April 2012 Archives
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of April 30, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 333 (+32)
Doubles: 393 (-3)
Note: Made first career Challenger quarterfinal, reaching the final eight at the Savannah Challenger ... 333 a new career best ... Traveling to Italy for a Challenger next week.
Singles: 337 (+12)
Doubles: 182 (+2)
Note: Points added from reaching the semifinals of the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures in singles and doubles two weeks ago ... Beginning a three-week Futures circuit in Florida this week at Vero Beach.
Singles: 352 (+52)
Doubles: 332 (+32)
Note: Points added for sweeping the singles and doubles titles at the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures, beating John Peers 6-1, 7-6 in the title match ... Off this week ... Beginning a three-week Futures circuit in Florida this week at Vero Beach.
Doubles: 378 (-5)
Note: Off this week ... Preparing for three-week swing in South Korea.
Doubles: 591 (-7)
Note: Playing doubles at the Vero Beach Futures with John-Patrick Smith.
Singles: 1629 (-4)
Note: Qualified for a $15,000 Futures event in Italy after winning three straight-set matches but lost in his opening-round match of the main draw.
Holmes closed with consecutive rounds of 69 to tie for 19th place at the NGA Tour's Savannah Lakes Village Classic in McCormick, S.C. The former Vols captain earned $2,368 and moved up four places to 33rd on the 2012 money list with $9,460.
Holmes has five made cuts in seven starts this year, with 27th his worst showing thus far. The Knoxville native's last three finishes are 20th, 15th and now 19th.
Skinns was second on the NGA Tour money list going into the weekend but bypassed the Savannah Lakes event after qualifying Monday for the Nationwide Tour's South Georgia Classic in Valdosta. The former All-American at Tennessee shot a final-round 68 to tie for 18th and earn $7,111.
Skinns remains fourth in the NGA Tour money standings with $39,436.
Philip Pettitt, who won the NGA's Savannah Lakes event in 2011, also made the Nationwide cut in South Georgia. The Murfreesboro native tied for 63rd in his third made cut out of seven attempts. Pettitt earned $1,750 this weekend and is 53rd in the Nationwide Tour rankings with $26,111.
Peyton Manning and Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton were quarterbacks at the University of Tennessee in the mid '90s and the two have maintained their friendship over the years. So during last summer's NFL lockout, Helton helped arrange to have Manning work out at Coors Field.
A lot has happened since then. For one thing, Manning is now the quarterback for the Denver Broncos, not the Indianapolis Colts. For another thing, Michael Cuddyer has taken his locker.
"I was here for a week. I was truly a Rockie for a week," Manning said after watching batting practice before Sunday's Mets-Rockies game. "I had my own locker. Cuddyer is using my locker now. He didn't ask for my permission but I guess it's OK. It was a great week. I'm indebted to the Rockies because I needed a place to work out during the lockout.
"The whole Rockies organization, I can't thank them enough for opening their arms up to me last year when I was truly an outsider." Because of his friendship with Helton, Manning has visited with the Rockies several times, occasionally taking batting practice and ground balls.
He even hit a ball over the fence during one visit, though he just watched batting practice Sunday.
Manning also visited briefly with New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, who was at Tennessee at the same time. "RA is 35, I'm 36 and Todd is 38, so that's pretty good for three guys all in school at the same time in the mid-90s to still be doing it. I'm real proud of RA. All that he has accomplished and conquered. Tennessee Volunteers all keep up with each other."
Here are some other stories on Manning's visit:
- Denver Post: Broncos' Peyton Manning enjoys Coors Field as a Rockies fan
- MLB.com: David Wright and Manning Connect
- MLB.com: Broncos' Manning roots for adopted home team
- Newsday: Wright's disguise fools Peyton Manning
- Yahoo! Sports: Peyton Manning grateful for Rockies' hospitality
"No, I'm not surprised at all," he said of Tennessee's improvement throughout last season. "I know Cuonzo Martin. I knew him when he was a player at Purdue. He was a winner then. He made my All-Rambo team at that time. He's also a cancer survivor. At the end of the year, you could the players getting better and better and better. The future is very bright for Tennessee under the leadership of Cuonzo Martin."
And, yes, it had been a long time coming for Herman Lathers.
"It seemed like forever since I'd really played football," said Lathers, the Vols' fifth-year senior middle linebacker, who missed all of last season with a fractured ankle.
"When you go through some of the things I've gone through, you soak up every second you're out there and make the most of it."
