November 2011 Archives

Antone Davis' Blog On Making Biggest Loser Final Four

Antone Davis, right, a former Vol and NFL player, is a contestant on NBC's 'The Biggest Loser.' has an update on former Vol football star Antone Davis, who has advanced to the Biggest Loser Final Four. 

Week 11 (Nov. 29 airdate): Making it to makeover week ... and the final four!
Yes! It is Makeover Week. Everyone wants to make it to Makeover Week and let me tell you, it was AWESOME! This is the week you get to clean up and wear real clothes as opposed to the "Biggest Loser" clothes that we have been wearing for the last 11 weeks. This is the time that you get to see what you are going to look like when you get home and, if you are a big fan of the show, then you know that this is the episode where you get to see your family members for the first time since getting on the ranch.

Wow, what an exciting week of new things and now we can see the light at the end of the tunnel. This is our last week on the ranch -- we get to go home to our families.

First things first. Along with the makeovers, we had a challenge this week. It was the dreaded "put the weight back on" challenge. This is where you have to put back on all the weight that you have lost and see what it feels like. This really lets you know where you have come from.

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Happy Birthday - Nov. 30: Nick Kaiser

On Nov. 30, Happy Birthday to runner Nick Kaiser of the track & field and cross country teams. 

Nick Kaiser

Harris Featured In Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has a nice feature on former Vol and new Milwaukee Buck Tobias Harris: After exams, gym class in session for Bucks' Harris.

Here is the opening of the story:

Tobias Harris took advantage of the NBA lockout by doing something novel.

He went back to school at the University of Tennessee.

The Milwaukee Bucks rookie forward wound up with four classes or 13 credits, in addition to doing twice daily conditioning workouts on campus in Knoxville, Tenn.

But with the lockout ending and Bucks training camp expected to start Dec. 9, Harris was scurrying Tuesday to move up some of his finals.

"I have two next week that I'm trying to get switched," Harris said.

First he will face those final exams, then the test he has been waiting for all his life.

"I loved it here, the town, the community," Harris said of his one year with the Volunteers. "But I decided for my game, I needed to take it to the next level. The NBA is an opportunity of a lifetime.

Vols In NFL Update (11/29)

In game pitting multiple former Vols the Saints handled the Giants, 49-24, on Monday night football. 

With New Orleans, Jabari Greer made five tackles and had two passes defended. Aubrayo Franklin had a tackle. Receiver Robert Meachem was held without a catch and defensive lineman Turk McBride was in active. 

With New York, Deon Grant started at safety and made five tackles. 

New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford (5) is hit by New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) on a fake punt during the third quarter of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. the Saints won 49-24. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Photo 1 - Wide Receiver Lance Moore #16 Of The New Orleans Saints Dives Getty Images

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 28: Wide receiver Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints dives into the endzone to score on a 10-yard touchdown reception against Corey Webster #23 and Deon Grant #34 of the New York Giants in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 28, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Tennessee Basketball Briefing (11/28)

Here are a few stories on Monday's loss at Oakland:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols fall at Oakland, 89-81
- The Tennesseean: Tennessee Vols fall to Oakland
- Inside Tennessee: Oakland dumps Vols, 89-81

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/29)

Here are a few football stories from the media on Tuesday.

Happy Birthday - Nov. 28 - Robert Yonce

Happy Birthday to football junior defensive back Robert Yonce on Nov. 28. 

Vols In NFL Update (11/28)

Here's a look at how former Vols in action on Sunday did in the NFL:

Houston handled Jacksonville, 20-13 as Arian Foster had 65 rushing yards on 22 carries including a 1-yard TD rush (WATCH HIGHLIGHT). He also had seven catches for 24 yards. Jason Allen had three tackles on defense for the Texans.

Cincinnati narrowed beat Cleveland, 23-20 as Gibril Wilson had two tackles for the Bengals. Montario Hardesty, who has been sidelined with a calf injury, was active for the Browns, but did not play on Sunday.

Titans beat Tampa Bay, 23-17 as two former Vols played for the Bucs. Albert Haynesworth continued to make an impact with Tampa Bay, as he had four tackles including two TFLs. Rookie tight end Luke Stocker also saw action, making a catch that was called back on a penalty.

Washington got by the Seahawks, 23-17 as Donte Stallworth played as a reserve receiver for the Redskins, but had no catches. 

Oakland won 25-20 over Chicago as John Henderson racked up four tackles for the Raiders. Rookie Denarius Moore was sidelined with a right foot injury. 

New England routed Philadelphia, 38-20 as Jerod Mayo made three tackles including a TFL for the Patriots. Shaun Ellis also played for the Pats, but had no tackles. 

Denver beat San Diego on an overtime field goal, 16-13 by Matt Prater as former Vols Britton Colquitt was the holder for the Broncos. Colquitt also punted nine times for a 43.4 average with three punts inside the 20-yard line. Robery Ayers made three tackles for Denver. 

Carolina topped Indianapolis, 27-19 as Omar Gaither was also inactive with a knee injury after a few big games with the Panthers.

Arizona edged St. Louis, 23-20. Former Vol Dan Williams missed his first game with a broken left arm, suffered last week vs. San Francsico. 

Atlanta beat Minnesota, 24-14 as Anthony Herrera missed the game for the Vikings with a left knee injury.

- In the Sunday night game, Pittsburgh edged Kansas City, 13-9 as Ramon Foster started at right guard for the Steelers. Dustin Colquitt had three punts for a 37.3 average for the Chiefs.

- On Monday night night, the Saints with four former Vols host the Giants and Deon Grant. 

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (11/28/11)

As the professional touring year has more or less come to a close, here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Nov. 28, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 441 (+1)

Doubles: 584 (0)

Note: New career-high singles ranking ... Scheduled to play in the Australian Open Wild Card Play-off beginning Dec. 6 in Melbourne ... On Twitter @jpatsmith

Rhyne Williams

Singles: 511 (-1)

Doubles: 557 (-1)

Note: Scheduled to play in the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs beginning Dec. 16 at the Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, Ga.

Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 537 (-2)

Doubles: 645 (-4)

Note: Finished tour schedule for the year.

Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 516 (-3)

Note: Finished tour schedule for the year.

Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 517 (-3)

Note: Finished tour schedule for the year.


Paul Annacone, the top-ranked All-American star for the Vols in the 1980s, is now on Twitter @Paul_Annacone. 

Of course, Annacone is more renowned these days as a coach than a player. He currently coaches 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who won his sixth ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday in London. He also coached 14-time Grand Slam winner Pete Sampras from 1995-2001.

As a Vol, Annacone was the program's first three-time All-American and ended the 1984 season ranked No. 1 in the country after compiling a 51-3 record.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/28)

The Vols' offseason started on Sunday. Here's a look at some of Monday's stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Questions abound as Vols offseason begins
- UT Daily Beacon: Streak, season over
- UT Daily Beacon: Take some optimism on football
- Volquest: The Day After

Basketball Briefing: Nov. 27

Catch up on the latest Tennessee basketball news as the Vols head to Rochester, Mich., to take on Oakland Monday. 

Knoxville News Sentinel: Maymon off to monster start
Knoxville News Sentinel: Maui Experience has Vols looking at Puerto Rico

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/27)

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/26)

It's an early morning rise for the football team as the Vols play their earliest game of the game season at Kentucky with a 12:21 p.m. kickoff on the SEC Network.

Check out the Tennessee 101: The Streak, with a look at UT's 26-game win streak over UK.

Here are stories from the media on Saturday morning:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things against Kentucky
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: 'Leap of faith' ended well for UT's Malik Jackson
- Inside Tennessee: 'The Streak'

Vols In NFL Update (11/25)

Several former Vols were in action on Thanksgiving Day, here's a look at them:

- In the Packers 27-15 win over Detroit, Scott Wells continued to start at center for Green Bay.

- The Cowboys kicked a last-second field goal to knock off Miami, 20-19. Jason Witten had four catches for 43 yards including this memorable one where accidentally took down a cheerleader (Watch: Cheerleaders need no pads). With Miami, Kevin Burnett had a game-high 12 tackles, Marvin Mitchell made tackle, had a quarterback hurry and a pass defended while Tony McDaniel also had a pass defended.

