June 2012 Archives

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Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/30)

- The Chattanooga Times Free Press has a feature on former star Vols tailback and new UT running backs coach Jay Graham: Jay Graham getting to know Tennessee's tailbacks.

- Here is the Knoxville News Sentinel story on the Vols' player that will attend SEC Media Days: Bray, Lathers, James to represent UT at SEC Media Days.

- Inside Tennessee has a look at the Vols' offensive line with a focus on Antonio Richardson: Breakout Vols: offensive line.

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/30)

- The Knoxville News Sentinel this story on Cameron Tatum getting his first taste of NBA action: Tatum to play with Grizzlies Former Vol to Summer League in Vegas.

- Inside Tennessee has a look at the Vols' offseason: Vols embracing offseason work.

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Tennessee Olympic Swimming Coverage (6/29)

Rising senior Kelsey Floyd will swim in her second final tonight at the U.S. Olympic Trials, going in with the fifth-fastest time in the 200-meter butterfly. Floyd clocked an all-time best in the preliminaries, taking about a second off her lifetime best. For a newsworthy look at Floyd at the 200 butterfly field:

Knoxville News Sentinel: Tarwater down to last opportunity
Swimming World Magazine: Adams leads 200 fly semis

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/29)

- The Vos Jordan McRae scored an amazing 64 points in the Pilot Rocky Top League on Thursday night: Jordan McRae alone atop Rocky Top Vol pours in 64 in finale ahead of playoffs. That gave McRae the league's scoring title for the second year in a row, with a mark of 33.8 this summer. The 64 set a new Rocky Top scoring record, breaking the mark of Carson-Newman's Scott Williams, who had 61 in 2007. 

- Inside Tennessee also has this story on McRae's huge night: McRae scores 64.

- GoVols247 has a feature on Kenny Hall, who has returned to the Vols in good standing with lessons learned. Read about it in Lessons learned help Hall.

- Volquest takes a look at the Vols who are working hard during the summer months in: Hoops Vols putting in summer work.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/29)

- GoVols247 takes a look at a redshirt-freshman defensive back in its continuing series: Second-Year Surge: Geraldo Orta.

- Nooga.com moves to the Gamecocks in the next part of its series: Vols' 2012 opponent look ahead: South Carolina.

Happy Birthday - June 29: Rick Honeycutt, Ron Slay

On June 29, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vols All-American pitcher and first baseman, 20-year major leaguer and current Los Angles Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.

Rick Honeycutt

Also born on June 29 is former Vols hoop star and 2003 SEC Player of the Year Ron Slay. Slay is currently playing in Italy. 

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Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/28)

- GoVols247 continues the look at the Vols' sophomores with this focus: Second-Year Surge: Curt Maggitt.

- Inside Tennessee has a view of Vols' tight end Brendan Downs: Breakout Vols: tight end.

- Volquest caught up with incoming JUCO receiver Cordarrelle Patterson: Patterson's focus is on this week.

- Nooga.com continues to preview the Vols' opponents: Vols' 2012 opponent look ahead: Alabama.

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/28)

- Check out media coverage from the Memphis market after the Vols held a SHOT clinic in the city on Wednesday night. Native son Jarnell Stokes was on hand and handled some interviews, check it out at the 1:45 mark of WREG's package.

- The Knoxville News Sentinel caught up with former Vols star Wayne Chism for this story: For Wayne Chism, 'it's just a matter of time'

Happy Birthday - June 28: Coach Serrano, P.Waggner, C.Houston

On June 28, we send Happy Birthday wishes to Vols head baseball coach Dave Serrano, who is currently serving as the head coach of the USA Collegiate National Team. 

Dave Serrano

Senior defensive back Prentiss Waggner also celebrates a birthday on June 28.

Prentiss Waggner

Former football star Cedric Houston and NFL running back was also born on June 28. 

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Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/27)

- GoVols247 has a story on how new strength coach Nicodemus Christopher is adapting to his new role with the Vols: Martin, players praise Christopher

- Inside Tennessee focuses on rising sophomore Yemi Makanjuola: Yemi's getting offensive

- The Maryville Daily Times takes a look at Josh Richardson after his experience of playing in Europe with Athletes in Action: 'Big Sleepy' making noise in Rocky Top

- The Maryville Daily Times features Vols alum Dane Bradshaw, who is still showing off his game on the court: Bradshaw not sitting still anytime soon.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/27)

- GoVols247 has a look at two sophomores in its Second-Year Surge series: Second-Year Surge: Marlin Lane and Second-Year Surge: Kyler Kerbyson

Happy Birthday - June 27: Raiques Crump, Austin Whitelaw

A pair of birthdays for the Vols on June 27. Celebrating are junior linebacker Raiques Crump and freshmen distance runner Austin Whitelaw.

Raiques Crump  Austin Whitelaw

Happy Birthday - June 26: Chad Clifton, Travis Stephens

On June 26, we celebrate birthdays of two former standouts on the gridiron: Chad Clifton and Travis Stephens.

Chad Clifton, left, and his offensive line mates have regrouped as the season developed into a potent blocking force that helped Green Bay set a team postseason record for rushing yards in the defeat of Seattle. 


Tennessee Olympic Swimming Coverage (6/26)

The Knoxville News Sentinel's Mike Griffith is covering the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha, Neb. Here's some links to stories and videos from Monday's action, in which rising senior Kelsey Floyd and former NCAA champion Christine Magnuson made the finals of the 200-meter butterfly:

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Godley Picks Up Win in Team USA Debut

The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team opened its 2012 summer schedule on Monday with Tennessee pitcher Zack Godley claiming the win in an 11-6 victory over the Fayetteville Swampdogs. 

Making his Team USA debut out of the bullpen, Godley struck out struck out five in 2.1 shutout innings. 

The Bamberg, S.C., native is the 19th Volunteer to be a part of the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team program.

Tatum Works Out For Memphis Grizzlies

Cameron Tatum is discussed by Memphis Grizzlies Director of Player Personnel Tony Barone Sr., at the 1:30 mark of this video feature from Grizzlies.com:

Grizzlies.com Video: Pre-Draft Workouts: Day 5

The Memphis Commercial Appeal mentions Tatum as part of Monday's workout in this story: Washington guard Troy Wroten piques interest of Grizzlies brass

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/26)

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has a feature on rising sophomore Josh Richardson and his experiences playing with Athletes In Action: European experience left Josh Richardson with an appetite for more.

