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This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 26)

On this day, Sept. 26 in 1953 Smokey was chosen at halftime of Mississippi State game by student body to become the Vols' mascot.

The Pep Club held a contest to select a coonhound, a native breed of the state, as the school's live mascot. Announcements of the contest in local newspapers read, "This can't be an ordinary hound. He must be a 'Houn' Dog' in the best sense of the word."

The late Rev. Bill Brooks entered his prize-winning blue tick coon hound, "Brooks' Blue Smokey," in the contest. At halftime of the Mississippi State game that season, the dogs were lined up on the old cheerleaders' ramp at Shields-Watkins Field. Each dog was introduced over the loudspeaker and the student body cheered for their favorite, with "Blue Smokey" being the last hound introduced. When his name was called, he barked. The students cheered and Smokey threw his head back and barked again. This kept going until the stadium was in an uproar and UT had found its mascot.

 September 26 (9-3-2)
1914 W, 89-0 CARSON-NEWMAN
1931 W, 33-0 MARYVILLE
1936 W, 13-0 Chattanooga
1942 T, 0-0 South Carolina
1959 W, 3-0 No. 3 AUBURN
1964 L, 0-3 No. 8 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1970 L, 23-36 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1981 W, 10-7 AUBURN
1987 T, 20-20 No. 3 AUBURN
1992 W, 40-0 CINCINNATI
1998 W, 42-7 HOUSTON
2005 W, 30-27 No. 4 Louisiana State (OT)
2009 W, 34-23 OHIO

In 2005, the Vols posted their last win over a top-5 team with a 30-27 victory over No. 4 LSU in overtime. Gerald Riggs Jr.'s 1-yard rush in overtime proved to be difference. Check out the highlights:

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/26/14)

The Vols depart for Athens on Friday afternoon as they take on the #12/13 Georgia on Saturday at 12 Noon on ESPN. Check out the latest from UTSports.com: 

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Playing Georgia extra special for Vols' Johnson
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Two UT assistants return to Georgia
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Freshmen coming up big
- Knoxville News Sentinel: The Matchups: Tennessee at Georgia
- Tennessee Journalist: Tennessee vs Georgia preview

News on Georgia includes: 
- Anderson Independent Mail: 'Road work' key to SEC success
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Gurley eager for another crack at Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Georgia defenders see 'great opportunity'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Freshmen fabulous for Georgia Bulldogs

Poole Re-Signed By Carolina Panthers

Former Tennessee tailback Tauren Poole has returned to the Carolina Panthers, as he signed with the team on Thursday. He will join the team's practice squad. Poole previously spent time with Carolina, but never appeared in a game. He was in training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was one of the team's fine cuts prior to the regular season.

"You never know how the business works. There's a lot of backs ready and available, but I'm thankful they called me," Poole told the media today. "I was excited about it, hoping they'd reach out. Glad they did, and got it going."

The Panthers are struggling with injury issues in the backfield and Poole was a perfection for head coach Ron Rivera.

"We went back and looked at his tape from when he was with us, looked at his tape this preseason when he was Pittsburgh, and sat down and talked to him," Rivera said. "Coaches feel very comfortable about his retention."

Poole ran for 1,883 yards in his career at Tennessee, playing in 49 games from 2008-11. He scored 16 touchdowns in his career including five as a senior in 2011. He gained 693 yards this past season while catching 21 balls for 164 yards. He gained 100 rushing yards on three occasions this past season with a season-best 107 vs. Vanderbilt (11/19) in addition to 101 vs. Buffalo (10/1) and 100 vs. Cincinnati.

Poole was a 2011 preseason member of the Doak Walker and Maxwell Watch Lists in addition to being a candidate for the Lowe's Senior Class Award.

As a junior, Poole named AP All-SEC Honorable Mention accolades starting all 13 games and gaining 1,034 yards on 204 carries. He scored 11 touchdowns and gained 100 yards on six occasions to tie for the lead in the SEC. His 1,000-yard season was the 16th in UT history and his total of 1,034 ranks 14th on the single-season list. Poole gained a career-high 162 rushing yards against Oregon (9/11/10).

