January 2013 Archives

Happy Birthday - Jan. 31: Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Happy Birthday to one of the newest Vols to step foot on Rocky Top freshman football player Jalen Reeves-Maybin who turns 18 today!

Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Jalen shares his birthday with one of the all-time greats Jackie Robinson.

"Sports a Spani Family Tradition"

Senior Lady Vol Taber Spani comes from a family of five girls surrounded by sports and guided by faith. Read espnW's Mechelle Voepel's story on Spani's football upbringing and journey at Tennessee, as well as Tennessee All Access' 'Tenn Questions' with Taber Spani.

- espnW: Sports a Spani family tradition
- espnW: Tenn Questions: Taber Spani

Vols Move to 15th in ITA Rankings

After weekend victories over Illinois and North Carolina, the Vols (9-0) moved up four spots to No. 15 nationally in the ITA national men's tennis rankings. 

The team qualified for the ITA National Team Indoor Championships for the fifth consecutive season by winning the ITA National Team Indoor Championships. With one weekend to go before the seeding is decided for the national tournament, the Vols are projected to be the No. 14 seed. They play Illinois on the road again this weekend in a non-conference matchup.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/31/13)

Read up on the two Vols playing in the Super Bowl in this feature: Passion For UT Runs Deep For Super Vols.

Also, Nooga.com has a feature on the Vols' offseason conditioning program with comments from the UTSports.com video feature: Vols back to work in offseason conditioning program.

Lady Vols Bolt to No. 4 in National Swimming Ranks

Coming off a key win over perpetual national contender Georgia last weekend, the Lady Vols skyrocketed up to No. 4 in the latest CSCAA Women's Division I National Swimming Rankings.

Tennessee (8-0, 3-0 SEC) had entered that meet ranked 11th nationally. 

NCAA Division 1 Women's Swimming and Diving Ranking as of January 30, 2013

(School, record, previous rank)

1.      Southern California (unanimous), (8-0, Pac 12 4-0), 1

2.      Stanford, (5-1, Pac 12 2-0),8

3.      Auburn, (7-0, SEC 4-0), 4

4.      Tennessee, (7-0, SEC 2-0)¸11

5.      Arizona, (8-3, Pac 12 3-3), 6

6.      Georgia, (8-1, SEC 4-1), 2

7.      California, (5-1, Pac 12 2-1)¸3

8.      Florida, (2-4, SEC 1-3), 9

9.      Texas A&M, (7-1, SEC 3-1), 5

10.  Texas, (4-3, Big 12 1-0)¸7

11.  Virginia, (9-0, ACC 2-0)¸10

12.  UCLA, (11-0, Pac 12 5-0), 12

13.  Indiana, (4-4, Big Ten 2-1), 22

14.  North Carolina, (4-2, ACC 2-1)¸16

15.  Louisville, (4-1, Big East 2-0), 17

T16. Michigan, (4-4, Big Ten 4-2)¸25

T16. Minnesota, (7-0, Big Ten 3-0), 13

18.  Arkansas, (9-1, SEC 3-1)¸18

T19. Wisconsin, (5-6, Big Ten 2-2), NR

T19. Notre Dame, (3-4, Big East 1-1), 19

21.  Ohio State, (7-2,Big Ten 0-1), 15

22.  Florida State, (13-1,ACC 5-0)¸ 21

23.  Arizona State, (4-4,Pac 12 2-4), 20

24.  Penn State, (5-2,Big Ten 1-0)¸14

25.  Purdue, (5-1, Big Ten 2-1)¸NR


Also receiving votes: N.C. State,Boise State, Missouri, LSU, Utah

R.A. Dickey Helps Fight Sex Trade in India with Bombay Teen Challenge

Former Vol R.A. Dickey is currently in Mumbai to work with Bombay Teen Challenge, a Christian organization that has rescued women and children from sex trafficking for the past 23 years.

A year after climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for the charity, the Toronto Blue Jays pitcher made the trip with his daughters, 11-year-old Mary Gabriel and 9-year-old Lila.

