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Live @ Calhoun's on River
Posted: Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014, 10:15 AM
Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News gave me some hope yesterday on the show. It's not a tremendous amount of hope but its hope nonetheless. Through two road league games, Alabama has been a different team on offense. They turn the ball over frequently and feature a QB on the road that's been lost at times. Could the huge crowd rattle in Neyland Rattle Blake Simms? If this game is going to be dare I say won Saturday night, Tennessee MUST do it on defense. Because it ain't going to happen on offense. We all realize that now. One theme publicly this week has been the need to start scoring on defense. You've actually heard defensive players alluding to this. But stranger things have happened....[more]
Live @ Pilot 8541 Middlebrook Pike
Posted: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 10:57 AM
This fan base is emotionally all torn up over the state of things. It's great that we care. At the same time, we better be careful because Butch Jones simply must work out here.

Michigan is our brother from another mother in the Big 10. They are our college football kin. Michigan is a storied program rich in tradition playing in a Neyland Stadium sized venue in the Big House. Michigan won a National Title for the first time in the modern era in 1997 under Lloyd Carr who was an assistant to a legendary coach there. Carr was a Michigan lifer who got the job after an ugly episode with Garry Moeller who was the short lived replacement for Bo Shembechler.

Tennessee won the National Title (one year later) in 1998 under an assistant to a legendary coach in Phillip Fulmer. Carr and Fulmer were both emblematic of their respective programs' histories to the core. Both guys were meat and potatoes football men....[more]
Bama Monday
Posted: Monday, October 20th, 2014, 9:01 AM
Wait till next year is not something I want to hear around here right now. Let's live for today. Link

Let's be like the hippies back in the day this week. Alabama/Tennessee is a celebration of southern college football. Let's amp it up this weekend in that stadium. Who knows? I can promise you this, Tennessee WILL give Bama a better shot than A&M did. That's a promise, not a threat.

The reason we must live for today and not worry about the future is that the goals for this team are still in very much in view....[more]
Live @ Hardee's Clinton Highway
Posted: Friday, October 17th, 2014, 2:16 PM
Tennessee goes to Oxford tomorrow night hoping just to hang around and make something happen late. Who knows? Stranger things have happened. They don't happen around here much these days but that's why you play the game. Reality is an equalizer when looking at that game. When we studied the film we saw an Ole Miss team literally at the top of its game. We looked at the Bama film and the game really wasn't as close as the score indicated. Ole Miss controlled both lines of scrimmage in that game. At one point, Vol Colonel looked up and said 'I've had enough'. He's already on to Bama next week. I think many in our fan base feel the same way....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 6:12 PM
by Beano

MULLING MULLEN’S FUTURE: While watching the UTC game with lifelong friends Paeson and Rebo (I know, it sounds like a Gambino -or GamBeano- social club watch party) the former’s son –who we’ll call Donnie Knoxville- phoned his Dad to lament the Vols putrid offensive line play but dropped a gem between the lines. Could Dan Mullen be Florida’s next football coach? Mullen’s name has been prominently speculated in the noise surrounding Will Muschamp’s impending dismissal but Saturday’s results make it seem even more plausible. It made so much sense to me that I tweeted the following long after State’s third win in a row versus a Top-10 opponent and shortly following the Gator’s last-second loss to LSU:

I think three months from now we'll look back on October 11th as the day Dan Mullen became Florida's FB Coach.

Discussing the possibility the next day with Brother Freddy he questioned why a seemingly intelligent man such as Mullen would ever consider making that switch? In a job market where sanity is prevalent his point would be indisputable....[more]
Live @ Stovers 4505 Asheville Highway
Posted: Thursday, October 16th, 2014, 12:39 PM
It was a relatively brief film study session last night at Ray Mears Studio. Our guys got discouraged pretty quickly when studying that Ole Miss defense. In fact, Vol Colonel basically disappeared about 20 minutes into the proceedings. As I went searching for him, I realized a couple of things. Firstly, he likes his Little Debbie’s and he's also a cool cat as he was chillin' with my 15 year old boy who was playing a sports video game.

We only went about 2 hours total last night and it sure was interesting. This might be Tennessee's least winnable game all year to this point. Who would've thunk it. The sports world is upside down. Are the Kansas City Royals really 8-0 in the postseason and did they have to come from 3 runs down in the final couple of innings in order to get on this run?...[more]
Live @ Pancho's Maryville
Posted: Wednesday, October 15th, 2014, 12:46 PM
If you've listened to me this week you know it's all about Alabama with me. I'm resigned that the goal this week is to stay alive at the Grove and live to fight another day. Put it this way, a source I have around the team said the over/under on sacks surrendered by Tennessee this week is 6.5. Are you going over or under? Like OU and GA, Ole Miss switches in and out of a Bear front. If that happens and they get Nkemdiche isolated on Coleman Thomas frequently, that total will go potentially much higher. Truth is Ole Miss doesn't record a lot of sacks. Then again, they haven't seen UT yet.

