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Happy Birthday - May 31: Laquoya Kelly

On May 31, we wish Happy Birthday to Women's Track and Field senior Laquoya Kelly

Laquoya Kelly

92 Days Until It's Football Time In Tennessee

Updates From Wednesday's SEC Spring Meetings

Peyton Manning Listed No. 50 on NFL Top 100

Former Vols quarterback Peyton Manning was named No. 50 on the NFL's list of Top 100 players of 2012. Although Manning didn't play a snap in 2011, he made the list due to the impact his absence from the league last season made.

Check out this video feature on Manning from the show, which revealed players 41-50 on Wednesday night.

NFL Videos: 'Top 100 Players of 2012' - Peyton Manning

NFL players Ryan Clark, Jordin Babineaux, Thomas Jones, Alex Smith, Owen Daniels and Adrian Wilson comment on Manning's status in the video.

Manning is the second former Vol to make the list. Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten was ranked 75th.

Dooley, Martin on 104.5 The Zone from SEC Meetings

In Destin, Fla., for the annual SEC meetings, Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley and men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin each sat down with the 3HL Show on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville for about half an hour on Wednesday. You can listen back to their interviews right here:


Lady Vols Finish Season Ranked 24th


For the 17th time in 18 years, the Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team finished the season ranked in the Top 25 of the ITA poll, placing 24th.

The Lady Vols started the season 9-3 and were ranked as high as fifth in 2012. Tennessee earned its 18th consecutive NCAA Tournament bid and advanced to the second round for the 16th time in 17 years.

UT was eliminated by regional host Virginia and finished the season 15-13.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/30)

With the SEC Meetings in full swing in Destin, Florida, here's a look at some stories from the media following Tuesday's events plus some stories on incoming freshman Danny O'Brien.


Happy Birthday - May 30: Frasier, Scheidt, Tobin, McBride

Lots of birthdays to celebrate on May 30: sophomore swimmer Alexandria Frasier, volleyball's  Kylann Scheidt and sophomore runner Daniel Tobin.

Alexandria Frasier  Kylann Scheidt  Daniel Tobin

Also celebrating a birthday today is former Vols football star and current New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Turk McBride.


ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (5/29/12)

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.


Tennys Sandgren

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.


Rhyne Williams

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.


John-Patrick Smith

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.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 344 (+34)

Note: Has continued to move back up the doubles ranking thanks to successful swing in Korea ... Off this week.


Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

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.


Happy Birthday - May 29: Ashley Hartert, Jodie McGroarty

On May 29, we wish Happy Birthday to soccer's Ashley Hartert and junior diver Jodie McGroarty.

Ashley Hartert  Jodie McGroarty

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/29)

The positional previews continue on Tuesday: 

- GoVols247 has a look at Vols playing nose tackle for the 2012 season: Spring synopsis: Nose tackle.

- Volquest analyses the Vols' special teams: Breaking down the kicking game

SEC Spring Meetings Start Tuesday

The SEC Spring Meetings start on Tuesday in Destin, Fla., Check out this outlook on the event from the SEC Digital Network: Spring Meetings: The Calm Before The Storm

The SEC will be airing a Live Show from the meetings. Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin will be a guest on the show at 12:40-12:50 pm ET. You will be able to watch the show here: SEC Spring Meetings.

Skinns Defends Three Ridges Title

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.

See John Shearer's account of Sunday's final round in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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.

On the European Challenge Tour, former Vols Chris Paisley tied for 28th and Charlie Ford tied for 51st at the Telenet Trophy in Belgium.

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.

Happy Birthday - May 28: Mike DiFelice & Christian Harris

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. 

Christian Harris

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/28)

- GoVols247 has a look at the Vols' men who are set to snap the ball to Tyler Bray: Spring synopsis: Center.

96 Days Until It's Football Time In Tennessee



Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/27)

- In their continuing breakdown of the Vols by position, GoVols247 has a: Spring synopsis: Offensive guard.

Happy Birthday - May 26: Jarael Nelvis, Taylor Patrick

On May 26, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore track & field sprinter Jarael Nelvis and junior tennis player Taylor Patrick.


Jarael Nelvis  Taylor Patrick

Inside Tennessee Feature On Dave Hart

- Inside Tennessee has a feature on Vice Chancellor/Athletic Director Dave Hart: 'Road to recovery'

97 Days Until It's Football Time in Tennessee!


Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/26)

- GoVols247 has a breakdown of the Vols' offensive tackles: Spring synopsis: Offensive tackle.

- Similarly, Volquest has a look at offensive tackles: Breaking down the offensive tackles

Pluskota Featured In Times-Herald

PLUSKOTA FEATURE

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.

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Click the link to read the full story.

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (5/25)

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has a look at some off-season topics relating to the basketball program: Cuonzo Martin demanding effort on and off court.

- The Examiner has a question and answer session with Martin: Cuonzo Martin talks Tennessee roster, schedule and SEC

98 Days Until It's Football Time in Tennessee!




Happy Birthday - May 25: Robbie Kidd & Dwight Miller

A pair of birthdays to celebrate on May 25 for two Vols: baseball pitcher Robbie Kidd and basketball forward Dwight Miller

Robbie Kidd  Dwight Miller

Sean Cartell of the SEC Digital Network writes about Lady Vol track & field seniors Chanelle Price and Ellen Wortham. The two have won NCAA and SEC team, individual and relay titles, are excellent students and recently earned NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships. Read about their experiences during very distinguished careers at Tennessee.

