Don't let the conference cronies put their own agendas ahead of the schools'
It's been a tough week or so for embattled Tennessee coach Derek Dooley. When you're a fairly prestigious programs' fifth choice or so (and you've, you know, not even particularly had consistent...
There is a saying Stanford Women’s Basketball Head Coach Tara VanDerveer has been espousing all season; "Nneka is a woman playing among girls." And that certainly was the case tonight when #4...
Looks like the move I first reported early this summer — Skylar McBee from 2 guard to PG — is still the Vols' plan. (At least for now.)— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) August 26, 2010
Looks like the move I first reported early this summer — Skylar McBee from 2 guard to PG — is still the Vols' plan. (At least for now.)
Class ends at 11, and Berry discusses his recruitment three years ago out of Creekside High School in Fairburn, Ga., while waiting for a magazine shoot at Neyland Stadium.
"I guess I just felt like Georgia thought they had me in the bag, and they didn't even know about me and I was in their backyard," Berry explains. "I remember when I went on my recruiting visit, coach (Mark) Richt had my name and stats written on his hand. I guess he thought I didn't see it or something, but I did.
"They were talking to me about playing wide receiver; they didn't even know my position was safety and quarterback. That really made me upset. Coach Kiffin (who then was at Southern Cal), he came with Pete Carroll and the running backs coach and they knew all about me. And I was in Georgia's backyard.
"But all the talk was about Caleb King (now a redshirt sophomore at Georgia battling for a starting job). I guess that's why I always favored Tennessee. They always recruited me hard and let me know what I meant to them. That hurt my feelings, I'm not even going to lie. But I love Mark Richt, love his staff. Him and coach (Rodney) Garner, because they're the ones that recruited me. They're both good men. I was just like, 'Dang.' I just felt like you need to be in your backyard. I just felt like (they) needed to know a little something about me. A few more phone calls or something."
The most radical Tennessee uniform came with the "Halloween jerseys" of 1963, orange with black numbers, uniforms that weren't a big hit. They went gently into that good night at the end of the season. A 5-5 season and a new coach in town the next season helped make that happen.