Monthly Archives: October 2010

Halloween Vol Stuff

Dooley to make Vol personnel decisions on Monday
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1017251.html

Another Vol footballer misbehaves & gets arrested
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=5750244

Turnovers take away Vols shot at pulling an upset against SC
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/103010aab.html

http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1146299

http://southcarolina.scout.com/2/1016835.html

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/31/vols-rally-fall-38-24/

Simms lets his thoughts be known in SC post-game
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1016872.html

Is Bray era about to start
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/31/despite-quick-pick-bray-era-may-be-beginning-tenne/

Dooley discusses SC loss  (video)
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1017126.html

Spurrier discusses SC win (video)
http://southcarolina.scout.com/2/1016843.html

Vol fall tennis news
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-tennis/spec-rel/102910aab.html

SEC Gameday 9 helmet stickers
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/16228/sec-helmet-stickers-week-9-2

SEC Gameday 9 lessons
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/16232/what-we-learned-in-the-sec-week-9-3

SEC Gameday 9 wrap
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1017085.html

Gameday 9 Vol Stuff

It’s been an interesting week leading up to Gameday 9 in Vol land. 
In surfing the chat boards this week, it appears to be more angst among
Vol fans which is probably natural after two straight beat downs by SEC
rivals.  It appears that many fans are now reaching conclusions on if Dooley
is the right guy or not to rebuild the Vols.  I’m seeing the comparisons
with Buzz Peterson, “nice guy but his team just can’t get it done.”  Other
fans are defending Dooley and equally adamant that he will get it done. 
And then there’s the camp I’m a member of, those fans that choose to see
how things play out over the next 2-3 years.  I really don’t know how things
will turn out but I told my buds before the season that Dooley got a pass from
me for this seaon and for next season to the extent I’m not going to judge his
team based on wins & losses.  I’m not happy with everything I’ve seen in the first
7 games this season but I don’t recall Tennessee football ever being the
mess it was when Dooley took over earlier this year. I personally believe it will
take 2-3 more good recruiting classes to shore up a ridiculously thin depth chart. 
I do expect the Vols to improve on the math part of the game and be able to get 11
players on the field consistently next season. And I expect to see more competitive
games with most teams on their schedules compared to the 2H blowouts the Vols are
suffering through this year. In 2012, I’ll begin to look at the win/loss column
with more scrutiny.  While I hope for a winning record in 2011, I expect one in 2012. 
Time will tell if things work out for Dooley but I expect by 2012, we should have a
much clearer idea than any conclusions that have been reached by fans after only 7 games.
Regardless, I’m pulling for Dooley 100% because if he is a mistake, no telling how
many years it will take to get Tennessee football back among the elite.  To get
there in a reasonable time following another coaching change, Tennessee just might
have to go buy Saban away from Bama.  Ouch!

Now for today’s Gameday 9 matchup in Columbia, on paper it’s almost as bad as last
week’s matchup with Bama.  But, there’s hope against SC for the Vols.  SC has been a
flaky team this season and almost as prone to 2H meltdowns as the Vols.  Will good
Garcia or Bad Garcia show up?  The answer makes a big difference.  Will the Dr. Jekyll
SC team show up or the Mr. Hyde SC team?  Again, the answer makes a big difference. 
Will Alshon Jeffrey have a career game similar to Julio Jones last week?  That answer
may depend on the first question, will good or bad Garcia show up today. If
the Vols find Bad Garcia and Mr. Hyde SC in William Brice Stadium today, they’ll have a
good shot to pull the upset.  After today, the matchups get much more reasonable
for the Vols for the November games.  I believe it’ll be a long shot that they win out
in November but they’ll have a decent shot at the W on each November gameday.  As for
today, let’s hope that Bad Garcia and Mr. Hyde SC takes the field in Columbia or this
could make the 3rd straight gameday beat down for the Vols.  The Vols & their
fans need a break from another of those outcomes.

