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Posted: Thursday, December 14th, 2017, 9:08 AM • Permalink
What a day in Big Orange Country Wednesday December 13th was!

Three Huge Stories:

Huge Story #1 Alontae Taylor: Reaffirmed his commitment to Tennessee. If you'll recall, Taylor reopened his recruitment right after Cade Mays, and it appeared bleak for Tennessee with him for a while. Taylor is a terrific playmaker that also has an alpha dog type of presence in recruiting circles. It's believed that he might just help attract other players during this recruiting cycle.

The excellent caller Jeff Muir AKA Mariano had this to say about Taylor. ' 'He's the fastest kid Maryville High has ever played there. Not even close. Played QB for them. Lined him up at wing some and just tossed the ball to him. He's a great pick up.' Tony Basilio Show 12/13/17.

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Huge Story #2 Austin Thomas Returns Home: Gigantic turn of events for Tennessee. A late 20's talent, Thomas is so highly regarded that LSU created the General Manager position just for him. Thomas is the son of a prominent orthopedic surgeon who also served on the Board of Trustees. Don't let that fool you though. Thomas is back at Tennessee on his own merits. He's responsible for pulling two five star guys (Stevens and Phillips) out of the mid-state.

John Brice of on Thomas Returning: 'I tweeted out during the LSU game that the most important hire for Tennessee's new staff would be luring Austin Thomas back home. Stephens and Phillips are both at LSU due to this guys efforts. He's loved by Coach O and everybody that's worked with him. I'll tell you this, I'd work with him and I'm not the only media person that feels this way. There's something really special about that guy. I'll put it this way, people I talk to believe he's got high level AD ability or he could just end up in an NFL front office one day,' Brice said.

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Could Thomas Be AD at UT One Day? 'I wouldn't rule out that possibility. There's zero chance I would rule this out. I'll tell you this, Austin Thomas is confident in his own ability. He will surround himself with talented people,' Brice said.

It's A New Day At Tennessee: 'People are now excited to work at Tennessee with Fulmer and Pruitt inside that place now. This goes for folks in every level of that athletic department,' Brice said.

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Huge Story #3 Cade Mays Gets A Visit: Cade Mays had been playing defense with Tennessee. I love the respect Kevin showed Phillip Fulmer by sitting down with Coaches Fulmer and Pruitt. That said, I still think it's a long shot that Mays ultimately ends up at Tennessee. Cade Mays isn't coming here and it's not the end of the world.

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As promised with the renewed life in Tennessee Football, you'll be seeing and hearing our recruiting expert 'X' back with us once again. With a huge recruiting weekend to upon us, 'X' has a few thoughts on who we'll see there.

'X' Says
'A quick note on the visitors......I'm sure this list will change between now and Friday PM. This list was compiled mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

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Marcus Murphy (Miss State commitment) corner Jeremy Banks , running back Jerome Carvin offensive line Duane Wallace, offensive line (5th year guy) started at Cal 2 years ago Van Jefferson, tentative Ole Miss transfer (eligible immediately) JJ Copeland , wide receiver Florida Glenn Beal, tight end Dominic Anderson , tight end JUCO Jamir Johnson, offensive line JUCO Johncarlo Valentin, JUCO offensive lineman (former OKLAHOMA commit before his grades derailed him) Tracie Webb, cornerback, JUCO tentative Rashod Bateman, wide receiver tentative Rayshad Williams (in state corner committed to Vandy) tentative

QB Note: You probably saw the news on Adrian Martinez. I knew that young man wasn't coming to Tennessee. I don’t think the new offensive coordinator pursued him very hard at USC AND just as important you can’t afford to take a chance in locking up a scholarship on a quarterback coming off shoulder surgery that kept him out of his senior year.

I look forward to doing an 'X' Cast with Tony and Sinco. We have an awful lot to talk about.


Dr. Sean Sinclair was ON FIRE yesterday with the developments of Pruitt juxtaposed to the fall of Butch Jones. Here's today's edition of Sinco Says.

Sinco Says I: Not only was Tennessee not strong but they weren't fast either. How do you do that?

Sinco Says II: ‘If you're going to take project kids or reaches, take in-state kids as projects. They will bear down for you’.

I mentioned this story Tuesday on the show and Matt sent me the following screen shot that he got somewhere. I put this story out on Tuesday because we need to hear things like this. I understand a couple of other kill joy radio hosts are saying this didn't happen. How do they know that? Were they there? I choose to believe that it happened because I/we need things to feel good about. This is the kind of thing that can make you want run your head through your own windshield just to release the stress. Let yourself go. Let's have some fun here. This is supossed to fun after all, isn't it. And yes,, with Jeremy Pruitt this story is entirely believable. So get ya some of that kill joy radio guys.

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Here's A Question? I've had umpteen people reach out to me looking for tickets to Tennessee - North Carolina. Why is this? Sure, Tennessee is off to a nice start to the season but something else is at work here. Carolina is marquee. They are dare I say > Kentucky when it comes to hoops history. You could almost make the case that Carolina = The New York Yankees in college hoops. And if they aren't the Yankees, who are they?

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Because they are box office. Carolina is America's team in college basketball. There are Carolina basketball fans EVERYWHERE. I grew up with them and chances are so did you if stop and think about it. And I don't care where you grew up, chances are you knew Carolina basketball fans. And Carolina wears Carolina Blue and it's majestic looking. And I don't like them. Not one iota. But I don't hate them viscerally like I do Florida football or Duke or the Dallas Cowboys. So, I said all that to ask you this.

Carolina = _________ In College Football

Carolina=___________ In NFL

Carolina=___________ Baseball

The point is that this ticket is the tightest in years in TBA and Carolina is a huge reason why. Sure, the Vols have had a tremendous start to the season but Carolina is....well Carolina.

Tomorrow at .... Orange Throat. Mark Griffin’s Three Pointers…SuperStar Alex..'X' Updates & Movie King.


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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