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Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

Posted on: September 20, 2008 1:08 pm
 

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- It did not come with as much flair as usual.

But yes, Bruce Pearl has predicted the Vols will beat Florida ... in football.

"I'm going to predict a Tennessee football win with all due respect to Florida," Pearl said this morning after a workout at Thompson-Boling Arena. "The bottom line is this: We have great respect for Florida; they are an unbelievable team. But we're not underdogs here in Knoxville very often. I tell you what, Al Wilson spoke to the team Friday. I feel good about that. I feel better about our chances to win the game knowing Al Wilson talked to those guys."

This might not seem important in the grand scheme of things. But it should be noted Pearl has a history of great predictions, dating back to 2006 when he went bonkers at a pep rally before a game against a Florida team that was undefeated at the time and in the middle of a national championship season.

This is what he said: "We are your basketball team. I am your basketball coach. And we are going to kick Florida's ass!"

Final score: Vols 80, Gators 76.

And then there was last season, when Tennessee traveled to Memphis to meet the top-ranked and undefeated Tigers. At a pep rally before tip-off, Pearl promised his Vols would "kick Memphis' ass!"

Final score: Vols 66, Tigers 62.

So again, Pearl is good at this sort of thing.

We'll see if he can make it three for three this afternoon.

On another note, Pearl hosted a slew of prospects at this morning's workout -- among them Kenny Hall (ranked 29th in the Class of 2009 by Scout.com) and Josh Selby (ranked seventh in the Class of 2010 by Scout.com) -- though Dominic Cheek (ranked 15th in the Class of 2009 by Scout.com) was not in the building despite an online report earlier this week that stated he would visit. Anyway, a few hundred fans opted to postpone tailgating for an hour to watch Pearl run practice, but it was clear football was still on their minds when they gave the biggest applause of the morning to Marlon Brown, a two-sport athlete from Memphis who is the top-rated football prospect in the state.

Brown was standing on the baseline watching practice when Wayne Chism deflected a pass with his foot and sent the ball flying into the air. Instinctively, Brown stretched out and caught the ball, proving a scouting report that claims he's tall, quick and reliable with his hands is accurate. When Brown hauled it in the fans stood and cheered, and a small chant of Mar-lon ... Mar-lon ... Mar-lon broke out behind the Vols' bench in an attempt to convince the receiver he should commit to catching balls inside Neyland Stadium next fall.

Comments

Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2008 11:55 pm
 

Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

It is a little hard to say Vol fans lack class because some left right after half. I was there, and it is hard to swallow for UT fans. We look like the UGA of the 90's....the Georgia teams that would "hope" to win. I can't believe we are at this level.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: September 21, 2008 1:21 pm
 

Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

Brilliant analysis there, PeeWee.

Come back and try posting an intelligent missive after you graduate third grade.




Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: September 21, 2008 10:29 am
 

Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

In all due fairness gator, I'm not sure this team deserved our support. I blinked and my beloved Vols were down 17-0, followed by two trips within the UF 3 yard line with precisely zero points. I can't wait for basketball season with a team that actually has pride enough in their state and university to not hand the game to their rivals at home.



Since: Nov 8, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2008 10:19 pm
 

Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

way to show your intelligence.  It's always easy to spot a gator fan.




Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 9:16 pm
 

Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

Classless is saying "we didn't quit, we're not quitters", and then quitting a second year in a row. Classless is the UT fans leaving just after halftime in a big national game, and leaving your team with no support.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: September 20, 2008 8:39 pm
 

Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

Classless is putting your starters at risk for injury when your are just trying to run up the score.

Lol no that's just dumb.

Classless is whining about UF not giving up while your team just got dominated.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2008 8:02 pm
 

Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

Classless is putting your starters at risk for injury when your are just trying to run up the score.  Everything ebbs and flows.  UF will learn this in due time.



Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 7:53 pm
 

Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

The gator defense looked great, or was the tennessee offense just that bad. I really loved the support the fans showed the vols. That stadium was emptying out at halftime. Could we call it the swamp north?



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: September 20, 2008 7:35 pm
 

Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

Must be a 'town-ee'

Bruce Pearl is a goofball but I applaud his enthusiasm.  tebow4pres is right about one thing:  Tennessee got their asses kicked again.  I was suprised - I thought there would be more fight in the Vols but they clearly have no confidence in their QB.  I don't remember seeing an attempt downfield.  I am also impressed with our 'D' and Moody getting some significant PT.

The schedule looks a littel more manageable now that K-ville is out of the way.  Now we need to defend the swamp and take back JAX!




Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: September 20, 2008 7:21 pm
 

Pearl, the great predictor, predicts a Vols win

I am a Gator grad and I can't image you could have possibly been educated by our fine university.  Come on it would be like Billy D coming out and predicting a Gator win.  How could you blame Bruce Pearl (which he is all class) supporting his university.  You are classless and should be taken behind the wood shed and give the Nolan Ryan.  Please don't represent Gator Nation in that manner. 


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