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The past few days have been as exciting as any for hoops fans, as the fall signing period ended on Wednesday and the team tipped off against UNC Asheville on Tuesday.  To prevent myself from wearing out my thesaurus in an attempt to describe the team’s immaculate play in Tuesday’s 124-49 win, I will share a few facts and statistics that should paint an appropriate picture of how the game went down.
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The first off week of the Lane Kiffin era has Kiffin and company jet setting around the country, trying to find the best talent available for the Vols. Names like  Michael Dyer, Morgan Moses, Lamarcus Joyner and Cody Riggs will surely be tossed around in the next few weeks. Tennessee fans should be hopeful, afterall if nothing else, coach Kiffin has proven his worth on the recruiting trail already with the number five class in the country according to Rivals. Many of the freshman Kiffin recruited from last year are making an impact on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Early playing time, in my opinion, is the single best way to get a recruit, and Tennessee has shown an extreme willingness to play freshman. So here’s an update before the first off week of the year on how the recruits we got are doing, as well as how some of the ones we didn’t get are performing.

The Good:

1. Janzen Jackson: He’s been everything I thought he could be and more. He doesn’t quite fly around like Berry did as a freshman, but he’s bigger. He slid into the starting lineup after only one week and I don’t think Prentiss Wagner has been heard from since; and I thought he looked good in fall camp. I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves here, but Jackson has a chance to be a really good, All SEC type player. Read the rest of this entry »

We’ve taken the Auburn loss pretty hard, guys. It was a winnable game of evenly matched teams; we just can’t win them yet. Jacob and I have waited to post anything; this loss is really bringing out the Kiffin naysayers and neither of us have the time or resolve to try and convince everybody that everything is going to be fine. All I will say right now is that it is complete ignorance to suggest that Kiffin can’t be a good coach at Tennessee because of what’s happened in HIS FIRST 5 GAMES. Sure, he’s made some mistakes, but even in the wake of Brandon Warren’s dismissal, which is seemingly awful news, I still believe in what Lane Kiffin is doing here. We’ll have more thoughts on this later this week; I just thought I should get something up to make it clear that the 16th and Highland guys aren’t freaking out like some. Yeah, we’re probably going to lose a lot of games this year and that sucks something awful, but how soon we forget that WE LOST A LOT LAST YEAR. Kiffin’s not a miracle worker, just a football coach. 

I fought it. I really did. But the world is now one of mass communication as quickly as possible, and we know our faithful readers parents can’t always wait for a big 16&H update. So we will now be providing our thoughts 250 characters (or whatever the limit is) at a time via Twitter. So follow us at

Rolling out of bed at noon on a Saturday is easily one of my favorite parts of college. And all I can think about is how much more awesome I’m going to feel in one week and 21 minutes. Mac’s is going to have a post later, I just wanted to say I can’t wait.