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Live Tuesday @ Wings Xpress
Posted: Tuesday, December 12th, 2017, 7:53 AM
I want to start on this Tuesday by publicly acknowledging Beano, Brock, Philly & Sinco for a most entertaining Tony Basilio Radio Show yesterday. I've said repeatedly that I'm the only guy in America that can leave his radio show and it actually improves. That's quite a bench right there. Those guys make you laugh, think, smile and consider the possibilities all at once. Really fun stuff fellas. Thank you.

Poison Was Right. The old philosopher Bret Michaels out in front of Poison said it best. "Give me something to believe in." It's a great sentiment. When I saw people reach out to young Keaton and his family, it gave me wonderful feelings....[more]
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Monday
Posted: Monday, December 11th, 2017, 9:02 AM
Welcome to Monday. It's Nine days out from the first ever Early signing period for major college football. Plus it's the first full week for the new Jeremy Pruitt regime.

Programming Note: Due to a medical procedure, I will miss today's Tony Basilio Show. I hope to be back on the air tomorrow with you!!! Beano will be joined by Brock and Philly for what promises to be a fun program.

Orange Throat leads things off on this Monday....[more]
Friday......The Vol Has Landed
Posted: Friday, December 8th, 2017, 9:13 AM
Welcome To Friday. No more clichés or team numbering or coaching searches or firings or back biting or drama. Let's get this thing up to a cruising altitude and enjoy the flight for a while. Shall we?

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WELCOME ABOARD COACH PRUITT
Posted: Thursday, December 7th, 2017, 11:49 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

WHO’S OUR NEXTUN, JIMMY SECTION? As the all-important search for the next football coach for our beloved Vols progresses I will peg this segment in the leadoff spot until its conclusion. I have no insight or insiders so it will be dedicated purely to my emotional state as the process transpires.

LET’S DO IT WITH PRUITT: Tennessee’s eventual list to replace Butch Jones was underwhelming to say the least. When it became clear however that the finalists were Jeremy Pruitt, Les Miles, Kevin Steele, Brent Venables and Mel Tucker, Pruitt was my clear choice. I favored him over Miles and Steele due to their advanced age and the fact that despite their obvious experience they were not being sought after by other schools....[more]
We Got Us A Coach
Posted: Thursday, December 7th, 2017, 7:27 AM
Welcome to Thursday!!! It should be Jeremy Pruitt day on UT's campus.

Wednesday was all about Jeremy Pruitt in Big Orange Country. When night fell he emerged as the favorite to become Tennessee's next coach. This would put Pruitt in select company of the past couple of weeks. The following guys have emerged as favorites over the past two weeks.

Dan Mullen: He's at Florida now. Greg ShiaNo: He's stuck at Herbie U Jeff Brohm: Stuck at Purdue Dave Doeren: Raise at NC State Mike Leach: Stuck in Great Northwest Jeremy Pruitt: ??????...[more]
Wednesday
Posted: Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, 10:27 AM
Welcome to the new beginning. You've made it this far. Don't lose heart. The finish line is in sight. And yes, Tennessee can be great again. I'll talk more about this in my final thought today, but I'm pretty sunny on this cold Wednesday East Tennessee day.

Here's what I've learned about the three apparent finalists.

Kevin Steele: An absolute stud of a recruiter. Has tremendous energy beyond his age....[more]
Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, 9:26 AM
Before I left the airwaves Monday, I implored Vol Nation to take a deep breath for the next little bit and relax. Of course in the era of Twitter and coaching vacancies coupled with our lack of leadership to this point, we all want to rush this story to its conclusion. With all that said I thought it would be productive to offer a Tennessee/Fulmer Coaching Search FAQ.

Tennessee Fulmer Coaching Search FAQ's:

1. Is Fulmer REALLY In Charge or a puppet of the HOH? Well, I'll put it this way, he's beholden to no one here. He's on a mission....[more]
Monday
Posted: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 8:09 AM
Welcome to Fulmer Search Monday. It's Day 3. You've made it this far. This is certainly an accomplishment. Congratulations.

There's no way I would've gotten through last week without the love and support of you, the living Vol fan. Our entire team really felt the love that you showed us. You allowed us to do multiple marathon broadcasts the likes of which I'll never be a part of ever again. As I type this, I still haven't recovered. I do want to say that your generosity toward me and my family on the tip jar is tremendously appreciated....[more]
FOUND AN AD WHILE LOOKING FOR A COACH
Posted: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 10:02 AM
by Beano
MONDAY ON MY MIND

WHO’S OUR NEXTUN, JIMMY SECTION? As the all-important search for the next football coach for our beloved Vols progresses I will peg this segment in the leadoff spot until its conclusion. I have no insight or insiders so it will be dedicated purely to my emotional state as the process transpires.

I’M FOR FULMER? WHAT IN THE WIDE-WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS? I am admittedly not a Phillip Fulmer guy....[more]
Friday
Posted: Friday, December 1st, 2017, 9:12 AM
Welcome to Friday of the longest week in UT Sports history. As you read this, Tennessee is 'trying to work a deal' with Washington State's Mike Leach according to multiple reports. I believe this is a accurate. After failing to get to the end zone with 6 other sitting head coaches, Tennessee is going for 2 with Mike Leach.

Mike Leach would be perfect way to end a bizarre week because he's crazy fun and this week has been anything but. This search will ultimately cost John Currie his job and the House of Haslam their tight stranglehold on UT athletics.

Mike Leach will be fun in Knoxville if he happens and maybe fun is enough for now. Juxtaposed with Dave Doeren and SchiaNO, a Mike Leach led Volunteer team feels like a breath of fresh air.

