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Happy Birthday - April 15

On this April 15, we're going back into the archives and wishing former Tennessee baseball start Ed Bailey a happy birthday. Bailey was born April 15, 1931.


Bailey lettered as a member of the UT baseball team in 1948 before going on to play 14 seasons as a catcher in the Major Leagues. A five-time All-Star, he started his big-league career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1953 and hit a career-best 28 home runs for the Reds in 1956. He also made stops with the San Francisco Giants, the Milwaukee Braves, the Chicago Cubs, and the California Angels. He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 and the UT Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Bailey passed away in 2007 at the age of 75.

Happy Birthday - April 14

On March 14 we've got some happy Big Orange birthday wishes for men's golfer Jordan Gumberg as well as former Vols wide receiver Eric Parker!

Gumberg is a freshman who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was a six-year letterwinner and a four-year team captain at University School of NSU prior to arriving in Knoxville. This season, Gumberg has played in one tournament. shooting 78-77 over two rounds at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. Born this day in 1995, Gumberg is 20 years old today.

Jordan  Gumberg

A native of Shorewood, Illinois, Parker played wide receiver for Tennessee from 1997-2001. During his redshirt sophomore year in 1998, Parker caught 30 passes for 411 yards and a touchdown -- all career-highs. He would finish his UT career with 64 catches for 829 yards and three TDs. Following his time at Tennessee, Parker was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers. He played for San Diego until 2007. 

Happy birthday, Jordan and Eric!

Vol Calls Set For Tonight


The Vol Network's "Vol Calls" Lineup is set for tonight at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT

New Tennessee Basketball Coach Rick Barnes will be on-site with hosts Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs at Calhoun's On the River, as will former Vol punter Matt Darr. The show will also feature interviews with Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones, tight end Ethan Wolf and linebacker Dillon Bates.

You can tune in on Vol Network stations across the state or listen free online HERE

Happy Birthday - April 13

It's April 13 and we've got a pair of VFL birthdays to celebrate! Today we're wishing a happy birthday to former men's tennis standout Jarryd Chaplin and, from the archives, baseball legend Ben Cantwell

A native of Sydney, Australia, Chaplin wrapped up a four-year career at Tennessee last season. He finished his time at Tennessee with a singles record 62-55 to go along with his career doubles mark of 72-43. He was second team All-SEC as a junior in 2013 and claimed three doubles titles over his career. Born this day in 1992, Chaplin is 23 years old today.

Cantwell was born in 1902 in Milan, Tennessee, and played baseball at UT from 1922-25. He moved on to professional baseball in 1926 and made his major league debut in 1927 with the New York Giants. He was later traded to the Boston Braves. In 1933, Cantwell won 20 games as a starter for the Braves, becoming just the second pitcher out of the SEC to record 20 wins in a season in the major leagues. Cantwell passed away in 1962 at age 60.

Happy birthday, Jarryd and Ben!


Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/12/15)

Saturday was one of the most special days of the year according to Butch Jones as the Vols hosted their annual Family Day at Neyland Stadium. Among the family members on hand to support his brothers was #VFL Eric Berry, along with his dad and fellow #VFL James Berry. Get the latest from UTSports.com: 

Coverage from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Eric Berry attends Vols' practice
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Offense 'stale' as Vols work in Neyland
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols defense shines in scrimmaging
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gaulden shows physical play at nickel back
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Blanc out for rest of spring
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kirkland working out his mind
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dobbs: Vols passing game is 'fine'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Jones praises Vickers, Kelly
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones pushing Vols' Von Pearson to step up
- The Tennessean:  Mistakes plague Vols defense

Happy Birthday - April 12

Four birthdays on Rocky Top for this April 12! Today we wish a very happy birthday to diver Sarah Chewning, soccer's Josie Jennings, football's Brett Kendrick and men's golf VFL Oliver Goss!

A junior transfer from the University of Kentucky, Chewning made her Orange & White debut this season. She picked up a win in her first meet as a member of the UT squad, posting a 260.25 in the 3-meter springboard. 