- In the finale, Baltimore beat San Francisco, 16-6. Morgan Cox snapped on eight kicks and punts for the Ravens while Parys Haralson had two tackles for the 49ers. 

UT's Kane Wins Thanksgiving Day Race

Lady Vol junior Kelsey Kane, who runs for the Tennessee cross country and track & field teams, won the Hot to Trot 10K on Thanksgiving Day. Read how Kane used the race as an early morning training run and ended up winning.  

Kane Wins Hot to Trot 10K

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/25)

The Vols head to Lexington this afternoon for Saturday's crucial game vs. Kentucky. Here's a look at some Photos from Thanksgiving Day Practice.

Here are some of the latest stories:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Change in Couch paying off for UT

Happy Birthday- Nov. 25 - Diver Ryan Helms

On Nov. 25, we wish Happy Birthday to senior diver Ryan Helms

Ryan Helms

Basketball Briefing: Happy Thanksgiving

First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving to all you Vols fans out there. There is certainly a lot to be thankful for this year. Enjoy the day, the parades and of course, the turkey.

Before stuffing yourself with Thanksgiving fare, watch some highlights from Tennessee's 86-60 win over Chaminade on the final day of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational. Or, just catch up on the latest Tennessee basketball stories: A Closer Look: Tennessee 86, Chaminade 60
Knoxville News Sentinel: Jay Bilas breaks down Vols in Maui
Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols use 3-pointers against Chaminade
Knoxville News Sentinel: Competition went beyond floor in Maui for Vols
Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's Martin a blessing for Vols' basketball Vols roll by Chaminade in Maui Vols head home with confidence Vols crush Chaminade Vols cruise past Chaminade

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/24)

Happy Thanksgiving. The Vols will have a late morning practice on Thursday before heading to Lexington on Friday. Check out Wednesday's Vol Report: Winding Down along with Highlights & Interviews and Derek Dooley's Media Session.

Here are some of Thursday's stories from the media heading into the Kentucky game:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols have plenty to be thankful for
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Injuries impact Vols secondary
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Rogers nears program records
- Inside Tennessee: Vol defense pushing foward

News out of Kentucky includes:

- Louisville Courier-Journal: UK players, coaches talk UT losing streak
- Kentucky Sports Report: As always, UT game very important

Williams Returns to Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs

Former Vol Rhyne Williams was added to the eight-man field of next month's USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs, the national tennis governing body announced Wednesday.

The eight players will compete for a main draw into the 2012 Australian Open, the first grand slam on the calendar in January. The wild card tournament runs from Dec. 16-18 at the Racquet Club of the South in Norcross, Ga.

Williams, the 2011 NCAA singles finalist for the Vols, is making his second consecutive trip to the USTA's Australian Open tournament and his fourth USTA grand slam wild card event, having played in the USTA US Open Wild Card Playoffs earlier this year. 

Last year, Williams reached the semifinals of the Australian Open Wild Card Playoffs. He upset Tim Smyczek easily 6-4, 6-0 in the first round. In the semifinals, the Knoxville native was up a break in the third set but lost to eventual champion Ryan Harrison 4-6, 6-2, 9-7. 

The field for the December wild card tournament includes: Williams, Robby Ginepri, Steve Johnson, Daniel Kosakowski, Dennis Kudla, Jesse Levine, Bobby Reynolds and Jack Sock. Seven of the eight players are professionals, while Johnson will return to Southern California in January.

On the other side of the world, John-Patrick Smith also has a chance for an Australian Open main draw wild card back in his home country. The four-time All-American from Townsville, Australia, plans to compete in the 24-man Australian Open 2012 Play-off in Melbourne from Dec. 6-11.

Basketball Briefing: Nov. 23

Watch highlights or check out this photo gallery from the Vols' 99-97 double-overtime loss to rival Memphis, or just catch up on the very latest Tennessee basketball news:

Knoxville News Sentinel: Memphis outlasts Tennessee in double-overtime thriller
Knoxville News Sentinel: Cuonzo Martin: Maui Invitatial 'has been a great test for us' Vols fall short in double OT Maymon explodes in loss Maymon's magnificent Memphis 99, Vols 97

Johnny Majors Featured In Chattanooga Times Free Press

If you haven't seen it yet, check out Mark Wiedmer's feature on former UT coach Johnny Majors: Majors Still A Historic Presence.

Here's the start of the piece: 

You couldn't get away with it today. A recruiting class of 73? Are you trying to build a college football team or a marching band?

But 1973 wasn't 2011. Johnny Majors was considering leaving Iowa State for Pittsburgh, a nondescript program swallowed whole by the giant shadow of Penn State.

Knowing the Panthers, who were 1-10 in 1972, needed a rapid and massive injection of talent, Majors told the Pitt administration he'd take the job if he could sign 50 kids a year for four years.

They agreed and Majors was on his way. But then he read something in the paper about the NCAA discussing capping signing classes at 30 with a maximum of 95.

"I was always good at math," Majors, now 77, said following his talk to the Chattanooga Area Historical Association at the downtown library Monday night.

"I went back to the administration and told them I needed to sign more that first year. Maybe 75 or 80. They gave me the approval."

Salvation Army Now Has Three Orange Kettles

Spurred on by an idea from Vols' Coach Derek Dooley, the Salvation Army now has three UT orange kettles in Knoxville. 

Read the story from WBIR TV: 

Dozens of red kettles pop up all across East Tennessee as part of the Salvation Army's Christmas campaign. 

However, now a few kettles will have some big orange pride after coach Derek Dooley's colorful idea. "The only thing I'm gonna recommend and I'll be happy to join you on this, is in the Knoxville area if we could paint that kettle orange," said Dooley. 

The Salvation Army of Knoxville said after the kickoff all anyone wanted to talk about was the orange kettles. With some help from Joe Neubert Collision Center, Knoxville now has three big orange kettles.

"That volunteer orange is pretty specific, it's not easy to match that color. But Joe Neubert was able to do that for us. They did that free of charge, the were just excited to be involved," said Jonathan Haskell with the Salvation Army of Knoxville. 

Haskell said three more orange kettles are on their way. This year's kettle campaign runs through December 24, with more than 50 locations around the Knoxville, Maryville and Oak Ridge areas.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/23)

We have reached the midweek point as the Vols prep for Kentucky, check out Tuesday's Vol Report: Dallas Developing along with Derek Dooley's Post-Practice Media Session and Tyler Brays's Media Session.

Here are the latest stories on the football squad:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: A busy Tuesday on the Tennessee beat
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Rogers nears program records
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bohannon keeping Vols end job with consistency
- Inside Tennessee: Vols and Cats similar

News from Kentucky includes:

- Lexington Herald Leader: Fans missed a unique Big Blue experience
- Louisville Courier-Journal: Kentucky punter pondering his options

Now You Know: Chase Headley

Find out everything you need to know about former Vol and current San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley in this video profile from the Major League Baseball Players Association. Pay special attention to his most memorable baseball moment.

Basketball Briefing: Nov. 22

Check out highlights from the Vols' 77-67 loss ti Duke in the first round of the 2011 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, check out this photo gallery from the game or just catch up on the latest Tennessee basketball news and analysis from Maui: Tough Tennessee takes after its new coach 

Knoxville News Sentinel: Duke has too much firepower for Vols, 77-67

Knoxville News Sentinel: Distance won't dampen UT-Memphis rivalry Vols fall to Duke 77-67 Vols show character in loss Vols hang tough Rapid Review: Duke 77, Vols 67 Tennessee falls to No. 6 Duke in Maui

Happy Birthday - Nov. 22: Ellen Mullins & Zach Rogers

On Nov. 22 we wish Happy Birthday to volleyball sophomore Ellen Mullins and football junior Zach Rogers.

Hart Featured In Knoxville News Sentinel

The Knoxville News Sentinel has this feature: Hart focused on future as time for action nears on Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart. On Monday, spoke at the Knoxville Quarterback Club.

Among the comments from Hart included:

"We have a lot of challenges,'' Hart said. "But to me that means we have a lot of opportunities. Those opportunities have always excited me, because I think with the right people in place, the leadership in place, the staff accepting the direction, then collectively you have a chance to make a difference.''