The problem with Tennessee Football bringing Mike Leach in here is that he won't win big in Knoxville. Guys like him have their place in college football, but Tennessee remains one of 18 schools where you can win a National Championship....[more]
MORE COACHING NONSENSE
Posted: Thursday, November 30th, 2017, 7:35 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

WHO’S OUR NEXTUN, JIMMY SECTION? As the all-important search for the next football coach for our beloved Vols progresses I will peg this segment in the leadoff spot until its conclusion. I have no insight or insiders so it will be dedicated purely to my emotional state as the process transpires.

YOU CAN’T MAKE UP THIS LEVEL OF INCOMPETENCE: There is no way to sugar coat the search process we’ve witnessed. I had given the powers behind the throne the benefit of the doubt in the last two hires due to Lane Kiffin’s late departure and the mess that Derek Dooley made of the program once handed the reins. Unfortunately, now -after witnessing without question the worst search in history- the sad truth is no coach truly deserving of this great fanbase and program will ever agree to work under the direction of our flawed power structure and stooge stand-ins serving as Board Members, Athletic Director and Chancellor....[more]
BUTCH JONES vs DAN MULLEN; NO CONTEST?
Posted: Thursday, November 23rd, 2017, 2:39 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

WHO’S OUR NEXTUN, JIMMY SECTION? As the all-important search for the next football coach for our beloved Vols progresses I will peg this segment in the leadoff spot until its conclusion. I have no insight or insiders so it will be dedicated purely to my emotional state as the process transpires.

As Jon Gruden’s candidacy fades to black, upper-echelon sitting head coaches either have no interest or are not being aggressively pursued and Lane Kiffin is still persona-non-grata it’s time to narrow the blog’s focus to more likely candidates. As far as I can tell those are the guys I had ranked 8th, 10th, 11th and others receiving votes in my Dandy Dozen of last week.

8-MATT CAMPBELL: STRENGTHS: Turns 38 later this month and is already in his 6th full season as a head coach....[more]
THE CONFLICT OF MY MIND AND HEART
Posted: Sunday, November 19th, 2017, 3:28 PM
by Beano
MONDAY ON MY MIND

WHO’S OUR NEXTUN, JIMMY SECTION? As the all-important search for the next football coach for our beloved Vols progresses I will peg this segment in the leadoff spot until its conclusion. I have no insight or insiders so it will be dedicated purely to my emotional state as the process transpires.

As the weekend came and went with no Jon Gruden announcement -and some astute advisors believing the Dennis Dodd blurb at cbssports.com was a leak from deep inside the search intended to cool Grudenmania- I believe that ship has sailed. I am also conditioned to think the powers behind the UTAD throne will not aggressively pursue other top line candidates like Chip Kelly, James Franklin, Chris Petersen, Gary Patterson or Jimbo Fisher. The HOH and others involved simply do not want to surrender power to anyone lacking previous UT ties and/or do not view the job with the high regard that Big Orange Nation does....[more]
WHAT IN THE NAME OF JIMMY SECTION?
Posted: Thursday, November 16th, 2017, 7:22 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

WHO’S OUR NEXTUN, JIMMY SECTION? As the all-important search for the next football coach for our beloved Vols progresses I will peg this segment in the leadoff spot until its conclusion. I have no insight or insiders so it will be dedicated purely to my emotional state as the process transpires. We’ll start with my personal wish list Dandy Dozen:

1-JON GRUDEN: Though I’m having trouble believing he is the best choice from a college football coaching standpoint I am convinced he is the remedy for Big Orange Nation’s broken spirit and soul. Hiring Gruden would put to rest the growing sentiment that the powers that drive Tennessee Football lack vision, are tone deaf, unwilling to surrender power to a strong-willed leader and even more indicting; don’t share the fan’s passion for winning....[more]
FREE AT LAST; FREE AT LAST
Posted: Monday, November 13th, 2017, 9:48 AM
by Beano
MONDAY ON MY MIND

BUTCH JONES GOT FIRED; WE GOT RELIEVED: I came out of church and received a phone call from my great friend Snapper Morgan letting me know that Butch Jones had been fired as Tennessee’s Head Football Coach. I hope you don’t think ill of me that I was elated. I have no sympathy -nor should you- for guys that will continue to be handsomely rewarded for failing to do a job they were hired to do. Today is not a day for sympathy, it's a day for joy for another in a long line of unfit, mercenary coaches -who will soon land on his feet- has been sent packing. Today is a joyful, liberating occasion for all of Big Orange Nation. Jonestown has been shut down, the Ponzi scheme he pulled on the Tennessee program and it’s faithful has been exposed and the perpetrator has been banished. Our program had been under the thumb of an incompetent and unjust ruler that has been overthrown and -with apologies to Titan’s Bill- his kingdom has been torn down....[more]
WHERE'S RICHARD PRYOR WHEN YOU NEED HIM
Posted: Thursday, November 9th, 2017, 6:20 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

IF TONY’S WRONG WHAT’S THE TRUTH? In Tuesday’s blog Tony turned most of Big Orange Nation’s backside bright red with the implication that not only has there been little to no movement on finding a replacement for Butch Jones but the decision to even look for one hasn’t been made. He doubled-down on Thursday with the news that Jim Haslam publicly supported the sitting head coach. His anger-inducing proclamation? Butch Jones has yet to be fired. As much as I would like to stomp and yell at the top of my lungs “THAT’S PURE HORSEBLEEP” what’s out there to suggest otherwise? I asked two Mondays ago for someone to give me one good reason why it hasn’t been announced that Jones will not be returning to head the Vols in 2018....[more]
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