published Thursday, April 18th, 2013

5-at-10: Let's get to drafting, Cool radio waves and spring football look ahead

It's here. It's all happening. Please remember the mailbag for Friday, we have a spot or three open as we speak.

The 1-3 p.m. radio show with David Paschall and the TFP sports editor is back this afternoon on ESPN Radio 105.1 FM. Swing by, we got stuff going on. Check it out below. (Side note: Yes, we are still looking for a name for the radio show. Right now we're going with "Special Feature" leaning more on the feature than the special, for Navin R. Johnson reasons of course. "He hates these cans.")

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    Tennessee wide receiver Jason Croom (18) and defensive back Byron Moore tangle under the supervision of head coach Butch Jones during spring NCAA college football practice in Knoxville, Tenn.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Spring football questions

The Tennessee Orange and White game is Saturday.

Alabama's Crimson and Clover game is Saturday. (What? That's not the name? Oh well.)

UTC's Blue and Cooper game is Saturday. (Are you sure that's not the name? OK.)

Auburn's Blue and Orange you glad we didn't make another spring game joke game is Saturday.

Two of the above teams have quarterback questions.

Alabama has a question of health.

UTC needs to find playmakers.

We caution the results of the spring game with the ultimate grain of sand. If you team's offense runs wild on Saturday, remember that's likely against your team's best defense. Spring football scrimmages are the ultimate ying-yang proposition. (Side note: Is it more clear for this group to offer the ultimate "ying-yang" proposition or should we go "ping-pong" proposition. Stupid is as stupid does.)

But speaking of spring questions, Vandy football coach James Franklin will join Paschall and the sports editor (but not Navin R. Johnson) at 2:20 p.m. today. Have anything you want to know from the Commodores' top boss?

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    Lee Fowler, the third candidate considered for athletic director at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, makes a statement to the press Wednesday inside the university center.
    Photo by Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

UTC AD

All three finalists have interviewed. We agree with TFP ace Mark Wiedmer's view here that all three are fine candidates.

Here's our view on the situation.

Point No. 1 — We thought Mack deserved an interview. Call us crazy, and maybe he didn't have a chance in Hades, but for all he did and for the connections it could have eased/greased/pleased it would have been a prudent decision for all invovled. He deserved that in our mind.

Point No. 2 — The only way we see Fowler being the choice is if the program is planning on moving up sooner rather than later — like in the next two years Fowler was the AD at MTSU when the Blue Raiders went to FBS. If that's not the No. 1 goal of the new administration, then we don't see Fowler being the guy.

Point No. 3 — Blackburn and Buddie are supremely impressive. We're OK with either of those cats.

We think it's going to be Blackburn, and we're good with that decision. That is as long as he keeps Laura Herron on staff if she wants to stay. She deserves that.

We'll chat with UTC ace John Frierson today on the radio program today around 1:10 p.m. Swing by.

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Draft prep

OK, we love the draft. You know this.

We also enjoyed Paschall's story about the 2009 recruiting class and how most of the elite prospects in that class are making their way to the NFL.

What does this tell us?

First, we love the draft. But we knew that.

Second, the college recruiting services may be getting better. Chas9 made a salient point a few weeks ago about how basketball five stars pan out more than football five stars. He's right of course, because of the number of variables that go into football scouting, namely late growth and development.

Third, if he had stayed at UT, Bryce Brown was going to be a bad mamma jamma.

That said, let's break down the draft contest and the schedule of events in regard to the 5-at-10 draft, which from now until the end of next week will be known as Draftmas. As in "Merry Draftmas everyone. (Side note: No Egg Nog at Merry Draftmas. That sludge is Ga-Nasty.)

Here's what we have on the contest:

No. 1 overall —

Titans first pick —

Falcons first pick —

Pittsburgh's first pick —

Number of SEC players in round 1 —

Thoughts? And hey, it don't cost nothing and you could win stuff.

(We picked Pittsburgh for three reasons: One, Steeler Fan is a semi-regular; our man Quake loves the Steelers and we've seen mock drafts where the Steelers draft either Cordarrelle Patterson or Jarvis Jones, so there's local intrigue.)

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This and that

— The Lakers got into the playoffs and actually got the No. 7 seed on how things fell. That's a big plus for the Kobe-less Lakers considering they have a better chance against the Spurs than they do against the Thunder.

— Did you see the report that the "Flu Game" of Michael Jordan was actually the "Food Poisoning from bad pizza" game? Either way dude had 38 points and won the championship, just that was interesting.

— Stephen Curry set the NBA record for most 3-pointers in a season with 270. We thought the kid would a serviceable NBA player coming out of Davidson. Dude is a star.

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Today's questions

Our man OrangeGuy got us thinking Wednesday. (Yes, that can be a dangerous situation.)