- The News Sentinel also has this story focusing on the coaching changes in SEC basketball: Newest Martin in SEC could impact Vols.

- GoVols247 has a look at new basketball strength coach Nicodemus Christopher: Christopher 'blessed' with UT job.

UT Track & Field Olympic Trials Coverage

As of Sunday night, three former Tennessee track & field standouts had earned spots on the U.S. Olympic Team for the London Games in August.  Former Lady Vols Tianna Madison (100m) and DeeDee Trotter (400m) and former Vol Justin Gatlin (100m) have punched their tickets to the 2012 Olympiad. Below are some stories on the Big Orange products.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tianna Madison bound for Olympics in 100
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: Elyria's Tianna Madison opens up on being an Olympian, but keeps private life private
- Knoxville News Sentinel: DeeDee Trotter second in 400; third time for Olympics
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Justin Gatlin makes a quick impression
- Outside Magazine: Sprinter Justin Gatlin on Making a Comeback
- SI.com: Gatlin, Gay, Bailey make U.S. Olympic team in 100 meters

Michael Palardy on 2012 CFPA Specialist Watch List

Tennessee junior PK/P Michael Palardy has been named to the College Football Performance Awards' 2012 Specialist Trophy Watch List, announced Monday.

One of 30 candidates, Palardy enters his third season at Tennessee having converted 14-of-21 career field goals and punting 18 times for 665 yards.

Palardy has also made 38-of-40 extra point attempts and has accounted for 80 points as a Vol.

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ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (6/25/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of June 25, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams

Singles: 268 (0)

Doubles: 368 (-3)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week ... Next playing in the $50,000 Winnetka Challenger in Illinois (July 2-7).

Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 289 (-1)

Doubles: 316 (+8)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week ... Next playing in the $50,000 Winnetka Challenger in Illinois (July 2-7).

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 298 (+6)

Doubles: 157 (-1)

Note: Back in the top 300 after making the final round of qualifying at the UNICEF Open, an ATP 250 event in The Netherlands ... Off this week ... Next playing in the $50,000 Winnetka Challenger in Illinois (July 2-7).

Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 313 (-4)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week

Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 496 (-9)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Matteo Fago

Singles: 1184 (+674)

Doubles: N/A

Note: Points added for quarterfinal appearance at a $15,000 Futures in Italy ... Lost in the first round last week ... He is in the final round of qualifying for another Futures event in Italy this week.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/25)

- GoVols247 has a story on Derek Dooley's impression of the Vols summer workouts: Dooley: Summer reports 'positive'.

- Inside Tennessee has a feature on incoming JUCO star receiver Cordarrelle Patterson: Breakout Vols: wide receiver.

- Inside Tennessee also has its fifth part of an interview with coach Derek Dooley: Q&A with Derek Dooley, Part V.

Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/25)

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has story on Cuonzo Martin's connection with his faith. "I don't have to be anybody special," he said during the Sunday's first service at the First Baptist Church of Knoxville . "I'm just blessed to be here." Read the full feature here:  Cuonzo Martin has faith for more than basketball success

- WVLT has a video feature on Martin's speech as well: Coach Cuonzo Martin and wife speak at church.

Happy Birthday - June 25: 6 Vols & Lady Vols

June 25 is the most popular day for current Tennessee student-athletes to be born as six Vols and Lady Vols celebrate today. Happy Birthday to sophomore football fullback Austin Bolen, senior rower Ashley Case, senior baseball infielder Davis Morgan, SEC Volleyball Player of the Year Kelsey Robinson, sophomore softball infielder Madison Shipman and rising sophomore swimmer Tristan Slater.

Austin Bolen  Ashley Case  Davis Morgan  Kelsey Robinson Madison Shipman Tristan Slater

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Happy Birthday - June 24: T. Baker, D. Dickey, S. Ellis

On June 24, rising sophomore volleyball player Tiffany Baker celebrates her birthday.

Tiffany Baker

Also celebrating birthdays on June 24 are former Vols football coach and athletic director Doug Dickey. The longtime member of the UT athletic family turns 80.

Doug Dickey

Longtime NFL defensive lineman and star of the 1998 National Champion football team Shaun Ellis also celebrates his birthday on June 24. 

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/23)

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has a a story on Jarnell Stokes and what U-18 Team USA Coach & Florida Head Coach Billy Donovan thought of his play in helping the U.S. to the gold medal: Billy Donovan: Jarnell Stokes took on leadership role.

- Nooga.com has a look at Stokes' time with USA Basketball: Vols' Stokes makes good use of USA Basketball experience.

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Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/23)

- Tennessee coach Derek Dooley is making an impact away from the football field in Knoxville according to ESPN.com, check out the story: Dooley, Witten dedicate learning center.

- Volquest has a look at how Jason Witten stays involved in the community: Witten relishes chance to give back.

- Nooga.com looks forward to the Vols schedule with: Vols' 2012 opponent look ahead: Mississippi State

Tennessee Soccer Camp Video Update

RS-Jr. R.B. Wyatt updates fans on the current Tennessee Soccer Camps taking place at Regal Stadium. 

Warlick Gets Warm Community Welcome

Head Lady Vol Basketball Coach Holly Warlick was the guest of honor at a welcome reception Thursday evening at the Knoxville Convention Center. Attendees included community and UT leaders, elected officials, event sponsors and their guests, and UT Athletics staff members.

Below is a link to a recap of the event, along with a photo gallery and video interview.

- Knoxnews.com:
Warlick Gets Warm Community Welcome

Summitt, Catchings In The News

Lady Vol Basketball In The News...

Title IX opened up a world of opportunities for female athletes like professional basketball player Tamika Catchings. The former Lady Vol All-American, one of five UT women to have her jersey retired, talks about growing up with the support that important mandate provided.

Catchings is featured in a newspaper article, and she and Lady Vol Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt are included in a video produced by The White House.

Additionally, Coach Summitt is featured in an Athlon Sports story penned by Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post.

- Article in Corsicana Daily Sun: Like father, like daughter on basketball court
- Video on The White House Website: Title IX at 40
- Article from Athlon Sports: Pat Summitt: A Remarkable Tennessee Tenure on and off the court:

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Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/22)

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has coverage of the event: Derek Dooley, Jason Witten team up for some good clubbing along with WBIR: Dooley, Witten dedicate learning center.

- GoVols247 continues its series with a look at two rising sophomores: Second-Year Surge: Marcus Jackson and Second-Year Surge: A.J. Johnson.

