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Posted: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 3:21 PM
Lining Up Prizes For Saturday: Listener Watch Party For Bama @ Bearden Hill Fieldhouse. Come out and support us. We're going to do all kinds of fun stuff. I'll have a list of stuff later in the week on the blog.

Set Your DVR: Tonight at 10pm. MyVLT. Set your DVR for In The Pocket, presented by your Garza Law Firm. Tony Robinson is promising to break down Tennessee's implosion on the goal line. In fact he tells me he's going to dissect how the pass attempt to Brandon Johnson was doomed before the ball was even snapped at the end of that game....[more]
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Posted: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 8:00 AM
Listener Watch Party IV Saturday!!! Bearden Hill Fieldhouse!!! We're going to play some gambling games. Ball Boards!!! (Free To Play) Tons of Prizes!!! Prop bets too!!! I'll have more in a day or so.

Please Quote Me Properly: I love that you're listening to me (whoever you are) but multiple folks have told me that I was misquoted on a GoVolsXtra board yesterday. I NEVER said on the Monday edition of the Tony Basilio Radio Show that Butch Jones is meeting with his agent/attorney and representatives of UT in the spirit of working out a buyout....[more]
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Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017, 8:43 AM
Today's blog is dedicated to all long suffering Vol fans everywhere. We will get this thing back one day. It won't be today, but Tennessee football will return. Today we're going to look inside the Orange Throat, unearth some fun facts and see Matt Dixon lose it in print!!!!

Fun Fact #1!!! Vols are a 34 point underdog to Bama. This is the most points Tennessee has ever gotten from Vegas in an SEC game. I'm talking school history here. Butch Jones should feel proud. He's in year 5 and he keeps setting records....[more]
Posted: Sunday, October 15th, 2017, 5:00 PM
by Beano

WALKING THE ORANGE MILE: If you weren’t convinced already, Saturday’s loss to an average, beat-up, South Carolina team -and the putrid offensive showing that caused it- should provide all the evidence needed that the Butch Jones era at Tennessee is reaching its conclusion. It is now not a question of if, but when? I have no sources or brilliant insight just a long-term period of following the program and an educated gut. It’s telling me that he coached his last game at Neyland Stadium yesterday. I think the axe will drop shortly after Alabama does what everyone expects and drops the Vols to 0-4 in the SEC and under .500 on the season. Tennessee fans are the most loyal of any in America but there is only so much that even the most dedicated group can stomach. If Jones somehow miraculously survives beyond Halloween I would hate to guess just how few people will be in the stands when Southern Miss comes calling on September 4th....[more]
Posted: Friday, October 13th, 2017, 11:08 AM
Welcome to Friday. Our Vols take the field with South Carolina tomorrow in a game that promises to be interesting. Something worth discussing is going to occur tomorrow in Neyland Stadium. That's exactly what we're doing here today and will do tomorrow on the Garza Law 5th Quarter Fan Reaction.

Throaty... Love the report but the whole reason I would've made the change is that it would've provided relief for everybody involved. The players deserve relief....[more]
Posted: Friday, October 13th, 2017, 8:46 AM
by Beano


ANY FIGHT LEFT IN THE JONES ERA? Arrangements are already being made but the corpse hasn’t been placed in the box yet. If Butch Jones is to stage a zombie apocalypse and make a statement that his demise has been greatly exaggerated it must start versus South Carolina Saturday. All the signs are there that -as Titan’s Bill would say- the kingdom is being torn down but Jones and some of his upperclassmen are putting up a strong front for the outside world to see. Whether it is a thinly-veiled façade or true “got your back” resilience will be readily evident when an improving South Carolina comes for a visit in Neyland....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 12th, 2017, 4:47 AM
It's Thursday in Rocky Top. Time to put the Butch Jones induced noise aside and focus on South Carolina. This is a highly winnable game for Tennessee. In fact, all things being equal in a garden variety year, I would be picking Tennessee large in this game. This however is no man’s land.

1) Vols will play a new QB who has shown very little during his limited time in games.

2) Vols have had several distractions the past 3 weeks including the departure of a back up OL along with injuries (off field) to a couple of starters. Let's not forget the Taylor suspension plus Butch's own self-inflicted words that wound....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, 8:12 AM
A public thank you to Beano and the boys for a couple of great days of radio in my absence this week. I might be the only guy in the business whose show gets better when he doesn't do it.

Why is Butch Jones still employed? Really. What is he adding right now to the equation in Knoxville. Butch Jones is a complete impediment to the enjoyment of a good 80 plus percent of Vol fans everywhere. This mismanagement of the QB situation which has finally bubbled to the surface this week is just one more example. My message is pretty simple at this point for John Currie and the huge $$$ boosters.....Tennessee fans have had and been put through enough by this Yankee. He's got to go and now. Can you imagine the atmosphere on Saturday? It's going to be close to all time bad for an SEC football game and that's too bad because we all deserve better....[more]
Posted: Tuesday, October 10th, 2017, 6:53 PM
The Real Story: Butch & Erik will probably call this fake news but here’s the real deal on Taylor's suspension. First of all this DOES stem from last week's incident involving Trey Smith that occurred in practice. We all know this. Here's the untold story. Multiple sources around the Tennessee program have told me that the team voted to have Taylor kicked off the team but that Butch Jones has decided for now to suspend the UT defensive lineman indefinitely.

