Vols grind out a victory against Mississippi State
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- This past summer, Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury pulled Bruce Pearl aside and casually planted the kiss of death on his Tennessee counterpart.
"I told him he has a chance to compete for a national championship," Stansbury recounted in his customary hoarse voice. "That doesn't mean he's going to win it. But his team is good enough to compete for one. They absolutely have all the pieces."
Stansbury saw nothing Saturday night that would change ...
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