Will Shelton

  • Time to play the Gameday on Rocky Top Guessing Game. If you have no idea what that is, you can find out everything you need to know here. Last week’s results are here.
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    • Who wins and by how much? Tennessee, by 1-3 (10 points)

      Which is greater, Vandy’s rushing yards or their passing yards? Vanderbilt’s passing yards (20 points)

      Which team hits 20 points first? Tennessee (20 points)

    • Who wins and by how much? Tennessee, by 8 or more (30 points)

      Which is greater, Vandy’s rushing yards or their passing yards? Vanderbilt’s rushing yards (20 points)

      Which team hits 20 points first? Tennessee (20 points)

      Ok, so the basketball team has me feeling a bit optimistic…Go Vols!!

    • Who wins and by how much? Vandy, by 4-7 (20 points)

      Which is greater, Vandy’s rushing yards or their passing yards? Vanderbilt’s rushing yards (20 points)

      Which team hits 20 points first? Neither team hits 20 points (40 points)

  • Among much bad news for the 2017 Tennessee Volunteer football team, there is at least this bit of good news: For its last game of the season, Tennessee will be playing against the worst rushing offense, the worst […]

  • Tennessee was in control for a portion of its game against the Villanova Wildcats this afternoon in the Bahamas and in the hunt for most of it, but it was lost for a short period to begin the second half and that […]

  • Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.

    Coming off a big win against No. 18 Purdue yesterday, Tennessee basketball now gets a shot at No. 5 Villanova. The game tips at 12:30 ET and will be televised on ESPN.

    If you’re […]

  • There are so many things wrong with the Jauan Jennings news that I don’t even know where to start. In case you haven’t heard yet, the news is this: Jennings posted an R-rated (for language) video to Instagram, the […]

    • Pretty much everything in this article.

      JJ going on a tirade in a video against the whole situation was not a smart move. Even if the account is private. But when you look at closer, you can tell he just wants to compete and have his team win.

      And in the grand scheme of things, many players have done so much worse and not been kicked off a team, both at UT and other places. Does he deserve some punishment, yea he does. But allowing an interim coach who has no chance at becoming the actual head coach to kick him off is just terribly stupid, and ultimately a very sad but UT move.

      My only hope is that the new coach is allowed to make his own decision on the situation. And that that decision is to allow him back on the team. Then I have to hope that JJ accepts and isn’t completely turned off to UT now.

    • This was just the perfect cherry on top of our worst season. And such a Tennessee way to eliminate a key player. Injury to sideline top WR for entire season and THEN kick him off the team on the eve of the last game when you desperately need something to go right to prevent a historic failure. Yup, sounds about right.

    • Sounds like there is more emerging. He apparently was AWOL during the season, wasn’t going to class much, and stormed off the field after the coaches said he couldn’t play QB….

  • Well that was refreshing. Tennessee basketball, picked 13th in the SEC preseason poll, just beat No. 18 Purdue 78-75 in overtime. Grant Williams led the way with 22 points and 8 rebounds.

    For most of the first […]

    • 13th my fulmerized butt!

      Good news is that WKU is giving Villanova a game. It might help us out if Villanova wins a hard fought, tiring game as well. Hopefully they don’t lose and if they do we really need to beat WKU tomorrow and play another big team, presumably Arizona, in the finals.

    • We’re deeper than we were last year. I think that will help us down the road of a long season.

    • Does anyone else feel like it’s a law of nature that we can’t be good at basketball and football at the same time?

      Either way, awesome win! Big opportunity tomorrow!

    • What a game! Got to see it on my phone driving down to Orlando for thanksgiving. Plenty to improve on, but they should sure can play. Looking forward to tomorrow. See what they can do against Nova. Should be interesting.

  • The Tennessee Vols are in the Bahamas today for the Battle 4 Atlantis. Their opening game features a great opportunity to see what they’re made of against No. 18 Purdue. The tip’s at noon Eastern and will be […]

  • Here’s the Week 13 college football TV schedule, curated for Vols fans. As always, it includes kickoff times, TV stations, and what might be of interest to a Vols fan, along with helpful suggestions on how to […]

  • Congratulations to C_hawkfan, who went 16-4 and beat me by a single confidence point with 186. (And I woulda gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for those crazy kids!) For finishing first in this week’s […]

  • Marietta Vol takes the lead (and the unenviable position of the sole target of the blue shell that is about to hit), while I binge on bananas.

