Today's Talking Points:
- Jacques Smith: has reaffirmed his commitment to Tennessee. He's even called Alabama and LSU to tell them, and he's told UT coach Derek Dooley to "stop wasting his time with him and go get him some more teammates." Heh. Gotta love that.
- Zach Fulton: reaffirmed his commitment to Tennessee after hearing that Jim Chaney is staying and will run the offense.
- Michael Palardy: Still committed to Tennessee, saying "I made my commitment to Tennessee not to Lane Kiffin." He will, however, take a visit to Miami so he has a backup plan. Why the backup plan? Because he's not sure Tennessee wants him because he's not heard from anyone yet. MEMO TO COACH DOOLEY FROM JACKSON THE MULE: CALL PALARDY STAT.
- Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley, Derek's dad, is not opposed to "a very special occasion where I might subtly and very conservatively wear something that might resemble orange." With all those wiggle words, it's no wonder that that guy raised a kid who wanted to go to law school. But good for him. Also, he knows about divided loyalties, as he was an Auburn QB before becoming a Georgia coach. At that link above, there's a link to the audio of the conference call out of which all of this information came, too, if you're interested.
- Austin Ward has a helpful coaching search time line for posterity's sake.
- Bryce Brown has said that he wants to stay at Tennessee, which I didn't even know was a question. He also said, though, that he might use spring practice to evaluate his future. What's up with that? Shouldn't be much to worry about because he's pretty clearly the No. 1 tailback, but you have to wonder about his state of mind.
- The reason David Cutcliffe backed out on the Tennessee offer? "Finish the job you start," he said. "That's one of the things my dad also said, 'If you're going to do something, do it right and finish the job.' " Good for him.
- Dooley's added two guys to his staff: Terry Joseph and Eric Russell. That link has a bunch of information on each guy.
- Cameron Tatum and Melvin Goins were back at practice yesterday. Pearl says that their reinstatement to the team "won't affect our rotation at all right now, but it will certainly give us the depth that we need down the stretch."
- Emmanuel Negedu has returned home to Nigeria (same link) to be with his family after his sister passed away. Prayers for the Negedu family.
- Josh Bone is still getting props for his fantastic defensive performance against Ole Miss's Chris Warren, who was tearing up an understandably tired Bobby Maze until Bone entered the game in relief of Maze. Once Bone got Warren, Warren went scoreless, going 0-6 and giving up two turnovers.