I owe Tennessee football a thank-you. Because of the staff’s high-profile season, I’m now receiving literary contributions from fans exterior Tennessee.
Missouri and South Carolina fans weighed on this week. But most of my emails got here from disgruntled Tennessee fans after a surprising 63-38 loss to the Gamecocks.
Mizzou Jeff writes: Since attending the Tennessee-Missouri recreation, I’ve discovered myself on event singing my model of “Rocky Top.”
“Good ol’ Rocky Top,
Rocky Top, not once more!
Good ol’ Rocky Top,
Rocky Top makes me sick.”
My response: Glad your journey to Neyland Stadium impressed your creativity. But “once more” and “sick” do not rhyme.
Tony writes: As a USC Gamecock class of 1964, initially from NJ, I hope QB Hooker wins the Heisman Trophy. He is from Greensboro, NC.
My response: Hooker wasn’t at his greatest within the loss to South Carolina. And his season ended within the fourth quarter when he suffered an ACL damage. But he nonetheless ought to be a Heisman finalist. He ranks ninth nationally in whole offense and has thrown 27 landing passes and solely two interceptions.
Charlie writes: Poetic justice. On behalf of all of the Missouri fans and different victory-formation advocates, I say, “Amen.”
My response: The Vols scored 66 factors towards the fallacious staff. They may have crushed Missouri with the 38 they scored on South Carolina.
Then, they may have created an on the spot SEC basic by beating South Carolina 66-63.
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Gene writes: I suppose the Gamecocks answered your query about whether or not the Vols would run up the rating. Couldn’t occur to a nicer coach (Heupel).
My response: As a proponent of scoring as many factors as you possibly can, I applaud South Carolina tacking on a last landing after the sport had been determined.
Glenn writes: South Carolina scored the “high quality factors” the Vols had been supposed to attain to impress the CFP committee. Spencer Rattler had a profession night time towards one of many worst defensive performances we have seen.
My response: Rattler has spent most of this season operating for his life behind an incompetent offensive line. But the Gamecocks did not have any downside blocking the Vols.
Mike writes: The Vols football staff has been an enormous shock with its excellent play this yr (earlier than South Carolina). Clearly, the football staff has carried out even higher than we anticipated. Unfortunately, our basketball groups have completed simply the other up to now.
The Vols appeared horrible of their loss to Colorado and the Lady Vols appeared even worse in losses to Ohio State and Indiana. Hopefully the basketball groups can get their acts collectively and begin taking part in at someplace close to the extent everybody had anticipated.
My response: After Tennessee performed properly in a preseason recreation towards Gonzaga, the loss to Colorado was shocking. As for the Lady Vols, they in all probability have as a lot depth as any UT staff within the post-Pat Summitt period.
They performed poorly in losses to Ohio State and Indiana. And they appeared even worse in an 80-63 loss to UCLA on Sunday. But I credit score coach Kellie Harper with taking part in a demanding nonconference schedule. That may repay in March.
As I wrote final week, do not be too involved about how a staff performs in November, particularly on this switch period. Coaches try to work newcomers in with returning gamers, so groups – regardless of how proficient – do not all the time click on immediately.
Better to click on in March.
Marco writes: May I please repeat my feedback of final week that we have to hearth out DC and his whole secondary protection coaches? I hate for anybody to lose their job….. however that is large boy football with large boy penalties for failure. Our football protection is a complete wreck. It would not shock me if we did not beat Vandy arising. What a waste of an excellent season.
My response: Take coronary heart. Vanderbilt’s protection is even worse than Tennessee’s.
The Commodores rank one hundred and twenty fifth in whole protection. The Vols rank one hundredth.
George writes: Tennessee wants to fireside the defensive backfield coach and recruit 15 new defensive backs who can cowl and deal with. The ones now we have stink.
My response: You might be happy to know that the Vols have six commitments from defensive backs of their 2023 recruiting class. Just 9 extra to go.
Chris writes: Tim Banks (UT’s defensive coordinator) must go.
Why did he not name the South Carolina recreation like he did towards LSU?
Seriously, hearth him tomorrow. This is ridiculous.
My response: As of this writing, Tim Banks nonetheless has a job. But I’m undecided about Jeremy Banks, Tennessee’s beginning linebacker who did not accompany the staff to Columbia, South Carolina.
Mark writes: Just needed to throw this in. Those orange helmets shore r purdy. Whoever got here up with these ought to get a couple of additional fried pies for a bonus. Now, I’m nonetheless completely dedicated to the Haint Blue Uniform thought I despatched you some time again and am relying on you to plant that seed within the uniform guru’s mind over there on the UTAD.
Jack and I had a protracted dialog about this concept with a Bigfoot some time again throughout a fishing journey up in North Park, (which is simply to the north of Middle Park, for all these people east of the Ghost River). The Bigfoot, his title was Earl, completely agreed that Haint Blue is an superior coloration so I gave him my final Krispy Kreme Fried Pie and he wandered off to scare some campers from Cali. So, there you will have it.
My response: Very artistic. Makes me marvel if you happen to’re consuming greater than Jack Daniels.
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