Friday, September 01, 2006


Vol Fans - The Friday Skinny

#23 Tennessee vs. #9 California

Location: Neyland Stadium in Knoxville (capacity 104,079)

Surface: Tifway Bermuda grassed mowed at ¾ inch height which drains 12 inches an hour thanks partially to a 16 inch crown in the center of the field.

Time: 5:30 P.M.

VolWalk: The Vols will make their way to the stadium at 3:15 P.M. from the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex

Pride of the Southland procession: The band makes their way to the stadium at 3:20 P.M.

Vol Network's Kickoff call-in show: Starts outside of gate 21 at 4:00 P.M.

Tennessee legends of the game: The Vols will honor Marcus Nash and Lee North.

Weather: Click here for the latest game day forecast

Traffic: Click here for the latest traffic information from WBIR television

Television: The game will be shown on ESPN with Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Bob Griese (analyst) and Bonnie Bernstein (sidelines).

Radio: Vol Network in Knoxville, WIVK 107.7 FM, with Bob Kesling, play-by-play; Tim Priest, color analyst; Jeff Francis, sideline reporter.

Last time out: Tennessee beat Kentucky 27-8 to finish the 2005 season; Cal beat BYU 35-28 in the Las Vegas Bowl.

Last meeting: Tennessee beat Cal in 1987, 38-12.

The coaches:Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee 1972) At Tennessee: 128-37 (.776/15th year); Jeff Tedford (Fresno State 1983) Overall: 33-17 (.660/4th year) At California: 33-17 (.660/4th year).

Injuries: Tennessee: Jared Hostetter–knee, out; Jakouri Williams-ankle, out; Jerod Mayo-ankle, will start, but is limited. California: Tony Dixon-knee, out.

Who the hell are Marcus Nash and Lee North? If only Tennessee had as storied a football legacy as say...Ohio State! Go Bucks!
Patrick -

Oh, it's on now... :)

Marcus Nash - Nash caught 177 passes for 2,447 yards - both totals that rank second in school history - and 20 touchdowns in his career at UT. Nash also authored the greatest single season ever for a Vols' wide receiver during the 1997 campaign, hauling in 76 receptions for 1,170 yards and 13 touchdowns- all of which still stand as single season records for UT and helped Nash earn All-SEC honors.

Lee North - North is one of only three former Vols to earn consecutive All-SEC honors at center, and no UT centers have accomplished the feat since North earned his second award in 1981.

By the way, I have Ohio State #1 on my IRA-CF ballot, Patrick. It's a rare showing of love for any of the Big 10 (11?) teams.


I must admit that the Vols opened a can of whoop=ass on Cal. They looked like the old Tennessee of the late 20th Century. And having one of the best houses in the country has never hurt the Vols. They look to be a real player in the SEC this year, but they're going to have to beat Florida, Georgia, and LSU to take it all to get to one of the big dances at the end of the season. That's a tall order.

And we'll see if my Buckeyes are for real next week in Texas.
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