Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker dove right into questioning the UT administration on Off The Hook’s podcast for Thursday, March 8, given the fact that Tennessee football will be charging for this year’s spring game. They also discussed the basketball Vols with special guest Ron Slay and where Josh Heupel currently ranks among the top FBS head coaches.
Tennessee football charges for Orange and White game
For the first time since 2011, Tennessee football will charge $5 to attend the spring game. Despite the fact that the Vols are on the rise as a program under Josh Heupel, is this an appropriate thing to do? Will it really help the $500 million fundraising campaign Danny White launched in the summer of 2021? Will the cost to attend the event increase in the coming years?
Ron Slay talks SEC Tournament
Former Tennessee basketball forward Ron Slay discussed what the Vols need to do in the SEC Tournament and how they can work on adjusting to life without Zakai Zeigler. Who will be the defensive presence for the Vols? What about the emotional leader? How can Rick Barnes push the tempo without him?
Slay also talked about whether or not the conference tournaments are worth it and if the NCAA is in danger of teams not even trying to play during that event given how they have shown not to factor it into seeding for March Madness. They discussed one way to make the NCAA Tournament better while also improving the regular season and conference tournaments.
Tennessee football head coach Josh Heupel’s rank among FBS coaches
Brad Crawford of 247Sports ranked Tennessee football head coach Josh Heupel 10th on his list of the top 35 head coaches in the nation. Is that too high? Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs, Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Brian Kelly of the LSU Tigers were the only SEC coaches ahead of him. Smart was No. 1, and Saban was No. 2. Was that accurate?