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Inside the Schedule: Tennessee Volunteers

Written by: Jake Wallman (@WallmanE75) It’s that time of year again, i've already seen pictures of Halloween candy hitting the shelves in stores. Plus Starbucks debuted their annual “Pumpkin Spice” flavor this week, even though summer's just now dwindling down. Game week is finally here for the Tennessee Volunteers and the long what for Big Orange football is finally over. The boys in orange kickoff their 2018 campaign under first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt this Saturday, Sept. 1st in Charlotte, N.C. in the Belk Kickoff Classic against the 17th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers. The Vols are coming off a rough 2017 campaign that ended with a 4-8 record, the worst in school history and also saw the firing of Butch Jones after a lopsided loss to Missouri on November 11th. Fans in Knoxville seem to have plenty of positive vibes despite the team coming off of an uncharacteristically down year. Here are my game-by-game picks for the 2018 Tennessee Vols. Week One (Sept. 1) Tennessee vs. No.12 West Virginia in Charlotte, N.C. Mountaineers Head Coach Dana Holgorsen enters his eighth year in Morgantown and each year he’s been searching for the “lightning in a bottle” type of magic he found in year one with a 2011 Orange Bowl victory. This game is set as the CBS Game of the Week as the college football season gets underway and is set for a 3:30 p.m. eastern kickoff. Most of the nation will tune in for this one with Brad Nessler and Gary Danielson in the booth. West Virginia is returning an offense that might as well be ranked in the top 10 with Will Grier at quarterback. A lot of people see him as a Heisman dark horse if [...]

Inside the Schedule: Tennessee Volunteers2018-08-31T17:21:45-04:00

Grizzlies waive Kobi Simmons

Written by: Jacob Boughter (@jacob_boughter) On August 28th, the Memphis Grizzlies waived fan favorite Kobi Simmons, who played for the Grizzlies during the 2017-18 season. Simmons was a McDonald’s All-American in 2016 and played one season of college basketball at Arizona before going undrafted in the 2017 NBA draft. The Grizzlies signed the 6-5 combo guard to the NBA’s first ever two-way contract on July 1st, 2017. Simmons played in 32 games for Memphis last season, averaging 6.1 points and 2.1 assists per game on 42.3% shooting. He spent the rest of the season in north Mississippi with the Memphis Hustle. A contributing factor to Simmons being waived could have been the recent signing of Shelvin Mack for the Grizzlies. Mack has played in the NBA for seven seasons and was a member of the Orlando Magic last year. Simmons being waived is also possibly due to the return of Mike Conley for the 2018-19 season, after he missed all but 12 games last season. This makes Simmons the fifth point guard on the team behind Conley, Mack, Garrett Temple, and Andrew Harrison, putting him in a position where his value dropped do to the number of point guard in Memphis. It has been rumored that the Grizzlies waived Simmons to free up a roster spot for hometown hero Markel Crawford. Crawford played for both the University of Memphis and Ole Miss during his college career and was recently signed to a camp deal with the Grizzlies. The high-scoring guard most recently played for the Grizzlies during the 2018 Summer League season, where he averaged 9.6 points in 18 minutes per game. The Grizzlies now have one of their allotted two two-way contracts open, with Japanese [...]

Grizzlies waive Kobi Simmons2018-08-31T14:20:52-04:00

Drive By Truckers with Adam's House Cat at Bijou Theatre 9/27/18

Thursday, September 27th! Tickets go on sale FRIDAY, AUGUST 3RD AT 10AM! Ticket Link HERE Founded in 1996 by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band have long held a progressive fire in their belly but with AMERICAN BAND, they have made the most explicitly political album in their extraordinary canon. A powerful and legitimately provocative work, hard edged and finely honed, the album is the sound of a truly American Band a Southern American band speaking on matters that matter. DBT made the choice to direct the Way We Live Now head on, employing realism rather than subtext or symbolism to purge its makers’ own anger, discontent, and frustration with societal disintegration and the urban/rural divide that has partitioned the country for close to a half-century. Master songwriters both, Hood and Cooley wisely avoid overt polemics to explore such pressing issues as race, income inequality, the NRA, deregulation, police brutality, Islamophobia, and the plague of suicides and opioid abuse. As a result, songs like “What It Means” and the tub-thumping “Kinky Hypocrites” are intensely human music from a rock ’n’ roll band yearning for community and collective action. Fueled by a just spirit of moral indignation and righteous rage, AMERICAN BAND is protest music fit for the stadiums, designed to raise issues and ire as the nation careens towards its most momentous election in a generation. AMERICAN BAND’s considerable force can in part be credited to the sheer musical strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s two-decade history. AMERICAN BAND follows ENGLISH OCEANS and 2015’s IT’S GREAT TO BE ALIVE!, [...]

