Today marks the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The innocent victims and heroes of that day shall never be forgotten.
A rash (get it HAHAHA) of staph infections in the Tennessee football locker room forced first year coach Derek Dooley to re-educate his team on the finer points of properly showering. I did not just make this up. This happened. For real.
This of course has led to the awesomest analogy ever created:
UT Football Players:Shower Discipline::UT Fans:Shower Discipline.
Three Louisiana natives could play in the Commodores' defensive backfield when No. 19 LSU visits at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU. Sophomore Trey Wilson started at nickelback last week against Northwestern. Freshmen Karl Butler and Andre Hal also got on the field in their first games.
Somebody read the game notes...
"Everyone had a better grasp of the offense," said Smith, who passed for 240 yards, nearly 100 yards better than the team's 2009 average. "I feel more comfortable."
"We say 19 out of 21," Bryant said. "It was really 19 out of 25. He scrambled one time and got a first down. We sacked him three times. There were at least 11 or 12 of those completions that were underneath for probably six or seven yards.
"There were about four plays in the pass game where we didn’t do what we’re supposed to do, and those were the four plays hurt us. I’m not going to get caught up in completion percentages and yards and this and that. The bottom line is you can’t give up big plays."
With its football program already under an NCAA probe, the University of Tennessee is now facing an investigation into its men's basketball program. NCAA representatives are checking, in part, excessive telephone calls and the use of unauthorized phones to contact recruits, sources told ESPN.com Thursday.
Tennessee has self-imposed sanctions against coach Bruce Pearl for lying to the NCAA during its investigation of the Vols' men's basketball program, athletic director Mike Hamilton announced Friday. Hamilton is reducing Pearl's pay by $1.5 million over five years and prohibiting him from participating in off-campus recruiting for one year.
Head coach Bruce Pearl will lose $1.5 million in salary over the next five years, and the $500,000 retention bonus he was due to receive in November 2012 will be deferred until June 2015 as part of UT's self-imposed penalties announced Friday.
He did the right thing, that was Bruce Pearl's mantra. When his peers labeled him a rat and a snitch and ostracized him within his profession for nearly 15 years because he turned in Illinois, Pearl held fast to his strongest defense -- that he did the right thing. And so to hear a teary-eyed Pearl admit that he did the wrong thing, that he misled NCAA investigators, it was both deliciously ironic and depressingly eye-opening.
Tennessee’s decision to severely discipline head coach Bruce Pearl for initially lying to NCAA investigators is expected to send a strong message to the rest of the coaching profession -- and just importantly, to the NCAA Committee on Infractions as it waits to hear this case. The message? Don’t lie.
When Bruce Pearl misled NCAA investigators about the nature of some recruiting transgressions -- impermissible phone calls, the use of unauthorized phones, and improper contact with recruits -- he made what might have been a minor situation much worse. By self-imposing penalties and going public with the issue, Tennessee is now hoping to make a major situation a little bit less so. That's the real question after today: How harsh will the NCAA's punishment be? What happens now?