Tennessee's defense is too good to get beat badly. My concern about Saturday night stems from us giving the Ole Miss offense short fields. Link...[more]
Ole Miss Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday, October 14th, 2014, 11:53 AM
It felt weird to say on the air yesterday that I wanted to see Tennessee stay healthy this week and thus hit the Bama game with a legit shot at some Neyland Magic. It's been forever since we've seen some night time is the right time magic around here. Literally FOREVER! This fan base deserves something the feel great about. Bama host A&M this weekend. They will struggle with the Aggies! Tennessee needs to somehow keep Worley upright against an Ole Miss team that will have the best front 7 that UT will see all year. I can't believe I'm typing that but it's true. If you look at the Ole Miss schedule, you could see a case where the Rebels overlook Tennessee on their way to LSU. That's a hope. Maybe they slop around with the Vols....[more]
Live @ Campbell Cunningham Laser Center
Posted: Monday, October 13th, 2014, 9:38 AM
I just can't believe that Tennessee is an 18 point underdog to Ole Miss in anything. Vol Colonel is setting the tone for the week. Bo Wallace with three excellent games in a row is asked to do a lot. You can mark this down right now, Wallace is absolutely due for a so-so to bad game this weekend. Derek Barnett rattles him early and what happens? Here's a little secret for you, we're in every game that we play from here on out. Tennessee's defense IS that good. And you better start believing right now. Beat the rush in your neighborhood. Be the first to believe in these Vols. It might just catch on....[more]
Live @ Hardee's
2919 Tazewell Pike
Posted: Friday, October 10th, 2014, 2:53 PM
Posted: 10/10/2014 11:21 AM

Micah Abernathy, 4-star cornerback from Greater Atlanta Christina, commits to Vols! Link

Win/Win Weekend For Tennessee:

Is Micah Abernathy on the verge of committing to the Vols? Great piece here by Michael Carvell in AJC. You'll want to read this! Link

Micah Abernathy is a link to civil rights history as his grandfather Ralph was a confidant and the right hand man of Martin Luther King Jr. Link

In fact, Abernathy was at Lorraine Motel the night King was assassinated....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 9th, 2014, 7:24 PM
by Beano

LAST WORD ON FLORIDA: The disappointment of the loss to Florida has without question lingered for longer than any I can remember since the 21-20 loss in 2006. I will for months –if not years- lament the missed opportunities in the 3rd quarter following what should have been devastating Gator turnovers. While convinced that the stinging defeat will not stunt the long-term program growth -evident everywhere except the offensive unit meeting rooms- I do fear irreparable harm has been done to the 2014 season bottom-line. The Vols will struggle mightily to meet the majority of their fan base’s meager hopes of a 6-6 regular season and bowl appearance. Barring the unforeseen, finishing the regular season at .500 will require a sweep of Kentucky and Missouri in November a task at this snapshot in time that looks very difficult if not unlikely. Conceding that one week of college football games can change the entire landscape and the Vols defense is good enough to keep them in most every contest a bowl berth is still a possibility. But with the lack of depth with which the Vols are currently plagued, a brutal/physical finish to October -sure to further deplete the roster- looming and our staff’s puzzling inflexibility my fear is there is a better chance that we lose a program record 8 games than win the requisite six....[more]
Posted: Thursday, October 2nd, 2014, 7:03 PM
by Beano



WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE IS NO WOLVERINE Go Blue is through. Yes it appears Michigan has quit and many of its loyal fan base have followed suit. Brady Hoke has coached more like Hoker Phillips following up an impressive 11-2, Sugar Bowl Championship, in his inaugural 2011 season in Ann Arbor with diminishing returns 8-5 and 7-6 2012 and 13 campaigns each ending with close losses to bitter rival Ohio State and Bowl setbacks as well. This season has been a train wreck with wins over outmatched Appy State and Miami of Ohio -who have combined for one victory over someone named Campbell- and three blowout losses. There seems to be no way that Hoke can escape the Grim Reaper....[more]
KICK A DOG WEEK (No Animals were injured during the production of this blog)
Posted: Thursday, September 25th, 2014, 6:22 PM
by Beano



