I realize I am setting especially lofty goals for these men from Rocky Top, but I believe they are capable of achieving Barnes’ high standards on the road to the Final Four. Here’s wishing you the best, Tennessee.
With the 2020-21 basketball season fast approaching, this year’s squad should make Vol fans optimistic knowing the team has a mix of talented transfers and exciting newcomers joining a strong mix of veteran players.
The Tennessee Men’s Basketball 2020-21 season is expected to be as good or better than the season of 2018-19 when the Vols finished 31-6 (15-3 SEC).
It was not that long ago that Tennessee football was in a precarious position. After the failed Butch Jones era, former athletic director, John Currie, found himself bogged down in an exhaustive search for Tennessee’s next head football coach. Little did Currie know that false reports and failed attempts would seal his fate and make him the ex-AD. What other misfortunes could plague this once illustrious and prominant football powerhouse?
Alontae Taylor came to Tennessee from Coffee County as a promising Four-Star athlete ranked in the top 150 high school players in the country. Despite being listed as a probable wide receiver, Coach Pruitt saw Taylor as being on the defensive side of the ball and placed him at cornerback.
A little over a year ago, the University of Tennessee’s talented cornerback, Bryce Thompson, was in hot water when a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence sidelined his promising career. Fans wondered if his future would be hampered by character issues. Despite some backlash, Head Coach Jeremy Pruitt determined that suspending Thompson for the first two games of the 2019 season would be sufficient, as long as the sophomore defensive back learned from the experience and kept his nose clean. It didn’t take long for Thompson to prove to his coach and team that he could walk the straight and narrow.