Louisville coach Charlie Strong is likely to stay with the Cardinals, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports. Strong had emerged as the front-runner to be the next head coach at Tennessee, multiple sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday. The coach, however, has been tight-lipped about where he’ll be in 2013.
Derek Dooley has been fired as Tennessee’s head coach, the school announced in a statement Sunday. The Volunteers will immediately begin a new search to fill its head coaching vacancy. Dooley will not coach Tennessee Saturday in the season finale against Kentucky. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney will serve as interim head coach. Tennessee becomes the third SEC program to officially launch a coaching search. The others are Kentucky and Arkansas. Tennessee athletics director Dave Hart is scheduled to address reporters at 1 p.m.
In some ways I relish the game against LSU more than any other rivalry lately. I don’t know if it’s the fact that LSU has (on average) been so much better than Auburn and Tennessee has been over the last couple years, making the game more interesting. Or is it that I just enjoy watching the physicality of this game. In terms of high impact, smash mouth football; the LSU game has been right up there with the Iron Bowl recently. There is no doubt about that. Why hasn’t this game with LSU been given a nickname like the Iron Bowl or the Third Saturday in October? What should it be called?
Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron throws a touchdown pass to a wide open freshman Amari Cooper against the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Tennessee Volunteers were no match for the Alabama Crimson Tide in their annual rivalry known as the Third Saturday in October as the Crimson Tide demolished the Vols 44-13 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Alabama Crimson Tide marched into Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee with a 6-0 record to take on the Tennessee Volunteers for the annual “Third Saturday in October” rivalry match up. Alabama looked to be in Championship form by outplaying the Vols in every phase of the game. AJ McCarron even looked to be the superior quarterback that night over Tennessee’s Tyler Bray, who many consider to be one of the SEC’s best quarterbacks. McCarron threw for 306 yards completing 17 of 22 passes while throwing for 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. Simply put, the Tide rolled to a convincing 44-13 victory.
Since it gave up two long passes by Denard Robinson in a season-opening 41-14 victory over Michigan, Alabama’s defense has not been challenged much by deep passes. That’s almost certain to change when the Crimson Tide plays at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday at Tennessee. Is Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner looking forward to being tested?
Alabama fans can say what they want about Tennessee. The Vols are a heated rival, after all. But Alabama players have had nothing but nice things to say this week about the opponent they will face at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn. Take senior center Barrett Jones, for instance. For starters, he thinks Neyland Stadium is a great place to play.
Opposing fans around the SEC have spent plenty of time discussing what the right strategy might be to defeat No. 1 Alabama but former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge put forth his own idea on how the Volunteers can defeat the Tide this weekend on his radio show yesterday on Tennessee Sports Radio. “I say it all the time. Nasty, attitude, get after it. Do something crazy,” Ainge said. “The first time AJ McCarron drops back, tell one of your boys you’ve got fifteen on this one. He’s got a sore knee, go step on it.”
Listen to last night’s edition of the Nick Saban radio show with host Tom Roberts and media guest Todd Blackledge. Saban talks about this Saturday’s game against Tennessee, a game which Saban believes will provide the Crimson Tide with its biggest challenge yet this season.
When it is full, Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., is one of the loudest venues in college football. Alabama sophomore Trey DePriest will experience the noise for the first time at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday when the top-ranked Crimson Tide meets Tennessee. As a middle linebacker, DePriest is in charge of communicating many of the defense’s calls.
I am sure the Offensive Line that used to push him around in practice will enjoy pushing him around even more now that he is on a rival team. Apparently he thinks he's got one foot in the NFL already [...]
If you follow any Alabama fans on Facebook or Twitter, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve seen one particular video clip posted several times this week. The video titled “Bama fan trashing Tennessee” has been making the rounds on message boards and social media sites since it was first posted on Youtube back on October 18, 2007, just days before Alabama’s 41-17 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers.
Top-ranked Alabama has yet to play an opponent with a strong vertical passing game. One reason is that quarterback Tyler Wilson didn’t play when the Crimson Tide crushed the Razorbacks 52-0.