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[Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Terdell] Sands had an even harsher tone for James Cregg, who...

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[Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Terdell] Sands had an even harsher tone for James Cregg, who joined Kiffin’s staff in December, leaving the Raiders midway through their season. "That man is a clown," Sands said. "He gets no respect because he quit on us in the middle of the season. He jumped ship. Maybe some of his guys liked him when he helped with the offensive line, but I’ve got no use for anybody that quits like that."

Chattanooga Times Free Press | Hargis: Sands says Kiffin better fit at college level than in NFL
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B.J. Coleman: School in Summertime

I guess this is a less diplomatic way to write this than Joel or Hooper or Will would write it, but I am happy B.J. Coleman is no longer playing football for the University of Tennessee. Did you...

"I believe the reason I wasn’t moved up is because it would hurt them in recruiting if they name a s...

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"I believe the reason I wasn’t moved up is because it would hurt them in recruiting if they name a sophomore as their starter," Coleman said. "Some of the high school guys they’re recruiting might not want to go where they think they’ll have to sit for a couple of years.

Chattanooga Times Free Press | Coleman: No fair shake

Bryce Brown finally ended the extra-long soap opera that his signing had turned into on March 16....

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Bryce Brown finally ended the extra-long soap opera that his signing had turned into on March 16. After committing to Miami, his recruitment was still wide open. Among his suitors were Oregon, Kansas State, LSU, Miami, who may or may not have retracted the offer, and Tennessee, who he decided to sign with. One of the reasons he decided to go with Tennessee over the others was that he felt they would get him to the NFL. He stated, "I thought they were the best school to prepare me for the next level." I had to laugh at that a little bit.

Did Bryce Brown Make the Right Choice? | Bleacher Report
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Wherein I rib hooper a little

I was reading this post on Dr. Saturday, which led me to this RTT thread full of Clawfense anticipation. From the comments comes this gem from hooper: I’m not worried about the system being to...

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Why Tennessee will not be next year's Michigan: A rebuttal to T Kyle King

Since college football fans take on the demeanors of their coaches, I thought I would take this opportunity to turn T Kyle King in for a recruiting violation. YER A CHEATER, T KYLE, SAYIN' AR VAWLS...

1. Tennessee will be this year’s Michigan. You all recall what happened to the Wolverines in their f...

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1. Tennessee will be this year’s Michigan. You all recall what happened to the Wolverines in their first year under Rich Rodriguez. Expect the same thing to happen to the Volunteers under Lane Kiffin, only more so, for two reasons. First of all, there is absolutely no evidence at this point to suggest that Coach Kiffin fils is on a par with Coach Rodriguez . . . or even that he’s anything other than Mike Shula dressed in dreamsickle orange. Secondly, when you tick off that many of your colleagues in your first few weeks on the job, you’re going to get your comeuppance more than once, and it will be ugly. By mid-October, the Big Orange message boards will be ablaze with the rhetorical question, "For this we fired a national championship-winning U.T. alum?"

Don't Make Me Break Your National Championship Trophy with My Behind: Notes on the 2009 Preseason Top 25 - Dawg Sports
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Which Hollywood movie star would play each SEC coach in a movie?

If SEC football were made into a movie, who would play the parts of the coaches? A Rocky Top Talk commenter has the answers.

Kiffin started his speech by saying he would try not to offend anybody and try to be nice, but...

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Kiffin started his speech by saying he would try not to offend anybody and try to be nice, but added that he was not as concerned about "ruffling a few feathers" at other SEC schools as he was about the fan base at UT. He also pointed out that when South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier questioned whether Kiffin had passed his recruiting test before going on the recruiting trail for UT he did not go complaining to the SEC commissioner. He fired back at Spurrier instead.

Pearl has fun with Kiffin controversy : Football : GoVolsXtra.com
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Five theories about Lane Kiffin's jab at Urban Meyer

New Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin is wasting no time irritating his rivals. He poached a coach from Nick Saban, was accused of cheating by Steve Spurrier, and most recently took recruits from...

Sources: Clawson in at Bowling Green

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Good for him. I really hope things work out for him there better than they did at Tennessee.

College football also encourages a pride of place; something other popular sports in the south,...

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College football also encourages a pride of place; something other popular sports in the south, like Nascar, don't. Karyn Rybacki, a professor at Northern Michigan University, says that's a big deal in the South, where "people will describe themselves as being from Alabama or Georgia even if they've worked in San Francisco for the last 20 years."

What the Rise of Southern Football Says About America - WSJ.com
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Tennessee-Kentucky gameday Twitterin' archive

Since the widget doesn't keep a running archive, I've saved my Twittering from the Tennessee-Kentucky game for posterity here: Gassing up, then heading to knoxville 9:14 AM Nov 29th from...

