November 15, 2016
Volgorithms to the SEC East
It’s hard to imagine that Tennessee’s possible SEC East bid could ride on Kentucky. A rivalry dating all the way back to 1893 in which the Vols lead 50-16 and one that has left the Vols snake-bit a few times along the way. Recent memories of a loss under the leadership of Derek Dooley in which Kentucky manage to beat the Vols with a 3rd string wide receiver in as quarterback makes Kentucky and interesting matchup given their improved play this season.
While sports pundits map out several scenarios for the SEC East title which include almost every team except Missouri and Vandy, Tennessee has one job…. Win out! (and then root for LSU).
Winning out may not be as easy as a Vol fan might expect with all 3 opponents Kentucky, Missouri, and Vanderbilt, while having dismal seasons, have shown some ability to be a thorn in the side of any team who attempts to overlook them. In these games, it will be less about the score and more about the W. Winning out will put the Vols at a season ending 9-3, one game better than last year, and with a LSU win over Florida, a second chance against arguable one of the best Alabama teams of all time in the SEC Championship.
Now, who here (considering the best case scenario) would be overly critical of Butch Jones and the Vols if they were to lose to Alabama again in the SEC Championship?
The answer had better be “no one”! Whether you like the overall product or not that Butch Jones has assembled in team #120, you will have a hard time convincing people that he doesn’t have this program moving in the right direction.
I expect more milestones to come……
November 23, 2016
The entire football world is united behind one theme, talk as much as you can about targeting! While targeting is an issue with college football and one that remains polarizing, it has been met with mixed reviews and angry fan bases, teams, and coaches regarding the timing of the calls and the call legitimacy itself. Referees are not held accountable for bad calls on targeting because the media and NCAA gives them a pass in “the best interest of player’s health”.
This year you have seen blatant targeting calls and ejections that were very questionable on replay. Even Tennessee fell victim to that twice at the beginning of the season. You have sports commentators who will take what is simply a good tackle and talk for five minutes that it should of been targeting. This also includes tackles that have taken place below or at the waist where targeting is hardly ever called nor should be. Referees of college football have been largely unaccountable for their calls whether it significantly impacted a game’s outcome or not.
What took place in the Tennessee vs Missouri game was more egregious than any targeting or unsportsmanlike call you’ve seen. Unfortunately this happens far too often in college football and it needs to be stopped completely. Regardless of whether the player committing this offense is on your team or not there is only one solution to this problem.
The problem is football players taking an opponent, lifting them off the ground, then slamming them to the turf. This happened to Tennessee player John Kelly by Missouri player Marcell Frazier 5 minutes into the 4th quarter as Missouri was starting to get frustrated with Tennessee’s offense. What is even more appalling is that the referees did not eject Marcell Frazier. Following the throw down, Tennessee players came to the aid of their teammate which caused another flag to be thrown resulting in “offsetting penalties” and allowed the action by Marcell Frazier to be nullified.
My opinion is, no matter what player or what team (yes even Tennessee) that an act like this should require and automatic ejection from the game and mandatory suspension from the first half of the following game with no appeal to the relative conference or NCAA. In this particular case, it would be of no surprise that John Kelly could of had his football career ended by being slammed to the ground head first. Feel free to list the numerous injuries that could have occurred:
Broken Collar Bone
I encourage everyone to contact not only the SEC Commissioner but the NCAA about this incident and the poor manner it was handled by the referee squad. The referee squad is:
Make your voice be heard!
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