Drive By Truckers with Adam's House Cat at Bijou Theatre 9/27/182018-08-01T15:48:37-04:00

Honoring a VFL: John Ward

At first, I chose not to write this article as I didn’t know if I could honor a legend in the right way. The more I thought about it, the more I thought about how John Ward would’ve wanted me too on the adage that you need to take every opportunity you can get and run with it. Being born in 1996 and with John retiring officially after the 1999 basketball season, most would say I don’t know who John is. Well with the power of YouTube where a lot of John’s broadcasts are and thanks to Vol For Life Films, I’ve heard him more than you might think.     John Ward was everything to Tennessee fans, especially in East Tennessee. When a fan didn’t have the opportunity to go to a game, it was straight to the closest radio and his voice would be the one to greet them, “Hello everyone, this is John Ward of the VolNetwork.” He would describe everything down to the last detail. He and the late Bill Anderson, the late color guy that sat next to John in the Neyland Stadium press box for three decades, would be overly homer for Tennessee without going overboard. You knew who they wanted to win and they never made the game about themselves. Those two were the best broadcasting duo that may ever grace this Earth. His storied calls are quotes that will be remembered forever, and they will be something I will show my kids someday:     “Did he make it? The crowd tells you. GOOD-AH JOB!” – Georgia vs Tennessee, 1995  “Give. Him. Six!!!” – after every touchdown Tennessee scored for over three decades  “Bottom! Bang!” – words tossed around in basketball broadcasts for Tennessee basketball  Or two of [...]

Honoring a VFL: John Ward2018-06-28T14:20:14-04:00

The latest WUTK 90.3 The Rock Volunteer Radio WEEKLY PLAYLIST.

Reported to the NACC Radio Charts  https://naccchart.com/ The North American College & Community Chart tabulates weekly airplay from College and Non-Commercial radio stations in The US & Canada. http://www.naccchart.com  WUTK Music Charts: Week of 06/12/18 WUTK Music Charts: Week of 06/12/18 Top 30 New Records/Regular Rotation 1 FATHER JOHN MISTY God's Favorite Customer Sub Pop 2 ST VINCENT "Fast Slow Disco" [Single] Loma Vista/Concord 3 COURTNEY BARNETT Tell Me How You Really Feel Mom + Pop 4 NINE INCH NAILS "God Break Down The Door" [Single] Capitol 5 ZIGGY MARLEY Rebellion Rises Tuff Gong Worldwide 6 BOMBINO Deran Partisan 7 SLIGHTLY STOOPID "If You Want It" (featuring Alborosie) [Single] Stoopid 8 BROWNOUT Fear Of A Brown Planet Fat Beats 9 JOHN PAUL KEITH Heart Shaped Shadow (feat. Will Sexton) Last Chance 10 JUNGLE "Happy Man/House In LA" [Single] XL 11 LET'S EAT GRANDMA I'm All Ears [Advance Tracks] Transgressive/PIAS 12 GORILLAZ The Now Now [Advance Tracks] Parlophone 13 BEACH HOUSE Seven (7) Sub Pop 14 ANDERSON PAAK "Bubblin" [Single] Aftermath 15 SARAH SHOOK AND THE DISARMERS Years Bloodshot 16 WHITE DENIM "Magazin" [Single] City Slang 17 AMERICAN AQUARIUM Things Change New West 18 CHILDISH GAMBINO "This is America" [Single] RCA 19 STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE JICKS Sparkle Hard Matador 20 WEBB WILDER Powerful Stuff! Landslide 21 BLACK PUMAS "Black Moon Rising" [Single] Self-Released 22 WEEZER "Africa" [Single] Atlantic 23 NEKO CASE Hell-On Anti- 24 PHANTOGRAM "Someday / Saturday" [Single] American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 25 MYSTIC BOWIE Mystic Bowie's Talking Dreads Red River 26 LAKE STREET DIVE Free Yourself Up Nonesuch 27 PARQUET COURTS Wide Awake! Rough Trade 28 LEON BRIDGES Good Thing Columbia 29 HATCHIE Suger & Spice [EP] Double Double Whammy 30 LUCERO "For [...]

The latest WUTK 90.3 The Rock Volunteer Radio WEEKLY PLAYLIST.2018-06-12T02:00:04-04:00

Ben Rector hits the Mill and Mine for 2 nights. Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.

