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So many of you touched my heart by coming out to the FISH Pantry Tailgate. I met so many wonderful people from all across the region at that event. Y'all watered my soul with that tremendous turnout. Mike Carver and his staff did an amazing job with that event. Thousands of people had to come through. It was really overwhelming and humbling meeting so many of you. Your support of our efforts is greatly appreciated.

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Listener Watch Party V is Saturday Night at Bearden Hill Fieldhouse! Come early and watch second half of Auburn vs. Georgia. Don't let Butch Jones ruin your football season. Get out and support what we do here and embrace the fellowship.

Orange Throat is up first factual and furiously today.

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Random musings as we pay tribute to all the Vol fans who showed up and supported our beleaguered football team Saturday night.

AUNT EDNA'S already in trouble. Friday saw the rare occurrence of some members of the UT Board of Trustees openly criticizing the decision of UTK chancellor Beverly "Aunt Edna" Davenport to reject a money-saving outsourcing plan. Only eight months into his tenure, John Currie must be wondering about his decision to come to Knoxville. A destabilized chancellor, the chancellor who hired him, isn't good for Currie. His handling of the Butch Jones implosion and stubborn, tone-deaf approach to announcing the Neyland Stadium project, are self-inflicted wounds. However, none of this is fatal but it puts a huge premium on Currie making a great hire to be Tennessee's next head football coach.

MEANWHILE, Tennessee's depleted football team certainly looked better-coached and motivated than the ragtag Southern Miss team it played Saturday night. The Golden Eagles didn't get a good whistle but were guilty on most of the 14 penalty calls for 120 yards. QB Keon Howard was awful and gave the Vols the game in the third quarter by turning it over on back-to-back possessions and UT took advantage and ran the score to 24-3.

THE VOL OFFENSE started sharply and Jarrett Guarantano looked good in marching his team to a touchdown. JG's lower-extremity injury certainly affected the game and the offense could only manage 210 yards in the game. Freshman QB Will McBride managed things ok in relief and didn't turn the ball over. As far as anyone questioning UT burning McBride's redshirt year, he is the #2 quarterback. He's the next man in.

TIME TO GIVE OUR DEFENSE some credit. Corner coach Charlton Warren looks like a good hire and one hopes he'll get consideration by the new head coach. Are the Vols the fourth best pass defense in the country? No, they haven't played any real good passing teams so far, but will get their toughest test of the season Saturday night at Missouri.

WHICH BRINGS US TO BUTCH JONES. The mass boycott of Neyland failed for homecoming. A good crowd showed up to see a 3-5 Tennessee football team that is still playing hard. Jones can at least make his situation interesting if his team can pull off the upset at Mizzou, and then rally a big crowd to support his underdog team against a more-talented LSU team. We don't see how this team, especially missing so many players on offense, can muster enough points to win at Columbia, but an upset would make the LSU game much more interesting.

ENCOURAGING TO SEE our Basketball Vols beat Clemson on the road in an exhibition yesterday, 71-67. The Tigers are less accomplished than their football brethren. They finished 12th out of 15 schools in the ACC last year with a 6-12 record. Still, this has to be viewed as a positive for Rick Barnes' third Tennessee team. For those of you keeping score at home, tomorrow represents Barnes' 950th day as the HC at UT and he has yet to sign or commit a Top 100 player in the nation.


Speaking of MISSOURI, the Tigers thrashed FLORIDA 45-16 and abruptly ended the hopes of Florida interim HC Randy Shannon. Missouri QB Drew Lock was an efficient 15 of 20 for 228 yards and three scores and the Tigers outrushed the Gators, 227-93.

SOUTH CAROLINA's Jake Bentley was his usual scrappy self and kept the Gamecocks on the fringe of being in the game all day but GEORGIA did prevail, 24-10. The stout Bulldog defense limited South Carolina to 43 yards rushing ... Bret Bielema nearly became the next SEC head coach to fall but his ARKANSAS team rallied to beat FCS opponent Coastal Carolina, 39-38 ... KENTUCKY couldn't stand prosperity for long and let OLE MISS score with five seconds to go to beat the Wildcats, 37-34 at Grocery Field.

LSU's defense limited ALABAMA to 116 rushing yards but still lost, 24-10. Hard to see our Vol offense doing much against the Tigers on Nov. 18 ... AUBURN perhaps put the final nail in the coffin for HC Kevin Sumlin at TEXAS A&M by beating the Aggies at home, 42-27 ... MISSISSIPPI STATE struggled but QB Nick Fitzgerald ran for two scores in a 34-23 win that ran State's record to 7-2 ... VANDY had to have a win over Western Kentucky to stay in the hunt for a bowl and the Commodores did so with a 31-17 win.

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Throaty....Great stuff on Bev Davenport!!!! She stood up for common people and this entire community by voting against that crony capitalistic scheme of outsourcing. Bev Davenport called their fuzzy math FUZZY because it was FUZZY. She stood tall. But your point is well taken about the way she has created some instability for John Currie who really is in tough spot. Firstly he's been exposed badly in the inaction on Butch Jones. Not to mention that absurd letter to fans that you cited. What gets me is that he's in a situation where this hire could make or break him and he's going to have little say in who the next football coach is. That's the reality of this. But he's going to take FULL BLAME if this doesn't work out. It's like this. The Haslam's hired Dooley, and Hamilton got fired.

Great point Throaty on Charlton Warren. Why do I get the feeling that he won't be praised in this space on November 12th?

How fun would it be if Tennessee could string together 2 straight wins and really have fun atmosphere in Neyland Stadium. This would be fun to see.

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Cheap Shots At Butch: Second guessing the decision of Butch Jones to play Will McBride in the first half of UT's tussle with Southern Miss seemed much ado about nothing. Anybody that's watched enough football knows a couple of things.

