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Posted: Friday, May 6th, 2016, 7:31 AM


UT HOSTS TOP PROSPECTS IN SCRIMMAGES: Even though the Knoxville Snooze-Sentinel buried the story on page C-5 yesterday, your correspondent thinks the announcement of two separate high school scrimmages at UT's indoor facility this month merits more attention. A week from today, Knox Catholic and Murfreesboro Oakland will play. Oakland is an outstanding program and boasts the top-ranked player for 2017, athlete JaCoby Stevens. A week later, Oak Ridge and Seymour will get together on the UT campus and Oak Ridge features one of the top ET recruits in many years, WR Tee Higgins. Even though UT's coaches can't be around, it won't hurt to have these prospects on campus.

CREAMER TRANSFERRING, ANYONE ELSE?: Even though Vol legacy Neiko Creamer is transferring, it appears this might be a relatively quiet for UT transfers. Your contributor has been on the lookout for signs of QB Quinten Dormady leaving, but there are none so far....[more]
MID OFFSEASON COLLEGE FOOTBALL STUFF
Posted: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 5:32 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

BUTCH ON THE RISE (BARELY): The college football contributors on cbssports.com unveiled their annual Power-5 Conference Head Football Coachís rankings that along with Notre Dame includes 65 schools. Six writers for the site treated the process like Top-25 voting completing their ballots based on little more than ďgut feelingĒ or as Tom Fornelli who wrote the story for the site explained:

There were no set parameters for how we would rank the coaches. We simply ranked which ones we felt were the best in the business based on what we thought makes a coach good or great.

Butch Jones moved up the ladder a few rungs from where he was slated after his second season at the UT helm. The CBS scribes view Jones as the exact midpoint of the profession at #33 which means there are exactly 32 coaches they view as better and 32 they view as worse. Butch moved up four spots from his 37th spot ranking of 2015....[more]
Live Thursday @
Fairways And Greens
Posted: Thursday, May 5th, 2016, 5:41 AM
Are you a golfer or know a golfer? Well we're setting the table today on the Tony Basilio Show for a huge golf weekend at Fairways and Greens. Their annual Super Demo Day and Open House is this Saturday May 7th from 10AM to 3PM. It is, of course, free to the public and you're invited to bring a friend. You don't have to be a member. Please spread the word for me and let folks know that a bunch of manufacturers will be there. Beeee Theeeeerrrrreeee.

Neiko Creamer is one legacy Vol that it didn't work out for. He came in as a back and shuffled around and never really found his place. Like all prospects, legacy players are hit and miss too. Link...[more]
Live @ Copper Cellar Cumberland Ave
Posted: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 5:42 AM
A mock 2021 draft. OK. Where do I sign? Link

The beat goes on. Settle please. Link

It would be nice if Shaquilla can play like Shaq....[more]
Tuesday
Posted: Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016, 8:40 PM
Vol Colonel answered the bell and gives us a peak behind the curtain. Ole Miss isn't in trouble because they paid kids. This goes on EVERYWHERE. Just don't embarrass the NCAA in the process. Unless of course that is if you're regal. And BTW, Ole Miss is far from Regal.

Vol Colonel: Great stuff. My question is this....[more]
Monday
Posted: Monday, May 2nd, 2016, 5:28 AM


Item by item here. I'll riff off you today. On the baseball front, your cheap shot at me is Derek Dooley noted. Bottom line with Tennessee Baseball is that hiring a coach isn't going to fix this thing. Tennessee needs a force. They need somebody with energy, smarts and know how. They need somebody that loves this place. They need Chris Burke. Sure he's inexperienced, but he's a MLB baseball player and the all time leader in many offensive categories at Tennessee....[more]
I DO LOVE SPRING
Posted: Sunday, May 1st, 2016, 9:24 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

DRAFT DIMES:

-The earlier than expected selections of Joey Bosa (#3) and Ezekiel Elliott (#4) didnít really upset the applecart but probably led to cartwheels in the Jacksonville Jaguar War Room as they used the #5 selection to take arguably the best player in the entire draft; Jalen Ramsey

-I saw something I never dreamed could happen. A university football program take a negative PR hit for having two players selected in the first round. Ole Miss somehow pulled that off when Laremy Tunsil fell from a projected Top-5 pick to #13 after video surfaced of him smoking dope with an apparatus making him look like a cross between Lloyd Bridges and Cheech Marin. His Instagram account was also hacked and messages between he and members of the Rebel staff were made public suggesting he was given money. He later verified it during the strangest post-draft interview in history....[more]
Friday Live @ Tennessee Sports Medicine
Posted: Saturday, April 30th, 2016, 7:47 AM
Orange Throat leads off on this Friday.

