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Live @ Stover's!!!!
Posted: Friday, February 23rd, 2018, 12:03 PM
Before we get started here in 20 win basketball country, here are a couple of reminders.

Garza Law Tennessee Basketball Overtime: Tomorrow as soon as Tennessee & Ole Miss goes final, Brian Hartman & The Mayor of So. No. Philly will be in for me as I have a previous commitment. We look forward to bringing Vol Nation a great call in show.

Orange Throat leads on this Friday...

On Gardner Minshew...Why doesn't Nick Saban allow his protégé to begin his first year with a shot in the arm at QB...[more]
LEAGUE TITLE OR NOT IT'S A GOOD YEAR
Posted: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 2:26 PM
by Beano
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WHAT AM I MISSING ON AN SEC REGULAR SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP? On Monday’s show I made what I thought was an aside comment about not really caring about winning an SEC Regular Season Championship and was somewhat surprised by the reaction. Several callers -and I appreciate you greatly- found this to be offensive and borderline treasonous. It was not my intention to diminish the accomplishment of winning a 14-team league with an 18-game schedule or to say I wouldn’t celebrate it for a week or so after it happened but it remains down on my list of goals for my favorite basketball team.

Whether we like it or not College Basketball has become an NCAA Tournament dominated sport. From the opening week the overwhelming theme is “Road to the Final-4” and except for leagues without a conference tournament -if those even still exist- not one single bid is awarded due to winning a league regular season title....[more]
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Thursday
Posted: Thursday, February 22nd, 2018, 8:13 AM
Vols are 20-7 & 10-5 in the SEC!!! Put that in your Big Orange Pipe and savor the aroma.

Always great to get a win in anything over Florida!!! I don't care whether they can play right now or not. We had us a wonderful time last night into this morning celebrating that victory over the prone Gators. It was fun seeing Tennessee get all over those guys last night. And I do mean good, clean fun.

Ugly Offensive Basketball In First Half: Tennessee & Florida combined for 15 turnovers through the first 15 minutes while shooting 1-13 from 3 point land. The game was 17-16 in favor of Florida with 5 minutes left in the half....[more]
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Posted: Wednesday, February 21st, 2018, 9:59 AM
Reminder for you...

Garza Law Tennessee Basketball Overtime Call In Show:

As soon as UT/Florida goes final, we'll be on live taking your calls. I've decided that Tennessee is going to win this game tonight and they're going to win it rather handily. You'll be reading the reasons why below. I feel great about this game not so much from the Tennessee standpoint but Florida is just not very good. They're in Kentucky territory in terms of a match up for the Vols.

The Pleasure Was All Mine: I had the absolute pleasure of being on a podcast hosted by two 14 year old young men. We recorded this on Monday. Carson and Elijah Crouch host the Give Him 6 Podcast....[more]
Live Tuesday @ Wings Xpress
Posted: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 3:34 PM
Conference Championship & SEC Tournament Championship Vs Sweet 16 Run: Beano Jeff Henderson had a throwaway comment early in our broadcast yesterday regarding Tennessee's season and the hopes of winning the SEC's regular season dwindling with each passing day. Beano said the following.

'I'll tell you truth. College basketball is about what you do in the NCAA Tournament. I'm just happy getting there. That's my expectations. I'd much rather have a long tourney run than worry about winning either the conference or the SEC Tournament.'

From here I sensed an opportunity and asked callers the following:

I'll make a deal with you......[more]
Monday Live at Smoothie King
Posted: Tuesday, February 20th, 2018, 3:45 PM
Orange Throat leads things off on this Monday.

