowl altercation
Posted by John Taylor on January 16, 2013, 8:52 AM EST
APA 2012 season that began with high expectations for preseason No. 1 USC was filled with nothing but deflating disappointment, littered with frustration both on and off the field throughout.

Reportedly, that frustration came to a head at season’s end.

According to Scott Wolf of the Los Angeles Daily News, 10-15 players were involved in a postgame “altercation” following the Trojans’ embarrassing Sun Bowl loss to Georgia Tech. The locker-room brouhaha, which wasn’t specifically described as physical by Wolf, came after a lethargic performance in which a sizable portion of the team seemed disinterested in the program’s first postseason appearance in two years and sleepwalked through the 21-7 loss to the seven-loss Yellow Jackets.

“It was one of the worst things I’ve seen in a locker room,” an unidentified player told Wolf in regards to the postgame scene.

Oddly enough, it was the younger players reportedly chastising the older ones that appears to be the impetus for the situation, with Wolf writing “some freshmen questioned the leadership of the team’s seniors and whether they gave 100 percent effort for the Sun Bowl.” Witnesses told Wolf that this questioning led to an argument that then escalated.

On the one hand, if it was indeed the freshmen lashing out against players, even veterans, half-assing it through a game, that would appear to bode well for the future of a Trojans football program mired in mediocrity under Lane Kiffin. On the other hand, it’s yet another check mark next to the box that reads “Program Out of Control Under Kiffin,” with those who want the current head coach to become the former head coach — and that number is growing — armed with yet another data point to make an argument that’s becoming easier by the day.

Kiffin will enter the 2013 season on the hottest of proverbial hot seats. Thanks to situations like the above that seem to invariably crop up with some degree of regularity when Kiffin’s in charge, it doesn’t appear there’ll be a cold front coming through anytime soon.

Written on New SEC coaches play catch-up in recruiting:

Here's one, now go get him CJ...

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley High School and USC coach Lane Kiffin are at odds thanks to a deferred scholarship.

Defensive end Kylie Fitts, a four-star recruit Rivals ranked seventh nationally at his position, was committed to USC and took extra high school classes so he could graduate early and enroll at the university in January.

Fitts talked to a couple USC coaches at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 and they said they were ready to have him on campus. But the following Monday, he received a call saying his scholarship was no longer available for the spring semester.

Fitts was supposed to be on campus on Jan. 10.

The Trojans didn't pull his scholarship entirely, but deferred him to the fall because they didn't have a scholarship freed up from a graduating senior like they thought they would. However, since Fitts had already graduated high school, he had nowhere to go and didn't want to wait.

“Recruiting man, it’s crazy,” Redlands East Valley coach Kurt Bruich told the Riverside Press-Enterprise. “He’s wanted to go to USC for as long as he can remember and now he feels betrayed. He did everything he was supposed to do from his end and he was a loyal kid. I think they thought because of that loyalty he’d still want to go there. He said to me ‘What am I supposed to do for the next five months?’ It seems shady. I think it seems shady to everyone.”

Consequently, Fitts, who was recruited and offered by several major programs around the country, has decommitted from the Trojans and opened up his recruiting.

Written on Kentucky pulls away from Vols, 75-65:

Someone send this post to CJ...

Redlands (Calif.) East Valley High School and USC coach Lane Kiffin are at odds thanks to a deferred scholarship.

Defensive end Kylie Fitts, a four-star recruit Rivals ranked seventh nationally at his position, was committed to USC and took extra high school classes so he could graduate early and enroll at the university in January.

Fitts talked to a couple USC coaches at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5 and they said they were ready to have him on campus. But the following Monday, he received a call saying his scholarship was no longer available for the spring semester.

Fitts was supposed to be on campus on Jan. 10.

The Trojans didn't pull his scholarship entirely, but deferred him to the fall because they didn't have a scholarship freed up from a graduating senior like they thought they would. However, since Fitts had already graduated high school, he had nowhere to go and didn't want to wait.

“Recruiting man, it’s crazy,” Redlands East Valley coach Kurt Bruich told the Riverside Press-Enterprise. “He’s wanted to go to USC for as long as he can remember and now he feels betrayed. He did everything he was supposed to do from his end and he was a loyal kid. I think they thought because of that loyalty he’d still want to go there. He said to me ‘What am I supposed to do for the next five months?’ It seems shady. I think it seems shady to everyone.”

Consequently, Fitts, who was recruited and offered by several major programs around the country, has decommitted from the Trojans and opened up his recruiting.

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At least there's golf...we still have a golf team don't we...? lol

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Have you ever heard so many doctors complaining about all the years they wasted in medical school when they could have been coaches and gotten rich? Incredible. Even the plumbers are beginning to complain. Someone overheard Hart say he'd like to get into coaching to make some real money but then said after a moments contemplation, what the heck, I get $750,000 a year for not working...can't be that with a stick.

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Well, if I were making $750,000.00 a year, I would claim the Tennessee brand is strong..lol. Maybe...but it's obvious all the sports programs stink. Did Hart say the buck stops here or give me 3 years to straighten out this mess or until my retirement goal is met. We'll have to see if CJ is the answer and we'll get our first clue on recruiting day when we see how he measures up with all the other new hires in the SEC. Actually, we shouldn't have any problems here since we have the best coaching staff in the country.

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