Bawcombe Coming Off Big Weekend for UT

True freshman outside hitter Kelsey Bawcombe will make her first foray into SEC play this weekend riding a strong outing over four matches at the DISH Lady Vol Classic. The California native totaled 35 kills, 31 digs, and 10 total blocks on her way to earning the honor, helping Tennessee to a 2-2 record. In the Lady Vols' gritty 3-2 win over Mercer, Bawcombe recorded her first career double-double behind a career-best 17 kills and 15 digs. She has started each of the last three matches for Tennessee. Patrick Maccoon of The Daily Beacon documents the freshman's rising role as conference play approaches. 

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/25/14)

The Vols head to Athens on Friday looking for their first win at Georgia since 2006. Get the latest on Wednesday's practice on UTSports.com: 

Here's a look at coverage from the media on the Vols: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols must reverse turnover trend in road games
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Is another OT in the Vols' future?
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones talks Treyvon Paulk, Georgia
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Saulsberry ready to return
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' defense gearing up for Gurley

News on the Bulldogs includes: 
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Georgia DBs brace for Big Orange receiving corps
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Bulldogs' CB Shattle Fenteng to undergo surgery
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Tennessee's going to upset somebody - but not UGA
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Freshmen fabulous for Georgia Bulldogs
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Georgia Bulldogs having fun with the run
- Savannah Morning News: Fenteng likely done for season

Inside The T - Thursday's Look Ahead

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones will make his usual weekly appearance on 3HL with Brent Dougherty and Blaine Bishop on Nashville's 104.5 The Zone this afternoon. You can listen on 104.5 in Nashville or online RIGHT HERE.

Happy Birthday - Sept. 25

Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to current Tennessee track and field athlete Erin Champion. 
Erin Champion
Champion competes in the pole vault, both indoor and outdoor. She scored at the 2013 Indoor SEC Championships, placing sixth in the event with a personal best 4.12m.

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 25)

On Sept. 25, 1926, General Robert Neyland coached his first game as head coach of the Volunteers as Tennessee shutout Carson-Newman, 13-0. The General went on to post a 76-7-5 record in his first tenure with the Vols from 1926-34. His career mark over 21 seasons was 173-31-12 for a 82.9 win percentage. 

 September 25 (9-4-1)
1915 W, 101-0 CARSON-NEWMAN
1920 W, 45-0 EMORY & HENRY
1926 W, 13-0 CARSON-NEWMAN
1937 W, 32-0 WAKE FOREST
1954 W, 19-7 Mississippi State (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1965 T, 13-13 AUBURN
1971 L, 9-10 No. 5 AUBURN
1976 L, 28-38 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1982 L, 14-24 Auburn
1999 W, 17-16 MEMPHIS
2004 W, 42-17 LOUISIANA TECH

Check out highlights from the Vols' 42-20 win over LSU on Sept. 25, 1993 as Heath Shuler led the Orange & White with three TD passes

Jones & Hart Set For Vol Calls (Sept. 24)

Coach Butch Jones and University of Tennessee vice chancellor and director of athletics Dave Hart will be on-site for "Vol Calls" tonight from Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m.). Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs co-host the show. Fans may tune in across the state on the Vol Radio Network or listen online at utsports.com. Listeners can ask a question by dialing 1-800-688-8657 - Verizon customers can dial #TENN - or submit a question via Facebook at VolNetwork-IMG.


Happy Birthday - Sept. 24

Happy Birthday to former Lady Vol golfer Sara Monberg and current Vol Football players Mike Wegzyn and Michael Cantwell!

Sara MonbergMike WegzynMichael Cantwell

Monberg was an Academic All-American. She played in 44 tournaments for the Lady Vols and had a 75.87 stroke average. Monberg also carded two top-10 and 14 top-25 finishes. 

Wegzyn is a redshirt junior that transferred to UT as a quarterback from UMass. At UMass, he played and started in the majority of the games during the 2012 and 2013 campaigns.

Cantwell is a redshirt junior at the linebacker positon. He walked on to the team in Fall of 2011. He was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2012 and 2013. 

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