Shared experiences help create strong bond for Lady Vol track seniors

99 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee

There are 99 days until the Vols kickoff the 2012 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on Aug. 31 vs. NC State. Follow @Vol_Football on Twitter for facts on the No. 99 all day long.








Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/24)

- The Big Orange Caravan finished last night in Chattanooga. Check out this story from the Chattanooga Times Free Press on the event: UT Vols Big Orange brass filled with hope.

- WRCB has this story on last night's stop: Vols preach progress at Big Orange Caravan stop in Chattanooga

- Volquest has a feature on incoming freshman Drae Bowles: Father drives Bowles to success

- Inside Tennessee has a take on the future of SEC divisional games: Where East meets West

- The Bleacher Report has a piece on why the Vols duo of Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers are the nation's top receiving tandem: 5 Reasons Why Justin Hunter and Da'rick Rogers Are Nation's Top

Happy Birthday - May 24: Brandon Rodgers

On May 24, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore golfer Brandon Rodgers.


Brandon Rodgers

100 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee!

We are officially 100 days until the kickoff of the 2012 Tennessee Football Season at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta vs. NC State on Aug. 31. 

Throughout the day @Vol_Football will releasing fun facts about the No. 100 in relation to Vols' football history. Follow for a new nugget each hour. 

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (5/22)

Check out the lastest stories touching on the Vols' basketball program:


- Inside Tennessee: Who's behind Trae?

Happy Birthday - May 22: Kate McNeilis

Happy Birthday on May 22 to sophomore swimmer Kate McNeilis.

Kate McNeilis

Manning Takes Part In First Broncos OTAs

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Vols legend Peyton Manning took part in the Denver Broncos first OTAs. Check out some stories here:

- Associated Press: Manning impresses new teammates
- Denver Post: Peyton Manning might get Broncos' run game off the ground
- Denver Broncos: Manning's Next Step


Volquest Q&A Session With Dave Hart

- Volquest has a question and answer session with Vice Chancellor/Athletic Director Dave Hart: Cowboy up: Hart reveals challenges, vision in Q-A

- Also,  the Chattanooga Times Free Press has a piece on connections between Derek Dooley and AD Dave Hart: Derek Dooley boosted by Hart.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/22)

Check out the latest stories on the Vols' football program. Including a the story that focuses on the improved GPA for the gridiron men as Tennessee Graduated 51 Student-Athletes.

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has this story on the rise in grade point average: UT football improves GPA in spring.

- The Chattanooga Times Free Press has a piece on connections between Derek Dooley and AD Dave Hart: Derek Dooley boosted by Hart.

- GoVols247 has a story on Florida product Nathan Peterman: Dooley talks Peterman recovery.

- Volquest breaks down the defensive backs: A look at the secondary


Tennessee Icons Featured In The Power of IX Series

As ESPN marks the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the University of Tennessee is represented by two recent entries.

Chamique Holdsclaw is listed at No. 26 in the "Top 40 Female Athletes" category, and Coach Pat Summitt and son, Tyler, are profiled in "Nine sons of IX...and their moms."

See The No. 26 Female Athlete, Chamique Holdsclaw

See Coach Pat Summitt and Tyler Summitt profile


Happy Birthday - May 21: Vicki Baugh, Jeremy Dickie

On May 21, we have a pair of birthdays among UT student-athletes: graduated women's basketball forward Vicki Baugh, men's track freshman distance runner Jeremy Dickie and 

Vicki Baugh  Jeremy Dickie 

Tauren Poole Featured On Panthers.com

POOLE FEATURE

CHARLOTTE - As an undrafted rookie free agent joining a Panthers roster that includes a pair of Pro Bowl-caliber running backs, Tauren Poole doesn't have to feel like he has big shoes to fill.

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."

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Read more at the above link.

Pettitt, Skinns Make Pro Cuts

Former Tennessee golfers Philip Pettitt and David Skinns earned a few dollars this week on the Nationwide and NGA Pro Golf tours, respectively.

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.

Lawson brings Tennessee, Connecticut together for Summitt

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 donation.


Read the complete USA Today story here: Lawson brings Tennessee, Connecticut together for Summitt

Happy Birthday - May 21: Hall of Famer Johnny Majors

On May 21, we wish Happy Birthday to Vols legend and College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Majors, born on May 21, 1935. 

Few who have followed college football over the years will soon forget the gridiron magic created by a skinny tailback who weighed at most, 168 pounds. His name is Johnny Majors. Even the name had a special ring to it. It wasn't Jones or Smith or Thompson. It was Majors. Playing for Bowden Wyatt's Volunteers, Majors was a do-everything back who was MVP of the Southeastern Conference in both his junior and senior years. In his senior year, Johnny Majors led Tennessee to an undefeated season, was a consensus All- American, finished second to Paul Hornung in the Heisman Trophy balloting and was named by UPI as Back of the Year. And why not? He ran, passed, punted, and even blocked. He was one of college football's best punters. After that, Majors sought a career as a college football coach. He got his first experience as an assistant coach at Mississippi State and Arkansas. He landed his first head coaching job at Iowa State in 1968. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1973. His 1973 team was the first Pitt team in 17 years to get a bowl bid, and Majors was named Coach of the Year. His 1976 team went 12-0, was national champion and Majors again was named Coach of the Year. He moved to his alma mater, Tennessee, for the period 1977 and 1990. Majors returned to Pittsburgh and coached there again from 1993-96, completing 29 years as a head coach. He was part of a very famous football family. His father, Shirley Majors, coached high school football 13 years and was head coach at Sewanee 21 years. He had five sons who played college football--John, Bill and Bob at Tennessee, Joe at Florida State, and Larry at Sewanee. John scored 565 points in his high school career, playing for his father at Huntland, Tennessee.


