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Rocky Top Talk Nov 25, 2017
You have just witnessed the worst season of Tennessee Football... ever

You have just witnessed the worst season of Tennessee Football... ever

This is Butch’s legacy. Following Tennessee’s embarrassing loss to Vanderbilt, we can finally declare this official. For the first time in the history of Tennessee football, the Volunteers have finished a season with eight losses. For the first time since joining the SEC in 1933, Tennessee has finished a season with zero wins in conference play. Let that sink in for a second. This is the first time since 1964 that Tennessee has lost to Kentucky and Vanderbilt in football in the same season. Through all the low points that this program has endured over the past decade, this is...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 24, 2017
Tennessee Coaching Search Update: Mullen reportedly didn’t meet with Currie yet; Chris Petersen in play?

Tennessee Coaching Search Update: Mullen reportedly didn’t meet with Currie yet; Chris Petersen in play?

Currie about to wrap things up? In a big update from John Brice and Gridiron Now, Brice is reporting that Tennessee could wrap up their search for their next head football coach over the next 72 hours. Per multiple sources on the UT campus and connected to the school’s board of trustees, Tennessee event management and facilities staff have been informed to not waste any time in clean-up and turnaround efforts following the Vols’ finale against Vanderbilt. UT introduces new football coaches inside Neyland Stadium facilities and also historically hosts private meet-and-greet events for...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 24, 2017
Tennessee holds off N.C. State 67-58; Takes 3rd place in the Battle 4 Atlantis

Tennessee holds off N.C. State 67-58; Takes 3rd place in the Battle 4 Atlantis

Solid win for the Vols. Tennessee held off N.C. State to take 3rd place in the Battle 4 Atlantis. The Vols picked up two nice resume wins during this trip to the Bahamas and showed that they could play with an outstanding Villanova team. That sounds like a successful trip to me. As for today, this one started sloppy for both sides, but a little less sloppy for Tennessee. Jordan Bone was really the motor that got things running for the Vols. Two quick three pointers from him got Tennessee ahead early. Neither side really found a groove in the first half. Turnovers were the story here....
Rocky Top Talk Nov 24, 2017
New details emerge on Jauan Jennings’ dismissal from Tennessee

New details emerge on Jauan Jennings’ dismissal from Tennessee

There was more to the story. As suspected, we didn’t get the entire story on Wednesday night on the dismissal of Jauan Jennings. Brady Hoke made the shocking announcement on Nashville radio during an otherwise routine interview. This morning, Jimmy Hyams gave us some details to the story. It turns out that things went much deeper than the expletive filled live Instagram video. The video seemed to simply be the final straw. Read this from Hyams. But Jennings broke his wrist in the season opener against Georgia Tech, had surgery, and then went AWOL. He didn’t come to practice. He...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 24, 2017
College Football: Tennessee-Vanderbilt RTT Staff Predictions

College Football: Tennessee-Vanderbilt RTT Staff Predictions

Which team will reach the cellar of the SEC East? Tennessee ends its season with a home game against Vanderbilt in which the loser will fall to 0-8 in the SEC and into the pit of the SEC East. With a bowl game out of the question, Tennessee is playing for pride and a relatively good end to the season with a win against a rival. Tennessee has won 30 of the last 34 against Vanderbilt, but the Commodores defeated Tennessee last year to end the Vols’ regular season on an extremely sour note. Terry Lambert: Tennessee 24, Vanderbilt 20 (Season record: 9-2) I like the initial response of...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 24, 2017
Battle 4 Atlantis: Tennessee vs N.C. State Preview, How to Watch

Battle 4 Atlantis: Tennessee vs N.C. State Preview, How to Watch

Getting set to place for 3rd place. The Battle 4 Atlantis will come to a close today in the Bahamas. Villanova and Northern Iowa will play for the championship, while the rest of the field will get a shot to strengthen their NCAA Tournament resumes. After finishing off their shocking upset of No. 2 Arizona the day before, N.C. State fell to Northern Iowa 64-60. The Wolfpack shot just 33 percent from the field and only 61 percent from the free throw stripe. Those two shortcomings have placed them in the battle for 3rd place against the Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols looked like they had...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 23, 2017
Tennessee battles, comes up short against No. 5 Villanova, 85-76

