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Rocky Top Talk Aug 5, 2014
2014 Orlando Classic Bracket: Tennessee Will Face Santa Clara With Kansas on the Horizon

2014 Orlando Classic Bracket: Tennessee Will Face Santa Clara With Kansas on the Horizon

Tennessee joins a loaded field in Orlando over Thanksgiving Weekend. The bracket was released today for the 2014 Orlando Classic (formerly the Old Spice Classic), and it's a pretty fair shake for Donnie Tyndall's Vols.  Tennessee will face Santa Clara in the tournament's opening game at noon on Thanksgiving Day.  The Vols are on the same side of the bracket as Kansas, who will face Rhode Island in their opening matchup. If you're going to play in these things, you might as well see as many of the heavy hitters as possible.  I was worried about Tennessee getting Marquette or Georgia Tech...
Rocky Top Talk Aug 4, 2014
Better Late Than Never: 2014 SEC Special Teams Rankings

Better Late Than Never: 2014 SEC Special Teams Rankings

In conjunction with the rest of the SBNation SEC blog community, we're ranking the position groups for the upcoming season. I should mention here that kidbourbon is usually my co-author and the Robin to my orange-suited Batman. Or vice versa, except this week he bailed on me to do something called "work" for his "boss" so he didn't get "fired". So all complaints that the article isn't as funny as usual should be addressed to him with a self-addressed, stamped envelope for his reply. We arrived at the below rankings with a highly complicated methodology that involves College Football Stats,...
Rocky Top Talk Aug 4, 2014
Utah State and the Mid-Major Opener

Utah State and the Mid-Major Opener

Since SEC expansion in 1992, Tennessee has opened the season with a major conference opponent seven times and what was considered to be a free win against a vastly inferior foe a dozen times.  The rarest season opening opponent has been the high mid-major:  only three times in the last 22 years have the Vols opened the year against a recognizably good team from a non-power conference, a dark horse capable of ruining the Vols' fun before it even gets started. There are obvious reasons not to schedule a team like Utah State as your season opener.  There's little reward for the power...
Rocky Top Talk Aug 3, 2014

2016 QB Austin Kendall Commits to Tennessee

Butch Jones adds another piece with a four-star quarterback. The Vols picked up their fifth 2016 commitment and their third four-star of the group today when quarterback Austin Kendall of North Carolina committed to the Big Orange: I have officially committed to play football at the University of Tennessee! #VOLS #BrickByBrick #VFL pic.twitter.com/xqtKuI4LLY — Austin Kendall (@A_Kendall11) August 3, 2014 Kendall adds yet another option at quarterback in the future for Tennessee.  Quinten Dormady, a four-star according to 247 whose star may rise after returning from injury as a...
Rocky Top Talk Jul 28, 2014

Football Roundup: Former Vols No Fans of Derek Dooley

Several former Vol players spoke very highly of current head coach Butch Jones, but had less than kind things to say about the previous man in charge. Former Vols Pull No Punches In Their Assessment of Derek Dooley Former UT standout Eddie Moore held a youth camp this past weekend in South Pittsburg, TN, and a slew of former Vols were there to lend a hand.  Included in the festivities was a Friday night meet and greet with the fans which included a question and answer session moderated by Time Free Press assistant sports editor Stephen Hargis.  Stuff got real. Q: You guys talked...