  


Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/21)

- GoVols247 has a story on how coach Derek Dooley supports plus-one playoff

- The Jackson Sun has a story on how former Vol George Victor and some of his teammates are helping out his brother, who battles for his life after being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer: Meet some former Vols; help a neighbor.

- The Bleacher Report has an interview with former Vols All-American Eric Berry: B/R Exclusive Interview with Kansas City Chiefs FS Eric Berry

Knoxville News Sentinel Q&A With Dave Hart

Mike Strange  of the Knoxville News Sentinel visited with University of Tennessee Vice chancellor/athletic director Dave Hart on a wide range of topics. 

Check out the session here: Q&A with Dave Hart

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/20)

- GoVols247 has story on Derek Dooley's expectations for the Vols new wideouts: Dooley eager to see new receivers.

- Volquest takes a look at the defensive line: Breaking down the DL.

- Inside Tennessee has short story on Malik Jackson's signing with the Denver Broncos over four years for $2.31 million: Broncos sign fifth-rounder Malik Jackson to $2.31 million dal

Happy Birthday - May 20: Justin Hunter

On May 20, we wish Happy Birthday to rising junior receiver Justin Hunter.

Justin Hunter
Read about former Lady Vol basketball assistant Greg Brown being named the head women's coach at Lipscomb University. Brown was a graduate assistant on Pat Summitt's staff in 2002-03 and an assistant in 2003-04.

The Tennessean Story On Greg Brown Being Named Lipscomb's Head Coach

Kenny Hall Feature On GoVols247

GoVols247 has a feature on rising senior Kenny Hall: Reinstated Hall re-earning respect

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.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/19)

- Inside Tennessee has a feature story on the impact of the Big Orange Caravan around the Southeast Region: Recruiting tool.

- Volquest also has a look at the Vols' linebackers: Breaking down the LBs

- The Elizabethton Star has a detailed story on the Vols training camp sessions that will take place at Milligan College: Tennessee football team to spend week of training camp at Milligan.

- GoVols247 has a feature on incoming freshman Kenny Bynum: Bynum worth the wait.

Also, here are some stories on Malik Jackson's signing with the Denver Broncos:

Broncos Sign Malik Jackson To Contract

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

Happy Birthday - May 18: Kristin Coggin, Maddie Garrett

Happy Birthday on May 18 to senior rower  Kristin Coggin and senior swimmer Maddie Garrett.

Kristin Coggin  Maddie Garrett

SEC and Big 12 Champions to Meet in Post-Season Bowl Game

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 Conference announced today a five-year agreement for their football champions to meet in a post-season bowl game following the 2014 season.

The champions of the two conferences will be in the matchup unless one or both are selected to play in the new four-team model to determine the national championship. Should that occur, another deserving team from the conference(s) would be selected for the game.
 
"A new January bowl tradition is born," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "This new game will provide a great match-up between the two most successful conferences in the BCS era and will complement the exciting post-season atmosphere created by the new four-team model. Most importantly, it will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans with an outstanding bowl experience."
 
"Our goal is to provide the fans across the country with a New Year's Day prime-time tradition," commented acting Big 12 Conference Commissioner Chuck Neinas. "This is a landmark agreement between two of the most successful football conferences during the BCS era to stage a post-season event. The creation of this game featuring the champions of the Big 12 and SEC will have tremendous resonance in college football."

"I am very excited by the prospects for a game between our champion and the champion of the Southeastern Conference," added in-coming Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. 

During the 14-year history of the Bowl Championship Series the Big 12 and SEC lead the nation with 11 seasons in which each conference has had at least one team ranked in the top four of the final BCS standings. Both conferences share the top spot all-time with 14 teams each that have finished in the top four of the final BCS Standings. The two conferences have combined for 16 appearances in the BCS National Championship Game, with the Big 12 ranking second behind the SEC's nine appearances with seven trips to the National Championship Game.

The two league champions have met twice in BCS bowl games since 1998, both in BCS National Championship Games. In 2010, Alabama defeated Texas, 37-21, in Pasadena, Cal., and in 2009, Florida defeated Oklahoma, 24-14, in Miami, Fla. 

Specific details, including host site(s), will be announced at a later date. 

Read the official release: SEC and Big 12 Champions to Meet in Post-Season Bowl Game

Zach Osborne Discusses LLWS Past in CSS Feature

As Tennessee senior shortstop Zach Osborne wraps up his collegiate career this weekend, CSS takes a look back at his younger days when he helped a Louisville team coached by his dad to the Little League World Series championship, earning MVP honors in the process.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/18)

On Thursday, it was announced the Vols Will Spend A Week Of Preseason Camp In Johnson City. Check out these stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols to spend week of camp at Milligan

Also, the Examiner has this piece on Derek Dooley: Interview with Tennessee coach Derek Dooley talking Vols roster

Inside Tennessee has its second part of an interview with Dooley as well: Q&A with Derek Dooley, Part II

Happy Birthday - May 17: Diver Mauricio Robles

On May 17, we wish Happy Birthday to diver Mauricio Robles

Mauricio Robles

Caravan Stop Hits Jacksonville, Florida

New University of Tennessee women's basketball coach Holly Warlick (left) talks with relatives Steve Long (background, from left), Vicki Long, Douglas Webb and Ann Webb before a UT alumni event at the San Jose Country Club on Wednesday.  Will Dickey/The Times-Union

First-year Tennessee women's basketball coach Holly Warlick enjoyed a homecoming of sorts Wednesday night in Jacksonville.

