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Live @ Copper Cellar
Cumberland Ave.
Posted: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, 9:59 AM
Reminder for you...

Garza Law Tennessee Basketball Overtime Call In Show:

As soon as UT/Florida goes final, we'll be on live taking your calls. I've decided that Tennessee is going to win this game tonight and they're going to win it rather handily. You'll be reading the reasons why below. I feel great about this game not so much from the Tennessee standpoint but Florida is just not very good. They're in Kentucky territory in terms of a match up for the Vols.

The Pleasure Was All Mine: I had the absolute pleasure of being on a podcast hosted by two 14 year old young men. We recorded this on Monday. Carson and Elijah Crouch host the Give Him 6 Podcast....[more]
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Live Tuesday @ Wings Xpress
Posted: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 3:34 PM
Conference Championship & SEC Tournament Championship Vs Sweet 16 Run: Beano Jeff Henderson had a throwaway comment early in our broadcast yesterday regarding Tennessee's season and the hopes of winning the SEC's regular season dwindling with each passing day. Beano said the following.

'I'll tell you truth. College basketball is about what you do in the NCAA Tournament. I'm just happy getting there. That's my expectations. I'd much rather have a long tourney run than worry about winning either the conference or the SEC Tournament.'

From here I sensed an opportunity and asked callers the following:

I'll make a deal with you......[more]
Monday Live at Smoothie King
Posted: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 3:45 PM
Orange Throat leads things off on this Monday.

When Brian Hartman dropped the knowledge Friday of Tennessee's struggles against Georgia, I had to do a triple take. Tennessee has now lost 8 of 10 to Foxy Mark Fox who beats NOBODY else in the SEC. His tenure has been mediocre at Georgia yet he's somehow 5-0 against HOF Rick Barnes. And Saturdays game was a misstep for Tennessee from the opening whistle. The clock malfunction represented a highlight for the Vols. Tennessee simply played perhaps their worst game in the Rick Barnes era Saturday and easily suffered their worst loss of the year. Now some are worried that recent history is repeating itself....[more]
Friday Live @ Stover's
Posted: Friday, February 16th, 2018, 10:58 AM
With Valentine's Day behind us, the Pilot verdicts in and college hoops season heating up, we take a full head of steam into your sports weekend!!!

Reminder!!!

Garza Law Tennessee Basketball Overtime immediately following Tennessee-Georgia tomorrow night!!! On your tonybasilio.com stream, Tony Basilio App, Periscope, & Facebook Live. Go Vols!!!

Orange Throat has the floor leading things off for us, setting the agenda on this great Friday.

KYLE ALEXANDER is another great example we've talked about as well....[more]
SHORT SHOTS
Posted: Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 2:29 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

SHORT SHOTS FOR THE WEEK:

CAN A RICK BARNES TEAM FINISH? Last Saturday notwithstanding, I really like this team and the job Rick Barnes and staff have done in leading and developing. The bludgeoning at the hands of a 9-loss Alabama team however has at the very least recalibrated my post-season expectations and has me longing to see one of Barnesí Tennessee teams finish the regular season strongly. His first team lost three of itís last 5 regular season games while last seasonís squad dropped 4 of 5. Those teams were both plagued by lack of experienced depth with the 2015-16 unit losing Kevin Punter to injury and the 16-17 edition saw Detrick Mostella jettisoned and Robert Hubbs III severely limited....[more]
Thursday
Posted: Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 11:18 AM
UT Running To Weinke: Jeremy Pruitt moved quickly in filling his running back opening. Chris Weinke is an interesting hire. This is a great opportunity for him to be a full time assistant on an SEC coaching staff. Hopefully Weinke's recruiting prowess and ties to IMG academy will pay fruitful dividends for Tennessee.

Here's a piece on Weinke's quick hiring. Link

Our recruiting analyst 'X' likes the hire. Chris Weinke is a solid hire. As I said yesterday, he knows the Alabama way (so the long hours and level of expectation won't swallow him) and he will immediately help Tennessee's recruiting at the IMG Academy. There are 4 or 5 really good prospects at IMG that Tennessee is currently recruiting.