From the media, here are some stories coming out of Martin's meeting with the media:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: New NCAA rule should help Vols, but UT changes won't
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: New NCAA rules benefit Vols basketball
- Tennessee Journalist: Martin, Vols make progress during spring workouts
- Volquest: Martin talks offseason workouts
UT's Inaugural Class of Haslam Scholars Prepares for Graduation
Editor's Note: The Chanelle Price featurette references 2010 in the first paragraph. The Lady Vols actually won two events that season. It was 2011 when Tennessee was unable to secure a relay win in Philly.
Penn Relays Press Conference Transcript (Includes J.J. Clark)
Penn Relays Press Conference Audio/Video (Includes J.J. Clark)
Holmes finished 15th at the Mountain Lakes Classic in Seneca, S.C., earning $2,440 on the strength of a 68-71-72-70--281 scorecard. The 2010 Vols captain has made the cut in four of his six starts this year and stands 37th on the money list with $7,092. Holmes made $8,595 in 18 starts last year in his first season on the NGA Tour.
Skinns shot 70-67-75-66--278 to tie for eighth at the Mountain Lakes event and earn his third top-10 result in five starts this year. Skinns won the Cutter Creek Golf Classic in late March and also finished third at the Killearn Country Club Classic to start the season.
For the year, Skinns has $39,436 in earnings to trail only Brandon Brown of Shelbyville, Ky., by $6,676 on the 2012 money list. Brown jumped into first place after winning this week's tournament and he is the defending NGA Pro Golf Tour money champion from 2011.
Another former Vols golfer, Cameron Lawrence, tied for 50th at the Mountain Lakes event to snap a string of three missed cuts and post his best professional showing. Lawrence had two eagles during the weekend, both on par 4s, and shot 69-76-77-68--290. The two rounds in the 60s were his first since March 1 in the opening round of the season's very first tournament.
The Nationwide Tour resumes this week in Valdosta, Ga., with Philip Pettitt 45th on the 2012 money list at $24,361. Pettitt has made the most of his two made cuts in six starts thus far, finishing 25th and ninth.
Former UT players on the European Challenge Tour return to action May 10-13 at the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal. Chris Paisley is 39th on the early money list with approximately $4,439 and Charlie Ford is 55th with approximately $3,076. Another former Vol, Robin Wingardh, is scheduled to begin playing the Challenge Tour in May.
Both Paisley and Ford have made the cut twice in three Challenge Tour events played on three continents - Asia, South America and Africa.
"Breakfast for Champions" honors those who contribute to the center, or who are the "champions" of showing their support of the center. It is invitation-only, but others are welcome with reservation by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 423-308-1160.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of April 23, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 349 (+5)
Doubles: 184 (-4)
Note: Reached the semifinals of the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures in singles and doubles, playing doubles for the first time with Nima Roshan ... Off this week ... Scheduled to play in series of Florida Futures later this month.
Singles: 365 (+8)
Doubles: 390 (-1)
Note: Played in the Sarasota Challenger last week, losing in the first round ... In the final round of singles qualifying today for the Savannah Challenger in Georgia.
Singles: 404 (+22)
Doubles: 366 (-3)
Note: Points added for reaching the semifinals of the Oklahoma City Futures ... Swept the singles and doubles titles at the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures, beating John Peers 6-1, 7-6 in the title match ... Off this week ... Scheduled to play a series of Florida Futures later this month.
Doubles: 373 (-2)
Note: Off this week ... Preparing for three-week swing in South Korea.
Doubles: 584 (+1)
Note: Lost in singles qualifying at the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures.
Singles: 1625 (-3)
Note: Off last week ... In the final round of qualifying in a $15,000 Futures in Italy today.
Happy Birthday to baseball pitching ace Zack Godley on April 21.
Acclaimed documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (The Devil Came on Horseback, TFF 2007; Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, TFF 2010) deconstruct the unpredictable and erratic pitching style known as the knuckleball in this highly entertaining and enlightening sports doc. Anchoring the history of the controversial pitch itself are the trials and triumphs of two of its best known practitioners in the major league: veteran Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox as he struggles to clinch his 200th career win, and up-and-comer R.A. Dickey looking to make a name for himself with the New York Mets.A classic sports story from its glorious highs to its crushing lows, Stern and Sundberg's energetic documentary explores the knuckleball phenomenon through copious archival footage and illuminating interviews with legends like Charlie Hough, all with a level of reverence and detail that would make a true baseball aficionado proud. Through Wakefield and Dickey's tumultuous stories, Knuckleball! demonstrates why the titular pitch is renowned as one of the most difficult to hit in baseball, and also one of the most difficult to master.
Here's a look at some of the players expected to take part in the Flag Football Game being held at halftime of the DISH Orange & White Game.