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.

Also from Wednesday's Caravan, GoVols247 was on hand and filed these two stories: UT Caravan shifts south to Florida and Caravan notes: Academic chatter


Clinkscales & McKenzie Added To Oakland Raiders Staff


The Oakland Raiders announced a restructuring of their player personnel department Tuesday, adding a pair of former Vols to their organization. Joey Clinkscales was named Oakland's Director of Player Personnel, while Raleigh McKenzie will serve as a college scout.

Clinkscales, who spent the last 17 seasons as the New York Jets' Vice President of College Scouting, played wide receiver at Tennessee from 1984-86. A team captain and Tennessee's leading receiver in 1986, Clinkscales played in 30 games for the Big Orange, totaling 68 receptions for 1,105 yards and 10 touchdowns.

After playing in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Clinkscales focused on a career in scouting.

McKenzie, a Tennessee letterwinner from 1982-84, played 36 games on the offensive line for the Vols. He went on to play for the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers and Green Bay Packers, and was named to the All-NFL team in 1991.

Former UT wide receiver Denarius Moore is the lone active Vol on the Oakland Raiders roster. As a rookie in 2011, Moore caught 33 passes for 618 yards and five touchdowns, while adding five rushes for 61 yards and a TD.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/16)

- Volquest continues its positional series with a look at the defensive line: Breaking down the DL.

- Inside Tennessee has Derek Dooley's comments on Phillip Fulmer's selection to the College Football Hall of Fame and more in this story: Fulmer and recruiting.

- The Chattanooga Times Free Press has another story on Derek Dooley and Dave Hart's take on Fulmer's selection: Dooley, Hart laud Fulmer.

Happy Birthday - May 16: Abbie Alton, Nathalie Mansson

On May 16, we wish Happy Birthday to junior swimmer Abbie Alton and senior golfer Nathalie Mansson


Abbie Alton  Nathalie Mansson

Stories On Caravan Stop In The Tri-Cities

- GoVols247 has two stories: Vols 'further along' in recruiting and Dooley optimistic about academics after Tuesday's stop in Johnson City. 

- Check out what Inside Tennessee wrote after last night stop in the Tri-Cities area:  Fulmer and recruiting

- Volquest has this story on the stop in Johnson City on Tuesday night: Dooley and Hart happy for Fulmer, more notes

- The Chattanooga Times Free Press has another story on Derek Dooley and Dave Hart's take on Fulmer's selection: Dooley, Hart laud Fulmer.

Stories On Phillip Fulmer's Selection To College Hall of Fame

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/15)

- ESPN.com has its Tennessee spring wrap, looking back at the spring practice session.

- Inside Tennessee talked with Derek Dooley on Monday, here is there interview: Q&A with Derek Dooley

- GoVols247 has an interview with Coach Derek Dooley: Self-confident, self-critical

- GoVols247 also has a piece on in-coming freshman signee Quenshaun Watson: Watson opens up, talks UT future

- Volquest takes a look at the Vols receiving corp: A closer look at the wideouts.

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.

About On

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

Ford, Paisley Solid in European PGA Stint

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.

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (5/14/12)

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.


Rhyne Williams

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.


John-Patrick Smith

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.


Tennys Sandgren

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.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

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.


Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

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.


Matteo Fago

Singles: 1794 (-73)

Doubles: N/A

Note: Has qualified for the main draw of a $15,000 Futures event in Pozzuoli, Italy.

News On Vols In NFL Rookie Mini-Camps

With the Denver Broncos, Malik Jackson met with the media check out his session: Malik Jackson Talks To Press

From the Charlotte Observer story: 'Smart' DJ Campbell catches Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera's eye

Former Tennessee tailback Tauren Poole, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a junior, was projected as a fifth- or sixth-round pick by some scouting services. So he was a little surprised when he went undrafted last month.


"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."

GoVols247 Part 4 of Dave Hart Interview

GoVols247 has its fourth installment of its interview with Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dave Hart: Govols247: Dave Hart 1-on-1, Part 4

Take a look back at the first three parts:

Happy Mother's Day from Tennessee Baseball

Players on the Tennessee baseball team have a special message for their moms on Mother's Day. 


Happy Birthday - May 13: Derrick Brodus, Samuel Rairden

On May 13, we wish Happy Birthday to football kicker Derrick Brodus and sophomore swimmer Samuel Rairden.


Derrick Brodus  Samuel Rairden

More Interviews With AD Dave Hart

- GoVols247 has part three of its interview with Dave Hart: Dave Hart 1-on-1, Part 3

- Hart took part in an interview with The Sports Animal's Jimmy Hyams and Vince Ferrara. Listen/Watch it here:


Tennessee Track & Field In The News

Lady Vol senior Chelsea Knotts was the focus of a Knoxville News Sentinel story on UT's inaugural class of Haslam Scholars graduating. Check out what she had to say about her college career.

Chelsea Knotts Graduation Feature

Vol sophomore Jake Rainey is featured in a Mother's Day story in the Knoxville News Sentinel. See the gift he has given to his mom this year.