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Anybody going to be in town for the game this weekend?

Not too many people I know will be in town given the holiday. But I will be because I'm, like, a real fan or something. Pre-game beers? This thing says my fan post needs to be at least 75 words,...

It’s hard to imagine things getting much worse for the Tennessee Volunteers. This week, they l...

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It’s hard to imagine things getting much worse for the Tennessee Volunteers. This week, they learned coach Phillip Fulmer was being forced out of his job at the end of the season. Then, with bowl eligibility on the line, they lost Saturday’s homecoming game against Wyoming 13-7. With Vanderbilt and Kentucky still ahead, the Vols (3-7, 1-5 SEC) could still reach a new low. They’re one loss away from piling up the most losses in the program’s more than 100-year history. Before this season, Tennessee had lost seven games only once, in 1977. Aside from tying Tennessee’s record for losses, this team holds several other distinctions. It’s the first in program history to lose to a Mountain West opponent. And averaging just 16 points per game, it’s become the least productive since the 1964 squad, which averaged eight per game. The Vols have 47 bowl appearances, the second most in NCAA history. But for the second time in four years, they won’t be making a postseason appearance.

COLLEGE REPORT: Vols could set record for losses | ajc.com

Adams: Kelly, Pearl like two peas in a pod : Columns : GoVolsXtra.com

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I think the Pearl connections are mostly logical leaps, but it's good to see the fishwrapper put a word in for Kelly.

The Tennessee players really stepped up for their old coach: I hope you can pick up the sarcasm in...

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The Tennessee players really stepped up for their old coach: I hope you can pick up the sarcasm in that sentence. The Volunteers showed their anger and indignation at Phillip Fulmer’s press conference last week and spoke of the injustice of asking Fulmer to step down with football left to play on the schedule. But when it came time to play Saturday against a bad Wyoming team, the Volunteers did not live up to their name. Granted, everyone now has to admit that Tennessee just isn’t a very good team. But we’re talking Wyoming, who lost to BYU, Utah, and TCU by a combined score of 138-14. What the players did, unknowingly, was validate the decision of the administration. Fairburn’s Eric Berry has been a warrior on that team all season. He is a real football player. But I don’t know about the rest of those guys. The next coach at Tennessee, whoever he is, is going to have some work to do with this group of players. There may be a bunch of four-star talent up there, but I don’t see a whole lot of four-star hearts.

For UGA defense, it's not coaching or schemes. It's players. | Mr. College Football (ouch)
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Is this really the worst Tennessee team in history?

Looking at how Kentucky played this week and how Vanderbilt played earlier in the year, it's certainly possible for this year's Tennessee team to lose one or both of its remaining games. If...

Tim Brewster tidbit... | GoVolsXtra - Drew's Notebook

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In a release from the Big Ten Network, analyst Charles Davis, a former player at Tennessee, says that Minnesota coach Tim Brewster's name is on the lips of some at Tennessee as a possible replacement for Phillip Fulmer.

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Just got off the phone with a source

He heard the news of Fulmer resigning about a half hour before ESPN broke it and said he'll phone with any other news. He's heard four names thrown around as potential replacements for Coach...

Why talk about football? Let's talk about fashion. Here is Coach Clawson rocking a sweater vest in...

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Why talk about football? Let's talk about fashion. Here is Coach Clawson rocking a sweater vest in a press conference. Seen on GoVolsXtra.com

David Cutlciffe is not coming back to Tennessee: Should Tennessee make a change at head coach, and...

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David Cutlciffe is not coming back to Tennessee: Should Tennessee make a change at head coach, and that is beginning to look more likely by the day, there has been speculation that David Cutcliffe, who served two terms as the Tennessee OC and is now the head coach at Duke (4-3) might return. It’s understandable that Cutcliffe’s name would come up. Here are the numbers: With Cutcliffe calling the plays, Phillip Fulmer’s teams were 85-19. With somebody else calling the plays, the record is 65-31. But it’s not going to happen. Cutcliffe and Fulmer are very close. The only way Cutcliffe comes back is if Fulmer gave his blessing and convinced him that it was for the good of the program. I know this has become a cutthroat business, but there is still a little loyalty left out there. Isn’t there?

Georgia-Florida IS a BCS elimination game | Mr. College Football

Ashley Todd, the disturbed young woman who made up a story about being robbed and having the letter...

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Ashley Todd, the disturbed young woman who made up a story about being robbed and having the letter 'B' carved in her face, sports a Tennessee Volunteers sweatshirt in her arrest photo. From China Daily

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