Jeff McMichael (1981-82)
Andy McCullough (1994-97)
Jonathan Hefney (2004-07)
Austin Kemp (1997-98)
Bobby Graham (1999-01)
Montrell Jones (2001-02)
Tyrone Graham (1998)
Peerless Price (1995-98)
Cedrick Wilson (1997-2000)
Eric Westmoreland (1996-2000)
Rashad Moore (1999-2002)
Jeff Smith (1992-95)
Jabari Davis (2001-04)
Cory Gaines (1995-97)
Al Wilson (1995-98)
More are expected and these players are subject to change.
Happy Birthday on April 19 to women's track & field junior Kirstyn Sweeney.
|Wed, Apr 18||9 p.m.||1996 Women's National Semifinal: Connecticut vs. Tennessee||ESPN Classic|
|11 p.m.||1996 Women's Championship: Tennessee vs. Georgia||ESPN Classic|
|Thu, Apr 19||1 a.m.||1997 Women's Midwest Regional Final: Connecticut vs. Tennessee||ESPN Classic|
|3 a.m.||1997 Women's National Championship: Old Dominion vs. Tennessee||ESPN Classic|
|7 a.m.||2011 Women's Sweet 16: Ohio State vs. Tennessee||ESPN Classic|
|9 a.m.||1998 Women's National Championship: Tennessee vs. Louisiana Tech||ESPN Classic|
|10:30 a.m.||2007 Women's National Championship: Rutgers vs. Tennessee||ESPNU|
|11 a.m.||Tennessee vs. Connecticut (2000)||ESPN Classic|
|Noon||20087 National Championship: Stanford vs. Tennessee||ESPNU|
|1 p.m.||2007 Women's National Championship: Rutgers vs. Tennessee||ESPN Classic|
|1:30 p.m.||Live Tennessee Press Conference||ESPNU, ESPN3 &SportsCenter|
|3 p.m.||1996 Women's National Semifinal: Connecticut vs. Tennessee||ESPN Classic|
|5 p.m.||1996 Women's National Championship: Tennessee vs. Georgia||ESPN Classic|
|7 p.m.||Connecticut vs. Tennessee (2001)||ESPN Classic|
|9 p.m.||2008 Women's National Championship: Stanford vs. Tennessee||ESPN Classic|
|11 p.m.||1997 Women's National Championship: Old Dominion vs. Tennessee||ESPNU|
|11 p.m.||2012 Women's Regional Semifinal: Kansas vs. Tennessee||ESPN Classic|
The NFL released its 2012 schedule on Tuesday night. Here's a look at games that will be of special interest to Vols fans.
Wed., Sept. 5 - Cowboys at Giants, 8:30 (NBC) Super Bowl Champions with Deon Grant hosts Jason Witten
Sun., Sept. 9 - Patriots at Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS) New England's Jerod Mayo and Donte' Stallworth return to Tennessee
Sun., Sept. 9 - Rams at Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX) Scott Wells debut with St. Louis
Sun., Sept. 9 - Falcons at Chiefs, 1 p.m. (FOX) Eric Berry returns to action with Kansas City
Sun., Sept. 9 - Dolphins at Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS) Arian Foster and Houston host Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and Jonathan Wade
Sun., Sept. 9 - Steelers at Broncos, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) Peyton Manning debut with Denver
Mon., Sept. 10 - Chargers at Raiders, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Robert Meachem debut with San Diego at Denarius Moore and Oakland
Mon., Sept. 17 - Broncos at Falcons, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Peyton Manning Monday Night Football debut with Denver
Sun., Sept. 23 - Buccaneers at Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX) Battle of UT tight ends as Luke Stocker and Bucs travel to Jason Witten and Dallas
Sun., Sept. 23 - Chiefs at Saints, 1 p.m. (CBS) Eric Berry and KC play at Jabari Greer, Turk McBride in New Orleans
Sun., Sept. 23 - Texans at Broncos, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Arian Foster and Houston at Peyton Manning, Britton Colquitt and Robert Ayers in Denver
Thu., Sept. 27 - Browns at Ravens, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN) Montario Hardesty on national Thursday night game
Sun., Sept. 30 - Chargers at Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS) See if Eric Berry defends Robert Meachem
Sun., Sept. 30 - Titans at Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS) Arian Foster can be seen on all TVs in Tennessee
Sun., Sept. 30 - Raiders at Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS) Denarius Moore and Oakland at Peyton Manning in Denver
Mon., Oct. 1 - Bears at Cowboys, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Jason Witten on MNF
Sun., Oct. 7 - Dolphins at Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS) Former Dolphin Jason Allen hosts at trio of former Vols in his new home Cincinnati
Sun., Oct. 7 - Broncos at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Peyton Manning at Tom Brady, along with his mates Jerod Mayo and Donte' Stallworth
Sun., Oct. 7 - Chargers at Saints, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) Robert Meachem returns to Saints, faces former mates Jabari Greer, Turk McBride on SNF
Mon., Oct. 8 - Texans at Jets, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Arian Foster on Monday Night Football
