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How bad are things at Tennessee after a 27-6 blowout loss to South Carolina?  Mike Strange of The Knoxville News Sentinel lists the ways in this column, which is not advised for Vol fans standing on ledges.

Things are so bad that Steve Spurrier, whose own crummy team no longer allows him to throw as many verbal barbs as he once did, is confident enought to throw verbal barbs at the Vols.  “The Tennessee band was there last night, weren’t they?  I’m used to hearing ‘Rocky Top.’  Maybe they only play that when they score.  Usually when you play Tennessee, you hear that ‘Rocky Top’ so often it’s ringing in your brain.”

He went on to say, “We didn’t make a big deal about Tennessee.  We were supposed to beat them last night.  We could have beaten them my more maybe if our offense had got going.  Tennessee isn’t what they’ve been in the past.”

Leave it to Spurrier to urinate on coaching fraternity “How can you fire Coach X?” code.

For his part, Phillip Fulmer, whose seat is so hot it’s on fire, has told his coaches not to let any of their frustrations filter down to the players.  “It’s about our energy, the looks in our eyes, our demeanor and how we approach it in meetings and film sessions.”

John Adams of The Sentinel runs through the list of suggested coaches that he’s received via email this year.  But it’s important to note, Tennessee has made no announcements about Fulmer yet.

The Vols aren’t only getting beat up on the scoreboard recently.  Tennessee’s injury situation is bleak with offensive tackle Ramon Foster suffering a concussion on Saturday and running back Montario Hardesty limited by a leg injury.

This notes column has more on UT’s injuries, plus a warning for anyone expecting a shoot-out between the 3-6 Vols and 3-6 Wyoming this weekend: Tennessee is averaging just 17.0 points per game and the Cowboys are worst in the nation with just 11.7 points per game.


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