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Wednesday Stuff
Posted: Wednesday, September 17th, 2014, 9:48 AM
Don't know if it's out yet but you can expect Derrell Scott back for the Georgia game. Once Scott gets acclimated to Tennessee's offense he will be an interesting piece. He was hurt back in August at the beginning of camp. A 4 star RB, Scott seems to be a slashing type runner that could flourish in this offense. How long if ever will it take for him to get up to speed? He has speed to burn.

Ethan Wolf would be a wonderful piece for the Georgia game if healthy. Tennessee expects him back and he will be an asset in both pass receiving and blocking.

One other note. Butch Jones is adamant that Devrin Young is still Tennessee's kick returner. Evan Berry was working at #2 in the summer but apparently had a little trouble catching the ball at times in practice....[more]
Off Week Tuesday!!!!
Posted: Tuesday, September 16th, 2014, 1:39 PM
I met a great guy yesterday who has a wonderful event that he needs some help with. I'm getting behind him in this and I would like you to consider doing so too. Tennessee FOP State Trooper Lodge 36 is having a golf tourney at Three Ridges Golf Course on September 29th! All the proceeds go toward a Christmas event where underprivileged children will get presents at a Christmas party. Call my friend Lieutenant Dan Raper and get involved (865) 806-2315.

Full disclosure here. I was dead wrong about not wanting to play the Oklahoma game. Dead wrong. Tennessee grew up Saturday night by playing OU. Jim Ross shot me a blurb in an e-mail about how the Vols have 'ton of really good young players.' He's right....[more]
Off Week Tuesday!!!!
Posted: Monday, September 15th, 2014, 11:44 PM
I met a great guy yesterday who has a wonderful event that he needs some help with. I'm getting behind him in this and I would like you to consider doing so too. Tennessee FOP State Trooper Lodge 36 is having a golf tourney at Three Ridges Golf Course on September 29th! All the proceeds go toward a Christmas event where underprivileged children will get presents at a Christmas party. Call my friend Lieutenant Dan Raper and get involved (865) 806-2315.

Full disclosure here. I was dead wrong about playing the Oklahoma game. Dead wrong. Tennessee grew up Saturday night by playing OU. Jim Ross shot me a blurb in an e-mail about how the Vols have 'ton of really good young players.' He's right. I was 100% wrong in my stance on buying their way out of that series....[more]
Monday!!!
Posted: Monday, September 15th, 2014, 10:31 AM
Football is a funny game. You can get literally beat to death in the statistical categories and still stay in games. Don't ask me how Tennessee was in that game on Saturday night but they were. With 12 minutes and change if Tennessee manages their opportunity on the goal line properly and comes away with points, they are all the sudden making OU sweat a little bit. But we all know what happened. Until that point in the game, Tennessee had done so little offensively yet used a really nice defensive scheme to hang around for good things to happen. Call me crazy but I think Tennessee grew up in the process. Don't get me wrong, I would rather see UT at 3-0 today, but the experience of going into that environment and actually hanging will be very good for this program in the long run. So, I was wrong in not wanting to play this game. At the end of the day the team didn't have a demoralizing experience like last year's Oregon trip. When you consider what happened on Saturday, there's a lot of season left for the Vols....[more]
Live @ Hardee's Western Ave @ 640
Posted: Friday, September 12th, 2014, 10:55 AM
It's game time! It was so fun visiting with Jim Ross yesterday (Listen Here) and having him share his love of college football with me. I know I can't have it both ways so I won't be a hypocrite here. I wouldn't be playing this game if I was the AD at UT. That said, now that it's here, I'm kind of glad Tennessee is playing this game. Can I have it both ways? Sure I can, because this is my site. And Dammit this is my blog.

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WHERE'S BEANO WEEK 3
Posted: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 6:32 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 9-11-14

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.

WHAT WE LEARNED IN WEEK 2

NATION:

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]
Thursday
Posted: Thursday, September 11th, 2014, 3:10 PM
Edwin Star had a tune back in the day called WAR. In it he asked 'what is it good for?' His conclusion, 'absolutely nothin', say it again'. It's against this backdrop that Reed Carringer of Rockytopinsider.com asked back in the summer, 'Strength of schedule, what is it good for?' His conclusion, absolutely nothing. I'll say it again. Read this piece from Reed. The dirty secret about strength of schedule is that those at the top of college football don't play inordinately difficult schedules. I realize this seems like an anathema, but it's true. Read this. Link

So, it's against this backdrop that I once again repeat that if you made me king, I'm not playing this game if I'm Tennessee because Tennessee and Oklahoma have different goals at this point in time....[more]
Live @ Calhoun's Maryville
Posted: Wednesday, September 10th, 2014, 10:12 AM
A lot has been made about whether Bob Stoops will try to run the score up on Tennessee should he get them down Saturday night. I don't think this is a concern. Don't get me wrong, the game has the makings of one that could get ugly, but Bob Stoops is a smart man. He knows that Tennessee's talented freshmen class will be a year older and bolstered by a talented cast of newcomers. Tennessee WILL be ready to compete with Oklahoma next year. Stoops is a survivor. He's learned that you don't poke sleeping giants. This one could look like those classic Saban Dooley matchups where Saban protected his protégé. The Sooners should collect a convincing win if this one goes according to script but it won't be a complete blowout. Stoops is too smart not to run it up. He knows what's coming....[more]
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Posted: Tuesday, September 9th, 2014, 10:02 AM
On Butch Jones/Trooper Taylor:

