This past week things have been popping within the Tennessee football program as the summer camps have started. To say they are off to a great start would be quite the understatement, as around 400 athletes from across the nation converged on the UT campus this week for the first of several camps with the Vols’ coaching staff, all with no real expense to the University of Tennessee.

Look for several commitments to come from these camps, especially with several of the nation's elite quarterbacks expected to participate.

Speaking of commitments, the Vols landed a big defensive lineman, John Brown, from Northeast Mississippi CC who had left the University of Florida due to academic reasons.

Brown becomes the fifth defensive lineman to commit to the 2010 class and the eighth overall. I like this guy already as he wants to learn to sing "Rocky Top" saying that he feels that they will be singing it a lot during his tenure in Knoxville.

For those of you that like to schedule events well in advance, you might want to keep the last week of August 2012 open for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game.

The Vols will be traveling to the Georgia Dome to tangle with the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

Besides the national exposure, the payout isn’t too shabby. Last year’s teams (Alabama and Clemson) pocketed $1.9 million each for their appearance in the inaugural game.

Not all news out of UT was wonderful this past week.

Quarterback Jonathan Crompton revealing that he received death threats during last season’s struggles is just mind boggling. Never mind that Jonathan is on his fourth offensive coordinator since he came to UT, but somewhere in all this is lost the fact that he is a student athlete.

I thought that we had seen the low point of fan behavior with the booing last season but this takes ignorance to a whole different level.

I knew things were not well with the Crompton situation last season when the sports editor from Waynesville, NC (Jonathan’s hometown) chose to sit in the stands to escape the negative comments in the press box area being expressed by a few of the Sunday morning quarterbacks.

The overwhelming majority of Vol fans want Jonathan to have a great senior season but I suspect that no matter what he does, it will not be good enough for some.

I am glad to see Jim Butler is back for more than just a cameo appearance.

Hoss Wyatt was worried that he had used all his vocabulary up in one article.

I have heard from a few of the Vanderbilt faithful that are touting this year’s team as maybe the best in recent years.

With optimism like that could a bowl game out of the Nashville area be in the cards for the ‘Dores this coming season? Time will tell, but apparently Jim is not convinced since he is pretty non committal on the Tennessee–Vandy match up at Neyland this year. Did Vandy have a spring game this year and were there any fans there?

Hopefully, soon we will have the answer to the Vandy spring game and maybe the Vols' future quarterback situation. Go Vols!

Frank Gale is a Chronicle correspondent, and his column appears regularly.

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