12 March 2012
Just think of it. That's right - don't say a word - just think about it.
In the months leading up to the start of the college basketball season the experts from a varied number of publications were talking about the death of Tennessee basketball. Yes - Bruce Pearl was forced out of his job as head coach after engaging in a less than brilliant cover-up of recruiting violations and the administration brought in a new coach who was left with a cupboard bare of big name recruits.
Sure Cunozo Martin had a reputation for solid coaching but few imagined that Tennessee could overcome its harsh schedule and make its mark in the tough SEC. The well-respectedd Athlon Sports magazine had ranked the Vols 9th in the conference in its pre-season publication and Lindy's Sports even summarized their estimation of what was to come by saying- "This situation is so bad, though, a little sleaze would help."
Not quite the nicest thing to say - is it?
But after taking Memphis to double OT, beating Florida twice, clipping the Vanderbilt Commodores in the last game of the regular season and almost gaining an NCAA bid there should be nothing but words of praise for Cuonzo Martin's squad and - while we are still smarting from Saturday's loss to Ole Miss and the missed opportunity to go to the NCAA's Big Dance - we have been glad to go along for the ride.
Simply put - cheering for the Tennessee Vols made for a fun season - that we will never forget. We here at www.sunsstufft.com will also never regret putting that $10 down on our prized 500-1 shot.
Guys - you made it worth every dime and than some.