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Posted: Sunday, October 22nd, 2017, 4:06 PM
by Beano

THE CASE FOR JEFF BROHM: The good Doctor Sean Sinclair and I had a spirited debate over the merits -or lack thereof- of Jeff Brohm becoming the next head football coach for our beloved Vols. I was on the merit side while Sinco took the other. I certainly understand his hesitancy. The UT Administration hasnít had much luck finding an up-and-comer that has worked in either major menís sport and most fans are beyond thinking about trying it again. I guess Iím a slow learner and though there are several sitting and out-of-work candidates I prefer I believe Brohm would be highly-successful here. I also realize the timing of this isnít ideal after Brohmís Boilermakers dropped a 14-12 decision to lowly Rutgers but evaluating a candidate based on one Saturday is like passing up on drafting a stud baseball player because he went 0 for 4 at the plate the one day you scouted him. Here is my case that he is ready for the big-time:...[more]
Bama Friday
Posted: Friday, October 20th, 2017, 12:44 PM
Bama Friday: Embrace The Day

Don't Leave Me Hanging: We have each other. Come out to the Listener Watch Party tomorrow at Bearden Hill Fieldhouse. See below for the prizes and plans. Just get there. Beano will be joining me for his first Listener Watch Party of the year.

Volunteer Spirit Remains Strong In Rocky Top: Bama might have better players, but Tennessee has the Volunteer Spirit. And the Volunteer Spirit is ALIVE and WELL....[more]
Posted: Friday, October 20th, 2017, 8:18 AM
by Beano

HUMORED BY GRUMORS: It gets stronger by the day. The Jon Gruden to The Hill train has made it to Ayers Hall and is about to come barreling downhill toward hallowed Neyland Stadium. Do I believe it is all just chat site chatter? No. Do I believe it has any chance at all to occur? Maybe. Do I think he would have a successful long-term tenure here...[more]
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Posted: Thursday, October 19th, 2017, 8:08 AM
Monumental Steps!!! Butch Jones said in an interview yesterday that his program has made 'monumental steps'. He's right on the money. I know you're mad at him but Jones is telling the truth. Tennessee has taken MONUMENTAL STEPS in the past 376 days. The Vols were on the cusp of breaking out then. Tennessee was 5-0 with with epic wins over Florida and Georgia. The Vols were on their way to Atlanta at the very least. It was a foregone conclusion. Then A&M happened. Tennessee dropped a game they should have easily won and you know the rest....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, October 18th, 2017, 4:16 PM
Lining Up Prizes For Saturday: Listener Watch Party For Bama @ Bearden Hill Fieldhouse. Come out and support us. We're going to do all kinds of fun stuff. I'll have a list of stuff later in the week on the blog.

Set Your DVR: Tonight at 10pm. MyVLT. Set your DVR for In The Pocket, presented by your Garza Law Firm. Tony Robinson is promising to break down Tennessee's implosion on the goal line. In fact he tells me he's going to dissect how the pass attempt to Brandon Johnson was doomed before the ball was even snapped at the end of that game....[more]
Live Tuesday @
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Clinton Highway
Posted: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017, 8:00 AM
Listener Watch Party IV Saturday!!! Bearden Hill Fieldhouse!!! We're going to play some gambling games. Ball Boards!!! (Free To Play) Tons of Prizes!!! Prop bets too!!! I'll have more in a day or so.

Please Quote Me Properly: I love that you're listening to me (whoever you are) but multiple folks have told me that I was misquoted on a GoVolsXtra board yesterday. I NEVER said on the Monday edition of the Tony Basilio Radio Show that Butch Jones is meeting with his agent/attorney and representatives of UT in the spirit of working out a buyout....[more]
Monday Live @ Smoothie King
Posted: Monday, October 16th, 2017, 8:43 AM
Today's blog is dedicated to all long suffering Vol fans everywhere. We will get this thing back one day. It won't be today, but Tennessee football will return. Today we're going to look inside the Orange Throat, unearth some fun facts and see Matt Dixon lose it in print!!!!

Fun Fact #1!!! Vols are a 34 point underdog to Bama. This is the most points Tennessee has ever gotten from Vegas in an SEC game. I'm talking school history here. Butch Jones should feel proud. He's in year 5 and he keeps setting records....[more]
Posted: Sunday, October 15th, 2017, 5:00 PM
by Beano

WALKING THE ORANGE MILE: If you werenít convinced already, Saturdayís loss to an average, beat-up, South Carolina team -and the putrid offensive showing that caused it- should provide all the evidence needed that the Butch Jones era at Tennessee is reaching its conclusion. It is now not a question of if, but when? I have no sources or brilliant insight just a long-term period of following the program and an educated gut. Itís telling me that he coached his last game at Neyland Stadium yesterday. I think the axe will drop shortly after Alabama does what everyone expects and drops the Vols to 0-4 in the SEC and under .500 on the season. Tennessee fans are the most loyal of any in America but there is only so much that even the most dedicated group can stomach. If Jones somehow miraculously survives beyond Halloween I would hate to guess just how few people will be in the stands when Southern Miss comes calling on September 4th....[more]
Posted: Friday, October 13th, 2017, 11:08 AM
Welcome to Friday. Our Vols take the field with South Carolina tomorrow in a game that promises to be interesting. Something worth discussing is going to occur tomorrow in Neyland Stadium. That's exactly what we're doing here today and will do tomorrow on the Garza Law 5th Quarter Fan Reaction.

