Joel Hollingsworth

  • joined Feb 11, 2008
  • last login Jul 25, 2014
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Joel Hollingsworth is a 1999 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law. He retired the powdered wig he wore as General Counsel of a health care organization in the summer of 2011 and opened a store selling officially licensed and custom shirts so he could wear jeans to work.

Joel's writing has been featured on and in numerous websites and print publications on topics ranging from vomit to tax and copyright law (he's cited as an "expert" in the footnotes, which his wife finds hilarious nearly to the point of incontinence). Oh, and he's written about the Tennessee Volunteers, too, first in 2005 at View from Rocky Top (trudging through The Season of Which We Do Not Speak), and then here at RTT beginning in 2006. From 2009-2011, he served as Editor for (and contributed to) the Maple Street Press preseason annual Rocky Top Tennessee 2009, which features a superb cast of contributors including nationally-known sports writers, Knoxville-based newspaper writers, and A-list bloggers. Joel also contributed an article on the Third Saturday in October to MSP's 2008 Alabama annual and an article on the Tennessee-Florida rivalry to MSP's 2009 Florida annual. When MSP went under after the 2011 edition, Joel and his cohorts self-published a similar preseason publication in 2012.

As a sports blogger, Joel guest-hosted at the Yahoo! college football blog Dr. Saturday for a week in March, 2009 and has guest-posted on a variety of other notable sites such as Every Day Should Be Saturday and Burnt Orange Nation, exposure that has helped lead to even more surprising and bizarre notoriety, including interviews by NBC Sports,, and The Sports Tap radio program. He's also mostly to blame for both the 2006 and 2007 College Football Blogger Awards, for which he conned four of the biggest names in our niche to put forth a united effort to promote the entire college football blogosphere.

Joel lives in Jonesborough, Tennessee, adjacent to Jackson the Mule, who says hi.

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TP: McCullers is barely overweight at 360 pounds


Today's Talking Points wants to discuss Donnie Tyndall's basketball roster and his orange jacket, Butch Jones's incoming recruits, and Dan McCuller's BMI, which is likely better than yours despite...

BFFs Jones and Tyndall setting expectations

In today's Talking Points, the baseball Vols are in the SEC Tournament, and Butch Jones and Donnie Tyndall are conspiring to get us fans both realistic and excited about the fall.



The 6th edition of our annual UT football preseason magazine is now available, and as always, it's all Vols, cover to cover, and 100% ad-free.

Vols notch an APR victory


Tennessee got above the APR cutline, narrowly avoiding sanctions they really didn't need right now.

Tyndall continues to patch together his team


Talking Points rounds up the day's news, including Donnie Tyndall continuing to assemble his team.

Announcing the Official 2014 RTT T-Shirt


This year's winner of the Rocky Top Talk T-Shirt Design Contest won going away before we even voted.

3 Vols drafted, 8 others picked up as free agents


Congratulations to 11 former Vols who found homes in the NFL this weekend.

Vols in the NFL Draft


Tennessee could become first program in over 10 years to have four offensive linemen taken in same NFL Draft

A little more shaking and sifting on Rocky Top


Another day, another transfer, this time for the football team as lineman Jason Carr decides to leave the team. But Jones and Tyndall are still moving full speed ahead.

Should I stay or should I go now?


Today's Talking Points rounds up the various comings and goings of players on Rocky Top. And also tests your latin.

The Official 2014 RTT T-Shirt Design Contest


Got an idea for this year's official 2014 Rocky Top Talk t-shirt? Let's have it.

Financial numbers from Tennessee's spring game


Despite making the spring game free to attend, the athletic program still came out ahead financially.

Catching the contagious energy of Butch Jones


In today's Talking Points, we attempt to tie everything on Rocky Top to a note on Butch Jones's desk.

Does the SEC East November schedule need fixing?


The SEC has chosen to preserve the Tennessee-Alabama rivalry. So is there something we can do about the SEC East November schedule?

The winning entry of the RTT Bracket Contest is...


It's true. He named his bracket "IAmTheOneWhoPicksByMascot" and everything. He gets a free t-shirt and you don't because that's what March Madness is all about.

The RTT 2014 Bracket Contest Standings


Oh, look. Your bracket's an embarrassing mess.

Vols-Wolverines Game Thread


The Vols and the Wolverines battle this evening to see who will advance to the Elite Eight. If you're looking for the online game-viewing party, this is it.

Sweet 16 Thursday Game Thread


It's sweet, Sweet Sixteen time. Here's your warm-up thread for tomorrow.

The RTT 2014 Bracket Contest Standings


Somehow this little annual contest matters much less than it has in the past, but somebody is leading and this is that someone.

Tennessee Vols Sweet 16 T-Shirts

The Vols' Sweet 16 tees are here in all of their glory. And the right shade of orange.



Rebound? Rebound. Rebound! REBOUND!

Vols-Bears Game Thread


Tennessee continues to dance this postseason and today takes on the Mercer Bears. Here's how, where, and when to watch.

March Madness Saturday Game Thread


Here's the day's info and game thread. Enjoy!

Vols-Minutemen Game Thread


The Vols are dancing for real this afternoon against the Minutemen of UMass. Here's all the info you need to watch, unless you're in an airplane without wi-fi at 30,000 feet, in which case . . . why?


Vols-Hawkeyes Game Thread

The Vols attempt to play their way in to the 64-team bracket against the Iowa Hawkeyes tonight. Here's all the info you need to watch.

2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket - Pythag & Log5 style


For five of the past six years in which we've created a pythag and Log5 bracket, it has finished 2nd, 3rd, 58th, 16th, and 62nd in our own RTT pool. How does it look this year, and how will it do?

Announcing the RTT 2014 Bracket Challenge


Hey, the Vols are dancing this year, and you could be, too, if you play and win the RTT 2014 Bracket Challenge.


Vols-Gators Game Thread

Not much to lose and lots to gain for the Vols today against the Gators.

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