Comments by tvol71

Written on UT will open 2014 season against Utah State:

in response to cobragolfer:

Another 5-7 season ... just like 2013 is going to be.

Are you a Gator, or a Tide fan? Obviously not a Vol. What happened, did they kick you off your home college site?

Written on UT freshman Corey Vereen undergoes knee surgery, but expected to return this year:

Tough way to start a promising college career. Hopefully he will be fully recovered soon. Best wishes.

Written on Jabo Lee's coach upset with Tennessee:

Considering the Vols were looking for immediate help at running back, I think the high school coach should have been forthcoming about the ACL injury. It is probably better that our coaches do not interact with a high school coach who is not forthcoming and covers up a serious problem with his player. He is probably a SC or Clemson fan anyway.

Written on David Climer: Tennessee Vols defense may be worth watching:

in response to johnlg00:

Great post! That's the ol' BIG ORANGE spirit! A wise man once said, "Better an army of lambs led by a lion than an army of lions led by a lamb." I predict the world will see a demonstration of that old truth in Big Orange Country this season. Granted that much of the talent and depth has either much or everything to prove about their ability to win in the SEC. Granted that all coaches are human and not every need can be covered. Still, the fact that the team was not devoid of talent last year, appearances to the contrary, and the fact that this staff might have a better idea how to use them and a better way of communicating with them and motivating them, I think the Vol defense will be pretty salty. I am leaning toward the 8-4 mark, but I can't go all the way there yet. But if the guys get a few breaks for a change, who knows what could happen. They're my hosses if they never win a race(;-P)! GBO!!!

I would love to see it, but lets not get the hopes too high for Jones first season. First year at Cincy not good before turning it around. I will be happy with 6-6 + bowl this year, then headed up in future years.

Written on What is the best way to increase student attendance at home UT football games?:

Suggest a raffle at each home game. First prize, $500 off next semester tuition, 2nd prize $300 off next semester tuition, 3rd prize $200 off next semester tuition. Students attend game, keep their ticket with the seat number, and the drawing would be held near the end of halftime, and the winners would present themselves with their ticket and student ID to a booth near the student section to be verified and awarded the prize. At least they would attend through the half.

Written on Mike Strange: What sport wins Tennessee's next national title?:

As far as bricks are concerned, got to start somewhere. I can't say that he will bring a national championship, but I believe Jones will return us to national prominence given a little time (3 to 4 years).

Written on Mike Strange: What sport wins Tennessee's next national title?:

They should get rid of the sports where only a few schools participate, such as fencing, water polo, etc. That is the only reason Stanford wins it regularly. At least 50% of the schools should participate in the sport for it to count.

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

Do the ESPN Softball announcers sound like OU cheerleaders to anyone else, or is it just me?

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

I blame the coaches for that loss. Ellen pitched a masterful game, but she was obviously getting tired in the 11th. Should have brought Ivy in. Sure looked like the girl that was credited with the triple was actually out on the replay, and Raven seemed upset with the call.

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

in response to Ichabod:

Think, maybe, you can catch an infield fly ball ??
Obviously not ready for the bigs, but kudos to a GREAT staff and team, and to Ellen for a game well pitched.
Sadly, this team has nothing from the Hill to build on. Sad, a great run - conrats gals
(but, PLEASE !!!! Its a short in field POPUP - CATCH IT !!!!) but, that's girl ball.... (

That was not an ordinary fly ball. The wind was blowing very hard with a very high fly, you would not catch it either.

Written on John Adams: Dave Hart ahead of schedule with hires:

in response to abnerPeabody:

Hart ,Jones, Martin and Warlick will have Tennessee on top in their respective sports.I'm glad to have all of them on board.Get er done Big Orange.

As for Baseball,not much has changed yet.

Not ready to give up on baseball yet, they are very young, but they have to get some pitching. If they are not in the top half of the SEC (one of the top baseball conferences) in two years, then you have a right to complain.

