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Vols Kick Off Run to NYC, Kiffin Not Getting Paid

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Your Tuesday round-up:

  • Let's play two. Or watch two. Pearl & Co. host Belmont (led by Ray Mears's former student assistant Rick Byrd) at Thompson-Boling tonight, with Arkansas St. vs. Missouri St. on the undercard. The Vols' game will be on ESPNU. Winners meet tomorrow night for a berth in the preseason NIT at the Garden. The Vols are expected to join Wake, UCLA, and Nova in the big city, but Belmont wasn't exactly an easy W the last time we met.
  • Good news: NFL arbitrators do not like Kiffykins any more than you, I, or undead Al Davis.
  • Speaking of our old pal Lane, seems he and Tauren Poole had a little gentlemen's disagreement during the Memphis game last year, leading to the then-fourth-string RB staging a one-man work stoppage. And apparently Tauren wasn't the only one on the sidelines not pleased he was stuck behind Bryce Brown and David Oku.
  • We've come full-circle. Original PR Gerald Jones will be back there again after Dooley experimented with Eric Gordon, Janzen Jackson, Justin Hunter, and, finally, playing real, live SEC football without fielding a punt returner. We would say G. Jones would have to be an improvement over no one, but his numbers on the season are 2 returns for -8 yards, and we seem to remember a muff or two. Gerald says, "If nothing else happens, I'll catch it." Here's hoping nothing else happens.
  • TE Luke Stocker is a Mackey award semi-finalist.
  • John Adams thinks we wouldn't be as excited about Bray and this team turning things around a little had they stopped the scoring at 49 the last couple Saturdays. That or John really needed a column.
  • The Female Vols' 15 3-pointers were, by themselves, enough to top UTC, but they added another 58 points for good measure, leaving Mocs' coach Wes Moore looking for "a hug and a post player."