Great stuff Throaty. Vol Colonel is wonderful. I love seeing how my contributors love on each other behind the scenes. Now if we can only get 'X' with the program.......It sure would be nice to see 3+ Vols drafted this weekend.

Rough night for the $EC. No top 5 pick in NFL Draft. Tunsil showed his a**. Or was he hacked...[more]
MY FAN REGRETS
Posted: Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 4:04 PM
by Beano
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UNDERRATED APRIL: I would guess most sports fans -especially in the college football crazed south- are like me; they rarely mention April among their favorite periods on the sports calendar. My immediate response would be October when college footballís pecking order is coming into focus and Major League Baseballís postseason has begun. The December-January conclusion to college football and the NFL and my late recognition of college basketballís existence would be a close runner-up. My bronze medalist would be March with the NCAA Basketball Tournament and MLB Spring Training signaling that God-forsaken winter is drawing its last breath. April? It never crosses my mind until itís here. Then itís hard to deny its appeal and especially its diversity....[more]
Thursday Stuff
Posted: Thursday, April 28th, 2016, 5:42 AM
If you're looking for a place to watch the NFL Draft tonight, we're going to be having a listener watch party Thursday at Clancy's Tavern and Whiskey House in downtown Knoxville. It is going to be a superb time watching my Eagles screw up our franchise for the next half plus decade. We're going to have a cool contest for those that show up surrounding the first 10 picks. I just don't know exactly what we're going to do just yet. I'm open to any ideas you may have.

You have a $125 million athletic budget and the majorettes have to purchase their own uniforms? Can somebody tell me why we had the money in the budget to take the band to EVERY road game when the budget was around $50 million back in the day? Oh, I forgot. We have to pay Dime Store Dave Hart $1 million and our "baseball coach" a half a million dollars, while Holly and her assistants are well over $1.5 million combined for their "efforts". Incredible to consider that these poor kids have to raise money for their uniforms....[more]
Live Wednesday @ Sushi Spot
Posted: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 5:48 AM
Reminder for you...If you're looking for a place to watch the NFL Draft on Thursday, we're going to be having a listener watch party Thursday at Clancy's Tavern and Whiskey House in downtown Knoxville. It is going to be a superb time watching my Eagles screw up our franchise for the next half plus decade. We're going to have a cool contest for those that show up surrounding the first 10 picks. I just don't know exactly what we're going to do just yet. I'm open to any ideas you may have.

We missed Orange Throat on Monday so he's stopping by today we loads of interesting stuff. Much of this will be unpacked on today's show. See what you think.

...[more]
Tuesday
Posted: Wednesday, April 27th, 2016, 12:58 AM
What did you miss by not going on our Keeneland Trip over the weekend?

Vol Colonel leads things off today.

Bob Shoop joins today at Noon. I'm looking forward to discussing where he wanted to be post-spring to where the Vols are on defense. We have lots to discuss. Get a really good look at Shoop because I don't think he's going to be around here very long. Bob Shoop will be a head coach somewhere within four years....[more]
SPRING SPORTS: SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Posted: Sunday, April 17th, 2016, 5:46 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

ORANGE AND WHITE GAME Didnít attend the Orange and White Extravaganza due to preparation requirements for another year of Jurassic Softball. I listened to early portions on my way home from BP and caught from the QB Challenge until the closing ceremonies on TV. Iím not a big fan of spring football but Tennessee does it pretty well under Butch Jones.