Interesting to see Phillip Fulmer not play semantics on the departure of Robert Gillespie....[more]
Live @ Bradley's
Posted: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, 8:13 AM
Happy Valentineís Day! The day of love!

The day of love is probably not being felt by Robert Gillespie toward Tennessee's new Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt as Gillespie was fired yesterday. I'm not sure why the media in this town won't call this what it is. It wasn't a mutual parting of the ways. Multiple sources told me that Gillespie was fired and that this occurred due to an accumulation of things. Those factors include Pruitt wanting his own people on this staff and Gillespie not meshing well with the new staff members. This is ALL understandable, so why pretend otherwise? Are we pretending because Gillespie is highly regarded by this extremely knowledgeable coaching staff? Does firing Gillespie take some of the new car shine from Pruitt? I don't think so but apparently we're not allowed to call a spade a spade just yet with our new staff....[more]
Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday, February 13th, 2018, 1:12 PM
Tennessee and South Carolina tonight at 9pm Eastern in Thompson-Boling Arena. I hope the SEC revisits forcing Eastern division teams to play home games this late.

Jerry Meyer Scouting Director of 24/7 sports.com was immensely interesting yesterday in discussing the success of Rick Barnes and Tennessee hoops. Meyer believes that Tennessee is emblematic of a year in college hoops where the most talented teams aren't necessarily the ones that are winning. The ones winning this year are the teams that play the hardest and the most unselfishly together.

Jerry Meyer made me re-think my position on Anfernee Simons. I've been operating under the assumption that Simons is a risk not worth taking for Tennessee but Meyer made some great points with me yesterday on whether Tennessee should take Simons or someone else in the spring signing period.

On Anfernee Simons, Jerry Meyer Believes:

1....[more]
Live Monday at Smoothie King
Posted: Monday, February 12th, 2018, 12:58 PM
Thanks to all that came out to our listener watch party at Tapp'd on Cumberland. We had a tremendous night of fellowship even if the game was terrible. And that game was terrible. In fact, post-game we only stayed on for about 45 minutes because I didn't want to beat a dead horse. That game took my breath away as it was happening because I just couldn't believe this Tennessee team had that level of a stinker in them. Before Saturday night, Tennesseeʻs largest deficit this year was 15 points. You will win a lot of games playing with that kind of consistency. Alabama flat out tore Tennessee's kingdom down (great Titans Bill line) from the opening whistle. Tennessee will never be able to run up and down on the floor with those guys. Everybody is due a stinker. In retrospect, I'll take a win over and a sweep of Kentucky to pay the back end of that bill....[more]
BAD CLOSE BUT STILL A GOOD CLASS FOR PRUITT
Posted: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 1:39 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

A BAD CLOSE TO A GOOD CLASS: By any measurement Wednesdayís second signing day was a disappointment for Tennessee fans hoping that Jeremy Pruitt and staff could close the 2018 recruiting class with the efficiency in which they started. After only days on the job the new Vol coaches launched the recruiting haul from the 60s to a Top-20 class in the early signing period with a chance to jump to one of the best 15 classes in America in February. In Year-1 however the staff closed more like Tyler Clippard than Mariano Rivera. They lost WR Jordan Young to FSU and failed to secure J.C. Copeland who went to Florida. OLB Quay Walker cast his Tennessee hat in the trash and his lot with Georgia. CBs Olaijah Griffin and Isaac Taylor-Stewart (ITS) chose USC while Taylor Palmer selected NC State....[more]
BASKETVOLS STAYING ON SCHEDULE
Posted: Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 1:58 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

ANSWERING TONYíS JEREMY PRUITT QUESTION: (This ran in Tonyís blog on Monday so forgive me for the repeat but it is after all February which in case you havenít noticed is not the greatest sports month)