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/22)

The Vols held their Media Monday Press Conferences following the win over Vanderbilt. Read Derek Dooley's Media Transcript as well as the Vol Report: Kentucky Week.

Here are stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols 'in bad shape' at safety
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Pistol draws rave reviews from Poole
- Knoxville News Sentinel: The basics for the Wildcats and Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols keeping Curt Maggitt fresher
- Inside Tennessee: Vols fighting again
- Inside Tennessee: Monday mash-up: Kentucky week

News out of Kentucky includes:

- Kentucky Sports Report: Phillips on Trevathan's outstanding play
- Kentucky Sports Report: Fans are going to miss this Guy
- Louisville Courier-Journal: UK football's long injury report

Tennessee Invitational Recap: News Coverage

In case you missed it, here are links to stories covering the Vols and Lady Vols swimming and diving teams at last week's three-day Tennessee Invitational. The Lady Vols finished second of seven teams, while the Vols were third of five schools.

Knoxville News Sentinel:
Helms places second in 3-meter diving
Neck not nagging Henahan any longer
Mauricio Robles 1st, Tori Lamp 2nd in diving events

Vols In The NFL Update (11/21)

A pair of former Vols scored touchdowns against each other in the Cowboys 27-24 overtime win over the Redskins, find out here in the Tennessee Update.

Dallas won again, beating Washington, 27-24 in overtime as Jason Witten had three catches for 85 yards including a 59-yard TD reception (WATCH HIGHLIGHT). Donte' Stallworth returned to action with the Redskins and had four catches for 51 yards along with a 4-yard TD (WATCH HIGHLIGHT).


Miami crushed Buffalo, 35-8 as two former Vols played on defense for the Dolphins. Kevin Burnett had three tackles and a TFL and Marvin Mitchell made two stops.

- In the Battle for the Bay, Green Bay beat Tampa Bay, 35-26 as Scott Wells started at center for the Packers. Luke Stocker made a catch for 1 yard for the Bucs. Albert Haynesworth had a tackle and QB hurry.

- Oakland pulled off a 27-21 win at Minnesota as Denarius Moore had a catch for 14 yards and returned two punts for 34 yards. John Henderson made four tackles for Oakland. 

Detroit won a shootout with Carolina, 49-35 as Omar Gaither made five tackles for the Panthers. 

Baltimore topped Cincinnati, 31-24 as Morgan Cox snapped 13 times on kicks and punts for the Ravens. Gibril Wilson played on defense for the Bengals, but had no tackles. 

San Francisco continued to roll with a 23-7 win over Arizona as Parys Haralson had a tackle for the 49ers.. With the Cardinals Dan Williams had a career-high six tackles. 

- In the Sunday night game, The Giants fell to the Eagles, 17-10. Deon Grant had six tackles for New York in the loss. 

- On Monday, New England hosts Kansas City as three former Vols will be in action: Shaun Ellis and Jerod Mayo with the Patriots and Dustin Colquitt with the Chiefs.

The Texans, Colts, Saints and Steelers had bye weeks. 

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (11/21/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Nov. 21, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 442 (58)

Doubles: 584 (+4)

Note: Reached new career-high ranking in both singles and doubles after wrapping up the season with the JSM Challenger in Champaign, Ill. ... Reached first career Challenger-level quarterfinals in singles after going through qualifying ... Beat a pair of top 300 players on the way (Tim Smyczek, USA; Pierre-Ludovic Duclos, Canada) ... Scheduled to play in the Australian Open Wild Card Play-off beginning Dec. 6 in Melbourne ... On Twitter @jpatsmith

Rhyne Williams

Singles: 510 (+2)

Doubles: 556 (-1)

Note: No. 510 is a new career-best ranking ... Finished tour schedule for the year.

Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 535 (+6)

Doubles: 641 (+2)

Note: New career best in singles and doubles ... Finished tour schedule for the year.

Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 513 (+7)

Note: Won two qualifying matches with John-Patrick Smith to reach the main draw of the JSM Challenger of Champaign, Ill., where they lost in the first round ... Finished tour schedule for the year.

Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 514 (+51)

Note: Reached the doubles quarterfinals of the JSM Challenger of Champaign, Ill., with Frederik Nielsen last week.

Happy Birthday - Nov. 21: Leigh Henderson & Nash Nance

On Nov. 21, we wish Happy Birthday to golfer Leigh Henderson and football quarterback Nash Nance

Leigh Henderson  Nash Nance

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/21)

After the OT win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night, the Vols have turned their attention to Kentucky. Watch this morning's football press conference on

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Testing UT: 1, 2, 3
- Knoxville News Sentinel: STATISTICALLY SPEAKING
- Volquest: The Day After

Gordon Named CFPA Defensive Back Of Week

Sophomore defensive back Eric Gordon was named the College Football Performance Awards National Defensive Back of the Week after his huge game against Vanderbilt in the 27-21 win.

Gordon was honored after he returned the game-winning interception for a touchdown in overtime, giving the Vols the win. It was the first FBS game to end on a defensive touchdown since 2005. Gordon also had a tackle and pass break-up.

Sophomore receiver Da'Rck Rogers earned weekly Honorable Mention accolades after his 10-catch 116-yard two-touchdown game vs. the Commodore.  

Happy Birthday - Nov. 20: Ricky Henahan

Happy Birthday to senior backstroker Ricky Henahan and freshman quarterback Justin Worley on Nov. 20. 

Ricky Henahan  Justin Worley

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/20)

The Vols rallied for an amazing OT win, 27-21 over Vanderbilt late Saturday night. Check out all the Highlights and Postgame Videos as well as a feature on the hero of the night Eric Gordon

Here are some of the stories from the media on the Vols' NCAA record-tying 10th overtime win in history.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gordon lifts Tennessee over Vanderbilt 27-21 in OT

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Calmness prevailed during hectic ending

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Derek Dooley: 'We got a break' on field goal

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tyler Bray-Da'Rick Rogers combo working

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Unconventional game, unconventional ending

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols earn overtime win against Vandy

- The Tennesseean: For Vanderbilt, Tennessee, season is now bowl or bust

- The Tennesseean:  Defensive back realizes dream with win

- The Tennesseean: Upon review, Vandy let Vols off the hook

- Associated Press: Gordon lifts Vols over 'Dores in OT

- Gordan's pick vaults Vols over Vandy for first SEC win

- Sweet relief!

- Tennessee Journalist: Vols beat Vandy, get first SEC win

- Huntsville Times: Overtime interception gives Tennessee wild win over Vandy

- The Chattanoogan: Vols Top Vandy In Overtime

- GoVols247: Got a little sunshine'

- GoVols247: Notes: Gordon makes 'huge play'

- Inside Tennessee: Vols KO Vandy in OT

- Volquest: Feeding the dog brings rays of sun

- Volquest: Bray's presence inspires Vols in win

- Volquest: Bray returns but it's rush that keys Vols

- Volquest: Gordon, defense, carry Vols

Hart Featured On The Blue Streak

Check out this great feature story on new AD Dave Hart on The Blue Streak: Newest Vol Is A Winner! Here is the start of the story: 

We recently hosted a welcome reception here at the Convention Center for the University of Tennessee's new Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart and his wife Pam.

More than 200 community leaders, elected officials and UT fans gathered for this festive event. Event sponsors Pilot, the News SentinelFirst Tennessee Bank and UT Medical Center really made this a special evening. The Harts remarked that they felt truly welcomed.

On behalf of the University of Tennessee, Chancellor Jimmy Cheek presented Dave Hart with a framed Volunteer football jersey honoring him as #1.

Dave Hart and his wife, Pam, accept a Number One jersey from UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek.

The sponsors all posed with the Harts prior to the start of the party. From left: Patrick Birmingham of the News Sentinel, Pam Fansler of First Tennessee Bank, Pam and Dave Hart, Norman Majors of UT Medical Center and Ken Parent of Pilot Flying J.

The Harts with University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro

Happy Birthday - Nov. 19: Jordan Mauney, Brandon Zajac

On Nov. 19, we wish Happy Birthday to freshman pitcher Brandon Zajac and junior diver Jordan Mauney.

