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Wednesday Live at Copper Cellar Cumberland Ave
Posted: Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017, 7:27 AM • Permalink
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Day before Thanksgiving. If you're out and about, I want to invite you to come hang with us at Copper Cellar on Cumberland as we watch the Vols take on mighty Purdue today. Mark Griffin will join Dr. Sean Sinclair and me as we enjoy some food, fun and fellowship AND some UT Hoops! Come out and join us. I'd love to meet you if you're in town. Plus we'll be doing our first Garza Law 5th Quarter Fan Reaction Show of the hoops season immediately following the game on your Tony Basilio App/Web Stream/ Tune In Radio!!! It should be a really fun day!!!

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Chris Low of ESPN.COM joined an action packed Tony Basilio Show Tuesday for a most interesting appearance discussing Tennessee's coaching vacancy.

On Dan Mullen: 'Dan has been selective and wise. I think he feels like he's going to have a better team next year than he'll inherit at Tennessee.'

'People close to Mullen tell me that he would have to decide that Tennessee is a better job. Dan is going to make $5 million at Mississippi State. That seemed crazy a decade ago. So is Tennessee going to pay him $6 or $6.5 million?'

On Iowa State's Matt Campbell: 'Watch Matt Campbell. I think Tennessee has a real interest in him. He's only making about $2 million at Iowa State. He's a rising star. He's definitely in play.'

'If you're going to be a good coach when things go wrong like the best mechanics, you've got to get under the hood and fix them. He lets their guys do their job. You want to work for a guy that you know can get in there and do their job.'

He went to Toledo at the age of 32, but he acted 52. Really buttoned up guy but he's still pretty fun and captivating. He's 37 years old. Whoever gets him is going to get a very good coach.

Can he assemble a staff that can recruit in this league? Can he close the deal and handle the scrutiny? A lot of people don't want to be in it. Not just Tennessee but all these SEC schools. Matt's pretty grounded. Great example is Jim McElwain, really grounded guy but it just didn't work out for him here. McElwain was miserable at the end. His players were getting miserable stuff said to them. His family was. He was. He was not a happy camper.

On Lane Kiffin: 'Had Kiffin not already been here he would already be the guy. I beat up on Lane when he was here, but to his credit our relationship has endured.

Has He Grown Up?
'He's 42 years old now. Did he run hard when he was at Tennessee? Yes.'

'Lane is pretty boring now. He likes to go fishing at his place on the water and he loves coaching football.'

'The kids that play for him love him. He's going to make a great coach for somebody'.

'I talked to the faculty athletic rep there Dr. Dunn. She said, "Chris, I'll be honest...When I heard we were getting Lane I was like Oh Gosh, but he's nothing like his social media persona.." She called him brilliant. She said he's been one of the best things that's ever happened to the university'.

Out of state applications are up 35% since he got there.

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On % chance of Jon Gruden being UT's next coach. '5% 2.5% something in that range. I've never thought Gruden would be UT's next coach.

'The lunacy it's elevated to that I've never seen. We both go a ways back with UT. We both went there. The truth is the Gruden thing is Tennessee fans' escape. He's a bigger than life figure. And Jon really does like Tennessee. He comes here regularly. And he's told just enough people.... that it's fanned the flames.'

'But the biggest thing that's fanned the flames is that Tennessee has been irrelevant in football.'

'Gruden is a mixed bag. Part of me gets it but the other part of me that understands the difference between reality and fantasy doesn't get it.'

'Tennessee has tasted it and when it goes sour you lose sight of what's real and what's not.'

'Tennessee is probably the 5th best job in the SEC. It's got passion and money and facilities and history. But it's a hard job. There's also a little bit of an unrealistic expectation here among everybody. The last 40 years it's been an 8 or 9 win program except for part of Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer era.'

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Some Seriously Interesting Knowledge Dropped On SEC Coaching Searches: Dating back to 2000 Last 35 head coaching hires in SEC....Only three were sitting head coaches at POWER FIVE SCHOOLS.

Average life span between 3 and 4 years.

