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14 hours ago, Doctor Kildare said:

Rick Barnes' Vols beat Kentucky tonight. Maybe the long basketball nightmare is over. A basketball fanbase that is regularly in the top 20 in the nation for attendance deserves better than what the powers that be at UT have often delivered over the years.

This is great! I don't follow recruiting closely, so I came on here to bring up how proud I am of Coach Rick Barnes & the Team. First win in Lexington since 2005-2006 season. First sweep of the Wildcats since 1998-1999 season. Most of the talking heads have UT projected as a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament. I'd really like to get another shot at Auburn in the SEC Tournament. 

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So happy to see this. Way to go, Tennessee guys!

I saw this and just had to. Sorry  

I wish $2.5-3.75 million was a low number for me. 

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On ‎1‎/‎20‎/‎2018 at 6:19 PM, SacFalcFan said:

i would be nervous for any kid that has blown up like he has.  you guys are in a great spot right now, but you know how that can change.  i am sure though you guys are up for the fight for his services.  

since we are quoting ourselves fib.  :)  flips to fsu.. sorry vol fans.  

any news on jj? 

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1 hour ago, Volunteer Falcon said:

This signing day would be crushing me if we hadn't swept Kentucky last night. 

 

Hopefully the recruits that come here can help us go at least 6-6 so we can go to a Bowl Game this year, then further improvements in following seasons. I look at a Bowl as that much extra practice with coaching opportunity for development. I'm not expecting much this season after the disaster than was the 2017 team. 

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14 minutes ago, eddiesauto said:

 

Hopefully the recruits that come here can help us go at least 6-6 so we can go to a Bowl Game this year, then further improvements in following seasons. I look at a Bowl as that much extra practice with coaching opportunity for development. I'm not expecting much this season after the disaster than was the 2017 team. 

if you guys can finish top 25 that's not a horrible start for the vols.  the key will be how good is the first class in 2019.. that will tell you a lot.  

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1 minute ago, SacFalcFan said:

if you guys can finish top 25 that's not a horrible start for the vols.  the key will be how good is the first class in 2019.. that will tell you a lot.  

I can't help but think that Pruitt will get better recruits than Jones or Dooley, as well as develop the talent better than either of them did. I have no basis for this yet, but I'm hopeful for better overall coaching. 

Dooley didn't even recruit Von Bell & sent a Grad Asst. to recruit Jalen Ramsey, both of whom are very successful NFL DB's now. 

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10 minutes ago, SacFalcFan said:

if you guys can finish top 25 that's not a horrible start for the vols.  the key will be how good is the first class in 2019.. that will tell you a lot.  

Yeah, UT really was not set up to have a good class.   CJP did a great job just getting kids to come and listen to the pitch.  He was what - 1 week on the job and coaching another team when the early signing day hit?   all that coming off the dysfunction and bungled coaching search.

The problem is because Pruitt was so successful getting recruits to come listen, the UT fans got their hopes up too quickly.   I am sure Pruitt will bring in a top 10-15 class next year.

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This isn't a terrible class, it's not going to win you the conference but it's hard to hope for much more with the situation he walked into and the time given to flip big time players. I think the early signing period made today look a lot worse than it was. Just have to get back to winning and these things will take care of themselves.

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1 hour ago, Volunteer Falcon said:

This isn't a terrible class, it's not going to win you the conference but it's hard to hope for much more with the situation he walked into and the time given to flip big time players. I think the early signing period made today look a lot worse than it was. Just have to get back to winning and these things will take care of themselves.

Early signing period *absolutely* impacted teams who were forced to make coaching changes... it's hard enough to build relationships in 6 weeks or so before this one... let alone 1-2 weeks in December. 80% of the elite talent locked up before the UT staff was fully functional... would not anticipate this to be the norm. 

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9 hours ago, Bdawg58 said:

Well that didn’t take long... Chris Wienke has been hired as the RB coach. I’m not sure him coaching RBs is what I’d hire him to do 

They are hoping weinke can help with recruiting img.  The problem is bama was hoping for that as well and weinke did zero for them down there.  Hiring him to coach rbs is quite weird.  He is a big step down from gillespie in coach and recruiting. 

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Huge win for Tennessee last night at Mississippi State. If they can beat UGA Saturday (which I would have to see to believe) they will at least claim a co SEC Championship this year depending on what Auburn does. Just crazy for a team that was picked to finish 13th in the SEC this year. Barnes for coach of the year! 

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