Jordan Mauney

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/19)

Senior Day, the eighth and final home football game has arrived. The Vols face Vanderbilt tonight at 7 p.m., on ESPNU and ESPN 3D. Check out the most recent features from

Here are the stories from the media on Saturday: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Few surviving seniors try to extend career
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee Seniors
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things for Vols to beat Vanderbilt
- Inside Searching for a spark

Ayers, Colquitt Help Broncos To Win Over Jets

In Thursday's last-minute win for the Denver Broncos over the New York Jets, 17-13, two former Vols played key roles for Denver. 

Punter Britton Colquitt booted eight punts for a 43.8 average including three inside the 20-yard line with a long of 56. Defensive lineman Robert Ayers (91 below) made three tackles. 

ON TOUR: Smith's Season Ends in Illinois Quarterfinals

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith's 2011 USTA tour season came to an end Thursday in the quarterfinals of the JSM Challenger of Champaign, Ill.

Playing in his first career Challenger quarterfinal, Smith lost 6-2, 6-4 to fellow qualifier Peter Polansky of Canada. 

The week was a successful one for Smith, who won three matches to earn a spot in the main draw of the tournament, the last USTA Pro Circuit event stop on the calendar. He then beat Dennis Nevolo, an All-American senior at Illinois, and Pierre-Ludovic Duclos of Canada.

When the new tour rankings are released, Smith will move up to approximately 450, a career best. He started his professional career in July with no ranking.

In doubles, former Vol Adam Hubble and Frederik Neilsen of Denmark lost in the quarterfinals 4-6, 6-4, [10-6] to third-seeded John Paul Fruttero and Raven Klaasen.

UP NEXT: Smith plans to compete in the Australian Open Wild Card Playoff next month. A 24-man field of top Australian players will play for a main draw wildcard into the 2012 Australian Open.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/18)

Check out Thursday's Vol Report: Educating Bray along with a Photo Gallery from the day's indoor practice. Also on Thursday, Derek Dooley Kicked Off Red Kettle Campaign for the Salvation Army.

Read the latest stories heading into the Vanderbilt game:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vandy, Vols aren't what they used to be
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tauren Poole: 'It's been painful'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dueling punters not working for Tennessee
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Philanthropy report, Nov. 20, 2011
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: 14 Vols seniors set for last home game
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vandy worries Tennessee Vols
- The Tennessean: Vandy Set To Pressure Bray
- The Chattanoogan: Vandy And The General

News on Vanderbilt incudes:

Vols Continue Hoover Challenge

The Tennessee baseball team continued its annual Hoover Challenge, a grueling five-day strength and conditioning competition, with multiple events over the past two days. 

Split into four teams, the Vols participated in a 5k campus run on one day, before taking part in pull-up and sled drag challenges the following day. 

Individually, junior catcher Andy Yates won his second event of the competition, finishing the 5k run in just 18 minutes and 31 seconds. He also won the 'Medley of Pain' event on Tuesday. 

In the pull-up competition, junior Zack Godley emerged victorious after doing 40, while junior catcher Ethan Bennett won the sled drag event with a time of 1:23.69.

The final event, an obstacle course, will complete the competition at 6 a.m. on Friday. 

Here are the current team standings:
1. Team White - 4111.46
2. Team Orange - 4108.08
3. Team Gray - 3638.34
4. Team Black - 3479.57

Happy Birthday - Nov. 17: Kevin O'Leary

On Nov. 17, Happy Birthday to sophomore infielder Kevin O'Leary.

Basketball Briefing: Nov. 17

Watch highlights from the Vols' 85-62 win over ULM, look through an awesome photo gallery from the day, hear what head coach Cuonzo Martin had to say after the game, or watch the Vol Network's interview with Player of the Game Jeronne Maymon.

Or just catch up on the latest Tennessee basketball news as the Vols head to Hawaii for the 2011 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational: We Back Pat Games Announced Gameday Feature: Assistants Mirror Martin
Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols focus, finish off ULM, 85-62
Knoxville News Sentinel: ULM to Duke a mountain of difference
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols top pesky Warhawks
Daily Beacon: Golden leads Vols to victory over Warhawks McBee heats up for Vols, notes McBee's 3s help UT win Vols rebound to down ULM, 85-62 Late surge sinks Warhawks, 85-62
Golden shines in Vols' shaky win over ULM

Finally, check out this all-access, behind-the-scenes look at a Tennessee basketball gameday in this TBA360:

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/17)

Check out Wednesday's Vol Report: Bray Makes Adjustments as the quarterback met with the media for the first time since returning to action this week. You can watch  Hightlights as well as Bray's Comments and Derek Dooley's Comments after practice.

Here are the stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Pistol is a snappy change for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tyler Bray says he's ready to play
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Injured UT Bray hoping to play against Vanderbilt
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tyler Bray stays the same
- Inside Tennessee: Bray shaking it off

Here are stories out of Vanderbilt:

ON TOUR: Smith Reaches First Challenger Quarterfinal

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith won his fifth-consecutive match to earn a trip to his first Challenger quarterfinals on Wednesday at the JSM Challenger of Champaign-Urbana, Ill.

Smith defeated Canadian Pierre-Ludovic Duclos 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the final eight in the last tournament on the 2011 USTA Pro Circuit calendar.

On Thursday, Smith faces fellow tournament qualifier Peter Polansky of Canada, who ousted third-seeded Vasek Pospisil in three sets. Smith and Polansky faced each other in back-to-back $15,000 Futures events in Texas last month. Polansky won the first meeting in three sets in the finals of the Futures of Mansfield, but Smith got the victory in straight sets a week later in the semifinals in Austin.

In doubles, Smith and Ben Rogers lost to Cheng-Peng Hsieh and Hsin-Han Lee 6-1, 6-2 in the opening round, but there will be a player representing the Vols in the quarterfinals.

Adam Hubble, fresh off a finals appearance last week on his former home courts during the Knoxville challenger, advanced to the quarterfinals with Frederik Nielsen. They beat Steve Johnson and Dominic Inglot 6-3, 6-4.

Vol Highlights from Last Week's Knoxville Challenger

Basketball Briefing: Nov. 16

Watch head coach Cuonzo Martin's weekly press luncheon or just catch up on the latest Tennessee basketball news as the Vols gear up for tonight's game against ULM.

Knoxville News Sentinel: Cuonzo Martin, Vols more focused on ULM now
Knoxville News Sentinel: One Final Dress Rehearsal
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols have business before Maui trip
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Wiedmer: Martin's hiring appears better for UT every day Vols look for win No. 2 tonight Bombs away 'Only because your read it'

Happy Birthday - Nov. 16: Carl Jones

Happy Birthday on Nov. 16 to senior swimmer Carl Jones.

Carl Jones 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/16)

The big news on Tuesday was that Tyler Bray was back practicing with the Vols. Check out the Vol Report: Bray Returns as well as Highlights from practice and Coach Dooley's Comments.

Here are the stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols boosted to see Bray back at practice
- Inside Tennessee: Poole stuck it out
- Inside Tennessee: Marcus Jackson still maturing

News on Vanderbilt includes:

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: SEC notes: Franklin has success at Vandy

ON TOUR: Smith Wins First Round in Illinois

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith defeated a familiar foe playing on his home court Tuesday to advance to the second round of the JSM Challenger of Champaign, Ill.

Smith defeated current Illinois ace Dennis Nevolo 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the featured evening match at the Atkins Tennis Center. 

Smith and Nevolo had squared off each of the last two seasons with each player winning a match. Nevolo had won the most recent collegiate meeting, beating Smith 6-3, 6-3 in the consolation semifinals of the 2010 USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships.

Smith, who qualified for the tournament earlier this week, looks for his fifth win in as many days when he faces Pierre-Ludovic Duclos in Wednesday's second round. Smith and Ben Rogers also kick off doubles play, squaring off against Cheng-Peng Hsieh and Hsin-Han Lee.

Day Two of Hoover Challenge

The Tennessee baseball team continued its annual Hoover Challenge, a grueling five-day strength and conditioning competition, on Tuesday morning.

Starting at 6 a.m., the Vols split into their four teams and participated in their third event of the competition, the 'Medley of Pain,' involving multiple sets of squats, kettle bell swings, box step-ups, glute ham raises and sled pulls.