- Inside Tennessee has an outlook of the Vols running backs: Breakout Vols: running back

- Nooga.com takes a look at opponent Georgia: Tennessee football 2012 opponent look ahead: Georgia.

Happy Birthday - June 24: Track's Carson Frost

On June 24, we send Happy Birthday wishes to track & field thrower Carson Frost.

Carson Frost

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Morgan Cox Receives Ed Block Courage Award

Former Vol long snapper Morgan Cox was the Baltimore Ravens' recipient of the 2011 Ed Block Courage Award, given to a member of each NFL team to honor players who exemplify commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage.

Each recipient is selected solely by a vote of their teammates. To learn more about the award, CLICK HERE.

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Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/21)

- Knoxville News Sentinel has a feature on Quinton Chievous, who took a redshirt season in 2011-12: Redshirt was time well spent for Chievous.

- The Knoxville News Sentinel also has a brief on Jarnell Stokes helping the U.S. to the U-18 Gold Medal: Jarnell Stokes helps U.S. to 18U gold, 81-56.

Happy Birthday - June 21: Collier, Swartz, Talkington, Toney

One of the most popular days for birthdays among UT student-athletes on June 21. Celebrating are: football lineman Brock Collier, tennis player Bryan Swartz, golfer Marshall Talkington and football defensive back Jaron Toney.

Brock Collier  Bryan Swartz  Marshall Talkington  Jaron Toney

Manning Among World's Highest-Paid Athletes

Former Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning has earned more money in the last year than any other player in the NFL and ranks 10th among all athletes in the world according to a list of the 100 highest-paid athletes recently released by Forbes.

The list, which factors in salary and endorsements, saw Manning move up 11 spots from last year's ranking of 21.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/20)

- GoVols247 continues its series with a piece at redshirt freshman linebacker Christian Harris: Second-Year Surge: Christian Harris

- Inside Tennessee has a look at the Vols' quarterback situation heading into 2012: Breakout Vols: QB.

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/20)

- GoVols247 has a feature on Jeronne Maymon, who is making his way back from surgery: Maymon focused on full recovery.

- The Examiner has this brief on Jarnell Stokes and his play with Team USA: UT's Jarnell Stokes shines on world stage.

Happy Birthday - June 20: Swimming's Geoff Sanders

On June 20, we wish Happy Birthday to recent swimming alum Geoffrey Sanders

Check out this feature on the All-American and UT record holder: Captain Geoff Sanders Achieves In and Out of the Pool.

Geoffrey Sanders

R.A. Dickey Continues Amazing Run

Former Vol R.A. Dickey fired his second straight one-hitter for the New York Mets last night, prompting a flurry of stories about the amazing run he has had on the mound lately, as well as the possibility of him being named the starting pitcher for the upcoming All-Star Game and his merit as a candidate for the Cy Young Award.

Consider these stats:
- Dickey currently leads all of Major League Baseball in wins (11), ERA (2.00), strikeouts (103), WHIP (0.89) and complete games (3).
 Dickey has not allowed an earned run in 42.2 innings, the second-longest streak in Mets history behind only Dwight Gooden's 49 innings in 1985.
- Dickey became just the 11th pitcher since 1900 to throw back-to-back one hitters. The last NL pitcher to do it was Jim Tobin in 1944.
- Dickey is the first pitcher in MLB history to allow no earned runs and strike out at least eight batters in five consecutive starts.
- Over his last six starts, Dickey is 6-0 with a 0.18 ERA (1 ER in 48.2 IP), 21 hits, 5 walks, 63 strikeouts and a .131 opposing batting average.

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Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/19)

Here are the latest stories on the Vols basketball team with a focus on a pair of features on bigman Kenny Hall.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kenny Hall just 'took my time and matured'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Kenny Hall felt UT coach Martin's faith in suspension
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Yemi Makanjuola is hard work in progress
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jarnell Stokes leads USA past Brazil

Kenny Hall Kenny Hall #20 of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrates after the game against the Florida Gators at Thompson-Boling Arena on January 7, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Tennessee defeated Florida 67-56.

Peyton Manning Returns To Rocky Top To Award Scholarships

Peyton Manning was back on campus on Monday to present the 2012 Manning Scholarship Recipients. Here are some stories on the new Denver Broncos quarterback being back in Knoxville.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Cheers from Peyton Manning for Vols

Happy Birthday - June 19: Art Evans

On June 19, we send birthday wishes to recent football graduate Art Evans.
Art Evans

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ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (6/18/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of June 18, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams

Singles: 268 (0)

Doubles: 366 (-1)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week ... Next playing in the $50,000 Winnetka Challenger in New York (July 2-7).

Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 288 (-1)

Doubles: 324 (+3)

Note: Reached the quarterfinals of the Chico (Calif.) Futures last week ... Next playing in the $50,000 Winnetka Challenger in New York (July 2-7).

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 304 (+1)

Doubles: 156 (+5)

Note: Doubles points added for reaching the quarterfinals of the Nottingham 2 Challenger last week ... This week reached the final round of qualifying of the UNICEF Open in The Netherlands, which will move him back in the top 300 next week ... Next playing in the $50,000 Winnetka Challenger in New York (July 2-7).

Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 309 (+3)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week

Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 487 (+5)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Matteo Fago

Singles: 1858

Doubles: N/A

Note: Reached first ITF Futures quarterfinal last week ... He is in the final round of qualifying for another Futures event in Italy this week.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/18)

- In the Knoxville News Sentinel, Mike Strange has a story on how Harry Galbreath, '80s Vols set the stage.

- Also in the Knoxville News Sentinel, check out this story on one of the newest College Football Hall of Fame inductees: Former players rekindle memories for Phillip Fulmer.

- Volquest has a story on former Vols All-American Eric Berry: Berry gives back to community; 'bleeds' orange.

- Inside Tennessee also has a piece on Eric Berry: Berry's back

- Nooga,com has a look at the Vols opponents with this spotlight on Florida: Tennessee football 2012 opponent look ahead: Florida

Happy Birthday - June 18: D.Rogers, V.Tucker

Celebrating birthdays on June 18 are rising All-SEC junior football receiver Da'Rick Rogers and senior track sprinter Varick Tucker.

Da'Rick Rogers  Varick Tucker

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Happy Birthday - June 17: Harris, Haynesworth, Schwenk.

On June 17, we wish Happy Birthday to senior sprinter Ashley Harris, former Vols football star and longtime NFLer  Albert Haynesworth and former Olympic swimmer and Tennessee product Tripp Schwenk, who won a silver medal in the 1996 Games in Atlanta. 

