Jonathan Hutton discusses Kenny Britt, Chris Johnson’s contract

June 23, 2011 in Audio by Josh Ward

Jonathan Hutton from 104.5 The Zone joined the show on Thursday for his weekly appearance.

The topics: Chris Johnson’s contract, Kenny Britt’s latest off-field story and the NFL’s labor situation.

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Tuesday sports links

June 21, 2011 in Daily Links by Josh Ward

Here are some sports links to begin your Tuesday.

Tuesday Guest Lineup:
12:25 writer Sam Amick talks NBA Draft
2:40 Atlanta Braves OF Nate McLouth 

Former Alcoa standout Rae Sykes is no longer on the Tennessee football team. (GoVolsXtra)

Oregon paid $25,000 to Willie Lyles’ scouting service. But for what? (Register-Guard)

This could turn out to be a big mess for Oregon, writes Dennis Dodd. (CBS Sports)

Kenny Hall wants to take on a leadership role for an unproven Tennessee basketball team. (GoVolsXtra)

Arkansas coach Mike Anderson does the right thing releasing leading scorer Rotnei Clarke. (MrSEC)

Auburn paid how much to its recruiting hostesses during the last 14 months? (SportsByBrooks)

Powerful SEC commissioner Mike Slive is the third-highest paid commissioner in the nation. (AP)

NFL owners meetings are underway in Chicago. What do they mean? (Sports Illustrated)

Kenny Britt retired via Facebook on Monday… but not really. (ProFootballTalk)

Tim Hudson provided his own run support in Atlanta’s win over Toronto on Monday. (AJC)

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Monday links

June 20, 2011 in Daily Links by Josh Ward

Here are some links to begin your week.

Rory McIlroy ran away with the U.S. Open this past weekend. It was over on Friday. (Golf)

Hold off on these popular Tiger Woods comparisons, writes Les Carpenter. (Yahoo! Sports)

Tennessee defensive tackle Malik Jackson is trying to fill a leadership void for the Vols. (Free Press)

ESPN ranks the offensive line units in the SEC. Tennessee has some potential. (ESPN SEC)

David Climer believes Tennessee baseball should take Vanderbilt’s recruiting plan. (Tennessean)

Speaking of Vanderbilt – the Commodores are making a big splash in football recruiting. (MrSEC)

Arkansas basketball coach Mike Anderson won’t release leading scorer Rotneir Clarke. (CBS Sports)

The NCAA has gone after John Calipari’s wins. John Clay tells the NCAA to keep up. (Herald-Leader)

BCS leader Bill Hancock is scheduled to meet with the Department of Justice on Tuesday. (CBS Sports)

Is Denny Hamlin a contender again after his first win of the season at Michigan? (Yahoo! Sports)

The NBA draft will take place this week. Sam Amick looks at some possible moves. (Sports Illustrated)

Mike Freeman has two owners who will be influential in the NFL labor negotiations. (CBS Sports)

Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams sees the lockout as a good thing for older players. (PFT)

Albert Pujols was injured on Sunday, and the Cardinals’ slugger is concerned. (Yahoo! Sports)

Miss Tennessee was robbed last night in the Miss USA Pageant. (USA Today)

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Monday links

June 13, 2011 in Daily Links by Josh Ward

Sports 180 will broadcast live from Long’s Drug Store on Kingston Pike on Monday. Stop by to register with the Thermocopy Big Ticket.

The hatred of LeBron James will likely continue following last night’s loss to Dallas. (Yahoo! Sports)

Michael Rosenberg hopes James will gain some humility after this loss in the finals. (Sports Illustrated)

A hall of fame career by Jason Kidd now includes an NBA championship. (Yahoo! Sports)

Chris Mannix looks at the stars for Miami and the winning team for Dallas. (Sports Illustrated)

Andrew Gribble has a full report from Tennessee’s meeting with the Committee on Infractions. (GVX)

There is still plenty of questions following this weekend’s meeting. And the answers will wait. (GVX)

Jeff Gordon won again at Pocono this weekend. He’s still a threat, writes David Newton. (ESPN)

Another weekend. Another story emerges about covering up violations at Ohio State. (Plain Dealer)

Good recruiting weekend for Georgia. The Bulldogs landed four commitments for 2012. (MrSEC)

The NBA set TV ratings during the playoffs. The offseason probably go quite as smoothly. (Grantland)

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Hamilton out as Tennessee’s athletic director

June 7, 2011 in Blog by Josh Ward

Mike Hamilton will announce his resignation at 11 a.m. eastern time on Tuesday morning.

The timing is interesting considering Tennessee is scheduled to appear in front of the NCAA Committee on Infractions later this week.

Jimmy Hyams reported that Hamilton will stay with UT through June 30 and represent UT when they go in front of the COI.

Listen to The Sports Animal at 11 to hear Hamilton’s press conference live. We will take your thoughts on the move between 12-3 this afternoon.

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Tuesday links and schedule

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Tuesday Guest Lineup:
1:05 Olin Buchanan (Rivals) talks college football
2:25 Jay Busbee (Yahoo! Sports) talks NASCAR

John Adams helps prepare Tennessee fans for the upcoming hearing with the NCAA. (GoVolsXtra)

A blogger thinks Derek Dooley should be a candidate at Ohio State. Hold your laughter. (MrSEC)

Southern Cal was stripped of its 2004 BCS title. It will keep the AP championship. (CBS Sports)

Dennis Dodd writes that Ohio State could be the next school to vacate a BCS bowl win. (CBS Sports)

Some of Tennessee’s baseball signees are waiting waiting to hear from UT. (Free Press)

Former UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole went No. 1 in the Major League Baseball draft. (MLB)

Former Farragut baseball star is waiting to hear his name called in the MLB draft. (KnoxNews)

Archie Manning updates the status of Peyton following his neck surgery last month. (GoVolsXtra)

Golden State has hired Mark Jackson to coach the Warriors. Sam Amick likes the hire. (SI)

Watch Bryce Harper blow a kiss at a pitcher after hitting a home run. (Tip to Big League Stew)

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Links for Monday

June 6, 2011 in Daily Links by Josh Ward

Hope you had a great weekend.

