On May 31, we wish Happy Birthday to Women's Track and Field senior Laquoya Kelly.
On May 31, we wish Happy Birthday to Women's Track and Field senior Laquoya Kelly.
92 is no longer worn at UT, having been retired for the "Minister of Defense" Reggie White. Who are your other favorite #Vols to wear 92?-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 31, 2012
92 days until kickoff! Andy Kozar ran for 92 yards and two TDs in Tennessee's 20-14 win over No. 3 Texas in the 1951 Cotton Bowl.-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 31, 2012
92 days until kickoff! The press box at Neyland Stadium was named for long-time trustee Col. Tom Elam of Union City on Sept. 18, 1992.-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 31, 2012
Just 92 days until kickoff! General Robert R. Neyland was born on February 17, 1892, in Greenville, Texas.-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 31, 2012
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of May 29, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 289 (+28)
Doubles: 336 (-2)
Note: Points added for winning the Tampa (Fla.) Futures two weeks ago ... Cracks top 300 for the first time in his career ... Has now won five Futures titles ... Off last week ... Off this week.
Singles: 299 (-3)
Doubles: 390 (-1)
Note: Reached the semifinals of a $10,000 Futures in Spain last week ... Playing another $10,000 Futures this week on the clay courts of Spain, seeded second.
Singles: 300 (-3)
Doubles: 167 (+3)
Note: Off last week ... Traveling this week to England to play the brief grass court season, starting with two Challengers in Nottingham.
Doubles: 344 (+34)
Note: Has continued to move back up the doubles ranking thanks to successful swing in Korea ... Off this week.
Doubles: 499 (-7)
Note: Back in the top 500 in doubles after winning a title and reaching a final with John-Patrick Smith in Florida ... Off this week.
Former Tennessee star David Skinns successfully defended his title Sunday at the NGA Pro Golf Tour's Three Ridges Classic in Knoxville.
Skinns closed with a final-round of 5-under-par 66 to win by three strokes over Brandon Brown and claim the first prize of $22,000. It was Skinns' second NGA Tour victory this year in seven starts and his second in as many years at Three Ridges Golf Course.
The Lincoln, England, native shot 67-65-69-66--267 for the four days, rallying on Sunday from a tie for third. Two eagles on the front nine aided his cause.
Brown and Skinns are 1-2 in the 2012 NGA Tour Money Standings, with Brown owning $71,707 in earnings to Skinns' $63,274.
Another former Vols standout, David Holmes, posted his best professional finish with a tie for 10th at Three Ridges. The Knoxville native shot 68-69-69-70--276 to earn his best paycheck at $2,763. For the year in 10 NGA Tour starts, Holmes has made six cuts and earned $12,223 to climb into 39th place.
Paisley shot 69-74-70-69--282 to earn approximately $1,625, while Ford finished with a scorecard of 68-70-74-74--286 to claim approximately $732 in prize money. Paisley is 34th on the 2012 Challenge Tour money list with $12,663 in earnings, and Ford is 39th with $11,660.
On May 28, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vols baseball star and longtime major league catcher Mike DiFelice, who played with the Cardinals, Rays, Diamondbacks, Royals, Tigers, Cubs and Mets. The Bearden High School product played parts of 13 seasons in the big leagues and was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007. Last season, he served as manager of the Kingsport Mets, here in Tennessee.
Also on May, 28, we wish Happy Birthday to redshirt freshman linebacker Christian Harris of the football team.
97 Days To Kickoff: In 1997, Marcus Nash led the #SEC in receiving yards per game with 97.5 yards.-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 26, 2012
ATHENS -- Becoming an All-American tennis player in college is nothing new to two-time recipient Natalie Pluskota.
But the third time on Thursday was quite the charm for the University of Tennessee senior.
Pluskota made history for the Lady Volunteers at the NCAA Tournament at the University of Georgia's Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens.
Click the link to read the full story.
