Monthly Archives: October 2011

What’s wrong with Tennessee football has nothing to do with Derek Dooley

This was one of the links in today’s Halloween Vol Stuff that is a good read worth extra emphasis.  We all knew Dooley stepped into a mess but this article does an excellent job underscoring the negative impact that the 07, 08 and 09 recruiting classes have made on the 2010-11 win-loss results of Dooley’s first two teams.  Insighful article with a good analysis of just how critical quality recruiting and player development is in the SEC.

http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/31/2526091/whats-wrong-with-tennessee-football-has-nothing-to-do-with-derek

Halloween Vol Stuff

Derek Dooley is responsible for 0% of the mess and 100% of the clean up
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/31/2526091/whats-wrong-with-tennessee-football-has-nothing-to-do-with-derek  

Vols are clearly a different team without Bray & Hunter
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2011/oct/31/different-team-without-bray-hunter/  

November is here, time to focus on bowl eligibility
http://www.shoppernewsnow.com/columnTemplates/west.aspx  

Vols need a serious spark for November home stretch run
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/31/vols-seeking-a-spark/?sports  

Vols trending report, what’s up & down heading into Gameday 10
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/31/2525942/tennessee-volunteers-trending-report-south-carolina  

Grading the Vols on Gameday 9 loss
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/917481-tennessee-football-grading-the-vols-game-vs-south-carolina  

Lady Vol netters talk about Halloween treats
http://www.utladyvols.com/sports/w-tennis/spec-rel/103011aaa.html  

Rocky Top weekend rewind
http://www.utsports.com/genrel/103011aaa.html  

Vols in the NFL
http://www.utsports.com/blog/  

http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1286446  

Vols slide in SEC power rankings
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31803/sec-power-rankings-week-10-2  

Week 9 SEC bowl projections
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31785/sec-bowl-projections-week-9  

UGA completes first Vols-Gators sweep since 1988
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/31/bulldogs-barking-at-the-door-georgia-able-to/?sportscollege  

SEC hoops preview
http://collegebasketball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1286431  

Vol Stuff (10/30/11)

Fear the pants video starring Johnny Majors
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/102911aac.html  

Another 0 for SEC October as SC & Spurrier pick up W in Neyland
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1122834.html  

http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/102911aaa.html  

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/30/tennessee-vols-fight-fall-gamecocks-14-3/?sports  

A challenging time for Vol fans as SEC losses pile up
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/30/2524224/south-carolina-14-tennessee-3-on-and-on-and-on  

Worley looks like freshman in college debut
http://www.nooga.com/21755_vol-ted-to-starter-worley-looks-like-freshman-in-debut/  

Grading the Vols in home loss to SC
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1122801.html  

Vols Gameday 9 info bytes
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/30/dooley-ut-get-away-with-failed-gamble/?sportscollege  

Another brutal October for Tennessee football finally comes to an end
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/916860-tennessee-vols-football-another-brutal-october-finally-comes-to-an-end  

Vols-SC animated drive chart
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/30/2524500/tennessee-south-carolina-drive-chart  

Vols just can’t seem to get it done against decent teams
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/30/wiedmer-vols-dooley-keeps-trying-all-vain/?sportsColumns  

SEC Gameday 9 wrap
http://cfn.scout.com/2/1122846.html  

SEC Gameday 9 helmet stickers
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31756/sec-helmet-stickers-week-9-3  

Gameday 9 Vol Stuff

Well, let’s see if we can all agree on a plan for
Gameday 9.  How about we agree that the Vols will
stay on the sideline at the end of 2Q, just act like
it’s an extra long TV timeout and pick things right
back up with the 3Q kickoff as if it was the next play
of the 2Q?  Will that work?  Given what we fans continue
to experience on gamedays, I think that is a reasonably
good plan. Today is a fresh start with another frosh
QB and all bets are off on expectations?  This could be either
be one of the historic nights in Vol football history or
one of the most difficult nights a first time Vol QB
ever experiences for their fist start.  The SC D-unit
is for real and they would be a handful for the Vol O-unit
even if Bray & Hunter were still in the line up.  I really
hate Garcia is gone.  You always had a chance as a SC
opponent if Garcia was in the line up.  Shaw may wind up
being a consistently reliable QB for the ole ball coach
at SC and that would not be good news for opponents.  Ironically,
the ole ball coach has not had reliable QB’s at SC for most
of his tenure in Columbia.  Regardless, it’s probably not
going to be a repeat of the black jersey game of 2009 for
a lot of reasons.  If the Vols pull this one out, a true frosh
QB is going to play a game that makes a Vol legend and a
superior SC team is going to make some key mistakes.  That
can happen and Neyland Stadium is an excellent place for
those events to occur.  It’s either a huge gameday for
a Vol SEC upset OR another 0 for SEC october.  The former
buys Dooley some well timed fan points and the latter
punts us Vol fans into 2012 on when will a Dooley
signature win happen.  Inherent with the latter outcome is
an increase in pressure that the Vols win against MTSU, Vandy
and Kentucky to reach bowl eligibility.  If the Vols were to
pick up a totally unexpected win on the road against Arky,
that would help the Dooley rebuilding train.  Lots of crucial
things in the air today for the Vols and and the SEC.  One thing
for sure, there are going to be a whole bunch of UGA fans
singing Rocky Top tonight if the Vols pull the upset at Neyland and
UGA is able to stop the current win streak by the Gators.  I’m not
going to weight in on those odds but Gameday 9 is an absolutely
huge day in the race for the SEC East title.

