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07:24 AM ET 10.22 | To some degree, Butch Jones is in on the joke. [Jones] says he knows some people think his slogans are "corny." But the ability of the Tennessee coach to take a familiar cliche and shape it into something more meaningful might be better described as remarkable. Such is Jones' motivational prowess that in the pivotal moments of the Vols' 23-21 victory over South Carolina on Saturday, players on the sidelines were yelling about inches. Football is a "game of inches," as every coach from Pop Warner leagues to the NFL has reminded player over the years, but Jones took the maxim to a more literal level in the days before the South Carolina game. Someone on the football staff's organizational chart was tasked with acquiring a few dozen yardsticks and slicing them into one-inch segments.

The Tennessean

Butch Jones, US Presswire Butch Jones, US Presswire
October 22, 2013  07:27 AM ET

Go Vols.

October 22, 2013  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Go Vols!

Butch is channeling his inner Al Pacino.

October 22, 2013  08:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Butch is channeling his inner Al Pacino.

The name "Butch" has an entirely different connotation than it did when we were growing up.

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October 22, 2013  09:15 AM ET

Not going to help them much this week, but the SC game was a good win.

October 22, 2013  11:02 AM ET

Any win or good showing from Tennessee the rest of the season, is really going to help Oregon's SOS.

October 22, 2013  11:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Any win or good showing from Tennessee the rest of the season, is really going to help Oregon's SOS.

Doubtful, but it sure will lift the Big Orange faithful.

October 22, 2013  11:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Not going to help them much this week, but the SC game was a good win.

Bama's D and ball control O should overcome everyone left on their schedule. Now, if the entire 1st and 2nd string come down with fever, diarrhea, and vomiting in the wee hours of Saturday morning, well, the outcome of that game is questionable.

October 22, 2013  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Doubtful, but it sure will lift the Big Orange faithful.

You don't think if the Vols play Bama tough and beat either Auburn or Missouri, that it would help Oregon's SOS??

October 22, 2013  12:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

the Vols play Bama tough and beat either Auburn or Missouri,

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Right....

October 22, 2013  12:49 PM ET

No matter what they accomplish through the end of the year, the Vols will not be ranked. They will be a non-story. Their opponents will be the story, if there is a story at all. If the Vols do the utterly unimaginable and win out to go 9-3, they will not be ranked. They will not be the story. They might get a good bowl invite - Chick-fil-A or NYD bowl.

Let me give you a taste of how the jaded sports media will view the Vols:

vs Bama -
The Crimson Tide plays host to the Vols of Tennessee. Last Saturday, Alabama laid waste to Arkansas, 52-0. Is there anything (or anyone) which can stop the Tide from rolling all the way to the National Championship?"
Certainly not their opponents today. The Volunteers made a considerably improved effort against Georgia and South Carolina, but it's obvious that injuries on both teams influenced the outcomes.
Yes, a healthy Georgia team beats Tennessee by at least two touchdowns.
Clearly, South Carolina was not at their best for the Tennessee game. The early ejection of Marcus, Shaw going down with an injured knee...
And the play calling. What was Spurrier thinking, burning those two timeouts?
Well, it's not going to matter today. Here comes the Crimson Tide!


vs Mizzou -
Missouri takes on the visiting Volunteers of Tennessee!
The Tigers have taken on all comers and now own the SEC eastern division in this, their second year in the SEC.
Yes, 2013 is the year of the Tigers, well, at least in the SEC East. And, their opponents today, what can we say? Luck and playing above their heads?
Truly, the stars have shown brightly on the Volunteers.
More than stars helped them last Saturday. Uncharacteristic Alabama errors spotted Tennessee 21 points. Alabama then took control, tied the game, and took the lead before one boneheaded play let Tennessee back in, and back-to-back special teams turnovers gave Tennessee the winning score.
That's not likely to happen today. It's the undefeated Tigers of Missouri looking to add one more in the win column when we come back.