I was certain that I no longer had the propensity for unconditional faith for anything associated with University of Tennessee Athletics. Too many gaffes by incompetent leaders hiring ill-prepared coaches with little understanding of the task at hand and in most cases even less appreciation for the opportunity or the schoolís history. Combine that with varied boosters, athletic administrators and support personnel with their own agendas and you have a recipe for failure. It would take a seismic event to return me to the all-in fandom of my youth....[more]
RICK BARNES THE RECRUITER; REVAMPED OR RETIRED?
Posted: Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 1:41 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

RICK BARNES THE RECRUITER; RETIRED OR RECALIBRATED? There has been a lot of lively discussion both on-air and through social media regarding Rick Barnes recruiting or lack thereof. Though most are very happy with what heís done with his current roster, lines have been drawn between those who believe his methods are underrated and those who believe -to put it kindly- underwhelming. There is also a debate on whether the difference from his previous stops is a new approach or that he has become a retired-in-place recruiter. Thereís no way to settle the debate but letís look at both points of view.

From the new approach supporters the defense of Barnes most often takes the form of:...[more]
THINKING OF TAKING THE CUP OFF
Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 1:48 AM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

CAN WE TAKE THE CUP OFF? I realize Iím the one credited -or discredited- for coining the moniker Cup Check University for the University of Tennessee Athletic Departmentís propensity to follow up good things with an immediate swift kick to the junk. While also understanding the hazard of doing so Iím considering letting my guard down. It may prove to be a fool-hearty premonition but I believe I see a crack of light penetrating the rubble pile left in the wake of the terrible trio of Mike Hamilton, Dave Hart and John Currie. Here are a few rays of hope:

-JEREMY PRUITT: I believe weíve stumbled upon a gem in the hiring of Jeremy Pruitt. Heís a blue-collar every-man who has hit every rung of the coaching ladder in his quest to become a head coach and has apparently gained a great deal of respect from his players and peers alike....[more]
VOLS ROADMAP TO THE NCAA
Posted: Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 1:31 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP THOUGHTS: As I settled in to watch two of the Vols bitter rivals prepare to play for the National Championship of college football I really had no idea how to feel or who to pull for. I saw no outcome that could be looked upon as a positive for Tennessee going forward. I did not -nor do I now- think that a win would diminish the blood-thirst for winning of Nick Saban and Alabama Nation nor derail Georgiaís momentum under Saban protťgť Kirby Smart. Nor did I believe a loss would be devastating to either camp. I had no confidence -or fear- that Jeremy Pruittís tenure here would be altered whether his defense stoned the Dawgs or gave up half-a-hundred nor that one more appearance or another ring would significantly raise his profile as a recruiter. All I saw was two teams that Iíd much rather see lose than win playing a game that couldn't end in a preferred tie....[more]
TIME TO RAISE MY OWN WHITE FLAG
Posted: Thursday, January 4th, 2018, 3:23 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

BOWL TAKEAWAYS

Wish I had realized how bad the PAC-12 sucked this year before picking a bunch of itís members in several bowl pools. If there was a good team in the entire league it didnít show.

Apparently, the officiating in that league matches the memberís ineptitude. The Music City Bowl may have been the worst officiated game I have ever seen....[more]
BOWL GAMES AND VOL BASKETBALL
Posted: Thursday, December 21st, 2017, 3:53 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

EARLY SIGNING PERIOD IS PREPOSTEROUS: When the new early signing period was announced I said it was a good idea. Proving once again that I know diddly about recruiting and my mouth is much quicker than my brain. Now that it is actually upon us I canít think of one redeeming feature it presents. It is an ill-timed, poorly thought out, venture that should be abolished after one failed attempt. It puts universities, coaches and prospects in a frenzied pursuit that will wind up -as most rushed efforts- with disappointing results. With one ill-conceived calendar change the CFB ďbrain trustĒ has found a way to soil Christmas, bowl preparation, the honeymoon period for newly-hired coaches and dimmed the excitement of the true National Signing Day -a mere six weeks from now- in one fell swoop. Not to mention placing more pressure on recruits to grab a spot than ever before....[more]
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