Vols Gameday 9 info
http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1144700

http://matchups.nbcsports.msnbc.com/NCAAF/schedule/20101030SCAROLINA-TENNESSEE.html

Vols-SC matchup analysis
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1016630.html

What to watch in Vols-SC matchup
http://www.utsports.com/blog/2010/10/what-to-watch-south-carolina.html

Vols keys to the game
http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1145527

Vol fans just need to chill, laugh a little
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/505041-volunteer-fans-need-to-laugh

This Vol team to young to quit
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1016613.html

SC will be tough challenge for Vols
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/30/vols-have-heck-challenge/

Gerald JOnes talks past & future for Vols (video)
http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1145525

Good news for Vols is that October is almost over
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/30/vols-wont-win-today-november-near/

Gameday news from Columbia
http://southcarolina.scout.com/2/1016434.html

http://southcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1145726

http://southcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1145713

http://southcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1145652

Lady Vols will start season at #4
http://www.utladyvols.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/102910aad.html

Not a good year for college football in the state of Tennessee
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20101030/COLUMNIST0201/10300344/2165/SPORTS0601/Joe+Biddle++Unfortunately++it+s+football+time+in+Tennesse

Around the SEC on Gameday 9
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/30/sec-capsules/

Halloween in the SEC
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/16133/a-very-spooky-look-at-the-sec-2

SEC gameday 9 factoids
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/16118/sec-did-you-know-week-9

Superstitions rampant in college football
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?columnist=schlabach_mark&id=5738908

Some perfect seasons about to end
http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/story/14210767/tonys-top-10-predicting-a-few-perfect-seasons-about-to-end

The Lane Kiffin Fan Club
http://www.ajc.com/sports/national-preview-the-lane-701194.html

Vol Stuff (10/29/10)

Vols invade SC
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2010/oct/29/battle-tested-volunteers-invade-sc/  

How the Vols can win in Columbia
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2010/oct/29/how-vols-will-win/  

Vol recruiting news
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1015720.html  

Teague adjusting to new role with Vols
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2010/oct/28/teague-adjusting-newfound-role-team/  

Vols-SC key matchups
http://southcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1144764  

Rajion Neal stepping up quickly for Vols
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/29/ut-freshman-tailback-excels-downfield-passes/ 

Tennessee hoops recruiting news
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20101029/SPORTS0601/10290347/2166  

http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1016467.html  

SC hopes to avoid letdown against Vols
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2010/oct/29/gamecocks-hope-avoid-letdown/  

News from Columbia
http://southcarolina.scout.com/2/1016383.html  

http://southcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1145183 

http://southcarolina.scout.com/2/1016418.html  (video)

How SC can win
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2010/oct/29/how-south-carolina-will-win/  

Gameday 9 TV schedule for Vol fans
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2010/10/28/1779315/college-football-tv-schedule-for-vols-fans  

Meet Tennessee’s Smokey
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/503705-meet-tennessees-smokey  

Why is Auburn’s success credited to everyone but Chizik
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/stewart_mandel/10/27/gene-chizik-mailbag/index.html  

Vandy first, Vols last in SEC graduation rates
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/16059/commodores-first-vols-last-in-grad-rates  

Gameday 9 SEC picks
http://cfn.scout.com/2/1016286.html  

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/16071/page/thursday-predictions/sec-predictions-week-9  

SEC Gameday 9 things to watch
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/16069/page/watch/what-to-watch-in-the-sec-week-9-3  

Georgia-Florida still big to fans
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/29/georgia-florida-still-big-them/  

http://www.foxsportssouth.com/10/27/10/Go-Ahead-Have-a-Drink-/landing.html?blockID=340136&feedID=7493  

http://www.secsports.com/SECNation/BarnhartsSEC/tabid/1069/Article/214903/inside-the-sec-with-tony-barnhart.aspx  

Hype it down on Gators hoops team
http://ncaabasketball.fanhouse.com/2010/10/28/billy-donovan-gators-arent-biting-on-early-hype/  

D1 ramblings with Mr. College Football
http://blogs.ajc.com/barnhart-college-football/2010/10/28/will-the-open-date-be-magical-again-for-urban-meyer/?cxntfid=blogs_barnhart_college_football  