Sun., Oct. 14 - Chiefs at Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX) Former UT teammates: Eric Berry at Luke Stocker
Sun., Oct. 14 - Packers at Texans, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) Back-to-back national night games for Arian Foster
Mon., Oct. 15 - Broncos at Chargers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Manning & Company at Meachem on national stage
Thu., Oct. 18 - Seahawks at 49ers, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN) Parys Haralson and San Francisco host national audience
Sun., Oct. 19 - Packers at Rams, 1 p.m. (FOX) New Ram Scott Wells welcomes his former team and mate Chad Clifton to St. Louis
Sun., Oct. 28 - Raiders at Chiefs, 4:05 p.m. (CBS) Denarius Moore at Eric Berry Round I; Colquitts Round I
Sun., Oct. 28 - Patriots vs. Rams, 1 p.m. (CBS) In London Mayo and Stallworth face Scott Wells and St Louis
Sun., Oct. 28 - Giants at Cowoboys, 4:15 p.m. (FOX) Deon Grant at Jason Witten in Dallas
Sun., Oct. 28 - Saints at Broncos, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) UT reunion with Greer and McBride at Manning, Ayers and Colquitt in Denver
Mon., Oct. 29 - 49ers at Cardinals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) D-Linemen on display: Dan Williams and Arizona host Parys Haralson and SF
Thu., Nov. 1 - Chiefs at Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN) Eric Berry and Dustin Colquitt at Robert Meachem in San Diego
Sun., Nov. 4 - Buccaneers at Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (FOX) 2011 Draft Picks Luke Stocker and Denarius Moore match-up in Oakland
Sun., Nov. 4 - Cowboys at Falcons, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) SNF for Jason Witten
Mon., Nov. 5 - Eagles at Saints, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Monday Night for Greer and McBride
Sun., Nov. 11 - Giants at Bengals, 1 p.m. (FOX) Deon Grant vs. Jason Allen in dual of DBs
Sun., Nov. 11 - Texans at Bears, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) More national spotlight for Arian Foster on SNF
Mon., Nov. 12 - Chiefs at Steelers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Berry, Colquitt at Ramon Foster and Chris Scott on MNF
Sun., Nov. 18 - Saints at Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (FOX) Jabari Greer tries to defend Denarius Moore in Oakland
Sun., Nov. 18 - Chargers at Broncos, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Robert Meachem at Peyton Manning, Robert Ayers and Britton Colquitt
Thu., Nov. 22 - Texans at Lions, 12:30 p.m. (CBS) Start Thanksgiving with a dose of Arian Foster and Houston
Thu., Nov. 22 - Redskins at Cowboys, 4:15 p.m. (FOX) More Turkey Day with Jason Witten
Thu., Nov. 22 - Patriots at Jets, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) Jerod Mayo and Donte' Stallworth and New England with some pumpkin pie
Sun., Nov. 25 - Broncos at Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS) Peyton Manning plays at Kansas City and Eric Berry
Sun., Dec. 2 - Texans at Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS) Arian Foster back in Tennessee
Sun., Dec. 2 - Buccaneers at Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (FOX) Luke Stocker at Manning and Company
Thu., Dec. 6 - Broncos at Raiders, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN) Manning, Ayers and Colquitt pay D-Mo a visit on Thursday
Mon., Dec. 10 - Texans at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Jerod Mayo gets his chance to stuff Arian Foster
Sun., Dec. 16 - Buccaneers at Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX) NFC South match-up pits Stocker vs. Greer and McBride
Sun., Dec. 16 - Chiefs at Raiders, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) AFC West showdown could see Eric Berry defending Denarius Moore
Sun., Dec. 16 - 49ers at Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) Parys Haralson and San Fran at Jerod Mayo and Donte' Stallworth in New England
Sun., Dec. 23 - Saints at Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX) Greer and McBride try to stop Jason Witten in Dallas
Sun., Dec. 23 - Browns at Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS) Could Montario Hardesty be stopped by Robert Ayres
Sun., Dec. 23 - Chargers at Jets, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) More national night action for Robert Meachem and San Diego
Sun., Dec. 30 - Chiefs at Broncos, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Finish the season with Colquitt vs. Colquitt Part II
Sun., Dec. 30 - Raiders at Chargers, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Receivers on display Denarius Moore and Robert Meachem
On April 18, we wish Happy Birthday to star golfer Erica Popson.
