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Posted: Monday, June 27th, 2016, 5:21 AM
We live in an era where agents have sold the public that college coaches ARE the program. It’s simply not true. Unless of course you’re talking about women’s basketball, in particular Tennessee women’s basketball. I’m convinced that if there was no Pat Summitt, women’s hoops would still be in the dark. Yes. She was that important to not only this community, but to the entire sport itself. And she was the ultimate giver to her game. Pat Summitt could’ve easily frozen out the likes of Geno and simply hoarded championships.

Al Brown tells a great story about how he pleaded with Pat Summitt not to open the door for Geno and UConn. At one point during a spirited conversation, Pat Summitt looked at coach Brown and said, "I have to play them....[more]
Posted: Friday, June 24th, 2016, 6:36 AM


Firstly, way to commeth correcteth. I've been getting credit all week for calling the shot on Jimmy Cheek. You sir are the one who called that shot. Both you and Vol Colonel were way out in front on that one. As for the other moving parts at Tennessee, only here would we have a guy up for Chancellor that finished a close second to the current Prez. And have we confirmed his name is Brian? Because I've personally referred to him by at least 8 different first and last names. Interesting....[more]
Live Thursday @
Smoothie King
Walker Springs Road
Posted: Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, 6:15 AM
Athlon is out of the mid state. Perhaps it isn't surprising that they're rather bullish on the Vols for 2016. This really could be a special season. Our Daniel Lewis has details on Tennessee accumulating the second most FIRST TEAM All Americans in the SEC. Link

Vincent Perry being ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming season is a minor blow. He would've helped this team. How does an athlete is this day and age manage to fall below the line with all the tutorial help at his disposal? Sad....[more]
Live Wednesday @
Copper Cellar
Cumberland Ave
Posted: Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016, 6:22 AM
Can we take a victory lap here? ONE PLACE has been telling you for weeks that Jimmy Cheek was on his way out. Orange Throat said it EXCLUSIVELY here for weeks. There's a changing of the guard afoot at Tennessee. With this comes a real opportunity to stop the madness.

The reworking of UT hasn't materialized. All we've done is fallen behind in the one thing that most in our community truly care about. SPORTS!!...[more]
Live Tuesday @
Wings Xpress
Posted: Tuesday, June 21st, 2016, 6:23 AM
Thanks for being there. Great to be back in the mix and the hunt with you. I appreciate your grace in indulging me with a break. It was terrific getting away. I had the pleasure of visiting family in PA. My Dad turned 90! Great stuff. Fun times. God bless America....[more]
Posted: Friday, June 17th, 2016, 7:13 AM

The heat appears to have taken up residence in East Tennessee. Welcome to the humid, sweaty dog days of the sports year.

1. The Rocky Top League is not an optimal environment from which to make many judgments. That said, it is pretty obvious why the UT staff is so high on Lamonte Turner.

2. The Tennessee basketball family lost a true icon with the passing of Jimmy England. He was one of the stars who lit the fuse that culminated with the hoops explosion during the Ernie and Bernie era....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, June 15th, 2016, 5:06 AM

The NBA season isn't quite done yet. That is the only thing between sports fans and the long, lazy days of summer.

1. The Rocky Top League tips off tonight. That will provide fans a glimpse of the athleticism of Tennessee's newcomers.

2. Marcus Lee is a quality addition for Cuonzo Martin. He'll slide into Ivan Rabb's spot after he sits out a year....[more]
Posted: Monday, June 13th, 2016, 5:46 AM

The countdown to football rolls on as the other sporting options dwindle. The Appalachian State game will be here before we know it.

1. Tennessee appears to be well positioned in the recruitment of Victor Uyaelumno. He would certainly help adress the need for an interior presence.

2. Butch Jones and his staff continue to get the job done on the recruiting trail. The Vols are adding quality talent to buttress the depth of the roster....[more]
Posted: Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 7:48 PM
by Beano

NOT READY FOR PRIMETIME BUT ALMOST FULL-TIME: Tony B has decided to take some well-deserved time away from the mic this week (June 13-17) to handle the critical -but not nearly as fun- business side of the Tony Basilio Show house. Tony has brilliantly directed his family-owned, independent talk-show career up until now; when he handed the reins to me in his absence. I will be with you Monday through Thursday and will do my best to assure The Dean has a show to return to at week’s end. Realizing that one mortal such as I can’t carry TB’s headset I have lined up a star-studded cast to help me through. My former Calhoun’s Saturday Conversation partner Geoff Brock will be with me on Monday and possibly later in the week as well. The Good Doctor Sean Sinclair another Convro alumni will make his usual sterling Wednesday appearance and I’m hopeful The Mayor of SoNo Phil Cooper will grab his piece of the pie as well....[more]
Tony B Is Taking A Break After Today's Blog......
Friday Snooze and Snotes
Posted: Friday, June 10th, 2016, 8:18 AM
This is your final Tony Basilio Blog I will do until Tuesday the 21st. I'm taking a break for sanity's sake. Everybody needs a break from time to time. I hope you'll understand. I'm also taking a break from the show during this time as well. Thanks to Beano/Sinco/Hatfield, Seth, B-Ball Lee Earl, Swaineee, and everybody pitching in to keep the dream alive. When we return we will be full strength on the blog as Vol Colonel will join Throat, X, Brian, Colquitt and the film watching family. We are coming for you for the rest of 2016. Beleeeee Dat...