Jake Rainey Mother's Day Feature


Malik Jackson Makes Broncos Debut In Mini-Camp

Check out Malik Jackson in action on his first day of mini-camp with the Denver Broncos 

Broncos Rookie Mini-Camp: Day One

Happy Birthday - May 12: K.Floyd, M.Teague, R.Wilkinson

On May 12, we wish Happy Birthday to junior swimmer Kelsey Floyd and senior football defensive back Marsalis Teague.

Kelsey Floyd  Marsalis Teague

One of the legendary soccer players in Tennessee history was also born on May 12, Rhian Wilkinson

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).


Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/12)

Take a look at a few football stories as we are 111 days from kickoff of the 2012 season.

- Inside Tennessee has a look at the Vols' offensive line, now under the guidance of Sam Pittman: The personal touch.

- Volquest continues its analysis of the roster with: Breaking down the TE's and FB.

Dave Hart Interviews With GoVols247, Volquest

GoVols247's Wes Rucker has part two of his interview with Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dave Hart: Dave Hart 1-on-1, Part 2.

Volquest has this story on Dave Hart and his management style: Hart emphasizing hands-on approach.

Former Vol Ayers Gives Keynote At YESS Institute

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

NFL Rookie Mini-Camps Open For Former Vols

NFL Rookie Mini-Camps continue this weekend with three former Vols from the 2011 team in action. The sessions run from Friday to Sunday. 

Tennesse

Malik Jackson, the fifth-round draft pick of the Denver Broncos is wearing No. 70 with the orange and navy. 

- With the Carolina Panthers, Tauren Poole will wear No. 33 as camp starts on Friday at Bank of America Stadium. 

- In San Diego Nick Guess is in camp wearing No. 45 and serving as a long snapper. 

- Austin Johnson, who had originally agreed to a deal with the Baltimore Ravens, is not listed among the team's rookie free agent signees. 

Happy Birthday on May 11 to sophomore runner Stephen Derlath and freshman swimmer Jacob Thulin

Stephen Derlath  Jacob Thulin

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.

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (5/11)

Inside Tennessee has a feature on the basketball team: Motivated by March

Dave Hart Interview With GoVols247

GoVols247's Wes Rucker sat down with Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dave Hart. Check out Part 1 of his interview: Dave Hart 1-on-1, Part 1

Vandeventer, Pettitt Advance to U.S. Open Sectionals

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.

Jason Witten Named No. 75 On NFL's Top 100

Former Vols star tight end Jason Witten was named No. 75 on the NFL's list of Top 100 players. Check out this video feature on Witten from the show, which was revealed on Wednesday night. 


NFL Videos: 'Top 100 Players of 2012': Jason Witten

Witten led the Cowboys in both catches and yards in 2011, with 79 grabs for 942 yards, with five touchdowns.

Witten was introduced by teammate Miles Austin, along with Bills linebacker Nick Barnett and Chiefs tight end Kevin Boss.

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. 

Listen Back To Derek Dooley On 104.5 The Zone

Vols head coach Derek Dooley was on the 3HL Show on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville on Wednesday before the Big Orange Caravan hit Murfreesboro, you can listen back to his interview right here: Listen To Dooley

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/10)

Here are the latest stories about the Vols football program:

- GoVols247 breaks down the offensive line in O-line challenged to lead Vols.

- Volquest has its next positional look at running backs: Breaking down the RB's.

- Here are latest stories on the Big Orange Caravan stop in Murfreesboro as Coach Derek Dooley spoke to fans about the Vols: 

Big Orange Caravan Rolls Through Middle Tennessee

The Big Orange Caravan hit Murfreesboro last night, check out these stories about the event in Middle Tennessee.

ON TOUR: Williams Marches to Quarterfinals in Italy

Rhyne Williams progressed to his second career Challenger quarterfinal Wednesday, beating fellow qualifier Walter Trusendi 6-1, 6-4 at the Garden Open in Rome, a $50,000 Challenger event.

Williams, who will move into the top 300 when the new rankings are released, now faces Jerzy Janowicz on Poland for a spot in the semifinals. Janowicz upset world No. 84 and top-ranked Latvian Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 in his second-round match. 

Williams is currently ranked No. 333 and has been climbing the ATP singles ladder steadily since opening 2012 ranked No. 510. Earlier this year, he became the first Vol since Chris Woodruff in 2001 to appear in a ATP Masters 1000 event when he qualified for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

In Florida: All Vols advanced to the next round at the Orange Park (Fla.) Futures in Florida on Wednesday as well, with John-Patrick Smith and Tennys Sandgren progressing to the second round of singles and Smith and Ben Rogers advancing to the doubles semifinals.

Smith defeated wild card Jonathan Ho 6-0, 6-2, while Sandgren moved past Ty Trombetta 6-2, 6-2. Both former Vols are seeded second and third respectively.

Smith and Rogers weathered two rain delays before beating Clayton Almeida and Josh Zavala 6-7 (5), 6-1, [10-4].

Happy Birthday - May 9: Chase Headley

Happy Birthday on May 9 to former Vols baseball star and current San Diego Padre third baseman Chase Headley. With the Vols, he set the school record for walks in a season with 62 in 2005. He was named All-SEC and was named an Academic All-American with a 3.63 GPA in Sports Management. He was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 2005 draft. He made his major league debut in 2007 and has spent the last six years with the Padres playing more than 500 games. 

