NCAA DENIES WILL GRIER'S SUSPENSION APPEAL
As Andy Hutchins sums up in an article for Alligator Army (Will Grier Loses Appeal; Will Remain Suspended), everyone's favorite PED-abusing Florida quarterback will remain on the bench for entire calendar year.
Tennessee plays Florida in Neyland Stadium on September 24th, 2016, so the Vols won't face Grier.
Given Tennessee's luck in the series, I can't wait to see which backup quarterback has a career game against the Vols before being subsequently suspended for a violation of the Dodd-Frank Act. "Hey, I bought those financial derivatives over the counter-- how could I have known what was contained in the fine print?!"
COACHING CHAOS PUTTING TALENTED PROSPECTS BACK ON THE MARKET
Four-star quarterback Feleipe Franks backed away from his LSU commitment on Monday night and most analysts believe he's heading to Florida (Feleipe Franks on the way? -- Alligator Army).
Franks had been committed to the Bayou Bengals for more than a year (since June 1, 2014), but took a series of unofficial visits to Gainesville and Tallahassee in recent weeks. With Les Miles seemingly on the hot seat in Baton Rouge, Franks looks like the first thread to come out of an unraveling Tigers' recruiting class. Feleipe Franks Crystal Ball -- 247 Sports.
Tennessee class of 2017 four-star athlete JaCoby Stevens followed Franks out the door, ending his commitment to the Tigers on Tuesday night. Butch Jones was always going to fight to keep Stevens in-state, but LSU's struggles have removed the stiffest competition for the Vols. JaCoby Stevens -- 247 Sports.
TENNESSEE D-LINE COMMITMENT BLOWING UP WITH OFFERS
Louisiana defensive tackle D'Andre Christmas-Giles has the ignominious distinction of being the lowest rated recruit in Tennessee's 2016 recruiting class, but that hasn't stopped prominent FBS programs from continuing to offer him.
A two-star recruit with offers from only Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe, Southeastern Louisiana and Florida Atlantic at the the time Tennessee took his commitment, Christmas-Giles has watched his popularity soar as major programs have evaluated the one-time diamond in the rough.
In the last month, the now three-star defensive tackle has received offers from Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Texas A&M, TCU, and Oklahoma State, to go along with an offer from Charlie Strong's Texas. Link: D'Andre Christmas-Giles Timeline Events-- 247 Sports.
THE FOOTBALL GODS SMILE ON THE VOLS
For once, it looks like things are trending Tennessee's direction-- Missouri and South Carolina are looking for new head coaches, Kentucky and Georgia are in disarray, and Florida is dealing with the fallout from a lack of depth and suspension.