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Rocky Top Talk Mar 31, 2015

Tennessee Hires Rick Barnes

In less than a week, the Vols get the guy they wanted. Will Barnes find the same success in Knoxville he had earlier in his career at Texas? To be truly successful over multiple seasons in college basketball, you need The Right Guy at The Right Time.  It's a tricky marriage, because you always want to believe the coach you have is The Right Guy, but sometimes The Right Time is the more difficult variable.  In the last 30 years, I believe Tennessee has only truly found this combination twice:  Kevin O'Neill, who rebuilt a 5-22 program in the aftermath of Wade Houston and stocked the...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 30, 2015

Lady Vols Fall to Maryland in Elite Eight

The Final Four drought continues. In a sense, it's a luxury to complain about a Final Four drought. Tennessee played a close, tight game against Maryland for most of the night.  At halftime, Maryland led by a 21-20 margin.   Tennessee held the lead for most of the second half.  With a minute to go, Maryland led only 51-48.  Some missed shots and intentional (but not "intentional") fouls let Maryland stretch the lead to a final of 58-48, but it was an incredibly close game between the two teams that had virtually equal arguments for the final #1 seed in the tournament. What caused the...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 30, 2015

Tennessee Lands Receiver Commit From Louisiana

Corey Henderson of Shreveport, Louisiana committed to the Vols today! Henderson should be the first of several wideouts to sign with Tennessee this recruiting cycle. Tennessee expects to sign several receivers this cycle with the expected graduation of senior receivers Pig Howard, Jonathon Johnson and Von Pearson following the 2015 season. The first to commit to the Vols is Corey Henderson of Evangel Christian in Shreveport, Louisiana. But I will be taking my talents to the University of Tennessee #WRU #VolNation ⚪️ ⚪️ ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/mlJkqznV4V — Corey Henderson...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 30, 2015

Report: Rick Barnes Offered Tennessee Job

If true, both Tennessee and Rick Barnes were without head coaching responsibilities for less than a week. We joke, often, about "the real UT" and how Texas would be Mexico without Tennessee Volunteers.  But for the second time in three years, Tennessee and Texas appear to be caught in the same coaching vortex.  In 2012 Charlie Strong decided at the last minute to remain at Louisville instead of becoming Tennessee's head football coach.  It turned out well for both parties:  Strong landed the Texas job a year later, perhaps the most coveted in all of college football.  Tennessee landed...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 30, 2015

Reprieve and Persist: Tennessee Lady Vols vs. Maryland Terrapins

A trip to Tampa's on the line in Spokane at 9 PM EDT. TV: ESPN / kinda sorta ESPN Radio: I'm amazed Mickey hasn't keyed a ref's car these last two weeks Stats: better never than late So, first things first: Tennessee can't play the game they played against Gonzaga and win. Maryland's a 1 seed for a reason, They've won 27 in a row, won the Big Ten regular season and tournament (you know, see the 27-in-a-row thing), and are absolutely good enough to blow a Lady Vols squad not playing at their best off the court. If you want to look upon numbers and despair, start with the TrueFG% numbers...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 30, 2015

Offensive Line Looks to Improve in Spring

Tennessee's offensive line was easily the worst unit on the team in 2014. They will need to show great improvement this spring and after for the Vols to achieve their dreams in 2015. Editor's Note:  We proudly welcome Nathanael Rutherford to the blog, who joins us from The Daily Beacon & AllForTennessee.com The Vols football team is facing heightened expectations coming into the 2015 season after a 7-6 season and a blowout victory over Iowa in the Taxslayer Bowl. As potent as the Vols looked in 2014 on offense after Joshua Dobbs took over at quarterback, one area of concern remains heading...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 29, 2015

Tennessee Coaching Search: What About Rick Barnes?

The recent change at Texas could provide Tennessee with its leading candidate. It never fails when you do one of these hot boards that the first names being reported in the aftermath are off your initial list.  First it was Butler's Chris Holtmann.  But now a far more recognizable name has become available, and the stars may be aligning for a truer shade of orange. So how would Tennessee fans receive Rick Barnes? Barnes is from just up the road a few hours in Hickory, North Carolina.  And his wife Candy has The Gruden Factor, a Tennessee alum who I'm sure wouldn't mind coming back this...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 29, 2015

Elite 8 Sunday Open Thread

Kentucky survives, Wisconsin advances, and two more will join them today.  Louisville and Michigan State will meet at 2:20 PM, with Duke and Gonzaga in a 1 vs 2 showdown immediately following.  Is Kentucky's biggest test now behind them?  Will Gonzaga finally make it through to the Final Four? This is your open thread for today's Elite Eight action in the Men's Tournament.  We'll also be back tomorrow night to follow the Lady Vols in their quest to return to the Final Four.
Rocky Top Talk Mar 29, 2015

Backed Against the Wall: Tennessee Lady Vols 73, Gonzaga 69 (OT)

Nobody ever said coming back from 17 down with 6:30 to go was easy. Someone needs to give the Lady Vols' strength and conditioning coach a raise, or at the very least steak dinners for a week. Tennessee fought through two big deficits during the game, as Gonzaga opened up both halves strong before the Lady Vols were able to strike back. In the first half, Jamie Nared and Ariel Massengale hit back-to-back three pointers inside of a minute to pull the team back to a 34-all tie going into halftime. Since coming back from six down with a minute to go was too easy, Tennessee bumped the...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 28, 2015