    Play by play below.
    Top 10 as of the end of last […]

  • I’ve seen a lot of amazing things in Neyland Stadium. One of them, I saw last night, at the most unlikely time.

    The announced crowd in Neyland for the LSU game was over 96,000. There’s no way there were […]

    • excellent Joel!!! You are right, the boys were jubilant last night, dancing on the sidelines, like a weight had been lifted. I was disheartened by the LSU fans, but Rocky Top faithful were there holding on for dear life. We will be ok, just going to be what it’s going to be, and no matter what I will still be there with my orange and my voice!!!

    • I was there, the problem is UT’s Adm. is not near as committed to winning as the fan base!
      Top 3 SEC attendance in fb, probably will be 13-14th on the field
      Top 4 SEC attendance in bb, probably will be 8-10th…on the court.

    • I am so ripping inspired by this. This. Yes.

  • The Tennessee Volunteers host the LSU Tigers tonight in Neyland Stadium at 7:00 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN. It’s not looking good for the Vols, but with interim head coach Brady Hoke shaking things up […]

  • Here’s the Week 12 college football TV schedule for Saturday.

  • Time to play the Gameday on Rocky Top Guessing Game. If you have no idea what that is, you can find out everything you need to know here. Last week’s results are here.
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    • Gruden mentions: Between 1 and a gazillion (15 points)

      Who is Tennessee even playing this weekend: Um . . . LSU? (20 points)

      How many rushing yards will LSU get against Tennessee: 301-400 (15 points)

      Which is greater, Guice’s rushing yards or Tennessee’s passing yards: Derrius Guice’s rushing yards (20 points)

      Who scores first: LSU (20 points)

    • Gruden mentions: Between 1 and a gazillion (15 points)
      Who is Tennessee even playing this weekend: Um . . . LSU? (20 points)
      How many rushing yards will LSU get against Tennessee: 101-200 (20 points)
      Which is greater, Guice’s rushing yards or Tennessee’s passing yards: Tennessee’s passing yards (20 points)
      Who scores first: LSU (20 point)

    • Harley replied 1 week ago

      Gruden mentions: Between 1 and a gazillion (15 points)
      Who is Tennessee even playing this weekend: Um . . . LSU? (20 points)
      How many rushing yards will LSU get against Tennessee: 201-300 (10 points)
      Which is greater, Guice’s rushing yards or Tennessee’s passing yards: Derrius Guice’s rushing yards (20 points)
      Who scores first: LSU (20 points)

      Go Vols!!!

    • Gruden mentions: Between 1 and a gazillion (15 points)

      Who is Tennessee even playing this weekend: Um . . . LSU? (20 points)

      How many rushing yards will LSU get against Tennessee: 201-300 (10 points)

      Which is greater, Guice’s rushing yards or Tennessee’s passing yards: Derrius Guice’s rushing yards (20 points)

      Who scores first: LSU (20 points)

    • Gruden mentions: Between 1 and a gazillion (15 points)

      Who is Tennessee even playing this weekend: Um . . . LSU? (20 points)

      How many rushing yards will LSU get against Tennessee: 201-300 (10 points)

      Which is greater, Guice’s rushing yards or Tennessee’s passing yards: Tennessee’s passing yards (20 points)

      Who scores first: Tennessee (20 points)

    • Gruden mentions: Between 1 and a gazillion (15 points)

      Who is Tennessee even playing this weekend: Um . . . LSU? (20 points)

      How many rushing yards will LSU get against Tennessee: 101-200 (20 points)

      Which is greater, Guice’s rushing yards or Tennessee’s passing yards: Derrius Guice’s rushing yards (20 points)

      Who scores first: LSU (20 points)

    • I believe Tennessee’s opponent today is patience.