The painting shows an elegantly-dressed Clark Diggs posing in front of an American flag and Olympic Rings, track spikes slung over her left shoulder.
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PASSING (Comp-Att-Int, Yards, TD)
Tyler Bray - 26-55-2, 322 yards, 2 TD
Justin Worley - 11-20-1, 248 yards
Nathan Peterman - 4-8-0, 13 yards
Tyler Page - 6-7-0, 40 yards, 1 TD
RUSHING (Att-Yards-Long, TD)
Rajion Neal - 27-139-23, 1 TD (5.1 ypc)
Devrin Young - 15-95-24, 1 TD (6.3 ypc)
Marlin Lane - 19-79-22, 2 TD (4.2 ypc)
Alden Hill - 9-39-15 (4.3 ypc)
Tom Smith - 12-24-5 (2 ypc)
Deanthonie Summerhill - 6-23-6 (3.8 ypc)
Jaron Toney - 5-17-6 (3.4 ypc)
Da'Rick Rogers - 2-9-8 (4.5 ypc)
RECEIVING (Rec-Yards-Long, TD)
Mychal Rivera - 9-88-16, 1 TD
Jacob Carter - 8-140-46
Rajion Neal - 4-52-27
Cameron Clear - 4-36-16
Cody Blanc - 4-27-12
Justin Hunter - 3-70-50, 1 TD
Devrin Young - 3-59-35
Zach Rogers - 3-35-18
Brendan Downs - 3-20-9
Tyler Drummer - 3-19-8
Alex Ellis - 3-14-6
Da'Rick Rogers - 2-14-12
Marlin Lane - 2-7-8
Naz Oliver - 1-11-11
Austin Bolen - 1-11-11
Ben Bartholomew - 1-7-7
Tom Smith - 1-4-4
Dakota Summers - 1-4-4
Jaron Toney - 1-4-4
Matt Darr - 8-333-41.6-50
Michael Palardy - 5-208-41.6-45
FIELD GOALS (Made-Att.-Long)
Derrick Brodus - 3-4-44
Michael Palardy - 2-4-42
DEFENSE (U-A-TT, Other)
A.J. Johnson - 8-3-11, 1 TFL
Rod Wilks - 7-3-10, 2 TFL, 2 PBU
Izauea Lanier - 7-2-9
Herman Lathers - 7-2-9, 2 PBU
Justin Coleman - 5-4-9, 2 PBU
Brian Randolph - 5-3-8, 2 INT, 1 PBU
Greg King - 4-4-8
Marsalis Teague - 4-4-8, 1 PBU
Tino Thomas - 6-1-7, 1 INT, 1 PBU
Willie Bohannon - 2-5-7, 2 TFL, 1 sack
John Propst - 2-5-7
Raiques Crump - 5-1-6, 1 FF
Byron Moore - 4-2-6, 1 TFL
Steven Fowlkes - 3-1-4, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks
Jordan Williams - 2-2-4, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU
Max Arnold - 2-2-4, 1 TFL
Corey Alexander - 1-3-4
Eric Gordon - 2-1-3, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FR
Channing Fugate - 2-1-3
Joseph Ayres - 2-1-3
Nigel Mitchell-Thornton - 1-2-3, 1 TFL
Marlon Walls - 1-2-3, 1 TFL
Logan Honeycutt - 1-2-3
Dontavis Sapp - 0-3-3, 1 TFL, 0.5 sack
Tyrin Fairman - 2-0-2
Gregory Grieco - 2-0-2
Prentiss Waggner - 2-0-2
Gregory Clark - 1-1-2, 1 FR
Trevarris Saulsberry - 1-1-2
Darrington Sentimore - 1-1-2
Jacques Smith - 1-1-2, 2 PBU, 1 TFL
Allan Carson - 1-0-1, 1 FR
Brent Brewer - 0-1-1
Maurice Couch - 0-1-1
Trent Taylor - 0-1-1, 1 TFL
Michael Cantwell - 0-0-0, 1 PBU
NCAA.org: Track & Field Bond Continues To Link Former Student-Athletes
The last "Vol Calls" of the 2011-12 season will feature former Vol Chad Clifton (1996-99) of the NFL's Green Bay Packers as a special guest. As a lead in to this weekend's DISH Orange and White Spring Football Game, Bob Kesling will also have interviews with Tennessee Head Football Coach Derek Dooley. Tennessee head swimming and diving coach Matt Kredich, baseball outfielder Chris Fritts and former Vol offensive lineman Phil Stuart with "Camp 76" will also be on the show. "Vol Calls" originates from the Texas Roadhouse at Turkey Creek in West Knoxville at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central.