Before we start with Orange Throat today, I want to congratulate Nick Senzel for being drafted #2 overall by the Cincinnati Reds....[more]
Posted: Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, 4:58 PM
by Beano

TENNESSEE FOOTBALL: Several weeks back the Good Doctor Sean Sinclair said he didn’t have numbers to prove his assertion but felt that Vol offensive lines are better when populated with Tennesseans. Not only was he spot-on but I contend there ARE numbers to prove his declaration. I put most of what is below together several years -and computers- ago and simply had to update what was already accumulated. Take a look and draw your own conclusions.


YEAR # NAMES...[more]
Posted: Thursday, May 26th, 2016, 4:12 PM
by Beano

When you don’t have one-course meal -let alone three- worthy blog material what do you do? You put together a little brain-mist hobo stew.


I am happy for Dave Serrano. He’s a guy that left a job that almost assured high-level success annually to take over a program that only one man has ever had any at. He has apparently done everything right except the most important thing; win games. I was not prepared to celebrate his firing nor am I devastated by his retention....[more]
Posted: Sunday, May 22nd, 2016, 5:10 PM
by Beano

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL? I once believed it was beneath Tennessee Football to play a game on Thursday night. Though I love watching college football as an appetizer for the big slate two days later that was for the Mississippi States and Vandys of the world not Tennessee. I’ve apparently had a slight attitude adjustment because I’m not at all disappointed to hear that the Vols will open their season on Thursday September 1st versus Appy State. I do feel for the merchants and Vol fans who’s travel plans and work schedules must be altered and tailgates condensed. I especially empathize with those forced to choose between their profession or their passion. I however am a local, drive to the game and back, retired fan who after further review selfishly likes the idea....[more]
Posted: Thursday, May 19th, 2016, 9:30 PM
by Beano

COMING UP 99: We broke the 100 days until College Football barrier today (special thanks to our buddy E-Wad for keeping me posted) so it’s time to analyze what to do with our time, sports-wise, until South Carolina travels to Nashville to face Vandy on September 1st. I don’t know if it’s advancing age, a desire to slow down the clock, or a decade of more Tennessee struggles than success but the CFB offseason goes by much quicker than it once did. I also seem less anxious for it while enjoying what comes in-between more. That doesn’t mean it isn’t one of my favorite times on the sports calendar once it does arrive. So how do we get there? Here’s my agenda:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL: The Yankees appear to be closer to a last-place squad than a post-season contender but I still love the every-day drama of a MLB season....[more]
Posted: Sunday, May 15th, 2016, 9:14 PM
by Beano

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAM HEALTH RATINGS: As Tony teased Friday we will discuss which college football programs appear to be the healthiest entering the 2016 season on Monday’s edition of the Tony Basilio Show. Unlike my scholastic years, when Tony gives me a homework assignment I generally complete it. We specifically intend to discuss how many programs we perceive as healthier than Tennessee’s. My guess upon hearing the topic was no more than a dozen would be ranked healthier than our beloved Tennessee Football Program. What I came up with based on little or nothing more than a gut feeling mirrored my assumption:


1-ALABAMA: Flagship program of the best conference with the best college football coach alive...[more]
Posted: Thursday, May 12th, 2016, 8:43 PM
by Beano

UNDERRATED VOLS: Tony’s conversation on Tuesday’s show regarding underrated professional athletes got me thinking about who I feel are the most underappreciated Vol footballers of my lifetime. I find it very difficult to apply this to the defensive side of the ball because it seems individual prowess is more easily quantified on offense so I will limit my candidates to those that played on that side of the ball:


CASEY CLAUSEN: Trails only Peyton Manning in Career Yardage with 9577, won TWICE in Gainesville and in 2001 led the Vols to victories over Florida, Notre Dame, Alabama and Michigan all away from the friendly confines of Neyland Stadium. Failure to lead the Vols to an SEC Title is apparently an unforgiveable transgression.

Honorable Mention; ANDY KELLY: 5TH in Career Total Yards (6427) and was 22-5-2 as a starter jump-starting the most successful decade of Tennessee Football in my lifetime....[more]
Posted: Sunday, May 8th, 2016, 8:43 PM
by Beano


-Florida has an excellent baseball team with hitters throughout the lineup, solid pitching and they made at least three defensive plays on Friday night that took away hits and rally opportunities from the Vols

-Tennessee is obviously outmanned in the unforgiving world of SEC baseball but they also lack a critical element; confidence. Every phase of the game that requires belief such as taking hits away with stellar defensive efforts, two-out hits with RISP and shutdown innings after drawing close or taking the lead, the Vols seem -in most cases- to fall far short of their opponent’s ability to do so. The fact they were able to accomplish some of the above on Saturday helped them avoid a sweep....[more]
Posted: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 5:32 PM
by Beano

BUTCH ON THE RISE (BARELY): The college football contributors on unveiled their annual Power-5 Conference Head Football Coach’s rankings that along with Notre Dame includes 65 schools. Six writers for the site treated the process like Top-25 voting completing their ballots based on little more than “gut feeling” or as Tom Fornelli who wrote the story for the site explained:

There were no set parameters for how we would rank the coaches. We simply ranked which ones we felt were the best in the business based on what we thought makes a coach good or great.

Butch Jones moved up the ladder a few rungs from where he was slated after his second season at the UT helm. The CBS scribes view Jones as the exact midpoint of the profession at #33 which means there are exactly 32 coaches they view as better and 32 they view as worse. Butch moved up four spots from his 37th spot ranking of 2015....[more]
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