 "I want to give my children a heart for humanity," Dickey said. "The only way to really do that is to get them outside of the bubble that they live in, and expose them in very measured ways to what real life is to a lot of people. They've responded beautifully."

Read the complete story about his trip on ESPN.com at http://es.pn/VsVjvX

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/30/13)

The Vols pulled off their second one-point victory in a row with a 58-57 Win.
Check out highlights of the big win:

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: If McBee's back to stay, Vols may be also
- Inside Tennessee: Another thriller
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Win or lose, games take toll on Vols

Butch Jones On WSMV Nashville

Here is part two of Vols' head coach Butch Jones' interview with WSMV in Nashville.

WSMV Channel 4

Jones talks recruiting, the high expectations in Knoxville and the upcoming National Signing Day on February 6.

If you missed Part One: Click Here

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/29/13)

The Vols play their third game in six days on Tuesday night as arch rival Vanderbilt comes to Thompson-Boling Arena. Get the latest on the matchup in Vol Hoops Central: Vanderbilt. Check out a preview and more in the latest edition of Vol Access:

Here are the latest stories on Cuonzo Martin's squad:

- Inside Tennessee: Armani's making a move
- Knoxville News Sentinel: SEC-Big East Challenge comes to end
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vanderbilt-Tennessee lineups

Myslinski Remains A Jaguar

Tom Myslinski, who played four seasons for Tennessee and nine in the NFL has been retained by new Jacksonville Jaguar Head Coach Gus Bradley as announced Monday.

Myslinski was an offensive guard for the Vols from 1988-91 before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 1992 draft.

The VFL spent his nine seasons with the Washington Redskins (92), Buffalo Bills (93), Chicago Bears (93-94), Jaguars (95-96), Pittsburgh Steelers (97, 00-02), Indianapolis Colts (98), and Cowboys (99).

After retiring from the league, Myslinski spent three seasons with the Cleveland Browns (2007-09) followed by a season at the University of Memphis (2010 and a season at the University of North Carolina (2011) as a strength coach before being hired by Jacksonville on January 27, 2012. He also spent two seasons (2005-06) as head strength and conditioning coach at Robert Morris.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaguars sign three position coaches

Swimming and Diving News Update (1/28/13)

A look at the news since the Tennessee men's and women's sweep of swimming power Georgia on Saturday:

Vols' Pro Bowlers Perform Well

The Pro Bowl featured six former Vols as the NFC handed the AFC, a 62-35 defeat

- In his 12th Pro Bowl Peyton Manning started for the AFC and threw for 43 yards on 6-of-12 with a touchdown pass. Manning added to his Pro Bowl records of passing yards (1,551), passing completions (115), passing attempts (196) and passing touchdowns (15).

- Arian Foster started in tailback for the AFC, but had just three carries for minus-2 yards.

- Dustin Colquitt made his Pro Bowl debut and punted four times for a 48.0 average with a long of 58.

- On defense, Eric Berry had six tackles. He also had a would-be 86-yard interception return for touchdown nullified by a penalty. 

- Jerod Mayo made two tackles and had one pass defended.

- With the NFC, Jason Witten started at tight end and had two catches for 12 yards. 

Happy Birthday - Jan. 28: Bergeron, Collins

On Jan. 28, we send Happy Birthday wishes to associate baseball head coach Greg Bergeron and tennis senior John Collins.

Greg Bergeron  John Collins

Latest News On Vols' Pro Bowlers

There are Six Vols Set To Play In NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday night on NBC. Here are a few of the latest stories that mention these Vols For Life.

Manning Making Pro Bowl History
- Associated Press: Pro Bowl In a Quandary

Happy Birthday - Jan. 27: Lady Vol Taber Spani

On Jan. 27, we send Happy Birthday greetings to basketball senior Taber Spani.

