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Live @ Fountain City Jewelers
Posted: Friday, February 12th, 2016, 10:06 AM
It's Valentine's weekend. This is the season of hearts! Today's blog is dedicated to our own Hart in Knoxville. Kicking things off is Orange Throat with a fair and balanced look at the man Donnie Tyndall called 'Coach Hart.'

COUNT 2: RECKLESS ENDANGERMENT OF MEN'S BASKETBALL PROGRAM: Hart, himself a former Alabama basketball player, was supposed to be an ace on our second most favorite sport. He rightfully so was wary of Cuonzo Martin, who he inherited, and could be criticized for not coming to Martin's defense when the Bruce Pearl petition was circulated, but we as prosecutors think his instinct was right on that subject. The problem is when Martin bolted because he wasn't feeling the love, Hart hired the loveable but flawed Donnie Tyndall. In probably the worst flameout hire in UT history, Tyndall was caught up in a scandal at his previous place of employment within months of his hire and was cashiered after only one year....[more]
VOLS BETTER GET A ROAD WIN HERE
Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2016, 6:46 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

VOLS-AUBURN: The Vols have played two straight non-competitive, drama-free, basketball games. Fortunately for Tennessee this time it was Auburn who was never in the game. Bruce Pearl's squad is not only undermanned due to injuries and suspensions but is the first under his direction to look like they could care less. With Kareem Canty suspended it's probably a Captain Obvious statement that there is something terribly amiss under the surface that has nothing to do with basketball. It may be something that an off-season of healing and retooling can rectify. If not it will be time to question if Pearl has lost his mojo or whether it will ever happen for him at Auburn....[more]
Thursday
Posted: Thursday, February 11th, 2016, 5:07 AM
Here's a back-story I learned on the heels of that alleged rape that shines a pretty positive light on how Butch Jones handled this deal behind the scenes. I do believe that something happened between Drae Bowles and a few teammates. They were steamed that he aided the alleged victim in getting involved in this. Before you pass judgment on these kids that did anything to Bowles, understand that a football team is the ultimate in group think at times and these young guys don't always make the best decisions when it comes to protecting fellow teammates. We've seen enough to know this is true at all major colleges and even some professional teams.

I do believe something happened with Bowles and a couple of guys because we learned from a couple of sources that shortly after the incident (a few days) Butch Jones called a team meeting and announced that HE was instituting a hedge of protection around Drae Bowles. The message was if you so much as say something to him from this moment forward you will be dealt with and you won't be here. This served to calm down the situation and the spirit of retaliation abated with regards to Bowles. Here's the story in the Tennessean. It's certainly not pretty, but I thought you would like to hear the back story....[more]
Live Wednesday @
Copper Cellar
Cumberland Ave
Posted: Wednesday, February 10th, 2016, 5:01 AM
On King Kongbo:

King Kongbo has signed the financial aid deal, but his father has yet to sign the National Letter of Intent. So, what this means is that he's sort of locked in because NOBODY else can talk to him, school-wise. Then again, Kongbo isn't 100% locked until his Dad signs the NLOI. What happens if the father doesn't sign? As long as Kongbo doesn't change his mind, it doesn't matter, but Kongbo can still change his mind. If he decides he wants to go somewhere else, he can. He's actually a free agent. Not signing a NLOI actually puts the power in the hands of a prospect. Kongbo holds the cards, but people I talk to at Tennessee don't seem concerned about this. One extra nugget hanging out there....[more]
Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday, February 9th, 2016, 5:18 AM
We start things off today with the Vol Colonel.

Saturday night on your Smartway/Garza Law Firm Tennessee Basketball Overtime Post Game Call-In Show, we were joking that the suspension involving Kareem Canty at Auburn was over an incident the player had with Steven Pearl. We were just joking about it of course and having a good time with the possibilities. If you follow my show you know I'm a fan of dark humor. The concept of some player going after 'Steven 'F-in Pearl' (as he identified himself in Knoxville in the 3rd person) is too rich not to imagine.

Well, I'm proud to report here today that Kareem Canty's suspension DOES IN FACT STEM FROM AN INCIDENT that happened between the player and current Auburn Assistant STEVEN PEARL last week!!! This according to multiple sources familiar with the situation....[more]
Live Monday At Stover's
Posted: Monday, February 8th, 2016, 5:38 AM
What a way for Manning to go out. That was no work of art, and Manning looked like a heavyweight fighter gasping for air, but winning is winning and the Vols figured huge in this Super Bowl. Manning rides off into the sunset with 2 Super Bowl titles, while former Vol Malik Jackson scored the game’s first TD on a fumble return for a TD to make it 10-0. That's a lead never relinquished by the Broncos. Meanwhile Britton Colquitt was Britton Colquitt meaning he was great and the Broncos win a Super Bowl. It was far from a work of art offensively. In fact the Broncos held on for dear life for much of the game. This Broncos team is flat out nasty on defense. Both teams are great defensively. Manning got his second world title and he needs to get out. He squeezed everything possible out of his career....[more]
TOTAL ROAD KILL
Posted: Sunday, February 7th, 2016, 11:21 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

