As Tennessee’s list of verbal commitments continues to grow (it should be up to 34 if lineman Charles Mosley commits on Friday as expected), the Vols are contending with two limits.
One is the NCAA-imposed limit on scholarships. The other is the conference-imposed limit on signees.
There’s no loophole on NCAA scholarship limits. Teams can have only 85 total scholarship players, of whom no more than 25 can be “initial counters” in any given year. (There are some strategies to minimize the impact of the NCAA limits, which I discussed here. More on that in a second).
From TN Sports Radio
Jalen Hurd spoke the Erik Ainge during his show on 12-5-13. Take a listen.
From The Times Free Press
If Tennessee’s basketball Volunteers are to reach their goals this season, they will need to rely on their veterans to get them there.
But three freshmen are serving as complementary pieces early this season.
Darius Thompson, A.J. Davis and Robert Hubbs III were all on the floor together when Tennessee made a spurt in the first half of last Saturday’s 82-63 rout of Wake Forest in the Vols’ final game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas, and the three first-year players have carved out roles in coach Cuonzo Martin’s eight-man rotation.
From Bleacher Report
The Tennessee Volunteers had a rough season, finishing 5-7 and failing to make a bowl for the third consecutive year.
Despite the rough sledding, at least Butch Jones and his first-year coaching staff developed a few playmakers along the way. With a star-studded recruiting class able to help in 2014, Jones will have more potential difference makers at his disposal.
Tennessee will be one of the youngest teams in the nation next year, but the Vols also should be much more talented all over the football field than they’ve been in recent seasons.