Is Jackson is the best last name of all time?

A potential Rushmore of Jacksons is Phil, Michael, Keith and Reggie.

Can any last name come close to that?

We think Watson is a sneaky good one — Sherlock, Bubba, Emma and the man you know better as Joe the Policeman form the 'What's Going Down' episode of "That's My Momma" Mr. Randy Watson.

Jones may have a case with Quincy, Bobby, Chipper and LoLo (or Marion). And James Earl Jones... Luke I am your FAthER.

Make a case for a last name that can challenge.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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MocTastic said...

With respect to spring games also remember that QBs wear jerseys that scream DON'T TOUCH ME, so, they can stay in the pocket a lot longer knowing they aren't going to be hit, thus more offense.

If there was no chance of hiring Mack as AD, why the charade of an interview?

With respect to the name of Jackson, how did you forget Shoeless Joe and Bo?

April 18, 2013 at 10:12 a.m.
chas9 said...

Braves lost? Say it ain't so, Joe.

Jackson's a great name because you automatically get the nickname "Action." Just think how awesome Navin R. would've been if his last name was Jackson.

Downtown's story today about Vol basketball left me puzzled. How can a 6'10" player who averaged only 2.5 points and 3.5 boards in Iowa community college competition help a top-tier SEC team? I guess they're feeling their shortness.

April 18, 2013 at 10:13 a.m.
mcpell3 said...

Moc - you beat me to the Jacksons, so how about some Smiths? Bubba, Dean, Emmett, & Ozzie

April 18, 2013 at 10:16 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

BJ, Justin, and Kate Upton would be honorable mentions.

Chattanooga doesn't seem to want to take that FBS jump so Fowler may be out. Funny, they now seem content to be a big dog in a watered down Southern Conference, when one of the arguments against the OVC was the lack of high quality football teams in it. If Davidson goes, OVC basketball is clearly better and football without Appalachian and Georgia Southern is of course a lot closer.

April 18, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.
orangeguy said...

Bo don't know Rushmore's.

I'll say Sanders... Deion, Barry, Colonel, & gold medal Olympian swimmer Summer.

April 18, 2013 at 10:26 a.m.
jgreeson said...

Gang,

We completely dropped the ball on Bo.

The Smith family's robinson was well played.

As was the less-than-expected Sanders.

Another meeting awaits, but we will say, that if interviewing Mack paid homage to his contributions of the past and if it helped pleased some of the folks that have stood by the program for years, then it would have been worth it.

— 5-at-10

April 18, 2013 at 10:33 a.m.
LaughingBoy said...

One more set: Priest, Santonio, Larry, Katie, and Sherlock Holmes. I left out one more famous Holmes since this is a family friendly column.

April 18, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.
Stewwie said...

Johnson Rushmore:

Magic, Michael, Randy, Calvin

April 18, 2013 at 11:01 a.m.
BIspy4 said...

Williams:

Ted. Buck. Sugar Ray. Michelle (a Dawson's Creek shout out just for 5).

April 18, 2013 at 11:31 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Jay-

You hit some valid points regarding the AD status. I disagree with your call on Mac for the simple reason we need this role filled now and a "courtesy interview" may have been a waste of resources for all we know regarding the inner workings of the administration. Also, we (as in JohnnyMocsFan) do not know what all transpired internally during Mac's time here.

Please note these are all my opinions based on my observations.

I definitely agree Fowler would only be considered if UTC has a inner administration plan for moving UTC to the Sun Belt by 2015 or 2016. That's not likely to happen. Otherwise, he's Oval Jaynes 2.0.

I didn't really see any negative vibes coming from Blackburn other than the REALLY die-hards giving him ugly looks over his pedigree. Two words: Grow Up! Yeah, I've overheard a few "late night" bus conversations with the UTC die-hards like the one lady that reminded me of Velma from Scooby Doo who would love nothing than to see UT go up West, Texas-style (I know, too soon but it's the truth with her). If the only negative issue is his pedigree, that's pretty shallow. If Steve Ray can convert, ANYBODY can convert.

Buddie would be a good AD for two reasons based on what Weeds pointed out: He apparently can smell the money and he has no local ties here (meaning no corruption from the good ol boy network). He's also fairly young so if we get six to eight years from him, UTC will be better for it.

April 18, 2013 at 11:34 a.m.
chas9 said...

Stewie--you forgot "Big."

For the bag (or discuss now): We know "Action" and "Jackson" are linked at the hip, but is there anything that pairs with "Greeson"? Other than maybe Mrs. Greeson?

April 18, 2013 at 11:40 a.m.
MocTastic said...

Per news reports Buddie has bowed out. He must have been told he would not be picked.

April 18, 2013 at 11:51 a.m.
JonathanMCook said...