    • Gruden mentions: Between 1 and a gazillion (15 points)

      Who is Tennessee even playing this weekend: Um . . . LSU? (20 points)

      How many rushing yards will LSU get against Tennessee: 201-300 (10 points)

      Which is greater, Guice’s rushing yards or Tennessee’s passing yards: Tennessee’s passing yards (20 points)

      Who scores first: LSU (20 points)

  • While everyone else is hugging the #Grumors like a long-lost loved one, the Statsy Preview Machine has been hard at work looking at this weekend’s game between the Tennessee Vols and the LSU Tigers. It has bad […]

  • Ever since the Tennessee Volunteers fired Phillip Fulmer back in 2008, they have been pursuing the elusive greener grass that prompted them into that action. At every major crossroad along the way, they chose a […]

    • “Jon Gruden seeks thee not. It is thou, thou, that madly seekest him!”

      • That is one big Jon Gruden Face.

        • Indeed. But seriously, nice article. it’s remarkable how similar UT 2017 and Alabama 2006 were! Now if we can land a great coach and Saban would just retire in a couple years they could face their own post-legend downswing….

    • I feel like I’m much more skeptical of Jon Gruden than the general opinion. Nick Saban and Steve Spurrier were both national championship emeriti, those seem like much clearer “slam dunks” than a Super Bowl winner, considering the differences between college and the NFL. I don’t really watch the NFL, though, so is there something I’m missing about the man?

      • No, I think those are legit concerns.

        There are other intangibles that are hard to account for. For instance, there are other coaches available who have won a national championship, but for whatever reason, folks aren’t talking about them (Miles, Fulmer, Stoops).

      • I’m in the same boat with you, Ethan. I don’t understand the fascination with Gruden. He’s a risky hire in my book. Much riskier than some of the other options out there. I’d put Mullens, Miles, and Stoops down as better prospects.

    • There’s two big difference between Saban and Gruden. Saban was still earnestly wanting to coach. Heck, he was coaching when he was hired away. Gruden has yet to display the same intensity. He has at times mentioned how Tennessee is a dream coaching job and such, but those are words. I have seen zero effort to actually pursue a coaching job on his part.

      Personally I think Gruden likes the attention. The constant speculation, constant praise, and interviews puts him in the center of national sports news every day. In today’s interview with Mike & Mike, Gruden just gives a vague answer about the job which excited people to thinking “well he didn’t say no!”

      The second difference is simply pay. Gruden makes more money than every college football coach save for Saban, Swinney, and Harbaugh (keep in mind that Harbaugh is already showing up on overpaid/underachieving coach lists). Tennessee would have to drop 10 million a year to get Gruden to budge and that’s after a signing bonus. I can’t see that honestly happening.

      I don’t know guys. I think Gruden is complacent right where he is. Making 6.5 million at a desk job.

      • Good points. As counter-points, though, sometimes being away from it for a while can rejuvenate you. Meyer may be an example of this although it was a much shorter time frame. Sometimes you just miss the challenge.

        On pay, I really think that once you get above a certain amount of money, then the amount is really only a pride thing. I’m not sure the amount matters so much as the amount relative to others in the profession because of what it says about where you are in the pecking order. Saban took a pay cut to go to Alabama because there were other factors that mattered more.

      • Trey replied 1 week ago

        This is kinda where I’m at. Two or three or even five years is a break. A decade says to me you don’t actually want to do the job anymore.

    • Trey replied 1 week ago

      Count me as a pretty committed Gruden skeptic, but this is really fantastic stuff, Joel. And the type of thing that should really get talked about more! I’ve been following college football essentially since birth and still have only a vague idea of what actually happens in coaching hire negotiations (or recruiting visits, for that matter).

      Also, I’m going to spend the next hour wondering about RichRod at Bama.

      • Thanks, Trey. Man, funny to think about how different the world would be if that dude hadn’t changed his mind at the last minute. I think Saban would have gone back to college at some point, but when and where? There was a big opening at a major program in the SEC the following year, you know. Although again, I’m not convinced that we had then (or currently have) the administrative staff capable of doing what Mal Moore did that year.