Here are the standings through the second day of competition:
1. Team Orange - 1986.18
2. Team White - 1974.42
3. Team Gray - 1810.07
4. Team Black - 1524.91

Individually, junior Andy Yates was the winner in Tuesday's 'Medley of Pain' competition with a time of 3:07.4. Fellow classmate Drew Steckenrider finished second at 3:12.83.

On Wednesday, the four teams are scheduled to compete in the 5K campus run event.

Happy Birthday - Nov. 15: Melissa Brown, Nick Williams

Happy Birthday on Nov. 15 to softball infielder Melissa Brown and baseball pitcher Nick Williams

Melissa Brown  Nick Williams

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/15)

The Vols take on Vanderbilt - Sat. at 7 p.m. ET, check out Monday's Media Press Conferences including the Derek Dooley Media Transcript as the coach said Tyler Bray has been cleared to practice starting Tuesday.

Read these stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols impressed with Vanderbilt's rise
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vanderbilt game 'defines our season'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: No excuses allowed against Vanderbilt
- Knoxville News Sentinel: The basics for the Commodores and Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tyler Bray possible to face Vanderbilt University
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bowl hopes on line for UT seniors
- Inside Tennessee: Dooley talks Dores

Here are some stories out of Vanderbilt:

ON TOUR: Smith Qualifies in Singles, Doubles in Champaign

Thanks to three days of solid indoor tennis, former Vol John-Patrick Smith played his way into the singles and doubles main draws Monday at the JSM Challenger of Champaign, Ill.

Smith avenged an outdoor loss from earlier in the summer, rallied in the final sets to best American Tim Smyczek 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 in the third round of singles qualifying at the Atkins Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Illinois.

Smyczek is currently ranked No. 279 and was the No. 2 seed in qualifying. It was Smith's second win this season against a player actively ranked in the top 300, the other being Nick Monroe of the United States. Smyczek had defeated Smith in straight sets in the second round of the Tulsa Challenger in September.

In doubles, Smith and Ben Rogers beat the top seed in qualifying to advance to the main draw of 16 in Champaign. They beat Uladzimir Ignatik and Denis Matsukevich 6-2, 6-7 (5), [10-7].

Vol Baseball Kicks off Hoover Challenge

The Tennessee baseball team kicked off its annual Hoover Challenge, a grueling five-day strength and conditioning competition, on Monday morning.

Starting at 6 a.m., the Vols split into four teams and kicked off the challenge with the first two events, the dumbbell bench press and zig-zag/400-yard shuttle.

Here are the standings through the first day of competition:
1. Team Orange - 1377.38
2. Team White - 1365.05
3. Team Gray - 1286.68
4. Team Black - 1066.70

Individually, junior Zach Luther won the shuttle event with a time of 35.02, while junior pitchers Blake Thomas and Zack Godley tied for the lead in the dumbbell bench press competition with 36 reps each.

On Tuesday, the four teams are scheduled to compete in the 'Medley of Pain' and bar hang events, beginning at 6 a.m.

Team Black - Chris Fritts, Drew Steckenrider, Jason Manis, Jake Rowland, Parker Wormsley, Blake Thomas and Andy Yates

Team Gray - Chris Pierce, Wes Walker, Zack Godley, Hunter Daniel, Jared Allen, Eric Martin, Joseph Vanderplas and Steve Weaver

Team Orange - Zach Osborne, Zach Luther, Davis Morgan, Will Maddox, Nick Powell, Robbie Kidd, Dalton Saberhagen, Carter Watson and T.J. Thornton

Team White - Nick Williams, Kevin O'Leary, Richard Carter, Conner Stevens, Ethan Bennett, Josh Allman, Brandon Zajac, David Horne and Samuel Davis

College Baseball Daily Profiles Vols

College Baseball Daily's Brian Foley recently caught up with Tennessee head baseball coach Dave Serrano to talk about the Vols' fall practice season.  

Can Knoxville, Tennessee become the hotbed of college baseball in the SEC?

If new Tennessee head coach Dave Serrano has anything to do with that, it will happen under his watch. 

Vols Looking to Omaha Under Serrano

Nov. 26: Vols At Kentucky To Kickoff At 12:21 pm on SEC Network

The Vols regular-season finale at Kentucky will kickoff at 12:21 p.m. ET and be televised on the SEC Network.

Friday, November 25:
CBS 2:30 ET Arkansas at LSU

Saturday, November 26:
ABC or ESPN Noon ET Georgia at Georgia Tech

SEC Network 12:21 ET Tennessee at Kentucky

CBS 3:30 ET Alabama at Auburn

ESPNU 3:30 ET Vanderbilt at Wake Forest

ESPN2 7:00 ET Florida State at Florida

ESPNU 7:00 ET Ole Miss at Miss. State

ESPN 7:45 ET Clemson at South Carolina

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (11/14/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Nov. 14, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 500 (0)

Doubles: 588 (-1)

Note: Playing in qualifying of final professional tournament of the year: the JSM Challenger of Champaign, Ill. ... Also plans on competing in the 24-man Australian Open Wild Card Playoff in Melbourne next month ... Lost in three sets in the first round of the Knoxville Challenger to Amer Delic ... On Twitter @jpatsmith

Rhyne Williams

Singles: 512 (+3)

Doubles: 555 (+46)

Note: New career-high rank in singles and doubles, jumping up in doubles after reaching the quarterfinals of the Knoxville Challenger with Tennys Sandgren ... Lost in three sets in the first round of the Knoxville Challenger to Vasek Pospisil ... Finished schedule for the year.

Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 541 (+1)

Doubles: 643 (+88)

Note: New career best in singles and doubles ... Boost in the doubles ranking came from the quarterfinal appearance in the Knoxville Challenger with Rhyne Williams ... Lost in the first round of the Knoxville Challenger to Michael Yani ... Finished schedule for the year.

Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 520 (-3)

Note: Playing Monday in the final round of doubles qualifying with John-Patrick Smith at the JSM Challenger of Champaign, Ill. ... Lost with Smith in the opening round of the Knoxville Challenger to eventual champions Steve Johnson and Austin Krajicek.

Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 565 (+147)

Note: Reached the doubles final of the Knoxville Challenger last week with Frederik Nielsen ... the duo is playing in this week's JSM Challenger of Champaign, Ill.

Vols In The NFL (11/14)

It was another big day for former Vol Arian Foster, who gained 186 yards of total offense and scored two touchdowns for the Texans against Tampa Bay. The Bucs debuted Albert Haynesworth, who piled up a season-best five tackles. Here's a look at the former Vols in action in the NFL on Sunday.

Houston handled Tampa Bay 37-9 as Foster ran for 84 yards on 17 carries including a 5-yard TD run while also making four catches for 102 yards with a 78-yard scoring grab. On defense, Jason Allen made two tackles and had two passes defended for the Texans. With the Bucs, Haynesworth started at defensive tackle and made five stops and blocked an extra point just seconds into the game. Luke Stocker started at tight end, but had no catches for Tampa Bay. Watch all the highlights here: GameDay: Texans vs. Bucs.

Miami won its second in a row, 20-9, beating Washington. Four former Vols played on defense for the Dolphins: Kevin Burnett made seven tackles and had a pass defended, Marvin Mitchell made a tackle, Jonathan Wade and Tony McDaniel also played but had no stats. 

Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati, 24-17 as Ramon Foster continued to start for the Steelers are right guard. Gibril Wilson had a season-best five tackles for the Bengals. 

Dallas throttled Buffalo, 44-7 as Jason Witten had five catches for 37 yards for the Cowboys.

Arizona won at Philadelphia, 21-17 as Dan Williams started at defensive end for the Cardinals, but had no tackles. 

- The Saints beat Atlanta in a wild OT game, 26-23 as Robert Meachem had two catches for 69 yards including a 33-yard touchdown reception (WATCH HIGHLIGHT). On defense, Jabari Greer had three tackles and pass defended. Aubrayo Franklin started at nose tackle, but had no tackles. Turk McBride was inactive with ankle injury. 

- In the battle of punting Colquitts, Denver topped Kansas City, 17-10 as Britton punted seven times for a 39.7 average with four punts inside the 20 for the Broncos, Dustin also had seven punts for a 40.4 average with three inside 20 with a long of 67. On defense, Robert Ayers had two tackles for Denver. 

Carolina fell to Tennessee, 30-3 as Omar Gaither had 10 tackles for the Panthers.