Taber Spani

Rivera's South Team Wins Senior Bowl

The Vols' Mychal Rivera helped the South to a 21-16 win in the Senior Bowl. Rivera had one catch for a yard, but blocked well for his team throughout the afternoon. Here's a recap from ESPN.com: FSU's Manuel (2 TDs), lifts South in Senior Bowl

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/27/13)

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/26/13)

GoVols247 has a feature story on the return of former Vols star Terry Fair to the program: Fair Deal: Former star back at UT.

Also, with various former Vols taking part in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, here's a look at some stories mentioning the six Vols taking part in the NFL's All-Star Game:
Manning on Practicing with New Staff
- Denver Broncos.com: 2012: Best of Peyton Manning

Rivera Set For Senior Bowl On Saturday

Senior Bowl South Squad tight end Mychal Rivera of Tennessee (81) catches a pass despite the defense of defensive back Shawn Williams of Georgia (26) during Senior Bowl football practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. on Wednesday.
Vols tight end Mychal Rivera will take part in the annual Senior Bowl on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET. The game will air on the NFL Network from historic Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Here are the latest stories that mention Rivera

- Atlanta Falcons Bleacher Report: Scouting Guide

Happy Birthday - Jan. 26: Caroline Simmons

Happy Birthday to senior freestyle All-American swimmer Caroline Simmons on Jan.26. 

Caroline Simmons

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/26/13)

The Vols are back in action in Knoxville on Saturday afternoon as Alabama comes calling at 2 p.m. Check out Vol Hoops Central: Alabama and Alabama Game Preview Interviews including these comments from coach Cuonzo Martin:

Here are the latest previews from the media:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols eyeing resurgence with Alabama visiting
- Inside Tennessee: Another big finish?

From the Alabama perspective, here are a few more stories:

Video Feature On Morgan Cox's Parents

Check out a video feature and story on the parents of former Vols long snapper and soon-to-be Super Bowl snapper Morgan Cox of the Baltimore Ravens.

- WREG: Super Bowl Win Could Be In Collierville Native's Hands

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/25/13)

The Vols suffered a tough 62-56 defeat at Ole Miss on Thursday. Check out the highlights of the game.

Here's what the media wrote after the game.

- Inside Tennessee: Same old song for Vols

Happy Birthday - Jan. 25: Meighan Simmons

Meighan Simmons helped herself to an early birthday present with the Lady Vols 83-75 win over Vanderbilt on Thursday night as Simmons dropped in 23 points. Simmons celebrates her 21st birthday on Jan. 25.
Meighan Simmons

Lady Vols vs. Vanderbilt Preview

The No. 9 Lady Vols face Vanderbilt Thursday at 9 p.m. ET at Memorial Gymnasium. Tennessee looks to improve to 7-0 in SEC play against a Lady Commodore squad that has been receiving votes in both polls. Check out what media are saying about the match up:

The Tennessean: Bashaara Graves, Isabelle Harrison play key roles in Tennessee Lady Vols' winning streak
The Nashville City Paper: Among other notable differences, Lady Vols feel a lack of respect this season
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols not dwelling on past with Vanderbilt
Inside Tennessee (subscription): Lady Vols get back to practice

Happy Birthday - Jan. 24: Haralson, Holloway, JP Smith

A big day for birthdays in terms of greats at Tennessee. Celebrating on Jan. 24, is legendary quarterback and baseball star Condredge Holloway who still serves as an Assistant Athletic Director in the department.

Also celebrating on Jan. 24 is Parys Haralson of the Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers. Haralson was drafted out of Tennessee in 2006 after a standout career with the Vols. 

Vols tennis star John-Patrick Smith, who was named the 2011 SEC Athlete of the Year also turns 24 on Jan. 24.

Rivera Continues To Gain Attention At Senior Bowl

Vols tight end Mychal Rivera continues to be a standout at Senior Bowl practices. Check out this interview with Football Gameplan:

CBSSports.com lists Rivera as the top tight end at the Senior Bowl: Tennessee's Rivera leads tight end group:

  1. Mychal Rivera, Tennessee. A strong Wednesday practice pushed him past Vance McDonald as the best tight end candidate, but it took a little time. Like McDonald, he's a downfield receiving threat pretty much in the mold of Aaron Hernandez, albeit without the girth. Wednesday saw Rivera get the best of Georgia safety Shawn Williams on a deep post pattern from Tyler Wilson before connecting again with Wilson on a leaping grab down the seam with a defender on his rear.

