Five-star hearts, always

You know, I was all prepared to post something about karma and that crappy Neyland Stadium turf in the wake of learning that Jeremy Pruitt just permanently lost his fifth (!) offensive lineman due to injuries, but after seeing this quote

“Melvin is a great young man, and my heart breaks for him and his family,” said the second-year coach. “However, I’m glad that we have an outstanding medical staff that did a great job identifying the problem when Melvin first arrived here. We are always going to do what’s best for our student-athletes here at Tennessee. He is certainly a Vol for Life and will continue to be a big part of our program.”

… I think I’m gonna have to go with observing that Booch’s spirit lives on in Knoxville instead.  I mean, “Vol for Life” is special.  I bet they give you a personalized trash can with that inscribed on it.

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21 responses to “Five-star hearts, always

  1. Salty Dawg

    My sympathy is with the young man as he has been slapped with ‘vol for life’. That’s tough to overcome and will haunt him forever.

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  2. Cojones

    Has UT done anything in the past 4 years to improve the turf? Exactly what is the problem in their turf that’s being ignored year after year?

    Hard luck is one thing, but ignoring injury-prone turf problems for young people who are just beginning to see daylight after the end of a star gazing long struggle, is another.

    Is this just an old meme (UT’s terf is atrocious) of problems going back 7 yrs or, moreso, a training problem? I will never forget the injury years at UGA (every player that could run seemed to get a high angle ankle injury one year and with leg muscles coming out of their sheath (welcomed by old farts like me who can show “Popeye muscles” at an advanced age).

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    • The Dawg abides

      I read a piece a few years back about there being too much shade with the straight-up design of the stadium. They know it’s a problem and they’ve been trying to fix it for years. Another thing the article touched on was how they have one of the top sports turfgrass experts as a faculty member, and he actually had the problem under control years ago. Then there was some sort of rift between the turf management part of the UTK Athletic Association and the experts at the Ag school. So now, they’re cutting off their nose to spite their face.

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      • Cojones

        Thanks Dawg abides. Do you know if Seybold is still there? This article, written in 2015, hits the nail on the head and calls him out. How could a player, recruited in the year that article was written, have ended up injured for life during the intervening years? How could a coach not demand that the problem be solved using the best turf guy in the world nearby and the older retired guy who solved the problem and said it was “tricky”? This is criminal.

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        • stoopnagle

          Quick google indicates that, yes, indeed, this Darren Seybold is still the “Director of Sport Surfaces” at UT. It also turned up an article from Jan 2018 concerning him accepting golfing excursions as gifts from vendors including badges to the Master’s. Tennessee law prohibits state employees from accepting gifts in excess of $75, but he claims he didn’t know that which is odd since he claims a law degree from Alabama (which, maybe, isn’t so odd?) The other interesting thing about him is he took his BS in “Golf Course Operation and Grounds Management” from Mississippi State AFTER he went to Law School at Bama (according to LinkedIn). Man, the shit you can learn about a person on the internet!

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        • Got Cowdog

          UT’s baseball and softball fields are artificial. Artificial the damn thing and be done with it.

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    • They could fix all of this by just going to FieldTurf rather than continuing to try to grow grass in Kneeland. I don’t understand why they don’t move in that direction.

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  3. ChiliDawg

    Wonder if the “Tennessee is going to surprise people this year” takes will show up in this thread….

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    • Comin' Down The Track

      Well, you know, Tennessee are going to surprise people this yeeaaAHA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA…
      Sorry. I couldn’t keep a straight face. Sorry.

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    • stoopnagle

      I think we’ll certainly get their best shot. /s

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  4. W Cobb Dawg

    No worries. Jim Chaney is gonna have that offense humming on all cylinders. Who needs an offensive line!

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    • Cojones

      Wonder how many times he will call the same play consecutively
      trying to get into the end zone from the 1 yd line when they play FU?

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      • Salty Dawg

        ^ this ^

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        • Got Cowdog

          Oh please let this happen.
          Oh and Santa, please let Jim run a pint sized wideout to the short side of the field into Vanderbilt’s best linebacker on consecutive plays. 3rd and 4th down and one preferably. I would rather have this than the pony….
          I have been good.
          Love,
          Got

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  5. Whiskeydawg

    Vol For Life (VFL), or as it’s also known in the psychiatric community, “Booch’s Syndrome” , can strike at any time. Symptoms include delusions of grandeur at the sight of an orange and white checkered pattern. This is Immediately followed by Sea sickness, and a fear of dogs, cats, tigers , chickens and gators.

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  6. Tony Barnfart

    I’m of the belief that even the best turf people in the biz are probably swimming upstream to grow grass in that completely enclosed cavern. There’s just simply no way that thing gets enough sunlight by the time the calendar turns to September, and the sun starts getting lower, to stay healthy under weekly stress.

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