The show can be heard across the state on the Vol Radio Network and online at utsports.com. Fans may ask questions by calling 1-800-688-8657 or Verizon customers may dial #TENN. Fans may also submit questions through the Vol Network-IMG Facebook page.
Erin Gabriel on "Fox and Friends"
Tennessee signee Grant Daugherty finished third over the weekend at the 2012 Exide Technologies Junior Open in Johns Creek, Ga.
Daugherty shot 73-70 to post 1-under-par 143, two strokes behind champion Lee McCoy of Clarkesville, Ga. The Alcoa native birdied three straight holes down the stretch Sunday to finish one shot behind the low round of the day. On Saturday, Daugherty carded five birdies over a six-hole stretch in the middle of his round before faltering at the end with a bogey-triple bogey finish.
Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 36-hole stroke play competition took place at The Country Club of the South, site of last year's PGA Championship won by Keegan Bradley.
Daugherty won the Tennessee State High School Class A-AA Championship in 2010, completing a sweep of four prep postseason tournaments that year.
He then captured the 2011 Tennessee Junior Amateur title and qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur, where he was 10th in stroke play before losing 1-down in the match play round of 64.
Daugherty concluded the 2011 AJGA circuit with three top-20 finishes.
Daugherty is joined in the Vols' 2012 signing class by Chad Merzbacher of Dublin, Ohio, and Michael Nagy of Manistique, Mich.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of April 16, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 354 (+30)
Doubles: 180 (+45)
Note: Won the doubles title at the $35,000 Challenger in Leon, Mexico, with John Peers last week. It was their third Challenger title this year and boosted Smith's doubles ranking into the top 200 for the first time ... Also advanced to the singles quarterfinals at Leon to reach a career best No. 354 ... Playing this week at the Little Rock Futures in Arkansas.
Singles: 373 (-3)
Doubles: 389 (-3)
Note: Off last week ... Received a wild card into this week's Sarasota Open, a $100,000-level Challenger. Faces No. 165 Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia in the opening round Monday.
Singles: 426 (+2)
Doubles: 363 (+4)
Note: Reached the semifinals of the Oklahoma City Futures last week ... Playing this week at the Little Rock Futures in Arkansas.
Doubles: 371 (+0)
Note: Off this week ... Preparing for three-week swing in South Korea.
Doubles: 529 (+5)
Note: Lost in the first round of doubles at the Oklahoma City Futures ... Playing this week at the Little Rock Futures in Arkansas.
Singles: 1622 (-101)
Note: Did not play this week ... Scheduled to play qualifying next week at a $15,000 Futures in Italy.
On Friday the 13th of April, we wish Happy Birthday to tennis sophomore Jarryd Chaplin.
Check out Jarryd as he co-hosted "Live From the Orange Carpet" at the Volscars on Monday.
Former Tennessee captain David Holmes is featured on this week's video edition of "The Third Nine" from the NGA Pro Golf Tour.
Holmes is playing his second full season on the NGA Tour and has made three cuts in five tournaments thus far in 2012. His best pro finish was a tie for 20th at the recent Cutter Creek Golf Classic in North Carolina, where this video was recorded.
The Knoxville native stands 47th on the money list with $4,652.
Holmes lettered four seasons for the Vols from 2007-10 and was a 2009 Ping All-America honorable mention. Holmes captained the squad in 2010, when he earned All-SEC second team honors and led the Vols to a top-25 NCAA Championship finish for the second year in a row.
Holmes finished 13th and 25th in his last two NCAA Championship appearances and was second at the 2009 NCAA Northeast Regional. He also made the Academic All-SEC team three straight years and was a member of the 2007 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. In 2009, Cleveland Golf/Srixon named him an All-America Scholar.
1. USC - 472
2. NOTRE DAME - 469
3. OHIO STATE - 399
4. OKLAHOMA - 350
5. NEBRASKA - 341
6. MICHIGAN - 337
7. TENNESSEE - 329
8. TEXAS - 326
9. PENN STATE - 325
10. MIAMI (FL) - 307
11. FLORIDA - 302
12. ALABAMA - 292
13. UCLA - 291
14T. GEORGIA - 289
14T. MICHIGAN STATE - 289
1. MIAMI (FL) - 37
2. OHIO STATE - 32
3. FLORIDA STATE - 27
4. USC - 26
5. TENNESSEE - 24
6. FLORIDA - 22
7. TEXAS - 19
8. MICHIGAN - 18
9. PENN STATE - 17
10T. CAL - 16
10T. GEORGIA - 16
The Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team continues to draw among the highest attendance in the country, placing third nationally and first in the SEC in the most recent ITA rankings.
Tennessee was also third in the initial ITA attendance rankings, which were unveiled at the beginning of March for matches up to that point.
