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Brad Shepard

  • joined Aug 08, 2011
  • last login Aug 29, 2014
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I'm a former sports writer with the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Tennessean and the (Clarksville) Leaf-Chronicle. I covered the Tennessee Vols, the Tennessee Titans, national golf, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs and various other sports.

I'm a die-hard UT and Atlanta Braves fan. I also cheer for the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks and Arsenal Gunners, though I'm not a rabid fan of any.

I have a beautiful wife and baby son, and I live in New Market, AL and work in missile defense. I am a Christian who attends Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Flintville, Tenn., and I'm a 2002 graduate of the University of Tennessee.

I enjoy fishing, watching sports, playing sports, hanging with my family and reading books. My favorite books are Stephen King's Dark Tower series, Mudbound, The Help and the Song of Fire and Ice series.

My favorite shows on TV are Breaking Bad, Friday Night Lights, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, LOST, 24.

A few of favorite movies of mine are Forrest Gump, Almost Famous, The Big Lebowski, There Will Be Blood, the Nolan Batman movies, A River Runs Through It and An Unfinished Life.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Atlanta Braves
  • NBA Atlanta Hawks
  • NFL Atlanta Falcons
  • NCAAF Tennessee Volunteers
  • NCAAB Tennessee Volunteers
  • Golf Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Luke List
  • Soccer Arsenal Gunners
User Blog

Jones Solidifies Carr; More Recruiting Notes

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Tennessee solidifies big piece of the puzzle with Memphis defensive lineman Jason Carr. Here are some other things UT is looking for the upcoming week in recruiting.

Recruiting In Review: The Redshirts

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Here are the players Derek Dooley redshirted last season.

Tennessee Recruiting: UT's Defensive Big Board

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We take a look at the remaining prospects on Tennessee's defensive big board. Can they recruit any of them to UT?

Tennessee's Offensive Recruiting Big Board

46

Here is an early crack at the remaining targets on Tennessee's big boards and any recent news that relates to those guys in the past few weeks.

Recruiting In Review: Sentimore

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Today's RTT feature takes a look back at Darrington Sentimore's one season in Knoxville.

Recruiting In Review: Dooley's Last Class Failures

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At least seven members of the 2012 recruiting class won't suit up for the Vols in 2013. Five of those barely made a hiccup in their stunted and uneventful careers.

Vols Get Help At Tight End With Quinn Commitment

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Tennessee received a commitment from JUCO tight end Woody Quinn, who visited Knoxville this past weekend and left knowing he wanted to be a Vol.

Vols Secure Legacy Commit Ryan Jenkins

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The slot receiver flips from Clemson to Tennessee, where he can carry on the legacy of his dad, Lee, who starred for the Vols in the early 1980s.

Butch Jones Hires Fair To Help With DBs

36

New Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones has pegged a Vols legend to help UT with the defensive backs.

Hart: UT-UM Have Discussed Continuing Series

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Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart tells the Knoxville News-Sentinel's Brendan Quinn that Tennessee and Memphis are attempting to continue the basketball series.

Wiesman Commits To Butch and the Vols

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Former Cincinnati offensive lineman commit Dylan Wiesman decides to follow Butch Jones and Co. to Tennessee.

Vols Snag Tight End Commitment Branisel

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The Vols and new coach Butch Jones lured former Cincinnati commitment A.J. Branisel to be the newest UT commit.

Dobyns-Bennett Duo Pledges To UT

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Malik Foreman flips from Vanderbilt to Tennessee and gets teammate Devaun Swafford to accept a grayshirt possibility with the Vols as well.

Jones Gets '14 Class Started With Wharton Commit

9

2014 athlete Vic Wharton is the newest Tennessee football commitment.

Butch Jones Reels In a Much-Needed JUCO CB

20

JUCO cornerback Riyahd Jones chooses the Vols over Ole Miss, Indiana, Kansas State and Texas A&M. He gives UT a commitment at a much-needed position and should come in and immediately compete for...

Tennessee Looks At New Recruits

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Recruiting may have entered the "dead period" but recruiting is just coming to life for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Jones Gets First Commit With Athlete Johnson

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Lemond Johnson -- who probably projects as a defensive back on the next level but is listed as an "athlete" -- gives new UT coach Butch Jones his first public commitment in this year's class.

Meet Zach Azzanni and Rest of Tennessee Staff

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With reports of Zach Azzanni being hired at Tennessee, it appears that Butch Jones has completed his staff.

Recruiting Hits Full-Speed Ahead With Jones

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The Vols hit the recruiting trail with new head coach Butch Jones.

Give Jones a Chance

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I have 4,342 songs on my iPod. When I go to sleep at night, I put it on a docking station and hit "Shuffle." For hours upon hours, nights upon nights, those songs play through, one-at-a-time until...

Report: Jones Frontrunner for Tennessee Job

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As Butch Jones turned down job offer after job offer the past few days, it kind of made you wonder if he knew something we didn't. Thursday night, GoVols247 writer Wes Rucker reported that Jones...

Strongwatch Another Day? Morning Meeting Reported

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Multiple Louisville news outlets reported that Cardinals head football coach Charlie Strong came and went from his team meeting without informing his players of a decision on his future. Those same...

Vols Offer Strong; Louisville Countering

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GoVols247 is reporting that the Tennessee Volunteers have offered Charlie Strong to be their next head football coach. Now, it appears the ball is in UofL's court. According to Louisville...

Gundy expected to stay in Stillwater, Report says

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Oklahoma State sideline reporter Robert Allen is tweeting and has said on the radio that Mike Gundy has made his decision, and he is staying in Stillwater. There have been no confirmations of...

Report: Gruden Has Offer On the Table To Coach UT

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The Tennessee Volunteers have an offer on the table to make Jon Gruden their next head football coach, but assistants' salary appears to be a major snag

Recruiting: The Gruden Effect

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Some of the state's top football prospects react to the possibility of the University of Tennessee hiring Jon Gruden as its next head football coach.

Dooley's Recruiting Efforts Criticized

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A week after he was fired Derek Dooley and his UT staff were criticized by various coaches in Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia in today's Chattanooga Times Free Press.

RTT's Locks & Keys: Week 12

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We set our sights on the future while half-heartedly going about this week's picks.

The Impact of Derek Dooley's Ouster On Recruiting

5

Derek Dooley's meticulous approach to recruiting is actually going to help the Tennessee Volunteers retain some of the recruits in this year's class.

A Crossroad That Could Define Our Program's Future

79

With so much uncertainty following Tennessee's second consecutive bowl-less season, the one certainty is the university must prove its commitment to winning football.

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