Conference championship weekend may not include Tennessee Football, but the Vols still are generating plenty of news in the transfer portal, with seniors out of eligibility and in the NFL. Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker discuss all of those on Off the Hook Sports’ Friday, Dec. 1 podcast along with conference title games, the SEC and CFP and Josh Heupel, Nick Saban and Kirby Smart.
MTSU DL gets Tennessee Football offer; Vols DB in portal
Blue Raiders transfer defensive lineman Marley Cook has received an offer from Tennessee Football. Meanwhile, Vols defensive back Warren Burrell is in the portal. UT commit Boo Carter has also asked Texas A&M Aggies defensive lineman Walter Nolen to come to Rocky Top. Multiple other high-profile players have entered the portal too.
Josh Heupel vs. SEC Title game coaches
Would Tennessee Football be better off with its current head coach or either of the head coaches in this year’s SEC Championship game? Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide and Kirby Smart of the Georgia Bulldogs are universally recognized as the best coaches in the sport, but would either be a better fit for UT than Josh Heupel?
Seniors out of eligibility Tennessee Football will miss most
Joe Milton III has received an invite to this year’s Senior Bowl. How big of a deal is that for the Tennessee Football quarterback? Which seniors who are out of eligibility will the Vols miss the most? Will Milton be that player? What about Aaron Beasley? Jacob Warren? Ramel Keyton? If not them, who would he be?
Former Tennessee Football players make NFL news
New York Giants wide receiver Jalin Hyatt was named the NFL’s Rookie of the Week, and Detroit Lions quarterback Hendon Hooker was back at practice Wednesday just over a year after suffering a season-ending ACL tear when Tennessee Football lost to the South Carolina Gamecocks. Meanwhile, Joshua Dobbs’ hot streak seems to be fading.
Should SEC champion get automatic bid to CFP?
Alabama head coach Nick Saban said it would be disrespectful to leave an SEC team out of the College Football Playoff. Given the conference’s recent history of success dating back to the mid-2000s, should its champion always receive the benefit of the doubt over other champions regardless of resume in a given season?
Will 12-team CFP kill conference title games
Next year’s 12-team College Football Playoff format automatically means the two teams playing for the SEC and Big Ten titles will be in the event no matter what. After all, 12 of the top 13 teams in this year’s rankings will be in one of those two conferences. Is that going to kill the relevancy of these games?