  • In almost a carbon copy (woo for anachronistic sports metaphors!) of its game last week against the Presbyterian Blue Hose, the Tennessee Volunteers raced out to a huge lead in the first half against the High […]

  • We interrupt this coaching search to bring you . . . Tennessee hoops, which welcomes the High Point Panthers to Thompson-Boling Arena tonight. The game tips at 7:00 p.m. and will be broadcast on SEC Network +, […]

  • Interim head coach Brady Hoke is scheduled to do the regular weekly press conference today at noon. You can watch for yourself with the video below or follow along with my real-time notes in the comment section below.

    https://youtu.be/5wuw5ymUVEQ

    • Opening remarks:

      Will live in the present. Focus on the seniors.

    • Q: Do you have to coach differently as an interim, or the same as he’s done before?

      A: Schembeckler told me to be myself when I took over. We will tweak some things because of the comfort level with how I like to run a program. Some practice changes. But I have to be who I am. If not, that would be a fraud.

    • Q: What was the team meeting like?

      A: It was a team meeting, and I’m going to keep it at that.

    • Q: Who will have the defensive line duties?

      A: [Nate Olley] will work with me. He’ll do a great job.

    • Q: Did you think you might be a head coach again?

      A: Hadn’t thought of it a lot. We have to stay in the present of what we want to accomplish for our seniors. Want to finish in a positive manner for them.

    • Q: What are you going to tweak?

      A: I’m keeping that to myself. I think that’s best.

    • Q: Injury update, and why close practice?

      A: I’ll give injury update later. RE closing practice: For this team, I think it’s the best thing for us. Remember, I said I was going to tweak some things.

    • Q: What went wrong this season?

      A: I don’t think that’s fair to comment on. I think a lot of things went right. Maybe we didn’t play as well, that’s on us as coaches. There are a few games that could have gone either way. That’s something for you guys to talk about and figure out.

    • Got bogged down, so transferred over to word processor. Here’s the rest:

      Q: Do you point to Florida and warn the team about it?

      A: No, not really. We just have to go.

      Q: What have the last 24 hours been like getting ready to take over.

      A: No. 1, we lost a good man. That’s the first thing you deal with from an emotional, respect, and friend level.
      And then you have to move forward. If you don’t move forward as coaches, you won’t get it from the players.
      These next two weeks are about coaching our hearts out for our seniors and our football team. Many of them
      this will be the last game they play in their lives. We have to finish that.

      Q: As interim, what’s your role in recruiting?

      A: We’re going to work our tails off, stay committed to the kids who are committed. We’re going to do what
      we’re supposed to do. This is a job, and it’s a job we have to finish.

      Q: What has Currie told you about your opportunity moving forward?

      A: We had a good conversation. That’s really all I want to get into. I was honored that he entrusted us with this.
      We just want to win for those seniors.

      Q: Vandy games was to be a big recruiting weekend. Is it still?

      A: We’ll just see what happens.

      Q: Have you talked with Larry Scott about being an interim?

      A: Yeah, Larry and Chico have both been interims. It’s new to me, but we have some really intelligent coaches on
      our staff. Always good to share ideas. But I have to run the program I would run a program.

      Q: How difficult is the coaching profession?

      A: If you keep it in perspective of why you do it . . . I got into coaching to help kids because I had
      coaches help me. If I’m not helping kids, you’re failing as a good. But if you are, you can feel good
      about what you’ve done.

      Q: What do you have to do to get back to a bowl game?

      A: We have to win six, right? We have to have a great week, have to be focused and lean on each other. Motivated by
      taking seniors to a bowl game for their last year.

      Q: What’s your message to fans?

      A: These guys have won 29 games, three bowl games, the senior class. When you look at what they’ve done, the
      guys who have lasted, they’ve put their heart and soul into it. That’s important, and I think it should be
      appreciated. This is a great place, it’s really fun to see Vol Nation and how passionate they are about
      Tennessee football. We understand that passions go both ways. The game is much harder than it used to be because
      of media and social media. It’s not like they’ve laid down or that they haven’t stayed together. That’s a tribute
      to Coach. We’re living in the present.

      Q: Will lean on Olley, will he be the eval guy? (Recruiting)

      A: Not sure yet, we just have to be focused on us doing what we can do so these kids can play their best.

  • Evan posted an update in the group Group logo of Bluegrass Vol FansBluegrass Vol Fans 1 week, 4 days ago

    Hello from Covington KY! Too close to Urban Meyer country for my taste, but whatcha going to do?

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