Throaty... Love the report but the whole reason I would've made the change is that it would've provided relief for everybody involved. The players deserve relief....[more]
Posted: Friday, October 13th, 2017, 8:46 AM
by Beano


ANY FIGHT LEFT IN THE JONES ERA? Arrangements are already being made but the corpse hasnít been placed in the box yet. If Butch Jones is to stage a zombie apocalypse and make a statement that his demise has been greatly exaggerated it must start versus South Carolina Saturday. All the signs are there that -as Titanís Bill would say- the kingdom is being torn down but Jones and some of his upperclassmen are putting up a strong front for the outside world to see. Whether it is a thinly-veiled faÁade or true ďgot your backĒ resilience will be readily evident when an improving South Carolina comes for a visit in Neyland....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 12th, 2017, 4:47 AM
It's Thursday in Rocky Top. Time to put the Butch Jones induced noise aside and focus on South Carolina. This is a highly winnable game for Tennessee. In fact, all things being equal in a garden variety year, I would be picking Tennessee large in this game. This however is no manís land.

1) Vols will play a new QB who has shown very little during his limited time in games.

2) Vols have had several distractions the past 3 weeks including the departure of a back up OL along with injuries (off field) to a couple of starters. Let's not forget the Taylor suspension plus Butch's own self-inflicted words that wound....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, 8:12 AM
A public thank you to Beano and the boys for a couple of great days of radio in my absence this week. I might be the only guy in the business whose show gets better when he doesn't do it.

Why is Butch Jones still employed? Really. What is he adding right now to the equation in Knoxville. Butch Jones is a complete impediment to the enjoyment of a good 80 plus percent of Vol fans everywhere. This mismanagement of the QB situation which has finally bubbled to the surface this week is just one more example. My message is pretty simple at this point for John Currie and the huge $$$ boosters.....Tennessee fans have had and been put through enough by this Yankee. He's got to go and now. Can you imagine the atmosphere on Saturday? It's going to be close to all time bad for an SEC football game and that's too bad because we all deserve better....[more]
Posted: Monday, October 9th, 2017, 8:25 AM
by Beano

RANKING POSSIBLE JONES REPLACEMENTS: I really hoped not to and Iím surprised to already be doing so with the calendar barely penetrating October but itís time to think about who Tennesseeís next football coach could be. Yes, I understand the season is only 5-games old and with the exception of Alabama there are no unbeatables left on the remaining slate. With the Vols current state of play and internal unrest however there are also no sure wins. If Butch Jones remarkably rights the ship, survives the entire season, wins six of his remaining seven and opts to stay Iíll apologize at that time. Until that fairy tale is written however I am choosing not to live on Fantasy Island where if Jones resided you can bet a tropical storm would be brewing right off itís coast.

The fantasy football participant in me is a huge believer in tiering prospects....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 5th, 2017, 2:05 PM
by Beano

MP IS PROBABLY CORRECT; I SHOULD FEAR THE KNOWN: Longtime, excellent and astute caller MP (aka @Lloyd_Testerman on Twitter) joined the show earlier this week lamenting an issue he has been driving home for several years. His belief is we will never have a Power-5 Championship-level program with a Mid-Major administrative approach. He had kind words for my appearances -which I greatly appreciate- but he reminded Tony that my assertion that a deeper available candidate pool to replace Butch will mitigate our bevy of poor decision makers is a repeat of what I said at the time we were replacing Cuonzo Martin. Guilty as charged. Tony on a later show also poo-pooed my contention that John Currie will be more involved in the process with more autonomy than his last two predecessors. I will plead no contest to that one until further proof is available....[more]
Posted: Sunday, October 1st, 2017, 10:34 PM
by Beano

POST DAWG THOUGHTS: Our worst fears came to fruition. Georgiaís defense is much better than in recent years and our offense is horrendous. So much in fact that I actually felt we played fairly well defensively in a 41-0 rout. What we saw Saturday were two programs steaming in different directions. One with energy, excitement, purpose and direction; the other free-falling with none of those attributes.

I have always agreed with Jeremy Foleyís philosophy of not waiting to do the inevitable -and believe me it is inevitable- but unfortunately, I donít believe it is in our administrationís DNA to do so....[more]
Posted: Thursday, September 28th, 2017, 9:26 PM
by Beano

HOPE ONE SATURDAY DOESNíT EQUAL THE NEXT: Six days ago, as Georgia was dismantling Mississippi State -who did the same a week before to LSU- they looked like a team to be dreaded. Earlier in the same day the Vols were simply dreadful. If you project that forward Tennessee is in for an epic beating this Saturday in Neyland. Thankfully, College Football often has a way of making fools of those who believe one weekís results portend what will occur the next. I prefer to believe that series history is a better predictor of the type of game to come. In the last 5 meetings between the Vols and Dawgs -which spans two coaches for each- Georgia leads 3 games to 2 with all five contests decided by 7-points or less. Georgia won 51-44, 34-31 and 35-32 in 2012 through 2014 while the Vols won the last two games 38-31 and 34-31....[more]
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