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Dooley, UT Football Team Climb Tallest Mountain In Eastern U.S.

Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley will have a mountain to climb this fall.  Most believe the third-year Vol coach will need to win at least eight games (or seven with screwy circumstances) to save his job and prevent UT’s third coaching search since late-2008.

Well he and his team got some training over the weekend as they joined Volunteer strength coach Ron McKeefery for a climb to the top of Mount Leconte, in nearby Sevier County, Tennessee.  That’s 5,301 feet to you and me and — from base to peak — the tallest mountain in the Eastern United States.

Whether or not Dooley and his squad can match Saturday’s success this fall remains to be seen.

 

(UPDATE — I really don’t care how a mountain is measured, but a few of you have failed to read the story we linked to and you’ve decided to email, text, and leave comments suggesting I’m either lying or incorrect.  One, who would care enough to lie about such a goofball little story?  Two, there are apparently all sorts of ways to measure mountains — immediate-base-to-peak, rise-above-sea-level, height-into-space, etc.  According to the story we linked to — and as mentioned above — Mount Leconte is the highest mountain in the Eastern US when measured from its immediate base to its peak.  At least according to the University of Tennessee’s official website, it is.  I’m sorry that I didn’t care enough to call my neighborhood geologist and see if the school had measured the mountain accurately.  I simply thought you might find it interesting that an SEC football team climbed a mountain.  Silly me.  Now, if you’re one of the few who are stressed out or angered by the measuring techniques used by the University of Tennessee in the above link, then I sincerely invite you to take a 12-inch ruler, walk from the bottom of the mountain to the top, and measure away.  Then feel free to take a flying leap on your way back down.  I hear it’s a quicker descent that way.)

 

 


21 comments
Rolltideman
Rolltideman

So true Kiffin Made a mess of things in that part of the SEC and thay are filling his head up with dreams of USC winning the national championship, i Hope the Tide meet them there so we can put them to rest once and for all.

GATIDEFN
GATIDEFN

Who cares about the talllest or not it took teamwork to accomplish this task.  Although I am not a UT fan this took a lot to get these guys to accomplish this task.  I will never say this ever again but way to go UT football and Coach Dooley you are a real class act sorry you have taken on someone else's problems.  Good luck except the third week in Oct.

 

Rolltideman
Rolltideman

yeah i know living in bama country see ya on the 3rd saturday in oct

 

aktnguy
aktnguy

The look good on the top. GO UT.

Rolltideman
Rolltideman like.author.displayName 1 Like

That took teamwork regardless of the height of the mountain, play as a team like that on the field and you will be fine!

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

Folks, 

 

Read the story we linked to and it explains -- right or wrong -- that Mount Leconte is the tallest mountain if you count from base to peak.  Personally, I can't believe anyone would argue over such nonsense, but that just proves again how out of touch I am with the people -- almost all of whom stay perpetually angry and outraged -- who post comments at websites.

 

Here's a link to a photo of a brick wall.  Go and argue with it.

 

http://nancymorris.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Brick_Wall.jpg

 

John

Vander
Vander

 @John at MrSEC damn that brick wall it keeps beating me in my argument.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @Vander 

 

I feel the same way everyday.

 

Thanks for reading the site... and for keeping things in proper perspective.

 

John

TNJohn
TNJohn

 @John at MrSEC No one is mad or taking shots at you. Don't be so sensitive. If you're going to continually say things like "this site had it right first" then be prepared when people point out minor errors. Everyone makes them, and no one is criticizing you or the site. Just talking to each other. Geez.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @TNJohn 

 

I'm responding to people who are bickering over the height of a mountain.  As pointed out -- the STORY we linked to explained that it's the highest mountain from base to peak.  That may be wrong, I'm not going to measure it.  I have a life.

 

But there is no "minor error" as you say, unless the story we linked to made it.

 

Lastly, I'll never ever understand how people can post nonsense back and forth and accuse of us of being wrong in our stories, but if I point out that we're not wrong... well, that's me being sensitive.  Best that I just let umpteen people call us wrong because they failed to read the story we linked to and failed to read what we actually wrote, I suppose.

 

Geez.

 

John

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @TNJohn 

 

Ah, so my headline "implied" something different.  Got it.

 

John

TNJohn
TNJohn

 @John at MrSEC The article linked explained how LeConte is the tallest by one definition, your headline implied something completely different. The only reason I got into this is not because it's important, but because you jumped down the throats of the other commenters who were talking about it. You know, the same commenters that are driving your page views and paying your bills.

John at MrSEC
John at MrSEC moderator

 @TNJohn 

 

Thanks for the breakdown on how to measure mountains.  

 

It appears there are lots of ways to measure mountains -- http://www.mountainprofessor.com/highest-mountains.html  -- and I'm left to wonder what type of person would really get that hung up over such a thing.  Especially on a sports site.

 

But you should contact the University of Tennessee and tell them that they don't know how to measure mountains.  And I should stop trusting the schools of the SEC to provide accurate information on their official sites.  Clearly, the UT geology department must not be up to snuff.  And I'm a terrible, terrible journalist for not rushing to call someone to double-check their measurements.

 

Either that or should I just stop trying to provide daily links to other stories on this site.  If I can't even provide one link to a goofy little offbeat story like this without people crying over how mountains should be measured, then it's time to change the system.

 

 

John

 

TNJohn
TNJohn

 @John at MrSEC Since you seem intent on bickering, we'll set this mountain nonsense straight...

 

The story you linked to says LeConte is considered the tallest mountain in the Eastern US from its base to the summit. This is actually the definition of "prominence", not "height" which people generally understand to mean "tallest". The story also states plainly in the same paragraph that it is the THIRD highest mountain in the Eastern US. LeConte comes in behind NC's Mt. Mitchell and TN's Clingman's Dome. 

 

The story confuses basic definitions of how mountains are measured and then explained in everyday conversation as to what "tallest" means, etc. So bad on them. But they didn't write your headline. Own it. But what do I know...I'm just one of your dumb readers who has a Ph.D. in geology. Wish I was smart enough to be a sportswriter. 

 

Geez.

JimfromTtown
JimfromTtown

How come none of the Tennessee media ever uses the term "hot seat" for Dooley?  As hot as his seat is, I don't think I've once seen that term used in Knoxville with him, not once.

AGator
AGator

If UNC or NC State join the SEC then their mountain will count. Until then only mountains in SEC states can be the highest.

Arkansawyer
Arkansawyer

But Leconte may be the biggest elevation gain from base to peak.

Arkansawyer
Arkansawyer

Leconte is 6594'. Probably the 3rd or 4th highest in the East. But people who have hiked it say it is a tougher climb with better views.

VandyFanInGA
VandyFanInGA

A solid achievement but, not to get too anal here, Mount Leconte is not the highest mountain in the Eastern United States.  It's the tallest in TN but Mount Mitchell, in neighboring North Carolina, is the highest mountain in the Eastern United States at 6,684 feet.

TNJohn
TNJohn

 @VandyFanInGA Clingman's Dome is the highest point in Tennessee. LeConte is second.

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