-I like the new format that mixes the Tennessee Drill (Iím a VFFL who refuses to call it the Circle of Life. This is football for heavenís sake not the totality of existence), position matchups, skill competitions and scrimmage sessions. I even like the Vol Nation infomercial portions....[more]
I'm 66.7% BUTCH
Posted: Thursday, April 14th, 2016, 5:07 PM
by Beano
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O&W QUICK HITS:

-Iím a college football freak but canít work up a fervor for sports out of their season. I think spring football is good for coaches regaining the full attention of their rosters; young players getting needed reps, fans of football only and access for kids. Nothing wrong with any of that I just donít fit any of the above categories.

-Iíve seen very few Orange and White Games. I spent most of my life playing baseball or softball on the day of the event....[more]
HOBO STEW BLOG
Posted: Sunday, April 10th, 2016, 9:12 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND:

RAMBLIN FEVER: Iím still lamenting -and honoring- the passing of my favorite country artist of all-time; Merle Haggard. I guess my mind is too because I couldnít formulate a single in-depth topic to cover in this Monday edition of the blog so weíll just brain storm -or in this case more of a mist- our way through with multi-sport quick hits. Hereís Merle with the intro LINK.

DONNIE TYNDALL:

-Getting to know Donnie through the Tony Basilio Show Iím heartbroken for him over the extremely harsh penalty he was handed by the NCAA for his tenure at Southern Miss. Because I like the heck out of the guy and know how much the profession means to him I am also not the most objective guy when it comes to analyzing his plight....[more]
WALKIN ONE BACK
Posted: Thursday, April 7th, 2016, 2:47 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

AFTER FURTHER REVIEW:

During a cameo appearance on the Wednesday edition of the Tony Basilio Show with TB and the good Doctor Sean Sinclair I was posed the question if Tonyís scenario season posted on an early-week blog where the Vols lose @Georgia and to Alabama, defeat Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl finishing 11-2 would be acceptable even though Tennessee fails to make the SECCG? I answered in the affirmative then from nowhere heard my own voice say that I would prefer that to winning the East, losing big in Atlanta as Missouri did twice and being jettisoned to a lesser bowl. Tony and Sean -likely along with most of the listening audience- were appalled. AFTER FURTHER REVIEW (in the age of replay-adnauseam) I would like to have that one back. Though I believe Tonyís season would result in a higher ranking both he and Sinco are correct that you canít win it if youíre not in it and a trip to Atlanta should be this seasonís major goal. Here is how I would rank my desires for this season regardless of how realistic they are:...[more]
BASEBALL'S BACK
Posted: Sunday, April 3rd, 2016, 9:16 PM
by Beano
ON MY MONDAY MIND

FINAL-4 TAKEAWAYS: There is just so little to say. If there has ever been a worse Final-4 someone needs to refresh my memory. Games between the four remaining teams in America decided by 60 points? Did the menís and womenís Final-4s swap nights? This after eight Sweet-16 games and four Elite-8 contests that were almost as uncompelling as what we witnessed Saturday? Hopefully Villanova and North Carolina can play a game that appears April-worthy rather than October sloppy. College basketball REALLY needs to up its game....[more]
IS TWO SEASONS A TOURNAMENT DROUGHT? IT IS HERE
Posted: Thursday, March 31st, 2016, 2:41 PM
by Beano
FREE THOUGHT FRIDAY:

DEUCE IS A DROUGHT: Does two straight years with no postseason basketball seem like an eternity to you; Tennessee Basketball fan? It should. Since the NCAA Tournament was expanded in 1976 two consecutive seasons without a Vol appearance in either the Big Dance or the NIT has occurred only twice. The Vols failed to make either bracket in 1986 and 87 under Don DeVoe and the three-year period between 1993-95 which were the last two years of the Wade Houston era and Kevin OíNeillís first season in Knoxville. In a span of time that has seen eleven basketball coaches lead a program that could with merit be described as ďunstableĒ none have exceeded two consecutive years without a postseason appearance and continued to be employed here. Iím not suggesting if Rick Barnesí second edition of the Vols fails to make the myriad of postseason events that now exist that he should be shown the door. I am saying if the drought extends beyond the spring of 2018 it will be an ignominy that Iíve never witnessed almost a dozen coaches -many of which were average at their trade- suffer here....[more]
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