Ashley Harris

Happy Birthday - June 16: Cain, Chism, Daugherty, Johnson

A big day for birthdays in the Tennessee Athletics family on June 16. 

Celebrating are former women's basketball star and current New York Liberty player Kelley Cain.

Former men's basketball standout Wayne Chism.

Rower Mary-Hannah Daugherty

Mary-Hannah Daugherty

2011 football senior Austin Johnson.

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith won a pair of matches Saturday to advance to the final round of qualifying at the UNICEF Open, an ATP 250 event in Hertogenbosch, Netherlands.

Smith defeated Austrian Gibril Diarra 6-4, 6-4 in his opening-round match. He then faced fellow Aussie and last week's doubles partner Matt Reid, rallying to reach the third round of qualifying with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory.

Smith now faces world No. 144 Philipp Petzschner of Germany for a spot in the main draw. Petzschner, 28, is a former top-40 player who has not won an ATP-level main draw match since March. Smith, meanwhile, is looking for his first career single appearance in an ATP-level event. 

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ON TOUR: Sandgren in Chico Futures Quarterfinals

Tennys Sandgren kept his bid alive for a sixth ITF Futures title, moving into the quarterfinals of the Chico (Calif.) Futures with a straight-set victory Thursday. 

Sandgren beat Shane Vinsant 6-1, 6-4 to advance to Friday's quarterfinals where he will face fifth-seeded Fritz Wolmarans.

In Italy: Former Vol Matteo Fago made his first career quarterfinal Wednesday, beating two top-400 players in the main draw after playing his way through qualifying at a $15,000 Futures in Padova, Italy.

Fago beat No. 314 Daniele Giorgini 2-6, 6-4, 4-2 ret. in the opening round and got past No. 399 Moritz Baumann 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the round of 16. He lost to Guillermo Carry 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the quarterfinals Thursday. He is scheduled to play another Futures in Italy next week.

KNS: Kelsey Robinson Leads The Dandy Dozen

The Knoxville News Sentinel's Mike Strange take a look at the Top 12 performers from the 2011-12 year at Tennessee. Volleyball's SEC Player of the Year Kelsey Robinson leads the group: Mike Strange: Dandy Dozen opens with a view to a kill.

J. Miles Cary/News Sentinel
Kelsey Robinson poses for a photo Thursday at Thompson-Boling Arena. The Tennessee volleyball team won the school's first outright SEC championship in 2011. At the heart of it all was Robinson, who was named SEC Player of the Year.

Happy Birthday - June 15: Terry Benson, Darwin Walker

On June 15, we wish Happy Birthday to senior hurdler Terry Benson.

Terry Benson

Former football defensive lineman Darwin Walker also celebrates his birthday on June 15. Walker was a third-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2000 after playing at Tennessee and being a part of the 1998 National Championship team. He also saw NFL time with the Eagles, Bills, Bears and Panthers. Here is a feature on him: Distinguished Alumnus Darwin Walker - College of Engineering

Pettitt nabs share of fourth at Mexico Open

Tennessee golf alum Philip Pettitt, Jr. wrapped up play at the Mexico Open Presented by Banamex Sunday, earning a share of fourth place at the event.

With an 11-under 277 in the four-day Nationwide Tour event, the former Vol collected $27,500.00, nearly doubling his season earnings. The finish was his best in 2012 and the second top-10 placement in his career.

Lee Williams won the Open with a 14-under 274 score at the par 72, 7,708-yard El Bosque Golf Club in Leon, Mexico.

The Murfreesboro, Tenn., product lettered for the Big Orange from 2004 to 2008 where he won his first collegiate tournament in his rookie campaign. He wrapped up his UT career with a 73.31 scoring average in 128 rounds played for the Vols. 


Arian Foster Ranked 25 on NFL Top 100

Former Vols running back Arian Foster was named No. 25 on the NFL's list of Top 100 players of 2012, as the NFL Network's weekly show revealed players 21-30 on Wednesday night.

Over the last two seasons, Foster leads the NFL with 4,061 yards from scrimmage, 30 touchdowns and 26 rushing touchdowns and ranks second with 2,840 rushing yards.

Other Vols on the NFL Top 100 list include Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (50) and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (75).

Happy Birthday - June 14: Pat Summitt

We wish a very special Happy 60th Birthday to women's basketball Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt on June 14. 

For nearly four decades, the University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball program has been among the nation's elite and in the process has changed the way women's collegiate hoops is perceived across the country. 

No one has done a better job of managing what goes on inside the 94x50 rectangle known as a collegiate basketball court than the UT head coach. Her unfathomable victories, eight NCAA Championships and 32 combined Southeastern Conference titles, directly speaks to her incredible management and mastery of the 4,700 square feet of roundball real estate. And few have even come close to accomplishing what she has done outside the lines for the last 38 years. To her peers, she is forthright, well-respected, ethical, and a winner who serves as a shining example in the sport of collegiate basketball. 

Happy Birthday - June 14: E.Altizer, A.Herrera, P.Roberts

In addition to Pat Summitt's birthday on June 14, several other members of the Tennessee athletics family are celebrating birthdays: distance runner Elizabeth Altizer along with alums and former stars football lineman Anthony Herrera of the Minnesota Vikings and women's basketball Hall of Famer Patricia Roberts.

Elizabeth Altizer

Wingardh has strong showing at first European PGA Event

In his first event on the European PGA Tour, former Vol golfer Robin Wingardh placed 45th at the Nordea Masters in Bro, Sweden, earning 8,100.00 euros for his finish Saturday.

Wingardh, who played for the Orange and White from 2007 to 2011, opened the event with a four-under 68, finding himself in a tie for fourth place after the first round. He wrapped up the tournament with a 68-73-71-73=285 (-3) tally to finish 45th.

Lee Westwood won the event at 19 under.

A native of Morarp, Sweden, Wingardh has competed in 11 Challenge Tour events with a top finish of 33rd coming at the Fred Olson Challenge de Espana in October 2011.

The 2010-11 Tennessee team captain earned All-Southeastern Conference laurels three times in his undergraduate career and pulled an All-America nod in his senior campaign. 


Peyton Manning Opens Minicamp With Denver Broncos

Former Vols quarterback Peyton Manning started his first mandatory minicamp with the Denver Broncos on Tuesday and impressed. The Broncos open the preseason at Chicago on Thursday, Aug. 9.