Scout.com has this story that lists Rivera as the third-best tight end based on Senior Bowl practices: Senior Bowl: Tight race at Tight End

3. Mychal RiveraTennessee - Not very heralded among draft experts, but the UT product is the most natural receiving tight end of the group. He has the best hands and proved he could go up and snag the ball out of the air in tight spots. Rivera's route-running and blocking needs work, but he may fit somewhere down the line in today's pass-first NFL.

Rivera is also mentioned in these stories:

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/24/13)

The Vols take on No. 23 Ole Miss tonight at 7 p.m., on ESPN2. Get all your game into in Vol Hoops Central: Ole Miss.

Check out the newest edition of Vol Access (Episode 13) with a preview of the game.

Here are media previews of the game:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Derek Reese proves he's ready for game day
- Inside Tennessee: Mississippi mission

Vote for Catchings in CN's Hall of Game Awards

As part of Cartoon Network's third annual Hall of Game Awards, former Lady Vol standout Tamika Catchings is up for the "She's Got Game" Award. Catchings led the Indiana Fever to their first-ever WNBA title with an 87-78 victory over the Minnesota Lynx this past October.

During the Finals, Catchings was named the Finals MVP, as well as was named to the WNBA first-team for the seventh time in her career. She also was tabbed the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year for the fifth time.

She is the eighth Tennessee player to win a WNBA Championship including one in each of the last three seasons.

Catchings is up against Serena Williams, Gabby Douglas and Alex Morgan for the award. You can vote for Catchings here: She's Got Game Award

The Hall of Game Awards features categories from television, film, music and sports. Winners will be honored Feb. 11 at an awards show hosted by Nick Gannon and Shaquille O'Neal.

Rivera Impress At Senior Bowl Practice

According to ESPN.com, Vols tight end Mychal Rivera is garnering attention at Senior Bowl practice in Mobile, Ala., this week. Read about it in: Senior Bowl: Jenkins, Jones impress and Senior Bowl: Two South standouts  

Tennessee TE Mychal Rivera (6-3¼, 237) continues to impress. Rivera showed great burst after the catch, and although he had a drop he also made an unbelievable one-handed catch way outside his frame.

Another player who flashed skills was Tennessee TE Mychal Rivera. It was a great day for him to shine, and he took advantage. He's the tight end with the most suddenness at the Senior Bowl. He also made a nice adjustment on a pass thrown behind him during team drills. Rivera's slight frame will likely be more of an issue when the pads go on tomorrow.

Also, from the Senior Bowl practice reports, The Tennessean reports that Dallas Thomas is out of action at the Senior Bowl due to an undisclosed injury. 

Out of action: Tennessee's Dallas Thomas is considered one of the better offensive line prospects in the draft, likely to be picked in the first two rounds.

One of his strengths is versatility, as he played both tackle and guard for the Volunteers.

But Thomas won't get a chance to showcase his skills in the Senior Bowl. He did not practice for the South on Tuesday, and a spokesperson said Thomas would miss the game on Saturday because of an injury. He did not disclose the injury.

ON TOUR: Williams Rolls to Start Maui Challenger

Former Vol Rhyne Williams returned to action Tuesday for the first time since narrowly missing his first win at the Australian Open, cruising through his first round at the $50,000 Maui Challenger. 

Williams defeated 2009 NCAA singles champion Devin Britton of Ole Miss 6-0, 6-1 to move on to the second round, where he will face a very familiar opponent: Tim Smyczek. The two played a memorable four-setter in December at the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff, with Williams winning to earn straight entry into the Australian Open. Smyczek went on to qualify for the main draw in Melbourne and won a match in the main draw.

