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Rocky Top Talk Jan 7, 2017
Tennessee Volunteers at Florida Gators: game thread

Tennessee Volunteers at Florida Gators: game thread

Tennessee faces Florida this afternoon on the hard court. The Vols head down to Gainesville this afternoon to take on the Florida Gators. Tip’s at 5:15, and ESPN2 has the broadcast. This is your game thread. TV: ESPN2 Radio: Vol Network Online: Live Video, Live Audio , Live Stats Go Vols!
Rocky Top Talk Jan 5, 2017
Seven Maxims Scorecard: Season in Review

Seven Maxims Scorecard: Season in Review

Tennessee’s best (and worst) performance of the year against each of General Neyland’s Seven Maxims of Football Since the 1930’s the University of Tennessee has been measuring themselves against seven keys to winning football as first summarized by General Robert Neyland. The Seven Maxims Season In Review is a game-by-game look at Tennessee’s performance against each individual Maxim. Grading is on a 4.0 scale, with a 4.0 being perfect, which is rare. Here goes: Maxim 1: The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win. (1.91) Playing disciplined football. Game of the...
Rocky Top Talk Jan 3, 2017
Arkansas Beats Tennessee 82-78 in Early SEC Thriller

Arkansas Beats Tennessee 82-78 in Early SEC Thriller

That was lots of fun until we lost. In a great game at Thompson-Boling Arena, Tennessee used a 14-0 run to build a 13-point lead with four minutes to play in the first half. Then the Razorbacks used their transition game to close the half on an 11-0 run to cut it to two, and opened the second half on a 13-4 run to take a seven-point lead with 16:43 to play. Tennessee would spend the rest of the night clawing, cutting the lead to two at 8:30 and to one twice after that before the final stretch. The second came after Arkansas rebuilt a seven-point lead with three minutes to play, but the Vols...
Rocky Top Talk Jan 3, 2017
BREAKING: Offensive Coordinator Mike DeBord Leaving Tennessee Program

BREAKING: Offensive Coordinator Mike DeBord Leaving Tennessee Program

After two years, Debord is Hoosier-bound. Well, Butch Jones has been hinting at some staff changes this offseason, and it appears they’re indeed coming: according to a report from Volquest (since confirmed by others), offensive coordinator Mike DeBord will be leaving the Tennessee program. Per the report, DeBord had planned to retire following Friday’s bowl game, but has in the last 48 hours instead been offered and accepted the role as Indiana’s offensive coordinator under new coach Tom Allen. DeBord, who is originally from Muncie, Indiana, will replace Tim Beck, who is joining Tom...
Rocky Top Talk Jan 3, 2017
Tennessee vs Arkansas Preview

Tennessee vs Arkansas Preview

The Vols try to go to 2-0 in SEC play for the first time in seven years, but a talented Arkansas team is in the way. Hello there! You’ve been following Tennessee football all year and are only now turning your attention to Tennessee basketball? Good news: we’re better than you thought! An 8-5 start including near misses with #5 Gonzaga, #13 Wisconsin, #14 North Carolina, and #15 Oregon has the Vols ranked 63rd in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings after finishing 90th and 103rd the last two years. The Vols beat Georgia Tech by 23 (who just beat North Carolina by 12) and have won back-to-back road...
Rocky Top Talk Jan 2, 2017
Josh Dobbs’ Top Five Games at Tennessee

Josh Dobbs’ Top Five Games at Tennessee

We pick the best of the best in Dobbs’ memorable Tennessee career. Tennessee’s progress under Butch Jones can, in so many ways, be traced to the insertion of Josh Dobbs as the full-time starter midway through his sophomore year. Before then the Vols were 8-12 under Jones in games started by Justin Worley, Nathan Peterman, and Dobbs as a true freshman. When Worley was injured for a second time in mid-October 2014, Peterman got the start against Alabama, then Dobbs took over in the second quarter and never looked back. Since then Dobbs has taken every meaningful snap and gone 22-9 as the...
Rocky Top Talk Dec 31, 2016
Seven Maxims Scorecard: Nebraska

Seven Maxims Scorecard: Nebraska

Measuring the Vols performance against the General Neylands' timeless standards: The Seven Maxims of Football. Since the 1930's the University of Tennessee has been measuring themselves against seven keys to winning football as first summarized by General Robert Neyland. The Seven Maxim's Scorecard is a quantitative and qualitative analysis of how, relative to that week's opponent, the Vols performed against each of the seven directives. Grading is on a 4.0 scale, with a 4.0 being perfect, which is rare. In this analysis, it's possible for Tennessee to have won without excelling on all...
Rocky Top Talk Dec 30, 2016
Straight On Till Morning: Tennessee 38 Nebraska 24

Straight On Till Morning: Tennessee 38 Nebraska 24

Josh Dobbs and Derek Barnett carried the Vols one last time. We wanted reasonable improvement from the defense, and we got it: Nebraska had 318 yards on 70 plays, 4.5 yards per play. It was statistically Tennessee’s best performance of the year against a power five opponent; the Vols also held Appalachian State (4.4), Ohio (4.2), South Carolina (4.6), and Tennessee Tech (3.0) to under five yards per play. The Cornhuskers still hit some big plays which led to most of their 24 points, but today the Vol defense did too. Almost everyone on the defensive line got a sack before Derek Barnett...
Rocky Top Talk Dec 29, 2016
Tennessee Smothers Texas A&M 73-63

Tennessee Smothers Texas A&M 73-63

The Baby Vols grow up in a big way in the second half in College Station. We thought Tennessee would need to take advantage at the free throw line to give themselves a chance against another big, talented team. Turns out holding Texas A&M to 34.4% from the floor and forcing 16 turnovers is a pretty good strategy too. All those near misses with Wisconsin, Oregon, North Carolina, and Gonzaga (combined records of those four plus Chattanooga: 57-9) gave this young Tennessee squad not just confidence, but relentlessness. The game was tied at halftime despite Tennessee getting only two points...
Rocky Top Talk Dec 29, 2016
Tennessee Vols at Texas A&M Aggies: game thread

