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TN baseball rebuilding brick by brick

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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What a difference one year makes.
Tennessee’s run to the Elite 8 in 2014 is now a distant memory. The 2015 team has been a Jekyll and Hyde squad. All of it might end on Thursday.
The Vols are lacking when it come to consistency and they’re lacking in talent as well.
Head Coach Donnie Tyndale has somehow managed to win 15 games with a team who would struggle at the mid-major level.

Thursday they’ll enter the SEC tournament on life support. But there is good news. They no longer have to play inside of Thompson Boling Arena.
The Vols will play Vanderbilt on Thursday at 6 pm inside the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Many will say it’s a home game for Vandy.
Vol fans will tell you it’s a blessing.
The Big Orange hit an all time low when they lost to South Carolina on Saturday. This came after a huge road win at LSU. The Vols are 2-7 in league play at home. They’re 5-4 on the road including a win over Vandy inside of Memorial Gymnasium.
LSU will likely make the NCAA tournament. Tennessee is fighting to reach the NIT.
The Vols are 15-15 and will need to beat Vanderbilt (19-12) in order to finish with a 500 record. But which Vols’ team will show up on Saturday?
The NIT has never taken a school with a record below 500. And it’s not likely they’ll do that anytime soon.
Tennessee is capable of winning the NIT if they can get in it. The key would be to schedule all their games on the road.
Fans need to take a good look at some of the current players. You might not see many of them on the floor after Tyndale’s 2015 signing class arrives.

Butch Jones is building the football team inside of Neyland Stadium brick by brick.
Tyndale is hoping his team will quit shooting bricks inside of Thompson Boling Arena.Correction to last week’s story

Correction to last week’s story
It’s been a busy past three weeks for Tomahawk Sports after Johnson County’s early exit in the District. I’ve been in the archives for several hours trying to educate myself on Johnson County’s sports history.
I want to make a correction on an article I ran last week. The first ever high school basketball game played inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium took place in November 1966, not 1965.

Paul Bellamy, a former player on the 1965 football team, had brought a clipping by that day of a story that I wrote while employed at the Elizabethton Star. It was about the 1965 football team. I took that date from his clipping instead of referring back to my notes.
It’s an error on my part. I apologize to all our readers.