Happy Birthday - June 13: C. Pierce & G. Trudeau

Celebrating birthdays today are senior baseball outfielder Chris Pierce and senior diver Gabrielle Trudeau.

Chris Pierce  Gabrielle Trudeau

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/13)

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has a column by John Adams that focuses on the Vols' climb of Mount LeConte in the Smoky Mountains: Mount LeConte could be step up for Vols. "We've done a lot of things (to improve) leadership and team chemistry," Coach Derek Dooley said. "But that was only part of it. Some of these guys had never been on a hike. So it was a good life experience."

- GoVols247 breaks down the Vols kicking game: Spring synopsis: Kickers, punters.

- Inside Tennessee continues its series of interviews with Derek Dooley which started in mid-May with: Q&A with Derek Dooley, Part IV.

- Here the previous parts from Inside Tennessee: Q&A with Derek DooleyQ&A with Derek Dooley, Part IIQ&A with Derek Dooley, Part III

- Nooga.com has a look at this season's football season-opening opponent NC State: Tennessee football 2012 opponent look ahead: NC State

ON TOUR: Smith, Reid Upset Top Seeds at Nottingham

As last-minute replacements in the doubles draw in the $75,000 Nottingham 2 Challenger, former Vol John-Patrick Smith and fellow Aussie Matt Reid made the most of their opportunity on the English grass courts. 

Smith and Reid recovered after losing a second-set tiebreaker to beat top-seeded Carsten Ball and Ivan Van Der Merwe 6-4, 6-7 (2), [10-7] in the opening round. 

The Aussie pair fended off all four break points in the match and eventually served out the match in the deciding 10-point tiebreaker. They face Olivier Charroin and Martin Fischer in the quarterfinals. 

Smith, who has won five doubles titles in 2012, has now won matches with six different partners. He is currently ranked No. 161 in the ATP doubles rankings. 

In California: Tennys Sandgren is back in action again this week in California for a $15,000 Futures event in Chico. He again earned the No. 1 seed and faces unranked qualifier Paul Kramberger in his first round Wednesday. Sandgren is also teaming up recently-turned-pro Bjorn Fratangelo in doubles.

Lady Vol Basketball Camp Opens, Media Visits With Warlick, Spani

Tennessee Head Women's Basketball Coach Holly Warlick celebrated her birthday on June 11, spending time directing the first session of Lady Vol Basketball Camp and taking a little time out to visit with the media. Senior guards Taber Spani and Kamiko Williams were coaching campers, and Spani also spent a few minutes doing interviews.

Here's a sample of some coverage from that media availability.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Holly Warlick's birthday is backdrop to good news
- InsideTennessee.com: Video interview with Taber Spani

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (6/11/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of June 11, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams

Singles: 268 (+31)

Doubles: 365 (+25)

Note: Points added for winning a Futures in Spain and making it to a semifinal in another ... Has three professional singles titles ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 287 (+2)

Doubles: 327 (+9)

Note: Played at the Sacramento Futures last week, losing in the first round ... Seeded first again this week at the $15,000 Futures in Chico, Calif.

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 305 (-5)

Doubles: 161 (+6)

Note: Lost in qualifying at the Nottingham Challenger in England ... Will wrap up stay in Europe this week at the UNICEF Open in The Netherlands.

Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 312 (+34)

Note: Won a round of doubles at the Challenger in Furth with New Zealander Rubin Statham, banking 15 tour points.

Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 492 (+7)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the Knoxville News Sentinel is profiling this summer women athletes who have trained or competed in the Knoxville area. Tuesday's feature is on Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, a sprinter/hurdler for the Lady Vols from 1979-83.

After earning All-America honors 14 times at UT and helping the Lady Vols win the 1981 AIAW Outdoor National Championship, the first national title in any Lady Vol sport, she went on to strike Olympic gold in the 100m hurdles in 1984 and has gone on to become a television executive, a key leader with USA Track & Field and chair of the Women's Sports Foundation Board of Trustees.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Former UT track star and Olympian helps athletes pursue their own gold

Happy Birthday - June 12: E.Ainge, E.Bennett, A.Pitman

On June 12 we celebrate a pair of current student-athlete birthdays: baseball catcher and Knoxville native Ethan Bennett and freshman swimmer Arden Pitman.

Ethan Bennett  Arden Pitman

Also, celebrating on June 12 is former Vols star quarterback and New York Jet Erik Ainge.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/12)

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has a story on how Vols' fan Kenny Chesney has been connected with the team twice in recent days: Chesney cuts up Singer does ESPN spot, sings with ex-Vol Witten.

- GoVols247 continues its position breakdown of the Vols with Spring synopsis: Safety.

- GoVols247 also has this look at cornerbacks: Spring synopsis: Cornerback

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/12)

- The Chattanooga Times Free Press chronicles the first of the Vols' SHOT clinics: Cuonzo Martin, Tennessee Vols hold kids clinic at Baylor School

- The Knoxville News Sentinel's new basketball beat writer Brendan Quinn has this story on the Vols'  clinics for the kids: Cuonzo Martin taking his best SHOT.

- WBIR put together this feature from the hoop program: Fathers and sons bond through basketball

- Inside Tennessee takes a look at some of the top Vols teams of the 2000s: Who's the century's best?

Fenwick Returns to Tennessee Swimming & Diving

Tennessee swimming and diving has been in the news nationally with the return of former graduate assistant Tyler Fenwick as associate coach. He has been known for developing talent with the Mission Viejo Nadadores, particularly in distance swimming. He will join the Tennessee team after coaching his swimmers at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials.

Swimming World Magazine: Mission Viejo's Tyler Fenwick to be Named Tennessee's Associate Coach

Reese Wins Mixed Doubles at TVOC

Rising sophomore Hunter Reese teamed up with North Carolina's Caroline Price to win the mixed doubles title Sunday at the Tennessee Valley Open Championships in Chattanooga.

Reese and Price, the tournament's top seeds, beat third seeded Sydney Campbell and Casey Kay 6-1, 6-2 in the title match.

Reese missed out on nabbing a pair of titles at the annual tournament. He and sophomore Brandon Fickey lost in the final round of doubles for the second year in a row, falling to Georgia's Kay and Eric Diaz 5-7, 6-4, [10-8].

Chattanooga Times Free Press Article: Here

Happy Birthday - June 11: Maddox, Petersen

In addition to women's basketball head coach Holly Warlick celebrating her birthday on June 11, three student athletes also have birthdays on June 11. Celebrating today are  baseball infielder Will Maddox and sophomore swimmer Sam Petersen.

