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Warlick, Burdick To Speak On LVI

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Lady Vol Illustrated will hit the airwaves tonight at 7 p.m., on the Lady Vol Network. Lady Vol fans can tune in once a week for Lady Vols Illustrated, a weekly radio show featuring Lady Vol basketball Head Coach Holly Warlick, one women's basketball student-athlete and one other Lady Vol student-athlete or coach. The show is hosted by Voice of the Lady Vols Mickey Dearstone along with Knoxville News Sentinel sports writer Dan Fleser.

 

Tonight's Lady Vols Illustrated features head coach Holly Warlick, hoops senior Cierra Burdick and head golf coach Judi Pavon.

 

The program begins at 7 p.m. ET and fans can listen on 99.1 FM and 990 AM, as well as online at http://www.sportsradiownml.com/ or HERE on the Lady Vol Network. 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 24

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We have a pair of VFL birthdays to celebrate on this February 24th as we send 'happy birthday' wishes to former football placekicker Fuad Reveiz and former baseball infielder Taylor Smart!

Reveiz, who went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL, was born in Bogota, Colombia, before his family relocated to Miami, Florida. He was signed to kick at the University of Tennessee by legendary coach Johnny Majors and kicked for the Vols from 1981-84. As a sophomore, Reveiz turned his best season. He went 27-of-31 on field goal tries and connected on a school-record 60-yarder against Georgia Tech. 

Smart graduated from Tennessee baseball last spring after two seasons in the Orange and White. As a senior, he played in 53 of 54 games for UT, starting 50 at third base and two at shortstop. For his career, Smart hit .280 with six home runs, and even 100 hits, and 48 RBIs. He was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 26th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. 

 

Happy birthday to both Fuad and Taylor!


Kayla Johnson of ESPN spent a weekend in Knoxville following the life of sophomore basketball player Diamond DeShields. DeShields is sitting out this basketball season due to NCAA transfer rules. She goes in-depth about her decision to attend the school that always had her heart, Tennessee.

Read the full story HERE

Happy Birthday - Feb. 23

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Feb. 23 is the birthday of former Vols middle linebacker and current New England Patriot Jerod Mayo! 

Mayo spent 2004-07 at the University of Tennessee, playing his final season in 2007 at the middle linebacker position. Starting all 14 games that season, Mayo tallied 140 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and notched a pick-six along the way. He went on to be drafted 10th overall by the New England Patriots in the 2008 NFL Draft and earned AP Defensive Rookie of the Year honors after posting 128 tackles, 100 of them solo. He has since been named to two Pro Bowls and appeared in Super Bowl XLVI. 

 

Mayo is 29 years old today. Happy birthday, Jerod!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 22

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Entering the final week of February, we are wishing a happy birthday to football VFL Rashad Baker and freshman rower Danielle Dami! 

Baker was originally recruited as a wide receiver, but made the switch to free safety in the fourth game of his freshman season. He played out the remainder of his Volunteer career -- from 2000-03 -- in that position, earning first team All-SEC honors in 2001 and a second-team selection in 2002. After tallying 233 tackles, 11 interceptions, and and 24 pass deflections at Tennessee, he went on to play six seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, and Oakland Raiders. 

Rashad Baker 

We're also sending "happy birthday" wishes to freshman Dami who is in the midst of her first season with Tennessee Rowing. A  native of Grayling, Michigan, Dami is a member of the novice squad this season and is majoring in environmental studies. She turns 20 years old today. 

Danielle Dami

Happy birthday, Rashad and Dami!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 21

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Three weeks into February and we have two Big Orange birthdays to celebrate! We're wishing a happy birthday to football assistant head coach for defense and defensive backs Willie Martinez as well as to soccer sophomore Colleen Gawkins.

Martinez is entering his third season with Tennessee Football and in 2014 he coached a Volunteer secondary that had 16 interceptions to rank 15th in the NCAA. In his first season at UT, he helped orchestrate a memorable defensive feat against Western Kentucky when the UT defense forced five turnovers over six plays, including back-to-back pick-6s from Justin Coleman and Cameron Sutton. 

During her freshman season in the Orange and White, Gawkins earned minutes in 20 matches while tallying 11 shots and two on goal. The Haymarket, Virginia, native arrived in Knoxville last summer following a senior season at Battlefield High School in which she led the team to a 6A state title and unblemished 23-0 record. She was a 2014 NSCAA High School Girls Soccer All-American and a two-time NSCAA All-Region first team selection.

Willie Martinez Colleen Gawkins
Happy birthday, Coach Martinez and Colleen!

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The Seattle Storm of the WNBA announced today the signing of former Lady Vol guard Meighan Simmons. 

Simmons was drafted 26th overall to the NY Liberty in the 2014 WNBA Draft. She appeared in all three preseason games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.3 rebounds. As an All-American at Tennessee, she was a finalist for the National Player of the Year Award as a senior. She was the fifth Lady Vol in school history to finish her career with over 2,000 career points. 

Read the full release HERE

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/20/15)

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Get the latest on the Vols with coverage on UTSports.com: 


Tennessee coach Butch Jones took part in several interviews with the media on Thursday. Here's a look at the stories following those sessions: 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 20

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We've got three Big Orange birthdays on Rocky Top on this third Friday of February, as current student-athletes Brueck Ball (rowing) and Brodie Leftridge (baseball) celebrate their respective birthdays, as does baseball VFL Julio Borbon. 

A sophomore from Nashville, Ball is in her second season with Tennessee rowing and first as a varsity squad member. She turns 20 years old today. 

A true freshman from Baltimore, Maryland, outfielder Leftridge is gearing up for his first season with Vol Baseball. He was ranked a top-50 outfielder coming out of St. John's Catholic Prep and was the No. 4 prospect out of the state of Maryland. Leftridge turns 19 years old today. 

VFL Julio Borbon, now with the Baltimore Orioles organization, helped Tennessee reach the College World Series in 2005. He ranked third on that team with a .350 batting average -- the fifth-best batting average for a freshman in Tennessee history. He went on to lead UT with a .366 batting average in 2006 and posted a .345 batting average in 2007 -- his final season on Rocky Top.

Brueck Ball Brodie  Leftridge Julio Borbon

Happy birthday, Brueck, Brodie, and Julio!

Butch Jones, Inky Johnson At 104.5 The Zone SportsFest On Saturday

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Vols head coach Butch Jones and Vol for Life Inky Johnson will appear at 104.5 The Zone SportsFest in Nashville on Saturday. Jones will speak at 9:30 a.m. CT, while Johnson will take the stage at 1:45 CT.

The event will run from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. CT. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for military and college students. 

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