Sorry to my loyal fans (if I have any) for being M.I.A. over the past week. Juggling school, work, and this blog finally caught up with me as I had multiple tests and another couple assignments due, as well. Mix that with a little bit of laziness on my part, and you have my excuse for not being around over the last seven days.
But just because I wasn’t here doesn’t mean that the Tennessee-world stopped turning. So, let’s start things off slowly with a little warm-up, so I don’t pull anything (like my index finger, or thumb).
So here’s a rundown on what’s happened in the last week:
- Kiffin has been at it again, adding more fuel to the fire of those journalists, bloggers, and analysts who have had nothing but harsh words for the New Head Ball Coach after his accusations against Urban Meyer. Kiffin has told Sports Illustrated he’s fired people, only to have AD Mike Hamilton deny the report. On top of that, UT has reported its third recruiting violation under Coach Kiffin. You can read the full story here.
- Sticking with football, Tennessee lost its third reserve offensive lineman this offseason when Preston Bailey, a freshman from Montgomery Bell Academy informed the team he would not be returning in 2009. Losing Bailey means the serious lack of depth at OL just got even more concerning. The Vols look to start four seniors this season, and will need some young guys to produce big time in 2010.
- With National Signing Day behind us, the Vols are still after four big name prospects: lineman Kwame Geathers, wide receiver Orson Charles, and tailbacks Bryce Brown and David Oku.
- At the Vanderbilt game today, Tennesse showcased it’s All-Century Team, consisting of the 20 best players to grace Tennessee Basketball in its 100-year history (too bad almost none of them showed up). Here’s the list.
- While honoring it’s top 20 all-time players today, Tyler Smith showed why he might need to be added to the list, putting up a career high 30 points in Tennessee’s 69-50 rout of Vanderbilt.
- With a victory against Vanderbilt in hand, Tennessee held on to a share of the lead in the SEC East, tied now with South Carolina and Kentucky after Florida’s loss to Georgia. However, the Vols definitely have the toughest remaining schedule of the three teams tied at the top of the East.
- Here’s a feel good story for you. Former Vol Inky Johnson, who was suffered a career ending injury in 2006, has been named a UT Graduate Assistant. Here’s a nice article by Drew Edwards over at the Knoxville News Sentinel on what it means to Inky Johnson.
- Lastly, for those baseball fans out there, the UT Baseball team starts things up this weekend against Oregon State. For someone who has been going to games for the last three years, I recommend them to anyone who enjoys the game. And the team could definitely use your support! Here’s a rundown of their entire 2009 scedule.
Alright, well that’s all I’ve got for the time being. My hands are cramping and I think I might have pulled a muscle in my pinky. I’ve gotta go ice up.