Kentucky Radio Host Predicts Flaccid Future for Vols
The ever-thoughful Matt Jones, founder of Kentucky Sports Radio, had some interesting views on the future of the Vols football program a few days ago:
As you can see, his reasoning for this is because UT cannot offer the same type of television exclusivity as in years past. However, one can argue that the level of in-state talent has increased significantly over the years, resulting in Tennessee being able to select more “homegrown” talent - amongst other variables that offsets the lack of out-of-state recruiting and also disproves his statement.
Jones’s overall point makes sense, however it is mostly a shock-jock type of statement to keep UK fans riled up and interested until basketball season.
AD Currie Gives Update on Baseball Coaching Search
John Currie wrote about the head coaching search in his latest letter to fans amongst other items.
The main issue stressed by Currie when it comes to the search is patience. UT may not have many opportunities to interview who they are interested in based on the amount of tournaments that are currently on-going. In the meantime, they are doing their due diligence in order to vet the proper candidate.
Ladies Tennis Coach Alison Ojeda Gets a New Contract
Good News for Alison Ojeda! The VFL and former all-american just received a new contract that includes a $31,000 raise. This comes after the Vols were placed in the NCAAs for the first time since 2014.
She coached the Vols to a 19-12 record before bowing out to Duke in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The amount of the contract exceeds her predecessor, all-time winningest head coach Mike Patrick, and matches the amount of current men’s head coach, Chris Woodruff.
New OC Larry Scott Contract Details Revealed
Cha-Ching! Larry Scott just got PAID! But with more money on Rocky Top, well, you know the rest...
In all seriousness, there are some lofty expectations for Scott this season, but he takes over an offense that was pretty damn good last year, despite lapses from time to time. They did lose major production in Josh Malone, Josh Dobbs and Alvin Kamara, but there are still several key pieces left over.
Scott’s original contract was extended through the 2018 season and he will make around $75,000 more than DeBord.
The fact that he is already making more money than DeBord shows a large amount of trust in Scott from Butch Jones, but is it a sign of trust, or it was more of a move to keep Scott from returning to Miami?
Regardless of the motive, the onus is on Scott to produce with possibly two talented, but inexperienced quarterbacks at the helm.
A lot of Tennessee’s success this season will depend on what Scott can get out of this offense.
UT Football Excelling in the Classroom:
Just see below, need I say more?
#Team121 has been hitting the books! ✅ pic.twitter.com/epJ08XHgyP— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 28, 2017
There’s more to coaching college football than on the field production, and Butch Jones has these kids on the right track in the classroom.
Lorenzo Scalise Wins FIG Medal Championship
Senior golfer Lorenzo Scalise shot a 13-under to win the 2017 Italian Golf Federation's (FIG) National Franco Bevione Medal Championship on Sunday at Golf Club Margara in Fubine, Italy.
I wish I knew Italian (or as Brad Pitt in Inglourious Basterds would say, “EYE-TAL-EE-AN”). Because then I could feel smart as I try to read this recap of the game, instead of just staring at the screen like a prepubescent boy staring at Kylie Jenner.
Congrats to Scalise on this big accomplishment!
My Big Thanks To All The Veterans Out There
I wanted to take a moment to give a HUGE shoutout to the men and women who have given their lives, freedom, and their all to help protect this country and to give people such as myself the opportunity to live my life as I see fit. Without your courage, this nation and its people would have no ground to stand on today.
I especially want to give a special shoutout to my stepfather, Jerry Powers, who is a retired veteran of the Vietnam War. I love you and enjoy YOUR day!