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Vols' European vacation canceled

Posted on: April 27, 2011 3:23 pm
 
There's no place like home, unless the alternative is Italy in the summertime.

Posted by Eric Angevine

With a new coach, an undetermined roster and possible NCAA sanctions on the way, the University of Tennessee men's basketball program has elected to cancel a summer trip to Italy. According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, newly hired head coach Cuonzo Martin and UT athletics director Mike Hamilton agreed that the trip, planned when Bruce Pearl was still head coach of the Vols, would be an ill-timed distraction in the upcoming transitional season.

Hamilton said with UT scheduled to play in the Maui Invitational in Hawaii this November, an overseas trip would have been pushing things from a travel standpoint.

Martin expressed concerns about the overseas trip from the time of his hiring with the Vols for a couple of reasons.

For one, Tennessee would have trouble filling out a roster, particularly if either or both Scotty Hopson and Tobias Harris elects to keep their names in the NBA draft.

Secondly, Martin has committed to serving as an assistant to Purdue coach Matt Painter at the World University Games in China from Aug. 12-23 in Shenzhen, China. The training camp to select the 12-member USA team will be July 30-Aug. 8 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"It will be better to wait a year for the trip because then we can get a feel for our players,'' Martin said. "When you take those trips, you're also building team camaraderie. It's always a beneficial trip, playing five or six games and getting the extra practice.''

The NCAA allows teams to make overseas trips once every four years, which means extra practice and playing time beyond the traditional fall start.

Oregon was scheduled to make a similar trip last season, and then-newly-hired head coach Dana Altman also decided to re-schedule. As fun and educational as such a trip might be, perhaps both coaches have the right idea - when in doubt, circle the wagons at home (when you're not personally busy in China, that is).

It's not as if the players on the current roster can really complain. As AD Hamilton indirectly pointed out in the excerpt above, Hawaii in November should be a pretty nice consolation prize for anyone feeling agita over the change in plans.

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Since: Mar 28, 2007
Posted on: April 28, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Vols' European vacation canceled

uksmithfan-  You're right ... it is about money.  It's all about money.  After all, UT doesn't have World Wide Wes spreading around Nike cash on its behalf like UK does.  So until you can point to ANY verified example of ANY UT athlete receiving illicit pay-for-play -- like Kentucky has been busted for many times & will inevitably again be busted for -- you really can't talk about any other program's rules adherence or lack thereof with a straight face.  See you for the annual installment of the quarter-century plus of futility in November.

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Since: Apr 6, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:38 pm
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Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: April 28, 2011 8:00 am
 

Vols' European vacation canceled

You UK fans so silly! Frankfort (er, Frankfurt) is in KY. And are there really biergartens in KY? I think KY schools should teach a bit of world geography! GoBlue!



Criticizing a typo is the best you can come up with? Seriously? Must be a sad day when Tennessuck fans have nothing better than to correct a 1 letter typo.




Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:06 am
 

Vols' European vacation canceled

It's a damn shame that the players pay for the sins of the father (or former coach in this case).



Since: Mar 22, 2011
Posted on: April 28, 2011 12:03 am
 

Vols' European vacation canceled

You UK fans so silly! Frankfort (er, Frankfurt) is in KY. And are there really biergartens in KY? I think KY schools should teach a bit of world geography! GoBlue!



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: April 27, 2011 9:53 pm
 

Vols' European vacation canceled

Hamilton must have realized that making improper phone calls from Europe was more expensive than it was from the states, so no reason to have the trip. Also, inviting recruits to a luau was more feasable from Hawai'i, and much cheaper airfare than eating weinerschnitzel with Helga at a biergarten in Frankfort.

It's all about saving money, people.


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