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Wednesday...The Day After
Posted: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014, 1:01 AM
What a great time this is to be alive in East Tennessee. Never in the history of this school have three guys been more apt representatives of my alma mater! Butch Jones is a wonderful ambassador for the Football program. Tomorrow I'm going to share a story about him and the caller Roger that will bring a tear to your eyes! Dave Serrano? What a great guy! That account of him standing up for the family of the late owner of Gourmet's Market tells you everything you need to know about him. And Donnie Tyndell...[more]
Welcome Donnie Tyndall!
Dave Hart gets the right guy again!
Posted: Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014, 4:56 PM
Dave Hart has gone and done it again! You have to love it! The guy is living right! Dave Hart is rolling!!! He tries his best to screw it up but he keeps right on winning with these hires!!!!

Hart wanted to keep Derek Dooley around in his final year when 99.99% of those involved in the situation had already moved on. From that nearly fatal mistake of lobbying to rehab Dooley, Hart led a search that ended up on Charlie Strong by way of Mike Gundy. Both guys would've been horrible fits here....[more]
Latest On Coaching Search
Posted: Monday, April 21st, 2014, 9:05 AM
One Note before we get started today. If you want to hear today's show, you need to either be near a computer so as to recieve the web stream or download the App now. In the spirit of helping WJBE grow, I'm allowing them to cover my show for the Smokies for a couple of days this week! The Smokies have given the station some signage in the stadium. I'm a team player. It's a win, win for everybody involved. And you can still hear and participate in the show. You must download the app NOW...[more]
FRIDAY BLOG ADDENDUM
Posted: Friday, April 18th, 2014, 9:02 AM
by Beano
MY MEDIA RANT:

The way the media has painted the Tennessee fan base with a broad brush makes me physically ill. Weíve got writers sitting on their ample backside hundreds of miles away who watched a few down-the-stretch basketball games ignoring the largest portion of the Cuonzo Martin era, inflating the human interest aspect and portraying the Big Orange Nation as out-of-control, unreasonable racists.

The truth of the matter is this is one of the most loyal, overcharged, underserved fan bases in America who continue to show up in droves to watch lousy teams because we love UT sports....[more]
Live Friday @ Sushi Spot
Posted: Friday, April 18th, 2014, 8:47 AM
I've got to get this off my chest today. I'm really troubled by the way the national media and some locally are painting this Cuonzo Martin departure and UT's fan base. Race had nothing to do with it. NOTHING. Cuonzo Martin was and is boring. He doesn't emote. He doesn't yell at refs. He never engaged the fan base, the students, or even this place to any great regard....[more]
Live Thursday @ Sushi Spot
Posted: Thursday, April 17th, 2014, 9:59 AM
This search is going to be interesting. Two divergent worlds are sure to collide. On one hand you have what UT should do on the other you have what they probably will do. Either way, Tennessee is sure to come out of this with a serious upgrade to Cuonzo Martin. Thank God for Cal! I might just hug a tree before this is over!

Itís not UTís history to hire powerful coaches in any sport. Itís not their history to hire guys like Ben Howland....[more]
Live @ Calhoun's Maryville!
Posted: Wednesday, April 16th, 2014, 9:58 AM
What a day in Big Orange Country. Good for Cuonzo Martin! Great for Tennessee. EVERYBODY WINS! If you would've told Dave Hart that Cuonzo Martin was going to walk off campus while UT would be $1.3 million richer, he would've taken it all day long. Cuonzo's program was a sinking ship here and he knew it. The fighter didn't want to stay and fight and that's OK. My star of this whole year is the petition starter....[more]
WISHING CUONZO BEST OF LUCK; WISHING DAVE HART EVEN MORE
Posted: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, 8:19 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 4-17-14

EARLY BIRD: Sorry for the premature appearance at tonybasilio.com but I felt events of the day dictated that I get my sentiments posted early. If Iím not swamped or brain-dead I will try to post an addendum prior to Fridayís appearance. Failing that I will be looking forward to speaking with (or at) you Friday and I hope you have a blessed Easter....[more]
Tuesday Stuff
Posted: Tuesday, April 15th, 2014, 10:10 AM
So, yesterday all hell broke loose in the Ray Mears Studio due to Comcast issues and their lack of ability to fix a problem in two weeks and I had to go to WJBE and do my show live there. It was tricky as their studio is under construction. Well, this gave me an opportunity to share a couple of recent interviews with book authors. I read all the time. I'm working on 6 books concurrently in many different subjects as I type this. Anyway, I shared a couple of great interviews from book corner. The first is with Steve Stefano, author of Almost Perfect regarding the collapse of the 1964 Phillies. It is laugh out loud funny at times....[more]
Post Spring Game Monday
Posted: Monday, April 14th, 2014, 11:33 AM
Congrats to UT's Oliver Goss on landing the title of low amateur at the Masters of the weekend. Got a trip to Butler Cabin for the awards ceremony for his weekend. That's a great accomplishment for that young man.