With 224 fans per contest, Tennessee has its highest April rating since the ITA began releasing the figures in 2008.
The Lady Vols' average attendance is just nine behind second-place Michigan (233).
UT's home match against Florida is the fourth-highest attended women's tennis match this season, as 435 came out to Goodfriend Tennis Center on March 2.
At this point last season, Tennessee ranked eighth in average attendance and finished the season seventh.
Gabriel Strikes Out 34 in Marathon Victory - Yahoo Sports - Written by Cameron Smith
Intent on playing at Tennessee since the age of nine, Natalie Pluskota represents everything a Lady Vol should be, leading the tennis team on the court, and leading athletes in her passion for Tennessee off of it.
Happy birthday to men's basketball forward Kenny Hall on April 10.
You see them making tackles, hitting jump shots, smashing overheads, making putts, drilling kills, swimming and diving and doing just about everything else that Tennessee's student-athletes can do in their sports.
Hardly ever do you see them together at one time -- and many of them dressed to the nines -- Lady Vols in stunning evening gowns and Vols in sharp-tailored suits.
Yet there they were Monday night, about 300 Vols and Lady Vols, gathered for the sixth annual Volscars event to celebrate UT's 2011-12 sports year at the Knoxville Convention Center.
Pettitt shot 65 in Sunday's final round to lead the field and match the low round of the tournament. His scorecard for the week read 71-74-72-65--282, which earned him a check for $20,250 and his best Nationwide Tour golf payday.
The former All-SEC selection in 2007 at Tennessee vaulted from 94th to 38th on the 2012 Nationwide Tour money list with $24,361. This week was Pettitt's second made cut in five tournaments to start the season.
The tour stays in California this week for the TPC Stonebrae Championship in the San Francisco Bay city of Hayward.
David Skinns is third on the NGA Pro Golf Tour money list after tying for 33rd at the Avoca Classic in Windsor, N.C.
Skinns opened the tournament Wednesday with a 4-under-par 68, but then shot 73-74-76 over the next three rounds amid several weather delays. The former SEC Championship medalist in 2005 at Tennessee already has a win under his belt this season and has claimed $35,816 in just four tournaments.
The NGA Tour returns to action April 19-22 at the Mountain Lakes Classic in Seneca, S.C.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King wrote about the passing of former Vols assistant coach Joe Avezzano in his Monday Morning QB.
RIP, Coach Joe.
Joe Avezzano was always in search of another coaching gig, or another country song. And if he couldn't find a coaching gig here, he'd go anywhere. That's why he was in Italy when he died of a heart attack while on a treadmill Thursday, preparing to coach the Milano Seamen of the Italian league.
In 1991, I went on a scouting trip prior to the draft with the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff. The Cowboys used their coaches to scout. So on this trip, to North Carolina State, Tennessee, Michigan State and Notre Dame, Jimmy Johnson brought some of his key guys along: Norv Turner and Hubbard Alexander on offense, Butch Davis and Dave Wannstedt on defense, and Avezzano, the special teams coach, to look at the punters and kickers. Fascinating trip. That was the draft enriched by the Herschel Walker trade, and others, and the Cowboys picked Russell Maryland, Alvin Harper and Dixon Edwards, among others that year.
But the star of the trip was Avezzano. Boy, did he know how to have a good time. The group went to Tennessee coach Johnny Majors' house (that's how long ago this trip happened -- Majors was the Vol coach) one night, staying long past 12, and Avezzano picked up a guitar and started crooning. "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys'' was first. Avezzano was no phony. The man could sing, and he could play the guitar. Then, to Majors' delight, Avezzano launched into a rousing "Rocky Top'' rendition.
"Rocky Top, you'll always be,
Home sweet home to me.
Good ol' Rocky top,
Rocky Top Tennessee!''
By the end of it, he had everyone doing the chorus. And I thought it was a good thing that Majors didn't have any neighbors close by. They'd have all been woken up by the bad singing.
"Joe,'' Johnson said to him on that trip, "I wish you could just learn to relax a little bit.''
Don't let that give you the wrong impression of the guy. He could coach the kicking game. Three times he was named special teams coach of the year, and he was part of three Super Bowl championship teams in Dallas, where he coached for 13 years. And TV networks loved him, because he was one of the most demonstrative coaches ever. A sideline ranter, with that wild white hair. Other than Johnson, he was easily the most charismatic and well-known of the Dallas coaches on that staff. Just an unforgettable man.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of April 9, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 370 (-1)
Doubles: 386 (+4)
Note: Selected as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team, which played last weekend in Monte Carlo against France in the World Group quarterfinals.
