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C-TFP: Wiedmer: Wayne Chism won't soon be forgotten by Tennessee fans


"It was great playing on this team," [Wayne] said. "All I can say about making history at this school ... it was great taking this school to places it had never been. I was in a great position when I got here, thrown into the mix as a freshman. And Coach Pearl really helped me and everybody on this team helped me. And this team really helped Coach Pearl in Knoxville get to a place it had never been."




BREAKING NEWS: Caliperi Breaking Major NCAA Rules!


To quote the Sea of Blue article where I got this from: This is bad, real bad.

Two OSU Perspectives on Tennessee


The main link is from OSU blog The Silver Bullet who has a good look at what Tennessee actually does well instead of "OMG PRESz!!11" What I liked from the story: Let me start by saying that Bruce Pearl is one of the most annoying coaches in college basketball. Any coach that 1) shows up shirtless with a painted body to a women's basketball game, 2) is caught hitting on college girls, and 3) wears a bright orange jacket on the sideline won't get my vote. Despite his obnoxious personality and love of coeds, the guy can flat coach. If there was ever proof of that, it has been this season. After the marijuana debacle (that led to the departure of T. Smith), most every coach in the country would have lost this squad. Instead the Volunteers, under Pearl, have played inspired basketball. Then there's blog Eleven Warriors which has two pieces concerning this weekend. In one they rank the 16 teams left, placing Tennessee at #7 overall, and in another more Tennessee-directed one they have a great picture and a somewhat critical and dismissive perspective, but he is a Buckeye fan so we can only rationally expect a small level of intelligence. To the Vols’ credit, despite an influx of walk ons beginning to pick up some of the end of the rotation minutes, UT bounced right back and beat then #1 KU at home the very next weekend (though Northern Iowa’s neutral court heroics have somewhat diminished the returns on that puppy). The Vols put together a great rest of the year, really only stumbling against top tier tournament worthy SEC teams, one outlier loss on the road to Mark Fox’ Georgia Bulldogs aside. UT also holds one of just two victories over the prohibitive favorite amongst the remaining teams to go all the way, John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats (no word on whether Tennessee will garner an extra win in 2014 or not; stay tuned). Both of these links were found by following the "Other Buckeye Blogs" section on SBNation's Ohio State blog The Buckeye Battle Cry.


There is absolutely no reason to believe Nash Armstrong can succeed as a Journalist at Tennessee.

Chest-bumped to the front from the FanPosts, bobo_the_vol-style. I don't know Nash Armstrong, and normally I wouldn't want to call him out, but from all indications that is exactly what he wanted....

Mike DeCourcy Says Vols weakest team standing


15. Michigan State. We saw what the Spartans looked like without Kalin Lucas in early February, and it wasn't pretty. If the Spartans were in one piece they'd have had a solid chance at stealing Tom Izzo's sixth Final Four berth. 16. Tennessee. Ohio did the Vols the favor of chasing Georgetown out of the tournament and then performing as though that had been enough. Tennessee made some big shots in that game and the opener against San Diego State and is proud to have come so far given its midseason tumult. "It's pretty big," Vols center Wayne Chism said after reaching the Sweet 16. "I've been there twice already and came up short twice. I'm happy to be back on that stage again, and I just can't wait to get there and be prepared to play the next team." So -- let me get this straight -- Tennessee being proud of where they've come from to get here makes them the worst? It wasn't like Ohio wasn't trying in that game, either; Tennessee played great defense and used their size and athleticism to stifle a red-hot, guard-heavy team. Sound familiar? Granted, this guy also has Ohio State ranked ahead of Syracuse in the pecking order -- because beating a 10th seeded Georgia Tech team by, what, 9 was obviously more impressive than Syracuse's 22 point win over 8 seeded Gonzaga, right? Seriously, though, someone send Bobby Maze this link.


Paging Doug Gottlieb

So ESPN released their weekly Power Rankings and the Vols are right now ranked at 15th, up 8 spots from last week's 23 after wins over Kentucky and Arkansas, which I think is plenty fair. The ten...

Watching Bobby Maze and Melvin Goins play the most ridiculous HORSE game in history. Hopson beat...


Watching Bobby Maze and Melvin Goins play the most ridiculous HORSE game in history. Hopson beat McBee in round 1.

Twitter: Wes Rucker

MBB: Top 25 Week 10

Because I got bored, and have no life, I decided to make my own top 25 Men's College Basketball ballot. Any thoughts on my picks? I personally feel that Tennessee is maybe a spot too high, all...


Coverage of Lane Kiffin's Leaving

Shout-outs to all the people who are keeping themselves in Orange. I love all of you, and I love this team. That being said, I'm going to try to post what links I can find about this whole debacle....

"I'm like any Vol and as disappointed and PO'd as anybody else at what's happened," said Fulmer,...


"I'm like any Vol and as disappointed and PO'd as anybody else at what's happened," said Fulmer, who was fired after the 2008 season, paving the way for Kiffin's hiring.

ESPN: Fulmer Not Happy.

National Coverage of UT's Big Win:

First off, I'd like to give a big shout-out to the Lady Vols, who -- lost in all the justified hooplah -- pounded Mississippi State 75-48 on the road before the men's game got underway. Glory...

I never saw this here last month, so I'm putting it up here now. Renaldo Woolridge aka Swiperboy...


I never saw this here last month, so I'm putting it up here now. Renaldo Woolridge aka Swiperboy made his presence felt on the Summit against the Top on Sunday, but he's already made an amazing impact on Tennessee with his beats and his lines. I love this guy.


This Week's SEC MBB Action

Sunday: The marquee match up for the conference takes place, as we all know, when the #1 undefeated Kansas Jayhawks head to Knoxville to take on a Volunteer squad that has lost four scholarship...