BIG-10 BLIP: I think I saw the corpse move. The Big-10 deservingly left for dead in the CFB Playoff picture after a disastrous first Saturday of September did not resuscitate it’s National Championship hopes but did throw a flurry of non-league counter punches prior to bidding the first month of the season adieu. The proud old league was 12-1 in Week 4 including 4-1 vs Power-5 Conference foes. Indiana –who lost to a Bowling Green team that Western Kentucky beat by 4 TDs in Week 1- earned the most impressive victory with a last second win vs previously unbeaten and then #18 ranked Missouri in Columbia (OK Tigers anymore embarrassments like that and back to the Big-12 you go). Though none of the other Power Conference wins were against ranked teams Iowa and Maryland also won on the road versus Pitt and Syracuse respectively and Nebraska defended the Lincoln turf with a victory over Miami....[more]
Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 9:13 PM
by Beano



LA CAN’T PLAY: USC’s shocking defeat as a double-digit favorite -versus a Boston College team that Pitt handled easier than the 10 point spread indicated- combined with UCLA’s lackluster start has me wondering if LA-LA Land football is all glitz and no hits. Blogger’s Random Thought: As I wrote that memories flooded my mind of one of my late Dad’s favorite political moments when during the Republican Convention a wisenheimer held up a derisive sign aimed at the Democratic ticket of Jimmy Carter and Walter Mondale that read “Fritz and Grits give me the $#!+$” Now back to your regularly scheduled blog:

I know it seems strange to write off USC one week after a dramatic win over Stanford and an undefeated UCLA team but losing in Chestnut Hill shows the Trojans haven’t completely recovered from the Lane Kiffin era Attention Deficit Disorder and the Bruins are only 3-0 due to playing –with apologies to Virginia who is better than expected- the stiff of the week club. Heck they only beat Memphis by 7 points in the Rose Bowl a feat that will almost certainly be surpassed by greater than half the Tiger’s upcoming opponents....[more]
Posted: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 6:32 PM
by Beano

BLOGGERS PREFACE: An abbreviated Beano-blog follows since I was on the road to Montana during much of Saturday’s action. I just happened to be on I-29N & I-90W traveling through what has to be a stretch of the ugliest, most desolate, sections of Iowa and South Dakota –if not the entire globe- while the afternoon games were being played. And yet I felt sorry for you as my experience and view was preferable to most college football fans at the time. Hopefully I will be at my Reader’s Digest best as I hit the highpoints of what was mostly a forgettable –yet still precious- college football weekend.



FOUR IS ENOUGH: As talk of the first season for the College Football Playoff heated up the main topic of discussion was the format’s exclusion of at least one Power-5 Conference Champion....[more]
Posted: Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 3:24 PM
by Beano



THE FRANKLIN PHENOMENA: James Franklin’s impact was felt on two separate continents. Penn State fans flocked to Croke Park and witnessed Franklin’s team’s penchant for finding Houdini-like ways of escaping with a win. Vandy fans suffered through an embarrassing 30 point thrashing at the hands of Temple with the ruins that Franklin left behind and if Derek Mason’s debut is any indication they will soon rename their stadium Croak Park. The amazing thing about Franklin’s success sometimes seems to be in spite of his game day acumen. The Nittany Lions were penalized 9 times for 90 yards many erasing scoring opportunities....[more]
Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 2:54 PM
by Beano



-Prior to tearing his ACL and MCL in the 1st quarter of the 6th game of the season (BYU) Chuckie Keeton had 1388 yds passing for 18 TDs and only 2 Ints while rushing for 388 yards and 2 TDs

-Keeton was eventually replaced by (at the time freshman) Darrel Garretson (1446, 10, 7) who led the Aggies to the MWC Mountain Division Championship and a Poinsettia Bowl win over Northern Illinois

-The offensive line is basically starting over after losing 5 of their top 6 that accounted for 152 career starts

-RB Joe Hill ran for 252 yards, averaged 4.8 ypc prior to being lost for the season in the 5th game of 2013

-State lost their 2 top WRs from 2013, Travis Reynolds and Travis Van Leeuwen who averaged 16.3 and 12.7 ypc respectively....[more]
Posted: Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 6:25 PM
by Beano

HOW TO KEEP ALIVE 7-5: A couple of weeks back Jonathan Reed started a firestorm with his contention that Tennessee Fans should EXPECT the Vols to finish no worse than 7-5 this season. As only Tony –and his Phillies bullpen- can do he fanned the flames by adding “Reed says anything less would be a failure”. I think the Twitter uproar was due to a Cool Hand Luke-like “failure to communicate”. Jon said “expect” while most heard “demand”. Reed later amended –or stated more plainly- that 6-6 would show signs of progress and be acceptable but 7-5 is not an unreasonable expectation. With that clarified I agree with young Jon 100%. This team can win 7 games and here is what they will have to do different from last season and beyond to make it happen:

START 2-0: Not long ago starting off the season with Utah State and Arkansas State would have Tennessee fans counting their chickens and the staff game planning for Oklahoma but this “ain’t” then....[more]
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