Today's talking points:
- As sddbaker posted late last night, Tennessee has received a commitment from 6'4", 172-pound wide receiver Justin Hunter. Hunter runs a 4.4 40 and is a four-star guy according to both Rivals and Scout. Rivals ranks him as the 23rd best WR and the 75th best player in the nation, and Scout says he's the 11th best WR in the nation.
- Good thing, too, because Markeith Ambles de-committed yesterday despite getting two different visits from three different UT coaches yesterday. According to Markeith's father, "The visits went well; the new wide receiver coach is a pretty smooth guy. We have just decided to decommit and look at some other schools, right now Tennessee is still in it."
- Tennessee signee Tobias Harris is one of nine seniors who has been selected to play for the USA junior select team in the Nike Hoop Summitt. They'll take on the world (literally) in Portland, Oregon on April 10.
But if you needed any single event that better symbolized the massive difference between the mercenary/stripper era of college football and the era that ended in the SEC with the firing of coach Phil Fulmer, how both men made their exits summed it up best.
Phil Fulmer wore a suit, prepared his remarks, sat at a table next to the man who was firing him, Mike Hamilton, allowed the event to be carried on live television, fielded questions from the media, and cried on his departure from Tennessee. The entire Volunteer team was there to support their coach.
Lane Kiffin showed up in a white polo shirt -- short sleeved -- and jeans. He had no prepared remarks, refused to allow the media to carry his statement live, talked for just 90 seconds, took no questions, and not one single player was there to support their coach. How could they be? The departing coaches were too busy trying to convince them to skip across the country to California and join them there.