Buzz got tough, so did Vols

Buzz Peterson isn't known as a tough guy but he can get tough when he needs to. Tennessee's head basketball coach was so upset by the lackadaisical attitude of two Vols during last Tuesday's practice that he sent them to the showers before practice was finished.

The ploy worked. One night later, a very focused Tennessee team blasted Georgia 89-65.

''I kicked a couple of them out of there,'' Peterson said. ''You've got to bring it (intensity) every single day. I want the effort. That's our job as a staff ... to make sure our guys max out every single day to their highest potential. We were not getting that. I'd had enough, and I wanted 'em out of the gym.''

Normally upbeat and positive in his approach, Peterson grew so concerned by his drastic practice punishment that he called some coaching friends for advice.

''I said, 'Did I do the wrong thing?' One of them said, 'No, I've done it before, and it sends a good message.' So, maybe it sent a good message and woke a couple of 'em up.''

Judging from the 24-point margin against Georgia, it did precisely that.

Tennessee (9-1 overall and 1-0 in SEC play) visits No. 14 Florida Saturday in Gainesville. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. with television coverage provided by Jefferson Pilot.


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