Baltimore suffered a 22-17 loss to Seattle as Morgan Cox snapped nine times on punts and kicks for the Ravens. 

San Francisco pulled out a 27-20 win over the Giants as Parys Haralson started at outside linebacker and made two tackles. Deon Grant started at corner for New York and had a tackle. 

St. Louis edged Cleveland 13-12 as Montario Hardesty missed another game with a calf injury. 

- On Sunday night, two Vols started for New England as the Patriots beat the Jets,, 37-16 as Jarod Mayo made five tackles including a TFL and Shaun Ellis started but had no tackles. 

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing

Check out the weekly Football Press Conference on starting at 11 a.m., with coach Derek Dooley speaking at 12 Noon.

Here are the latest stories on the Vols:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vanderbilt game 'defines our season'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: No excuses allowed against Vanderbilt
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bowl hopes on line for UT seniors
- Volquest: The Day After

Lady Vol Runner Knotts Helping Homeless

A member of the inaugural class of Haslam Scholars at the University of Tennessee, Lady Vol distance runner Chelsea Knotts is doing quite well at balancing her school work and athletic responsibilities. She also is trying to make a difference in the community, assisting the homeless in the Knoxville area via a running ministry.  Please click on the link to read about Chelsea's work.

UT Broadcasting Dept. Featured In Knoxville News Sentinel

In recent football seasons, fans at Neyland Stadium have often found themselves being entertained even during timeouts.

Perhaps this is no truer than during the first half, when a hauntingly rhythmic electric guitar sound will echo from above the south end zone, and numerous eyes will turn toward the Mitsubishi Diamond Vision big screen video board.

Another installment of "This is Tennessee," sponsored by UT Medical Center, is being shown, and viewers often are initially unsure of the subject of the Vol-related feature.

Read the full feature from the Knoxville News Sentinel: Vol football fans enjoy breaks in the action

Happy Birthday - Nov. 13: Vincent Dallas

Freshman wide receiver Vincent Dallas celebrates his birthday on Nov. 13. 

Vincent Dallas

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/13)

Take a look back at last night's Vols's Loss to No. 8 Arkansas as well as Postgame Videos from Fayetteville.

Here are stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: More than mistakes for defense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bungled punt return 'deflated' Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Razorbacks slice up Vols
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Five things: Tennessee vs. Arkansas
- Inside Tennessee: No. 8 Arkansas 49, Tennessee 7

Happy Birthday - Nov. 12: Goodwin, Rhome, Wade, Wilks

On Nov. 12, we wish happy birthday to sophomore rower Michelle Goodwin, senior football kicker Chip Rhome, freshman soccer midfielder Brittney Wade and junior football defensive back Rod Wilks.

Michelle Goodwin  Chip Rhome  Brittney Wade  Rod Wilks

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/12)

Gameday is here! The Vols will take on No. 8 Arkansas at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT tonight on ESPN2. Get all your info here: Vols at #8 Arkansas - Sat. at 6 pm ET. Check out a feature on Billy Ratliff, who made of the biggest plays in the history of series back in the 1998 Arkansas game. Also, Tennessee 101: Arkansas History looks back at the past meetings.

Here are the latest stories on the game:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Roles reversed in Hogs vs. Vols match-up
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things against Arkansas
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Young Vols battle grind
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Arkansas big test for Vols' flexible 'D'
- Inside Tennessee: Alumni Analysis: Arkansas week

News out of Arkansas includes:

Denarius Moore Leads Raiders to 24-17 Win Over Chargers

Former Tennessee wide receiver Denarius Moore hauled in touchdown passes of 33 and 26 yards as part of a five-reception, 123-yard night to help the Oakland Raiders to a big AFC West win over the San Diego Chargers, 24-17.

Moore became the fifth Raiders rookie to have at least 100 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns in the same game. He also returned three punts for 38 yards.

Fellow Vol John Henderson also had three tackles in the Raiders' win.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/11/11)

Hello 11/11/11 as the Vols fly to Arkansas this afternoon. Check out the latest Vol Report: Seeing Clear-ly and a Photo Gallery from Thursday's practice at Neyland Stadium. Here are the latest stories from the media on the Vols' game at the 8th-ranked Hogs.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Roles reversed in Hogs vs. Vols match-up
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Young Vols battle grind
- Inside Can the Vols outscore Arkansas?

Stories on Arkansas include:

- Arkansas Online: Razorbacks report
- Fort Smith Times Record: Four Downs With The Razorbacks

Happy Birthday on Nov. 11: Soccer's Julie Eckel

On 11/11/11 we are starting a new feature where we celebrate Tennessee student-athlete birthdays. Celebrating today is freshmen soccer goalkeeper Julie Eckel.

Julie Eckel

Listen Back To Derrick Brodus On Dan Patrick Show

Tennessee kicker Derrick Brodus, who was called off his couch just an hour before last week's game only to drill a field goal and three extra points, was interviewed on the Dan Patrick Show today at 11:45 a.m. ET. 

Listen to the interview online at

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/10)

The Vols will depart for Fayetteville tomorrow afternoon. The have another practice this morning at Haslam Field. Check out the most recent Vol Report: Rolling With The Punches including Video Highlights as well as Derek Dooley's Post-Practice Media Session.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols to keep wildcat package on offense
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: SEC Notes
- Shelbyville Times-Gazette: Vols' young gun brings the heat
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Tyler Bray wants to play
- Inside Tennessee: Vols all about the red

News out of Arkansas includes:

- Arkansas360: Jim Harris' SEC Notebook

RA Dickey to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro

Former UT star and this year's Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame inductee R.A. Dickey will climb Mount Kilimanjaro in January to benefit Bombay Teen Challenge and its Red Light District Outreach Mumbai effort. Dickey and his wife will make the trip to Tanzania and begin their climb on Jan. 3 with a goal of raising $100,000 to address the issue of human trafficking in Mumbai.

In addition to his upcoming "Climb to the Top," Dickey is also finishing up a book about his journey in baseball, entitled "Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authentcity and the Perfect Knuckleball" and is the subject of an upcoming documentary by Break Thru Films.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/9)

Tennessee continues its schedule, the toughest in the NCAA, Saturday at No. 8 Arkansas. Check out the most recent Vol Report: In The Huddle along with Video Highlights from Tuesday's practice along with a Photo Gallery.

Here are the stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT: Justin Worley footwork a focus
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Shifted James Stone working hard

News out of Arkansas includes:

- NWA Online: A winning approach

Goins to Play in Greece

Former Tennessee point guard Melvin Goins recently accepted a contract to play professional basketball with the KAO Dramas in Drama, Greece.

The San Diego native graduated from UT in May 2011 with a degree in sociology after spending two years on The Hill. During his senior season, Goins, 24, averaged 7.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists while starting 33 games for UT. He was also a member of the SEC Community Service Team, and led the league in steals (1.8 spg).

For more information on the KAO Dramas, visit

Basketball Briefing: Nov. 8

Watch highlights from the Vols' 76-67 exhibition win over Lincoln Memorial, watch head coach Cuonzo Martin's postgame press conference or check out this photo gallery from the game. Here are some other links to bring you up to speed on the Vols as they prepare for Friday's season-opener against UNC Greensboro:

Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols keep their cool vs. LMU
Knoxville News Sentinel: Despite rep, Cuonzo Martin not afraid for Vols to shoot
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols jump out, hold off LMU Vols close exhibition slate with win Golden steps up, LMU notes Vols hold on late, 76-67 Vols hold off LMU

Brodus Featured On Front Page of Yahoo!

Brodus Yahoo.JPG

Here is a link to the story featured on Yahoo! recapping redshirt freshman kicker Derrick Brodus' journey into the spotlight last Saturday.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/8)

It's back to the practice field for the Vols this morning as Derek Dooley prepares his troops for Saturday's game vs. No. 8 Arkansas. Check out the Vol Report: Arkansas Week as well as the Derek Dooley Media Transcript and Media Monday Press Conference Videos.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Eric Gordon reappears, sparkles for Vols

Vols vs. Vanderbilt Set for 7 p.m., on ESPNU

The Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt game on Nov 19, the Vols' final home regular-season game will kickoff at 7 p.m., and be televised at ESPNU. Here is the rundown of the broadcast schedule in the SEC.