 Will Maddox  Sam Petersen

Smokey In New ESPN SportsCenter Commercial

Kenny Chesney helps Steve Levy find a seat in the Bristol cafeteria. Check out Smokey on the left back side of the group.

Kyra Elzy In Position To Lead Recruiting Battle

Former Lady Vol basketball standout Kyra Elzy has returned to Tennessee as an assistant coach and the recruiting coordinator for Head Coach Holly Warlick.

Here's a story about Elzy and her focus as she rejoins the program she helped win two NCAA titles as a player.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kyra Elzy in position to lead recruiting battle

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Happy Birthday - June 11: Coach Holly Warlick

On June 11, we wish Happy Birthday to new women's basketball head coach and Lady Vol Hall of Famer Holly Warlick

Holly Warlick

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Happy Birthday - June 10: Fowlkes, Massengale

Happy Birthday on June 10 to football senior defensive lineman Steven Fowlkes and rising sophomore basketball guard Ariel Massengale.

Steven Fowlkes  Ariel Massengale

Happy Birthday - June 10: Coach Derek Dooley

Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley

On June 10, we wish Happy Birthday to Vols football coach Derek Dooley.

Three Vols Reach Doubles Semifinals at TVOC

Hunter Reese, Brandon Fickey and Taylor Patrick reached Saturday's semifinals of the Tennessee Valley Open Championships, the annual USTA tennis tournament in Chattanooga.

Reese and Fickey, finalists at the TVOC last year, progressed to the semifinals via a walkover and a 6-4, 6-2 win against Gabriel Townes and Erik Graves. 

Patrick and younger brother Steven dropped just six games in two matches Friday. They play the third-seeded Georgia Bulldog pair of Casey Kay and Eric Diaz.

Reese is also in the semifinals of the mixed doubles, also as the top seed. He and Caroline Price will play Diaz and Emily Zabor.

Happy Birthday - June 9: Punting Star Craig Colquitt

On June 9, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vols star punter and longtime Pittsburgh Steeler Craig Colquitt.

Check out this feature from the Knoxville News Sentinel on Colquitt and how he became a Vol: Colquitt went from department store to UT punter in 1975.

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Former Vol Deon Grant & Giants Honored At White House

Former Vols star Deon Grant was part of the New York Giants contingent that was honored at the White House by President Barack Obama on Friday.

Here are some stories on the visit:

Here's Deon Grant (far right) at the White House on Friday.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/9)

- GoVols247 has a breakdown of the Vols' inside linebackers: Spring synopsis: Inside linebacker

- Volquest has an in-depth story on coach Derek Dooley, read it here: History, present motivate Dooley

Happy Birthday - June 8: Baseball's Blake Thomas

On June 8, we wish Happy Birthday to baseball pitcher Blake Thomas.
Blake Thomas

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Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/8)

Jarnell Stokes is training with USA Basketball with a chance to be a part of the U-18 Men's National Team. Check out a this story about the rising sophomore. 

- Sporting News: Star in the making
- GoVols247: Martin: Stokes to take 'big step'

Here's Stokes and former Vol star Jay Price, who is an assistant coach with the team. 

Also, from Volquest, here is a lengthy feature on coach Cuonzo Martin: Martins take humble, hard-working approach to life

Mike Smithson Interview on The Sports Animal

Former Tennessee baseball and basketball player Mike Smithson joined John Wilkerson and Jimmy Hyams on The Sports Animal yesterday afternoon. 

A former fifth round pick in the 1976 MLB Draft, Smithson spent eight years in the Big Leagues with the Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins and Boston Red Sox. Among other topics, Smithson discussed returning to Boston for the first time since his playing days for Fenway Park's 100th Anniversary Ceremony.

Click the links below to hear the complete interview:

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Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/7)

- GoVols247 has a look at the Vols outside linebackers: Spring synopsis: Outside linebacker

- ESPN has breakdown of the Vols 2012 schedule: Schedule analysis: Tennessee

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SEC Regains Tie With Independence Bowl

The AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl and the Southeastern Conference have announced an agreement that will begin with a team from the conference participating in the 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl set for Friday, Dec. 28 at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

"We are obviously thrilled to be back in the game with the SEC," said 2012 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl chairman Jack Andres. "We enjoyed 15 years of success with them from 1995-2009, and we've hosted 10 of their teams in our game, including newcomers Texas A&M and most recently Missouri. Our local ticket buyers and sponsors are familiar with the teams in the SEC and we hope this will generate even more local support for our game. We sincerely appreciate the willingness of Commissioner Thompson and Bret Gilliland at the Mountain West to work with us on making this happen."

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: SEC regains tie to Independence

Tennessee Has Difference-Makers In ESPNW Title IX Timeline

If you haven't seen ESPNW's Title IX timeline, take a few minutes and see the impact Tennessee has had on women's athletics over the past 40 years. In Step By Step: A 40-Year Timeline Of Memorable Moments, those with Lady Vol ties are chronicled in the years 1999, 2004 and 2005. Click on the link below to see who was highlighted for making an impact.

ESPNW: A 40-Year Timeline Of Memorable Moments.

Scholar-Athlete Ellen Wortham Set For Final College Meet

Lady Vol track & field standout Ellen Wortham is in Des Moines, Iowa, for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, her final college meet. The 2012 SEC Women's Co-Scholar-Athlete of the Year has won back-to-back SEC titles in the 400-meter hurdles, snapping a 28-year-old school record with her 55.55 clocking en route to this year's conference crown. With the No. 2 time in the NCAA this season, Wortham has her eye on the prize this week at Drake Stadium.

Dave Link of the Knoxville News Sentinel caught up with Wortham before she left for Iowa. Click the link below to read about this world-class local athlete from Maryville.

Knoxville News Sentinel: Ellen Wortham's Final Hurdle

Happy Birthday - June 5: Boris Conkic, David Holmes

On June 5, we'd like to wish Happy Birthday to recently former tennis great Boris Conkic and golf standout David Holmes. 

A four-time All-SEC performer from 2008-11, Conkic is one of only four players in program history to record at least 100 career wins in both singles and doubles. He and John-Patrick Smith teamed up as seniors to form the 2011 ITA Doubles Team of the Year. Conkic now coaches tennis in his home country of Serbia and also plays club tennis in Germany.

