We won! Tennessee had another game-like scrimmage on Saturday, and depending on which article you're reading, the offense/defense got the better of the defense/offense, which is a good thing, I guess. If you're the offense/defense.
WRs. Hmm. They said they were throwing mostly to tight ends and running backs, but the stat sheet doesn't really bear that out. Denarius Moore had four catches for 45 yards. Tyler Maples had 3-26, and then you get to the running backs. I don't see any tight ends with catches, unless Ben Lehning (?!) is a tight end. (NOTE: I just learned that he actually is a tight end, so there, me.) Anyway, Ahmad Paige has fallen behind the rest of the receivers due to having to recover from sliding head-first into a brick wall at an earlier scrimmage. The coaches are trying to help him get caught up. One of the main goals for the coaches with respect to the receivers is to make the best use of Quintin Hancock and Brandon Warren, as the system relies on a lot of short passes into traffic and therefore requires big, strong guys to outfight everyone else for the ball. That's what they say, anyway.
DBs. Demetrice Morley missed the scrimmage. Kiffin told the media that "[s]omething came up" and that he would fill them in on Tuesday after he talked with Morley. Rumor is that the issue "is related to discipline," which has to be the inside scoop of the year. Actually, there is more: Morley will apparently be allowed to return to practice on Tuesday, but will bat the rest of his Tennessee career with a full count.
Mental mistakes. Kiffin believes that simply barking at someone for brain freeze penalties doesn't get the job done, so he punishes such things as false starts and offsides with think-about-it laps. He has data to back up the assertion that it will work: The New York Jets went from about 30th in the NFL in penalties to second in one year after implementing the rule. The rule only applies to mind fog, not to interceptions, drops, or fumbles, but Gerald Jones and Denarius Moore are doing it (with push ups on top) for dropping catchable passes.
Flirting vs. being wanted. Pearl says he didn't flirt with Memphis. John Pennington doesn't believe him, but also doesn't fault him for it. I'm not sure that ending up with a raise after the Memphis rumors necessarily means that Pearl flirted or that he intentionally leveraged the rumor/offer into a raise. Simply being silent and letting things play out could very well have accomplished the same thing, and that's quite different from actually doing something to encourage it.