Getting old is something that scares the Sam Cassell out of me. Still, getting a little bit longer in the tooth does provide some benefits — wisdom being one of them.
The Tennessee Volunteers are not as old as myself, but they are going to be one of the more experienced teams in the SEC next season. In fact, the Vols are going to be returning every key player from last year and will also see the return of Jeronne Maymon, who was lost to injury last season.
That is in stark contrast to most of their conference brethren. The SEC will see a slew of teams replacing players who have either lost their eligibility or deemed it the right time for the NCAA to stop exploiting them for cash and make some for themselves in the pros.
Cuonzo Martin has to be thrilled with it. Considering how well his team played down the stretch, winning eight of their final nine regular season games, there is no reason to think the team won’t be able to continue riding that momentum. Not to mention, now that they have played together for longer than most high-level college teams, their chemistry will be even better next season.
Next season will be a very good time to be a Tennessee fan. Even if they are the AARP card-carrying members of the conference.