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RE: Three-star Roc Taylor Signs With Memphis
(02-03-2021 04:55 PM)k2tigers Wrote:  UTK won't be relevant for a LONG time, not that they have been recently, but I mean not top 25 relevant

This story from AL.com confirms your statement.

Tennessee the only loser on National Signing Day

That’s the joy of earning scholarships to go to college. There are no losers in that game. Just maybe better winners.

Not Tennessee, though. Volunteers football has problems for their problems, and it just keeps getting worse for Rocky Top. Tennessee took a hard ‘L’ by choice on Wednesday, and had to put in work to do it, too.

Tennessee is so lost these days it even figured out a way to lose at a thing where everyone’s a winner, National Signing Day. Or what used to be the traditional NSD, but is now just a day to sign scholarships.

A team that has lost 14 consecutive years to the Crimson Tide, Tennessee and its new football staff might now be dead on arrival around pockets of Alabama for what it did on Tuesday to Oxford High School football player Roc Taylor, who ended up signing with Memphis on Wednesday. In a scenario that almost feels like it was orchestrated by a public-relations saboteur, Tennessee, according to Oxford coach Keith Etheredge, unexpectedly pulled Taylor’s scholarship offer less than 24 hours before one of the biggest days of his young life.

If true, that’s shameful, but also glaringly, in the words of Etheredge, “bush league.” New Tennessee coach Josh Heupel just made his task of fixing Tennessee’s mess that much more difficult by the way he managed this. I tried to get in touch with Tennessee’s coaching staff to understand the Vols’ side of the story, but, shockingly, no one would talk.

Now, understand, football recruiting can be a pretty grimy deal, but this goes beyond the pale because it gets worse. The way Taylor’s saga all played out was a window into the ugly (and unhealthy) back room of football recruiting.

After allegedly pulling the offer, Tennessee then tried to get Taylor to take responsibility for the decision. A Tennessee staffer suggested, according to Etheredge, that Taylor announce he was flipping schools. Happens all the time, of course, but Etheredge wasn’t letting Tennessee off the hook so easily.

This was on Tennessee, he said. Taylor had stayed loyal to Tennessee for months and months, and passed on scholarship offers to schools like Florida, Florida State and Georgia Tech. Even when Tennessee fired Jeremy Pruitt, Taylor apparently still was planning to attend Tennessee. His Twitter timeline is filled with artwork of him wearing Tennessee uniforms.

Making it somehow even worse still, a coach who hasn’t even been officially hired by Tennessee then tried to shift the blame on Taylor for maybe not being able to qualify. Gross. I don’t know Taylor’s academic standing in his senior semester of high school during a pandemic, but I do know that for many months last year schools and students were so disrupted by COVID-19 that admissions offices all over the country waved required test scores for this year’s graduating class.

The most obvious answer is probably the closest to the truth. It’s all just more stunning incompetence by Tennessee, an outfit that launched an investigation to dig up dirt on itself so it could fire Pruitt with cause in order to try and weasel its way out of a huge buyout. It’s just more grinding unprofessionalism from a place that fired former athletics director John Currie because he wanted to hire Greg Schiano (now at Rutgers) and Mike Leach (now at Mississippi State). It’s just more dysfunction by a university that forced Currie’s replacement, athletics director Phil Fulmer, a Tennessee football legend, to go away amid another sweeping volley of embarrassment.

At some point, you gotta wonder if Tennessee is trying to sabotage its football team into an irrelevant oblivion. Pruitt is suing Tennessee for his $12.6 million buyout, and they’ll probably settle out of court because we all know Tennessee doesn’t want the light of truth shined on its laughably absurd kangaroo court.

Tennessee, at this point in its ridiculous and obnoxious tragedy, is dragging its entire conference down into the mud with it.

Taylor is far better off at Memphis, and for Tennessee that’s the cold reality of being the winner of National Signing Day’s award for worst run football program in the country.

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Wow. I hadn’t seen that article. I guess it is true: you can’t fix stupid....

Or, to paraphrase Steve Spurrier - you can’t spell “stupid” without ut.
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(02-03-2021 04:18 PM)aardWolf Wrote:  
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(02-03-2021 01:01 PM)former guest Wrote:  I'm glad we got him. I read the story on al.com about how UT dropped him at the last minute and left him hanging. His HS coach had some choice words for the whole crappy way it went down. And, if the coach means what he says, anyone representing UT should not come to any campus where he is working because he was pissed. At least now he knows why we all feel the way we do about them!

