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Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 10:01 AM
by Beano

EARLY EDITION: With the hiring of Rick Barnes as Tennessee’s third basketball coach in three years apparently imminent I couldn’t let Tony, Hatfield, Vol Colonel and Orange Throat have all the introductory fun leaving only scraps on the table for my blog’s usual Thursday night post time could I? So without further ado let’s get into it.

HART ATTACK I don’t know if Dave Hart has a “level of expertise and a level of information that no one else has” but when it comes to the hiring process he has Deion Sanders esque speed and a horseshoe strategically placed in an area of his body that it would take a cavity search to discover. Somehow through a series of blunders he has upgraded from Cuonzo Martin to Rick Barnes in less than a year’s time. Are there questions about Barnes’ potential ceiling here? No question....[more]
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Posted: Tuesday, March 31st, 2015, 10:05 AM
On Rick Barnes:

He was in town for several hours yesterday. I believe it's his job and Tennessee believes he's coming. Expect an announcement sometime later today/tomorrow.

How We Got Here:

Barnes received an ultimatum from his AD last week. Current Texas AD Steve Patterson is an NBA guy. Was at Arizona State. Went to Texas. His Dad ran the Rockets for a while. He's a real pr*** from what I understand....[more]
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Posted: Monday, March 30th, 2015, 2:18 PM
It's a triple play here at Vol Colonel, followed by Orange Throat with Keith Hatfield. I'll do my part and get out of the way today. These insiders have you covered from VC's nitty gritty coaching information to OT's evisceration of Dave Hart. Hatfield throws up an all time great Hatfield IX today. This is some strong content here. I'm going to get out of the way.

The Legitimate Candidates (No Shaka, No Gregg Marshall)

Rick Barnes - 604-314 overall record with 22 NCAA appearances....[more]
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Posted: Friday, March 27th, 2015, 6:35 PM
The deal with Tyndall and Tennessee hoops WAS ALWAYS going to come down to a strange mix of Hart/UT admin & the NCAA. And believe me, that's an unpredictable confluence of collaborators. I wrote yesterday (and I believe this still) that the NCAA's case against Tyndall isn't air tight. If it was, we would have seen the letter long before now.

I believe in talking to people that the NCAA has shared parts of their official charges (yesterday afternoon) with Dave Hart who looks to be blinking.

Sources tell me that Tyndall and Dave Hart will meet at mid morning. As of this writing at 7:30AM, he's still the head coach here.

Tyndall staying or going was ALWAYS going to depend on Hart/UT Admin fighting for him. They've obviously decided he's not worth it.

Look, I'm not married to Donnie Tyndall like some think that I am. No one person is bigger than the program....[more]
Posted: Thursday, March 26th, 2015, 9:08 PM
by Beano


-The first day of the tournament was as remarkable as any in recent memory. For the first time in tournament history there were 5 games decided by one point as well as three other one possession contests. Considering the modern day player’s penchant for fouling three point shooters at crucial junctures I’m counting Notre Dame’s 69-65 victory over Northeastern as one possession affair as well, meaning 9 of 16 games came down to the last team with the ball.

-As is usually the case in the first round excuse me for a second while I scream “THE PLAY-IN GAMES ARE NOT THE FIRST ROUND. Thanks I feel better there’s always a day of mayhem and a day of sanity....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, March 18th, 2015, 10:41 PM
by Beano

SHOT CLOCK BLOG I'm applying NIT speedup rules to this week's edition. In other words I hope your bracket contest stay is longer than this blog. My heart is full of March Madness but my sports mind is rather empty otherwise. For those who like an extended version my apologies. For the rest of you? You're welcome!

DANCE FEVER: Full disclosure; I’m a College Football fanatic and come from a family that played, appreciates and romanticizes the game of baseball but there is no postseason event I love more than the NCAA Basketball Tournament....[more]
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