October 22, 2013  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

No matter what they accomplish through the end of the year, the Vols will not be ranked. They will be a non-story. Their opponents will be the story, if there is a story at all. If the Vols do the utterly unimaginable and win out to go 9-3, they will not be ranked. They will not be the story. They might get a good bowl invite - Chick-fil-A or NYD bowl. Let me give you a taste of how the jaded sports media will view the Vols: vs Bama - The Crimson Tide plays host to the Vols of Tennessee. Last Saturday, Alabama laid waste to Arkansas, 52-0. Is there anything (or anyone) which can stop the Tide from rolling all the way to the National Championship?" Certainly not their opponents today. The Volunteers made a considerably improved effort against Georgia and South Carolina, but it's obvious that injuries on both teams influenced the outcomes. Yes, a healthy Georgia team beats Tennessee by at least two touchdowns. Clearly, South Carolina was not at their best for the Tennessee game. The early ejection of Marcus, Shaw going down with an injured knee... And the play calling. What was Spurrier thinking, burning those two timeouts? Well, it's not going to matter today. Here comes the Crimson Tide!vs Mizzou - Missouri takes on the visiting Volunteers of Tennessee! The Tigers have taken on all comers and now own the SEC eastern division in this, their second year in the SEC. Yes, 2013 is the year of the Tigers, well, at least in the SEC East. And, their opponents today, what can we say? Luck and playing above their heads? Truly, the stars have shown brightly on the Volunteers. More than stars helped them last Saturday. Uncharacteristic Alabama errors spotted Tennessee 21 points. Alabama then took control, tied the game, and took the lead before one boneheaded play let Tennessee back in, and back-to-back special teams turnovers gave Tennessee the winning score. That's not likely to happen today. It's the undefeated Tigers of Missouri looking to add one more in the win column when we come back.

vs Auburn -
It's college football along the banks of the Tennessee River as the Auburn Tigers invade Neyland Stadium to take on the Volunteers!
Gus Malzahn has lit a fire in Auburn!
Yes, nobody expected the Tigers to be playing at this level this year.
Their potent offense is hard to stop. Auburn is going to score points by the handful. Do you think Tennessee can defend against it? Do you think they can keep up offensively?
Tennessee has been charmed on the field their past three games. That kind of luck can't hold out. War Eagle is going to soar...


vs Vandy -
Vandy has played tough all year. Their record doesn't reflect their talent or their effort.
Earlier this year, we watched as Vanderbilt defeated Georgia - a team who beat the Vols. Is it time for them to assert themselves in another hard won victory?
Tennessee underestimates the Commodores at their own peril. Last year, the Commodores pasted the Vols, 41 to 18. That's got to have a psychological effect upon Tennessee...


vs KY -
Kentucky, winless in the SEC, this first year under new coach, Mark Stoops, comes to Knoxville hoping to garner their first conference win. What will it take to get it done today?
Stoops is a heck of a coach and a heck of a recruiter. I'll tell you this program will not be in the SEC East cellar for long. Today, right now, he's got the talent to win. All the Wildcats need do is execute. If this team executes, it wins today.
The Vols have quite a win streak going against some very tough teams...
Yeah, but the Volunteers have had all the breaks. The Big Orange Emperor is due to see his new cloths. The Wildcats uncloak the Volunteers, today...

October 22, 2013  12:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHARight....

LOL, did you notice the "IF" in my comment #9?? :-)

October 22, 2013  01:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

You don't think if the Vols play Bama tough and beat either Auburn or Missouri, that it would help Oregon's SOS??

Meant to quote you for post #11, OT, but FN is finicky today. To be concise, no matter what they accomplish through the remainder of the season, the Vols will not gain consideration from pollsters. Only the computer programs will give any consideration to any Vols successes through the remainder of the season. They might boost a victorious opponent a bit or byte, if the Vols are victorious against another winning SEC program.

October 22, 2013  01:04 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

LOL, did you notice the "IF" in my comment #9?? :-)

Remember who you're conversing with.

 
October 22, 2013  03:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Bama's D and ball control O should overcome everyone left on their schedule. Now, if the entire 1st and 2nd string come down with fever, diarrhea, and vomiting in the wee hours of Saturday morning, well, the outcome of that game is questionable.

Just keep them away from Indian food, and it'll be ok.

(if you don't get that reference, here's the real-life situation where it cost an English soccer team a chance to get into some big-bucks games about seven years ago): http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/food-poisoning- leaves-spurs-players-sick-as-parrots-and-out-of-the-champions-league-477336 .html

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