Vols Gameday 9 info
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/102411abe.html  

http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1284880  

Vols-SC previews
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/28/2519839/tennessee-vs-south-carolina-preview-the-people-are-starving  

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/915105-tennessee-vs-south-carolina-football-preview-of-the-volunteers-game  

http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2011/oct/28/vols-face-gamecocks-worley-under-center/  

One last October chance for Vols to get it done in the SEC
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/29/vols-have-chance-for-big-step-up/?sportsColumns  

It’s a process for Dooley & Vols
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/29/dooley-vols-still-try-to-focus-on-process/?sportscollege  

New faces in key spots for Vols & SC
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20111029/SPORTS/310290022/New-faces-key-spots-South-Carolina-Tennessee?odyssey=nav%7Chead  

SC rested & ready for Vols
http://www.independentmail.com/news/2011/oct/29/usc-rested-ready-vols/  

Vol hoops report
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/102811aad.html  

How will recent NCAA rule changes impact Vols
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/28/2520012/how-do-the-ncaa-rule-changes-affect-tennessee  

SEC Gameday 9 match ups
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/29/sec-football-matchups-for-oct-29/?sportscollege  

Gameday 9 SEC notes
http://cfn.scout.com/2/1122308.html  

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31560/did-you-know-week-9  

SEC Gameday 9 picks
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1122406.html  

Vol Stuff (10/28/11)

Vols-SC preview
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/27/2518101/vols-vs-gamecocks-terrifying-game-preview  

Spurrier no stranger to Neyland Stadium
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2011/oct/28/spurrier-usc-move-without-lattimore/  

Freshman starting QB? No problem, Vols used to it
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/27/2518193/a-freshman-starting-qb-meh-were-used-to-it

Vols ready to go with Worley taking the snaps
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2011/oct/28/vols-face-gamecocks-worley-under-center/  

High expectations placed on Vols freshmen linebackers
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/102711aab.html  

Vols left handed or right handed center dilemna is a head scratcher
http://www.nashvilleledger.com/editorial/Article.aspx?id=55610  

Ranking the greatest all-time Tennessee football traditions
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/913401-ranking-the-greatest-all-time-traditions-in-tennessee-football-history  

Mychal Rivera playing bigger role for Vols
http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1284722  

Pat Summitt dominates SEC hoops media days
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/28/pat-summitt-still-going-work-sharp-mind/?sportscollege  

Pat Summitt speaks to media on upcoming hoops season
http://www.utladyvols.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/102711aaa.html  

Martin & Tatum represent Vols at SEC hoops media days
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/102711aaa.html  

Oops, SEC post page on website welcoming Missouri to SEC
http://eye-on-collegefootball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/24156338/32975517  

SEC working on 13 & 14 team schedules
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/football/ncaa/10/27/slive.sec.schedules.ap/index.html?sct=cf_t2_a5  

A new look SEC for hoops standings
http://www.ajc.com/sports/uga/a-new-look-for-1211597.html  

Vol Stuff (10/27/11)

Get ready for Halloween with the Derek Dooley costume
http://eye-on-collegefootball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/24156338/32950527  

With Vol frosh Justin Worley at the controls, now what?
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/27/2511693/worley-takes-over-now-what  

Tennessee an impatient football program
http://www.independentmail.com/news/2011/oct/27/tennessee-impatient-program/  

Vol practice reports
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1121658.html  

http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/102611aaa.html  

Vols recruiting round up
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/26/2515934/tennessee-volunteers-recruiting-roundup-week-9  

Vol Da’Rick Rogers stays positive despite recent losses
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/27/rogers-still-upbeat-despite-vols-struggles/?sportscollege  

Can the Vols pull the upset against SC?
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/910705-tennessee-south-carolina-5-reasons-why-the-vols-will-upset-the-gamecocks  

Zach Rogers attempts to provide leadership for Vols
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2011/oct/27/rogers-adopts-leadership-role/  

Vol coaches expect more from Jacques Smith
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/27/tennessee-coaches-look-to-get-more-from-defensive/?sportscollege  

Big questions about the Vol hoopsters big men
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1121669.html  

Coaches on the top 10 hottest seats
http://bruce-feldman.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/31626208/32936651  

Vol Stuff (10/26/11)

Vols-SC preview
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/910508-tennessee-vols-football-previewing-the-south-carolina-game  

Can SC prep legend Justin Worley engineer a huge upset for the Vols?
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/908769-tennessee-volunteers-football-can-justin-worley-bring-vols-a-big-upset  

Spurrier wonders why SC let Worley get away
http://www.greenvilleonline.com/article/20111025/SPORTS/310250042/Spurrier-wonders-why-USC-let-Vols-QB-slip-through?odyssey=nav%7Chead

