Tag Archive | Bruce Pearl

Campaign to Fill Neyland Stadium

Now that former Vol Ball Head Coach Bruce Pearl has taken a job as V.P. of Marketing for Knoxville-based H.T. Hackney, I am consumed with an idea… Read More…


Temporary Like Achilles

Achilles, the Greek hero of the Trojan War, was invulnerable in all of his body except for his heel – he died because of a small wound there.

Ah, yes, those deadly weak spots we all have.

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Land of the Setting Sun

UT Athletic Director Mike Hamilton simply doesn’t have the qualifications for his job.

Fundraising, Hamilton’s arguable strength, is a large part of his responsibility. But so is representing his university with intelligence and forethought.

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Pants on Fire

The NCAA slipped the invoice under Tennessee’s door on Wednesday. Then, the university released it to the world for viewing, minus a few redactions. More on that later.

First, the timeline. Tennessee has 90 days to respond to NCAA’s 26-page Notice of Allegations regarding the Vol football and men’s basketball programs. The university will then make an appearance before the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis, anticipated to be June 10 and 11. A convenient time – long after the basketball season has finished and long enough before kickoff in September.

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Painful Emptiness

Michigan State 70  Tennessee 69
Midwest Regional Finals
Sunday 28 March 2010
St. Louis, MO


Renaldo Woodridge (#0) and Scotty Hopson (#32) show how much this one hurts. Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images.

This one hurts so bad. And, it will hurt for a long, long time.

But the hurt was worth it. We proved we belonged in the Regional Finals. We became the focus of the entire college basketball scene for a portion of an afternoon. We overcame a potentially team-destroying event (the famous Incident of New Year’s Eve) and the resulting loss of our best player by coming together to be a force instead of falling apart to be an unfortunate afterthought.

On Sunday afternoon, the Vols left everything on the court in one of the best games a fan, partial or impartial, could hope for where the prize was to cut down the nets on a national stage.

Tennessee fought, hustled, excelled, and overcame an eight-point deficit in the middle of the second half to eventually hold the lead 64-63 with 5:16 left. But that was the last lead the Vols would have. When Draymond Green made a 2-point jumper at the 4:40 mark, Michigan State had a lead that they only gave up twice when the Vols evened the score 66-66 with 3:57 left and again at 69-69 with only 12 seconds remaining on Scotty Hopson’s free throw after he stared into space for what seemed an eternity to calm himself under the hot national spotlight. Read More…

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