Ncaa Preview and Spring Practice Begins

Its been a while and I apologize for that. I went on a mission trip and then have had a busy week getting back into the flow of things at school. That said I am back so lets get to it. I am not going to focus on what I missed much but just jump in. Here is what I think of the events of the past week and a half. The baseball team totally let me down several times and so in return I will not be devoting much coverage to them anymore. As for the basketball teams and football teams its after the jump.

The basketball team came out and squeaked by against LSU and beat Ole Miss decently in the tourney only to be utterly destroyed by Kentucky and Calapari. This loss to Kentucky as well as the effect of having to play LSU a 2nd time and the negative effect it had on RPI, SOS, and all that we were delegated an unfair 6 seed. We deserved a four and a five was as low as we should have fallen.

However I like our draw as I don’t think San Diego State will be much of a challenge. Yes I have seen everyone is picking them to win but I disagree. We will run them down and they don’t have the bench to match up.

Georgetown we match up great against and they are hardly deserving of their lofty three seed. They have inside play and outside but its basically the same team as last year without hibbert and we are the same team as last year without smith. I think we can definitely win this one.

I personally think that Georgia Tech is gonna make a run over Oklahoma State and upset Ohio State, yes Evan Turner is a phenom but I don’t think they match up well with Georgia Tech’s inside game and I think Tech can guard the 3 very well. That being said I think we match up well with Tech and will beat them to advance to our first ever Elite 8 appearance.

Kansas won two years ago and I think they will get revenge on the Vols in a super close game here and advance to win their second title in 2 years. Overall the Vols getting to the Elite 8 and beating Kansas and Kentucky in regular season makes this season a great year to be a Tennessee Vol Basketball fan.

As for the task at hand San Diego State I will post again later with a game preview on that.

As for the Women it would appear they were given home court advantage the entire way with first and second round games in the comfy confines of Thompson Bowling Arena and sweet 16-elite 8 right down I40 in memphis. This sets up a Final Four with UCONN who according to everyone if anyone has a shot at beating them its TN. The ladies will and win their 9th national title.

Football

more in depth later but here is the gist of today’s press conference in terms of actually news:

Public Access

First and foremost the bad news, NO public access at any time. The times of open practices to the public are over. The first and last glance the Tennessee faithful will have of its new football team will be on April 17 at the Orange and White game. After that they will have to wait till opening day of the fall season.

Spring Practice

Tennessee spring football practices are open to the media ONLY during the individual drills. Following the drills the remaining practice time will be closed.

Injuries

Members of the media should not use cell phones at practice, and are not permitted to report on injuries that occur during practice.

Spring Practice Schedule

Practice days are as follows. March 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, and 30. April 1, 6, 7, 8, 10, 13, 14, and 15. Orange and White Game: April 17 2:00 p.m.

Assistant Coaches

Derek Dooley believes there should be one voice for his “corporation.” The new policy regarding assistant coaches will be as follows, “assistant coach topics of discussion are limited to coach/player feature stories.”

Player Interviews

Players will be available at set times throughout the week after practices. Although coach Dooley noted that true freshman will not be available for interviews.

Scrimmages

According to Coach Dooley a scrimmage is just a practice. Which means that they are closed to the fans and the media. Including spring and fall camp scrimmages.

Fall Practice

Again all practices will be closed to the general public. Media will be permitted to attend individual drills on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Mondays in the Fall

Head Coach Derek Dooley will hold a weekly media interview and press conference beginning at 11:30 a.m. There will be player interviews from 11:30-1:00p.m. Head coach Derek Dooley will begin at 12:30. Dooley’s media interview will be available live through http://www.utsports.com.

Players Hurt/Leaving

Bryce Brown has not told Dooley of any plans to transfer. Art Evans, Frazier and Reviez will all be out and OL Will Brimfield has left.

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About Steven Harris

Steven Harris is a fifth year senior at the University of Tennessee. Majoring in sports journalism, this blog provides an outlet for Harris to share his thoughts on the state of the University of Tennessee's athletic department''s Volunteer teams. View all posts by Steven Harris

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