Inst. PPV 12:00 ET Citadel at South Carolina

SEC Network 12:21 ET Kentucky at Georgia

Inst. PPV 1:00 ET Samford at Auburn

Inst. PPV 1:00 ET Furman at Florida

Inst. PPV 2:00 ET Georgia Southern at Alabama

CBS 3:30 ET Miss. State at Arkansas

ESPN 7:00 ET LSU at Ole Miss

ESPNU 7:00 ET Vanderbilt at Tennessee

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (11/7/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Nov. 7, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

All five Vols currently touring are returning to their home courts this week for the Knoxville Challenger at Goodfriend Tennis Center. Tennys Sandgren and Rhyne Williams play their opening singles matches Tuesday, and John-Patrick Smith opens on Wednesday.

General admission for the Challenger is $10 for the full day of matches.

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 500 (-1)

Doubles: 587 (+6)

Note: Became the first Vol from the 2011 team to crack the top 500 in the ATP rankings thanks to back-to-back final appearances in Texas ... Plays Amer Delic in the first round of the Knoxville Challenger on Wednesday ... Honored at the MTSU football game as the SEC Athlete of the Year ... On Twitter @jpatsmith

Rhyne Williams

Singles: 515 (-1)

Doubles: 601 (+3)

Note: Plays fifth-seeded Vasek Pospisil in the first round of the Knoxville Challenger on Tuesday.

Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 542 (-1)

Doubles: 731 (+1)

Note: New career best in doubles ... Faces seventh-seeded Michael Yani in the first round of the Knoxville Challenger on Tuesday.

Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 517 (-20)

Note: 2005 UT All-American scheduled to play doubles this week in the Knoxville Challenger with John-Patrick Smith.

Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 712 (+0)

Note: Playing doubles this week at the Knoxville Challenger.

Vols In The NFL Update (11/7)

It was another 100-yard game for Arian Foster on Sunday as the Texans won again. Jason Witten also had a touchdown and Deon Grant had an interceptions. Here's a look at how former Vols performed in the NFL.

Dallas stopped Seattle, 23-13 Jason Witten had four catches for 71 yards including a 33-yard touchdown. Watch his touchdown: WATCH HIGHLIGHT

Houston topped Cleveland, 30-12 as Arian Foster rumbled for 124 yards on 19 carries including a 19-yard TD. Here's his touchdown: WATCH HIGHLIGHT. He also had five catches for 26 yards. Jason Allen had a special teams tackle for the Texans.

New Orleans downed Tampa Bay, 27-16. With the Saints, Jabari Greer had six tackles with a TFL and a pass defended, Aubrayo Franklin notched three stops. Turk McBride and Robert Meachem both played for the Saints, but had no stats. With the Bucs, Luke Stocker started in a two-tight end set, but had no catches.

Miami won its first game with a romp over the Chiefs, 31-3 as Kevin Burnett racked up 12 tackles including 1.5 sacks. Check out his sacks: WATCH HIGHLIGHT. Tony McDaniel and Marvin Mitchell each had two tackles with McDaniel also tallying a sack. Jonathan Wade also made his Miami debut, but didn't make any tackles. With the Chiefs, Dustin Colquitt punted five times for 35.6 average. 

San Francisco continued to roll with a 19-11 win at Washington as Parys Haralson had four tackles and a quarterback hurry. Donte' Stallworth was not active for the Redskins. 

Denver outscored Oakland, 38-24 as Robert Ayers had a tackle and a pass defended. Punter Britton Colquitt booted five balls for 47.6 average and attempted a pass on fake punt. With the Raiders, Denarius Moore had four catches for 61 yards and returned four punts for 43 yards. John Henderson also made two tackles. 

Cincinnati knocked off Tennessee, 24-17 as Gibril WIlson had a tackle for the Bengals. 

Green Bay won a shootout at San Diego, 45-38 as Scott Wells continued to start at center for the Packers. 

Arizona beat St. Louis, 19-13 as Dan Williams started at nose tackle for the Cardinals, but did not make a tackle. 

- The Giants rallied to beat New England, 24-20 as Deon Grant had an interception and four tackles. With the Patriots, Jerod Mayo had six tackles. Albert Haynesworth played but had no tackles while Shaun Ellis was in active. 

- In the Sunday night thriller, Baltimore came back to beat Pittsburgh, 23-20. Snapper Morgan Cox snapped eight times on kicks and punts. Ramon Foster started at right guard for the Steelers. 

- The Panthers, Lions, Jaguars and Vikings had bye weeks. 

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/7)

The story of walk-on kicker Derrick Brodus continues to garner attention from the media. Read more about him in this Update. The Monday Football Press Conference gets underway at 11 a.m. Watch on

Here are the latest stories:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Justin Worley gives Tennessee Vols a lift
- Inside Tennessee: Walk-ons to the rescue
- Inside Tennessee: Vols break losing skid, 24-0
- Volquest: The Day After

Missouri To Join SEC

University of Missouri to Join Southeastern Conference


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (November 6, 2011) - The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors, acting unanimously, announced today that the University of Missouri will join the Southeastern Conference effective July 1, 2012, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year. 


The addition of Missouri will increase SEC membership to 14 institutions.  The additions of Texas A&M, announced on September 25, 2011, and Missouri, are the first expansions for the SEC since September of 1991 when the University of South Carolina joined the league.  The University of Arkansas joined the SEC in August of 1991.  With the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina, the SEC was the first conference to split into divisions and add a conference championship game in 1992.


"The Presidents and Chancellors of the Southeastern Conference are pleased to welcome the University of Missouri to the SEC," said Dr. Bernie Machen, President of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida.  "The University of Missouri is a prestigious academic institution with a strong athletic tradition and a culture similar to our current institutions."


"The Southeastern Conference is a highly successful, stable, premier athletic conference that offers exciting opportunities for the University of Missouri," said Chancellor Brady J. Deaton. "In joining the SEC, MU partners with universities distinguished for their academic programs and their emphasis on student success. The SEC will provide our student-athletes with top flight competition and unparalleled visibility. We came to this decision after careful consideration of the long term best interests of our university.  We believe the Southeastern Conference is an outstanding home for the Mizzou Tigers, and we take great pride in our association with this distinguished league."


Missouri, located in Columbia, will also be the fourth institution in the Southeastern Conference to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, joining University of Florida, Texas A&M University and Vanderbilt University.  Missouri has an enrollment of 33,800 students, which would be the fourth largest institution in the SEC, with Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M having a larger student body.  There are more than 260,000 "Mizzou" alumni around the world.  The State of Missouri borders three SEC states: Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas, and they bring an existing rivalry with former conference foe Texas A&M.


Missouri athletic teams have excelled recently.  Its men's basketball team has made it to the NCAA Tournament three straight seasons and 24 times overall.  The Tiger football team has been to post-season bowl games for six straight years and 28 times overall.  The softball team has participated in the College World Series each of the last three seasons.  The Tigers have won Big 12 Championships in men's basketball, soccer and softball.


"I am pleased to officially welcome the University of Missouri to the SEC family on behalf of our presidents, chancellors, athletics directors, students and fans," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.  "Missouri is an outstanding academic institution with a strong athletic program.  We look forward to having the Tigers compete in our league starting in 2012."


The Tigers sponsor 20 varsity sports.  Men's sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, wrestling, indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country.  Women's sports include basketball, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and cross country and volleyball.  Missouri participates in every sport sponsored by the SEC except men's tennis and the SEC sponsors every sport the Tigers participate in except wrestling.

Vols At Arkansas Set For 6 p.m. ET Kickoff On ESPN2

CBS & ESPN have made its selections for Southeastern Conference football games of Nov. 12. CBS will air the Auburn at Georgia game at 3:30 p.m. ET and the Florida at South Carolina game at noon ET. ESPN will televise the Alabama at Mississippi State game at 7:45 p.m. ET and ESPN2 will air the Tennessee at Arkansas game at 6 p.m. ET. A complete schedule of games for Nov. 12 is below.