Chase Headley  

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/9)

The Big Orange Caravan Continues In Murfreesboro on Wednesday. On Tuesday, there was a stop in Memphis, check out some stories from the journey to West Tennessee:

- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Dooley's new staff fresh start for Vols

Pluskota/Szekely Move Back Into Top 10

TEAM

The tandem of Natalie Pluskota and Kata Szekely, which earned an at-large invitation to the NCAA Doubles Tournament later this month, has moved back into the Top 10 of the newest ITA rankings, slotted 10th.

The April 30 rankings, which were released Tuesday, May 8, saw Tennessee drop a spot to 23rd overall, however.

Pluskota also moved up a spot to 16th with freshman Caitlyn Williams in doubles, while Brynn Boren and Sarah Toti dropped a spot to 34th.

In singles, Boren remains the Lady Vols' highest-ranked player, rated 32nd. Pluskota remained 35th, while Szekely is ranked 57th in singles.

Tennessee opens NCAA Tournament action Friday against VCU in Charlottesville, Va., at 11 a.m. ET. The regional concludes Saturday afternoon, pitting the winner of UT's match against the winner of host Virginia and Fairleigh Dickinson.

ON TOUR: Williams Rallies to Advance in Italy

Rhyne Williams rallied from a break down in the third set to beat Adrian Menendez-Macieras 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 in the opening round Tuesday of the Garden Open in Rome, Italy.

Williams, who won two matches to qualify for the main draw, now faces fellow qualifier Walter Trusendi in the Challenger second round. A win by Williams would give him 15 ATP tour points and propel him into the top 300.

This week's tournament marks Williams' first in a tour through Italy and Spain. He is playing with former Texas A&M standout Austin Krajicek. 

In Florida: John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers continued their winning ways in Florida, opening the Orange Park Futures with a 6-2, 6-2 win over wild cards Jonathan Ho and Morgan Mays. 

Smith, who won both titles last week at Vero Beach, plays Ho in singles Wednesday. Tennys Sandgren takes on Ty Trombetta.

Happy Birthday - May 8: Hall of Famer Doug Atkins

Doug Atkins (born May 8, 1930 in Humboldt, Tennesseeoriginally 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."


  DOUG ATKINS

Justin Hunter on Feldman's "Freak List"

CBSSports.com Article

Tennessee junior wide receiver Justin Hunter was listed on CBSSports.com writer Bruce Feldman's annual Freak List on Tuesday, which highlights the 10 craziest athletes in college football.

Check out the link above, where Hunter is listed third.

Hunter, who was impressive this spring after recovering from a torn ACL in 2011, hauled in 17 catches for 314 yards before his injury (18.5 yards per catch).

At the time, Hunter had established himself as a versatile threat, averaging an SEC-best 104.7 yards per game and setting a UT record for the most receiving yards in the first two games of a season (302).

Tennessee opens the 2012 season on Friday, Aug. 31, against N.C. State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/8)

With the Big Orange Caravan starting om Monday night, coach Derek Dooley took part in some media interviews. Here are stories on the Vols and Dooley.

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley expects upgrade
- Inside Tennessee: Big Orange Caravan kicks off

The Knoxville News Sentinel has a feature on Matt Simms, who has earned a contract with the New York Jets: For Matt Simms, 'it's just survival'

Also, Volquest has a look at the Vols QBs: Position breakdown: The quarterbacks

Big Orange Caravan Starts Off In Maryville

The Big Orange Caravan started on Monday night in Maryville. Head coaches Derek Dooley, Cuonzo Martin and Holly Warlick along with Athletic Director Dave Hart were on hand to meet and greet local fans in Blount County. Check out a  Photo Gallery from the event. 

Also, here are a few stories on the event from Maryville:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley expects upgrade
- Inside Tennessee: Big Orange Caravan kicks off

Tennesse

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.

Marshall Talkington tied for 22nd at 74-71--145, with Danny Keddie tying for 30th at 72-75--147. Only Garrick Porteous of the current Vols squad did not participate.

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.

In the professional ranks, former Vols star David Skinns competed on the Nationwide Tour for the second week in a row and finished 34th at the Stadion Classic in Athens, Ga.

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.

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (5/7/12)

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.


Rhyne Williams

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.


John-Patrick Smith

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.  


Tennys Sandgren

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.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

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.


Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

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.


Matteo Fago

Singles: 1721 (-92)

Doubles: N/A

Note: Lost in the first round of qualifying at the Rome 2 Challenger.

Happy Birthday - May 7: Vols Olympian Lawrence Johnson

Former Tennessee star pole vaulter Lawrence Johnson celebrates his birthday on May 7. "LoJo" graduated from Tennessee in 1996. LoJo began pole vaulting in 1989 and since has records on all stages and led the charge to return the US to the international medal podium with two Olympic appearances including a silver medal performance in Sydney. He is now the Assistant Coach/Pole Vault at the University of South Carolina.

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.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/7)

- GoVols247 continues its offseason breakdown of the Vols by position. Check out the outlooks on: Spring synopsis: Wide receiver and Spring synopsis: Tight end/fullback.

- On the pro front, here are a few more follow-up stories on Matt Simms' signing with the New York Jets: 
  - New York Post: Son of Simms signs with Jets

ON TOUR: Smith Sweeps Titles at Vero Beach

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith swept the singles and doubles trophies Sunday at the Sorensenrealestate.com Tennis Classic in Vero Beach, Fla.

