NCAA Rules are now being followed, Chris Jones

Come on man. I mean for real? We’re under investigation by the NCAA for recruiting violations and your going to get mad because the new coach won’t break the rules to come see you earlier?

University of Tennessee Signee Chris Jones is demanding his release from his letter of intent. The article is written by the Memphis Commercial Appeal and sites a phone interview with Jones.

“I was very disappointed,” Jones said. “If I’m his top recruit and everybody is relying on me, he didn’t take out the time to come and see me. I just feel like, well, he put me on hold. So at this point I just want my release. He just made it easier for me.”

Jones and his coach from Melrose high school in Memphis Jermaine Johnson say that they have been trying to call coach Martin and athletic director Mike Hamilton for three days now to no avail. Continue reading


Cuonzo Martin, Welcome to Rocky Top

Late Sunday evening, the Tennessee Athletic department announced the hiring of Cuonzo Martin (pronounced CON-zoe) as the 18th basketball coach in school history. With a 61-41 record Martin has been a head coach for only three years. An introductory press conference will take place today at 2:30 p.m. at which time the University will likely release contract details and allow questions to Mike Hamilton and Martin. Continue reading

Three Vols leave the football program, a fourth is in limbo.

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Following Sunday’s announcement of coaching staff changes, Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley announced Monday several roster changes for the 2011 season. By far the most concerning is that Safety Janzen Jackson, a sophomore starter, has withdrawn from the University of Tennessee’s 2011 spring semester in order to deal with personal issues. Jackson also missed bowl preparations in Knoxville following a dorm room incident in order to deal with these personal issues. Three other Vols players have also left the team for various reasons, and one suspend player has rejoined the team. Continue reading

Chuck Smith departs coaching staff, replaced on staff by Peter Sirmon

Once again the Vols will not be making it through two consecutive seasons with out some type of coaching turnover. Earlier this year Bennie Wylie the head strength and conditioning coach departed for the University of Texas. He was promptly replaced by Ron McKeefery a week later. Yesterday Defensive Line Coach Chuck Smith and Head Coach Derek Dooley “mutually agreed” that Smith would leave the program to pursue other career goals. Who will replace Smith on staff? Continue reading

I’m Back…

Hello all. Its been a busy semester so far but I am buckling down and making time to blog about my favorite sporting topics. I am now writing for as well as a Sports Reporter so occasionally you may see a link to there. Check it out!

The 2011 Offense Part 3

Senior tight end Luke Stocker was expected to contribute as a major role player for the Vols offense during the 2010 season and before the season even began he was being called one of the best tight ends in the nation. Stocker but up some good numbers his junior year and the hope was that would carry over to the 2010 season. Luckily for Vol fans the majority of those numbers did just that. With an extremely young offensive line, Quarterbacks Tyler Bray and Matt Simms relied on Stocker for extra blocking a lot as well as a consistent option for short passes to get rid of the ball. However with at least 6 passes over 15 yards Stocker proved he can go down the field and get the ball. Continue reading

The 2011 Offense Part 2

In the last half of the 2010 season, the Vols offense has become explosive in the passing game. Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney feels comfortable letting QB Tyler Bray air it out, especially with two senior wide receivers. Leading the way is senior Denarius Moore, who has drastically improved his NFL stock these last few games. If he has a good outing in the bowl game as well as at the NFL combine/UT’s senior day then there is no telling how high he could go, he could even potentially sneak into the first day of the draft. As a consistent deep threat, Moore could definitely be an NFL QB’s best friend especially if he does not have any reliable young receivers to help him out.  Continue reading