Tennys Sandgren will be back on the courts Wednesday. He plays his first-round match against Blaz Rola, the current No. 1 for Ohio State who could well be in the top 300 professionally while competing in his junior year for the Buckeyes. Sandgren and Williams will also play doubles together.

John-Patrick Smith wrapped up his Australian Open stay last week by reaching the second round of doubles and losing a close one in the opening round of mixed doubles. He will start play next week at the $50,000 Burnie Challenger. 

Volquest Story On Dave Hart In Maryville

Tennessee Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart took part in the question-and-answer session at the Maryville Kiwanis Club. Volquest has this story on Hart's visit: Hart outlines A.D. priorities, challenges

Hart's comments included:

"Our financial position will not deter us at all from our pursuit of comprehensive excellence. We won't allow it to cut into the fiber of that mission. And again, we're fine," Hart emphasized. "One of the things we have to do initially is be better stewards of our own resources. So that's where it starts. And we're doing that, and we'll continue to do that.

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/23/13)

Happy Birthday - Jan. 23: Football's Alden Hill

Celebrating his birthday on Jan. 23 is redshirt freshman running back Alden Hill.

Alden Hill

VFL Morgan Cox Featured On SportingNews.com Cover

Former Vols long snapper Morgan Cox is featured on the front cover of SportingNews.com as part of a story on long snappers in the Super Bowl. Cox is the snapper for the Baltimore Ravens. Check out the story: Special forces.

Men's Tennis News Update (1/22/13)

The new ITA team rankings were released Tuesday, and the Vols (7-0) held steading at No. 19 after rolling off seven shutout victories against unranked opponents to start the year. New individual rankings will not come out until next month.

In other national news, TennisRecruiting.net released its national team signing class rankings of the new year Monday. The Vols signed five-star recruit Sean Karl of Brentwood, Tenn., and top-flight junior Markus Kerner of Tallinn, Estonia, during the early signing period, and that was more than enough to be listed at No. 10 nationally. The recruiting service also wished Karl a speedy recovery from cancer. Karl continues to undergo chemo treatments in his battle against Ewing sarcoma. 

Plus, some stories over the weekend from the Knoxville News Sentinel:

Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (1/22)

University of Tennessee faculty, students, staff and alumni are sharing their big ideas that are making a difference in the world around them. Recent Lady Vol track & field alum Elizabeth Tiller - a 2012 graduate in public administration and Spanish - shared her big idea of improving the lives of the homeless and underprivileged through a 5K fundraiser. Check out the video below.

Tickets for the 2013 Tennessee Football Signing Day Celebrations on Feb. 7 are officially sold out for the Knoxville and Nashville events. 

There are still tickets remaining to the Memphis event set to begin at 7:30 a.m.

To purchase tickets, visit http://www.uttix.com/recruitingcelebration

The celebration breakfast will be held at the Memphis Hilton (939 Ridge Lake Blvd. location) in the Tennessee Ball Room from 7:30-9 a.m. CST. Cost is $25 per person which includes breakfast. 

If 10 tickets are purchased on one order, they will be seated together at a full table. Parking is provided by the Hilton Memphis and space for the event is limited to the first 400 registrants. Each print-at-home ticket will serve as your admission ticket to the ball room.

Listen Back To Tobias Harris On Vol Calls

Former Vols star Tobias Harris was a guest on Vol Calls on Monday night. Listen back to his interview as he spoke about his time with the Milwaukee Bucks and reflects on his time with the Vols.

Listen to his interview at the 48:00 mark on UTSports.com/AllAccess.

For the season, Harris has played in 24 games with 14 starts. He is averaging 5.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game. 

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/22/13)

Check out this interview with Vols head coach Butch Jones on WSMV in Nashville. 

Here are some of the most recent stories from the media:

Happy Birthday - Jan. 22: Henry, Keesecker, Vereen

On Jan. 22, we wish Happy Birthday to redshirt sophomore long snapper Andrew Henry as well as recent football grad Daryl Vereen. Also celebrating on Jan. 22 is senior rower Andrea Keesecker.

