Coming off a last-place finish in the SEC East, Tennessee was picked to finish fifth in the division in 2012 Thursday at SEC Media Day.
Voting consisted of 222 ballots cast by members of the media.
Vols wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers was the lone UT player selected as All-SEC first team, while wideout Justin Hunter (second team), outside linebacker A.J. Johnson (second team), offensive lineman Ja’Wuan James (third team) and defensive back Prentiss Wagner (third team) were also recognized.
Led by head coach Derek Dooley on the main stage at 9:40 a.m., the Vols will meet with the media this morning at the Wynfrey Hotel.
LSU had the most All-SEC first-team selections with seven and the most overall with 13. The Tigers are predicted to win the SEC title by the media for the first time since 2007.
The predicted order of finish in the SEC East is as follows (first-place votes in parenthesis).
1.) Georgia (132)
2.) South Carolina (72)
3.) Florida (12)
4.) Missouri (2)
5.) Tennessee (4)
Hoover, Ala. – SEC commissioner Mike Slive kicked off SEC Media Days this afternoon by celebrating the conference’s unparalleled recent success, welcoming newcomers Texas A&M and Missouri, calling for the NCAA to “refine and reduce” its swollen rulebook, taking a quiet jab at the transgressions at Penn State, celebrating the BCS’ new four-team seeded playoff and quoting the likes of Shakespeare, Winston Churchill and Muhammad Ali.
This month marks Slive’s 10-year anniversary as the league’s commissioner. The former lawyer has now piloted a league riding an unprecedented run of six straight football national championships. Addressing the media, Slive waxed poetic on the 62 overall NCAA titles won in 16 sports over his 10 years on the job.
On Mizzou and A&M, Slive succinctly noted, “They fit.”
A proponent of the NCAA’s newly enacted four-team playoff, Slive asked himself if it was good for the SEC and said, “The answer is unequivocally yes.”
Without specifically mentioning Joe Paterno or Penn State, Slive noted, “No one program, no one person, no matter how popular, no matter how successful, can be allowed to derail the soul of an institution.”
Regarding NCAA rules, Slive called for, “Really regulating only what counts instead of media guide pages, letterhead logos, and now the infamous cream cheese on bagels.”
SEC Media Days churns on with Texas A&M, South Carolina, Missouri and Vanderbilt addressing the media through Tuesday afternoon.
Hello from Birmingham, where I’m one of about 750 media members trying to figure out how to not write the same thing as the other 750 media members here.
Just wanted to pass along this quick UT hoops note before I fall into the well of SEC football. The Vols’ four exhibition games highlighting a 10-day tour of Italy in August were announced today. Mark your calendars.
After arriving in Rome on Aug. 6, Tennessee will face All-Star Italy Aug. 8, then travel to Florence to play Montenegro Selezione on Aug. 10, then to San Marino for a game with Atletas Kaunas on Aug. 12 and conclude with a trip to Como for a meeting with Amici del Campetto on Aug. 14.
The Vols will also visit Vatican City, Pisa and Milan during the 10-day tour. The team will fly from Atlanta to Rome on Aug. 5.
On-the-court preparations for the tour began Monday at Pratt Pavilion. Cuonzo Martin held the first of 10 practices allotted by the NCAA for teams participating in preseason exhibition tours. KNS columnist Mike Strange will be on-hand for tomorrow’s second practice.
And in case you’re curious … yes, I’ll be in Italy with the Vols. Rough life.
Let’s get this part out of the way first … if you don’t know where the title of this blog comes from, first click here, then smack yourself.
And with that, my KNS blogging days are underway. Happy to have you.
What will your men’s basketball blog look like? I know every synapse in your skull is firing in wonderment. Well, I plan to write, ramble and scramble from time to time in this space, until the inevitable uncouth comment lands me on lawn duty.
Quick news on the Vols will be posted here. Some uncommon analysis, statistical and otherwise, will grace these pages. Thoughts on the SEC, right here. Thoughts on college hoops in general, also here. And lastly, if I receive a reader email possibly of interest to others, I’ll answer it here.
So who am I? My pithy resume/bio looks something like this: Philadelphia native/former beat writer to Philly’s six DI basketball teams/Irish and proud/former Philadelphia Inquirer contributor/former Nooga.com sports editor/whiskey enthusiast/can hit the mid-iron, but won’t make the putt/graduate of Saint Joseph’s University in Philly/son of a DI track & field and cross country coach/youngest of six brothers and sisters, none of which have realized I left/Basketball Times writer and columnist since 2006/retired bartender (upon patron’s request)/award-winning member of United States Basketball Writers Association/aspiring failed novelist/thin and likely overdressed.
One last note, as the KNS back-up football writer, I’ll be attending SEC football media day(s) this week and will likely drop some news nuggets here. So you have that to look forward to, which is nice.
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Alright, that’s all. Enjoy your week, Knoxville.
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