When Brian Hartman dropped the knowledge Friday of Tennessee's struggles against Georgia, I had to do a triple take. Tennessee has now lost 8 of 10 to Foxy Mark Fox who beats NOBODY else in the SEC. His tenure has been mediocre at Georgia yet he's somehow 5-0 against HOF Rick Barnes. And Saturdays game was a misstep for Tennessee from the opening whistle. The clock malfunction represented a highlight for the Vols. Tennessee simply played perhaps their worst game in the Rick Barnes era Saturday and easily suffered their worst loss of the year. Now some are worried that recent history is repeating itself....[more]
Friday Live @ Stover's
Posted: Friday, February 16th, 2018, 10:58 AM
With Valentine's Day behind us, the Pilot verdicts in and college hoops season heating up, we take a full head of steam into your sports weekend!!!

Reminder!!!

Garza Law Tennessee Basketball Overtime immediately following Tennessee-Georgia tomorrow night!!! On your tonybasilio.com stream, Tony Basilio App, Periscope, & Facebook Live. Go Vols!!!

Orange Throat has the floor leading things off for us, setting the agenda on this great Friday.

KYLE ALEXANDER is another great example we've talked about as well....[more]
SHORT SHOTS
Posted: Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 2:29 PM
by Beano
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SHORT SHOTS FOR THE WEEK:

CAN A RICK BARNES TEAM FINISH? Last Saturday notwithstanding, I really like this team and the job Rick Barnes and staff have done in leading and developing. The bludgeoning at the hands of a 9-loss Alabama team however has at the very least recalibrated my post-season expectations and has me longing to see one of Barnes’ Tennessee teams finish the regular season strongly. His first team lost three of it’s last 5 regular season games while last season’s squad dropped 4 of 5. Those teams were both plagued by lack of experienced depth with the 2015-16 unit losing Kevin Punter to injury and the 16-17 edition saw Detrick Mostella jettisoned and Robert Hubbs III severely limited....[more]
Thursday
Posted: Thursday, February 15th, 2018, 11:18 AM
UT Running To Weinke: Jeremy Pruitt moved quickly in filling his running back opening. Chris Weinke is an interesting hire. This is a great opportunity for him to be a full time assistant on an SEC coaching staff. Hopefully Weinke's recruiting prowess and ties to IMG academy will pay fruitful dividends for Tennessee.

Here's a piece on Weinke's quick hiring. Link

Our recruiting analyst 'X' likes the hire. Chris Weinke is a solid hire. As I said yesterday, he knows the Alabama way (so the long hours and level of expectation won't swallow him) and he will immediately help Tennessee's recruiting at the IMG Academy. There are 4 or 5 really good prospects at IMG that Tennessee is currently recruiting.

Interesting to see Phillip Fulmer not play semantics on the departure of Robert Gillespie....[more]
Live @ Bradley's
Posted: Wednesday, February 14th, 2018, 8:13 AM
Happy Valentine’s Day! The day of love!

The day of love is probably not being felt by Robert Gillespie toward Tennessee's new Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt as Gillespie was fired yesterday. I'm not sure why the media in this town won't call this what it is. It wasn't a mutual parting of the ways. Multiple sources told me that Gillespie was fired and that this occurred due to an accumulation of things. Those factors include Pruitt wanting his own people on this staff and Gillespie not meshing well with the new staff members. This is ALL understandable, so why pretend otherwise? Are we pretending because Gillespie is highly regarded by this extremely knowledgeable coaching staff? Does firing Gillespie take some of the new car shine from Pruitt? I don't think so but apparently we're not allowed to call a spade a spade just yet with our new staff....[more]
BAD CLOSE BUT STILL A GOOD CLASS FOR PRUITT
Posted: Thursday, February 8th, 2018, 1:39 PM
by Beano
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A BAD CLOSE TO A GOOD CLASS: By any measurement Wednesday’s second signing day was a disappointment for Tennessee fans hoping that Jeremy Pruitt and staff could close the 2018 recruiting class with the efficiency in which they started. After only days on the job the new Vol coaches launched the recruiting haul from the 60s to a Top-20 class in the early signing period with a chance to jump to one of the best 15 classes in America in February. In Year-1 however the staff closed more like Tyler Clippard than Mariano Rivera. They lost WR Jordan Young to FSU and failed to secure J.C. Copeland who went to Florida. OLB Quay Walker cast his Tennessee hat in the trash and his lot with Georgia. CBs Olaijah Griffin and Isaac Taylor-Stewart (ITS) chose USC while Taylor Palmer selected NC State....[more]
BASKETVOLS STAYING ON SCHEDULE
Posted: Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 1:58 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

