Category Archives: Because Nothing Sucks Like A Big Orange

I really need this job, Mr. Saban.

Booch is obligated under the terms of his Tennessee contract to seek new employment.

Tennessee owed Jones an $8.26 million buyout when it fired him, due in monthly installments throughout the duration of his contract, which was set to expire on Feb. 28, 2021. His contract requires him to try to find a new job to mitigate the buyout.

The analyst role likely wouldn’t mitigate Tennessee’s damages much – the AP reported in 2017 that analysts usually make about $45,000 annually – but it would fulfill Jones’ contractual duty, and he can continue to rake in that buyout money.

Who knew busy work could be so lucrative?



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Five-star video board

(Photo by David Cobb) Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Okay, it’s not exactly like the standard Stalin-era USSR’s go-to erasing history moves, but UT wants to move on.

Work is scheduled to begin Monday on the project to remove an image of Butch Jones from the back of the video board at Neyland Stadium, Tennessee athletic department spokesman Tom Satkowiak said.

The project’s timeline will depend on weather conditions.

One roadblock is that the Russians were more competent in going about their business.

Satkowiak declined to reveal what will replace the image of Jones. In January, Fulmer told WBIR-TV that swapping images on the video board is “not an easy process.”

The Vol Network has the multimedia rights to the video board. Vol Network general manager Steve Early told the Times Free Press in January that one of the problems in replacing the images is finding files high enough in resolution to be enlarged to the 35-by-30-foot dimension required.

On the other hand, don’t underestimate the role personal satisfaction plays in the makeover.

In 2013, Jones’ image replaced one of former football coach Phillip Fulmer holding the 1998 national championship trophy. Fulmer took over as Tennessee’s athletic director in December.

I bet the AD’s got an idea on a holdover to tide things over until they can find a high-resolution replacement.


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Beef in the spring

If you believe the keys to playing winning football in the SEC are stout offensive and defensive lines, it sounds like Jeremy Pruitt’s got his work cut out for him.

Star offensive lineman Trey Smith is expected to miss at least some of Tennessee’s upcoming spring practices, according to multiple media reports.

Smith is dealing with a medical issue, according to, which was among the first to report on the matter. The report did not specify Smith’s injury and said his family has requested privacy regarding his health.

The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Smith was the only offensive lineman to start all 12 games for the Volunteers last season after coming in as ESPN’s top-ranked prospect in the 2017 signing class, according to ESPN. He was named to the Football Writers Association of America’s Freshman All-America Team…

Pruitt implied during his signing day news conference this month that at least a couple of returning offensive linemen would be unavailable for spring practices. There are 13 offensive linemen listed on the spring roster — four of them walk-ons — but Pruitt said at the time that only 11 would be healthy enough for practice.

“We’d like to have 16 to 18 offensive lineman on scholarship,” Pruitt said.

This reminds me to a certain extent of the state of the Florida offensive line going into the Gators spring game a few seasons ago.  As I recall, that didn’t work out too well in the regular season, either.


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“I will go to dadgum China for him if he’s a player.”

New coach’s plan to rebuild flailing program is to work as hard at recruiting as every other coach.


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The next time your Tennessee friends tell you it was just a short-term dip…

… show ’em this.

But Fulmer’s back now!


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Alex, I’ll take potential train wrecks for $200.

Tennessee returns the SEC’s worst offense, brings in a new offensive staff with a different scheme in mind and has personnel questions up and down the roster.  Not exactly a recipe for success in 2018.  Then again, if Pruitt’s defense can shut out every opponent, there’s not much to worry about, amirite?


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As the Urnge turns…

Vol Nation was happy about Robert Gillespie, running backs coach, being the one holdover on Jeremy Pruitt’s staff.

Gillespie has served in that position since coming to Tennessee in 2013. While fans are likely wanting to distance themselves from all things Butch Jones in a hurry, Gillespie is the one holdover that should excite fans.

After all, the group of RBs that has cycled through Knoxville each of the past two seasons has been one of the few bright spots in a disappointing stretch. Alvin Kamara, John Kelly, and Ty Chandler have produced some impressive performances despite the recent struggles. With that in mind, keeping Gillespie in Knoxville looks to be a smart move.

So, would that make this dumb?

Pruitt’s gonna Pruitt, y’all.


UPDATE:  Man, this is so last week.

New Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt gave no indication any staff changes were imminent last Wednesday at the Vols’ recruiting presentation at the Tennessee Theatre.

During the Q & A portion of the presentation, a fan asked Pruitt why he had elected to retain Gillespie.

“Recruiting against Tennessee, there’s guys that when you go into a house, or you followed them into a house, you know what they have done in respect to recruiting,” Pruitt said. “ You look at the way his players have played, very well-respected in the profession, and we’re excited that he’s here.”

Gillespie also spoke at the Tennessee Theatre last week, sharing his excitement about being a part of the Vols’ new staff.

“I’ll tell you this, some people get an opportunity to coach at the University of Tennessee one time, I’m fortunate this is my second time to be a coach at Tennessee and I’m excited,” Gillespie said. “As you look at the (coaches seated) behind me, obviously coach has done a really good job putting the staff together.

“Having guys like this behind me in the office every day makes you want to compete to be the best coach you can be, because we have really good football players, and I believe right now we have the guys that can get the best out of the guys we have on this campus.”

The dream is over.


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