Smith started the afternoon by winning his first singles title of 2012 by beating former California standout Pedro Zerbini 6-2, 6-0 on the green clay of Florida. A few hours later, he hoisted the doubles trophy with fellow Tennessee All-American Ben Rogers after the pair rallied to beat fourth-seeded Ed Corrie and Vahid Mirzadeh 5-7, 6-1, [11-9] in the final.

Smith now has two professional singles titles and eight titles in doubles, including three on the Challenger circuit this year. He is currently ranked No. 337 in singles and No. 182 in doubles, but the 18 ATP singles points earned at Vero Beach should boost Smith into the top 300 in two weeks.

Former Vols Smith, Sandgren and Rhyne Williams have proven themselves winners on the pro circuit the last 11 months since launching their touring careers. Tennys Sandgren pulled off the singles and doubles sweep in the previous Futures stop on the USTA Pro Circuit, winning both trophies in Little Rock, Ark.

Since July 2011, the top three of the Vols' 2011 lineup -- Smith, Williams and Sandgren -- have combined for seven singles and 12 doubles titles on the pro tour. Sandgren leads the way with four singles titles and will be ranked in the top 350 in two weeks.

Smith, Sandgren and Rogers are continuing the USTA Pro Circuit next week with another $10,000 event on Florida clay, this one in Orange Beach. Smith should again be the No. 2 seed in singles and Sandgren should be seeded No. 3.

Rome 2 Challenger: Williams' final round qualifying match at the Rome Challenger was suspended because of rain Sunday. He was down a break 2-4 in the first set against Bastian Knettel.

Happy Birthday - May 6: Dustin Colquitt & Jason Witten

A pair of former Vols stars who are NFL veterans celebrate their birthdays on May 6. Both players, who are Knoxville natives turn 30 today,  Jason Witten, tight end for the Dallas Cowboys and Dustin Colquitt, punter for the Kansas City Chiefs.
 

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.

Stories On Matt Simms' Attempt To Make Jets

After college stints at Louisville, El Camino, and Tennessee, Matt Simms is in Jets camp. (Getty Images)

Former Vols quarterback Matt Simms is taking part in New York Jets mini camp this weekend. Check out various stories from the New York media on Phil Simms' son's opportunity with the green and white. 

- New York Post: Jets give NFL kids a shot

Happy Birthday - May 6: Epes, Saulsberry, Thompson

A trio of birthdays among UT student-athletes on May 6. Celebrate with senkor rower Hilary Epes, redshirt freshman football defensive lineman Trevarris Saulsberry and junior runner Garrek Thompson.

Hilary Epes  Trevarris Saulsberry  Garrek Thompson

ON TOUR: Smith Reaches Singles, Doubles Finals at Vero Beach

In a rematch of teammates, John-Patrick Smith won the last six games of the second set to beat Tennys Sandgren 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals Saturday of the Vero Beach Futures.

Smith plays former California standout Pedro Zerbini in the title match Sunday. After that, he and former Vol Ben Rogers will play for the doubles trophy against Ed Corrie and Vahid Mirzadeh.

Smith faced Zerbini at the top of the Vols' lineup last season in the NCAA Round of 16 match against California. The Vol was off the court first in Tennessee's 4-2 comeback, surging ahead early for a 6-3, 6-1 win to record his 150th career singles win.

Sandgren had won the first match against Smith in the semifinals in Little Rock, Ark., en route to sweeping the Futures titles the next day. Both Vols could meet again the next two weeks as the Florida Futures circuit continues through Orange Beach and Tampa.

Rome 2 Challenger: Two Vols have been in qualifying action in Rome this weekend. 

Matteo Fago lost in the first round of qualifying, but Rhyne Williams is now just one win away from the main draw. Williams defeated Giulio Torroni 6-2, 6-3 in the second round Saturday. He faces Bastian Knittel next.

Nelson, Ward To Be Inducted To Tenn. Radio Hall On Saturday

Vol Network legends Lindsey Nelson and John Ward will be inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame tonight as part of the inaugural ceremonies in Murfreesboro.

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

Here are some stories on the event from the media: 

- Daily News Journal: Munson, Nelson, Ward to be inducted here tonight

Happy Birthday - May 5: Brendan Downs

On May 5, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore tight end Brendan Downs

Brendan Downs

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/5)

- GoVols247 continues its breakdown of the Vols positions. On Saturday, read: Spring synopsis: Tailback.


ON TOUR: Smith, Rogers Reach Doubles Final

Former Vols John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers had not played a doubles tournament together in 2012, but picked up right where they left off from last season, rolling to the final of the Vero Beach (Fla.) Futures as the top seed.

Smith and Rogers rallied past Clayton Almeida and Josh Zavala 6-7 (3), 6-3, [10-3] to advance to the title match, where they will face fourth-seeded Ed Corrie, a former Texas Longhorn, and Vahid Mirzadeh, formerly from Florida State.

Last year, Smith and Rogers won three $10,000 Futures titles together in the United States. Smith has certainly gained ground in the doubles rankings to start 2012, winning three Challenger titles with John Peers to moved up as high as No. 180 in the ATP rankings.

In singles, Smith and Tennys Sandgren both advanced to today's quarterfinals. Sandgren defeated American Phillip Simmonds 6-3, 6-2, and Smith beat Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-3.

Sandgren plays former Texas A&M doubles standout Jeff Dadamo, and Smith faces fellow Australian and sixth-seeded James Lemke.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/4)

- GoVols247 takes a look at the Vols' quarterbacks in Spring synopsis: Quarterback.