Varying degree of success for new D1 coaches
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2010-10-29-new-coaches-having-varying-success_N.htm?loc=interstitialskip  

The CAA has become the SEC of the FCS
http://ncaafootball.fanhouse.com/2010/10/28/the-caa-has-become-the-sec-of-the-fcs/  

Vol Stuff (10/28/10)

Brent Brewer making the shift from pro baseball to Vol football
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/28/ut-safety-brewer-shifts-to-football/  

Vols prepare for another rushing attack from another prime-time running back
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/102710aaa.html  

Spurrier has spiced up SC’s series with Vols
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2010/10/28/1778827/things-were-great-then-spurrier-showed-up  

Scotty Hopson named to pre-season all-SEC team
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1016202.html  

Pearl not happy with practice turnovers
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1016185.html   

News from Columbia
http://southcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1144851  

Hoops coaches on thin ice
http://msn.foxsports.com/collegebasketball/story/College-basketball-coaches-on-hot-seat-102510  

Hot & Not in the SEC
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/503268-sec-football-week-8-whos-hot-and-whos-not-in-the-sec-this-week  

Has high school football become to dangerous
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/frank_deford/10/13/football.violent/index.html  

Vol Stuff (10/27/10)

Will Bray taking opening snap at SC
http://www.fannation.com/truth_and_rumors/view/242410-bray-may-take-starring-role-for-vols?eref=fromSI  

Dooley not happy with Vol practice
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1015781.html   (video)

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/27/dooley-irritated-practice-effort/

http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/102610aad.html  

SC big gameday for Vol Herman Lathers
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1015849.html  

The glass half full view of Tennessee football
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/502172-tennessee-blog-the-alabama-hangover-and-looking-forward  

Simms talks SC gameday
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1015813.html   (video)

Mixed bag for Vols, some things looking better but a lot still to work on
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2010/10/27/1777111/what-tennessee-is-doing-well-and-what-it-needs-to-work-on  

Gerald Jones sees good things ahead for the Vols football program
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1015642.html  

Spurrier tweaking play calling approach again
http://espn.go.com/blog/SEC/post/_/id/16023/calling-plays-is-what-steve-spurrier-does  

Lattimore to start against Vols
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/16019/lattimore-to-return-for-gamecocks  

Spurrier talks up Vols  (video)
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1015674.html  

SEC Gameday 9 preview
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1015796.html  

15 hoops freshman to watch this season
http://beyondthearc.nbcsports.com/2010/10/15-freshmen-to-love-this-year-and-next.php  

Braves new coach Gonzalez still displaying the orange & white
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/27/wiedmer-gonzalez-coached-first-ut/  

D1 ramblings with Mr. College Football
http://blogs.ajc.com/barnhart-college-football/2010/10/27/alabama-can-jump-over-boise-but-can-it-jump-over-michigan-state-missouri/?cxntfid=blogs_barnhart_college_football  

Vol Stuff (10/26/10)

Vols-Gamecocks preview
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2010/10/26/1774977/tennessee-vols-at-south-carolina-gamecocks-game-preview-and-stat  

Simms doesn’t suit up for Monday practice
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/26/simms-sits-out-vols-practice/  

True freshman Zach Fulton may get 2nd start against SC after solid game against Tide
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1015402.html  

Poole continues to be bright spot for Vols
http://www.volnation.com/2010/10/25/poole-continues-to-shine/  

Vol Lathers talks SC matchup
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1015281.html  

Dooley uses a war analogy to describe Vol season
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/26/dooley-uses-war-analogy-vols/  

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/football/ncaa/10/25/dooley.vols.ap/index.html    

In the huddle – SC week
http://www.utsports.com/blog/2010/10/in-the-huddle-south-carolina-week.html  

Vol hoops team gearing up for season
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2010/oct/26/hoops-teams-gearing-season/  

Vols JP Smith falls in singles final
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-tennis/recaps/102510aaa.html  