Welcome Roc! I hope you make them regret their little play....

Yeah, I saw that. Although, the column I read said Roc was a 4-star TE.

Either way, welcome aboard!

Daily Memphian says Rivals 4-star as well, confirmed at Rivals:
https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2...lor-233631

Come on guys, you know the drill: The kid was a 4-star as long as he was going to ut. Once he announces for Memphis all the recruiting services automatically dock him a star. It’s standard procedure....
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(02-03-2021 01:42 PM)gulfcoastgal Wrote:  
Quote:‘There was a lot of thinking I had to do the last 24 hours,’ Taylor said. ‘But I had to sit and talk to my mom and my girlfriend about the decision I make to make sure it’s the right and that it’s a good place for me.’

Memphis was in the mix before Taylor committed to the Vols and it was back quickly after the news of his ‘free agency’ hit the media.

He confirmed the story that several of the new suitors were willing to move some pieces around their recruiting board to find Taylor a space, but he was adamantly against having another prospect endure the same last-minute rejection he had gotten from Tennessee.

I didn’t want to put anybody else in that predicament,’ he said. ‘It’s not a good feeling at all to have to choose what school you want to go at the last minute. It’s not a good feeling.’
https://www.easportstoday.com/2021/02/03...n-memphis/

That's class and integrity on display.
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(02-03-2021 09:31 PM)former guest Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 04:18 PM)aardWolf Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 04:12 PM)Tiger87 Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 01:01 PM)former guest Wrote:  I'm glad we got him. I read the story on al.com about how UT dropped him at the last minute and left him hanging. His HS coach had some choice words for the whole crappy way it went down. And, if the coach means what he says, anyone representing UT should not come to any campus where he is working because he was pissed. At least now he knows why we all feel the way we do about them!

Welcome Roc! I hope you make them regret their little play....

Yeah, I saw that. Although, the column I read said Roc was a 4-star TE.

Either way, welcome aboard!

Daily Memphian says Rivals 4-star as well, confirmed at Rivals:
https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2...lor-233631

Come on guys, you know the drill: The kid was a 4-star as long as he was going to ut. Once he announces for Memphis all the recruiting services automatically dock him a star. It’s standard procedure....

He was 100% a 4* and ranked much higher nationally before he flipped.
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I wish Tennessee wasn't so chicken sh%$ to play us.
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Before he graduates from Memphis he will say....Memphis was the best decision he ever made. And he will be 100% right.
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Is Roc Taylor are wide receiver or a TE?

I'd like to see both Roc, Austin, Washington lined up at WR and Dykes at TE.....I think this will open up our run game very nice.
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Great thread; one for the ages. Good job all.

Tigers get a stud wideout...
Simon and Garfunkel lyrics...
Local media UT Bashing...
National UT Bashing...
a Thunderbird reference...
and a CHUMLEE shout out!!!!

got to be a top 10 thread.
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(02-04-2021 01:04 AM)PennyWise Wrote:  Is Roc Taylor are wide receiver or a TE?

I'd like to see both Roc, Austin, Washington lined up at WR and Dykes at TE.....I think this will open up our run game very nice.

I have seen both. He sounds like an Anquan Bouldin type player because of his build and skill.
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Kind of a hybrid.I hope he is like Marlon Williams was for UCF last year. That dude was a matchup nightmare for everybody they played.
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(02-03-2021 10:42 PM)Stammers Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 09:31 PM)former guest Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 04:18 PM)aardWolf Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 04:12 PM)Tiger87 Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 01:01 PM)former guest Wrote:  I'm glad we got him. I read the story on al.com about how UT dropped him at the last minute and left him hanging. His HS coach had some choice words for the whole crappy way it went down. And, if the coach means what he says, anyone representing UT should not come to any campus where he is working because he was pissed. At least now he knows why we all feel the way we do about them!

Welcome Roc! I hope you make them regret their little play....

Yeah, I saw that. Although, the column I read said Roc was a 4-star TE.

Either way, welcome aboard!

Daily Memphian says Rivals 4-star as well, confirmed at Rivals:
https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2...lor-233631

Come on guys, you know the drill: The kid was a 4-star as long as he was going to ut. Once he announces for Memphis all the recruiting services automatically dock him a star. It’s standard procedure....