Allegedly Taylor stepped on/stomped Smith pretty strongly after an altercation at practice. When I relayed this bit of news to couple of VFL's both essentially had the same reaction. "So this is why this team struggles. They are weak." ...[more]
Posted: Monday, October 9th, 2017, 8:24 AM
621 Miles separates Neyland Stadium and Lincoln Financial Field but yesterday as I sat in an awesome seat watching my Eagles tear up the Cardinals I felt the tug of Knoxville. As a Cowboy fan friend of mine put it last night to me on the phone 'Butch has taken away my stinger'. As the Eagles got out to a 21-0 lead my brother Rich looked at me asking what was wrong. I just looked at him and told him that I didn't believe it. Yesterday's game was easy. Too easy. Thus the plight of football fan under the influence of Butch Jones. Yeah. I was 621 miles away but might as well of been on Cumberland Avenue. Thus it is with Butch Jones' Football. Let's just say it leaves a mark....[more]
Posted: Monday, October 9th, 2017, 8:25 AM
by Beano

RANKING POSSIBLE JONES REPLACEMENTS: I really hoped not to and I’m surprised to already be doing so with the calendar barely penetrating October but it’s time to think about who Tennessee’s next football coach could be. Yes, I understand the season is only 5-games old and with the exception of Alabama there are no unbeatables left on the remaining slate. With the Vols current state of play and internal unrest however there are also no sure wins. If Butch Jones remarkably rights the ship, survives the entire season, wins six of his remaining seven and opts to stay I’ll apologize at that time. Until that fairy tale is written however I am choosing not to live on Fantasy Island where if Jones resided you can bet a tropical storm would be brewing right off it’s coast.

The fantasy football participant in me is a huge believer in tiering prospects....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 2:05 PM
by Beano

MP IS PROBABLY CORRECT; I SHOULD FEAR THE KNOWN: Longtime, excellent and astute caller MP (aka @Lloyd_Testerman on Twitter) joined the show earlier this week lamenting an issue he has been driving home for several years. His belief is we will never have a Power-5 Championship-level program with a Mid-Major administrative approach. He had kind words for my appearances -which I greatly appreciate- but he reminded Tony that my assertion that a deeper available candidate pool to replace Butch will mitigate our bevy of poor decision makers is a repeat of what I said at the time we were replacing Cuonzo Martin. Guilty as charged. Tony on a later show also poo-pooed my contention that John Currie will be more involved in the process with more autonomy than his last two predecessors. I will plead no contest to that one until further proof is available....[more]
Posted: Sunday, October 1st, 2017, 10:34 PM
by Beano

POST DAWG THOUGHTS: Our worst fears came to fruition. Georgia’s defense is much better than in recent years and our offense is horrendous. So much in fact that I actually felt we played fairly well defensively in a 41-0 rout. What we saw Saturday were two programs steaming in different directions. One with energy, excitement, purpose and direction; the other free-falling with none of those attributes.

I have always agreed with Jeremy Foley’s philosophy of not waiting to do the inevitable -and believe me it is inevitable- but unfortunately, I don’t believe it is in our administration’s DNA to do so....[more]
Posted: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 9:26 PM
by Beano

HOPE ONE SATURDAY DOESN’T EQUAL THE NEXT: Six days ago, as Georgia was dismantling Mississippi State -who did the same a week before to LSU- they looked like a team to be dreaded. Earlier in the same day the Vols were simply dreadful. If you project that forward Tennessee is in for an epic beating this Saturday in Neyland. Thankfully, College Football often has a way of making fools of those who believe one week’s results portend what will occur the next. I prefer to believe that series history is a better predictor of the type of game to come. In the last 5 meetings between the Vols and Dawgs -which spans two coaches for each- Georgia leads 3 games to 2 with all five contests decided by 7-points or less. Georgia won 51-44, 34-31 and 35-32 in 2012 through 2014 while the Vols won the last two games 38-31 and 34-31....[more]
Posted: Thursday, September 21st, 2017, 3:26 PM
by Beano

JUMPING THE GUN ON BUTCH? As a long-time Tennessee fan I have seen a number of coaching transitions and much like meteorology the pattern can be read long before the storm actually hits. I can’t say for certain how long-term the future forecast is or whether it will be a category 3, 4 or 5 but the winds of change are about to blow Butch Jones out of here. You hear it in the whispers of the connected; you notice the change in message of those who report on the program; you calculate the approval rating drop on the talk shows and the tenor at the grocery store or barber shop; you hear former players willing to publicly criticize the program for which they once toiled and risk life and limb; you see the rock plastered with “FIRE BUTCH NOW” and it isn’t deemed by the UT Student body to be desecration and you notice the desperation in the coach’s voice and face. The signs are all there that we are in the last days of the Jones era.

Tony -on his Tuesday show- warned those wanting an immediate ceremony and burial not to put their suit on or send flowers too quickly and I don’t totally disagree....[more]
Posted: Monday, September 18th, 2017, 7:40 AM
by Beano

POST GATOR THOUGHTS: Last year gave us a reprieve and got the 11-loss gorilla off our back but nothing has changed in Gainesville. I’ve seen the script over-and-over. Florida takes maximum advantage of whatever opportunities they get regardless of how infrequently they come around, their defense gets critical stops in the shadow of their goal line and often score. We on the other hand will self-destruct just enough to let it all happen and fail to get proper direction from whoever is roaming our sideline. In short, they will make whatever play and decision they need to win and we will not.

-I’m afraid we’ve learned -again- that Jones’ offense will not work efficiently against SEC-caliber defenses without a QB that is half-RB...[more]
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