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Tennessee Probz


Cuonzo Martin’s abrupt rocky-top exodus on the heels of the Sweet 16 is a tough blow for Tennessee Athletics. It’s bad from a personnel standpoint, obviously, and yet another spill in the PR aisle for the already unsanitary Volunteer Athletic Department as well as the Paid Athletic Department.

While the University of Tennessee is unquestionably a Women’s Basketball School, it does boast a large, fervent fan base and an athletic department with deep pockets. There was once a decent football team here they say, way back before such esteemed gridiron names as Kiffin and Dooley…’s idiot children were paid millions to roam the sideline.

Heck, even the men’s basketball team had a few good runs. There was the Bert & Ernie Show, and Jerry Green cobbled together a couple decent squads thanks to strong chemistry formed by players who never ran out of eligibility. And of course Bruce Pearl rallied the Vols all the way to the midseason AP Poll summit and an Elite 8 before his run in Knoxville went up in weed and barbecue smoke.

The gorgeous Thompson-Bowling Arena, on the pristine waters of the Stinkin Creek, is home to the Lady Vols and on super special occasions, the men are allowed to play here too they just have to clean up afterward.


Women’s Basketball is the pillar of UT Athletics, and there’s certainly no shame in that game. The Lady Vols are one of the greatest traditions in women’s hoops and the way things are trending, they’ll probably still be a top 10-ish program in that sport for the foreseeable future. How many schools can lay claim to a top 10-ish women’s sports team anchoring its athletic program?

Still, don’t be surprised if UT swings for a walk-off hire to replace Martin. After striking out on its last two football hires in an attempt to replace the Hall of Fame coach it fired, they swung hard and landed Butch Jones. As the great Harmon Killebrew might have said, “Sometimes you swing for the fence and you fly out to shallow center, but you sleep easy knowing you took an honest hack.”

Going to the Elite 8 in the Women’s NCAA Tournament year in and year out is what makes the University of Tennessee a special place. It also has a top-notch marching band. And, Knoxville has a Cheesecake Factory. Strong campus attributes, no doubt, but you have to wonder: just what exactly is the cost of living in the Lady Vols’ shadow?

Article written by John Dubya

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27 Comments for Tennessee Probz

  1. DrSayre
    8:03 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    This is the first time I think I’ve ever seen a picture of the outside of Thompson—Boling Arena… never knew how ugly it was…

    • Miss Nomer
      8:16 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

      Wow — me neither. And it must have built a good ten years after Brutalism’s heyday. Terrible.

  2. Durr
    8:09 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Belittling women’s basketball is a shitty thing to do.

  3. Rupp
    8:12 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    @1…no uglier than my house really…

  4. Kelso
    8:12 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink


  5. David
    8:19 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    That’s not the Cumberland River! It’s the Tennessee. The Cumberland flows through Nashville.

  6. Bruce Pearl
    8:19 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    DANG!!!!! Why did I go to Auburn!

  7. Ugh
    8:27 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    The Tennessee river is in Knoxville there, chief.

  8. ( . ) ( . )
    8:28 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Tennessee is Stoopin it up wit a pair of tities!

  9. STEVE!
    8:31 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    What a stupid article. Other than Men’s basketball, name one other sport where we are better than UT. Not praising UT, just pointing out how bad our overall athletic program and facilities are.

    • Batcats
      8:50 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

      We’re currently ranked higher than them in baseball so I’ll go w that. Your turn: other than football what athletics are they better than us at? Softball maybe? Anything else?

    • Batcats
      8:54 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

      Seriously how bad is our overall athletic program in your eyes? Our basketball team went to the final, our women’s bball went to sweet 16, baseball team is 24, softball team is ranked 16. Our Women’s volleyball team finished in top 15, and I hear our rifle team is one of the best. Oh and our cheerleaders just won their 20th national championship. Again, other than football what do you want is to improve?

    • He's Right
      8:20 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

      He’s right, I just looked it up. Tennessee’s overall college athletics raking came in at 47 while Kentucky’s came in at 56. Don’t shoot the messenger here… I didn’t read anything about the criteria they used. But there it was in black and white after a three second Google search. Take it for what you will.

  10. Capt Sarcasm
    8:36 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Some people will never understand satire. Not that I think this was hilarious but a couple of you are taking it too seriously. Btw, Lexington is getting a cheesecake factory.

  11. John
    8:44 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Aside from the geography deficiencies, ky should never….ever….ever be allowed to cast aspersions at anyone’s football program. Even the doofus Dooley managed 2 of 3 against cats

  12. Merle Haggard
    8:51 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    One of these days when the air clears up and the sun comes shining through, we’ll all be drinkin’ that free bubble-up and eatin’ that rainbow stew!

  13. Joey Rupption
    8:55 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    How much debt does the UT Athletic Department have now?

    Last year it was $200 million in the hole.

  14. Sheeeeeiiit
    8:58 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    This was very funny. One of the best reads in a while. But I like and understand satire, some don’t. Sarcasm is the best version of free speech by the way.

  15. Pharmboy
    9:26 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    The Bert and Ernie show? Really? Are they muppets? It was Bernie and Ernie.

  16. STEVE!
    9:28 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    Batcats, my point is that UT is better than us in just about all sports, and our facilities don’t begin to compare to any of theirs, so why are we making fun of them? Have you been inside Thompson-Bowling Arena. It’s beautiful, and they have NO basketball history. As for which sports, just take a look at the standings of the SEC All-Sports Trophy going back as many years as you want, and see where UT finishes and where we finish.

    • He's Right
      8:22 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

      That would be too easy Steve. You have to realize that we’re surrounded on here by the very fans that make Kentucky basketball so hated. Not that I really care but I do know the cause.

  17. Ron Steele
    10:22 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    An embarrassingly juvenile & horribly researched article, but why should I expect anymore from this onion-skin thin web site. Did the “author” of this epic tome write it while taking a dump or vomiting or maybe both at the same time?

    Ron “Man of Steel” Steele

    • bmack
      10:36 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

      If you hate the site, why do you keep coming to ksr and posting comments? Don’t you have anything better to do with your time?

      It’s a rhetorical quesiton. I know the answer is “no.”

  18. hm
    11:47 pm April 15, 2014 Permalink

    What an annoying post. What’s the punchline? Women’s sports? Really original, guys.

  19. DH
    9:51 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

    You had me at “Volunteer Athletic Department” and “Paid Athletic Department”

    Good stuff

  20. DH
    9:52 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

    I don’t think you’re allowed to make jokes in America anymore. It’s very un-PC.

  21. Superfan
    9:54 am April 16, 2014 Permalink

    Epic post, I cried I laughed so hard