Monthly Archives: October 2009

Halloween Gameday 9 Vol Stuff (10/31/09)

Big gameday for the Vols as everyone is watching on Halloween night to see if they have recovered from the gut wrenching loss in Tuscaloosa last week.  It’s become clear this week that the Vols thought they could get a W in their second match up of the season with a #1 team and on the field, they certainly proved they were capable.  That’s encouraging to all Vol fans but the emotional impact of dropping that game in the heart breaking manner it happened can be a tough challenge for a team to overcome.  SC isn’t coming to town to throw a pity party for the Vols or to go trick or treating in Neyland.  This is a tough SC team coming to Knoxville expecting to win and coached by a guy that knows how to win in Knoxville.  It would be very encouraging to see TN take the ball on their first possession and run it straight down the field for a score.  As tough as SC is on defense, they have a hard time stopping the run.  Vols need to do some damage on the ground tonight and not put to much pressure on the air attack as SC has a very good secondary.  If it’s a big night for Hardesty & Brown, it could be a big night for the Vols. Regardless of how good the Vols O & D units play, it appears the special teams are going to continue to help keep the other team in the game.  This is the one area of the game that the Vols just seem to struggle to show any improvement and 8 games into the season, not much reason to believe there’s going to be a drastic change.  Maybe the return teams can start to make some plays to balance out the special teams performance as the Vols have come close, particularly on kickoff returns, to breaking some big runs. All the best to #8 in orange on keeping the good mojo going.  How cool would it be if Crompton winds up playing his way onto a NFL roster next season.  What a great story that would be for Kiffin to deliver to future QB prospects.  Expect Monte’s D unit to play tough again.  You can tell the players absolutely love playing for Monte and that ensures they’re going to bring it every gameday out of respect for their coach. 
 
This is the first of 5 straight games the Vols should be favored in.  Let’s hope they can deal with the pressure of being the favorite during this home stretch of the 09 season.  All the best to the Vols in picking up the W on a Halloween night in Neyland.
 
It’s a Halloween gameday at Neyland
 
How they can win
  TN
  SC
 
Monte is fired up to be a Vol
 
Wes Brown is one tough Vol
 
Vols need to win’em when they’re close
 
High expectations of Vol D unit in SC match up
 
Vol hoopsters roll in opening exhibition
 
News from Columbia
 
 
SEC Gameday 9 picks
 
 
SEC coaches will have to pay up for future ref criticism as SEC makes up rule to issue fines
 
 
Kentucky frosh Wall cleared to play
 

Vol Stuff (10/30/09)

SC star WR Ashlon Jeffery out for TN game
 
Vols-Gamecocks preview
 
Vols-SC gameday info
 
Vols finish up prep for SC
 
Game time decisions for some Vols on playing time for Gameday 9
 
Vols-SC depth charts
 
Lots of reasons Vol D unit is one of nation’s best
 
Berry has ties with SC
 
Monte loves Knoxville
 
Vol recruiting news
 
 
News from Columbia
 
SEC coaches tab Lady Vols as favorites
 
SEC’s scariest players for Halloween gameday
 
SEC Gameday 9 ramblings
 
 
 

Vol Stuff (10/29/09)

Monte Kiffin in running for national recognition
 
Lil Wayne raps about Lil Lane
 
 
 
Kiffin trying to bite his lip about SEC officiating
 
Vol practice report
 
 
Vols McCoy fighting through pain
 
5 keys for USC to upset the Vols
 
Tabb withdraws from school
 
SEC Gameday 9 picks
 
 
 
SEC hoops preview

Vol Stuff (10/28/09)

Kiffin has SEC’s full attention now
 
Message to Kiffin haters;  keep on hatin’
 
Vols-SC matchup analysis
 
Kiffin running things his way
 
Kiffin a stand up guy
 
Respect for Spurrier, Kiffin’s got it
 
Spurrier talks Vols (video)
 
Gamecocks still yapping about gas pumping talk
 
Kiffin media day comments
 
 
Kiffin, Kiffin Kiffin, another day in the headlines
 
 
 
 
 
 
Lady Vol golfers keep it going
 
Gatorland taking notice of  Kiffin & Vols
 
SEC gets the overrated label
 
SEC Gameday 9 ramblings

Vol Stuff (10/27/09)

Kiffin’s players have his back
 
SC scouting report
 
Vols running into bad timing on schedule
 
Kiffin bringing out Vols potential
 
Vol recruiting news
   Orgeron comments
  Tyler Bray
 
SEC not happy with Kiffin & Mullen after Gameday 8 officiating remarks (who is next?)
 
 
 
Kiffin & Mullen keep spotlight on SEC officiating
 
It’s still Kiffin, Kiffin, Kiffin in national media
 
 
Orgeron chimes in on officiating at QB Club
 
Lincoln keeps the faith
 
Vol hoops practice report
 
All Vol tennis final in ITA tourney
 
Lady Vol Whoriskey adds picks up another tennis title
 
SEC Nov 7 TV lineup
 
Gameday 8 SEC players of the week
 
SEC team ratings
 
SEC Gameday 8 ramblings
 
 
 
Texas Tech’s Leach blames “fat little girl friends” for loss to A&M

Vol Stuff (10/26/09)

Top 10 reasons Vols failed to close the deal in Tuscaloosa
 
Kiffin not happy with Bama game refs
 
 
 
Vols dealing with Gameday 8 loss
 
Two Vol fan’s gamedays in Tuscaloosa
 
 
Monday morning scoreboard
 
Vol hoopsters have Top 10 possibilities
 
Great Vol QB’s (Marvin West)
 