Most guys came from defensive backgrounds. Miles Bielema Chizik

All those guys washed out.

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All those guys did pretty well. (Courtesy Chris Low ESPN)

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Mullen Is Most Likely IF He'll Come: 'At the end of the day Mullen is the best candidate for the job because he understands the SEC. He gets it. Mullen is realistic and he makes the most sense but who would I hire...I would hire Lane Kiffin because of the reasons you elaborated. Currie was the one guy that voted against Lane Kiffin on the four person staff consisting of DB, Hamilton and somebody else. John has said that he was one that voted against hiring Currie. But John has evolved too. I guess you never say never but I think Jon Gruden would be Tennessee's Head Coach before Lane Kiffin.'

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Former Vol Hoopster Mark Griffin is a fixture on your Tony Basilio Show, plus he's a go to guy on our Garza Law Tennessee Basketball Overtime! And Today Griff Debuts the first of many scouting reports as he scores with Mark Griffin's 3 Pointers.

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A Team that went to the Sweet 16 minus Caleb Swanigan. Four starters back. Four senior starters.

1. Senior Leadership: In a day and age where the game is transient 4 Senior leaders will be on the court. But best player is a sophomore.

2. NCAA History: Tradition of Purdue hoops. They are reigning Big 10 champions. Been to NCAA Tournament 9 of last 11 years.

3. Three Ball: Purdue though tall really shoots the three pointer. They average 20 plus 3 balls per game. They were 19-31 versus Fairfield.

Tough matchups for Vols Haas vs Alexander & Walker for Tennessee. Going to need Walker's beef.

Who's going to guard Vince Edwards? The senior Averaging 9 pts and 15 boards. Up for top small forward. Purdue has two pros but doesn't have much depth. Tennessee has the depth advantage.

Vols must make and create mismatches.

Key To UT's Success Today: Tennessee must get ball to Grant Williams and get Vince Edwards and Haas in foul trouble. The Vols MUST TAKE IT AT THEM. They don't have depth. Have to get those guys off the floor!!!

How tough will Tennessee's newcomers be in this tournament? Daniels gets down in his stance defensively. Jordan Bone appears tougher with added weight. Haven't seen enough of Carrington to know what he'll do in the Bahamas.

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Will Yves Pons even play? He's been banged up. Plus he seems behind in learning the Rick Barnes system. He's a freak of an athlete but a step slow learning the system.

The key is going to be how will Jordan Bowden perform. I think he can carry this team with his scoring. He must play well today against Purdue.

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Logan Lowry of The Northeast Mississippi Journal took us inside the world of Dan Mullen as we closed out Tuesday's Tony Basilio Show. Here are some highlights.

'This happens every year. I've heard crazy rumors associated with him. He hasn't tried to leave in 9 years.'

'His best team will be next season!'

'He has a really great thing going.'

'Next year's team could rise like the 2014 team.'

'They should finish top 12 next year plus they have favorable.'

'The only other job I know that he's interviewed for was Florida and twice at Miami. Now I've heard all kinds of crazy stuff but most of it isn't true.'

'I'm not naive enough to believe he wouldn't leave. A Michigan, a Notre Dame, a Penn State. But with the state of Tennessee and Florida, are they better jobs? It's debatable.'

'He's six wins shy of being Miss State's all time winningest coach. He said last week that he's not interested in anybody else's position.'

Mullen The Yankee? 'Yes. He has a high opinion of himself.'

Logan Knows Mullen: I interviewed for a job with him. He's not particularly somebody I would want to work for. I wasn't offered the job, but I was working with Rivals. He was thinking outside the box.

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Mellowed Mullen: That said Mullen has mellowed out some. When he first got the job he was 36 and was trying to micro manage EVERYTHING. Now, he's got people on his staff he can trust. He meshes very well with Todd Grantham. He only ran two Coordinators off. Torbush and Peter Sermon. Other guys left for better jobs. Diaz to Texas. Collins to Florida.

