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Rocky Top Talk Apr 11, 2016

Tennessee Spring Practice: The Questions Are The Answers, Again

A quiet spring practice is another sign of fall's great expectations. Here's a picture from spring practice last week: Competition level @ #TSP10 was #GoVols Be #EL17E pic.twitter.com/tlVGJcRIHL — Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) April 5, 2016 If we were to have a conversation on whether the Vols should or will wear that smokey grey helmet/orange uniform combo this fall, would it be the most interesting thing that's happened this spring? The Vols move to their final week of spring practice, and on the field it's been...quiet? Largely uneventful? Business as usual? That's how it's...
Rocky Top Talk Apr 8, 2016

Tennessee Volunteers at #6 South Carolina Gamecocks - Weekend Series Thread

Seven of the next eight games for UT are on the road. This weekend the Vols are on the road in Columbia, South Carolina as they take on the Gamecocks.  The Vols are coming off of a weekend series loss against Kentucky, where they dropped the final two games in the series after winning Friday's opener. Tennessee finished its home stand Wednesday as Morehead State came to town.  The Vols took the early lead in the second inning on a Benito Santiago two run double.  Morehead State responded with one of their own in the fourth inning to tie the game back up.  Vincent Jackson drove in two...
Rocky Top Talk Apr 8, 2016

LINKS: Tyler Summitt Resigns

An ugly (developing) scandal, a ton of links, and some Merle videos: it's the weekend! Friday is for ugh, I guess Tyler Summitt, head coach of the Louisiana Tech women's team and son of legendary coach Pat Summitt, resigned Thursday as a result, apparently, of "engaging in a relationship that has negatively affected the people I love, respect and care about the most." As of this writing details are still surfacing, but SBN's own Swish Appeal is reporting multiple sources as confirming that Summitt "had an inappropriate relationship with is a player, and that she is...
Rocky Top Talk Apr 7, 2016

Defining Success: Tennessee in the 2000s

Looking back at what we frequently consider to be a decade of decline for Tennessee teaches us to enjoy the journey as the 2016 Vols look to return to the championship conversation. When discussing Tennessee's last run as an elite program we usually refer to the Vols in the 90s. That period really stretches just beyond the margins, to an 11-win SEC Championship in 1989 and the doorstep of the BCS title game in 2001. As such, when we refer to the Vols in the 00s, we're typically talking about a period of decline from 2002-08 that ultimately cost Phillip Fulmer his job. As the Vols prepare to...
Rocky Top Talk Apr 6, 2016

Tennessee Volunteers vs Morehead State Eagles - Game Thread

After tonight the Vols hit the road for seven of their next eight games. Tennessee finishes its six game home stand tonight as it hosts Morehead State.  The Vols are looking to find a win after dropping the final two games of this past weekend's series against Kentucky. The series loss was the third straight 1-2 series for he Vols to start conference play.  Friday saw the Vols take the early lead, with a Nick Senzel RBI double and Jordan Rodgers RBI single giving them the 2-0 advantage in the first.  Rodgers added an RBI double in the 3rd to push the lead to 3-0.  Tennessee kept rolling...
Rocky Top Talk Apr 5, 2016

Early 2017 College Basketball Top 25s Are Not Kind To The SEC

You've got Kentucky, and then you've got more questions and more space between the Cats and the rest of the league. No matter how great the closer - and last night was an all-timer, perhaps the all-timer - fans of the 349 schools not playing in the championship game are quick to turn their eyes to next year. A number of way-too-early Top 25s have emerged for the 2016-17 college basketball season, and while it's no surprise to not find the Vols listed anywhere, there's little early faith in the SEC in general. Kentucky will continue to be Kentucky, getting Top 5 looks on the strength of blue...
Rocky Top Talk Apr 5, 2016

LINKS: Vandy Basketball Has a New Coach

Saying goodbye to the Tournament, machinations in Nashville, and a pile of football links: it's Tuesday. Tuesday is for A#SAD*^GDCTD(&*$G%HRTHATSHOT!!1!!!!!!!!!!1 What's been a fairly crazypants NCAA tournament came to an even crazypants-ier end last night as Villanova knocked off UNC on a literal last-second, from-downtown, everything-on-the-line, crowd-goes-wild, everybody's-crying three pointer by Kris Jenkins: Panoramic video of Villanova's championship-winner: pic.twitter.com/xrV8h9r3Wn — Deadspin (@Deadspin) April 5, 2016 That was crazy, yall. In other news about guys...