ANSWERING TONY’S JEREMY PRUITT QUESTION: (This ran in Tony’s blog on Monday so forgive me for the repeat but it is after all February which in case you haven’t noticed is not the greatest sports month)

I was certain that I no longer had the propensity for unconditional faith for anything associated with University of Tennessee Athletics. Too many gaffes by incompetent leaders hiring ill-prepared coaches with little understanding of the task at hand and in most cases even less appreciation for the opportunity or the school’s history. Combine that with varied boosters, athletic administrators and support personnel with their own agendas and you have a recipe for failure. It would take a seismic event to return me to the all-in fandom of my youth....[more]
RICK BARNES THE RECRUITER; REVAMPED OR RETIRED?
Posted: Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 1:41 PM
by Beano
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RICK BARNES THE RECRUITER; RETIRED OR RECALIBRATED? There has been a lot of lively discussion both on-air and through social media regarding Rick Barnes recruiting or lack thereof. Though most are very happy with what he’s done with his current roster, lines have been drawn between those who believe his methods are underrated and those who believe -to put it kindly- underwhelming. There is also a debate on whether the difference from his previous stops is a new approach or that he has become a retired-in-place recruiter. There’s no way to settle the debate but let’s look at both points of view.

From the new approach supporters the defense of Barnes most often takes the form of:...[more]
THINKING OF TAKING THE CUP OFF
Posted: Friday, January 19th, 2018, 1:48 AM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

CAN WE TAKE THE CUP OFF? I realize I’m the one credited -or discredited- for coining the moniker Cup Check University for the University of Tennessee Athletic Department’s propensity to follow up good things with an immediate swift kick to the junk. While also understanding the hazard of doing so I’m considering letting my guard down. It may prove to be a fool-hearty premonition but I believe I see a crack of light penetrating the rubble pile left in the wake of the terrible trio of Mike Hamilton, Dave Hart and John Currie. Here are a few rays of hope:

-JEREMY PRUITT: I believe we’ve stumbled upon a gem in the hiring of Jeremy Pruitt. He’s a blue-collar every-man who has hit every rung of the coaching ladder in his quest to become a head coach and has apparently gained a great deal of respect from his players and peers alike....[more]
VOLS ROADMAP TO THE NCAA
Posted: Thursday, January 11th, 2018, 1:31 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP THOUGHTS: As I settled in to watch two of the Vols bitter rivals prepare to play for the National Championship of college football I really had no idea how to feel or who to pull for. I saw no outcome that could be looked upon as a positive for Tennessee going forward. I did not -nor do I now- think that a win would diminish the blood-thirst for winning of Nick Saban and Alabama Nation nor derail Georgia’s momentum under Saban protégé Kirby Smart. Nor did I believe a loss would be devastating to either camp. I had no confidence -or fear- that Jeremy Pruitt’s tenure here would be altered whether his defense stoned the Dawgs or gave up half-a-hundred nor that one more appearance or another ring would significantly raise his profile as a recruiter. All I saw was two teams that I’d much rather see lose than win playing a game that couldn't end in a preferred tie....[more]
TIME TO RAISE MY OWN WHITE FLAG
Posted: Thursday, January 4th, 2018, 3:23 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

BOWL TAKEAWAYS

Wish I had realized how bad the PAC-12 sucked this year before picking a bunch of it’s members in several bowl pools. If there was a good team in the entire league it didn’t show.

Apparently, the officiating in that league matches the member’s ineptitude. The Music City Bowl may have been the worst officiated game I have ever seen....[more]
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