Thanks for the heads up MT.

April 18, 2013 at 11:57 a.m.
titanic said...

Jacksons, a little rhyme: Vincent-Bo and Shoeless-Joe

April 18, 2013 at 12:07 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MocTastic —

Nice. We're about to hit the radio in an hour at 105.1 FM and discuss the AD stuff with Paschall and Frierson.

Great names.

9er —

About the only nickname we had that stuck was "Bird."

An off-the-beaten path name contender — Campbell. As in Neve, Earl, Glen and well we're short a third Campbell. Never mind.

Laughter —

The Holmes clan is aces. And thanks for leaving off the other Holmes, Holmes.

JMC —

Concur about the assessment, especially the OJames 2.0

Side note: Paschall offers the Weavers, as in Earl Weaver, Buck Weaver, Eddie "Meat Cleaver" Weaver and Dream Weaver.

Well-played indeed.

April 18, 2013 at 12:12 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Per UTC release from Chuck Cantrell —

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga confirms that Mike Buddie, Associate Athletics Director for Administration and Development at Wake Forest University, has withdrawn his name from consideration to be the new Athletics Director at UTC.

April 18, 2013 at 12:14 p.m.
MocTastic said...

I asked a former UTK coach about Blackburn, if he knew him and his impressions. His response: "I do. Great guy. Really good people person. If he is the guy, you are getting a good one. Quality person all around." Identity of excoach shall remain nameless, but it is somebody I trust to be truthful.

April 18, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.
MocTastic said...

How about Robinson? Jackie, Frank, Brooks, Smokey, Sugar Ray, Edward G, David (NBA),

April 18, 2013 at 12:54 p.m.
chas9 said...

Reggie Bush, Sugar Bush, Beatin' around the Bush, and all those politicians.

And MT has a weiner with Mrs. Robinson's clan.

April 18, 2013 at 1:54 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

Luther Campbell goes well with Earl, Glenn, and Ms Sidney Prescott (Scream), and he even has a sports connection with the Hurricanes. And how could you forget Jason Campbell?

April 18, 2013 at 2:49 p.m.
titanic said...

How about White? Reggie, Whizzer, Danny, Jo-Jo and of course Betty

April 18, 2013 at 2:55 p.m.
MocTastic said...

...or Wilkins? Gerald and his kids: Damien (NBA), Holli (player at Furman), Jazz (fourth runner up at Miss Teen USA), and some brother named Dominique.

April 18, 2013 at 3:01 p.m.
GratefulDawg said...

The Rushmore of last names...You had to figure that a Georgia fan was going to shoehorn in a reference to Herschel Walker. The only other famous Walkers I could come up with were: Jerry Jeff Walker, Jimmy "Kid Dy-No-Mite!" Walker, and Black Label Johnnie Walker. Raise a glass to our up against the wall halfback brother.

I give a tip of the cap to David Paschall for including Meat Cleaver in his list of Weavers. Stellar defensive line play and a great nickname will take you a long way in certain corners.

April 18, 2013 at 3:30 p.m.
jgreeson said...

Laughter —

Uncle Luke is a nice call, and look at you going movie names.

We had a brief discussion on the radio show today: Would Jimmy Chitwood be a five-star prospect? The more we think about it, we're going low three-stars maybe even a two-star guy who then gets unreal offers after the title game. Thoughts?

Titanic —

White is stout. Plus you have The White Album, White Snake, little white lies and White Russians (GUH-ross).

MocTastic —

Have heard the same thing about Blackburn from someone we know.

And nice collection of Robinsons.

April 18, 2013 at 3:32 p.m.
LaughingBoy said...

One more for the road, Reverend Martin Luther, Ben E., Rodney, Bernard, Don, and Billie Jean King.

Chitwood, back in the day, would have no stars due to the school being in middle of nowhere. Today, he'd be two stars still with questions about his lack of athletic ability and the lack of competition the school faced. He'd jump as high as four stars after the title game depending on how quickly the offers came in from high majors.

April 18, 2013 at 4:01 p.m.
chas9 said...

Dawg--The TN Whiskey bill passed, so I'll drink Chattanooga's finest, keep your John Walker. But your list is clever.

April 18, 2013 at 4:35 p.m.
sportsfan said...

Jay - been busy. Loved, Loved, LOVED the Masters. Extra holes in the rain. Anything could have happened. Congrats to A Scott. I told you to watch out for Sergio. Maybe one of the three remaining majors will be his. For the mailbag. Yes, I know it's late. There's a fairly big bike race coming to town next month. Is the TFP going to do anything to help educate their readers about the event and who and what to look for during the event? I saw some riders checking out the course recently near the VW plant, so it appears the riders are taking it seriously. Will Chattanooga?

April 18, 2013 at 9:07 p.m.
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