98 Days To Kickoff: Gene McEver's 98-yard KO return to open 1928 Alabama game, brought UT to national prominence as #Vols upset Bama, 15-13.-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 25, 2012
98 Days To Kickoff: 3X the #Vols have had a 98-yd kickoff return TD: McEver (1928 vs. Bama), H.Krouse (1934 vs UNC), G.Moore (1979 vs. Aub)-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 25, 2012
99 Days To Kickoff: The #Vols won the 1999 Fiesta Bowl, 23-16 over Florida State to capture the 1998 National Championship on Jan. 4, 1999.-- Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) May 24, 2012
On May 24, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore golfer Brandon Rodgers.
CHARLOTTE - As an undrafted rookie free agent joining a Panthers roster that includes a pair of Pro Bowl-caliber running backs,
But as the first undrafted back out of the University of Tennessee with a 1,000-yard season to his credit since Arian Foster, Poole sure would like to follow in some footsteps.
"He's a good example for me," Poole said of Foster, who won the 2010 NFL rushing crown and has compiled 2,840 yards over the last two seasons for the Houston Texans. "I saw a lot of flashes at Tennessee, but I didn't know he was going to blow up like this.
"He was like a big brother to me at Tennessee, kind of like a mentor. With this process, he encouraged me to stay patient, keep working and play football like I've been playing it my entire life."
Read more at the above link.
Pettitt turned in rounds of 69-74-68-72--283 to tie for 53rd at the BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greer, S.C. This was Pettitt's fourth made cut in nine Nationwide tournaments this season, and he stands 62nd on the tour's 2012 money list with $28,046.
Skinns returned to the NGA Tour after a couple of successful Nationwide events and tied for 21st this weekend at the Cherry Blossom Classic in Georgetown, Ky. Skinns shot 71-64-71-67--273 for his sixth made cut in as many NGA tournaments this year. He is sixth on the 2012 money list with $41,274.
Former Lady Vol basketball standout Kara Lawson and the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA have announced a way to show their support for Pat Summitt. Lawson and the team she's played for since 2010 will join together to donate $100 to the Pat Summitt Foundation for every three-pointer Lawson hits this season.
Lawson said the
donation is a way for her to honor her former coach. She said she'll
donate $50 for each made three-point shot and the team will match that
Kenny Hall isn't just back on the Tennessee men's basketball team.
The senior forward is back and playing as well as just about anyone on the team, according to coach Cuonzo Martin.
Martin said before a recent Big Orange Caravan stop that the Hall -- who was suspended on Feb. 15 for an undisclosed team-rules violation and reinstated after the season -- and sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes were his two best players in the brief, late-spring workout period.
The coach added a caveat -- All-SEC senior forward Jeronne Maymon and junior point guard Trae Golden sat out the workout period with knee injuries -- but he was still clearly pleased with Hall.
The Broncos have signed DE Malik Jackson, the second 2012 draft pick to sign with the team.-- Denver Broncos (@Denver_Broncos) May 18, 2012
Officially a Denver Bronco. signed my contract today with a huge grin on my face. I just wanna say anything is possible #God_Willing.-- Malik Barron Jackson (@TheMalikJackson) May 19, 2012
The Denver Broncos announced the signing of former Vol Malik Jackson. Malik was selected in the fifth round with the 137th overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Here is a feature from the website Predominantly Orange: DE Malik Jackson Accustomed to Transitions
On May 17, we wish Happy Birthday to diver Mauricio Robles
Warlick, who succeeded the iconic Pat Summitt after serving as an assistant under her for 27 years, was part of Tennessee's Big Orange Caravan that enjoyed a reception with Volunteers fans at San Jose Country Club.
Warlick spent summers in Jacksonville growing up staying with her grandmother. She was welcomed to town Wednesday by several family members, including her aunt and uncle, Vicki and Steve Long of Jacksonville.
Read the full story in the Florida Times-Union: New Lady Vols coach cherishes her ties to Jacksonville.