Among many key wins, Conkic clinched the Vols' 2010 SEC Tournament Championship at Kentucky: 

Holmes, a native of Knoxville, was an All-American for the Vols on the golf course from 2007-2010. He turned pro in 2011 and is currently playing primarily on the NGA Tour. Here is an interview from earlier this year with the NGA:

Lindy's On 2012 Tennessee Football

Lindy's Sports recently released its 2012 College Football Preview magazine. Here are some of the Tennessee highlights within the pages:

Preseason Rank: 37

  • Wide Receivers: 4
  • Offensive Line: 10

  • Tyler Bray (Ninth-best QB, All-SEC third team, Strongest arm in the SEC)
  • Justin Hunter (Sixth-best WR, All-SEC first team, Most dangerous deep threat in the SEC, Fourth-best NFL talent in the SEC)
  • Da'Rick Rogers (11th-best WR, All-SEC second team)
  • A.J. Johnson (12th-best OLB, All-SEC second team)
  • Ja'Wuan James (All-SEC second team)
  • Mychal Rivera (All-SEC third team)
  • Dallas Thomas (All-SEC third team)

Forsythe, Duffy Named to Minor League All-Star Teams

Former Tennessee teammates Blake Forsythe and Matt Duffy have continued to excel at the Minor League level this season as both players have earned the right to play in the All-Star Game for their respective leagues.

Forsythe, a catcher for the St. Lucie Mets, will play on the South Division squad in the Florida State League All-Star Game set to take place at Charlotte Sports Park on June 16. 

A third baseman for the Lexington Legends in the Houston Astros organization, Duffy will represent the Southern Division in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. That game will be played on June 19 at Joseph P. Riley Park in Charleston, S.C.

In 31 games this season, Forsythe is hitting .286 with four home runs, eight doubles and 23 RBIs. 

One of the Astros Minor League Players of the Month for May, Duffy has hit at a .313 clip in 55 games for the Legends, launching nine longballs and knocking in 30 runs.

Connolly Focused on Olympic Trials

Having just concluded her final year of eligibility at Tennessee, former Lady Vol great Jenny Connolly is solely focused on making her first Olympic team.

"I'm expecting to do really well at Trials. I want to go best times," Connolly said. "I know I have a shot at making the Olympic team, so I'm keeping that in my mind."

Here is the full feature on Connolly from CollegeSwimming.com

The 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be held at the Qwest Center in Omaha, Neb., June 25 through July 2.

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Sports Animal 99 Broadcasting Live From Vols Basketball Camp

The Sports Animal's Doc, Jeff and Heather Morning Show is broadcasting live from the Cuonzo Martin Basketball Camp at Thompson-Boling Arena this morning. Listen until 10 a.m., as they will have plenty of basketball related guests.

Duffy Named Astros Minor League Player of the Month

In his first full season of professional baseball, former Vol Matt Duffy has gotten off to a fantastic start. Through the first 55 games, Duffy is hitting at a .313 clip with nine home runs, 16 doubles and 30 RBIs for the Class A Lexington Legends. 

During the month of May, Duffy stepped it up another notch, hitting .343 with 11 doubles, four longballs and 14 RBIs over the course of 28 games. 

Duffy's complete 2012 statistics can be found here: 2012 STATS 
ESPN.com has a great feature on basketball coaches and their use of social media including Twitter: Coaches to follow on Twitter. Vols coach Cuonzo Martin is one of the coaches listed as one to follow.

Cuonzo Martin (@CuonzoMartin): Tennessee's head coach has amassed 18,000-plus followers in the short time he's led the Vols program. The coaches who actually man their Twitter feeds usually praise the other coaches in their respective athletic departments. Martin, however, is a true fan of Vols athletics. Yes, he uses his Twitter stream to promote all things Vols basketball. But he seems equally concerned about his colleagues in other programs, especially Vols baseball and softball, which was recently knocked out of the World Series. The Vols have certainly had Martin's support, proven by these tweets: "Went to the softball game today. Another big win for UT. They play like warriors." and "What's the baseball score? Are the Vols winning? Coach Serrano is going to do a great job." It's an interesting read each day with Martin.

Brown Scores Game Winner for Lady Force

Rising junior Caroline Brown is spending her summer playing for the Knoxville Lady Force of the Women's Premier Soccer League. On Saturday, the Hershey, Pa., native scored a game winner during stoppage time to lead the Lady Force to a 2-1 win over the Georgia Revolution.

Here is the recap of the game from the Knoxville News Sentinel.

As college football season nears (just 88 days away), preview magazines have started to hit the stands. How does Tennessee stack up?

Here are some Big Orange highlights from Phil Steele's 2012 College Football Preview:

  • Preseason ranking: 27
  • The Vols rank first nationally in returning experience, which factors in senior starters and seniors listed in the two-deep, returning letterwinners and percentage of yards and tackles returning among other variables.
  • Ranked The Sixth-Most Improved Team in 2012
  • Ranked 11th among 2012 Surprise Teams

  • Wide Receivers: 6
  • Offensive Line: 7
  • Defensive Backs: 16
  • Linebackers: 17
  • Defensive Line: 20

INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS (Only draft-eligible players ranked)
  • Tyler Bray (Fifth-best QB)
  • Da'Rick Rogers (Sixth-best WR, Second Team All-American, All-SEC First Team)
  • Justin Hunter (22nd-best WR, All-SEC Second Team)
  • Dallas Thomas (Ninth-best OG, All-SEC Third Team)
  • Ja'Wuan James (24th-best OT, All-SEC Fourth Team)
  • Prentiss Waggner (13th-best CB, All-SEC Second Team)
  • A.J. Johnson (All-SEC Third Team)

WR Cordarrelle Patterson - 2
DL Daniel McCullers - 20
DL Darrington Sentimore - 34

TE Justin Meredith - 12
DB - LaDarrell McNeil - 14
RB Davante Bourque - 27
WR Drae Bowles - 27

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Happy Birthday - June 4: Lizzie Cornell, Steve Searcy

On June 4, we celebrate birthdays for women's track/cross country rising sophomore runner Lizzie Cornell and former Vols pitcher and major leaguer Steve Searcy, who is also a Knoxville native.

Lizzie Cornell 


Vols, Lady Vols Help Community By Building Homes

- The Chattanooga Times Free Press has this column on the football and basketball teams taking part in the Habitat for Humanity house building projects: UT, UTC big into helping.

- Volquest has a follow-up on the Vols assistance with volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in building homes for two families in Knoxville: Vols pitch in to help out.

- In case you missed it, on Sunday the Knoxville News Sentinel ran this story about the event: Day of bonding, building Vols, Lady Vols help build house.