Written on John Adams: Butch Jones has caravan rolling and recruiting along:

I hope people keep their expectations in check this year. I am expecting a 6-6, maybe 7-5 season with a little luck this year, but it could easily be worse if this team doesn't pick up the new system quickly. We have to give him 3 or four years to get the system going.

Written on Mike Strange: Brandon Fickey did it for 'Knoxville, team and Tennessee':

Great job. Need more like him. Go VOLS!

Written on Vols can't touch Hogs, lose 11-1:

Not going very far until we get some pitching. Not much in the pantry behind Godley, who will be gone next year. Many are freshmen, so hopefully they will improve a lot next year. Only 2 seniors, so can't bring in much.

Written on UT athletic director Hart gets one-year extension, $50K bonus:

Just seems a little early to be doing this to me, but maybe he has saved the University big bucks behind the scene.

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

Not impressed with the performance so far, didn't even make it past the first round of the NIT. If they make it past the first round of the NCAA, then maybe start considering an extension and raise. Anything less should not get any consideration. Don't make the same mistake that they did with Dooley.

Written on Derek Dooley and fired assistants will cost UT an estimated $7.5 million:

It used to be that we paid people for good performance in this country. I am not sure when this got turned around, but it appears you can now get a lot of money for bad performance. While Dooley probably thinks he did not get the full opportunity he should have gotten, I don't think we hired a coach to give us the first 3 year losing streak in a hundred years, not to mention possibly the worst defense ever.

Written on Former UT assistant coach John Palermo hired by Pittsburgh:

How do you give a person a contract that allows him to keep his full salary and get an additional salary after he is fired? Dooley should return that portion of his UT buy out equal to the salary he gets from the Cowboys. Same with Chaney and his new job. Its the right thing to do.

Written on John Adams: No Michael Dyer, even if UT in dire need:

Concur, seen nothing to indicate he will not do something like that again.

Written on How would you rate Tennessee's 2013 signing class?:

Disappointed with losing Bell, but clearly he was just a fair weather fan, not a VFL. Give Jones and staff a year and we will really see what they can do.

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

I hope this will reduce the payout that UT has to give him. If not, he and Hamilton should be sued for waste and abuse.

Written on John Adams: CAK QB Charlie High still thinking big despite recruiting rejections :

in response to joseph_mccarthy:

Hey Charlie, UT Knoxville isn't the only game in town! Heck there are many more attractive schools than UT. Of course it does have one of THE ugliest campuses around.

We are talking about Tennessee here, not the Florida campus.

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

in response to Pompey:

....UT football is going to be a very hard sell....as Butch is now finding out!

Its his first year, and many recruits had already decided before he was even hired. I think they can end up in the 20 to 25 range this year, but I think they have a good chance for a top 10 next year.

Written on Mike Strange: Is Notre Dame the cure for SEC Fatigue? :

NO to ND, keep it in the SEC.

Written on USC shows up an hour late for bowl dinner; Trojans player cusses El Paso:

Was always happy to see him go, more so with every gaff. Good riddance.

Written on Mike Strange: Why watching basketball is better than watching football :

College is a little better than the pros, which has always been pretty much run and gun, but I still much prefer the general excitement of college football. So many different possibilities for things to happen. Go VOLS.

Written on John Adams: Time for 'serious' changes at Tennessee :

I agree with many of the ideas, but don't see the need to name each season ticket holder (they may not want to be named, and the average fan probably doesn't care), but a general thanks to the season ticket holders each game would be appropriate. Don't see any benefit of two Smokey's. I like the idea of some type of reward for a high noise level.

Written on John Adams: Time for 'serious' changes at Tennessee :

in response to Volunteer-Varmint:

That is unless they were dismissed.

In my opinion, a Vol for Life either graduated in good standing or left early for the pros in good standing, otherwise they don't qualify.