Here are stories on Fulmer's selection:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Phillip Fulmer well deserving of Hall
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Fulmer on Hall of Fame: A million people to say thank-you
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Phillip Fulmer elected to College Football Hall of Fame
- The Tennessean: Phillip Fulmer's national title with Tennessee Vols solidified status
- The Tennessean: Fulmer's career-defining moments with the Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Fulmer chosen for college hall
- The Chattanoogan: Vols' Fulmer Enters College Football Hall Of Fame
- Associated Press: Fulmer among coaches going to College Hall of Fame
- Inside Tennessee: Fulmer enshrined in the Hall
- Volquest: Appreciation for Fulmer's run to the Hall
ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - On, the innovative new running shoe company built on patented Swiss technology, has named running industry veteran and former University of Tennessee cross country/track star Ted Goodlake to the position of National Director of Sales, North America. The announcement was made by Olivier Bernhard, the six-time Ironman winner and Co-Founder of On.
"Ted's two decades of experience in the specialty running category will ensure the continued growth of On in North America," said Mr. Bernhard. "His long-standing relationships, footwear industry knowledge, successful track record, plus his personal love of running make him the ideal person to lead the growth of On."
Goodlake comes to On from Puma, North America, where he held the position of National Sales Manager Complete Running Division from 2005-'12. Under his direction, a team of nine independent running-only sales representatives achieved substantial growth, distribution and sales for Puma across North America. Previously, he served as an independent sales agent for PaTony Sports from 2002-05, selling Puma products to independent retailers in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout his 20+ year career in the running industry he has also worked for GoldToe Socks, Etonic Inc., Brooks Sports and Fleet Feet.
During his successful collegiate running career at the University of Tennessee during the mid-1980's, Ted was a 10-time All-SEC honoree in cross-country, indoor and outdoor track and a member of six SEC Championship teams. A native of Fallbrook, CA., Ted and his family currently reside in Beaverton, OR.
The 2012 On collection includes the all new and ultra light Cloudracer competition model; the new Cloudster entry model; plus the redesigned Cloudsurfer and Cloudrunner. The patented CloudTec™ system, comprised of three-dimensional elements or "Clouds" made of highly flexible circular pieces of rubber, is at the heart of On's adaptive sole technology. The radically new design combines a cushioned landing with a barefoot takeoff. The clever rubber pieces cushion your landing, then disappear for a natural run and a powerful push-off.
On AG is a young Swiss sports company based in Zurich. The team of sports scientists and running enthusiasts around world-class athlete Olivier Bernhard (triple world champion and six-times Ironman winner) have set themselves a simple mission: to elevate running to a fun sport.
On has already earned the prestigious ispo Brand New Award for Sports Innovation, and continues to win technology and design prizes all over the globe. The CloudTec™ system has received worldwide patents. 18 months after market launch, On running shoes are available at over 500 running specialists in 18 countries across Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.
Release Credit: Doug Drotman, Drotman PR
A pair of former Tennessee golfers took advantage of their first starts this year on the European PGA Tour to post top-25 finishes Sunday on the Portuguese island of Madeira.
Charlie Ford tied for 16th place at the Madeira Islands Open after shooting 67-68-70-71--276. And Chris Paisley was consistent throughout, finishing with a scorecard of 69-69-69-70--277 that was good enough to tie for 22nd.
The Madeira Islands event is part of both the European PGA and European Challenge tours. The two former Vols had been idle on the Challenge Tour circuit since the Barclays Kenya Open ended April 1. But counting this week's winnings, Paisley and Ford stand 32nd and 33rd, respectively, on the Challenge Tour money list.
Paisley has earned approximately $11,318 and Ford $11,204 during the 2012 season.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of May 14, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 296 (+37)
Doubles: 391 (+5)
Note: Cracked the top 300 for the first time in his career after reaching the quarterfinals of the Rome 2 Challenger ... Playing a $10,000 Futures this week in Spain.
Singles: 300 (+36)
Doubles: 170 (+12)
Note: Ranked in the top 300 for the first time too after sweeping the singles and doubles titles two weeks ago at Vero Beach, Fla. ... Reached doubles final last week at the Orange Park (Fla.) Futures ... Off this week.