Ben Rector's new video "Old Friends" Ticket Link for the 10/25/18 Thursday show. Ben Rector on wiki https://www.benrectormusic.com/ Ben Rector's new album is called Magic! http://themillandmine.com/  

Ben Rector hits the Mill and Mine for 2 nights. Oct. 25 and Oct. 26.2018-06-11T10:10:38-04:00

Vols once again in SEC/Big 12 Challange

For those who don’t know, the Big 12/SEC Challenge is an annual college basketball event taking place between the Southeastern Conference and the Big 12. The conferences along with the athletic directors from the schools will create ten matchups between a Big 12 team and an SEC team. One of the greatest things about the event is that it isn't played at neutral sites. You do not have to travel to New York or the Bahamas, two popular locations where some early season tournaments are held. The Volunteers have been a team that’s regularly participated in the challenge, only missing out of the 2013-14 season which was the year it was created. Taking a quick look at the Vols and how they’ve fared in the event, they’ve done well. In Tennessee’s first year, Donnie Tyndall’s squad beat Bruce Weber and Kansas State in Knoxville, 65-64. The Vols went to TCU in 2015, Rick Barnes’s first year at the helm, and lost 75-63. Tennessee has won its last two outings vs the Big 12, 70-58 in 2017 at home and 68-45 this past season at Iowa State. This has led to a record of 3-1, but the SEC as a whole has seen better days. Going into the sixth year of the challenge, the Big 12 has won the challenge four times with the SEC winning last year 6-4. Although the times have not yet been set they probably will be as the season gets closer. Here are the 10 games with their locations: Alabama @ Baylor, Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas Arkansas @ Texas Tech, United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas Florida @ TCU, Schollmaier Arena, Fort Worth, Texas Texas @ Georgia, Stegeman Coliseum, Athens, Georgia Kansas [...]

Vols once again in SEC/Big 12 Challange2018-05-27T15:08:06-04:00

Nashville claims 2019 NFL Draft

Growing up in Tennessee, the city of Nashville has always been the measuring stick as to what a city can do to make itself appealing. The two big cities on either side, Knoxville and Memphis, have developed a rivalry of sorts with our state capital as to who’s the better city with the better atmosphere.   Everyone knows what type of town Nashville is. Broadway is the center of the activity. The street is lined with honky tonk bars, six bands in six different places playing a Bruce Springsteen song at the same time. The Nashville Predators are becoming a NHL-powerhouse, with a big Stanley Cup run a year ago. The Southeastern Conference has really staked it’s claim on the city with men’s and women’s basketball tournaments being held at Bridgestone Arena along with several other events like the Music City Bowl and the Vols making a trip down every so often to a play a home game at Nissan Stadium.   Nashville has even been dubbed as “the city where dreams come true” with Music Row, where aspiring music artists who are mostly in the country music industry come to get their start. The bottom line is that Nashville is Tennessee’s hub city and its why Bud Adams, the longtime owner of the former Houston Oilers and now Tennessee Titans picked Nashville, because as he described it, “it is the Athens of the south”.   So, all this sports town needed was a big-time event, something that could not only give the city the limelight but keep them there. The Preds did host the NHL All-Star game in 2016, an event where the hockey world is looking at you only. The event came to [...]

Nashville claims 2019 NFL Draft2018-05-27T14:55:30-04:00

Could Mason Rudolph Start sooner then Expected

The Steelers made an interesting selection in the draft that not everyone saw coming, especially Ben Roethlisberger. With the 76th pick in the third round the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph. Rudolph went to school all four years and was the starting quarterback for his last three. In each of those three years he completed over 60 percent of his passes, and he threw for over 4000 yards in his final two years. After finding out, Roethlisberger was not quiet about his reaction: “I was surprised when they took a quarterback because I thought that maybe in the third round, you know you can get some really good football players that can help this team now.” Previous to the draft he made sure the Steelers franchise was aware that he think he could play “for at least three more years.” Now with this selection, people may wonder how valid GM Kevin Colbert found Roethlisberger's claims regarding the longevity left in his career. Big Ben did show signs of deteriorating over the past three seasons with his completion percentage lowering each year along with his yards per attempt dropping as well. This team has had the best wide receiver and running back in the league for the past few years and the clock is ticking for them to get to the promised land. It is no secret that Antonio Brown as well as Le’veon Bell are in their primes while Roethlisberger is now 36 and has seen his peak come and go. If Roethlisberger's play continues to erode like it has, having a quarterback who is ready to step in and already knows the system could possibly save a season. There is no [...]

Could Mason Rudolph Start sooner then Expected2018-05-27T14:33:45-04:00