Andrew Henry  Daryl Vereen  Andrea Keesecker

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin and Lady Vols assistant coach Dean Lockwood will be live guests at Calhoun's on the River as part of Vol Calls on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

Also former Vol and current Milwaukee Buck Tobias Harris will call in.

Listen live: UTSports.com/AllAccess

Softball Takes Part In Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade (1/21)


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee softball team took part in Knoxville's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday morning.

The Lady Vols gathered at St. John's Lutheran Church early Monday morning before heading down to the parade route. The team handed out candy to local children in the parade honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy as one of the most influential civil rights activists in American history.

"This is an event our team looks forward to every year," Tennessee co-head coach Karen Weekly said. "Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of great courage and conviction who stood against tremendous opposition to fight for equality. We were proud to join in the march on this day of celebration. It was especially neat to march with the members of St. John's Lutheran Church, the faith community of which Ralph and I are members and who are so supportive of our Lady Vol softball players."

Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/21/13)

Here's a look at the latest men's basketball stories on the heels of UT's 72-57 win over Mississippi State on Saturday:

Cox and Haralson Headed For Super Bowl

For the first time since 1997 both road teams won their conference championship games in the NFL as Baltimore and San Francisco will meet in the Super Bowl. Each team features a former Vol, as for the 21st time in 22 years a Tennessee product will play on football's biggest stage.

With the Ravens, long snapper Morgan Cox snapped 11 times on kicks and punts as the Ravens beat the Patriots 27-13

The 49ers rallied to beat the Falcons, 28-24. Defensive lineman Parys Haralson will make the trip with San Francisco, but he has been sidelined all season with an upper body injury.


Happy Birthday - Jan. 21: Baseball's Mike Smithson

On Jan. 21, former Vols baseball star and longtime major leaguer Mike Smithson celebrates his birthday. Smithson pitched eight years in the majors with the Rangers, Twins and Red Sox. In 2009 he was named to Tennessee's All-Century Team.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 20: Soccer's Lexi Krause

On Jan. 20, we send Happy Birthday wishes to soccer sophomore midfielder Lexi Krause.

Lexi Krause

Vols In NFL - Championships Edition

Four teams are left nearing the end of the 2012 NFL Season.

Atlanta Falcons
Baltimore Ravens
New England Patriots
San Francisco 49ers

And there is at least one NFL Vol on each of the teams.

This weekend, on Sunday, January 20, the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots will square off in their respective conference championships.

The Falcons, the No. 1 seed in the NFC, will go head-to-head with the No. 2 seeded 49ers. Representing the Vols on the Falcons is practice squad member Jacques McClendon while Parys Haralson is an NFL Vol 49er. Haralson has been on the injured reserve after tearing his tricep prior to the regular season.

In the AFC Championship, No. 2 seeded New England Patriots took over home field advantage after the Broncos fell last weekend. Jerod Mayo and Donte' Stallworth (IR) welcome in long snapper Morgan Cox and the No. 4 seeded Baltimore Ravens to Gillette Stadium.

NFC Championship
San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons Game Center
3:00 p.m. ET
Georgia Dome
Atlanta, Ga.

CBSSports.com: Falcons-49ers Preview
NFL.com: Movie Trailer-A Tale of Fire and Ice

AFC Championship
Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots Game Center
6:30 p.m. ET
Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Mass.

NFL.com: Ravens-Patriots Game preview
WEEI: Jerod Mayo Explains the Patriot Way
WEEI: Mayo: 'Ravens deserve to be here and so do we'
The Oakland Press: Ravens kicker's talent only surpassed by his confidence

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/20/13)

The Vols Pulled Away From MSU on Saturday for a 72-57 Win. Check out highlights from the victory as Jarnell Stokes had a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. 

