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Tuesday....Let The Games Begin
Posted: Tuesday, August 4th, 2015, 10:00 AM
Say what you want to say about Butch Jones but you can feel it. Tennessee football is completely back. We may not know it yet but there will be so much talent on that field tonight that truth is truth. Sure, Jones is goofy as he can be in a press conference. He used 'individual' at least 40 times yesterday. The guy is a human drinking game. If you were drinking out of dropper, you could have been clinically dead just on 'individual' alone.


I tip my cap to Butch Jones and his staff. This league is nearly impossible in which to gain traction. Think about attempting to compete with these established programs when youíve disappeared for close to a decade.



The game of college football is about line play but you must have play makers. The Vols are stacked with play makers but will they make plays? Thatís a huge question and it should lead to some pressure on Zach Azzani. Link


Speaking of Azzani, fate hasnít done him any favors with the situations unfolding with Pearson and Williams. You canít make this stuff up. The Pearson situation is a disgrace. Either charge him or donít. And what if heís never charged? That young man has been forever smeared by this. Thatís pretty disgraceful.


On Williams, when is he going to take the test? And how hard will it be to take a test that he prepared for 6 months ago? How does he prepare concurrently for that test while attending classes at UT while attempting to learn a new position at Tennessee? Can you imagine all the pressure on this kid right now? He doesnít make the grade on that test and he goes from playing in front of 100,000 to literally a couple of hundred. He goes from eating 5 star food to eating junk. He goes from 5 star accommodations to Motel 6 at some JUCO. Thatís a lot of pressure on a young guy. I know how I was as a test taker. No way I wouldíve succeeded in that situation.


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1% better. Like a lot of Butch Jones stuff I'm not sure what this means or how you would quantify it but it sure sounds good. Link


Hidden yardage? What does that mean? Link



As camp opens today, I've decided to suspend my win/loss expectations (for the most part) and call for a win over Florida (non-negotiable) while playing solid, intelligent and fun to watch football. If Tennessee can do this, I'll be plenty pleased. As for getting 1% better, that sounds like something Oprah Winfrey would come up with.


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How much better is the depth this year than in years past? ONE PLAYER (1) was discussed yesterday as switching lines of scrimmage. Malik Foreman is going to start at db and play some wr. He's it right now. That's mind boggling considering camps of past years.


Tennessee begins its practice schedule tonight with two more to follow this week.


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Projected depth chart. Link


Jim McElwain isn't exactly moving the bar at Florida with that fan base. This piece is embarrassing for that program and those 'fans'. Look at this! I'm talking about an evacuation of a fan base. Say what you want to say about Tennessee fans but they've run off to this extent. Link


A Bob Kessling would say, 'plenty of good seats are remaining' in Gainesville. Link


It's going to be an interesting next five years in ESPN land. They are getting ready to change. Link

I like Rick Stockstill at MTSU. It must be really frustrating to put your own skin in the game and get eclipsed by the SEC power in your state. Link







Gene Chizik...'tarred and feathered' Link


WWE paid tribute to Rowdy Roddy Piper last night and I cried. Link


VFL Justin Hunter's case will 'end well' according to his attorney. Link


If you're planning on going to one of these signature games in college football you better not bring Visa or your American Express Card because you're going to need tons of cash. Link


Tito Santana on how Hot Rod will be remembered. Link


THIS is interesting stuff. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the SEC? It could still happen. Link


So glad to see Josh Richardson get a guaranteed deal with the Heat. Great news. Happy for him! Link


DeSean Jackson is a complete idiot. Link





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Amari Cooper is the real deal. Link



Great recruiting snews and snotes here. Link


Hard to blame any young athlete for choosing baseball over football. Link


Can you believe this? Link




I hope American sports execs get this message soon. Sports are about fellowship, not apartheid. Link


Has it really been this poor of a sports year through 7 months? Link


So glad Adam Silver is keeping it real on sports gambling. Link


Is it time for sports to legalize marijuana across the board? Link




Terrific awards keep on coming for the Smokies. Link


Chad Johnson is just a big kid and we are all grateful. Link


No brotherly love for this non-human. Link


The US is really getting desperate when this is under consideration. Link


Could the Aaron Hernandez story possibly be more sordid? Link


Out of control. Link


Mr Coffee is gone. Link


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