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I stand corrected for making a brash overstatment of where TN stood during the preseason and I will do a better of job with statment of facts my facts in future posts.  While TN was not ranked in the AP preseason poll it was ranked by The Sporting News, CBS and a couple of other services and the perception has been that teams under Coach Martin and this team particularly has under performed and been inconsitant throughout the season until now.  Enjoy the website, enjoy your engagment with the readers.  Thanks.

7 months ago on SEC Headlines 3/23/2014

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Ok so I will be the first to admit that I signed the online petition for what it was worth and I have been critical of Martin for the past two seasons for what appears at times to be under performing and streaky play of his teams.  However, I am impressed with the team's play in the NCAA tournament.  It is the type of play that people expected with a preseason #5 ranking.  I think Coach Martin has more than proved he deserves an extension based on what this team has accomplished thus far.  Here's to a nice run in the NCAA tournament and a few of more wins this season.

7 months ago on SEC Headlines 3/23/2014

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TN did not get a tournament bid.  It was given one more chance to earn a tournament bid with a play-in game.

7 months, 1 week ago on The SEC Pays The Price For Bad Hoops On Selection Sunday (Again)

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TN worst nightmare is Pearl on another SEC sideline winning fans support and beating TN.  However, I agree with the _voice that it would make firing Martin and looking for the next TN coach a lot less complicated.  


HoustonVol is correct, Coach Martin is no Bruce Pearl.  Two early NIT exits and a bubble team this year with one of the most talented TN teams ever has not convinced me that Coach Martin is capable of returning TN to the level of success or excitement that TN experienced under Bruce Pearl or deserving of another year.  Coach Pearl's availability is irrelevant, but if push came to shove I would not be disappointed or outraged to see one bare chested, orange blazer wearing coach back on the TN sideline.  

7 months, 1 week ago on Auburn The First Test Case For Ex-Tennessee Coach Pearl

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Alabama's new OC has created trouble everywhere he has coached.  The only thing that kept him from getting into trouble at USC during his second stint was NCAA sanctions and the heavy hand of the AD.  AL should be very careful with this hire.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on SEC Headlines 1/11/2014

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While the SEC team did not win the BCS Title Game last night, it appeared to me that the more SEC like team once again won the BCS Title Game.  FSU had a great offense and a more traditional SEC style defense.  I am not ready to bury the SEC due to this one loss but I am concerned that the switch to a more offense first league does more to lessen the gap between the SEC and other leagues.  In some sense I feel that that this shift in game  philosophy is the SEC dumbing down to the rest of the nation and may hurt the SEC in the long run.

9 months, 2 weeks ago on Florida State Snaps SEC Streak, Rallies To Beat Auburn

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While some of what Coach Fulmer said rings true, Hamilton was a fantastic fund raiser but his ability to manage an athletic depart personel is questionable.  He was one for three in coaching hires baseball and football were failures and basketball was a success.  He mismanaged the firing of Fulmer and the search and hiring process that followed.  He also mishandled the NCAA's investigation of Pearl.  So yes, athlectic department leadership was a factor

However, Fulmer fails once again to take responsibility for his own contributions to the problem.  He was lax on discipline which was fine when he had Cutcliff there but once he left discipline left as well.  When he returned many players talked about how diciplined practice was and the coach Cutcliff had expectations off the field as well.  He had two loseing seasons in three years and hired one of the worst offensive coordinators in UT history in Dave Clawsen.  I personally think Coach Fulmer got complacent in the last few years and then when things got tough, he overestemated the power of the 1998 National Championship by thinking it would buy him more time than it did.  

I have a lot of respect for Coach Fulmer and he may have brought the only National Championship to TN that I will see in my lifetime.  However, the more he speaks the more he sounds like his former boss who is also a bitter former TN coach. 

1 year, 2 months ago on Phillip Fulmer On Former Tennessee A.D. Mike Hamilton: “Wasn’t Prepared For The Job”

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When you see student athletes flashing wads of cash like that it kinda makes me want to rethink the whole players need to be paid thing.

1 year, 2 months ago on Bama Freshman Liner Blows Up The Internet With Photo Of Himself And Cash

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Every time I read about paying a college athlete,  I think "Give me break."  While I will admit the life of a college athlete can be hard, I can't imagine that it is any harder than the kid working two or three jobs to pay for classes or the student who works crap jobs for a school as part of a work study program.  The fact is that a scholarship athlete gets room, board and tuition paid for, that is payment.  Once the athlete graduates (if they choose to take advantage of the opportunity given them through the scholarship they recieved) they can many times utilize the recognition and connections that comes from playing for a university sports program into non-sports opportunities after school.  That seems like fair payment to me.  The problem is not payment, it is that more attention is given to the athletes that fail to take advantage of the opportunity given them than the ones who take full advantage of the fantastic opportunity college sports afford them.

1 year, 8 months ago on Fix The NCAA? There Are No Simple Answers (But We Do Have A Suggestion)

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With the recruiting base they have in TX and how well they did in their first year in the SEC, I think that a giant has been awakened and that historic powers in the conference had better watch out.  AandM is just scary right now.