Singles: 384 (-2)
Doubles: 225 (+10)
Note: Nearing the top 200 in doubles after reaching the quarterfinals with John Peers at the Tallahassee Challenger ... Playing the $35,000 Challenger in Leon, Mexico, this week after getting in the singles main draw as an alternate. Playing doubles again with Peers.
Singles: 428 (-1)
Doubles: 367 (+59)
Note: Moved up in doubles after reaching the quarterfinals of the Tallahassee Challenger with Brian Baker ... Playing the $15,000 Oklahoma City Futures this week.
Doubles: 371 (+76)
Note: He and Adam Feeney reached the doubles finals at the Bundaberg Futures two weeks ago, enough to move him up to No. 371 ... Off this week.
Doubles: 529 (+5)
Note: Hitting the USTA circuit this week in Oklahoma City ... Lost in the second round of qualifying ... Playing the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures next week.
Singles: 1521 (N/R)
Note: Fago returned to the pro circuit in March and collected his first ATP point since 2007 two weeks ago in Croatia ... Listed as a qualifying alternate for next week's Futures stop in Italy.
On April 8, we wish Happy Birthday to rising sophomore soccer player Allie Sirna.
Read the media coverage from the contest below:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT stuns No. 10 South Carolina, 5-4
- PerfectGame.org: Friday Roundup
- The Times and Democrat: Godley's evolution moving him into SEC's upper echelon on the mound
- GamecockCentral.com: Gamecocks fritter away game 1
- The State Vols swipe series opener from Gamecocks ($)
Freshman Caitlyn Williams was recently featured by WBIR's Kris Budden. Check out the video above.
The latest edition of Vol Calls takes place tonight at the Turkey Creek Texas Roadhouse starting at 8 p.m. Listen live on the Vol Network or online here.
The show will include interviews with football coach Derek Dooley, baseball head coach Dave Serrano, fresh off a sweep of Alabama as well as men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin with his pick for the NCAA Championship, which takes place on Monday night. Bob Kesling also has a taped interview with Da'Rick Rogers.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of April 2, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 369 (-1)
Doubles: 390 (+8)
Note: Selected as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team, which is playing this week in Monte Carlo against France in the World Group quarterfinals.
Singles: 382 (+17)
Doubles: 235 (+11)
Note: Points added from reaching the semifinals again at the Sherbrooke Futures in Canada ... Made it to the doubles quarterfinal of the Rimouski Challenger with Colin Ebelthite before Ebelthite had to withdraw because of illness ... Playing doubles this week with John Peers at the Tallahassee Challenger. The two won a pair of Challengers earlier this year in Australia.
Singles: 427 (+100)
Doubles: 426 (+28)
Note: Moved up 100 spots after winning the Calabasas Futures, his third career title and first at the $15,000 level ... Reached the quarterfinals of the Costa Mesa Futures the next week ... Received a main draw wild card in singles and doubles at the Tallahassee Challenger.
Doubles: 403 (+76)
Note: Jumped up in the rankings after winning the Ipswich Futures title with Adam Feeney in Australia ... the pair reached the final the next week at the Bundaberg Futures the next week.
Doubles: 534 (-1)
Note: Off this week ... Hitting the USTA circuit next week in Oklahoma City.
Note: Fago returned to the pro circuit in March and collected his first ATP point since 2007 last week ... the Vols' recent graduate won four rounds of qualifying before outlasting Dragos Dima 5-7, 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the first round at a $10,000 Futures in Croatia ... Qualified for a $15,000 Futures this week in Rome after receiving a qualifying wild card and drew No. 357 Claudio Grassi.
Skinns claimed the $22,000 first prize thanks to his birdie on the second playoff hole that edged Chas Narramore, who hails from Kingston and played collegiately at Middle Tennessee. Skinns has finishes of third, 12th and first in his three starts this year to amass $34,467 in earnings and trail money-leader Tyson Alexander by only $371.
Skinns played for the Vols from 2002-05 and not only won the SEC individual championship his senior season but also earned second team, third team and honorable mention All-America honors during his career.
David Holmes (2007-10) tied for 20th at the same tournament and earned the best paycheck of his young professional career. Holmes pocketed $1,909 after climbing 20 places on the final leaderboard with a closing round of 70.
Through four events, Holmes has made three cuts with finishes of 27th, 23rd and now 20th. He is 38th on the 2012 money list with $4,652.
On the European Challenge Tour, Charlie Ford turned in his best finish of the season with a tie for 30th at the Barclays Kenya Open in Africa. Ford earned approximately $1,825 for his efforts and has $3,124 for the year to rank 55th on the money list.
Chris Paisley missed his first Challenge Tour cut of the year this week but still stands 39th on the money list with approximately $4,509.