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Rocky Top Talk Jun 28, 2016

Pat Summitt: A Privilege.

We all think our teams, our stories, our moments are the best. Today we get to be right. I was a hair too young to remember Pat’s first national championship in 1987. But I remember being a kid and looking up in the rafters at newly-opened Thompson-Boling Arena, seeing those big banners with the Final Four logo and the word champion, more colorful than anything else on display. That banner helped me understand what it meant to be the best, and to believe one of my teams could do it. Pat Summitt won a national championship in 1987 and a national championship in 2008, with six others in...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 26, 2016

Prayers & Pat Summitt

Today Pat Summitt’s foundation released an update on her condition: “On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses. She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during this time, we ask for prayers for Pat and her family and friends, as well as your utmost respect and privacy. Thank you.” Today we’re just shy of five years from the revelation of her diagnosis and just past four years since she coached her last game. Pat Summitt is 64 years old, those two...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 25, 2016

Ten Weeks: The Ten Most Memorable Season Openers

Fans of 128 schools wait eight months for thirteen weeks of football. And around half of them see their dreams dashed in college football’s opening weekend. The sport’s fragile nature is part of what makes it great, but what makes it great can also make it very painful very quickly. On the other hand, around half of those fan bases get to be 1-0 and have their off-season optimism infused with real live football optimism. Marlin Lane, LaMarcus Coker, and several others have been the second coming of Chuck Webb after eight months of hype and one week of football. That one week often comes...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 24, 2016

Would You Rather Have An Elite Recruiter or an Elite Tactician?

“I’ll take both!”, you say. Good luck finding that dude. You’ve got Nick Saban and Urban Meyer, who have been known as the face of programs atop the college football landscape for so long it’s easy to forget the “That offense won’t work in the SEC” conversations on Meyer 11 years ago. Saban’s defenses have produced the current head coaches at South Carolina and Georgia. Saban’s offense at LSU was helmed by Jimbo Fisher, who has proven to be an elite recruiter at Florida State. Those three have won eight of the last ten national championships. Is anyone else generally...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 24, 2016

LINKS: Vols Football Roster Updates

Tennessee loses a couple of offensive linemen to the FCS, an Andrew Butcher update, and more: it's your Friday links! Morning fam! Brace yourself for some 247 roster talk. An area not mentioned in yesterday's potential team weaknesses poll was left tackle, which makes sense, what with Drew Richmond and Chance Hall both angling for the spot left open following the graduation of Kyler Kyberson. But that competition remains wide open, Butch Jones told 247 yesterday- and it probably isn't strenthened by the news last evening that fifth-year tackle Dontavius Blair and sophomore Ray Raulerson...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 23, 2016

LINKS: What Will Be Tennessee Football's Biggest Weakness Next Season?

Your Thursday poll, Jimmy Cheek retirement and reactions, WR Vincent Perry ruled ineligible, and more: it's your Thursday links! Morning folks. In what's probably the biggest news of the week, UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek announced his retirement on Tuesday, calling his time at Tennessee "the best and most enjoyable job of my career." Reaction has largely been muted, but the News-Sentinel has a look at his sometimes embattled 8-year career at Tenenssee, while Gridiron Now makes a few guesses as to how his replacement may evaluate the performance of AD Dave Hart. Cheek will remain as...