Here is what the media wrote about the game:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Stokes, Golden reappear in Vols' win
- Inside Tennessee: Stokes smokes Bulldogs

Lathers Segment On ESPN Broadcast Of NFLPA Bowl

Check out what ESPN's Todd McShay and Joe Tessitore had to say about the Vols linebacker Herman Lathers during the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday in Carson, Calif. McShay, an expert on the NFL Draft, praised Lathers among his comments: "I would bet on this guy making it and having a long productive career in the NFL. ... Lathers has a chip on this shoulder. He's a multiple time All-SEC academic player, he's smart and he's highly productive. Just study South Carolina game this past year, you will think he can play in the NFL."

Watch the entire video of Lathers, who had several tackles in the game. 

Softball Nets 5 College Sports Madness Preseason All-Americans


Five Tennessee softball players earned 2013 College Sports Madness Preseason All-America honors. Senior Raven Chavanne was named to the First Team while seniors Lauren Gibson and Kat Dotson and juniors Ellen Renfroe and Madison Shipman garnered Second Team accolades.

UT had the most CSM Preseason All-Americans with only two other teams with three (Oklahoma, Alabama).

College Sports Madness: 2013 Preseason All-Americans

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/19/13)

The Vols football coaching staff will be introduced at Saturday's men's basketball game vs. Mississippi State at 4 p.m. 

Also on Saturday, four Vols will play in senior college all-star games. 

At 3 p.m. ET, Ben Bartholomew and Prentiss Waggner will play for the Stars Team in the Raycom College All-Star Classic. The game will air on CBS Sports Net. Bartholomew will be in his familiar No. 39 and Waggner will also wear his UT No. 23. 

At 6 p.m. ET, Herman Lathers and Marsalis Teague will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Lathers will wear No. 55 for the American team while Teague will wear No. 22 for the National team. The game will air on ESPN2. 

Also in the news on Saturday:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: New Vols assistant Steve Stripling 'prepared'

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/19/13)

The Vols take on Mississippi State this afternoon at 4 p.m. Get all you need to know about the game in: Vol Hoops Central: Mississippi State.

Here are the latest previews from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: McRae steps it up for struggling Vols
- Inside Tennessee: Reese on the rise

News on the Bulldogs includes:

- Starkville Daily News: Bulldogs go back on road

Headley to be Honored at Saturday's Men's Basketball Game

Former Vol and current San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley will be honored during the first quarter of Saturday's men's basketball game against Mississippi State which starts at 4 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Headley is coming off a breakout season in which he finished fifth in the National League MVP voting and earned both the National League Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for third basemen. 

The Fountain, Colo., native established himself as one of the top all-around players in the National League this season, finishing with a .286 batting average, 31 home runs and 115 RBIs, which led the Senior Circuit. Headley also reached safely in 146 games this season, which tied for the sixth-most for any NL player since 1962, and was tabbed the NL Player of the Month in both August and September.

Headley played at Tennessee from 2004-05, helping lead the Vols to the College World Series in his final year at Rocky Top. At UT, he hit .357 with 16 home runs and 88 RBIs in 110 career games. As a junior, he earned third-team All-America honors after winning the SEC batting title by hitting .387. He also led the league in walks (63), runs scored (82) and on-base percentage (.530). His work in the classroom did not go unnoticed either as he became just the fifth Tennessee baseball player to earn first-team Academic All-America accolades.

Nick Reveiz Hired At Carson-Newman

Former Vols football star Nick Reviez has been hired at Carson-Newman as a graduate assistant for the Eagles football program, working with the team's linebackers. Reveiz finished his career with the Vols in 2010 with a 108-tackle season, including a career high 14-tackle performance in the Music City Bowl versus North Carolina.

Check out this video interview with Nick: 

Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (1/18)

As the Tennessee track & field team gets ready for its second meet of the 2013 indoor season at Virginia Tech, former Vol, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Aries Merritt met with Yahoo! Sports to reflect on an incredible 2012 season. Check out the story below:

Happy Birthday - Jan. 18: Ashlyn Sunseri

On Jan. 18, we send Happy Birthday wishes to sophomore volleyball player Ashlyn Sunseri.

