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As bad as it pains me to write this post, I feel like I should write it. Any time something like this happens, most peoples’ first reactions are just that, reactions. I’ve let it simmer for a little while so I can be as rational as possible. A lot of you guys will probably disagree with me; that’s just the nature of the beast, but I ask you to read this with an open mind. Read the rest of this entry »

Anybody can be a Tennessee fan; there are few requirements. Really, all you have to do is love Bluetick coonhounds and a unique shade of orange called PMS021. I might also add that you should know whether corn grows on Rocky Top or not, and maybe that you should be familiar with girls that are half bear, the other half cat. It helps if you’re from the state of Tennessee. I would strongly contend that no town in the state, Memphis included, cheers for any team more than the Vols. How many other big-time college football programs have that kind of stranglehold on their state? By my count, there are a possible five: Penn State, Georgia, Nebraska, Arkansas, and LSU. This one of my favorite things about our state, that no matter where you go in Tennessee, you’re in Big Orange Country. If you’re a Vol from West Tennessee like me (731 whut, whuuut) you might have never even sniffed UT’s campus. Then again, you might have spent hours upon hours here as a student. With this thought in mind, I’ve snapped a few autumn images around campus and compiled them here for your viewing pleasure. Every individual UT fandom is a beautiful thing, so soak these in however you will. Read the rest of this entry »

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Photo: Amy Smotherman Burgess, KNS

Tennessee’s coaching staff has been celebrated from its earliest moments by both fans and the media. For several different reasons, the staff has a sort of star quality. For one, there’s the obvious appeal of Lane Kiffin coaching with his father (shades of Junior Griffey knocking back-to-back dingers with Senior). Read the rest of this entry »

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I suspect there are very few Tennessee fans unhappy with the Volunteer football team right now. In nine games this season, Kiffin’s boys have done what was rationally expected of them. They’ve been competitive against good teams, they’ve beaten similar ones and pounded lesser ones. The UCLA and Auburn losses still sting and it’s frustrating to think that the Vols are that close to being a nationally ranked 7-2 contender. Still, look at the progress.

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Photo Courtesy: Adam Brimer, KNS

 

Halloween was in the air this weekend around the Strip/UT campus area, and it was a nice setting for a big couple days for Volunteer football. A win over Steve Spurrier’s Gamecocks was sweetened by good news on the recruiting front. Read the rest of this entry »

I have to believe that betting men all over the country are taking the Vols -5 points on Saturday after last week’s near upset of Alabama on national television. If that line proves to be correct, you can count me as one who’ll be very surprised. It’s a huge game for Tennessee because we’re still in dire need of an impressive win. I think Georgia was huge, but nobody was talking about it outside of the Southeast. The Gamecocks are ranked 21st in the AP Poll and the national ESPN audience gives Kiffin a great opportunity to capitalize on the buzz he’s generated with close games against Florida and Alabama. Read the rest of this entry »

It sucks to lose. And it really sucks to lose to Alabama. And it sucks even worse to outplay them, be in position to win, and still lose. Read the rest of this entry »

As the middle of the college football season is upon us, the SEC is an eclectic league with three contenders, a bunch of middle tier teams and a few resident door mats. Big games this past weekend that could have postseason implications as the season progresses. With the Third Saturday in October (even though its not) and the LSU-Auburn cat fight on the horizon, the SEC’s two best teams seperated themselves on Saturday. Read the rest of this entry »

Fellow Vols, it was cloudy in Knoxville on Saturday, but inside Neyland Stadium, it was as beautiful as it has been in a long time. Tennessee was dominant, pounding Georgia for the second time in a row at Neyland. It was just one of those games where everything clicked; even on the Vols’ opening drive, which stalled and ended in a punt, Tennessee looked like a different team. As big as the Auburn game was, Georgia was huge for the Vols’ season. Almost decisive. Going into a bye week, UT will look to get rested and prepared for Alabama. A few things they’ll take away from the UGA game tape: Read the rest of this entry »

Photo Courtesy: UTsports.com

Photo Courtesy: UTsports.com

You guys probably didn’t know this, but we are shown the search terms that lead people to our blog. These are the ones from yesterday:

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Must be Auburn week, huh? Read the rest of this entry »