Tennessee battles, comes up short against No. 5 Villanova, 85-76

The Vols led this one, but couldn’t hang on. Tennessee stayed hot out of the gates against Villanova, building off of what they showed in their upset against Purdue. If anything, the Vols were more balanced in their first half. Jordan Bowden got things rolling early on, a welcomed sign after a bit of an off game yesterday. The Vols trailed Villanova in the middle stages of the first half, but got rolling from there. They built a lead as big as 14 points at one point, carrying at 12 point lead on the No. 5 team in the country into halftime. Bowden went 3-5 from beyond the arc in the...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 22, 2017
Battle 4 Atlantis: Tennessee vs. Villanova Preview, TV, Streaming

Battle 4 Atlantis: Tennessee vs. Villanova Preview, TV, Streaming

Tennessee will take on the No. 5 ranked Wildcats on Thanksgiving day. Could the Tennessee basketball season have gotten off to a better start? The Volunteers passed their first true test of the season with flying colors, finding a way to win against a really good Purdue squad. We saw flashes of really good play from this team last year at this time, but they couldn’t figure out how to close. On Wednesday in the Bahamas, Grant Williams and Tennessee found a way. That’s a big step in the right direction. That step earned them a huge resume building win for the NCAA Tournament. It also...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 22, 2017
Brady Hoke announces that Tennessee has dismissed receiver Jauan Jennings

Brady Hoke announces that Tennessee has dismissed receiver Jauan Jennings

Odd development. In a strange turn of events, Tennessee interim head coach Brady Hoke announced that Tennessee has dismissed receiver Jauan Jennings. . @UTCoachHoke says through consultation with Tennessee AD John Currie, he has decided to dismiss TN WR Jauan Jennings from the program.— 3HL (@3HL1045) November 22, 2017 The junior receiver posted a video on his Instagram account as he was leaving the facility today. He wasn’t shy about his hatred for Vanderbilt or distaste for the outgoing coaching staff. He was pleading for Tennessee to hire a good coach, claiming that Butch...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 22, 2017
Battle 4 Atlantis: Tennessee upsets No. 18 Purdue in overtime, 78-75

Battle 4 Atlantis: Tennessee upsets No. 18 Purdue in overtime, 78-75

Huge win! The Tennessee Volunteers passed their first true test of the season this afternoon in the Bahamas, beating No 18. Purdue in overtime. Tennessee started cold from the floor. Purdue’s size advantage was obvious as the Vols were unable to get anything going on the inside. Tennessee was able to penetrate, but they just weren’t able to finish. The Boilermakers were clogging up the passing lanes and creating plenty of frustration for the Vols early on. Just as Purdue seemed to be taking control of this one, Lamonte Turner showed up in a big way. He was all over the court,...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 21, 2017
Battle 4 Atlantis: Tennessee vs. Purdue Preview, TV, Streaming and Odds

Battle 4 Atlantis: Tennessee vs. Purdue Preview, TV, Streaming and Odds

Let’s take a look at this matchup. The Tennessee Volunteers will take on the Purdue Boilermakers in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis on Wednesday at noon (eastern) in the Bahamas. Let’s take a quick look at Tennessee’s first opponent. It’s early, but the Purdue offense is cookin’. The Boilermakers have hit triple digits in three of their first four contests of the 2017-2018 season. Their balanced attack features three players — Carsen Edwards, Dakota Mathias and Vince Edwards — currently averaging 15 points per game or better. Through two games for Tennessee, their...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 20, 2017
Battle 4 Atlantis: Tracking Tennessee Basketball in the Bahamas

Battle 4 Atlantis: Tracking Tennessee Basketball in the Bahamas

A big week for Tennessee basketball. Tennessee has gotten their season off to a 2-0 start, but we still don’t know a ton about this group. That’s about to change. The Volunteers will be taking part in the Battle 4 Atlantis this week, a tournament that Rick Barnes thinks will be the toughest of its kind of the early season slate. The Vols will open the tournament with the Purdue Boilermakers on Wednesday at noon.
Rocky Top Talk Nov 20, 2017
Tennessee Basketball: Rick Barnes previews Battle 4 Atlantis and Purdue

