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The Glimpse: Pearl’s system and former, current [and future?] Heisman candidates

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Inside Tennessee’s Jeffery Stewart has a must-read analysis of coach Bruce Pearl’s system and what makes it tick.  You really need to read the whole thing, but here’s an excerpt: 

Think atypical where players are concerned. Pearl proved at UMW that he likes to put personnel on the floor that creates match-up issues on both ends of the court for opponents. This strategy is an all out assault on an opponent’s comfort zone and, combined with stifling full-court pressure, disrupts continuity. In NCAA wins over Alabama and Boston College in the 2005, Pearl used 6-5 strongman, Joah Tucker on the wing to overpower smaller defenders. . . . . Pearl could use four-star signee Duke Crews in the same manner next season, playing him at power forward against slower opponents and at the wing against smaller.

On that note, Turn Up The Heat, a DVD cashing in on the surprising success of the 2005-06 Volunteer basketball season, hit JCPenney stores on Tuesday.  You can also get it at

On the football front, Arian Foster is No. 44 on College Football News’ Heisman watch list.  Former Vol quarterback Brent Schaeffer, who started as a true freshman, traded series with Erik Ainge until he broke his collarbone, and eventually transferred after being suspended for the 2005 spring practice due to a violation of team rules, is No. 67.  Schaeffer apparently had an excellent season this past year at some junior college somewhere and has resurfaced at Ole Miss.

Lastly, continues its “Up Close” series with a look at newcomer Stephaun Raines.

Ranking the Tennessee Volunteers 2006 list of recruits

Friday, February 3rd, 2006

Before starting the player pages for Tennessee’s newest recruits, I of course had to figure out who should be first, and that turned out to be more of a chore than I thought it would, mostly because it involved math. So the first of the player pages will have to wait until this weekend.

But I have ranked the players according to how the various recruiting services viewed them. Here’s my methodology, as subjective as it may be: Since and seem to be the Pepsi and Coke of recruiting sources, I first averaged the star ratings of each player and ranked accordingly. I used’s “grade” for each player to break any ties. Any ties after that were broken by complete subjectivity without any thought whatsoever because it was getting late.

So here are the newest Tennessee Volunteers, sorted by highest ranking:

This weekend, I’ll start the player pages, beginning with Walter Fisher. See ya then.

Tennessee Volunteer 2006 recruiting class

Thursday, February 2nd, 2006

The results are in for yesterday’s National Signing Day, and the Tennessee Volunteers followed up their horrible 5-6 season with a decent, but sub-par, recruiting season. has the Tennessee Volunteer 2006 recruiting class ranked at No. 24 nationally and No. 7 in the SEC behind Florida (No. 2), Georgia (No. 4), LSU (No. 7), Auburn (No. 9), Mississippi (No. 15), and Alabama (No. 18). has Tennessee at No. 23 nationally and No. 7 in the SEC behind the same teams.

ESPN? No. 15 nationally, and No. 6 in the SEC, behind all of the same teams except Ole Miss.

Here are the players that committed yesterday:

  • Quarterbacks
    • Nick Stephens
  • Running Backs
    • Dustin Lindsey
  • Wide Receivers
    • Quintin Hancock
    • Stephaun Raines
  • Tight Ends
    • Lee Smith
    • Luke Stocker
  • Offensive Linemen
    • Ramone Johnson
    • Jacques McClendon
    • Darius Myers
    • Cody Pope
  • Defensive Linemen
    • Walter Fisher
    • Blake Garretson
    • Chase Nelson
    • Jarrod Shaw
    • Victor Thomas
  • Linebackers
    • Dorian Davis
    • LaMarcus Thompson
    • Gerald Williams
  • Defensive Backs
    • Justin Garrett
  • Kickers
    • Chad Cunningham
    • Daniel Lincoln
  • Athletes
    • Brent Vinson

    Get to know these guys with me starting tomorrow, when I’ll start compiling information about the new players, giving each one a dedicated page.