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Rocky Top Talk Jun 7, 2016

LINKS: See the Battle at Bristol Field on Google Maps

A dope embedded map, Vols summer football camps net a highly-ranked recruit, and more: it's the Tuesday links! Morning folks. Tennessee's various summer camps kept head coach Butch Jones busy over the weekend, as the Vols held their annual one-day "Arsenal" quarterback camp on Saturday, drawing over 100 players to Neyland, presumably to learn how to develop the precision passing skills and flair essential to placing third every year. On Sunday Tennessee's first satellite camp started in Nashville, drawing over 300, and netting a commitment from the state's top kicking prospect, Brent...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 6, 2016

SEC Unit Rankings: Comparing Athlon & Lindy's

Combining two sets of popular unit rankings for a look at the best and worst teams in the SEC. An interesting way to compare teams heading into the season is ranking each unit (quarterback, wide receivers, linebackers, etc.) then producing an average unit ranking to get a more complete sense of how each team projects. This year Athlon and Lindy's once again offer objective unit rankings for the SEC in their conference preview magazines. I say it's an interesting way to do it because the last time Tennessee was good enough for us to think about this exercise in preseason was 2008, and...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 4, 2016

Thirteen Weeks: The Season is a Season Away

Tennessee's move to Thursday means your countdowns now start with an eight. May, one of the emptiest sports months of the year for a college football fan base, has given way to June. There's not much more in the way of sports excitement in June (especially if your 16-38 baseball team is bad in a way they haven't been since you were in elementary school), but the football countdown slips into double digits. Magazines are on shelves. At the close of spring practice it's still too far away to be felt. But come June, our eyes start turning from April to August. From spring camp to fall camp....
Rocky Top Talk Jun 3, 2016

TENNESSEE FOOTBALL PRESEASON MAGAZINE NOW AVAILABLE IN STORES

All Vols. No ads. Our annual Tennessee Football preseason magazine hits the shelves all over Tennessee and in select cities in 10 other states today. This year, we have detailed information on where it's going to be available, and we pass it along to you now so you can decide whether to pick it up with your chips and ice cream or whether you should get it online. Where, exactly, can you find it? Other than getting it directly from us online at Gameday Depot, you can find it on newsstands concentrated in and around Knoxville and the rest of the state with some bleed over into other...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 2, 2016

LINKS: Which Game Makes You Most Nervous Next Year?

Battle at Bristol gets a TV schedule, SEC meetings are boring, and Peyton nominated to the Hall of Fame: it's your Thursday links! Morning folks. Sept. 10th's facemelting Battle at Bristol football extravaganza has a kickoff time and broadcast home: 8PM EST on ABC. For those keeping track, that's back-to-back night games to open the season, after Sept. 1st's 7:30 Appalachian State game. SEC Meetings The "SEC meetings"/"excuse to extend SEC Media Days into June" continued yesterday in Florida. People are still talking about satellite camps, which is interminable, and Butch Jones either...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 1, 2016

LINKS: 5* WR Lists Vols as Favorites

SEC spring meetings and Kenny Chesney: it's your Wednesday links. Morning yall. SEC spring meetings began in Sandestin yesterday, and in the wake of the recent revelations at Baylor, day one questions unsurprisingly focused on the problem of on-campus sexual violence, and specifically on any parallels to be found between Baylor's situation and the ongoing Title IX lawsuit against Tennessee- a notion which Butch Jones was quick to refute: "I'm not into comparisons. All I can speak on is the University of Tennessee. I feel strongly as does everyone in our organization that we've done the...
Rocky Top Talk Jun 1, 2016

Tennessee vs Alabama in the SEC Championship Game: Is This Finally The Year?

A year after a near miss, the odds may still be low but have rarely been better For as long as they have existed in our national vocabulary, Tennessee vs Alabama in the SEC Championship Game has been at the top of my sports bucket list. There are other Vol-related items on it - winning the SEC Basketball Tournament seems an easier ask than the Titans getting that one yard back in some other Super Bowl some other day - but none higher than our biggest rivalry finally playing out on the biggest stage. This December will be the 25th edition of the SEC Championship Game; you don't have to be...
Rocky Top Talk May 31, 2016

Looking Back: Phillip Fulmer & Butch Jones

It's not a valid question anymore, the "Would you still move on from Fulmer if you had it to do over again?" business. Tennessee is now back in the championship conversations it last enjoyed under Fulmer's watch to the credit of its current coach. And more than just a one-year upswing, Tennessee's recruiting has returned to form as well over enough years for us to believe 2016 won't be the last word on Butch Jones. Some of the words in the space between as they related to Fulmer have always bothered me. The certainty of some arguing Tennessee would have been better off without its coach of...