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Posted: Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 5:59 AM
I was really surprised the level to which Butch Jones was hawking tickets to the Bowling Green game yesterday at his press conference in Knoxville. This crowd or lack thereof that will flock to Nashville Saturday afternoon is no reflection of the Tennessee fan base. This game in Nashville is a greed play by the administration that should 100% be played in Knoxville. Put it this way....If you put this game in Knoxville it would sell out in Neyland Stadium. Tennessee can do the Vol Walk and bring the band but them playing in Nashville is not real college football. I believe the fans are showing that they've reached the breaking point. The average orange blooded person simply can't afford to go to that game but easily would pack Neyland Stadium for that one. It's just a different deal with zero tradition around it. Unless they paper that stadium, I'm afraid its going to be unsightly when the ball is punted high in the air.

Other Notes from yesterday's press conference and thoughts going forward....[more]
Posted: Monday, August 31st, 2015, 7:03 AM

Does is get any better than this? It's been an amazing off-season. I've been on the air doing a daily sports show since 1994 and this is easily the most fervent I've seen this fan base. There's something about climbing the ladder. When I came on the air in the early 90's, Tennessee was already established. There's simply not another time like this in the modern era. You could point back to the Bill Battle years but the league is so much more difficult now then it was then. In those days the SEC was Bama's league. These days any of the elite teams are capable of not only winning the league but also a National Championship....[more]
Posted: Friday, August 28th, 2015, 9:28 AM
We lead things off this Friday with Orange Throat! 8 days out and there's a lot on his mind.

Throaty: That's some insane work right there. I'm not worthy. Just amazing. Love the one liner about the 10 star commitment plus that stuff about Jones is so spot on. He's just about all that scares me about the upcoming year. He's perhaps the best recruiter we've ever seen here at the head of the football program yet he scares me....[more]
Posted: Thursday, August 27th, 2015, 7:13 PM
by Beano

WE’LL MISS RANDY MOORE: I came home Saturday -from what now seems like an even less important batting practice session than usual- to the sad news that Randy Moore had passed away at 63 years of age. My first thought was that is way too young for anyone let alone someone as widely respected as Randy. My second was of his earliest work with the Knoxville Journal in 1974 when I was a senior at Oak Ridge High School. I dabbled in sports journalism with the school paper in those years so I had a greater than passing interest in style of writing and –probably foolishly- what I thought I could draw from it concerning the scribe’s character. I immediately liked Randy through his work and years later after making his acquaintance I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that -at least in this instance- my first impressions had been dead on.

Randy –unlike recent editions of the football program and seemingly a lifetime of the basketball program he covered so effectively- was a consistent source of excellence....[more]
Posted: Thursday, August 20th, 2015, 9:39 PM
by Beano

TAKING TONY’S TUESDAY TEST: In the Tuesday edition of Tony’s blog he asked several cogent, thought-provoking questions. Though I was never a great test taker “fill in the blank” trailed only “one obvious multiple choice” as my favorite formats so I thought I would give Basilio’s exam a whirl. Since there are obviously no academic requirements to meet in order to continue as a contributor on here are my responses to Tony’s queries:

If it can't be the Vols....I would like to see South Carolina win the SEC this year.

If it’s possible that there is a more underserved fanbase in America than the Big Orange Nation it has to be the Gamecock following....[more]
Posted: Thursday, August 13th, 2015, 4:29 PM
by Beano

SEC BIG GAME ROADMAP: Now to the league that really matters to those of us blessed to be living in this region of the country and closely following the best conference in the land. The league is still severely tilted due to the West’s strength and balance, Florida and Tennessee’s continued struggles to regain footing and unfortunate geography that places both Kentucky and Vandy on the same side. Therefore in order to avoid listing every Western Division game I have cut those back to include only the most significant and traditional slugfests.


North Carolina @ South Carolina: Steve Spurrier is hoping for a much better start than last season’s Texas A&M thrashing and Larry Fedora could use a jump start as well....[more]
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