#27 Tennessee Volunteers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Despite finishing in a second place tie in the SEC last year, the Tennessee Volunteers missed out on the NCAA Tournament because of their struggles during the non-conference portion of their schedule.  With only one starter gone from that squad, even bigger things are expected this year from the Vols.

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Pat Summit to step down as coach at Tennessee

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The news keeps getting worse for one of the greatest coaches the game of basketball has ever seen. It was reported Wednesday that long-time head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers,  Pat Summitt, will step aside as head coach and now serve as an adviser for the team. Summitt was diagnosed with dementia in 2011 and split coaching duties Holly Warlick this past season. [Read more…]

#2 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Tennessee Volunteers: Brutally Honest Game Preview

You can argue that any of these three teams (LSU Tigers, Oklahoma Sooners and Alabama Crimson Tide) are the true kings of college football. Each of them have a legit case to be #1. The Oklahoma State Cowboys, Wisconsin Badgers and Boise State Broncos belong in the discussion too. Don’t forget about the Stanford Cardinal either.

My choice in the preseason remains the same today- ‘Bama. They have the most pure talent of anyone, and that is an NFL defense they have. The Tide could probably do a much better job than the New England Patriots in opponents pass yards per game. You could just say I have a man-crush on this entire team.

If that’s possible. I think it is.

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Tigers Bulldoze Shorthanded Gators Behind Big Offensive Effort


Spencer Ware rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Reuben Randall had four catches for 127 yards and a touchdown in the LSU Tigers’ 41-11 thrashing of the Florida Gators in Death Valley. The LSU defense stood strong as well, only allowing 213 yards to the Gators’ attack, and they also forced two turnovers in the contest.

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Alabama Demolishes Florida, Puts Nation on Notice in Big Win

In what was supposed to be a showcase of two of the best defenses in the country, the Alabama Crimson Tide steamrolled the Florida Gators 38-10 on Saturday night in Gainesville. Trent Richardson racked up 181 rushing yards and scored twice, and Courtney Upshaw returned an intercepted John Brantley pass 45 yards for a touchdown as the Tide dealt the Gators a crushing defeat, especially on a day when the SEC East was right there for the taking.

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#64 Tennessee Volunteers: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Between the Bruce Pearl scandal and a 30-point loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the 2010-2011 season was rather embarrassing for the Tennessee Volunteers basketball program.  Now it is up to new head coach Cuonzo Martin to get the Vols back on the right track.

For the Tennesse Volunteers Football Season Preview go here

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Tennessee Volunteers Super-Recruit Worley Named Prep Player of the Year

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2010 Canadian Football League champion Montreal Alouettes (and legendary former Florida Gators) quarterback Chris Leak helped surprise Justin Worley of Rock Hill, S.C. with the 2010-11 Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award today.

Chris, who earned Gatorade North Carolina Football Player of the Year honors in 2002-03 & 2001-02, surprised Justin with this year’s award during his P.E. class at Northwestern High School.

Justin, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound senior quarterback, led the Trojans to a 15-0 record and the Class 4A-II state title. He committed to playing college football for the Tennessee Volunteers.

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University of Tennessee Literally Using Breasts to Recruit Athletes

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By Paul M. Banks

So this is why those SEC always teams end up with the biggest, fastest and strongest recruits. A great quote from a New York Times article this week reports on the University of Tennessee’s student hostess program, and the way members of the school’s Orange Pride group treat potential recruits when they visit the Knoxville campus.

Keith Easterwood, a veteran summer basketball coach, said that on a visit last year with his son, a football recruit, he had to ask a hostess to stop brushing her breasts against both him and his son.

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