Friday, February 23, 2007


Hope Springs Eternal in Knoxville (WBIR-TV)

...began yesterday in Knoxville, TN. The Vols were the first to sort of strap it on this season, and they will play the traditional Orange-and-White game on March 31, before six BCS conference teams have even begun their spring drills. Interesting trivia - all six are Pac-10 schools (UofA, Oregon, OSU, Stanford, UCLA and Washington). I have no idea why this is so; if anything, one would expect western teams to start early given the favorable weather relative to schools in the midwest and east. Arizona is the last to begin - St. Michael is understandably distracted with his ongoing crusade for moral propriety.

The Vols are installing a no-huddle offense, and focused on getting more pressure on the quarterback. They're also holding auditions for defensive backs, where they will have three new starters, and wide receivers (no starters return).

Cal begins on March 12, but please don't expect much in the way of reports. Tedford is notoriously sensitive about "coverage" of spring ball, and we're happy to honor his request to keep things in the family.


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