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UT’s Dooley Quotes Bruce Hornsby, Says D-Coordinator Sunseri May Move To Press Box

When in doubt, quote Bruce Hornsby.  Sixty percent of the time, it works every time.  (Hat tip to those who got that line.)

During his Monday meeting with the Knoxville press, Derek Dooley said that he was about to get more involved with UT’s woeful defense and that embattled defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri might move to the press box:


“I’m coming out of the offensive room and putting all my attention on defense…

(Regarding criticism of Sunseri) Like Bruce Hornsby and the Range, that’s just the way it is.”


The Volunteers gave up 721 yards of total offense to Troy in a 55-48 last-minute win on Saturday.

And now a little flashback to January 10th, 1987, when Bruce and his Range were ruling over the Billboard charts at #1.


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WOW Headlines – 10/24/12

The SEC will not suspend LSU S Eric Reid for a late hit on Texas A&M WR Mike Evans last Saturday
Report: If Tennessee buys out Derek Dooley and staff it could cost between $5.6 and $9.3 million over four years
An industry source tells that new SEC TV contracts will be worth an additional $10-$15 million per school per year when completed
Auburn has not named a starting quarterback for Saturday’s game with Texas A&M yet
South Carolina’s Steve Spurrier says QB Connor Shaw will not come out against Tennessee this weekend unless he gets hurt
LSU AD Joe Alleva says he’ll try again next year to eliminate permanent cross-divisional football opponents from SEC schedule next year
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Wow Evening Headlines 10/23/2012

Knoxville News-Sentinel says buyout of Derek Dooley and staff would cost at least $5.6 million and as much as $9.3 million over the next four years
Georgia S Shawn Williams called out a number of his defense teammates saying that the whole unit is playing “soft”
Teammate Michael Gilliard not happy: “I feel like when another man calls me soft, it’s disrespecting my manhood.”
Georgia LB Jarvis Jones has a “good chance” of being healthy enough to play against Florida on Saturday
Missouri QB James Franklin is doubtful for Saturday’s game with Kentucky
Mississippi State is #12 in the BCS but their schedule is ranked #124 and their three SEC wins have come against teams with a combined 0-14 SEC record
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WOW Headlines – 10/23/12

Former Auburn coach Pat Dye says Alabama is “the best college football team I ever saw.”
Georgia S Shawn Williams called out a number of his defense teammates saying that the whole unit is playing “soft”
Georgia LB Jarvis Jones has a “good chance” of being healthy enough to play against Florida on Saturday
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says of his team: “I think their spirit is broken and it should be.”
Missouri QB James Franklin is doubtful for Saturday’s game with Kentucky
Mississippi State is #12 in the BCS but their schedule is ranked #124 and their three SEC wins have come against teams with a combined 0-14 SEC record
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Wow Evening Headlines 10/9/2012

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley undergoes hip surgery, will coach from the press box Saturday night against Mississippi State
Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson uninjured in car accident Tuesday morning
Auburn held team meeting in which some players told others “you’re either with us or against us.”
Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace says talk of moral victories is “starting to make me mad.”
Missouri QB James Franklin and two offensive linemen will miss Saturday’s game vs #1 Alabama
Ole Miss’ Hugh Freeze on 4th down gamble that backfired vs Texas A&M: “I would go for that again every single time.”
Mississippi State TE Malcolm Johnson is “probable” for Saturday’s game with Tennessee
The son of Florida basketbal Billy Donovan will join the Gators as a walk-on this fall
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UT’s Sunseri Trying To Get His Vol Defense Back To The Basics

What do you do you when your defense is on a record-setting pace in terms of yards allowed (in the wrong way)?  What do you do when your squad gives up a combined 1,115 in back-to-back SEC games?

You get back to basics, says first-year Tennessee defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri:


“You want to get back to make sure you’re tackling properly, you’re chasing the football, you’re playing routes.  This was a great (off) week for us to get better.  We’re going to get better, but we’re not near where we need to be…

The other day we had too many explosive plays, not enough people flying to the football, and that’s what hurt us.”


Sunseri and head coach Derek Dooley continue to say that the problem in Knoxville is one of fundamentals.  But their defensive players repeatedly cite communication issues as being a part of the problem — recognizing an offensive set, processing the information, calling out the defense, and then processing that info, too.

Derek Dooley wanted more turnovers and Sunseri’s new 3-4 scheme is providing them (12 so far).  But the Vols are also allowing a staggering 425 yards per contest (with only Arkansas yielding more ground).  Last year under Justin Wilcox’s leadership and a 4-3 system, Tennessee allowed just 340.5 yards per game with a much younger group of players.  The downside?  The 2011 Vols recorded just 18 turnovers over the course of the entire season.

