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LINKS: Butch Looking to Hire New Strength Coach, But Mum On Other Staff Changes

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NCAA Football: Tennessee at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Morning gang. First up, bounceyhoops:

The Tennessee men’s team made it three in a row last night with a win over Presbyterian, 90-50. Down 28-40 at halftime, the (double checks Wikipedia) Blue Hose drew within nine in the second half, before a flurry of Vol scoring, including a Jordan Bowen “three triples and a dunk in like a minute” reggiesque, pushed the game out of reach. With the win the Vols move up to a lofty 176th in RPI; they’ll face North Carolina on Sunday.

On the other end of the spectrum, the Lady Vols got absolutely embarrassed Sunday by fourth-ranked Baylor, putting up little resistance in an 88-66 clobbering, the worst home loss since 1985 (that game was in Stokely Athletics Center, that’s how long ago it was). The Lady Vols shot 31.3% on the night, gave up over 50 points in the paint, and committed 15 turnovers. Ranked #22 prior to the game, the 4-3 Lady Vols are now again unranked; last year saw the end of their 31-year run in the AP Top 25.

Meeting with reporters Monday for the first time since the Vandy debacle, Butch Jones was (unsurprisingly) cagey about the possibility of staff changes:

"It's too early. I'll do a thorough examination of everything, anything and everything, even right down to when we watch the games. There's three criteria we look at, and it's scheme, it's fundamentals and it's personnel, and we break down to the reasons why and we've always done that.

I'm going through a thorough examination of all of our games this year. I'm actually going back and watching practices. Everything that goes into is very tedious and very time-consuming, but it's the most important thing that I do... We have very, very good coaches here, but again, we'll continue to address that, and I know that this is a place that coaches and players want to be at."

Jones did, however, note that as a result of the preseason departure of strength and conditioning coach Dave Lawson, there’s still an unfilled staff position open (who can hire people with all this very tedious and very time-consuming business to attend to!?), and indicated he’d be looking for an addition in that area.

Soph. OL Chance Hall has joined the latest teen craze sweeping the Tennessee campus, ‘ending up on the out-for-the-season list.’ Following an MRI on the knee injury he sustained during the Tennessee Tech game, season-ending surgery has been recommended. Get better, big fella.

The Coaches All-SEC teams were announced yesterday; three Vols made the cut, including Derek Barnett (1st Team), Josh Dobbs and Evan Berry (2nd Team). Congrats! (Reals tho, Dobbs was robbed. Discuss.)

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For those off yall unmoved by the Trey Smith commit (sounds like a talented and handsome young man to us!), and still hoping on the new coach moonshot, hold this little tidbit fast to your hearts:

Although Davenport will not officially begin working at UT until March 1, she can begin building her leadership team once she is confirmed by the UT Board of Trustees, according to UT spokeswoman Karen Ann Simsen. [...]

The Board of Trustees will consider UT president Joe DiPietro’s recommendation of Davenport to be the new chancellor on Dec. 15 in Nashville. [...]

Nothing in Hart’s contract prevents UT from hiring a new athletic director before his retirement date. The university is only required to give 15 days notice to accelerate Hart’s retirement and place him on administrative leave.

If placed on administrative leave, Hart agreed in the contract to “fully cooperate in the transition and leadership and comply” with university officials. He will forfeit any further compensation if he voluntarily ceases his duties as athletic director before June 30.

Happy Wednesday!