Tennessee Basketball: Rick Barnes previews Battle 4 Atlantis and Purdue

Big week for Tennessee basketball! The Tennessee Volunteers basketball team will head down to the Bahamas this week to take part in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. The event features three top 20 ranked teams in Villanova, Arizona and Purdue. North Carolina State Wolfpack, Western Kentucky, Northern Iowa, SMU and Tennessee round out the eight team field. Vols’ head coach Rick Barnes has his squad 2-0 early in the season, but he knows that his team is about to get a look at some much tougher competition. “I really am impressed with Purdue. Watching them play — they’ve been...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 19, 2017
College Football Odds: Tennessee opens as slight favorites over Vanderbilt

College Football Odds: Tennessee opens as slight favorites over Vanderbilt

The 4-7 Tennessee Volunteers will take on the 4-7 Vanderbilt Commodores in Neyland Stadium this Saturday to mercifully bring this season to an end. Both teams have gone down the drain in the second half of the season, so I was pretty interested to see this line debut. Vegas thinks like I do — it’s a dead heat. Tennessee gets the slight advantage because the game will be played in Knoxville. Opening offshore SEC lines:Bama -4 at AuburnMiss. St. -14 vs. Ole MissMissouri -13 at ArkansasTennessee -1 vs. VandyLouisville -9.5 at KentuckyGeorgia -11.5 at Georgia Tech— Christopher Smith...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 18, 2017
Tennessee vs LSU Recap: Tigers Drown Out Vols, 30-10

Tennessee vs LSU Recap: Tigers Drown Out Vols, 30-10

The LSU Tigers came into Neyland Stadium and pounded the Tennessee Vols along with the rain Saturday night. After the dust settled on a very hectic first week of the 2017 Tennessee football head coaching search, Vols fans were left with the realization that there was a game to be played this week. The opponent was LSU and despite the recent trend against SEC foes, fans were feeling a tad confident going into the matchup. That's a bit odd considering what the Vols were up against. UT had only one healthy quarterback on the roster in starter Jarrett Guarantano and just five healthy...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 18, 2017
Tennessee has to beat Vanderbilt to avoid hitting historic lows

Tennessee has to beat Vanderbilt to avoid hitting historic lows

Don’t say it doesn’t mean anything. There’s no sugarcoating it — this Tennessee team is one of the worst that I’ve ever seen. And that includes all the Derek Dooley years. They rank in the 120s in total offense nationally and currently sit at 0-7 in SEC play. They were just eliminated from bowl competition after a loss to LSU. The only thing the Vols have going for them right now is a coaching search. So why in the world would you care about a meaningless game against Vanderbilt? For one — Tennessee should beat Vandy ever year. That hasn’t been the case lately, however....
Rocky Top Talk Nov 17, 2017
Tennessee - LSU: RTT Staff Predictions

Tennessee - LSU: RTT Staff Predictions

Will an interim head coach give Tennessee a spark? After finally parting ways with Butch Jones, Tennessee returns to action this weekend against LSU under interim head coach Brady Hoke. The Vols will kick off against the Tigers Saturday night still searching for their first SEC win of the season. Will the departure of Jones allow the team to play loose and pull off an upset? Conner Knapp: LSU 31, Tennessee 27 (Season record: 9-1) I think this game is going to be closer than it probably should be. Tennessee is going to be playing in a great environment with a presumably sold-out Neyland...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 15, 2017
Tennessee Coaching Search Profile: Jon Gruden

Tennessee Coaching Search Profile: Jon Gruden

Breaking down the number one candidate on just about every Vols fan’s wish list Grumors. The Grudinator. Gru. Chucky. Jon Gruden has many nicknames and he's had many titles. Could the next title be head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers? When it comes to Tennessee's new head coaching search, Gruden is the one candidate that makes everyone smile like they just figured out how to stop christmas from coming. So what makes Gruden so appealing? There is plenty of good to go along with the bad, but in the end it is ultimately one's own opinion that will prevail. The Good Jon Gruden is a...
Rocky Top Talk Nov 14, 2017
Tennessee Basketball: Vols take down High Point, 84-53

Tennessee Basketball: Vols take down High Point, 84-53

This one was never in doubt. The Tennessee Volunteers picked up their second win of the season on Tuesday night against the High Point Panthers. This one was close.... for about the first five minutes of play. In a nearly identical start to the Presbyterian game, Tennessee took control of this game very early on with a huge 32-0 run. The Vols held the Panthers scoreless for over 11 minutes in the first half. The Vols’ defense was absolutely suffocating — High Point was simply outmatched. With under five minutes to play in the first half, the Panthers had just seven points on the...

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