Singles: 338 (+11)
Doubles: 335 (-2)
Note: Points added for semifinal appearance at the Vero Beach (Fla.) Futures ... Reached singles final last week at the Orange Park (Fla.) Futures ... Playing this week at the Tampa (Fla.) Futures, also a $10,000 Futures event.
Doubles: 379 (+1)
Note: Lost in the first round of doubles last week at the Dusan Challenger in South Korea ... Playing a $15,000 Futures event in Korea this week with fellow Aussie Sam Groth.
Doubles: 527 (+64)
Note: Points added for winning the doubles title two weeks ago with John-Patrick Smith at the Vero Beach (Fla.) Futures ... Reached doubles final last week at the Orange Park (Fla.) Futures.
Singles: 1794 (-73)
Note: Has qualified for the main draw of a $15,000 Futures event in Pozzuoli, Italy.
"I wasn't mad, but I was surprised. I figured that's just the way it goes," said Poole, who signed with the Panthers as a free agent. "I've just got to work through whatever opportunity I get. I got an opportunity with the Panthers and I'm going to attack it the best that I can."
Players on the Tennessee baseball team have a special message for their moms on Mother's Day.
One of the legendary soccer players in Tennessee history was also born on May 12, Rhian Wilkinson.
A three-time All-Central Region and All-SEC selection at forward, former Lady Vol standout Rhian Wilkinson the Baie d'Urfe, Quebec, native helped Tennessee to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of SEC Eastern Division and Tournament titles. As a rookie, she paced the squad's offense in every significant category on her way to a bushel of individual accolades, including the UT Daily Beacon's Female Athlete of the Year, the SEC's Freshman of the Year and second-team Freshman All-America. In 2003, Wilkinson helped the Canadian National Team to the silver medal at the Pan Am Games and a fourth-place finish at the FIFA Women's World Cup before returning to the Big Orange and contributing 19 points on six goals and seven assists in just 13 matches. Wilkinson ranks first on the school's all-time list in points (88), assists (32), match-winning goals (nine), Golden Goals (three) and is tied for second in goals (28).
As former Vol Robert Ayers stepped to the stage, all eyes in the auditorium focused on the Broncos defensive lineman.
As the keynote speaker for the YESS Institute End-of-Year Celebration, his message resonated with the high school students in the audience because of how well he was able to relate to the group.
"I want you guys to understand where I've been," he said.
Ayers went on to talk about growing up in poverty and some of the "wrong choices" he made when he was the same age as his audience.
He told the students about getting into fights and getting kicked out of schools when he was their age.
Click to continue reading "Ayers Gives Keynote Speech" from DenverBroncos.com
Also from the archives, May 11 was the day that former football player Clyde Fuson was born in 1923. "Ig" is one of seven Vols to have their number (No. 62) retired in football. He was one of four Vols to not return home from World War II and was memorialized along with Bill Nowling, Rudy Klarer and Willis Tucker. Fuson, a native of Middlesboro, Ky., and fullback on the 1942 team, who shared playing time with Nowling. Ig had a younger brother, Herschel (Ug) Fuson, who was a freshman on the 1942 team and transferred to West Point where he graduated.
Tennessee junior Jay Vandeventer and former Vols golfer Philip Pettitt shot matching 7-under-par 65s Wednesday to lead the field in U.S. Open local qualifying at Knoxville's Holston Hills Country Club.
Pettitt started on No. 10 and shot 35-30--65 over the 7,082-yard layout, while Vandeventer started on No. 1 and played bogey-free to a 32-33--65 scorecard. Those two individuals are among five who advanced from Holston Hills to sectional qualifying at a date and site to be determined.
Read the local recap here by the Knoxville News Sentinel's John Shearer.
This year's U.S. Open takes place June 14-17 at The Olympic Club in San Francisco.
On May 10, two Tennessee legends were born.
Willis Tucker, who is one of seven Vols to have their number (No. 61) retired in football was born on May 10, 1918. Tucker was a graduate of Knoxville High School, who earned a Vol football letter in 1940 and was a sprint star on the Vol track team. He was one of four Vols to not return home from World War II and was memorialized along with Bill Nowling, Rudy Klarer and Clyde Fuson.
