This definitely clarified some things. Hopefully this kid gets his life together.
This situation continues to be a bad look. Now it looks like Pruitt was shamed by the media into kicking the kid off the team. If he felt like Banks’ actions were worth being kicked off the team he should have done it immediately.
I say we let Pruitt get destroyed by Georgia and Alabama, then fire him after the Alabama game. Promote Tee Martin and see what happens in the back end of the season. If he strings together some wins hire him full time. A lot of people say he probably isn’t ready, but they said the same thing about Dabo.
So is it now a 3 or 4 team race for worst in the conference? Tennessee, Arkansas, and Vandy are definitely competing to be the worst. You could probably throw USC and maybe Ole miss in there also.
There is very clearly not a competition for the starting quarterback job. What you saw yesterday was a competition to see who is going to be the backup, and who is going to transfer at the end of the year. With Harrison Bailey coming in next year, and the transfer quarterback coming from Maryland at least one of the guys who played yesterday is going to transfer. I think the staff is just trying to figure out which guy they are going to talk into staying. You have to have some live game tape in order to make that decision, and yesterday was the first time the coaching staff had a situation where they could do that.
I’m still think Chattanooga, UAB, and Vandy. Anything else would be surprising at this point
That was brutal to watch. How many times is this going to happen? It doesn’t matter the coaching staff, we keep finding ways to torture the fan base. This is looking like a 3-9 or 4-8 type season now.
Well you would have been the laughingstock of the conference this week, but we saved you from that fate. You’re welcome.
I think we know who #14 will be in this week’s power rankings will be.
What could possibly be taking so long with the NCAA and the Solomon situation? The school applied for that waiver months and months ago. The guy deserves a decision one way or the other before the season starts.
My thoughts are 1) If he threatened to slap someone, but didn’t actually hit them, then that is probably a couple games suspension and anger management classes. 2) If he really threatened to “shoot up the school” he is probably getting kicked out of the university.
You sure it’s not Smart choking in the big moments? It wasn’t Chaney calling a fake punt or giving up a wide open touchdown pass the play after getting what could have been a game winning sack.
I don’t remember it that way at all. Everyone liked the offense Chaney ran. The problems with Dooley’s teams were all on defense.
The reason we all choose not to listen is because Chaney has tremendous success when he was at Tennessee the last time. Even under Dooley’s poor leadership the offense was never the problem. Dooley’s last year the offense set all kinds of records, the problem was the defense was setting records too. They were just records for the worst team in our history. If Chaney gets us back to the level of success HE had the last time he was her, coupled with Pruitt’s ability to coach defense we will be a pretty good team. I don’t think we will be good this year, but I think Chaney was a tremendous hire.
The way I look at it Georgia has by far the most talent in the East and Vanderbilt has the least. I think the other 5 teams all have strengths and weaknesses, and the gap is pretty narrow. I think coaching and players making the key big plays is what will separate Florida, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina and Tennessee. Overall I think the record is going to be 6-6 or 7-5. I think we win all 4 non-conference games, finally play a good game and beat Vandy, and then find 1 or 2 wins somewhere else. What I really want to see is how the team plays. Do we avoid the stupid mistakes? Do guys make the effort plays? Does Guarantano have time to throw? Can we put some pressure on the quarterback without blitzing? That is what will show real progress.
I think the Miss St. game is the most critical game. Winning that one puts us at a likely 4-3 mark heading into the home stretch. That means we would only need 1 more conference win to get bowl eligible. Losing that one puts us at a more precarious 3-4, with the potential for the year to go really sideways.
I get the point you are making. Pruitt is definitely upgrading the overall talent level, but you can’t really count 2020 commitments. Those guys haven’t signed their name to anything yet, and they will have zero impact this year. The article is about this year, so you should just count guys who are currently on the roster.
Blackshear would instantly make Tennessee a contender again this year. We have quality guards returning next year and a big time talent coming in at point guard. What we are missing is a guy who can score down low.
If Smith is healthy (and that is a big IF) I would actually prefer to see him play LG over LT. I know conventional wisdom is you put your best linemen at LT and build around him. However, last year we got absolutely zero push from our interior linemen. Smith is the kind of guy who reestablishes the line of scrimmage 2 yards downfield, and we need that. He also plays with the right kind of mean streak, just punishing people on inside runs. He looked like a 1st round draft pick his freshman year when he was at guard. He never looked quite as dominant last year at tackle. I say we go with Wright and Morris at tackle and accept some of the freshman mistakes. I would rather have a serviceable running game, and I think Smith on the inside provides that for you.
How do you write an article like this and never once mention the offensive line? They are the key to any success on offense. So what is SC’s o line going to look like this year?
I know Peyton has money, but is he ownership level rich? Those guys are billionaires. I don’t know if Papa John’s paid that well.
If he does come back that team becomes a conference contender.
Hopefully Wade learned from previous experience and had a runner make the “Strong a$$ offer”.
Man, I hope not. The Jets are a dumpster fire of an organization. I would love to see him get a shot with an organization that actually has it together.
I really like Bruce, and there is no doubt that his style of play is exciting, and he can attract talent. The question is can he do it without getting busted for recruiting violations.
I would disagree. There wasn’t any kids crying when Butch got fired. There are plenty of coaches that got fired and their players were glad to see them gone.
She has got to go. She took one of the greatest sports programs and has driven it into the dirt.
That game was not good for my heart.
I can’t wait to watch that Auburn UNC matchup. That game is going to be played at an incredible pace.
I don’t know what they are talking about with Free Throw disparity. Tennessee shot 6 more free throws, but 4 of those were at the end of the game when Kentucky has to foul, and two were b/c of the technical on the bench. You take away those 6 and it was exactly even. Kentucky is just used to always having an advantage from the officials.