Elite 8 Saturday Open Thread

TennVol95 continues to lead our Real Time Brackets group as we move to the Elite 8.  For all the upsets and absurdity the last few years in the tournament, this is one of the best fields of eight we've seen in a long time:  a pair of 1 vs 2 matchups, a 1 vs 3, and the one that doesn't include any of the top three seeds from that region still has Louisville vs Michigan State.  Not too shabby if you love college basketball. The Elite Eight tips tonight with Wisconsin and Arizona at 6:09 PM ET, with Kentucky's quest for perfection immediately following against the Fighting Irish.  We...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 28, 2015

Sweet 16: Tennessee Lady Vols vs. Gonzaga

7 PM EDT, ESPN, Spokane. It's rockfight time. TV: ESPN / virtual imaginary ESPN Radio: Does Mickey actually fly, or did he drive cross-country for this? Stats: The cheapest money could buy So it's been a pretty busy week in Knoxville. You'd be forgiven for forgetting that the Lady Vols' regular season isn't over, as they travel to Spokane to play at Gonzaga—wait a second. /checks calendar Huh, it's March. /checks NCAA bracket Wait, this is the Sweet 16? So ...hang on again. /checks venues Huh. So Gonzaga—an 11 seed—is playing a home game in the Sweet 16? Maybe there was only one 11...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 27, 2015

Sweet 16 Friday Open Thread

Hey look, actual basketball is still being played!  One year ago on this Friday of the NCAA Tournament, the Vols were facing Michigan with a chance to go to the Elite Eight.  Much has changed, but the dance goes on without us... Tonight: #2 Gonzaga vs #11 UCLA, 7:15 PM #4 Louisville vs #8 NC State, 7:47 PM #1 Duke vs #5 Utah, 9:45 PM #3 Oklahoma vs #7 Michigan State, 10:07 PM This is your open thread for all of tonight's action.  Enjoy.
Rocky Top Talk Mar 27, 2015

Tennessee at #2 Vanderbilt Weekend Series Thread

The Vols are in Nashville. For the second time in three weeks Tennessee will travel to a consensus top-five ranked SEC team. The Vols are trying to right the ship after a disappointing start to SEC play, where they have dropped five straight conference games after defeating Florida in game one. The Vols hosted Cincinnati on Wednesday night on the SEC Network.  Zach Warren put together a good outing, going five innings with one hit and three walks.  Steven Kane, Jacob Westphal, Kyle Serrano, and Andy Cox all pitched an inning each, allowing a combined two hits and one walk.  The Vols...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 27, 2015

Donnie Tyndall Forced to Resign at Tennessee

In less than one year, Donnie Tyndall is out as the head basketball coach in Knoxville following news of the coming NCAA allegations at Southern Miss. As we mentioned yesterday when rumors started flying, the best part about this news is its timing. Tennessee men's basketball coach Donnie Tyndall has been forced to resign, according to a report by Gary Parrish and confirmed by multiple local outlets early this morning.  News broke yesterday of the NCAA informing Tennessee of the details of its findings on Tyndall and Southern Miss.  You can speculate on new information surfacing and/or...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 27, 2015

Guarantano Sets Decision Date

Tennessee awaits the decision of the prospect that could spark them to another top recruiting class. The Volunteers' current top recruiting target announced his decision date via twitter on Thursday: I will be committing at Bergen Catholic on April 15th at 3 pm. All media, students, & friends can come . #DeusVult pic.twitter.com/ByYk5xl621 — Jarrett Guarantano (@Guarantano18) March 27, 2015 Guarantano is expected to pick between Tennessee, Rutgers and Ohio State. As I previously discussed, Guarantano had his home state Rutgers as his slight leader last week, but after visiting...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 26, 2015

Coleman Thomas Arrested

The sophomore offensive lineman has been removed from all team activities following an alleged charge of selling stolen property The Vols received their first bad press of the 2015 season as Coleman Thomas was arrested today on felony charges of theft, for allegedly stealing an Xbox One and three video games for the system from a fellow student. According to an arrest record attained by the Knoxville News Sentinel, the robbery occurred on March 13th at Reese Hall on the University's campus. The stolen items were sold the same day to a local Gamestop store on Clinton Highway - I'm assuming...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 26, 2015

Sweet Sixteen Thursday Open Thread

In our tournament pool with Real Time Brackets, TennVol95 has a big lead after the first two rounds with 1,624 points, with VolFanatETSU leading a tight group from second to ninth place.  The beauty of Real Time Brackets means we all get a second (or third, or fourth) chance to make our picks for the Final Four, so if you like me had Virginia and/or picked Kentucky to go down early out of spite, it's not to late to get in on the action. The Sweet 16 kicks off tonight: #3 Notre Dame vs #7 Wichita State, 7:15 PM #1 Wisconsin vs #4 North Carolina, 7:47 PM #1 Kentucky vs #5 West Virginia,...
Rocky Top Talk Mar 26, 2015

Donniewatch Is On

Reports have the NCAA and the Vols speaking today, as we prepare to learn what Donnie Tyndall will be charged with and if it will be enough for the Vols to fire him... If there's anything good about today's news, it's that it's today's news and not late April's news.  Gary Parrish is reporting the NCAA and the University of Tennessee have spoken or will speak today regarding the coming formal allegations against Donnie Tyndall in the investigation at Southern Miss.  This should give Dave Hart and The Powers That Be an indication of what kind of penalties Tyndall will face. As we wrote...

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