News from Columbia
http://southcarolina.scout.com/2/1015516.html  

Gameday 10 SEC TV schedule
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/15972/sec-television-lineup-for-nov-6  

SEC hots & nots
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/15969/page/weekend-rewind/hot-and-not-in-the-sec-week-9  

SEC Gameday 8 rewind
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1015442.html  

Vol Stuff (10/25/10)

Simms prefers not to share QB snaps
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/25/simms-no-fan-of-sharing-time/ 

Will Spurrier ever go away  (Marvin West)
http://www.shoppernewsnow.com/aWest.aspx  

Have Vols hit bottom on Rocky Top yet?
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20101024/COLUMNIST0202/10240394/2165/SPORTS0601/David+Climer++Vols+in+Big+Orange+sinkhole  

Do Vols now have a QB controversy
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2010/oct/25/simms-bray-forced-quarterback-debate-amidst-sputte/  

Dooley press conference (video)
http://www.utsports.com/allaccess/?media=188718  

Vols in the NFL
http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1143714  

News from Columbia
http://southcarolina.scout.com/2/1015188.html  

http://southcarolina.scout.com/2/1014893.html  

http://southcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1143732  

http://southcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1143627  

http://southcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1143471  

http://southcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1143297  

http://southcarolina.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1143688  

Gameday 8 results of future Vol opponents
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2010/10/25/1772092/what-the-vols-future-opponents-did-this-weekend  

SEC Gameday 8 wrap
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1014995.html  

Gameday 8 SEC players of the week
http://www.secsports.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/214770/sec-football-players-of-the-week.aspx   

SEC race heading into Gameday 9
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/15956/sec-conference-race-update-week-9  

SEC power rankings
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/15948/sec-power-rankings-19  

Gameday 8 SEC lessons
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/15927/what-we-learned-in-the-sec-week-8-2  

Most recognizable real animal mascots in college sports
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1010/ncaa.real.animal.mascots/content.1.html  

New #1 Oregon’s resume
http://cfn.scout.com/2/1015168.html  

Vol Stuff (10/24/10)

7 pillars of Tennessee football – Peyton Manning
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/102310aad.html

Poole breaks Tide streak, puts up 117 yards and a TD
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/24/poole-ends-one-tide-streak/

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/15903/poole-ends-alabamas-streak

Vols fade again in the second half
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/102310aab.html

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/24/bama-breezes-second-half/

Vols-Tide by the numbers
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1014871.html

Vols post-game interviews
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1014869.html

Vols simply outmanned against Tide
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/24/tide-too-good-everywhere-outmanned-vols/

Jones led Tide roll over Vols
http://alabama.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1143404

http://alabama.scout.com/2/1014890.html

Jones sets Bama receiving record against Vols with broken hand
http://alabama.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1143383

Vol fans already looking forward to hoops season
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/24/ut-fans-beginning-look-toward-basketball/

Pearl wants to be Vols coach for a long time
http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/news?slug=ap-tennessee-ncaainvestigation

Gameday 8 SEC helment stickers
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/15921/sec-helmet-stickers-week-8-2

 

Gameday 8 Vol Stuff

Even though it’s the 4th Saturday of October, it’s time for
another battle between two long-time SEC rivals that made
the 3rd Saturday of October famous in college football circles. 
It’s going to be good when both of these schools once again have
their A games and are relevant on the national scene.  Until then,
we Vol fans need to be patient with a new coaching staff focused on
getting Tennessee on-track to compete at the highest level in the BCS. 
Today’s matchup on paper is as bad as it gets for this
year’s Tennessee team.  All of Tennessee’s strength’s and weaknesses
are trumped and highlighted by Bama’s.  To keep things in perspective,
LSU was a similar nightmare matchup on paper for the Vols also with the
exception of consistent play at the QB position.  While Bama’s QB isn’t
lighting up the stat sheets, he does protect the ball which is what the
LSU QB by committee can’t seem to do consistently.  And while Lucky Les
and his OC helped keep the Vols in the game at Baton Rouge by trying to
unnecessarily force the downfield passing game resulting in four Tiger
turnovers, don’t look for that same help tonight at Neyland from Saban &
staff.  The Vols will have an uphill battle stopping the Tide rushing game. 
The Vols will have an equally tough time rushing the ball against a very
stout Bama front 7.  This is a very different Vol team compared to last year’s
group that almost, actually should have, pulled the upset in Tuscaloosa. 
This Vol team just doesn’t have the offensive or defensive line personnel
to match up with Bama’s…on paper.  The cool thing historically about this
series is that many upsets have been pulled off by both teams through the
years that on paper were one-sided matchups similar to this year’s.  So
fortunately the game won’t be played on paper and we’ll see if an over-matched
Vol team can do something special on Gameday 8 at Neyland.  If so, the 4th
Saturday of October just might turn out to be another very popular day at
least in Vol country. 

