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Rocky Top Talk May 12, 2016

LINKS: Does Peyton Want to Coach at Tennessee?

Rumors about a Manning homecoming and bringing back the Vols-Memphis rivalry in your Thursday links. Thursday is for OHPLEASEBETRUE Morning folks. Might as well get this one out of the way: according to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, Peyton Manning is interested in coaching at Tennessee: "I keep hearing that Peyton Manning wants to coach his alma mater. Over and over, I hear it from NFL people I trust. I don't know if it's accurate. It seems too neat and tidy to be true." It does indeed, Mike! Following this report, Butch Jones was asked about the possibility of a Manning homecoming,...
Rocky Top Talk May 11, 2016

LINKS: Yet More Terrifying Video of Jalen Hurd

Satellite camp details are emerging, softball awards are announced, and Hurd is going to give us all a heart attack before the season starts: it's the Wednesday links. Wednesday, the worst day Morning yall! Continuing along with the offseason SPORTS STORY THAT WILL NOT DIE, Butch Jones confirmed the details yesterday for Tennessee's first two planned satellite recruiting camps, at Tennessee State's Hale Stadium and Georgia State's football complex in Atlanta. Expect more to come. Said Jones: "We’re still kind of in the infant stage, so to speak, of putting together our satellite camps...
Rocky Top Talk May 11, 2016

What Can Jalen Hurd Do To Become The Best Running Back In The Country?

Butch Jones believes. How can Hurd improve to make the rest of the college football world agree? Turns out fans aren't the only ones speaking with confidence these days: "Jalen Hurd, I think, is the best running back in the country" - @UTCoachJones on @MrHurd_1 (@AtoZSports) #Vols https://t.co/IY0HRcWo0H — 94.9 Game 2 (@949Game2) May 10, 2016 It's a bold statement in a world with Christian McCaffrey and a conference with Leonard Fournette and a potentially healthy Nick Chubb. But hey, we're feeling especially good this year, so instead of asking ourselves why let's ask why not. Hurd...
Rocky Top Talk May 10, 2016

LINKS: Vols Climb into Preseason Top 10

A new basketball transfer, preseason hype continues, and important possum news: it's your Tuesday links! Tuesday- sounds about right Morning gang. We mentioned last week that Rick Barnes was contemplating filling the roster sport opened by Ray Kasongo's transfer, and lo-and-behold, it looks that he has. Per ESPN, Utah State graduate transfer Lew Evans has committed to Tennessee. Evans, a 6-9, 230-pound native of Salt Lake City, is apparently a sort of collegiate journeyman, having previously attended Casper College and Tulsa prior to his two-year stint at Utah State. He average 8.4...
Rocky Top Talk May 9, 2016

Where Tennessee Fans Live & Who Tennessee Fans Hate

We've got options. SB Nation today takes a look at three maps attempting to show fan concentration in college football. The first two are older from Common Census and the New York Times, plus a new one from Reddit this weekend: It shows what you'd expect from Vol fans:  dominance in East Tennessee bleeding just over state lines into Southwest Virginia and Western North Carolina, with a rising Tide and a few Dawgs advancing in the south central part of the Volunteer State. It's more interesting in West Tennessee, where the Vols appear to do better in Shelby County...
Rocky Top Talk May 6, 2016

Tennessee Volunteers vs Florida Gators - Weekend Series Thread

Tennessee is back home for an eight game home stand. The Vols are back home this weekend as they host two top 20 ranked opponents over the next two weeks.  This weekend the top ranked Florida Gators are in town.  Tennessee is currently last in the SEC, one game behind a four team log jam for the final three SEC Tournament spots.  Last weekends 0-3 performance against Missouri has slimmed the chances for the Vols to make it to Hoover. Not much can be said about last weekend's series. The Vols had the lead in each of the three games but could not maintain it in any of them and were swept...
Rocky Top Talk May 6, 2016

