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Sure, but by that logic, the other sports will have to wait 3-4 years for football to be "fixed" to get what they need today/ If it's 3-4 years before the baseball and softball stadiums are addressed, Vitello will be gone and SPL will be even lower on the SEC pecking list than it already is. He's not going to attract a track coach next year when he has to fire Alford-Sullivan next year if Tom Black Track still has no plan to upgrade from being one of the worst in the conference and no indoor facility even on the long-term drawing board. If you tell a donor that gave six figures to the planned revamp of the outdoor tennis facility that they just aren't going to do that project anymore, then that person is going to think hard about whether he wants to give anything else.

There's nothing wrong with "fixing" football first. It should be the priority of any AD with a struggling football program. But to call up donors that have thousands committed to non-football projects and to not only ask them to re-direct those funds, but to provide pushback when you decline shows me where the priority is. And that's fine. But I'm not moving my money from needed facility upgrades at other sports to help Danny White tear out a couple thousand seats and put in another jumbotron at Neyland.

If he wants to do that, that's fine. But those things won't help football win a single game. A new hitting facility at softball will. Doubling the seating at baseball will. Functional locker rooms at tennis will. That's why I give my money to those type of projects, not vanity improvements at football. I told my Tennessee Fund rep five years ago to not call me about the Neyland project until they're ready to tear out the east side that still looks like it's 1950 and I'll stand by that. I'll just keep spending that money on my Braves season tickets and drive over to Truist after work 50 or 60 times a year instead.
Great insight. Thank you
 
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I agree that there is no need to spend big bucks 'fixing' football IF that means denying other programs what they need to win. The football program already has one of the best stadiums and associated facilities in the country. What that program needs is better players. To get them, you need to attract one of the best coaches. Already have the facilities and fan bases needed for that.
 
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Keep in mind regarding calls - any top 200 prospect has been to multiple camps, played in multiple showcases, and the college coaches have talked with travel ball coaches a lot. The "talk to the players" part is more of a formality. Most of the time all parties involved have talked. Kinda like the cold war days where the US would talk to the Swedish embassy who would talk to the Russian embassy who would talk to the Canadian embassy who would then talk to the US. And on occasion there would be a direct talk between the US and Russia that was a "chance meeting" somewhere.
 

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Keep in mind regarding calls - any top 200 prospect has been to multiple camps, played in multiple showcases, and the college coaches have talked with travel ball coaches a lot. The "talk to the players" part is more of a formality. Most of the time all parties involved have talked. Kinda like the cold war days where the US would talk to the Swedish embassy who would talk to the Russian embassy who would talk to the Canadian embassy who would then talk to the US. And on occasion there would be a direct talk between the US and Russia that was a "chance meeting" somewhere.

Ahh, the good ole days.
 
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Keep in mind regarding calls - any top 200 prospect has been to multiple camps, played in multiple showcases, and the college coaches have talked with travel ball coaches a lot. The "talk to the players" part is more of a formality. Most of the time all parties involved have talked. Kinda like the cold war days where the US would talk to the Swedish embassy who would talk to the Russian embassy who would talk to the Canadian embassy who would then talk to the US. And on occasion there would be a direct talk between the US and Russia that was a "chance meeting" somewhere.
Tennessee plays the game. In this scenario Marty was the Swedish after his resigning prior to joining GT
 
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Two more Tennessee kids leaving the state.
Rose Davis- MI, Mojo Danley- Ok State
Maci Masters- corner, big bat- Mojo-Lunsford- VT (same HS as Mesusan, Sarvis in our 2022 class)

*Ashtyn Danley already committed to FSU- Mojo Danley
The 2023 class is not as strong as the 2022 class but still some quality kids across the board that won't be staying home.
 

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Two more Tennessee kids leaving the state.
Rose Davis- MI, Mojo Danley- Ok State
Maci Masters- corner, big bat- Mojo-Lunsford- VT (same HS as Mesusan, Sarvis in our 2022 class)

*Ashtyn Danley already committed to FSU- Mojo Danley
The 2023 class is not as strong as the 2022 class but still some quality kids across the board that won't be staying home.
Looking over or low balling in state kids?
 
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Noticed on the brief practice clip on twitter they were trying Parsons in left. Not a lot of faith in that but it could be a good surprise. I would like someone with more pop in the bat for rbi's though in that position in a perfect world.
I also noticed in that clip that she was hitting away. I don’t have any expectations for her as far as hitting away, but with the new hitting coach she could surprise us, but I agree that someone with a little more pop would be better.
 
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