Jennings is a defender out of Knoxville's Farragut High School. She completed her freshman season in the fall of 2014, seeing action in 17 matches and picking up seven starts along the way. She closed out the year with 757 minutes played, including a full 90 against Tulsa in September. Jennings turns 19 years old today.

Another Knoxville native, Kendrick enters spring camp as a redshirt sophomore. He appeared in all 13 games for Vol Football in 2014, getting two starts on the offensive line. Kendrick is 20 years old today.

Goss played two seasons at Tennessee before turning pro in 2014. A native of Perth, Australia, Goss was a two-time All-SEC performer and turned heads in 2014 when he finished as the low amateur at the 2014 Masters (+10). He has played this season on the Web.com tour, logging six tournament appearances. He has three top-25 finishes to his name and one top-10. He turns 21 today.

Happy birthday Sarah, Josie, Brett, and Oliver!

Happy Birthday - April 11

On April 11 we're sending out happy Big Orange birthday wishes to football's Cortez McDowell!

A sophomore linebacker from Locust Grove, Georgia, McDowell appeared in all 13 games for UT in 2014 on special teams and as a reserve WILL linebacker. He led the team with 14 special teams tackles and finished the season with 19 total tackles. Born this day in 1996, McDowell is 19 years old today.

Happy birthday, Cortez!

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/10/15)

#TGIF Only 15 days until the DISH Orange & White Game (April 25, 4pm) 🍊⚪️🍊⚪️🍊⚪️🍊⚪️🍊⚪️

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Get the latest on the Vols from Thursday's practice with coverage from UTSports.com: 

News from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Spring 'time to shine' for UT Vols' Sanders
- Knoxville News Sentinel: North eager to practice at full speed
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Fewer sacks will enhance running game
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara still out of action
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Blair still seeking consistency
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Jennings adjusting as college QB
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Jalen Hurd nearing 240 pounds
- The Tennessean: Mistakes plague Vols defense

Happy Birthday - April 10

On this 10th day of April we are celebrating a quartet of Tennessee birthdays. Join us in wishing a happy birthday to volleyball's Kelsey Bawcombe, Chelsea Blaase of cross country/track and field, rowing's Morgan Suffridge, and baseball VFL Mike Lincoln

A native of Temecula, California, Bawcombe is coming off a solid freshman season for Tennessee Volleyball in the fall of 2014. She appeared in 31 matches and made 17 starts on the year, logging two double-doubles and a team-high 17 service aces. Born this day in 1996, Bawcome is 19 years old today.

Out on the track, Blaase is having the best season of her career. In the fall, she became Tennessee's 10th cross country All-American after finishing 10th at the NCAA Championships. Blaase earned her second All-American award of the year during the indoor track and field season when she placed fourth in the women's 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. And just last week, Blaase broke her own school record in the 10,000 meter run at the Stanford Invitational, turning in a time of 32:28.39 that ranks second in the nation.

A junior member of the varsity rowing squad, Suffridge was a part of the Second Varsity Eight that finished third in the petite final at the 42nd annual San Diego Crew Classic. A local product out of Knoxville, Suffridge is majoring in in Speech Pathology and was a member of the 2014 spring SEC Academic Honor Roll. 

Today is also the 40th birthday of former Tennessee and Major League pitcher Lincoln. He pitched just one season for UT back in 1996, going 6-4 with a 3.33 ERA before being drafted in the 13th round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. He made his big league debut on April 7, 1999, and continued on in the Bigs until 2010, making stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds.

Happy birthday Kelsey, Chelsea, Morgan, and Mike!

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/9/15)

The Vols will be back on Haslam Field for Spring Practice #8 on Thursday, just after 4 p.m. Meanwhile, over at Neyland Stadium, the grounds crew is getting ready for Saturday's practice by painting the field. 

Be sure to visit our Spring Camp Central for the latest on the Vols. 

News from the media includes: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Evan Berry heeds brother Eric's advice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 47 years ago, UT was buying 'Doug's rug'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Wolf aiming for big sophomore season

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