Written on Mike Strange: Tennessee needed a fresh start and Butch Jones gives them one :

Just checked - Cincinnati's scoring defense was #12 this year, #20 last year. If he can bring that to UT, and keep the good offense, they will do well, but I think we have to give him a year to get this years mess cleaned up.

Written on Tennessee's coach search turns to Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy :

in response to USnavyFEvol8251:

Why does nobody talk about John Chavis?

I thought I read a few years ago that Chavis did not want to be a head coach. He is definitely one of the best DCs in the nation, and I could see giving him a shot if he wanted it.

Written on Tennessee's coach search turns to Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy :

First choice, Gary Patterson, good defensive coach, but will probably stay at TCU.
Second, Butch Jones, has done well at Cincinnati.
Third, Bobby Wilder, Old Dominion (FCS, 1-AA). Five years ago, ODU football did not exist. Built a new program from scratch, Has a 38-9 record, worst season 8-3, currently in semi-finals of the FCS play-offs.

Written on Evan Woodbery: Nine possible candidates for UT's coaching search :

in response to tnoutlaw2001#228008:

I think Gary Patterson has to be option 1, pay him and get him here, he fits everything (Athletic dept.)said we want. There's nothing keeping him tied to TCU except loyalty. Then maybe Butch Jones option 2. He has been a head coach a few years now, and if he keeps up what Kelly has done (he's followed him as HC twice now). Then UT might be a great fit and be very happy.

I don't think Gundy would ever leave his Alma Mater and 3.2 million. Plus I'm sure they would pay more, or make someone else pay 5 million to steal him, that's if he wanted to leave.

I agree, except I doubt Patterson will leave TCU, and he already makes $3.5 Mil. I think Jones would do well.

Written on An early look at candidates to replace Derek Dooley as Vols' coach:

Most people probably won't like this, but with the financial problem of paying off the buyouts, if they play well and beat Kentucky with Chaney, make him interim HC for next year. He has the offense running well (I think the Vandy melt-down is more Dooley's fault than Chaney), and this will give him a tryout without such a large buyout. He would probably keep the O coaches, so no buyout for them. I think he would do better than Dooley, and this gives us a low cost try-out. Just a thought.

Written on An early look at candidates to replace Derek Dooley as Vols' coach:

I don't understand everyone's infatuation with Gruden. His overall winning percent as a HC is .540, and with his last team Tampa, .509, and he was never a college head coach. This is not a great record. I think we can do better.

Written on An early look at candidates to replace Derek Dooley as Vols' coach:

I'm sure most people will not want to hear this, but I think the Vols should take a close look at Old Dominion University's (ODU) HC Bobby Wilder. 5 years ago ODU didn't have a team. They started a new program, and in 4 seasons with Wilder as HC, they are 37-9 and a playoff team last year and selected for the playoffs this year (10-1). Worst record was 8-3 in 2010. This coach knows how to build a winning program.

Written on Poll: Who should Tennessee go after as its next coach?:

I'm sure most people will not want to hear this, but I think the Vols should take a close look at Old Dominion University's (ODU) HC Bobby Wilder. 5 years ago ODU didn't have a team. They started a new program, and in 4 seasons with Wilder as HC, they are 37-9 and a playoff team last year and selected for the playoffs this year (10-1). Worst record was 8-3 in 2010. This coach knows how to build a winning program.

Written on David Climer: Tennessee Vols' dream of Jon Gruden is just that:

History has shown that most Pro coaches don't do that well with colleges. Forget Gruden, look for a good college coach.

Written on John Adams: James Franklin does talking for Vanderbilt :

in response to fredricks:

Franklin would be an excellent candidate to replace Dolley if we can't get a big name coach.

Franklin's attitude reminds me of Kiffin, very arrogant and not very concerned about the rules. We don't need another Kiffin.

Written on John Adams: No doubt now; time for a change at Tennessee :

Any lawyers out there? Can we sue Hamilton for the idiot buyout he gave to Dooley?