ON TOUR: Williams Captures Third ITF Futures Title

Former Vol Rhyne Williams won his third career pro singles title with a three-set victory to wrap up the II Torneo Internacional Futures, a $10,000 event in Madrid, Spain.

After losing the first set in a tiebreaker, Williams rolled to a 6-7, 6-2, 6-1 victory over third-seeded Sergio Gutierrez-Ferroll to win the title on the Spanish red clay. The first set Williams lost was the only one he dropped all week.

Williams has now won three career ITF Futures singles titles at the $10,000 level. All of them have come on clay -- including the breakout Pittsburgh Futures title he won at age 16 -- though this was his first tournament win on the traditional European red clay instead of the American green.

The Madrid title ends Williams' solid four-week stay in Europe, which started with a quarterfinal appearance at the Garden Open in Rome, a $50,000 Challenger event. He has spent the last three weeks in Spain for a trio of $10,000-level Futures.

In Nottingham: John-Patrick Smith is back in action this week to kick off the brief grass court season in England. He is playing back-to-back $75,000 Challengers at Nottingham, winning his first qualifying match Sunday against Richard Bloomfield 7-5, 7-6 (4). He plays former world No. 45 Mischa Zverev on Monday.

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Happy Birthday - June 3: Melissa Davin, Ja'Wuan James

On June 3, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore softball player Melissa Davin and rising junior offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James.

Melissa Davin  Ja'Wuan James

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/3)

Lots of football stories on various topics on Sunday. Here's a look:

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has a story on the football and basketball teams working to build two new homes as part of Habitat for Humanity: Day of bonding, building Vols, Lady Vols help build house.

- Also in the Knoxville News Sentinel, John Adams has a column on the Vols change in defense scheme for the coming season: UT following Georgia's lead on 3-4.

- GoVols247 has a piece on the impact UT's newcomers may make for 2012: Immediate impact 'hard' to predict.

- In the Chattanooga Times Free Press, David Paschall has a column on the new scheduling format for the SEC: Fairness seen in SEC cross-divisional matchups.

- The Huntsville Times has an overview of the SEC East: SEC East spring preview: Vols return plenty of starters.

- Off the field, the Knoxville News Sentinel has a story on the Dooleys' kicking off the "Big Orange Experience" with a reception at their home: People & Parties: Reception at Dooleys' tees off Variety Fundraiser.

ON TOUR: Williams Rolls to Finals in Spain

Former Vol Rhyne Williams will play for his third career ITF Futures title Sunday when he plays in the finals of the II Torneo Internacional Futures Rozas Club in Madrid, Spain.

Williams defeated Lorenzo Giustino of Italy 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals Saturday. 

The Knoxville native is seeded second and has yet to drop a set this week. He plays third-seeded Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol in the title match.

Williams has primarily played higher level tournaments since starting his professional career in July 2012. This is the first time his has played three $10,000 Futures tournaments consecutively. He reached the semifinals of last week's event, also on Spanish clay.

The three Vols who played in the top three of the Vols' 2011 SEC championship lineup are now ranked in the top 300. Tennys Sandgren is No. 289, Williams is No. 299 and Smith is No. 300. Sandgren and Smith will be in action next week. 

Lady Vol Softball Briefing

The #5 Lady Vol softball team has been featured in numerous publications this week during its time at the WCWS.  Check out some of this week's features as well as Knoxville News Sentinel preview coverage of Saturday's match-up against #12 Oregon.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Oregon a must-win for Lady Vols, or 'no more tomorrows'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Oregon on the rise, but playing up underdog role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: After struggles, Ellen Renfroe back on track
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Melissa Brown wants to make up for her last visit to WCWS
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols to 'soak it all in' before getting down to business at World Series
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Lady Vols back in Series
- Ventura County Star: Chavanne leads Tennessee to Women's College World Series
- Savannah Morning News: Dotson a key part of Tennessee's drive to WCWS
- Tuscaloosa Bureau: SEC could be poised for breakthrough at WCWS
- Oklahoman:
WCWS: Bus driver Don Bustle a part of Tennessee's team

Happy Birthday - June 2: Gregory Grieco

On June 2, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore football linebacker Gregory Grieco.

Gregory Grieco

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/2)

Here are the latest stories about the basketball program.

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Nicodemus Christopher joins hoop Vols

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Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/2)

The SEC Spring Meetings wrapped up in Destin, Florida on Friday and the league passed several new policies regarding scheduling for football including one that will preserve the Tennessee-Alabama rivalry on an annual basis. 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: SEC keeps cross-division rivalries

Also, here are some other stories related to football:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: George Bullock's in UT mix
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Derek Dooley discusses Tennessee Vols

ON TOUR: Williams Marches to Semifinals in Spain Futures

Former Vol Rhyne Williams is looking to wrap up his stay on European red clay on a high note this week in Madrid, Spain.

Finishing his nearly month-long circuit in Europe, Williams advanced to the semifinals of the II Torneo Internacional Futures Rozas Club on Friday with a 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over seventh-seeded Roberto Carballes Baena.

Williams is seeded second in this week's tournament, the third consecutive $10,000 ITF Futures the Knoxville native has played in Spain. He also reached the semifinals last week. His tour through Europe has propelled him into the top 300 in the ATP rankings thanks mostly to a quarterfinal appearance at a Challenger in Italy.

Two Vols are scheduled to play next week. Tennys Sandgren is the top seed at the Sacramento Futures in California, and John-Patrick Smith is heading to England for a few grass court events.

Broncos OC McCoy: Manning's 'Been Great'

Denver Broncos wide receivers Eric Decker and Demaryius Thomas have been "like two little kids in a candy shop" working with Vol legend and new Bronco QB Peyton Manning.

Check out this link for more on Manning settling down in Denver and his relationship with offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.

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News Sentinel Story On Dave Hart & Women's Athletics

Check out John Adams column: Hart says track record with women's athletics 'speaks for itself' as the UT Athletic Director/Vice Chancellor talks about his commitment to women's athletics.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/1)

As June kicks off, here are the latest stories on Tennessee football: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: 12 new players start first summer session
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bad ankle injury can't stop UT's Herman Lathers
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols announce Izauea Lanier ineligible

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (6/1)

Check out the latest on the men's basketball program as Nicodemus Christopher Has Been Named the New Hoops Strength Coach.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Cuonzo Martin hires Nicodemus Christopher as strength coach.

Nicodemus Christopher  

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