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Ex-UT QB Ainge Tells Radio Show Vols Should “Step On” Bama QB McCarron’s Knee

In the ridiculous comment department, former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge of WVLZ-AM in Knoxville got the blue ribbon today for suggesting to his audience that the Vol defense should target quarterback AJ McCarron’s banged up knee when #1 Alabama faces off with the Vols tomorrow:

 

“I say it all the time.  Nasty, attitude, get after it.  Do something crazy.  The first time AJ McCarron drops back, tell one of your boys you’ve got fifteen on this one. He’s got a sore knee, go step on it…

If we try to play straight up with these guys and just run our stuff and they run their stuff, and we’re just going to try to play with them, I don’t think we’re going to beat these guys. We’re going to have to do something out of the norm. Whether it’s from an attitude standpoint, a gameplan standpoint, or bending the rules a little bit. We’re going to have to do something that makes them say ‘Woah, this isn’t how teams play us. Why aren’t these guys scared? Everyone’s supposed to be afraid of us.’”

 

Whether Ainge was serious, kidding or somewhere in between, he provided Alabama’s team with a bit more motivation before tomorrow’s game.  Any hopes of the Crimson Tide sleepwalking into Neyland Stadium probably went up in smoke with Ainge’s incendiary comments.

Of course, Ainge also suggested that Bama could do the same with Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray who twisted his knee last week at Mississippi State.  McCarron bruised his knee against Missouri on the same day.

It’s likely that Tennessee officials aren’t too thrilled that an ex-Vol made national news over such an out-of-bounds remark.

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Wow Evening Headlines 9/13/2012

SEC and ESPN consider weekly Thursday night game
Kentucky defensive coordinator Rick Minter denies having blow-up with head coach Joker Phillips
Hundreds of fake tickets in circulation at last Saturday’s Georgia-Mizzou game
LSU down to 74 scholarship players – 13 true freshmen have seen action this year
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier says if quarterback Connor Shaw can throw downfield without pain, he’ll start Saturday
Georgia paying Florida Atlantic $1 million to play Saturday – highest visitor payout in Georgia history
ESPN’s “College GameDay” to broadcast from Circle Park before Florida’s game at Tennessee this weekend
Mt. Dew and Wow3D Tailgater this Saturday 12-5:30 at Ruth’s Chris-Free Admission, Meet Johnny Majors, Erik Ainge, and more!!!
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Former Vol, Tide Footballer Douglas Died From Multiple Drugs In His System

The autopsy results for former Tennessee than Alabama offensive lineman Aaron Douglas show that he died from having multiple drugs in his system.  According to WVLT-TV in Knoxville, a medical examiner told the station that Douglas had Methadone and Diazepam in his system.  The actual autopsy report has not been released as of this morning.

The former freshman All-American died in May after attending a party in Fernandina Beach, Florida.  Police say additional drugs were used at the party.

According to the National Library of Medicine, Methadone “is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers.  It also is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms in patients who were addicted to opiate drugs and are enrolled in treatment programs in order to stop taking or continue not taking the drugs.”

Methadone is sometimes used as means of weening people off of Oxycontin, a highly addictive pain killer often prescribed to college athletes.

The site also says Diazepam — you might know it better as Valium — “is used to relieve anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures and to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal.”

As far back as his Tennessee days, there have been strong rumors that Douglas had become hooked on pain killers initially prescribed to him by UT doctors.  (Coincidentally, former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge recently admitted that he had become addicted to pain killers at UT.)

Whether or not Douglas’ issues directly tie back to pain killers initially given to him by UT physicians or not, it’s time for the NCAA to at least start examining how pain killers are prescribed to athletes across the country.  Talk to a former football player from your favorite SEC school and you’ll likely hear that pain killers were readily available during his playing day.  It’s no secret that players want to play and trainers want to get them ready to play.  If it takes pain killers to get them ready to play, so be it.

Douglas’ death is a tragedy.  But perhaps some good can come from his passing if more people begin to ask questions about easy it is for college athletes to gain access to pain killers.


UPDATE – The Nassau County, Florida medical examiner has now released the autopsy report on Douglas.  Multiple drugs — including Methadone and Diazepam mentioned above — as well as Oxycodone and Carisoprodol were found in the player’s system.  According to the report, he had consumed no alcohol in the hours before his death.

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Celtics’ Frank Consulting In UT’s Search

Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank has indeed been contacted by the University of Tennessee.  But, “don’t expect him to be singing ‘Rocky Top’ anytime soon.”

Celtics beatwriter A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast Sports New England says a league source has confirmed that Frank was contacted… but it was to discuss potential candidates the school should target.

Boston GM Danny Ainge said that UT has yet to ask permission of the Celtics to speak with Frank about actually coaching Tennessee.

“He’s a good coach, but Lawrence is committed 100% to our quest to win a championship this year,” Ainge said.  “He’s a quality coach who should be a candidate for a number of coaching opportunities in the future.”

Ainge is the uncle of former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge.

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