Charles Mosley commits to Tennessee with haircut


Offensive lineman Charles Mosley committed to Tennessee on Monday by using a unique backdrop to make his announcement — his head. Mosley, the 21st-ranked offensive guard in the class of 2014, dyed both sides of his head with Tennessee colors and had “UT” shaved into one side and “VOLS” shaved into the other.

[Related: NCAA basketball player announces commitment with haircut]

Despite finishing with a losing record in five of their last six seasons, the Vols have secured one of the top recruiting classes for next season. According to Rivals.com, Tennessee has already locked down two five-star commits and 16 four-star commits. Things are certainly looking up.

Photo via Twitter/Paul Fortenberry
H/T Black Sports Online

Alabama fans paint Tennessee’s rock with red and ‘Roll Tide’


Alabama and Tennessee are set to square off this weekend in what is a fierce rivalry because of conference alignment and geography, though the games have not exactly been competitive in recent years. The Crimson Tide have beaten the Vols by 31 points in each of their last three meetings. As a result, Alabama fans felt they had every right to claim “The Rock” on Tennessee’s campus as their own this week.

Twitter user @DandyAndy110 posted the photo you see above earlier this week, which shows that Tennessee’s famous rock — the same one that was used to mock Lane Kiffin a couple weeks ago — has been painted red with the words “Roll Tide” across it. The Bama fans who did the honors also felt the need to write “Go 2 Hell TN” underneath their rally cry.

As Eye on College Football noted, Tennessee has never beaten Alabama in Tuscaloosa in six attempts during the Nick Saban era. Don’t expect that to change on Saturday afternoon.

H/T Twitter/Wes Rucker

Steve Spurrier takes shot at Tennessee

Steve-Spurrier-South-CarolinaSouth Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, probably the greatest 68-year-old trash talker in college football history, was up to his old tricks this week when discussing his team’s upcoming game against Tennessee. Spurrier has spent more than 20 years as a head coach in the SEC, so he has faced the Vols a ton. He found a way to eloquently express that on Thursday.

“This will be the 14th time I’ve coached in Neyland Stadium,” Spurrier said, via The State’s Josh Kendall. ” I’ve coached there more than some of their head coaches.”

For those of you who didn’t know, Neyland Stadium is the home of Tennessee football. Spurrier was calling attention to the fact that guys like Lane Kiffin and Derek Dooley spent very little time with the Vols.

Saturday is indeed Spurrier’s 14th time coaching at Neyland Stadium. You have to wonder if his jab was directed at Kiffin, who coached only eight home games for Tennessee before leaving to take a job at USC. As College Football Talk pointed out, Dooley coached 22 games at Neyland during his three-year tenure at Tennessee.

It should be noted that Spurrier also praised the Vols during the same press conference and said they have enough talent to be a top-25 team. Similar to last year when he downplayed Nick Saban’s accomplishments, the Ole Ball Coach simply couldn’t help himself.

Tennessee students celebrate Lane Kiffin firing: ‘Karma is a Butch’


Most Tennessee Vols fans despise Lane Kiffin. The recently-fired USC football coach accepted a job at Tennessee in 2009 only to leave a year later to coach the Trojans. Kiffin’s new job didn’t exactly work out, and he was recently fired at an airport terminal.

Upon hearing the news that their former coach had been terminated, Tennessee students decided to celebrate by taking a shot at Kiffin through the use of a massive boulder on their campus. As you can see from the photo above that former Vols quarterback Erik Ainge posted on Twitter, they wrote the following in spray paint:

“Hey Kiffin, Karma is a BUTCH!”

Tennessee is currently 3-2 under head coach Butch Jones. USC fired Kiffin after falling to 3-2 following an embarrassing loss to Arizona State, so the grass wasn’t as greener out west as Kiffin thought it would be. No group of fans is happier with the way it turned out than the Vols faithful. Well, we shouldn’t speak for the current USC players.

H/T For the Win

Arian Foster admits he took money in college at Tennessee

Arian-Foster-Rips-Fantasy-OwnersHouston Texans running back Arian Foster is the latest professional athlete to admit that he took improper benefits while in college. Those benefits ranged from taking cash to asking his coach at Tennessee to buy him some food.

In an upcoming EPIX documentary that discusses the growing issue of whether or not collegiate athletes should be paid, Foster spoke about not having enough money to survive on a day-to-day basis. Rather than go hungry, he says he accepted money.

“I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation — my senior year, I was getting money on the side,” said Foster, as uncovered by Sports Illustrated. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.”

Foster said it is only natural for players to be rubbed the wrong way knowing there are over 100,000 people buying a ticket to watch them play and they are not allowed to see any of the profits.

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Oregon hands Tennessee its worst loss since 1910

Marcus MariotaWhile most college football fans were watching the clash of the titans between Alabama and Texas A&M on Saturday, Oregon was busy proving that it might be the best team in the country.

The Ducks beat up Tennessee 59-14 in Eugene, handing the Vols their worst loss since a 48-0 defeat to Mississippi State in 1910.

And you thought the ending to the Phil Fulmer era was bad?

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns. Like UCLA and Alabama, the Ducks fell behind early and did a ton of damage in come-from-behind fashion. After starting off down 7-0, they scored 59 straight points. They were crushing Tennessee so badly their third-string players were into the game in the fourth quarter.

Oregon put up 686 yards compared to just 316 for Tennessee. They threw for 470 while the Vols only had 138 passing yards.

Oregon has gone 3-0 and outscored their opponents 184-27. Things will get tough for them in October. They’re at Washington, home against Washington State, home against UCLA, and at Stanford in a four-game stretch. I think they’ll lose one of those games.

As for Tennessee, well, things don’t get much rosier for Butch Jones’ bunch. They host Georgia, South Carolina, and they’re at Alabama in a brutal October.

Vanderbilt OL coach Herb Hand calls out fan who insulted his wife on Twitter

Herb-Hand-VanderbiltVanderbilt offensive line coach Herb Hand recently got a first-hand look at the negative side of Twitter recently when an idiotic Tennessee fan sent him a nasty tweet about his wife. The tweet has since been deleted, but Clay Travis of Outkick the Coverage took note of the exchange.

“dude I think your wife is f—ing someone while you coach your pathetic football team. #slut,” a Tennessee fan named Julian who uses the handle @JulianBucio reportedly tweeted at Hand.

The Vols fan sent several derogatory tweets at Hand but that was the worst of it and the one that annoyed Hand to the point where he felt the need to respond.

“Feel free to come by anytime so we can talk about this in person like men,” Hand wrote. “You are welcome to come to my office so we can discuss this face to face…I fully welcome the opportunity.”

Hand also felt the need to let Tennessee coach Butch Jones know what one of his fans had said. He tweeted a screen shot of a text he sent to the Vols coach after receiving the tweet from Julian.

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