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Vince’s Vibe: Week 5 picks

Here’s the complete schedule of SEC football games this weekend with details, analysis and a score prediction for each game.


My record last week was 10-0. My record after week 4, straight-up, is 39-5.


Schedule of Saturday, Sept. 29 Games

*Rankings are AP first/Coaches second


OPEN:  Auburn (1-3, 0-2 SEC); #11/12 Florida (4-0, 3-0 SEC); #19/21 Mississippi State (4-0, 1-0 SEC); Vanderbilt (1-3, 0-2 SEC)


Missouri (2-2, 0-2 SEC) at Central Florida (2-1)

12 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. CT • FSN

Orlando, Fla. • Bright House Networks Stadium (45,301)

Vince’s View:  UCF is actually the favorite in this game, if you can believe that. UCF isn’t eligible for the postseason but it has generally still played hard. UCF has speed and athletes. UCF also won’t be greatly out-sized in this game like it would versus many other SEC teams. Missouri has been up-and-down this season. The Tigers have wins outside of SEC play, but both of those came at home. Mizzou has had field goal kicking issues. QB James Franklin is struggling. If he doesn’t improve this week, the Knights can win this game. He deserves the benefit of the doubt though.

Winner: Missouri 35-27


Arkansas (1-3, 0-1 SEC) at Texas A&M (2-1, 0-1 SEC)

12:21 p.m. ET / 11:21 a.m. CT • SEC Network

College Station, Texas • Kyle Field (82,589)

Vince’s View:  The Arkansas defense is going to have a tough time defending the Aggies, especially QB Johnny Manziel. Manziel is a dual-threat QB who has been poised and fantastic on third-down. Turnovers have killed the Razorbacks this year. A&M has been pretty good in that department. That will be the key in this one for the Aggies.

Winner: Texas A&M 41-27


Tennessee (3-1, 0-1 SEC) at #5 Georgia (4-0, 2-0 SEC)

3:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CT • CBS Sports

Athens, Ga. • Sanford Stadium (92,746)

Vince’s View:  Georgia’s defense is getting better every week. Now, it looks like it gets two more elite starters back this week in ILB Alec Ogletree and FS Bacarri Rambo. Georgia’s offensive line has been better than expected. The freshmen RBs Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have been as good, or better, than advertised. Tennessee has a puncher’s chance because of the passing game firepower when QB Tyler Bray and the talented receivers are on-point. The Vols have had issues with: knowing assignments due to communication breakdowns; tackling; speed in the secondary; converting in short yardage on offense; inconsistent running game; place-kicking; handling adversity when behind on the scoreboard; winning on the road outside the state of Tennessee in the SEC under Derek Dooley; and beating a ranked opponent under Derek Dooley. That’s a long list for UT to overcome, if it plays as we’ve seen this season. In order for Tennessee to win, this needs to be the single best game Tennessee has played in the Derek Dooley era. Plus, Georgia has to be disinterested and lose the turnover battle by two or more.

Winner: Georgia 35-14


Towson (2-1) at #3 LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC)

7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT • ESPNU

Baton Rouge, La. • Tiger Stadium (92,542)

Vince’s View:  None needed.

Winner: LSU 59-0


#6 South Carolina (4-0, 2-0 SEC) at Kentucky (1-3, 0-1 SEC)

7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT • ESPN2

Lexington, Ky. • Commonwealth Stadium / C.M. Newton Field (67,942)

Vince’s View:  South Carolina is playing terrific defense. Now, the Gamecocks get All-SEC safety D.J. Swearinger back from his one-game suspension. Also, CB Akeem Auguste will see some action in his return from injury. Not that SC needs the additional help. Kentucky should get starting QB Max Smith back this game, which will at least give the ‘Cats some sort of offense. Kentucky isn’t good enough to stop SC and win this game.

Winner: South Carolina 45-13


Ole Miss (3-1) at #1 Alabama (4-0, 1-0 SEC)

9:15 p.m. ET / 8:15 p.m. CT • ESPN

Tuscaloosa, Ala. • Bryant-Denny Stadium (101,821)

Vince’s View:  How dominant has Alabama’s defense been? The Tide defense has held opponents to less than 20 yards in 33 of 47 drives (70%) this season. Opposing offenses have been held to less than 10 yards in 24 of 47 drives (51%). Alabama is giving-up an average of only 5 points per game. That being said, as strange as it sounds, Ole Miss has the best offense (24th in the country) Alabama has faced this year. Ole Miss’ defense can’t stop physical, balanced teams. QB A.J. McCarron is 4th in the country in passing efficiency. The Tide RB stable is deep and talented. The offensive line is one of the country’s best units.

