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The Butler Experiment: Is College Football Taking Notes?

College football has a lot to learn about how to choose its champion. Monday night should serve as the final lesson.

One of the very best ever held. College football could certainly learn a thing or two - it needs to.

When the draw for the 2010 NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament was held on March 14, it looked like the final game would certainly include one or more of Kentucky, Kansas, or perhaps Duke. On the other hand, Butler University was just another participant — one with a basketball tradition, mind you — but likely only to break into the Sweet Sixteen if things went swimmingly for the Bulldogs.

What we learned during this tournament, and what we saw on Monday night, was that Brad Stevens’ Butler basketball team belonged in the championship game. They approached the game the right way, without an ounce of bravado, with pounds full of fundamentally sound basketball. They were worthy of being a national champion. Read More…


Vols Will Eat Mor Chikin

It’s Tennessee vs Virginia Tech in Atlanta, Alabama will meet Texas for the title, and the SEC clean up with 10 bowl spots.

It’s official. Our Tennessee Vols will face Virginia Tech in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Years’ Eve at 7:30 pm ET. The game will be televised on ESPN. Tennessee readily accepted the bowl bid today. The appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, formerly known as the Peach Bowl, will be Tennessee’s 48th bowl appearance in school’s history, making UT tied for 3rd with Southern California in all-time bowl appearances. Only Alabama (soon to be 57) and Texas (soon to be 49) have played in more bowl games. The Vol’s bowl record is 25-22.

We’ll take looks at the Hokie’s season and team in the coming days here at Vols in the Fall. Read More…

I May Hate Your Team, But At Least We Can Mingle

This picture of fans at the 2007 Tennessee-Kentucky game struck me as I looked at it again a couple of days ago.

Tennessee Vol and Kentucky Wildcat football fans

Vol fans intermingle with Wildcat fans at Commonwealth Stadium in 2007.

Two sets of fans that pretty much despise each other’s schools sitting right next to each other with no apparent trouble.

We take this for granted.

I used to.

I don’t anymore. Read More…

So What’s a Game at Neyland Like?

Today we say so long to yet another season of football played at Neyland Stadium.

You know what it’s all about.

I know what it’s all about.

The Color Orange

But, have you ever been approached by someone who has never been to a game in Knoxville and is interested in knowing what it’s like? Do you just get all babbly and googly and teary-eyed, and just end up saying, “well, you just have to go and be there for the experience“?

I did just that to a friend in California, a Cal alum, and he ended up going to the Cal-Tennessee game played at Neyland in 2006. He came back all babbly and googly and teary-eyed from the experience, even though his school got soundly thrashed. He told all his friends back in the Bay Area that didn’t go that they should have, because it would have been nothing like they had ever experienced.

So the next time you get the question, send them to this great article in two parts written by freelance writer and editor Eric Angevine who lives in Charlottesville, VA. He is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com and the editor of the college basketball Web site StormingTheFloor.net.

For that matter, this is a must read even if you’ve been to a hundred games at Neyland.

Then both of you can get all babbly and googly and teary-eyed just from the read.

Watch Video of the Most Important Tennessee-Vandy Game Ever

In 1926, Robert Neyland began his stewardship as the head football coach of the Tennessee Volunteers. Professor Dougherty gave Neyland the assignment: “Even the score with Vanderbilt. Do something about the terrible series standings.” Before then, Vanderbilt held a gaudy 18-2-1 record over the Vols. Neyland’s Vols performed marvelously, compiling a record of 16-3-2 against the Commodores in 21 years. Neyland’s Vols went on to an overall record of 173-31-12, while shutting out nearly half of their opponents. That’s why there is a stadium bearing his name.

It seemed though the only thing that would escape Neyland going into the 1950s as his career was winding down was the National Championship. There had been some close calls. Especially the undefeated 1938 team that finished No. 2 in the polls. And even the 1939 Vol squad that finished the regular season not only undefeated but also unscored upon – they somehow finished second as well. Tennessee came close again in 1950, losing only to Mississippi State 7-0 and finishing No. 4 in the AP poll and 3rd in the brand-new coaches poll.


But 1951 finally proved different. Read More…

Memphis in the Meantime


It’s been quite a stretch of games. Auburn. Georgia. Alabama. South Carolina. Now it’s on to Ole Miss.

Aw, crap. I forgot. “Hey honey, do we really have to host this get together this weekend at our house? You know I’ve never even talked with my cousin from Memphis. I don’t even know him that well. And I don’t think I really want to. All he wants to talk about is basketball. For chrissake, it’s football season!”

“Dear, you knew we made this commitment weeks ago . It’s been on our calendar.”

“I know, I know. But can’t we say we caught the H1N1 or the R2D2 or whatever they call that pig flu?”

Do you feel the same? Hasn’t it felt like a bye week? Don’t you really wish you could do something else this Saturday? (I am, but I’m not telling anybody)…

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State of the Vol Nation – November 2009

VITF Roundtable

We are now eight games into this 2009 season and the Vols are even for the season at 4-4. With Memphis coming to town this Saturday night – the weekly pre-game buildup will be a bit on the sluggish side – it’s an excellent opportunity to sit back and take stock in where we’ve been, where we are, and where we’re going. I’ve invited the charter members of the Vols in the Fall commenters to answer a series of questions on the Vols, the SEC, and the national scene. I throw my two cents in as well. We all provided comments without seeing each others’ musings. A blind tasting if you will.

Since none of us know what we’re talking about when it comes to Tennessee Football, or anything else for that matter, this should rank right up there with the professional media. As somebody once said, some things are far too important to be left to the professionals.

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