Let's put it to rest here. This is what I've determined happened from talking with eye witnesses who observed the incident immediately following UT Arkansas State on the sweltering Shields Watkins Field. First of all, I can tell you with absolute certainty that Jones and Trooper weren't mugging for the camera. They also weren't caught in a misleading moment in that photograph. A couple of observations before I share with you what I've learned. Most football coaches are highly competitive people. These guys don't get to the top of their profession by being passive people. Most of the folks in that profession are alpha male types. Neither Butch Jones nor Trooper Taylor is going to give an inch. Against this backdrop, here's the story....[more]
Oklahoma Week Monday
Posted: Monday, September 8th, 2014, 8:27 PM
It's Oklahoma week! Vols are 2-0. Big picture item here. Tennessee has recorded two wins over 2013 bowl teams to begin the season. Celebrate this. Feel good about this. I do. This Tennessee team is easy to cheer for. These guys are really playing hard. Through two games, the Vols have looked well coached and have played pretty watchable football. This is really all we can ask....[more]
WEEK 2 NATIONALLY; WEAK 2 IN SEC
Posted: Thursday, September 4th, 2014, 3:24 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE: 9-4-14

WHAT WE LEARNED IN WEEK 1

NATION:

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]
IT'S HERE
Posted: Thursday, August 28th, 2014, 2:54 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-26-14

WHAT VOL FANS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT UTAH STATE:

OFFENSE:

-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]
MAN-ALIVE; HOW DO WE GO 7-5?
Posted: Thursday, August 21st, 2014, 6:25 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-21-14

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]
C-F-B MUST SEE TV
Posted: Thursday, August 14th, 2014, 2:01 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-14-14

NON SEC BIG GAME ROAD MAP: The magic of college football is its soon-to-be-extinct regionalism but in order to fully appreciate the season I have to allow my eyes to wander outside the confines of the SEC Network. Here are some games that I will almost certainly be keeping up with:

WEEK 1 (Aug 28-Sept 1)

Penn State vs UCF (8-30 Ireland) Hype-maestro James Franklin has been one-upped. Do you really want to play a team coached by a guy named O’Leary in Ireland? At 8:30 in the morning?

Fresno St @ USC (8-30) Sarkisian’s first game as Trojan’s head man will be against a team that always plays with both a swagger and a chip on their shoulder....[more]
OH NO, NOT BEANO from RENO AGAIN!
Posted: Thursday, August 7th, 2014, 4:32 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 8-7-14

HIDE THE KIDS (and my wallet) IT’S BEANO from RENO TIME

If I’m going to make a complete fool of myself –which I have a penchant to do on more than an occasion- let me do it in a manner that will take months to discern that fact I have done so. I can also hope that being caught up in the drama that is CFB season you will totally forget just how little I knew three months before.

Ah the heck with it, here is what I screwed up in projecting the Vols 2103 season:

TENNESSEE 34 MISSOURI 17-Gary Pinkel will not accompany the Tigers to K-Town in 2014 (Actual Outcome; Missouri 31 Tennessee 3-Pinkel is gainfully employed and well-compensated)

TENNESSEE 27 AUBURN 17-Battle of new coaches goes to Butch Jones (Actual Outcome Auburn 55 Tenn 23; Malzahn was not out-witted)...[more]
STATE OF THE O-LINE
Posted: Thursday, July 31st, 2014, 8:43 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 7-31-14

FINALLY A PLAYOFF: I’ve been waiting for years for this season; the year college football ends with a playoff. The BCS is mercifully in the rear-view and a four team single elimination can almost be seen through the windshield. I realize it is rife with complications in its maiden season such as only four spots for five major conference winners, no stated selection formula, a better than average chance that the regular season’s best squad won’t win the big trophy and a committee comprised of …well…humans. I’ll take an initially flawed playoff over an eternally doomed championship game every time.

We’ve touched on what a playoff may not do but let’s look at what it will:

-IT WILL give additional deserving teams a chance to prove they’re worthy of an opportunity...[more]
SEC TEAM WEAKNESSES
Posted: Thursday, July 24th, 2014, 7:10 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 7-24-14

SEC WEAKNESSES: With only 37 days remaining (35 for Ole Miss, A&M and S Car) until the start of CFB season here are some areas that SEC staffs will be looking to shore up:

ALABAMA- QB A.J McCarron was 36-4 with 2 National Championships in his three years as a starter for the Crimson Tide and it appears Alabama is not ready for his departure. Sr Blake Sims and Jr Florida State transfer Jacob Coker –who never started a game for the Seminoles- have some huge shoes to fill. Honorable Mention-Secondary A trouble spot in 2013 that hasn’t exactly been rectified leading into the upcoming campaign. Jr, safety Landon Collins is a solid player but his supporting cast seems questionable after spring practice failed to solidify other starters due to injury or poor performance....[more]
WACKY PREDICTIONS, SEC TEAM STRENGTHS AND PAYING OUR DUES
Posted: Thursday, July 10th, 2014, 8:59 PM
by Beano
SINCE WE LAST SPOKE 7-10-14

SHOCKING SEC PREDICTIONS 2014 EDITION: Last year in this spot I made my inaugural –and probably nonsensical- shocking predictions for the SEC Football season. I suppose like golf where one good shot in a round makes you believe it’s worth another trip to the course I will hack away at another set hoping for a beauty like this from my 2013 effort:

Not only will Alabama not win the National Championship they won’t win the SEC: No less authority than the great Chris Low of ESPN told Tony after hearing my prediction that Alabama would run roughshod through the league and if they lost a game at all it would be in the National Championship Game. I wasn’t convinced at the time that my prediction would hold up –hence the “shocking” label- but did have some historical numbers to back up my contention. The SEC has won 22 National Championships since 1951 and on only three occasions had the defending National Champ won the SEC the following season. What made the vision blurry was Alabama had been the one to do it all three times (1965, 74 and 79)

Then there was this forecast from the other side of the spectrum:...[more]
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