Winner: Alabama 38-10


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WOW Headlines 9/18/12

Les Miles wants police to find the person who made a bomb threat on LSU’s campus and “make him pay a price.”
Interim Arkansas coach John L. Smith on his critics: “I don’t listen to that crap.”
Razorback QB Tyler Wilson believes he will play against Rutgers after missing a game and a half with a concussion
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel defended QB James Franklin’s toughness…
After admitting that he’d refused a painkilling shot into shoulder that would have allowed him to play last Saturday
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley says QB Tyler Bray doesn’t “shut it down” when the Vols fall behind
Austyn Carta-Samuels will likely start at QB for Vanderbilt this weekend
Kentucky coach Joker Phillips reminds fans that “We’ve got 72 freshmen and sophomores in this program.”
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SEC Headlines 9/11/2012

SEC West

1. With Tyler Wilson injured, Arkansas prepares for the worst and hopes for the best.  John L. Smith: “We have to kind of assume, and if we get Tyler back, then it will be icing on the cake for us.”

2. Razorbacks running back Kody Walker broke his leg Saturday – done for the year. Arkansas reportedly opening 2013 with Louisiana-Lafayette.

3. What’s it like for Arkansas fans after the stunning loss Saturday? “It feels like that we’re watching the program unravel.”

4. No hard feelings between Arkansas coach John L. Smith and Louisiana-Monroe coach Todd Barry.  Reason they didn’t shake hands after the game?  Smith couldn’t locate him.

5. Regardless of Wilson’s status for Saturday, Alabama is preparing for him anyway.

6. Alabama is going to miss running back Jalston Fowler – likely done for the year with a knee injury.  Nick Saban:“It’s going to take a number of people to replace him in various roles that he played on our team.

7. Dan Mullen on avoiding complacency following the win over Auburn: “Those pats on the back can become kicks in the rear end really quick.”

8. Gene Chizik on changes to Auburn’s secondary: “If you’re not productive, we’re going to give other guys opportunities.”

9. “At 0-2, it’s a good time to have some desperation on the Plains. But let’s not go that far.”

10. No “official” starting quarterback at Ole Miss but Bo Wallace will get the nod for the third straight game.  Hugh Freeze – “he’s the guy we’re going to go with right now.”

11. Wallace’s favorite target is sophomore Donte Moncrief.

12. Like a lot of teams that are heavy favorites this weekend, the Arkansas loss will be mentioned at LSU this week.  Les Miles: “I’m certain that (the Hogs’ loss) that’ll be mentioned in our meetings.”

13. With quarterback Zach Mettenberger getting more comfortable, LSU looks to expand the passing game. Miles: “We want to throw the football down the field and more efficiently.”

SEC East

14. Tennessee running backs to deliver a message against Florida? “That we’re going to lead the SEC in rushing this year, no doubt,”

15. Derek Dooley on ESPN GameDay coming to town: “If you have GameDay out there and lay an egg, all that goes out the window.”

16. Tennessee-Florida like the old days?  Not exactly.

17. John Adams: “Although the Vols have upgraded their talent under coach Derek Dooley, they can’t match Florida’s recruiting stars.”

18. Georgia offensive tackle John Theus survives the roughest night of his college career.

19. Missouri offensive tackle Elvis Fisher out indefinitely with a knee injury.

20. A victory for South Carolina Saturday will be the 200th win of Steve Spurrier’s career. It all began as “Air Ball” at Duke.

21. Is Vandy play-calling too conservative?

22. A feel-good story for Kentucky this year? Wide receiver Aaron Boyd.

23. Western Kentucky coach tweets apology after saying about his students – “The reason they’re at WKU is probably they couldn’t get into UK.”

SEC/College News

24. Four players with serious head injuries this weekend in college football.  “How many more Black Saturdays?”

25.  Big East and the Orange Bowl?

26. A few SEC players get mentioned here as Heisman Trophy candidates.

SEC/College Basketball

27. David Harten on John Calipari: “Whatever you think about him, he’s got a method to all his madness.”

28. Billy Gillispie to San Antonio? Update: ESPN says Gillispie headed to Mayo Clinic.

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UT’s Dooley Channels His Inner-Saban

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley might not have wound up on the Volunteers’ radar way back in January of 2010 had he not been an ex-assistant for current Alabama coach Nick Saban.  From Florida to Colorado State, if you worked for Saban, you’ve got a little extra juice these days.  Well yesterday, with his team riding high after a 35-21 opening night win over NC State, Dooley seemed to channel his old boss with regards to his own team possibly becoming complacent:


“Most teams never reach their dreams because they overestimate the event and underestimate the process…

Our biggest challenge is going to be not patting ourselves on the back and listening to everybody talking about how good we played and not remembering why we had success, which is the process these guys have been going through the last eight months.”


Ah, the process.

How long before Dooley suggests the media isn’t giving enough respect to Georgia State, Tennessee’s next foe?

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