1 year, 9 months ago on Cotton Bowl Domination; Johnny Manziel And Texas A&M Crush Oklahoma

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should read "excites recruits" that is what I get for not proof reading before hitting post.

1 year, 11 months ago on USC’s Spurrier On UT Job: “Maybe Not As Easy Of A Job As It Was 10, 20 Years Ago”

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While Spurrier is correct, it is in his own self-interst to talk up the challenges that do exist at TN since his job at SC has been much easier since TN's downturn.  If TN does its job right and hires a coach that reenergizes the fan base and excites recruts then his job just gets much harder.  

1 year, 11 months ago on USC’s Spurrier On UT Job: “Maybe Not As Easy Of A Job As It Was 10, 20 Years Ago”

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I am sick of the whimpy coaches we have in the SEC.  The basketball and football schedules are being designed in order to make it easier for coaches to make bowl games and gain tournament invitations than honor traditions and give fans the best product.  I would rather see an SEC team play another SEC team than most any other team in the country.  These coaches signed up to coach in the SEC so they need to play SEC teams.  If they want a lighter schedule than get out of SEC, go to a lesser conference and make room for someone not afraid of a challenge.  We should be playing a 9 game SEC schedule and a 19 game division-less basketball schedule.

2 years, 4 months ago on Calipari, UK Throw Hat In The Ring For Chicken Of The Week

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So much for being the most sophisticated and enlightened school in the SEC.

2 years, 4 months ago on VU’s Franklin Won’t Hire A Guy With An Ugly Wife?

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Good point and thanks for for pointing out the double VU.  I don't think I can in good faith bring in a noise maker that begins with VU much like I can't bring myself to drink a particular drink that begins with "gator".  Well back to the lab to figure out what type of noise maker an orange bleeding fan can use.

2 years, 4 months ago on What To Expect At The SEC's Spring Meetings

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It's called home field advantage for a reason and what's the point of having it if you can't ring the darn cowbells whenever you want to.  To Mississippi St fans, I say "more cowbell".  To my fellow TN fans it time to break out the vuvuzellas.

2 years, 4 months ago on What To Expect At The SEC's Spring Meetings

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 @OldArmy I agree that many of the rules seem anti student.  For example having to sit out a year if you transfer to another D1 school seems wrong to me.  Coaches should be able to impose minimal restrictions on an athlete's transfer to another school to protect the school's competitive balance.  Students need to know that decisions have consequences and should be as sure as possible that the school they choose is where they want to play.  Students who decide or have to transfer should be allowed to without an undue burden on them.

 

Limited transfer rules do look out for the student.  Poaching and the wholesale "free agency" that would accompany each signing period could result in students bouncing around from school to school and finishing their eligibilty nowhere near completing a degree.  Current transfer rules for the most part keeps a student at a school working towards a degree while they are there.  My problem is that coaches abuse these rules and use them to force student to stay when they wanted to leave.  I believe that Dooley was abusing the transfer rules by applying them in a punitive way.   

 

The best compromise would be to allow coaches to place limited restrictions on transfers (no transfer to a school on our schedule during the player's eligibilty period) if they want to and do away with having to sit out a year if you do transfer.

 

I do agree that the actions by these coaches are a step in the right direction, a good start and the right thing to do.  I also hope that it leads to more reasonable application of transfer rules.  However, until a big time coach lets a big time player go to a direct big time competitor then I see this as nothing more than PR spin for the recruiting trail but I hope I am wrong.

 

Thanks for your commits.

2 years, 5 months ago on UF's Muschamp Does Right By Transferring Gator

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Wow it is amazing how all these coaches have suddenly gotten a heart.  Call me cynical but I think that most of these decisions are motivated by the fear of looking bad like Dooley rather than any real change of heart.  I do not have a problem with a coach restricting a kid from transfering to any school on the schedule during the remainder of the player's eligibility and personally I think this should be negotible under extreme curcumstances.  

 

While I think Dooley was excessive in his transfer policy, most of the transfer examples that people have used to bad mouth Dooley have been moves that have very little possibility of effecting the school in the near future.  

Richt let a kid go to a school not a GA schedule

Sabin let Sims to UVA which is not on their schedule

Sabin lets kid go to GA State who is on their schedule but AL would still beat even with the kid

Kid transfers from NC State to Vandy who don't play each other.

 

It is one thing to let a second string player openly transfer, let a star player transfer to another power school outside the conference and not on your schedule or transfer to a much weaker school who you can still beat.  Lets see how these coaches react when a real impact player wants to transfer from say GA to TN or AL to LSU.  If said coaches are as quick to grant that transfer then I will believe that coaches have had a true change of heart and not just trying to spin some PR.

2 years, 5 months ago on UF's Muschamp Does Right By Transferring Gator

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The fact that he considers Northwestern, Presbyterian, UMas and Wake Forrest a tough non-conference schedule says more about Vandy than it does about the rest of the conference.

2 years, 6 months ago on Franklin Wants An Easier Schedule At Vandy

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