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Tennessee Vols win totals; Trey Smith a hero in KC tragedy; SEC staffs; CFP

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A tragedy in Kansas City amidst the Chiefs’ Super Bowl championship parade Wednesday cast a dark cloud on the world of sports, but a former Tennessee Vols player was a hero. Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker discuss Trey Smith on Off the Hook Sports’ Thursday, Feb. 15 podcast along with other UT and college football news. Basketball also warranted coverage.

Trey Smith a calming force in KC shooting

Amidst the shooting that wounded 22 people and killed one in the Kansas City Chiefs’ Super Bowl championship parade Wednesday, former Tennessee Vols offensive lineman Trey Smith, KC’s starting guard, was one of the calming forces. Smith reportedly gave a WWE belt to one kid and sat with him to calm him down.

Over/Under for Tennessee Vols football by FanDuel

Despite going 9-4 and expectations of having a better team in 2024, FanDuel has set the over/under for total wins at 8.5 for the Tennessee Vols football team this upcoming season. How in the world could it be that low given the schedule and what is expected Josh Heupel’s fourth year on the job?

Spring game for Tennessee Vols to limit attendance

Due to construction at Neyland Stadium, the Tennessee Vols Orange and White game will take place but will limit attendance. Did Josh Heupel cave to the public with this? Was his initial plan to find a way to not have to play a spring game at all, which he managed to do two years ago? How bad of a look is that?

SEC Football staff updates

The Alabama Crimson Tide are retaining two assistant coaches under Kalen DeBoer in Robert Gillespie and Freddie Roach. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Wildcats have hired Boise State Broncos offensive coordinator Butch Hamden for the same role with them as Liam Coen’s replacement.

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CFP model, impact on scheduling

Big Ten commissioner Tony Pettiti said in an interview he plans to schedule more November games with College Football Playoff implications. Meanwhile, a vote is scheduled on whether or not the 12-team CFP model should have or six five conference championship automatic bids. How are these connected? What’s the right move for both?

Basketball Vols look like a Final Four team at Arkansas

On Wednesday night, the Tennessee Vols men’s basketball team beat the Arkansas Razorbacks 92-63. Did they look like a team that could reach the Final Four with their play despite only leading 46-40 at halftime? Why is Rick Barnes still refusing to utilize his depth, even in blowout wins like this one?

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