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  • ALL IN THE GAME: It was great while it lasted

    My euphoria over the big Vanderbilt upset of Georgia was shortlived, but believe me, I truly enjoyed it. A sound thumping by Texas A&M can not take it away. I'm sure that Frank Gale feels the same way regarding Tennessee, who was fairly, soundly beaten by that "red team" after the Vols' upset of the Gamecocks. Then again, some UT fans just can't take a defeat even when it is to the number one team in the land.

    October 31, 2013

  • ROCKY TOP BEAT: Vols to start true freshman QB Saturday

    Tennessee saw its season’s record fall to 4-4 this past weekend when they went down to long-time rival, top-ranked Alabama. The Vols also lost Justin Worley, probably for the remainder of the season, when he re-injured his throwing hand. Enter true freshman Joshua Dobbs, the third signal caller of the season, as the Vols roll into what was once to be the easier part of a difficult schedule. 

    October 31, 2013

  • ALL IN THE GAME: It was a good day for most of us

    Just when Frank Gale thought he would really be able to give it to me as Tennessee defeated their long-time nemesis Steve Spurrier, his bubble lost a little air. Not long after the last second win by the Vols, Vanderbilt, sans their starting quarterback, scored 17 unanswered points in a stirring comeback win over Georgia.

    October 24, 2013

  • worley to howard.jpg ROCKY TOP BEAT: Vols take on No. 1-ranked Alabama Saturday

    The Vols ended its streak of losses against ranked teams last Saturday with a win over South Carolina. That victory also got Team #117 closer to one of the goals for this season, becoming bowl eligible. Now, it is on to Tuscaloosa tomorrow for a game against "the red team" as Butch Jones has started to call them. 

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  • Vols host SEC foe South Carolina

    The second half of the season has arrived. Thanks to a spirited effort against Georgia, the expectations have taken an upward turn. This week the Vols face another highly-ranked SEC foe. Playing South Carolina in Knoxville has the Big Orange Nation thinking upset, especially when the Vols have won two of the last three games played on Rocky Top.

    October 17, 2013

  • We've got to step it up several notches

    After what I had hoped was a successful meeting with the defense that will lead to much better play, the road continues to be bumpy, as the Commodores seek their first SEC win of the season. I felt a little better about the Vandy performance against Missouri after seeing what the Tigers did to Georgia in Athens.

    October 17, 2013

  • All in the Game: The ups and downs of being a fan

    I suppose that I could have done what the Vanderbilt defense did, and just took the week off, but I decided to write a column anyway.

    October 10, 2013

  • Rocky Top Beat: Vols impress in heartbreaker Saturday

    This past weekend, the excitement was back at Neyland Stadium. Long time attendees told me they had not heard that amount of noise since the late 1990s. Younger members of the Vol Nation, who had not experienced that kind of atmosphere, now know what it will take going forward to make the 12th man relevant in future games.

    October 10, 2013

  • ALL IN THE GAME: Now the season really begins

    Volunteer fans and Commodore fans alike can now buckle up their chinstraps as the real, meaningful part of the season gets under way. Vandy has already faced two SEC opponents and not fared well enough to win either game. Both teams are ranked, though, and the 'Dores played well enough to win both. Anyway that is past history.

    October 3, 2013

  • ROCKY TOP BEAT: Tennessee says goodbye to September

    Goodbye September. The Vols have left that month three years in a row without a losing record. Unfortunately, it is not September that determines whether the Vols will have a decent season; rather, it is usually October. On paper, the Vols have a monumental undertaking staring straight at them during this month. 

    October 3, 2013

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