LINKS: Monica Abbott Makes History

Vols tickets going like hotcakes, roster updates, and Monica Abbott pitches straight through a ceiling: it's your Friday links! FRIIIDDAAAYY Morning!If you like complaining about Dave Hart and Neyland ticket prices (show of hands?), got one for you- according to Hart at Thursday night's Big Orange Caravan stop (whatever that is), Tennessee is on pace for a record-breaking year in season ticket sales. Hart also mentioned the rush on Battle at Bristol tickets, saying he wasn't sure if the game would reach its capacity of over 150,000, but that Bristol general manager Jerry Caldwell expects...
Rocky Top Talk May 5, 2016

LINKS: UT to Hold Satellite Camps

Butch Jones padding those frequent flyer miles, a player transfer and Jim McElwain being a weirdo: it's the Thursday links! Thursday is for offseason presser questions Morning, all. As you may recall, the NCAA recently overturned its (month-long) ban on recruiting satellite camps, following outrage and controversy from various quarters regarding the policy. After the intial passage of the ban, Butch Jones, along with the bulk of SEC coaches and officials, said he supported the policy, but that the Vols were prepared to hold camps should the rule change. In an SEC teleconference...
Rocky Top Talk May 4, 2016

LINKS: SEC East or Bust for Butch?

Football expectations piling up from all corners, and Peyton staying retired (FOR NOW!) - it's your daily links! Wednesday is for Expectations The Hype is Coming - FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE Morning! We're 121 days until football season starts, so, uh, guess it's time to ratchet up the hype? New defensive coordinator Bob Shoop doesn't seem particularly bothered about setting expectations: Shoop: `We’re very committed. We’re going to stop the run. Nobody will run the FB on the Orange Swarm. Nobody will run the FB on Tennessee.’ — Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) May 3, 2016 Love the...
Rocky Top Talk May 3, 2016

LINKS: That Looks Kinda Dangerous, Jalen

VFLs in the NFL, VFLs in the NBA, VFLs everywhere: it's the return of the daily links! VFL NFLMorning everybody!  As I'm guessing most are now aware, for the second year running (thanks Dools), no Vols were selected during this year's NFL draft, but a number of VFLs have signed free agent offers. Most recently, on Sunday DT Owen Williams joined the Falcons and DE Chris Weatherd took his talents to New Orleans. They join freshly-minted NFLers Curt Maggitt (Colts), Brian Randolph and Marquez North (both to the new-look Rams) and TE Alex Ellis (Titans).  VFL NBAMeanwhile in the NBA,...
Rocky Top Talk May 1, 2016

Vols in the NFL in the Post-Manning World

Manning's absence signals a significant break between Tennessee's past and the NFL's present, which means there will be an even greater appreciation for the members of Team 120 who find their way to next year's draft. Peyton Manning's presence still could still be felt over the weekend at the NFL Draft, and will thankfully be felt in Big Orange Country for the rest of his days and beyond. Gatorade's Dear Peyton campaign is a great representation of football's love and respect for Manning, which have been going strong in Vol Nation for 22 years. For 18 years that's meant Tennessee fans...
Rocky Top Talk Apr 27, 2016

Vols in the NFL Draft: The Last Quiet April, For Real This Time

Thanks to injuries and key players returning to school, the Vols may go empty in the NFL Draft two years in a row. But after several false alarms, 2016 really does look like the last time Tennessee won't have a major presence in the draft. Four years ago we said April of 2012 would be the last time you, as a Tennessee fan, wouldn't care about the NFL Draft. That year Malik Jackson was the only Vol on the board, taken in the fifth round (though, you know, he's done alright for himself). Things were better the next year with Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter, and Dallas Thomas going in...
Rocky Top Talk Apr 26, 2016

The Official 2016 RTT T-Shirt Design Contest

Got an idea for this year's official 2016 Rocky Top Talk t-shirt? Let's have it. If you're a long-time Rocky Top Talker, you'll know that we've published a Tennessee Football preseason magazine every year since 2009. It's a labor of unconditional love, but from March to May, it's got me sweating and screaming at loved ones to just get it out. GET IT OUT RIGHT NOW! Oh, and I need an epidural stat. The thing's going to be delivered by C-section to the printer this coming Monday, which coincidentally is the same day that all the players start changing positions and transferring and doing dumb...