The Orange and White Game

enterAs many of you know on Saturday I was at Tennessee’s spring scrimmage, known as The Orange & White Game. If I remember correctly this was the first time I had been at Neyland Stadium for a game since I watched Travis Henry get carted off the field in a game against Vanderbilt. I went with my friend Jason, who was visiting me from Kansas. Jason seemed pretty blown away by the atmosphere here in Knoxville and in Neyland Stadium. At one point he compared the experience of the spring training game at Tennessee to that of an actual regular season game day at Kansas. Welcome to the SEC. Continue reading

Tennessee Coaching Staff

On New Year’s Day I wrote a post about Tennessee Football’s new coaching staff despite the fact that there were still quite a few vacant positions. Two weeks later, I wrote another post to bring more news of the Tennessee coaching staff but there were still vacancies. Then, shortly after that the complete coaching staff was in place, and for whatever reason I didn’t write about it. So now here I am, nearly two weeks after National Signing Day and finally getting around to report on the complete staff for the Tennessee Vols Football team. Here it is: Continue reading

Why I’m Excited for the 2009 Tennessee Vols Football Season

Defense.

It’s simple, I am so ridiculously excited about our defense for next year. Let me start by pointing out a few defensive players that I think we will miss next year: DB DeAngelo Willingham, LB Ellix Wilson, LB Nevin McKenzie, DL Robert Ayers, and DL Demonte Bolden. Though we will definitely notice the absence of each and every one of those players, I only see Ayers and Bolden being drafted this April. With that out of the way, I’ll go ahead and bring up the good things. Continue reading

Raheem Morris Named Bucs New Head Coach

“What?”

“Who?”

Those might be two of your first thoughts after reading that heading, and nobody should hold either reaction against you. Less than a month ago Raheem Morris was the defensive backs coach for Tampa Bay, and was promoted to Defensive Coordinator after my Vols hired Monte Kiffin, who had been the Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator since 1996. Bryan wrote a post yesterday about Jon Gruden being fired as the Bucs Head Coach. This was a big enough shock for me, but now, the very next day they announce that their new Head Coach will be Raheem Morris, a 32 year old, who just over three weeks ago was a positional coach, I don’t even really know what to say. Continue reading

Update On Tennessee’s Coaching Staff

Happy New Years to everyone!  This is going to be a thorough look at Tennessee’s coaching staff, or at least what we know of it so far. I’ve tried to compile all the big information into one post, because I know that I, for one, was getting annoyed having to switch back and forth between multiple firefox tabs if I wanted information about all the coaches at once. So this should make things simpler. But let me first start by sharing an interview with Lane Kiffin, that I found. Click here to see the video.

As we all know by now, Lane Kiffin is the new head football coach for the Tennessee Volunteers. What most people probably don’t know at this point is who Lane Kiffin has kept from last year’s coaching staff and who else he has brought in so far. From what I can tell, Kiffin will be keeping two of the members from last year’s staff: Stan Drayton, Running Backs Coach and Jason Michael, Tight Ends Coach. Six other coaches have also been brought in. I put together a list of coaching positions, both those that have been filled and those that are still vacant. With them I will list who, from what I can tell, will be holding each of these spots on the staff. Not all of these are official yet, and I’m not 100% sure on exactly who will be holding what positions, but I’m pretty confident with what I have listed. I’m also adding the age and histories of the different coaches. Lane Kiffin, Monte Kiffin, Ed Orgeron and Jim Chaney are the ones I’m really focusing on, but I’ll try to give at least a little bit on all the rest as well.

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Lane Kiffin!

This is the first post-Thanksgiving post, and there’s been some (one specifically) big things that have happened in my world of sports since the last post. So let’s get down to it.

As most of you will know by now the University of Tennessee has confirmed that they will be introducing Lane Kiffin as the football team’s head coach on Monday. I am absolutely pumped about this. Many (or at least some) of you know that I have had Kiffin as #1 on my list for Phil Fulmer’s replacement since I read the fabulous piece written by The Ghost of Neyland, over at 3SIB. Bryan and I were actually on a duck boat, touring Chattanooga when Bryan received a text message informing him that Kiffin had been named the next head football coach at the University of Tennessee. When Bryan told me, I had to exercise every ounce of self control I could to not jump up and down, which would have probably ended with me falling into the Tennessee River.

Kiffin is only 33 years old. He’s young and he’s a great recruiter. During his time at USC, while serving as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator he had back-to-back-to-back years hauling in the best recruiting classes in the nation. Kiffin is already exercising those recruiting skills. Just this morning he called Jarvis Giles, who was one of Tennessee’s biggest commitments until he decommited shortly after it was announced that Fulmer would not be returning next year. Giles has made it sound like he would likely recommit to Tennessee if running backs coach, Stan Drayton, kept his job.

However there may also be another reason for Giles to change his mind, and recommit to Tennessee. Multiple media sources have reported that David Reaves, quarterbacks coach, recruiting coordinator for the University of South Carolina and brother-in-law to Kiffin will be joining Kiffin’s staff at Tennessee. Giles said that he is close with Reaves. Giles also said that he had heard good things about Kiffin. It also appears that Lane Kiffin, who is known as being an offensive-minded coach will be bringing in his father, Monte Kiffin, to take over as defensive coordinator. Monte Kiffin is currently the defensive coordinator for the 9-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is considered one of the best defensive coaches in the business.

Lane Kiffin is coming in, making changes and giving the program a makeover and I like it. That’s what needs to happen and I love the way he’s doing it. He’s bringing in a top notch NFL defensive coordinator, bringing in a coach who was the recruiting coordinator for an SEC East opponent who has experience with competing with the other SEC teams for recruits, and he’s started hitting the recruiting trail himself. I don’t know what else I could possibly ask of someone who hasn’t even been officially introduced as the head coach yet.

Well, I guess there is one other thing I could ask for. The University consulted Tennessee-great, Peyton Manning on hiring Kiffin. Peyton Manning gave his approval. If Peyton Manning approves, then who am I not to approve?

Go Vols!

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