Written on John Adams: No doubt now; time for a change at Tennessee :

in response to florida-volfan:

Mike Hamilton and others including Jimmy Cheek gave this guy a contract like he was a top notch proven coach who has won games. Yet he never had a winning record and was a head coach at La Tech. Even Wil Muschamp at Florida does not have that kind of buyout, Florida will hardly owe him anything if they were to let him go now. In my opinion anybody associated with this hire should be fired and let go with the rest of the coaching staff, it was a horrible business decision. The question is...does UT have enough money to buy out this overpaid coaching staff, and bring in another high paid coaching staff next year, because you know Dave Hart has to hit a homerun with this next hire or it could be him on the chopping block

Disagree with firing all the coaches. Jay Graham and Pittman have done an excellent job in their first year, and I hope a new HC would try to retain them. Not that upset with the other O coaches, but the D coaches must go.

Written on John Adams: No doubt now; time for a change at Tennessee :

in response to volfanwestcoast:

The silence from Hart and Cheek is deafening. Their leadership is just as bad as Dooley's.

Dooley sealed his own fate today by not believing in his team. The clock is ticking hard folks. Time to end this nightmare.

I supported Dooley if he won out, but clearly this is bad, no more. It is entirely possible that Hart is contacting coaches in the background. Many coaches do not want the distraction of public knowledge that they are talking to another school before the season is over. I have no problem if he is working things in the background. They will make the announcement when the time is right. I am not a big Cheek fan, however, as he stuck with Hamilton when it was clear hew should be fired. He should probably go.

Written on John Adams: So which team are you pulling for Saturday? :

in response to arkyvol:

7-5 in and of itself doesn't mean spit. what's important is the composition of 7-5. this season had five wins built into it (ga.state, akron, troy, vandy and kentucky). take those out of the equation and you're looking at 2-5 (I'm being optomistic here as vandy is no gimmee and we all know what can happen to a dooley coached team against kentucky). if the vols lose to vandy and mizzou and upset kentucky, their real record is 1-7. i won't even go into things like ranked teams and sec teams. if that's not enough to get the boy who should never have been hired fired, then the vols ought to discontinue football.

If you are going to say 5 wins are built in, then you really have to say Bama, Ga, SC and probably Fla were losses built-in, as these are very good highly ranked teams. Lets be fair about it.

Written on John Adams: So which team are you pulling for Saturday? :

Interesting dilemma, as the Vols may have both the best offense and worst defense they have ever had. At least defense has now stopped the last two teams (SC and Troy) in the 4th Qtr when they had to. No way Mizzou holds the Vols to 14 points as with UF, also no way the UT defense holds Mizzou to 7. May the best offense win. I still say if Dooley wins out, he should have another season, if not, he goes. If he wins and gets another season, much higher expectations for the future.

Written on O-for-October: Clowney sacks Vols' chances:

in response to FWBVol:

As I stated in a post on another story, let's be realistic about the three straight years of starting 0-5 in SEC play. Yes, that number is a fact, but there's more to it than a blanket statement condemning Derek Dooley and the program.

Two years ago, Dooley's first year, we had zero experience on the offensive line and at QB. Dooley was left with one offensive lineman, Dallas Thomas, that had ever started a game and he only had something like three or four starts. The rest of the offensive linemen were freshmen in 2010 and that line has now become a strength of the team.

The 2010 UT squad was the youngest team in the nation and was playing several players under the alotted number of scholarships allowed.

Back up to last year. We played the toughest schedule in the SEC. We were the only team from the East to play Alabama, Arkansas and LSU from the West and we still had to play Florida and Georgia. Speaking of Florida and Georgia, Hunter tears up his knee on the first offensive series against Florida and Bray breaks his hand against Georgia.

This year has been frustrating because the defense has been awful, but our five SEC losses have all come to teams that, other than Mississippi State have been ranked in the top five at one time or another this year and MSU was undefeated coming into tonight's game with Alabama that the Bulldogs are losing.