Tennessee Vols at Texas A&M Aggies: game thread

The Vols start SEC play tonight in College Station. Vols hoops travels to College Station to take on Texas A&M in the team’s SEC opener. Tip’s at 7:00, and the SEC Network has the broadcast. This is your game thread. Tipoff: 7 p.m. ET Venue: Reed Arena TV: SEC Network Radio: Vol Network Online: Live Video, Live Audio , Live Stats
Rocky Top Talk Dec 29, 2016
Tennessee at Texas A&M Preview

Tennessee at Texas A&M Preview

The young Vols open SEC play with another big and talented opponent. SEC Basketball kicks off tonight with the Vols at Texas A&M (7:00 PM ET on the SEC Network). Since Tennessee’s four overtime 2013 win in College Station the Vols haven’t beaten the Aggies, but all the games have been good ones: Antwan Space’d twice in 2014, great ball movement breaking down Donnie Tyndall’s squad 67-61 in 2015, and a painful late rally in Knoxville last year to erase a 13-point second half lead in a 92-88 A&M win. This year’s Aggie squad has three close Pac 12 losses: two points to #22 USC,...
Rocky Top Talk Dec 28, 2016
Most Important Vol: Nebraska

Most Important Vol: Nebraska

Our writing staff makes its picks for the Music City Bowl’s most important Vol. Will Shelton - Darrin Kirkland Jr. What's most important for Tennessee in this game is to leave it feeling better about its defense, and not because Derek Barnett got his sack or Cam Sutton got one last pick. In that spirit I'm taking Kirkland here, who clearly returned before he was 100% and was last seen playing only in the nickel package against Vanderbilt. He can help slow down a depleted Nebraska offense and, to me, is still the returning defensive Vol with the most upside who will actually suit up for...
Rocky Top Talk Dec 28, 2016
The SEC Shooty Hoops Review: On Tennessee and Everyone Else, Too

The SEC Shooty Hoops Review: On Tennessee and Everyone Else, Too

RTT’s resident hoopsters, Volundore and Will Shelton, exchange thoughts on the eve of conference play Back. Back again. SEC hoops are back. Try to contain your excitement. James Snook-USA TODAY Sports Presented without comment, especially not one about hot dogs are 100% NOT sandwiches Last week, we set the stage for SEC basketball this year, taking a look at who’s good (Kentucky), who’s not (Missourah), and everything in between. To officially tip things off with 5 conference games on Thursday night, Will joins me to break down the Vols and the league at...
Rocky Top Talk Dec 27, 2016
Music City Bowl: It’s the Defense, Stupid.

Music City Bowl: It’s the Defense, Stupid.

Signs of any progress from the Tennessee defense would be welcome in Nashville, even against a depleted Nebraska offense. As fans, we’re sometimes fond of throwing around ridiculous statements like, “I’d rather go 1-11 and beat Alabama than go 11-1 and lose to those (Fulmerzied).” Fair enough. Here’s one I might actually believe in, at least like 49%: I’d feel better about the long-term prognosis of Tennessee Football if we lose to Nebraska 17-16 than if we beat them 52-49. Tennessee’s Music City Bowl offense will feature Josh Dobbs and Alvin Kamara heavily and for the last...
Rocky Top Talk Dec 22, 2016
Detrick Mostella Shoots Vols to Key Win at ETSU

Detrick Mostella Shoots Vols to Key Win at ETSU

Tennessee wins 72-68 in Johnson City behind 25 points from their free-shooting junior. I didn’t see any of it, but man was I pleased to pull up the final score on my phone and find the Vols 72-68 victors in a sold out building at ETSU tonight. Detrick Mostella came off the bench as usual and scored 25 points on 8-of-15 shooting, 3-of-7 from behind the arc. No other Vol took more than nine shots. Mostella also grabbed seven rebounds, helping the Vols go +9 in that department. ETSU took a 65-64 lead with 2:13 to play, but the Vols answered with an 11-0 run. One year ago today the Vols used...
Rocky Top Talk Dec 22, 2016
Tennessee at ETSU Preview

Tennessee at ETSU Preview

This year’s Tennessee team may not be good enough for this to matter, but right now playing at ETSU is a great idea. The Bucs are 9-2 including a 67-65 win in Starkville last week, are 81st to Tennessee’s 82nd in KenPom, and are currently 63rd in RPI. Playing ETSU (or Chattanooga, or Middle Tennessee) on the road isn’t just good for the in-state basketball crowd, it’s good for the tournament resume. The Bucs almost got there last year, vanquished by Chattanooga in the SoCon finals by six points. Along the way they lost in Knoxville a year ago today, a 15-2 run to close the deal for...
Rocky Top Talk Dec 21, 2016
LINKS: Nebraska’s Passing Game Will Be Nearly As Busted As Tennessee’s Defense

LINKS: Nebraska’s Passing Game Will Be Nearly As Busted As Tennessee’s Defense

Nashville promising a thrilling matchup of broke vs broker, recruiting updates, and more: it’s your Wednesday links! Morning gang. Tennessee held its eighth workout (they aren’t kidding about that extra practice time, folks) before the Music City Bowl yesterday, and afterwords Butch Jones talked with reporters a bit: RS FR OL Venzell Boulware will miss the bowl game due to academic issues, though it doesn’t sound too serious, long-term. OLs Dylan Wiesman and Jack Jones are both healthy again and practicing. The team is practicing with live tackling, a departure from previous bowl...

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