He was 100% a 4* and ranked much higher nationally before he flipped.

Was never 4* on 247.
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(02-03-2021 02:41 PM)DDrum1961 Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 01:42 PM)gulfcoastgal Wrote:  
Quote:‘There was a lot of thinking I had to do the last 24 hours,’ Taylor said. ‘But I had to sit and talk to my mom and my girlfriend about the decision I make to make sure it’s the right and that it’s a good place for me.’

Memphis was in the mix before Taylor committed to the Vols and it was back quickly after the news of his ‘free agency’ hit the media.

He confirmed the story that several of the new suitors were willing to move some pieces around their recruiting board to find Taylor a space, but he was adamantly against having another prospect endure the same last-minute rejection he had gotten from Tennessee.

‘I didn’t want to put anybody else in that predicament,’ he said. ‘It’s not a good feeling at all to have to choose what school you want to go at the last minute. It’s not a good feeling.’
https://www.easportstoday.com/2021/02/03...n-memphis/

That statement says a lot about this young man, IMO .... Welcome Mr. Taylor to TIGERNATION

Says a lot about Silver and our staff as well Kudos All around 04-cheers
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(02-04-2021 11:25 AM)ncrdbl1 Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 10:42 PM)Stammers Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 09:31 PM)former guest Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 04:18 PM)aardWolf Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 04:12 PM)Tiger87 Wrote:  Yeah, I saw that. Although, the column I read said Roc was a 4-star TE.

Either way, welcome aboard!

Daily Memphian says Rivals 4-star as well, confirmed at Rivals:
https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2...lor-233631

Come on guys, you know the drill: The kid was a 4-star as long as he was going to ut. Once he announces for Memphis all the recruiting services automatically dock him a star. It’s standard procedure....

He was 100% a 4* and ranked much higher nationally before he flipped.

Was never 4* on 247.

He was this close to a 4* on 247 > <
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Am I missing something on the WR from NOLA? Tyrese Johnson from KIPP BTW. He still shows not signed on all sites but 100% committed. Is it just a PW thing?
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(02-04-2021 03:42 PM)Tigerx3 Wrote:  Am I missing something on the WR from NOLA? Tyrese Johnson from KIPP BTW. He still shows not signed on all sites but 100% committed. Is it just a PW thing?

Not sure but maybe he is a partial qualifier and could still end up in Juco or Gray Shirt?
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(02-04-2021 03:40 PM)Tigerx3 Wrote:  
(02-04-2021 11:25 AM)ncrdbl1 Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 10:42 PM)Stammers Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 09:31 PM)former guest Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 04:18 PM)aardWolf Wrote:  Daily Memphian says Rivals 4-star as well, confirmed at Rivals:
https://n.rivals.com/content/prospects/2...lor-233631

Come on guys, you know the drill: The kid was a 4-star as long as he was going to ut. Once he announces for Memphis all the recruiting services automatically dock him a star. It’s standard procedure....

He was 100% a 4* and ranked much higher nationally before he flipped.

Was never 4* on 247.

He was this close to a 4* on 247 > <

LOL
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(02-03-2021 02:30 PM)memphisike Wrote:  U Dudes may all drink from the cup of Ike
Ike now drinks Cisco peach
Ike finds it very refreshing and a warm tingling feeling all over

Boys down the alley prefer white port and lemon juice.
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(02-04-2021 06:54 PM)Keeper Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 02:30 PM)memphisike Wrote:  U Dudes may all drink from the cup of Ike
Ike now drinks Cisco peach
Ike finds it very refreshing and a warm tingling feeling all over

Boys down the alley prefer white port and lemon juice.

I dont know this Ike fella, but I would love to see him and jabberblue from those 24/7 boards have a conversation
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(02-04-2021 07:26 PM)DarrylWorley Wrote:  
(02-04-2021 06:54 PM)Keeper Wrote:  
(02-03-2021 02:30 PM)memphisike Wrote:  U Dudes may all drink from the cup of Ike
Ike now drinks Cisco peach
Ike finds it very refreshing and a warm tingling feeling all over

Boys down the alley prefer white port and lemon juice.

I dont know this Ike fella, but I would love to see him and jabberblue from those 24/7 boards have a conversation
Or maybe the guy in prison with the laptop who posted here for a while. Whatever happened to him? Some people thought that was really Justin Timberlake.
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