With the track & field program, Darius Pemberton was also born on May 10 in 1975. Pemberton was an SEC Indoor Champion in the long jump in 1995 with a jump of 26-5 1/2 as well as the 55-Meter hurdles with a time of 7.25 in 1995.
Doug Atkins (born May 8, 1930 in Humboldt, Tennessee) originally went to the University of Tennessee on a basketball scholarship, but once Gen. Robert R. Neyland, the football coach, saw his combination of size and agility, he was recruited for the grid team. After he earned All-America honors, the Cleveland Browns selected him as their first choice in the 1953 National Football League Draft.
After two seasons in Cleveland, he was traded to the Chicago Bears and there he developed into one of history's most awesome defensive performers. Exceptionally strong and agile, the 6-8, 257-pound Atkins earned legendary acclaim as a devastating pass rusher who would often leapfrog blockers to get at the passer. That was a skill that carried over from his collegiate days when he won the Southeastern Conference high jump title.
An All-NFL choice four times and a veteran of eight Pro Bowls, Atkins wound up his career with three successful seasons with the New Orleans Saints. For 17 years and 205 games, Doug wrecked absolute havoc on opposing linemen, quarterbacks, and ball carriers. Linemen who faced Atkins usually had just one thought in mind: "Don't make him mad." It was common knowledge among players that as tough as Doug was, he was even tougher when angered. An outspoken free spirit, Doug often clashed with the Bears' fiery head coach George Halas. Atkins' easy-going approach to practice particularly annoyed the coach.
But still, the two developed a mutual respect. Although their relationship was at times tumultuous, it lasted for 12 seasons and Atkins was a key part of the great Bears defense that won the league championship in 1963. However, in 1967 Atkins demanded to be traded and Halas sent his star lineman to the Saints, where he finished his career. After Atkins finally retired following the 1969 season, Halas openly admitted, "There never was a better defensive end."
Members of the Tennessee golf team kept their games tournament sharp over the weekend by competing in Knoxville's Holston Hills Invitational.
Senior Darren Renwick, who won the two-day event in 2010, finished second this time by a single stroke to local product and former Lincoln Memorial golfer Craig Reasor. Renwick shot 68-70--138 for the tournament, one shot better than teammate and fellow senior Justin Walker at 68-71--139.
Renwick and Walker were two of seven current Vols competing. Brandon Rodgers tied for 12th at 70-72--142, and Rick Lamb joined Jay Vandeventer in a group that tied for 14th place. Lamb shot 72-71--143, while Vandeventer's scorecard was 71-72--143.
In addition to the seven UT squad members, two incoming 2012 signees were in action and fared well. Alcoa's Grant Daugherty tied for 24th at 72-74--146, and Chad Merzbacher of Dublin, Ohio, shot 72-75--147 and tied for 30th.
Skinns began play this year on the NGA Pro Golf Tour and was second on the money list with $39,436 through April 22, having finished in the top 12 four times out of five starts. But he advanced to the Nationwide Tour's South Georgia Classic in Valdosta two weeks ago through Monday qualifying and tied for 18th place.
Skinns opened with 65 at the Athens tournament but then closed with rounds of 70-74-70 to post a 5-under 279. The Lincoln, England, native has made an additional $10,026 in two weeks on the Nationwide Tour.
Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of May 7, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.
Singles: 333 (0)
Doubles: 396 (-3)
Note: Playing in the final round qualifying today at the Rome 2 Challenger ... Playing several clay tournaments in Europe the next few weeks.
Singles: 336 (+1)
Doubles: 182 (0)
Note: Swept the singles and doubles titles Sunday at the Vero Beach Futures, good for his first singles and fifth doubles titles of 2012 ... Should be top 300 next week ... Seeded second this week at the Orange Park Futures.