Vols-Tide matchup analysis
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1014615.html

Vols Gameday 8 info
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/2010-gameday.html

http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1141364

What to watch in tonight’s Vols-Tide matchup
http://www.utsports.com/blog/2010/10/what-to-watch-alabama.html

5 keys for Vols pulling an upset against Tide
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/494771-tennessee-football-5-things-the-vols-must-do-to-pull-the-upset-over-alabama

Vols must make stops against Tide offense
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1014460.html

Vols-Tide matchup needs to get back in the national spotlight
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/23/one-doesnt-have-third-saturday-feeling/

A brief Vols-Tide history lesson
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1014556.html

Even in a down year for Vols, Bama game still big
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/23/vols-tide-still-very-big-deal/

An interview with Vols OL coach Hiestand
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1014307.html  (video)

Vol Denarius Moore mentoring young Vol receivers
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/102210aad.html

Vol LB commitment Christian Harris having solid senior season
http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2010/10/22/ut-commitment-christian-harris-likes-being-in-middle-of-etowahs-defense/?cxntfid=blogs_recruiting  

Bama looking to bring some attitude to Neyland
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/15808/alabama-looking-to-regain-its-edge

Bama offense looks to get on-track against Vols
http://alabama.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1142829

Bama holds the advantage on Gameday 8 against Vols
http://alabama.scout.com/2/1014447.html

Termination & toleration, Pearl again in a media firestorm
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=oneil_dana&id=5715172

 

Vol Stuff (10/22/10)

Vols-Tide preview
http://secsports.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/214566/countdown-to-kickoff-alabama-vs-tennesee.aspx

http://tennessee.rivals.com/fRecap.asp?Game=36191&type=1&hcode=TENNESSEE&acode=ALABAMA

Vols-Tide a college football honor game
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2010/oct/22/vols-honored-play-against-tide/

SEC rivalries – Vols-Tide
http://secsports.com/SECVIDEO/TabId/468/VideoId/8781/SEC-Rivalries-Alabama-Vs-Tennessee.aspx

Will bye week pay off for Vols
http://www.utsports.com/blog/2010/10/poole-vols-hoping-bye-week-pays-off.html

Tide’s secondary challenges may set the stage for Bray
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/497915-tennesse-blog-historys-curious-case-for-tyler-bray

Bama not overlooking Vols
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2010/oct/22/alabama-not-overlooking-tennessee/

Vols-Tide Gameday 8 depth charts
http://tennessee.rivals.com/cdepthtextadvanced.asp?TEHomeKey=80&TEAwayKey=2

Vol recruiting news
http://www.tonybasilio.com/next_level_news_center.php?page=x_recruiting

Summitt addresses upcoming hoops season at SEC media days
http://www.utladyvols.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/102110aac.html

“Fire me if I cheat,” – Pat Summitt
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/22/summitt-fire-me-if-i-cheat/

Pearl & Vols will battle the distractions this season
http://collegebasketball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1142538

Pearl working without contract for now
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2010/oct/22/pearl-works-without-contract-now/

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5712243

Vol ramblings
http://tonybasilio.com/index.php?page=tony

SEC Gameday 8 preview
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/15741/page/watch/what-to-watch-in-the-sec-week-8-3

SEC Gameday 8 ramblings
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1014267.html