- Inside Tennessee has a feature story on Jordan Williams, who has been used a several positions on defense: Back at 'backer.

- Volquest has a piece about the Vols progress want what it takes to be successful: Learning to succeed.

Happy Birthday - May 3: Lady Vols Legend Kellie Jolly Harper

On May 3, we wish Happy Birthday to Lady Vols hoops legend Kellie Jolly Harper, who stared at Tennessee from 1995-99. She is currently the head coach at NC State after five years leading the Western Carolina program.  In college, she was one of the starting point guards for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers during their three consecutive NCAA women's national championships from 1996-1998.

Kellie Harper  

ON TOUR: Vols Advance in Vero Beach

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith joined Tennys Sandgren in the second round of the Vero Beach (Fla.) Futures with a three-set win Wednesday.

Smith, the No. 2 seed, beat qualifier Eliot Potvin 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 to advance to the second round where he will face Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka. Sandgren plays American Phillip Simmonds next.

In doubles, Smith and former UT All-American Ben Rogers moved on to the semifinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Olivier Sojous and Karunuday Singh. They play Clayton Almeida and Josh Zavala today, a team that beat Sandgren and teammate Gregory Ouellette in three sets Wednesday.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/3)

- Fifth-year Steven Fowlkes looks to be in position to make an impact with the Vols this fall. Read this story from GoVols247 on the defensive lineman: Fowlkes hoping for big fall finale.

- The Tennessean has a feature story on the high number of outstanding quarterbacks in the SEC: Southeastern Conference to field bevy of high-octane passers.

- On the pro front, the Anderson Independent Mail has a story on local product Tauren Poole signing with Carolina:  Panthers sign Stephens County's Poole

- In Baltimore, WNST Radio spoke to Austin Johnson about his signing with the Baltimore Ravens, listen back to to the interview: Austin Johnson joins Thyrl to talk about becoming a Raven FA


WBIR Feature On Joan Cronan

WBIR has a feature story and video on Joan Cronan, who will be stepping down as Women's Athletic Director in June 2012. Check out the piece from Kris Budden: Joan Cronan: I've enjoyed the journey.

Happy Birthday - May 3: Corey Alexander

On May 3, we wish Happy Birthday to football defensive back Corey Alexander

Corey Alexander

Peyton Manning Rocks The Orange For DIRECTV Commercial

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Donning an orange Denver Broncos jersey, Peyton Manning recently completed a new DIRECTV commercial alongside brother Eli, who plays for the New York Giants, and Deion Sanders.

A Q&A with the three can be found at the photo gallery link above, as well as a blog from CBSSports.com. Check out one of the photos below!

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R.A. Dickey Featured on ESPN's E:60

Former Vol and current New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey was recently featured on ESPN's E:60. He was interviewed by Jeremy Schaap about his troubled childhood and rollercoaster professional baseball career.

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."

Former Vol Higgins Named Central High Coach

Some adults still don't know what they want to be once they've grown up.

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

Watson Nets 12 Points In Plyoff Start For Bulls

In his first playoff start, C.J. Watson tallied 12 points and handed out three assists as the Bulls fell 109-92 to the 76ers. Check out video highlights including a nice move by Watson at the 30-second mark. 

Here are some stories on Game 2, as the series is now tied 1-1.

- Philadelphia Daily News: Sixers-Bulls: Game 2 recap

Happy Birthday - May 2: Tori Lamp

On May 2, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore diver Tori Lamp

Tori Lamp

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/2)

- ESPN.com continues its "Home Turf" series with a look at the best places to go in Knoxville when in town for the Vols game: The SEC guide to Tennessee's home turf.

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has a feature story on local product Nick Guess, who is getting a shot at the NFL with the San Diego Chargers: Chargers take Guess out of waiting for NFL

- GoVols247 caught up with Tauren Poole as he prepares to give his all in mini-camp with the Carolina Panthers: Poole talks past, present, future.

- Volquest has a piece on some adjustments in NCAA rules and gets Derek Dooley's take on them: A summer break?

- Inside Tennessee has a feature on the Vols "star" Eric Gordon, who plays the position in the defensive backfield: A 'star' is born

Watson Ready For Challenge After Rose Injury

Former Tennessee star C.J. Watson will be in the spotlight as he draws the starting nod for an injured Derrick Rose as the top-seeded Chicago Bulls take on the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 2 tonight at 8 p.m.

Watson started 25 regular-season games this season, averaging 11.3 points. Tuesday night, he will make his first-ever postseason start, subbing for Rose.

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.

Here's a look at some more stories about Watson and his opportunity:

- Chicago Sun-Times: Bulls-Sixers: Game 2 preview

NCAA.com Selection Show Tonight At 5 P.M. ET

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The Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team will discover its First and Second Round destination for the NCAA Tournament during the 5 p.m. ET NCAA.com Selection Show on Tuesday.

Access to the show can be found at the above link towards the beginning.

UT is 14-12 and ranked 22nd, but has hosted the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament the last three years.

The opening two rounds of the NCAA Tournament take place at regional sites on May 11-12.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/1)

May is underway! Check out following stories related to Tennessee football including several on Vols and their opportunities with NFL teams.

- SportsIllustrated.com: Vols' Children's Crusade comes of age
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols are headed back up draft board
- Inside Tennessee: Onward and upward

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