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The Volunteer State is a Tennessee Vols sports podcast covering sports topics from the University of Tennessee featuring The Knoxville News Sentinel's John Adams, Mike Wilson and Blake Toppmeyer. The Tennessean, Nashville Tennessee.

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The Volunteer State is a Tennessee Vols sports podcast covering sports topics from the University of Tennessee featuring The Knoxville News Sentinel's John Adams, Mike Wilson and Blake Toppmeyer. The Tennessean, Nashville Tennessee.

    Does Josh Heupel deserve a free pass during first season as Tennessee football coach?

    Does Josh Heupel deserve a free pass during first season as Tennessee football coach?

    Even in the SEC's pressure cooker, coaches usually enjoy a honeymoon season in Year 1 of a tenure. Expectations usually aren't as lofty, with many fans willing to shift blame for any shortcomings as a failure of the previous coach to leave behind a decent roster.

    Does Tennessee's Josh Heupel deserve a free pass in his first season? 

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Mike (@ByMikeWilson) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

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    • 27 min
    Which Tennessee football quarterback has the most upside?

    Which Tennessee football quarterback has the most upside?

    Tennessee football's quarterback competition remains "wide open" following spring practice, coach Josh Heupel said after Saturday's spring game.

    And the competition is getting more crowded after Michigan transfer Joe Milton announced his commitment to Tennessee on Monday.

    On this episode, John and Blake handicap the quarterback competition entering the summer and debate which quarterback has the highest ceiling.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Mike (@ByMikeWilson) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

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    • 30 min
    How would Michigan transfer Joe Milton affect Tennessee football's quarterback competition?

    How would Michigan transfer Joe Milton affect Tennessee football's quarterback competition?

    Tennessee football's quarterback competition is about to get more interesting. 

    The Vols are expected to add Michigan transfer Joe Milton as a summer enrollee. 

    Milton would become Tennessee's fifth scholarship quarterback – assuming the Vols don't lose anyone to the transfer portal ahead of the 2021 season.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Mike (@ByMikeWilson) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

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    • 23 min
    Grading SEC football hires: Where does Tennessee football's Josh Heupel rank?

    Grading SEC football hires: Where does Tennessee football's Josh Heupel rank?

    Four SEC football programs fired their coach during or after the 2020 season. New coaches in 2021 are Tennessee's Josh Heupel, Auburn's Bryan Harsin, South Carolina's Shane Beamer and Vanderbilt's Clark Lea. 

    On this edition of "The Volunteer State," Blake and John of the News Sentinel evaluate those hires and rank them in order of best to worst. 

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Mike (@ByMikeWilson) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

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    • 31 min
    How should Josh Heupel handle the cat abuse allegation against Vols' Aaron Beasley?

    How should Josh Heupel handle the cat abuse allegation against Vols' Aaron Beasley?

    Tennessee linebacker Aaron Beasley has been suspended indefinitely following an animal abuse allegation in which Beasley is accused of causing serious injury to a 6-month-old cat belonging to his girlfriend's roommate.

    The incident remains is under investigation by Knoxville police. Beasley has not been arrested or charged.

    How should Josh Heupel handle this situation?

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Mike (@ByMikeWilson) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

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    • 30 min
    What does Kaidon Salter's suspension mean for Tennessee football's quarterback competition?

    What does Kaidon Salter's suspension mean for Tennessee football's quarterback competition?

    Kaidon Salter earned a suspension before competing in his first Tennessee football practice. 

    That's about the last way you want a four-star quarterback to begin his first season.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Mike (@ByMikeWilson) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

    Subscribe to KnoxNews: https://knoxne.ws/2R3WbeY

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Yojimbodjd ,

Great podcast

I enjoy the discussion and banter between Blake and John. Helps keep me connected to my beloved Vols when time is limited. Thanks guys! Keep up the great work in all that you do!

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In Regular Rotation

I listen to a handful of podcasts and this one is always in my regular rotation. Not just reporting on Tennessee Football but they add creative spins such as guessing odds, mock drafts, and rankings. Where else can you get your Tennessee fix from a multi-published author and text group entrepreneur.

bobvol1868 ,

Great podcast

I enjoy John Adams. I know he has the ability to get under the skin of some vol fans, but historically he’s been on the right side of most debates. I highly recommended.

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