Terrific Saturday at UT. Chicken Soup for the Vol fans soul. It was a beautiful day and the Vols put on a show for a hungry fan base. Everybody involved from the players, past and present to the coaches, administrators and marketing folks need to take a bow. Just a great day. Couple of observations for you from Saturday....[more]
Tony Robinson Meet & Greet 11-2
Live @ Latitude 35
Posted: Friday, April 11th, 2014, 11:31 AM
Days like today are great fun for me! Friday's with Beano are always special! When you put Beano with Tony Robinson, how can it possibly get any better than that? It's not humanly possible! Please spread the word for us today about Tony being with us the entire time at Latitude 35. We are going to have a great time with him and he's a really affable Vol! Love that guy. As fun as he was as a player, he's equally approachable and enjoyable in real life....[more]
RANTING ON COLLEGE ADMINISTRATORS
Posted: Thursday, April 10th, 2014, 11:04 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 4-10-14

WHEREíS DIPIETRO AND WHY DIDNíT CHEEK THINK OF THAT? I pulled the following quotes by new Marquette President Michael Lovell from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story concerning the Steve Wojciechowski hiring that Tony linked in his April 3rd blog.

"He's committed to be here long-term," Lovell said....[more]
HAPPY CUONZO IS BACK
Posted: Thursday, April 3rd, 2014, 6:45 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 4-3-14

NOT UNHAPPY HE STAYED: Anyone who has listened to The Tony Basilio Show knows I am not a huge Cuonzo Martin believer. Below you will see the projected lineup for next season that if Jarnell Stokes decides to bolt will not prompt anyone outside the Martin family to thoughts of next seasonís Final Four in Indianapolis. Bloggerís Wisenheimer Insert Alert:It could however bolster the chances that Tennessee moves a step or two closer to hosting more NIT games than Madison Square Garden and fill up the one banner with little room to spare. That aside I am not unhappy that Cuonzo either turned down or wasnít offered the Marquette job and will remain for his fourth season at Tennessee....[more]
WHY NOT US?
Posted: Thursday, March 27th, 2014, 8:29 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 3-27-14

VIVA LAS VEGAS: Maybe I need to make the trek to the desert more often. Seems the Vols respond to my absence remarkably since they are 5-0 combined in my last two trips. That from a team that sported a 16-20 all-time NCAA Tournament record as both the Vols and I were packing for my foray and their latest invitation....[more]
TOURNAMENT CRUELTY CAN'T CONTINUE
Posted: Thursday, March 13th, 2014, 8:00 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 3-13-14

CHANCE TO DANCE: Well, here we go again. The Vols once again find themselves at the door of the dance club with only one bouncer at the door and another seemingly too far away to provide assistance between them and the floor. The last two seasons theyíve flailed blindly at the sentry before being grabbed by the collar and slung into NIT alley....[more]
LET'S DANCE; WE'LL DEAL WITH THE CUONZO-QUENCES LATER
Posted: Thursday, March 6th, 2014, 6:55 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 3-6-14

BUBBLEICIOUS PART III: Though the performance and energy level comes and goes like the cold of a Tennessee March we now know exactly what to expect from Cuonzo Martinís basketball teams; deep holes dug in December and January and slow climbs to the surface in February and March. If the Vols are able to defend their home court and gain a regular season split with Missouri the way to the NCAA Tournament will still require something we havenít seen in Martinís time in Knoxville; a win in the SEC Tournament. Ole Miss and Alabama have unceremoniously dismissed the Vols the last two seasons when a victory in either case would have likely punched their dance card....[more]
LET THE SEARCH BEGIN
Posted: Thursday, February 27th, 2014, 6:29 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 2-27-14

NCAA OPEN HOUSE: The NCAA is apparently on the verge of a shocking announcement that the term ďbracketĒ will be replaced and on Sunday March 16th they will unveil the 2014 NCAA Tournament Maze. It canít be a bracket because apparently once youíre in there is no way to navigate your way out. How else do you explain that Tennessee at 17-11; 8-7 with few quality wins other than Virginia is still in Joe Lunardiís Ėthe countryís most highly thought of Bracketologist- field of 68...[more]
VOLS/CUONZO DRAMA REACHES THE STRETCH RUN
Posted: Thursday, February 20th, 2014, 6:20 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 2-20-14

VOLS MISSED OPPORTUNITIES LAST WEEK; MISSED THE BOAT MUCH EARLIER: Last week was one of missed opportunities for the Tennessee Basketball Vols. On Tuesday they failed to grab a win versus Florida that no-one else in the conference has on their resume; Saturday they could have thrown a knockout blow at a Missouri team on wobbly legs that theyíre competing with for one of the final NCAA Tournament spots. The Gators were better from beyond the arc and at the charity stripe in other words the Vols fell short in threes and frees as one of Tonyís postgame show callers astutely mentioned....[more]
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