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08:20 AM ET 10.16 | On the verge of facing the toughest opponent on the schedule, the Vols have yet another challenge in front of them. Trying to stave off cracks in the team's unity after an 0-3 SEC start, Tennessee veterans called a players-only meeting Sunday after returning home from a 41-31 loss at Mississippi State. Linebackers Herman Lathers and A.J. Johnson helped organize the meeting. "We pulled some of the guys together and we said, 'If you don't want to play, go down to the scout team. We're tired of losing here and things are going to change and things are going to change this week,'" Lathers said Monday. "Guys that weren't doing it right, we're going to kick them off the field."

Knoxville News Sentinel

Derek Dooley, Icon Sports Derek Dooley, Icon Sports
October 16, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Guys that weren't doing it right, we're going to kick them off the field. Who would that leave?

October 16, 2012  08:43 AM ET

Whatever. They could hold 10 players only meetings. The Tide is going to ROLL all over Tennessee.

October 16, 2012  08:47 AM ET

Just let 'em have a good free for all in the locker room...that way they will have at least hit someone this season.

October 16, 2012  09:00 AM ET

Isn't this the coach's job?

I understand players-only meetings, but deciding who sees the field, and who rides scout team should fall under "coaching decisions" IMO.

October 16, 2012  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Just let 'em have a good free for all in the locker room...that way they will have at least hit someone this season.

Zing!

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October 16, 2012  09:22 AM ET

That sounds like that locker room was as uncomfortable as Penn States

October 16, 2012  09:22 AM ET
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Hey DC, how is it going in Florida?

Still in South Texas working. (Hotter than hell here.) Meeting the crew in Florida on Thursday.

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October 16, 2012  09:31 AM ET

Do they get to play Missouri? That can always cure what ails ya!!!

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October 16, 2012  09:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Do they get to play Missouri? That can always cure what ails ya!!!

Yea, Mizzou sucks

October 16, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

I heard that Fulmer is in talks with the piggies.

DON'T GO THERE!!!!!

October 16, 2012  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Whatever. They could hold 10 players only meetings. The Tide is going to ROLL all over Tennessee.

I agree, the Vols are the "Bottom Dwellers" of the SEC, along with Kentucky, Ole Miss, Vandy, Missouri, Arky and Auburn!!! Cooking popcorn and baiting my hook as we speak!!! :-)

October 16, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I agree, the Vols are the "Bottom Dwellers" of the SEC, along with Kentucky, Ole Miss, Vandy, Missouri, Arky and Auburn!!! Cooking popcorn and baiting my hook as we speak!!! :-)

I'll bite...even though I don't like this bait.

The SEC has no bottom dwellers. All top tier teams. Toughest conference in the nation the last seven years. Check the NCG results.

 
October 16, 2012  09:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I agree, the Vols are the "Bottom Dwellers" of the SEC, along with Kentucky, Ole Miss, Vandy, Missouri, Arky and Auburn!!! Cooking popcorn and baiting my hook as we speak!!! :-)

can't argue about Arky, but hey we do have 2 conference wins so things are getting better. Who am I kidding? No its not.

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