Alabama Claims 16th National Championship


"Saban spoke at a news conference on Friday, sitting alongside four trophies crowning Alabama as the national champion following a 37-21 victory over Texas. The Associated Press trophy honored the Crimson Tide for being voted No. 1 at season's end. The others were from the National Football Foundation, the Football Writers Association and the crystal BCS trophy he received on the field Thursday night." I'm pretty sure this means that 75% of Alabama fans will count each trophy as a National Championship ;-)

Rich Brooks steps down as Head Coach


(HT @ TeamSpeedKills) Though he never was able to get rid of the big mean monster in the basement (translation: us) I have to tip my hat to a guy who stuck around at Kentucky and did a might fine job. Brooks ended his career at Kentucky with a loss to Clemson, but he'll be remembered for so much more, none moreso than the fact that he got to retire at Kentucky after a bowl game. "When he first arrived in 2003, the Wildcats were hindered by NCAA probation that limited scholarships to 70 (maximum is 85). The team finished 4-8. The program won the Music City Bowl in 2006 and ’07 and the 2008 Liberty Bowl. It finished with a winning record in each of Brooks final four seasons. The highlight of his tenure was a triple-overtime 43-37 upset of top-ranked Louisiana State in October 2007."

GVX: Berry to go Pro


Eric Berry did not break the NCAA career interception return yardage record, unfortunately, though I can't think of anybody who deserved it more. He was, is, and always will be remembered as an amazing volunteer, the first consensus All-American Volunteer since 1990 -- and he did it twice, winning the Jim Thorpe award as the best DB in the nation this year and earning runner-up last year in the same award.

By leading the Classic City Canines to victory in four of their last five outings, Coach Richt...


By leading the Classic City Canines to victory in four of their last five outings, Coach Richt carded his 90th victory in the final game of his ninth season. I don’t have a degree from a vocational school across the street from the Varsity or anything, but I believe that averages out to ten wins a year. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that ain’t bad. (Also, I’d be willing to bet that Mark Richt doesn’t use questions about his cardiovascular fitness as an excuse for playing April Fool’s Day jokes on his wife and children at Christmas, either.)

The Mark Richt Victory Watch -- ZING

TSN: Urban Meyers Detirement


But one other group of people needs to quickly know what Meyer's going to do: His family. I hate even going in that direction; far be it from me to advise another man how to deal with his family. (Though even a single man like myself knows making your wife look either clueless or like a liar probably isn't a good idea.) But I can't ignore what Meyer's father said Saturday: He doesn't want to die because he wants to raise his family. That is presumably still true. So are the stories of one of his daughters being happy to have her father back. Meyer's statements that he's going to have to figure out how to prioritize all that ring hollow.


Should He Stay or Should He Go?

In an attempt to flex my puny writing muscles, I'm going to be going back and looking at several topics throughout the last season, from Coach Fulmer's firing / Lane Kiffin's Hiring, the Recruiting...

New York Times sports reporter Pete Thamel "broke" the story of the NCAA’s investigation into T...


New York Times sports reporter Pete Thamel "broke" the story of the NCAA’s investigation into Tennessee’s football recruiting practices. After inititial investigation into his story, there seems to be a stink arising from little Pahokee, Fla., which drifts over to Gainesville and all the way north to a couple of offices in mid-town Manhattan. The Players - * Pete Thamel – College sports reporter for the New York Times * Connor Ennis – Sports department staff editor, New York Times * Chris Dunkley – Pahokee football prospect being recruited by Tennessee and Florida * Ariel Alejo - Pahokee principal, Florida Alum, Gators fan * Urban Meyer – Head coach, University of Florida Lets start with a flashback to 1998. In the first game of Tennessee’s national championship run, the Vols narrowly defeated the Donovan McNabb led Syracuse Orangemen. A Tennessee loss looked eminent until a fourth down pass interference call allowed the Vols to move within range for a last second field goal for the win. The pass interference call led to a fervent outcry of SEC referee bias by the Syracuse area media. Conner Enis and Pete Thamel were both Syracuse students and writing for the Syracuse Post Standard and The Daily Orange at the time. Getting Interesting?

13psi: Something Stinks in Pahokee

If Bobo Were In Charge Of the Postseason...

(1) Alabama (SEC Champions) vs Troy (Sun Belt Champions) (8) Ohio State (Big 10 Champions) vs Georgia Tech (ACC Champions) (4) TCU (Mountain West Champions) vs West Virginia (Big-East At-Large) (5)...


So, I'll admit I was wrong.

I really didn't expect it. I said several times that, while I wanted Alabama to beat Florida because of the insufferableness of our SEC East rival if they won two straight national championships, I...


Bobo's Playoff System (Week 12)

Week 11 bracket, plus explanation of the system, here. (1) 10-0 Florida Gators (SEC Champion) vs (16) 7-3 Troy Trojans (Sun Belt Champion) (8) 9-1 Pittsburgh Panthers (Big East At-Large) vs (9) 9...


Bobo's Playoff System:

Because everyone else is doing it, and I want to be like the cool cats, I decided that I would finally put my ideas for a college football playoff down on paper, and I will admit that the system...


Of ESPN and Pat Forde

That was ESPN's College Football frontpage as of Wednesday 11:40 am, a picture highlighting Pat Forde's weekly "40-yard dash" feature on College Football. First and foremost, this: Florida is...

Trick or Treat: What Do We Make of the New Jonathan Crompton?


Cocknfire has a good review of Tennessee's improvement from this year to the last. I can't help but believe that he set out to try to prove that Crompton wasn't that much better, but he does a good job showing that Crompton is an above average QB.

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