Will He Interview? He will listen to them. At the end of the day he'll make the decision with his wife, Megan. They have two children. He's making 4.5 million here.

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday. See you today on the show!!!

A New Direction At Here at we’re creating a series of programming with little to mostly zero commercial sponsorship. In other words, you will be digesting the following programs in coming days with almost no interruption. This is unprecedented in the history of my business. Nobody has ever done this. Here are the offerings coming your way.

Our Family Of Offerings:

‘X-Cast: A Recruiting Podcast’: Featuring Tony Basilio & ‘X’ where we discuss the latest moves, behind the scenes machinations and all the intrigue from the world of recruiting. This will hopefully be offered twice monthly with lengths varying. If this takes off perhaps we can even do some live offerings of this show. THIS IS BEING OFFERED COMMERCIAL FREE!!!

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Fifth Quarter Fan Reaction: Back for season 4. Sponsored by Marcos Garza. This year with NO OTHER SPONSORS. This will be pure content for you. I’m taking a chance here but I know you will reward me for not bombarding you with messages Vol Network style. This program will run for at least 3 hours following Tennessee Football Games. We will have new visual presentation of this feature as well that we’re investing in. Thanks to Jayson Swain for helping me with the technical side of our visual presentation.

Southeastern Sunday Night: 7p to 9p on Sunday Nights airing on Periscope/Facebook Live and other platforms including your Tony Basilio Show App. This will be a regional program that aims to keep it real. We will tell the truth on us, them and all with you. This could be a lot of fun if you help me spread the word across the region. This hopefully will turn into a free for all that is free for all. ZERO SPONSORS. COMMERCIAL FREE OFFERING.

Vol-Scars: A podcast featuring Vol Historian Tom Mattingly and Eric S where we go back in time and commemorate the painful losses in UT football history that left a mark. These shows are extremely time intensive to put together. I’ve worked all summer on these offerings and am really proud of what we’ve compiled thus far. I think you’ll really enjoy this. COMMERCIAL FREE.

Gate Twenty Won: A podcast Featuring Vol Historian Tom Mattingly where we celebrate the greatest wins in UT history in time capsule form. These are a breath of fresh air and the type of programming I’m aiming to bring to you . COMMERCIAL FREE

Chill Cast: Tell Me A Story: A podcast where I grab folks from the sports world and our community and allow them to share their stories with us. This will be done in the spirit of the recent re-launch programs that I did. We’ll aim to go deeper here. Stay tuned. COMMERCIAL FREE.

Tennessee Basketball Overtime: Back for year 5! Immediately following Tennessee Basketball Games. A Tennessee Basketball Call-In show featuring ONLY ONE SPONSOR…GARZA LAW FIRM. Therefore we keep the conversation going without bombarding you Vol Network style. What a concept!!!!

Garza On The Law: A Podcast dealing with the legal issues that invade the sports world featuring the great Marcos Garza. We will go deeper here. I promise that you will find this interesting. Presented by Garza Law Firm.

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A: Great question. 'Subscribe' is a misnomer. What you actually are doing if you choose to help us monthly (and we need this for budgeting reasons) is actually acting as a patron. The goal is to keep the content (ALL CONTENT, from postgame offerings to various podcasts) free for all.

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Q: So, if I'm not subscribing and I'm already reading this, why give?

A: Because you value the content and our contribution to the market and you want to help us keep this stuff free for everybody.

Q: Are you going to beat us up for money all the time here?

A: Absolutely not. I will bring this up a few times heading into the football season as we attempt to meet our financial goals and create new programming. I'll also mention it in the post-game format as well as the regional programming. I will not however wear you out with this. Either you feel the need to help us or you don't. This is why I'm taking today to field some question I received after day one.

Q: What happens if this doesn't generate the revenue you're seeking?

A: We will scale back our online offerings accordingly. The blog itself could even disappear. I really don't want this to happen but will be forced to spend my time in the most profitable way necessary. That's why we're having the conversation. All my cards are on the table here.

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A: Click on "Podcast" wherever you see it on the site, and it will take you to our Podcast page.

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