OVER WHEN IT WAS SCHEDULED: Looking for a scapegoat for the Vols' Saturday night loss in Fayetteville? Look no further than the schedule maker. With the exception of Starkville and possibly Columbia Missouri these Vols will lose most anywhere they can't walk from their dorm or apartment to. The Vols are now 1-10 (0-3 at neutral sites) away from TBA and appear to be becoming more homesick with every trip. Add to that the fact that -like Tennessee- Arkansas is a solid home team having lost only to Kentucky in SEC games played in Bud Walton Arena this season.

Another scheduling factor is Tennessee's victory over Kentucky five days earlier....[more]
Friday
Posted: Friday, February 5th, 2016, 5:30 AM
Reminder as we begin today. As soon as UT/Arkansas goes final tomorrow night, we'll be live with a Smartway/Garza Law Firm Tennessee Basketball Overtime. I'll call the shot right now...Vols improve to 2-0 on the week.

Orange Throat gets the floor first factual and furiously today!

2017: GREAT OPPORTUNITY, BUT LOTS OF COMPETITION: The 2017 crop of talent is much better in the state of Tennessee, and Jones and company are in good shape at this stage, but competition will be fierce. Things didn't get off to a great start last night with the decommitment of Oak Ridge WR Tee Higgins, who may well be the best player in the state and one of the best East Tennessee prospects in some time....[more]
SCHIZO VOLS
Posted: Thursday, February 4th, 2016, 2:58 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

FROM THE WORST WEEK OF VOL HOOPS SINCE…? 21 games in teams almost always have developed characteristics that define who they are. After the most disastrous week in recent memory it seemed this team's identity -other than Kevin Punter and especially on the road- was low confidence and infinitesimal basketball IQ. At Alabama and TCU the Vols staged one of the all-time daily-double choke jobs in Tennessee basketball history when you include quality of opponents.

This team had become so adept at blowing leads that it was hard for me to enjoy a game at any point because you knew that no matter how big a lead the Vols had or when in the contest they had it there seemed to be a good chance they were going to squander it.

When a team is consistent with something whether it's good or bad it can usually be attributed to the whole organization; players and coaches alike. This team had consistently given away leads and failed to execute down the stretch....[more]
Thursday!!!
Posted: Thursday, February 4th, 2016, 5:51 AM
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Thanks to Smoky Mountain Brewery, Dr Sean Sinclair, Beano, 'X', Nate Hodges, Houston Kress, Dubsey, Richey and Heidi along with every living fan that showed up yesterday to be with us for our 2016 Signing Day Spectacular. I was playing hurt yesterday. What's a little borderline walking pneumonia among friends? Yawl all around this great world really picked me up yesterday. The turnout was AMAZING! The well wishes and kind words really appreciated, and the passion right on time.

I absolutely love doing this....[more]
Live @
Smoky Mountain Brewery!
National Signing Day
Posted: Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016, 5:38 AM
I love National Signing Day because it's a wonderful time of fellowship in this league. Vol Fans will be gathering live ALL DAY at Smoky Mountain Brewery beginning at 6am today. This is what it's all about.

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Depending on when you read this you may know how the Vols did, but the truth is none of us will really know how anybody did today for at least 2 years. Perception is reality while reality is that the team with the best players usually wins the most games. Therefore, it's important. I love being in this market right now....[more]
Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016, 5:20 AM
When I bring Vol Colonel, 'X' and some inside stuff on the inner workings at UT, you know you're in the right place. Throw in some low brow shots at the 'VolCats' and we're touching all the bases today!

Let's lead things off with my Vol Colonel who flat out gets it done today.

'X', presented by Smoothie King, & Smartway has his finger on the pulse heading into white knuckle Tuesday.

'It is white knuckle time at football complexes all across the country....[more]
PAISAN IN PARADISE
Posted: Tuesday, January 26th, 2016, 8:22 PM
by Beano
I lost a huge part of my life this morning at 8:25. You knew him as The Paisan. The wise-cracking ex-NC State kicker who loved the shows so much he often called when he probably shouldn't have. But admit it, you were glad he did. Along with whatever was on his mind that day he always found a way to slip in a minor profanity, a well-timed and hilarious intentional mispronunciation and of course an obligatory Ella Dorsey mention. Like many that's who he played on the radio, not who he was.

