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Building momentum among Vols' fan base for Pearl comes from the expiration of his Show Cause penalty in August and Martin's disappointing performance compared to top 3 in the SEC and a Sweet Sixteen run in the NCAAs expectations for this squad. The Vols had already underperformed with 2 NIT seasons in a row. This was supposed to be The Year. The continued bubble conversations and losses to teams like A&M have been an annoying disappointment. Besides, the team just isn't fun to watch.
Moreover, Bruce Pearl is the best coach for Tennessee basketball in 50 years, behind Ray Mears. That's not an exaggeration. The three best records and NCAA performances were from Mears, Pearl and Jerry Green.
If Louisville can rehire Petrino, why wouldn't Tennessee have the Cheek to rehire Pearl? Is lying about a BBQ and trying to cover it up really that bad compared to some of the other offenses committed elsewhere - proven or unproven (e.g. Calipari)?
1 year ago on Hold Off On Those Firings, SEC Fans… No One Wants Your School’s Crappy Job
@atnvol Agreed. Some of them get paid whether they are re-hired or not. At least we are done with the Fulmer buy-out. If only the AD Hamilton had included a buyout feature for someone taking Kiffin & Co off our hands, we might have netted out a little better. Hope Jones is worth it - otherwise, we are having this same conversation in a couple of years.
2 years, 2 months ago on SEC Coaching Carousel 12/17/2012
With the Sunseri move to Florida State, Gators have added Vol fans back onto their Christmas lists again. According to one die-hard Florida fan, "If the Vols defense is coming to Tallahassee, I have to love me some Vols' for that."
Your categorization of Tennessee makes no sense, if you "see 6-6 n the horizon". By definition, the Vols would be bowl eligible and should, therefore, be in the Bowl Contender category. Similar comment on Missouri - you predict that they will be 5-7. That's not bowl eligible. The two should swap categories, especially if you see the Vols beating Missouri - which is implied in your record predictions and comments.
The Vols have a pretty decent offense, especially against teams outside the top 20. They should be in every game for the rest of the season - just for that reason. The defense is indescribably bad - epic, historic, horrific. For that reason, Tennessee could also lose every remaining game.
If Tennessee somehow overcomes its ineptitude on defense to become bowl eligible, one of the early bowls would pick the Vols for the offensive fireworks. Watching Bray throw to CP and Hunter is entertaining, as long as you leave the room while the other team has the ball.
2 years, 3 months ago on MrSEC.com Power Rankings – 11/6/12
If the line is set at a point spread that will generate a balanced book (rule 1 above), isn't that, by definition, a consensus of where the money thinks the result will be? Granted the alumni base may put so much money on the homer school that it will skew the lines by the 1-4 points to get betting equilibrium, but for the remaining schools wouldn't it be close?
On the lines that move a lot between the open and the final line, is that a meaningful signal for whether a line gets covered?
2 years, 4 months ago on Vegas And The SEC: Just How Accurate Are Those Opening Lines?
@HoustonVol I appreciate your stance on the airbrushing issue. Cheerleaders encouraging the football players with an inspirational religious verse isn't something I'd put into the category of the state establishing religion. I don't think the school board is saying "do this" and it's probably not a requirement of the local city government that it happen. As such, I'd put it more in the free speech and free exercise of religion categories. But I've seen stranger things litigated over. In any event, it seems like society (LSU) is going way overboard to keep anyone from being offended by anything - and ends up offending everybody along the way. I wish we could all express our faith freely and respect those who don't in a civil way. Of course if we figure that out, we can fix the Middle East and have Auburn and Alabama fans get along as well.
2 years, 4 months ago on Uh-Oh, LSU Officials Will Catch Hell Over This One
Agreed. It wouldn't be fun to take all those phone calls as one who had to defend the indefensible - another example of anti-Christian bigotry on a supposedly open-minded university campus. I hope that the people who call are respectful, but I am afraid some might be so upset that they give 'em hell.
@dynamitefan2 Vandy lost to Georgia 48-3; whereas, UT had the ball at least twice with a chance to tie in the 4th qtr before losing 51-44. Both lost to Florida - UT had a lead late in the 3rd qtr before blowing it; Vandy was within a TD. Call that a wash. Missouri lost to Georgia 41-20 and also lost to Vandy Advantage UT on common opponents.
Vandy is 109th in scoring and Missouri is 90th. Tennessee is 24th. The Vols are horrible on defense (93), but Vandy and Missouri aren't overwhelmingly good at 42 and 60 nationally.
My bias is that UT could move the ball well enough to outscore both Missouri and Vandy while getting enough stops to win.
And, again, we've also done better against common opponents. Since we play both of them, we'll see,
2 years, 4 months ago on MrSEC.com's Power Rankings - 10/16/12
You might have demoted the Vols below bowl contender a bit prematurely. The Vols could end up as high as 7-5 going into a bowl game. The schedule gets much easier after top 5 Bama and South Carolina inflict their pain on UT. The Vols could easily run the table against Troy and three teams that are much worse than the Vols - Missouri, Vandy and Kentucky. As horrible as the defense is, the offense can score points - not something that Missouri, Vandy or Kentucky can say.
Yes, it will be tough to keep everyone together thru the beatings of the next two weeks. Yes, the players-only meeting that took place this week isn't a good sign. And Dooley's pants have to be a very warm shade of orange.
But remember that Tennessee's three losses have been to two teams that were/are in the top 5 and to a top 20 team. Two of the three were on the road and all of them close late in the third qtr. Hard to show progress in the win category against that schedule.