Sports 180 will broadcast live from Market Square in downtown Knoxville on Monday as The Sports Animal kicks off the Big Ticket III. Stop by to register to win season tickets to University of Tennessee football, men’s and women’s basketball, baseball and softball for the 2011-12 seasons. For more information, click here.

Monday Guest Lineup:
1:05 Alex Kennedy (Hoopsworld) talks NBA finals
2:10 Seth Emerson (Macon Telegraph) talks SEC spring meetings

It was the leadership of Dwyane Wade that helped Miami beat Dallas in Game 3 last night. (Yahoo! Sports)

Gregg Doyel writes that LeBron James once again shrunk in the fourth quarter last night. (CBS Sports)

Some info on how Tennessee has spent money on recruiting services in recent years. (GoVolsXtra)

Plaxico Burress is out of his prison. His agent says Plax will play in the NFL this year. (ESPN)

Cortland Finnegan isn’t happy with some of the NFL rules protecting offensive players. (Tennessean)

Seth Emerson has his winners and losers from last week’s SEC meetings in Destin. (Ledger-Enquirer)

Brad Keselowski earned his first win of the season. Dale Earnhardt Jr. came up short again. (SI)

Bruce Martin has five things we learned in yesterday’s Sprint Cup race at Kansas. (SI)

Albert Pujols is still pretty good. He had back-to-back walk-off homers this weekend. (CBS Sports)

Andy Staples ranked the top 20 college football coaching jobs. Tennessee is on there. (SI)

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Links for Thursday

June 2, 2011 in Daily Links by Josh Ward

Here are several links to begin your Thursday.

Steve Spurrier wants to pay players out of his own pocket. Won’t happen, but it’s interesting. (SI)

SEC presidents will vote on the oversigning issue in Destin, Fla., on Friday. (MrSEC)

Basketball coaches voted to scrap divisions in the SEC. It would start in 2012. (MrSEC)

Shaquille O’Neal announced on twitter that’s retiring. It includes a video message. (@Shaq)

This report says several NFL owners met secretly with commissioner Roger Goodell. (Chicago Tribune)

Mike Florio makes sense of the secret meeting – which isn’t so secret now. (ProFootballTalk)

Dan Wetzel is right – the focus should be on Ohio State, not quarterback Terrelle Pryor. (Yahoo! Sports)

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Links for Wednesday

June 1, 2011 in Daily Links by Josh Ward

Wednesday Guest Lineup:
12:25 Brent Dougherty (in Destin) from 104.5 The Zone in Nashville
2:05 Tom Ziller from talks NBA finals

Jason Whitlock writes a column telling us the NCAA is flawed. Thank you, we didn’t know. (Fox Sports)

This writer also believes Jim Tressel is the NCAA’s symptom, not a disease. (Deadspin)

Terrelle Pryor has been driving around on a suspended license. Smart. (CollegeFootballTalk)

Derek Dooley wants to see increased football staffs in college football. (GoVolsXtra)

Here’s a look at the SEC’s oversigning issue – a big topic this week in Destin, Fla. (CBS Sports)

The SEC might have to play by the same rules as others? Big whoop, writes John Pennington. (MrSEC)

The Heat showed its power with a Game 1 win over Dallas last night. (Sports Illustrated)

Dirk Nowitzki tore a tendon in his finger, but it’s on his non-shooting hand. (CBS Sports)

The Colts president has “little to no worry” about Peyton Manning’s recent neck surgery. (ProFootballTalk)

More information regarding NCAA president Mark Emmert and pay-for-play talk. (Dr. Saturday)

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The nation reacts to Tressel’s resignation

May 30, 2011 in Daily Links by Josh Ward

You are probably aware that Jim Tressel resigned as Ohio State’s football coach on Monday.

You probably aren’t surprised. The separation of Tressel and the Buckeyes has seemed inevitable since Yahoo! Sports first reported that Tressel learned that two of his players were breaking NCAA rules. Below is reaction to Monday’s news from across the nation.

Sports Illustrated’s George Dohrmann writes that “ignorance” has been Tressel’s defense for years. (SI)

Will Tressel’s resignation spare Ohio State some punishment when it faces the NCAA in August? (SI)

Bruce Hooley looks at the downfall of Tressel – an Ohio State legend. (Fox Sports)

Tressel’s resignation is nice, writes Gregg Doyel, but it isn’t enough. (CBS Sports)

Brett McMurphy asks what many of us have wondered: What took so long? (CBS Sports)

By the way, Terrelle Pryor is involved in an independent NCAA investigation. (Columbus Dispatch)

Did Tressel drive a suspicious car to Tressel’s team meeting on Monday? (SportsByBrooks)

Dan Wetzel looks at the compounding mistakes that ultimately cost Tressel his job. (Yahoo! Sports)

Ohio State is still expected to have a talented team this year. But will it lose some depth? (ESPN)

Bruce Feldman examines some potential replacements for Tressel. (ESPN Insider)

Urban Meyer won’t pursue any coaching opportunities this fall. Repeat: this fall. (CBS Sports)

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