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A distraction-free week in Knoxville

Tennessee actually took the time this week to investigate the “Booch killed a man” rumor by interviewing Jones, coaches and players.  Awesome distraction.

If Georgia can’t take care of business this Saturday, there’s no excuse.  None.


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“Yeah. But we’re mad, too.”

Booch, when you’re getting criticism from Mr. Conventional Wisdom, it’s a sign things aren’t going swimmingly on Rocky Top.


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Well, the game this week won’t end the same way the one in 2013 did.

Booch has shown Pig Howard the door for the dreaded violations of unspecified team rules.

Before you ask, Howard’s a senior, so Auburn isn’t in his future.


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Genius at work

Arkansas held Josh Dobbs to seven yards rushing on seven carries.  Want to know how?

“Some of the things was Arkansas with their different (looks), being safety-activated, the way they were, the way they played their linebackers,” Jones said. “We did have some designed runs called for him, and then a lot of them were run-pass options, like we do every week. But there were some different nuances in the game plan.

“A lot of it dictates it on the looks that (Dobbs) sees, whether it’s front, whether it’s coverage, whether it’s alignment of the linebackers.”

“Safety-activated”?  I have no idea what that gobbledygook is supposed to mean.  Hopefully, Pruitt is studying the game tape to decipher it.


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What does it feel like to kill a man, Booch?

It really doesn’t matter if this story is true.  In the best Lyndon Johnson fashion, the value is in the distraction it provides.


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“You really have to wonder what the hell Butch Jones was thinking.”

That’s from Brian Cook, who takes a look at what a former Michigan coach is doing as Tennessee’s offensive coordinator and isn’t impressed.

The Vols are 108th in Bill Connelly’s “explosiveness” metric. They’ve scored a total of 13 points in the second half of games against Oklahoma, Florida, and Arkansas.

The optics here are really bad. Tennessee essentially does not have a quarterbacks coach. That task has fallen to Nick Sheridan (yes, that Nick Sheridan), who is a grad assistant after a couple of years as Willie Taggart’s QB coach at WKU and then USF. No offense to Sheridan, but that’s an incredibly thin resume for the only guy a major college has with any claim to be a QB coach. Dobbs has seen his completion percentage drop six points and lost 0.6 YPA this year. You want those numbers to go the other way when your QB hits his upperclass years.

It’s one thing to get shown up by Alabama’s coaching staff.  If Pruitt’s secondary can’t defend the pass better this coming Saturday, it’s time to start screaming.


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“I speak the truth, and the truth of the matter is we’re a good football team.”

Booch has a simple message for the troops:  ignore reality.

For the fourth time in seven football seasons, Tennessee is 2-3.

The Volunteers had the same record through five games in 2009, 2010 and last season, and while they rallied on the easier back halves of those schedules, there’s a different feeling around this one.

Letting two-score leads slip away in the losses by a combined 12 points probably has something to do with that.

Who you gonna believe, your coach or that losing record?

“I want our players to understand,” he added, “that we’re a good football team.”

Is that the case, though?

Tennessee ranks last in the SEC in total defense (414 yards per game) and 12th in the league in scoring defense (24.6 points allowed per game). Big plays are a reason why. The Vols have allowed 23 plays of 20-plus yards, the second-most in the SEC, and 14 plays of 30-plus yards and nine plays for 40-plus yards, both SEC-worst totals.

Offensively, Tennessee is one-dimensional. If opponents can slow running backs Jalen Hurd and Alvin Kamara and contain quarterback Josh Dobbs and force Tennessee to throw, the Vols struggle to move the ball through the air. Dobbs is 10th in the SEC in passing efficiency, and the receivers have been injured, underwhelming or both.

None of which is to say – before some of you go there – that Tennessee can’t win on Saturday.  Of course the Vols could.  But compare Jones’ smoke blowing to Richt’s acknowledgement of Georgia laying a large egg against Alabama.

It’ll be interesting to see which approach serves the respective teams better.


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