I'm not going for moral victories and I'm tired of close losses, but this is a game we played well enough to win. The horse-collar call in the second quarter on what would have been a Tennessee fumble recovery in USC territory was a bad call and the no call on what should have been an intentional grounding penalty a few plays later was even worse.

Our schedule has been front end heavy and back end light for years. Move the Georgia or Florida game to November and move Vandy, Kentucky or Missouri to the front of our schedule and in none of the last three years would we have started 0-5 in SEC play.

It's easy to spout off what the TV talking heads are pointing out, but let's look at the big picture before going into our Chicken Little and the sky is falling routine.

Am I satisfied with where the program is now? No. Do I think Dooley needs to win now? Yes, the time is now. We can still win out and make a decent bowl game and next year will be the key for Dooley.

Derek Dooley took a Tennessee job nobody seemed to want and has laid a foundation for success. We do need more players that will make plays on defense. And if Dooley does survive this year, next year will be the year for him to turn things around or get fired.

As long as he wins the last 4 to finish with a winning season, I agree he gets one more year. It is questionable if they finish the regular season at 6-6, and he should go if they finish worse than that. Interestingly, with this years offense and last years defense, I think they win at least 2 or 3 of those games.

Written on Coaches: Tennessee reaching limits of defensive simplification :

A number of people are cutting the Defensive backs, and they could certainly play better, but also keep in mind that against both Georgia and Alabama, their receivers scored after pushing off from the UT DBs. That isn't from me, but was pointed out by the announcers. Unless they have changed the rules, those should have drawn a flag, but didn't. Against Georgia, if they were penalized they probably wouldn't have scored, which would have left a tie. I think the UT receivers should try pushing off a lot, since they are not being called, but of course they would then have to catch the ball.

Written on UT coach Derek Dooley doesn't hold back at press conference :

Lets assess Dooley's record. This year, they have lost to 4 teams who have 1 loss between them, and are ranked #13 or higher. Clearly the defense is learning a new system, is not good this year. On offense, they are better overall, and if you don't believe the running game is much better, you have not been watching. Bray needs to learn to not get flustered and hurried at the end of a close game. If they finish the regular season with a winning record, he should have another year, 6-6 is a toss up, and with a losing record considering the last 4 teams they play, he needs to go. I just hate that we will pay him $4 Mil for doing nothing if he goes.

Written on UT coach Derek Dooley doesn't hold back at press conference :

During his two games last year and in the last few games of the year before, Hunter was nearly un-coverable, and caught anything close to him. This year he is not getting open very often and has dropped a number passes he should have caught. I am not sure what happened, but I don't see him as a first round draft choice now. I hope he can get himself together.

Written on Mike Strange: South Carolina was kiss of death for Majors, Fulmer; Dooley's case is different :

Lets assess Dooley's record. This year, they have lost to 4 teams who have 1 loss between them, and are ranked #13 or higher. Clearly the defense is learning a new system, is not good this year. On offense, they are better overall, and if you don't believe the running game is much better, you have not been watching. Bray needs to learn to not get flustered and hurried at the end of a close game. If they finish the regular season with a winning record, he should have another year, 6-6 is a toss up, and with a losing record considering the last 4 teams they play, he needs to go. I just hate that we will pay him $4 Mil for doing nothing if he goes.

Written on Vols hold players-only meeting, say 'things are going to change' :

in response to pingkr62:

Mark your calender, 10-29-12. He stays or he goes.

That would be really stupid, maybe something that Hamilton would do.

Written on Vols hold players-only meeting, say 'things are going to change' :

They keep saying that Dooley is 0-13 against ranked teams. While Cincinnati was not ranked when UT beat them last year, I believe they were ranked at the end of the season, which to me counts more than being ranked early and not at the end, and I would not be surprised to see NC State ranked at the end of this season. Obviously we still need a lot of improvement, but a little credit is due here.

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