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/oct/26/25_uscotb/

Vols have lots of bumps & bruises
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1121254.html  

Vols practice report
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/102511aab.html  

Tracking Vol football’s 2011 improvement
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/26/2515840/opportunityisnowhere-tracking-tennessee-footballs-improvement  

SC is also missing some of it’s big guns for Vols match up
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20111026/SPORTS0601/310260099/Lucky-UT-South-Carolina-missing-its-stars?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports  

Tatum stepping up in Vols pre-season hoops practices
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/102511aab.html  

Media picks Lady Vols to win SEC hoops crown
http://www.utladyvols.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/102511aac.html  

Vol Stuff (10/25/11)

Vols trending report, what’s up & down
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/24/2511056/tennessee-volunteers-trending-report-alabama  

Worley set to take first snap against his home state team
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31305/vols-going-with-worley-at-quarterback  

http://www.gogamecocks.com/2011/10/24/168600/ggf-worley-will-start-at-qb-for.html  

http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/24/2510696/justin-worley-named-starting-qb-at-tennessee  

http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2011/oct/25/worley-named-starter-against-south-carolina/  

http://www.tennessean.com/section/SPORTS0601  

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/25/freshman-worley-new-ut-starting-qb/?sports  

Another true freshman moves into starting lineup for SC as Jackson to start at guard
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/25/jackson-in-for-stone-for-vols/?sportscollege  

Vols practice report
http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/102411aav.html  

Dooley shaking up Vols 2-deep
http://www.thedailytimes.com/Sports_News/story/Dooley-shaking-up-Vols-two-deep-id-017012  

3rd quarter not the only issue for Vols
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/25/third-quarter-problems-not-just-2011-vols-issue/?sportsColumns  

Can Tatum lead Vol hoopsters
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/25/2511317/can-tatum-lead  

SEC weekend rewind
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31291/page/WeekendRewind/weekend-rewind-sec-3  

Week 9 SEC power rankings
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31252/sec-power-rankings-week-9  

Current SEC bowl projections
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31234/sec-bowl-projections-week-8  

SEC kickoff times announced for 11/5 games
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31323/sec-television-lineup-for-nov-5  

Vol Stuff (10/24/11)

Vol A.J. Johnson named SEC freshman player of the week

http://www.secdigitalnetwork.com/NEWS/tabid/473/Article/228870/sec-football-players-of-the-week.aspx

Who is now the guy for Vols at QB?
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1120539.html  

Simms understands Worley getting in against Bama
http://utdailybeacon.com/sports/2011/oct/24/worley-plays-burns-redshirt/  

In search of the elusive signature win
http://www.shoppernewsnow.com/columnTemplates/west.aspx  

Vol running game making progress
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/24/run-game-better-for-tennessee/?sports  

Vols report grades for Gameday 8
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/906509-tennessee-vols-football-report-card-grades-following-the-alabama-game  

SC sports site takes a dig at Dooley & Tennessee football
http://www.garnetandblackattack.com/2011/10/23/2508535/tennessee-sure-is-smart  

Cuonzo Martin installing toughness with Vol hoopsters
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/905673-cuonzo-martin-installing-toughness-on-tennessee-volunteers  

Rocky top weekend rewind
http://www.utsports.com/genrel/102411aae.html  

Vols in the NFL update
http://www.utsports.com/blog/2011/10/vols-in-nfl-update-1024.html  

SEC Gameday 8 wrap
http://cfn.scout.com/2/1120512.html  

SEC Gameday 9 match ups
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31251/week-9-in-the-sec  

Vol Stuff (10/23/11)

Vols hang with Tide for a half before another 2H drubbing sets in
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/22/2507697/alabama-37-tennessee-6-when-the-levee-breaks  

http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/recaps/102211aaa.html  

http://cfn.scout.com/2/1118885.html  

http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1120393.html  

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/906456-tennessee-vs-no-2-alabama-what-you-expected-a-win  

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/23/alabama-erupts-in-second-half-wins-37-6/?sportscollege  

What in the heck is it about the Vols and the 3rd quarter?
http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2011/oct/23/wiedmer-another-bad-third-quarter-dooms-vols/?sportsColumns  

Vols Gameday 8 grades
http://tennessee.scout.com/2/1120398.html  

Vols post-game videos from Tuscaloosa
http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/10/vols_say_alabama_vs_lsu_is_a_t.html  

Vols Gameday 8 info bytes
http://tennessee.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1282793  

Vols football program progress agonizingly slow
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20111023/COLUMNIST0202/310230075/Climer-UT-takes-baby-steps-when-strides-needed?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Vols say LSU-Bama is a toss up
http://www.al.com/sports/index.ssf/2011/10/vols_say_alabama_vs_lsu_is_a_t.html  

Tennessee-Bama animated drive chart
http://www.rockytoptalk.com/2011/10/23/2508006/tennessee-alabama-animated-drive-chart  

Gameday 8 SEC helmet stickers
http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/31199/sec-helmet-stickers-week-8-3