Ankle sprains tighten up at halftime.

There's no way to keep Guarantano clean in the second half of that game.

I said on an emergency Periscope transmission at halftime of the game that Will McBride was going to play in the second half because I know my stuff.

The right decision was to play Will McBride when they did because it looked as if Guarantano wasn't coming back into that game period. And unless you were planning on using a wildcat exclusively on the road next week at Mizzou, you have to get McBride ready to play in that game.

Therefore, I don't get the criticism of Jones here. I realize he stinks out loud as a game manager but he really had no choice given the circumstances.

Tony Robinson on Will McBride: 'I like him. Looks faster than Guarantano. I'm not talking footrace fast but he has a fast twitch. Plus he gets the ball out quickly and he puts a nice touch on the ball. I think he has a nice future ahead of him. He needs seasoning. He chose to run the ball a few times and took unnecessary shots. One with about 8 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter he had no business holding onto a ball and he about got himself hurt. He needs to wait in the pocket and if nothing's there let the ball go.'

Guarantano The Toughest? He's brought a lot of his beating on himself with his inability to recognize basic defensive alignments. Still Jarrett G gets an A+ for hustling to get back into the Southern Miss game even if he couldn't move. I was sure JG was gone for good in that game when McBride entered the game in the first half. When he fell over to end the first half it was apropos as it seemed as Guarantano was literally and figuratively knocked out of that game. The jury is very much out on the long-term viability of Guarantano as a starting QB at UT but there's no doubting his toughness.

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John Kelly Is.. The best player in America nobody knows about. He's a one man gang when he gets it going downfield. Kelly's 20 yard TD run immediately following Emmanuel Moseley's interception was really special. He was in full beast mode in making no less than 3 would be tacklers on his way to a TD.

#WMLLM: Colton Jumper balled out against Southern Miss. His run fits were key to containing the Eagles while the Tennessee was able build the lead.

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Darrell Taylor: With a key strip which allowed Gaulden to recover a fumble. He's really Tennessee's only nice player on that D-Line.

Tennessee's Defense: Is all of the sudden creating turnovers. Four last week and two in the decisive 3rd quarter Saturday should Vol fans hope that an upset could occur.

Oh Line: Granted Tennessee was forced to play several combinations in that game but for the first 33 minutes of that game they were getting very little push. Tennessee used to have an O Line but with all those injuries now has an Oh line.

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Knoxville survived another weekend with Butch Jones as the head football coach at Tennessee. Hopefully, there are only three more of those to endure.

1. The beating the Tennessee football brand has taken in the national media requires serious damage control. First and foremost, it necessitates the hiring of a proven winner to replace Butch Jones.

2. It is amazing that a traditional football power can end up in such dire straits across the offensive line. They are a couple of more injuries from pure disaster.

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3. I hate that the roster has been so mismanaged that Will McBride had to burn his redshirt. Of course, that is par for the course for this coach's tenure.

4. Saturday in Columbia has a very ominous feeling to it. Hard to see the Vols keeping up with a red hot Tiger offense.

5. The Big Ten has battered and beaten itself to the point that Wisconsin is the only playoff contender left. The Badgers just don't appear dynamic enough to me to be a national title contender.

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6. Here's hoping nobody from the Big 12 ends up in the playoff. What they are playing out there scarcely resembles football.

7. It sure didn't take Lane Kiffin and Butch Davis long to make an impact. It appears the Shula Bowl in two weeks will be for Confernce USA East supremacy.

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8. Yesterday's exhibition win at Clemson is a good sign for the Basketball Vols. That is the caliber of opponent that inhabits the 5-12 neighborhood in the SEC.

9. Grant Williams appears to have gotten the message Rick Barnes was sending by benching him for the Carson Newman game. He was back to his productive ways against the Tigers.

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NO MORE UNCONDITIONAL COACH BELIEF: As rampant speculation concerning Jones’s inevitable firing -and who his successor will be- escalates it is quite obvious there are few -if any- candidates who will immediately have large-scale buy-in from Big Orange Nation...








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Vols Overcame Saturday Night: No Evan Berry No Guarantano No Calloway No Coleman Thomas for a few plays. Meant Jashon Robertson back to center. No Shawn Shamberger Getting Outgained in Total Yards Getting Out possessed clock wise Only 210 total yards of Total offense.

And still won easily. Southern Miss was all time dreadful. I mean that QB was dreadful. It was a 10-3 game in the third quarter and UT had NO ANSWERS but he blew any chance they had.

Is Southern Miss Coached? Did they do anything well in that football game? While the Vols were flagged zero times through 2 and a half quarters, Southern Miss was flagged 10 times. And many of the penalties were YUUUUGE. That said the call on them for leaping on the UT field goal in the 3rd quarter was ALL TIME SEC officiating at its finest. That was a straight garbage call all the way. Just a horrible call. Then again, Southern Miss was brutal. I loved seeing Southern MIss HC Jay Hopson run onto the field.

Flag Day: Through 37 minutes of football, Southern Miss committed 10 penalties for 105 yards. Meanwhile Tennessee played a clean game with zero penalties through 3 quarters. Vols didn't commit their first penalty until a Coleman Thomas false start that occurred with 11:03 in the game.

Tennessee Better Tighten Up: On offense this week or Butch Jones is going to get eliminated again from his own playoff. Mizzou's Drew Lock has 31 TD's on the year and needs 7 to tie Chase Daniel's single season school record. Here's hoping he doesn't get it.

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Missouri Can Run The Ball? They ran it 46 times for 226 yards against Florida. Can you believe that?

Mizzou Mauled Florida: They had 455 yards of total offense on a Gator team that has checked out.

Tomorrow Eric S on Eye Discipline while I do the deep dive into (Charlie) Ergenomics.


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.

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