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Vols Look to Avoid Hoops Let-Down, Learn Bowl Fate

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  • Bruce Pearl goes Ackbar to warn that MTSU will be a "total, 100 percent trap." The Vols -- mid-exams and coming off their impressive preseason NIT win and jump to #13 in the AP poll (interesting breakdown of votes here) -- host the Blue Raiders at 7:30 tonight.
  • Channing Fugate gets some love from Austin Ward.
  • Not much other news from the football Vols after wrapping up their four-game push to bowl eligibility, which most seem to think will land them in the Music City Bowl Dec. 30 vs. UNC (unless Mike Hamilton decides we can't compete and somehow buys out the Heels).
  • Wes Rucker, the go-to man for Vols news, is packing up and heading out to 247sports come the new year.  
  • Knoxville Catholic grad Harrison Smith may have turned down the Vols, but he did us all proud by clinching Notre Dame's win over Southern Cal. "I now officially believe in karma," said the father of Knox Kiffin.
  • Meanwhile, Pearl may be the only Knoxville resident pining after Kiffin. "I've made mistakes, I clearly did, but what I was hoping for was that some other dumbass would get on the front page and take me off the hook. I miss Lane Kiffin."