He was Don Carson -or to those closest to him- Donnie, Oink, O.J....[more]
A GOOD WEEKEND
Posted: Sunday, January 24th, 2016, 10:10 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

NOT HALF-COCKED THIS TIME: Tennessee played their best basketball game of the season on the heels of their worst. After a disinterested, selfish effort Wednesday vs Vandy the Vols not only matched but exceeded the intensity of a South Carolina team that is the first to grasp Frank Martin's maniacal method. The Vols had five more steals (12-7), one more block (3-2) and were even on the boards (34-34) which is a win against the taller Gamecocks. Because the Vols shared the basketball and refused to settle they shot 32 FTs and made 30 a 15 point advantage at the stripe which -along with 18 additional points from beyond the arc- helped overcome the only glaring advantage the Cocks enjoyed; points in the paint (40-14).

Kevin Punter was special (36 points; 4 steals), Robert Hubbs was dialed in (12 pts; 8 boards), Kyle Alexander is growing up (6 reb), Detrick Mostella had double-figure points and only one turnover and Admiral Schofield refused to surrender to Carolina's toughness while showing signs of emerging from a mini-slump. The Vols now need for both Armani Moore and Devon Baulkman to play more within themselves, provide more scoring and be more solid with the ball in their hands especially late in contests....[more]
RICK RATING AND VANDY RANTING
Posted: Thursday, January 21st, 2016, 4:42 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

RICK RATINGS: Earlier this week we looked at the midterm evaluation for the 2015-16 Basketball Vols. Now let's take a look at one blogger's early read on the man running the show; Rick Barnes

LIKES:

STYLE OF PLAY: It's a personal preference only but I like the up-and-down game that Barnes has employed. I realize with a roster full of 2s and 3s he has little choice but to turn every game into a “beat em back” attack. This may change as the size of the roster increases but I will enjoy the up-tempo approach as long as it lasts....[more]
DOUBLE-DIP ROAD TRIP
Posted: Sunday, January 17th, 2016, 8:45 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

DOUBLE-TROUBLE SOLVING: Leading into Saturday's basketball game at The Hump between Tennessee and Mississippi State the Vols had two major recurring issues; not executing down the stretch in close games and not winning on the road. Looks like the Vols killed two Dogs with one stone. Tennessee once again lost most of a double-digit lead but this time not all of it. They overcame an injury to a key player, made clutch buckets and free throws and got just enough stops and rebounds to break the close/road game blues. Detrick Mostella's career high 24 points -combined with Kevin Punter's run-of-the-mill 23- the Vols 15 point advantage from beyond the arc (Tenn 10-23; Miss St 5-19) and 4 point advantage at the FT line barely overcame the Bulldogs 16 point advantage in the paint. Robert Hubbs and Devon Baulkman deserve best supporting teammate recognition combining for 28 points on 10 for 14 shooting and 9 rebounds. With Armani Moore remaining on the bench with an ankle injury and Admiral Schofield and Shembari Phillips reminding us once again that Freshman will be Freshman their contributions were immeasurable....[more]
IT'S GETTING LATE EARLY FOR THE BASKETBALL VOLS
Posted: Thursday, January 14th, 2016, 7:12 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY

BAMA BLUES: Remember that prediction I made that Nick Saban would never win another National Championship at Alabama in the midst of my delirium following Auburn's glorious Kick-6 victory over the Tide in 2013? Well strike that. A mere 25 months was the life of that bold proclamation and it wouldn't have lasted that long without the one game career of Cardale Jones as Ohio State's QB. Not only did the Tide erase the memory of Auburn fan's hysteria -and most other college football fans alive- they did it with two -makes me sick to say this- beautiful special teams plays of their own. The on-side kick was perfectly timed and executed so much so that it even elicited a smile from Nick THE "rhymes with his first name” Saban. After Clemson partially recovered from Alabama's TD on the heels of the on-side kick with a FG drive, Kenyan Drake drove what would prove to be the coup-DE-grace with a kickoff return that sent most of America -with the exception of those hoping for a back door cover- to bed. Most of which were sick to their stomachs with the thought of another year in a world where Alabama is celebrating a fourth National Championship in the last seven seasons....[more]
WHEN WILL VOL FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL WIN TOGETHER?
Posted: Sunday, January 10th, 2016, 8:31 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

DOES FOOTBALL RISING = BASKETBALL DECLINE? As Tennessee's football program appears to be on the rise should we expect the opposite trend in basketball based on history? In my 50+ years as a Vol fan the fortunes of the two programs seem to more often then not be diametrically opposed. In my earliest years of fandom Tennessee was solid in both sports. From 1965 until 1972 the Vols were 73-15-3 in football under the guidance of Doug Dickey and the early tenure of Bill Battle with 2 SEC Championships while basketball in the capable hands of Ray Mears was compiling an overall record of 151-58 finishing first or second in the SEC in 6 of those 8 seasons....[more]
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