TN Tennis team updates
  Vols
  Lady Vols
 
Vol golf team finishes 5th in weekend tourney
 
Vols in the NFL
 
Gameday 8 results of future Vol foes
 
News from Columbia
 
 
SEC & D1 Gameday 8 ramblings
 
 
 
 
 
SEC Gameday 9 notes
 
MS St Coach Mullen wants SEC ref crew from UF game disciplined
 

Vol Stuff (10/25/09)

Tough one in Tuscaloosa, kicking game stops Vols from pulling upset of the year
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Crompton proving Kiffin correct, there was a D1 capable QB in that #8 orange jersey
 
Nobody will soon forget the 12-10 game in Tuscaloosa
 
Instant hearbreak for Vol faithful
 
Lincoln dealing with aftermath of Vols loss
 
No helmetgate in Tuscaloosa, SEC officials not perfect but didn’t make the big blunder this time
 
Gerald Jones says Tennessee football is back
 
Vols have to put Gameday 8 disappointment behind & move on to 5 game stretch run
 
Vols could have one of top hoops recruiting classes depending on New York prospects
 
Lady Vols keep it going in ITA tennis tourney
 
SEC Gameday 8 helmet stickers
 

Gameday 8 Vol Stuff (10/24/09)

Gameday 8 finds the Vols in familiar territory.  For the 2nd time in 5 weeks, the Vols go on the road to take on a #1 ranked team as a heavy underdog.  By virtue of the Vols blowing out UGA in their last gameday battle and the Tide looking less than intimidating in their last outing against SC, the Vegas dudes aren’t quite as pessimistic on the Vols chances today compared to their first #1 matchup in the swamp.  This appears to be a matchup that the Vols have the ability to hang with the Tide depending on 1) time of possession, 2) turn over ratio.  If the Vols lose one or both, watch out.  If the Vols can hold their own in both, this could be an interesting gameday.  I fully expect Monte Kiffin to have the D unit ready to go today given the extra week of prep.  As long as the Vol O unit can run some clock and not give the Tide short fields to work with, the Vol D unit will give the Vols a chance.  Kicking game will once again be big.  It seems like in a Vols-Tide battle, the kicking game tends to be bigger than other TN SEC battles.  Hold your breath here, Bama’s shown they’re very capable while the Vols at times tend to make the kicking game look like a lost episode from The Three Stooges.  I personally believe the Vols are very capable of doing well in the kicking game with the athletes they’re putting on the field but crazy things just seem to happen, particular when the Vols are attempting to cover.  All the best to #8 in orange for another Sports Center big play gameday (the good kind of big plays).  It will be very interesting to see how he does as you just know the Tide is not going to let him operate in a rollout mode all afternoon.  Make the big plays today Crompton and your team just might pull off the upset of the season in your 2nd shot of the season at a #1 team.  Wonder if Kiffin will do something today to stir it up a little with orange jerseys?  I don’t expect the Vols actually start the game with them on but it wouldn’t surprise me if they warmed up in all orange & then switched to white jerseys before kickoff.  If Kiffin pulls a surprise of that nature today, I can’t wait to see what he does next week on Halloween.

It’s Bama gameday
 
 
 
Vols get 2nd shot at a #1 ranked team
 
Kiffin goes after the last team in the Big 3
 
Health Shuler is a believer in Kiffin
 
Gameday 8 will be a physical battle for Vols
 
How Vols can win
 
 
How Bama can win
 
Vol recruiting news
 
Vols top Mr College Football’s Gameday 8 Top 10
 
Bama sets example for new Vol Coach Kiffin
 
Vols have point guard competition
 
Lady Vol netters keep winning
 
News from Tuscaloosa
 
 
SEC Gameday 8 matchups
 
 
SEC Gameday 8 ramblings
 
 
Gameday 8 picks
 

Vol Stuff (10/23/09)

Vols practice report
 
Vols-Tide matchup analysis
 
 
Another win-win situation for Kiffin & Vols coming up on Gameday 8
 
Lots of attention on first ever Kiffin-Saban matchup
 
Vols-Tide depth charts
 
Vols look forward to playing some power football
 
Who will control the ball tomorrow in Tuscaloosa
 
Vols Jones an enthusiastic smack talking WR
 
It’s all about Ingram in stopping Tide
 
Vols Coach Thompson faces former team on Gameday 8
 
Border war
 
Vols may have their 2nd QB of 2010 class lined up
 
News from Tuscaloosa
 
 
 
 
Kiffin stays in national news with continued barbs against UF
 
 
Reveiz goes to work rehabbing the knee
 
Lady Vol netters off to good start in ITA tourney
 
Pearl & Calipari smack talk, it’s just beginning
 
SC to wear camouflage unis against Gators
 
SEC Gameday 8 matchup previews
 
SEC Gameday 8 ramblings
 
SEC hoops media day coaches interviews
 
Gameday 8 picks
 
 
KY’s top hoops recruit Wall’s eligibility in question

Vol Stuff (10/22/09)

Has Vols-Tide matchup lost it’s mystique?
 
Vols work on passing game
 
Vol recruiting news
 
Vols 2nd half outlook
 
Catching up with former Vol hoopster Dale Ellis
 
News from Tuscaloosa
 
 
 
 
 
SEC Gameday 8 picks
 
SEC officiating crew takes an unplanned mid-season vacation
 
 
SEC hoops media day schedule
 
Saban fires back at Spurrier
 
Memphis not happy with SEC bowl priorities