Singles: 349 (+3)
Doubles: 333 (-1)
Note: Cracked the top 350 in singles for the first time in his career ... Reached the semifinals of the Vero Beach Futures in singles ... Seeded third this week at the Orange Park Futures.
Doubles: 380 (-2)
Note: Playing doubles at the Dusan Challenger in South Korea this week with Sam Groth ... Beginning a several-week stay in Korea.
Doubles: 591 (0)
Note: Won the doubles title Sunday at the Vero Beach (Fla.) Futures with John-Patrick Smith ... Playing doubles again this week at the Orange Park (Fla.) Futures.
Singles: 1721 (-92)
Note: Lost in the first round of qualifying at the Rome 2 Challenger.
He is best known for winning the Olympic silver medal in 2000, he also won a gold medal at the 2001 IAAF World Indoor Championships and a silver medal at the 1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He is a past American Indoor Record Holder at 19' - 6.5" set March 3, 2001. His personal best jump is 5.98 m, which he achieved in 1996. LoJo has 7 US national title titles and 4 NCAA titles. He still holds many stadium and meet records, as well as Collegiate Records.
LoJo is the first Black Pole Vaulter to Medal and Step on the Podium, he achieved this in the 2000 Olympic games. He is the First Black Pole Vaulter to win in a Major Competition (won silver in Paris in 1997), and the First Black Pole Vaulter to make the Olympic Team in the Pole Vault, he achieved this at the 1996 Olympic Trials.
In his first of three years at the University of Tennessee, Witten went from being a defensive end prospect to a record breaking tight end. He posted school records for most receptions (39) and receiving yards (493) in 2002 by a tight end.
Colquitt played for the Volunteers football team from 2001 to 2004. As a junior in 2003, he was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American. As a senior in 2004, he was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection.
Nelson and Ward are among 12 honorees that will be celebrated as the Hall recognizes the rich and diverse history of Tennessee Radio. The event will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro. Read the complete release here: Nelson, Ward to be honored
E:60’s R.A. Dickey feature.
Dickey's new memoir, "Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball" (Penguin/Blue Rider Press), hit the New York Times' bestsellers list for the week of April 29.
That is the latest in a remarkable run of good news for the 37-year-old Dickey, who is off to a 3-1 start for the New York Mets and whose book has drawn rave reviews for its profound candor and graceful writing, Sports Illustrated calling it maybe "the finest nonfiction writing about baseball since Ball Four."
"It's gratifying that the book has been so well-received," Dickey said. "I believed all along that I had a story to share and that God wanted me to share it."
Jon Higgins knew while he was playing high school basketball in Shaker Heights, Ohio, in the late 1990s.
"I wanted to get into coaching," Higgins said Tuesday. "At what level? Didn't really matter.
"Once I got out of college, I realized that high school would probably be the best way for me to go. I enjoy teaching math, but also I enjoy teaching young people how to play basketball."
Higgins, a former University of Tennessee guard from 1999-2003, will be doing that soon at Central High School.
Central athletic director Charlie Sheets announced the hiring of Higgins as the school's new boys' basketball coach.
Higgins, 31, has been an assistant coach on Jody Wright's staff at Fulton since the 2009-10 season. He replaces Mitch Mitchell, who resigned in mid-April after two seasons with the Bobcats. Central went 39-21 under Mitchell, reaching the Region 2-AAA semifinals in 2011.
Read the full story from the Knoxville News Sentinel: Jon Higgins always wanted to coach
The Chicago Bulls lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Philadelphia 76ers 1-0.
"I'm very comfortable," Watson said. "My teammates believe in me. Coach believes in me. That's all that really matters."
The Bulls went 18-9 during the regular season without Rose and 17-8 in games Watson started.
"Everyone has been playing their roles the whole season," Watson said. "Nothing is new. Just run the plays and play the defense like we've been playing.
"Everyone will go in with confidence, knowing they can make shots and play big minutes with Derrick out. We've been able to win games with Derrick out. It's nothing new for us."
Watson vowed to play aggressively.
"Just try to push the ball, make open shots, try to drive and get some assists," the mild-mannered guard said.