Florida (5-4, 3-4 SEC) at South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 SEC)
12 p.m. ET - CBS Sports
Columbia, S.C. - Williams-Brice Stadium (80,250)
Series Record: UF leads, 23-5-3 - Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Gainesville (USC, 36-14) 

Kentucky (4-5, 1-4 SEC) at Vanderbilt (4-5, 1-5 SEC)
11:21 a.m. CT - SEC Network /
Nashville, Tenn. - Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773)
Series Record: UK leads, 40-38-4 - Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Lexington (UK, 38-20) 

Auburn (6-3, 4-2 SEC) at Georgia (7-2, 5-1 SEC)
3:30 p.m. ET - CBS Sports
Athens, Ga. - Sanford Stadium (92,746)
Series Record: AU leads, 54-52-8 • Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Auburn (AU, 49-31)

Tennessee (4-5, 0-5 SEC) at Arkansas (8-1, 4-1 SEC)
5 p.m. CT 
Fayetteville, Ark. 
- Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (72,000)
Series Record: UT leads, 13-3 
- Last Meeting: Nov. 10, 2007 at Knoxville (UT, 34-13)

Western Kentucky (5-4) at LSU (9-0, 6-0 SEC)
6 p.m. CT - ESPNU
Baton Rouge, La. - Tiger Stadium (92,542)
Series Record: First Meeting

Louisiana Tech (5-4) at Ole Miss (2-7, 0-6 SEC)
6:30 p.m. CT - CSS /
Oxford, Miss. - Vaught-Hemingway Stadium / Hollingsworth Field (60,580)
Series Record: UM leads, 8-1 - Last Meeting: Oct. 6, 2007 at Oxford (UM, 24-0) 

Alabama (8-1, 5-1 SEC) at Mississippi State (5-4, 1-4 SEC)
6:45 p.m. CT - ESPN
Starkville, Miss. - Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field (55,082)
Series Record: UA leads, 73-18-3 - Last Meeting: Nov. 13, 2010 at Tuscaloosa (UA, 30-10)

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/6)

John-Patrick Smith Honored as SEC Athlete of the Year

Photo Gallery

John-Patrick Smith was honored as 2011 SEC Athlete of the Year during the first quarter Vols' 24-0 victory over MTSU at Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

Smith finished his time at Tennessee as one of the most successful players to ever step onto the college tennis courts. He became just the second player in the history of the sport to earn All-America honors in singles and doubles all four years of his career. He was also named SEC Player of the Year as a junior and senior, helping lead the Vols to back-to-back conference titles for the first time.

Smith is just the fourth Vol to be selected SEC Male Athlete of the Year and the first since quarterback Peyton Manning in 1998. Baseball star Todd Helton won the award in 1995, and wide receiver Larry Seivers took the honor in 1977.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/5)

Homecoming Gameday is here! Get all the latest info Tennessee vs. MTSU - Saturday at 7 pm as well as Gameday Central. Read the latest features from

Also, follow our 24 hours countdown to kickoff on Twitter @Vol_Football

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols take on Alabama and LSU again
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Cartoon: Charlie Daniel draws UT vs. MTSU
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols admit 'brand' has much left to do
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Malik Jackson leading Vols' defensive line

Basketball Briefing: Nov. 4

Watch highlights from the Vols' 73-52 exhibition win over Carson-Newman, as well as Cuonzo Martin's postgame press conference, and catch up on other news following UT's first contest of the Martin era:

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/4)

The Vols will host MTSU tomorrow on Homecoming 2011. Check out the latest Vol Report: Moore Earns More Time and a Photo Gallery from Thursday's practice. If you haven't watched the newest Tennessee 101: Homecoming, see what Bud and Gus have to say about the history of Homecoming.

Here are the latest media stories:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Justin Coleman starts again
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Malik Jackson leading Vols' defensive line
- Daily News Journal: Can Vols run? Can Raiders stop it?

Basketball Briefing: Nov. 3

Catch up with all of the latest Tennessee basketball news in the latest Vol Hoops Report and check out Cuonzo Martin Mic'd Up from Wednesday's open practice at Thompson-Boling Arena. Read about Martin's first game at UT and other stories as the Vols prepare for an exhibition game against Carson-Newman College.

Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols Anxious for Opener Against Carson-Newman Martin, Vols ready to take floor Wednesdays with Wes: Trae Golden Statement game Basketball Vols ready for exhibition opener Brandon Lopez: A Dream Come True for Me

LV Golf's Monberg Competes at The Spirit International: UPDATE


UPDATE AFTER ROUND ONE:  Denmark Overall: T6 // Denmark Women: T9 // Monberg (indy): 2 birdies; leader with 6.

Lady Vol golfer Sara Monberg is in Texas this week competing for her home country of Denmark in The Spirit Internation Amateur Golf Championship.

The tournament, which features teams from 20 countries, was established in 2001 and takes place every other year. The teams play 72 holes of best ball competition.

Each country forms a team of four players -- two men and two women. Overall there will be five titles: the overall country champion, a men's pair champion, a women's pair champion and men's and women's individual titles.

Monberg has been a member of the Danish national team since 2004 and is excited to represent her country at the event.

"I am playing for Denmark and it is always an honor to play for your home country," Monberg said. "Hopefully [teammate] Mette [Kryger Pedersen] and I can play as well as the Danish team did two years ago."

For Monberg, The Spirit is an opportunity to continue playing competitive golf as the Tennessee team moves into the offseason.

"For me to be playing in the offseason is great," Monberg said. "I keep playing and can start working on some of the things i need to improve for the spring."

More coverage on The Spirit:

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/3)

Read the latest Vol Report: Lathers Sticks With It and check out football Highlights from Wednesday's practice along with Derek Dooley's post-practice media session. Junior linebacker Herman Lathers spoke with the media for the first time this season. Read about him and others in these stories from the media as the Vols ready for MTSU.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Herman Lathers has 'a decision to make'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols used to play in the big ones
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Lathers works to return to football
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Rogers regrets costly pass drop
- Inside Tennessee: Still learning Worley
- Inside Tennessee: Lathers pushing through

Halloween Row

Every Halloween for the last 13 years, the Lady Vols rowing team takes to the Tennessee River for a different kind of practice. On this day, the row in costume. WVLT-TV tagged along this year and below is the resulting feature:

Dolphins Sign Former Vol Jonathan Wade

The Miami Dolphins have signed defensive back Jonathan Wade, terminated the contract of safety Gerald Alexander and placed wide receiver Marlon Moore on injured reserve.

With Wade, the Dolphins now have four former Vols on the roster, all on defense. Wade joins linebackers Kevin Burnett and Marvin Mitchell along with lineman Tony McDaniel.

The 5-11, 200 pound Wade has spent time with the Cincinnati Bengals and Detroit Lions (2010) and St. Louis Rams (2007-09). He was originally selected by St. Louis in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft (84th overall) out of Tennessee. In his professional career, Wade has played in 59 games with 13 starts. He also has two career interceptions and 12 passes defensed.

In college, Wade played in 51 games at Tennessee (14 on offense) and finished his career with 110 tackles, 19 passes defensed, six interceptions and one touchdown. He also earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from the Associated Press as a senior. Wade excelled in track and was a member of two of the three fastest 4x100-meter relay teams in Tennessee history. He also anchored Tennessee's 2003 SEC Champion and NCAA outdoor runner up 4x100-meter relay team.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/2)

Read the Vol Report: Hunter Stays Positive to see how the Vols' sophomore receiver is fairing after his season ending surgery back in September. You can also watch Highlights from Tuesday's practice as well as Derek Dooley's complete media session.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Devrin Young building off fast start
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Justin Hunter says 'real hard' to miss
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' hopes rest in win over 'Dores
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: SECond down
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: SEC insider: Tough year for SEC quarterbacks
- Inside Tennessee: Taking the right steps
- Inside Tennessee: Getting back on his feet

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/1)

Turn the calendar to November today as the Vols return to the practice field in preparation of the homecoming game vs. MTSU on Saturday. Read up with the Vol Report: Brewer Out For Season and check out all the comments in the Derek Dooley Media Transcript (Oct. 31). Watch all the press conference videos from Media Monday.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT defense a role model for offense
- Weekend rewind: SEC
- Inside Tennessee: Monday mash-up: MTSU week

- News on MTSU includes:

- Daily News Journal: MTSU Football Report Card
- Daily News Journal: Issues numerous for 2-5 MTSU

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