Ashlyn Sunseri

Lathers Impresses At NFLPA Bowl Practice

Vols linebacker Herman Lathers continues to impress at NFLPA Collegiate Bowl practices, Todd McShay on ESPN.com mentioned him again in this story: Lathers continues to impress

Here's what McShay wrote about the Vol: 

We mentioned Tennessee linebacker Herman Lathers in our Day 2 notebook, and on Day 3, he continued to impress. Linebackers coach Kurt Gouveia has been passionate about Lathers, who has fought through bone cancer. He is smart -- an academic All-SEC three times -- and plays with a chip on his shoulder. He is really growing on us as a football player and impressing us with his character.

LaMichael James

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/18/13)

Vols head coach Butch Jones is featured on the front of CBSSports.com's College Football page. Check it out along with the following feature: Rocky Top patience

The Bristol Herald Courier has a feature story on walk-on lineman John Allen-Michael Simcox: Simcox trying to live the dream

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/18/13)

The Vols met with the media on Thursday to preview the game vs. Mississippi State. Get the latest in the Vol Hoops Report: Jan. 17 including coach Cuonzo Martin's comments:

Here are the latest articles:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jordan McRae the Vols' lone scorer
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols in a major SEC slump

Martin was also a guest on the Knoxville News Sentinel SportsPage Show, here is what he had to say: 

Once A Lady Vol, Always a Lady Vol

As espnW's Total Access coverage of Tennessee continues, Mechelle Voepel caught up with former Lady Vols Shelley Sexton Collier, Candace Parker and Kyra Elzy to see the links that remained webbed among past, present and future Lady Vols.

-espnW: Once a Lady Vol, always a Lady Vol

Also in this week's Total Access, espnW's "Tenn Questions" features sophomore center Isabelle Harrison.

-espnW: Tenn Questions: Isabelle Harrison

The Lady Vols are on the road as they face the Auburn Lady Tigers Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET on CSS and ESPN3. Check out what media are saying about the match-up:

-Opelika Auburn News: Tigers ready for No. 9 Tennessee
-Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols aim to take care of little things against Auburn
-Inside Tennessee (subscription): Lady Vols to take on Auburn tonight

Once A Lady Vol, Always a Lady Vol

espnW's Mechelle Voepel caught up with former Lady Vols Shelley Sexton Collier, Candace Parker and Kyra Elzy to see the links that remained webbed among past, present and future Lady Vols.

-espnW: Once a Lady Vol, always a Lady Vol

Vols In NFL Gearing Up For Championship Weekend

As four NFL Vols gear up for the NFL Championship weekend, Jerod Mayo talked with the media Wednesday in advance of the Patriots AFC Championship rematch with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Vols have players on the rosters of all four teams in the "final four" weekend.

New England Patriots - Jerod Mayo, Donte' Stallworth (injured reserve)
Baltimore Ravens - Morgan Cox
Atlanta Falcons - Jacques McClendon (practice squad)
San Francisco 49ers - Parys Haralson (injured reserve)

UT is one of 8 schools at this point guaranteed to have at least one player that will earn a SuperBowl ring this season.

It also marks the 21st time in the last 22 years that a Vol is guaranteed to play in the superbowl.

Check out what Jerod Mayo had to say about the match up with the Baltimore Ravens

Lathers & Teague Prepping For NFLPA Collegiate Bowl

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is set for Saturday at 6 p.m. ET in Carson, Calif. Vols linebacker Herman Lathers and defensive back Marsalis Teague will be in action. The game will air on ESPN2. 

Lathers will be wearing No. 55 and playing for the American Team under coach Herman Edwards while  Teague will be wearing No. 22 and playing for the National Team for coach Dick Vermeil. 

On Thursday, practices will be shown on ESPNU and Watch ESPN from 1:30-3:30 pm and 4:30-6:30 pm.

Check out a report from ESPN.com which mentions Lathers "stood out" as practices are underway in California.

From the American team, two linebackers stood out Herman Lathers from Tennessee, who I saw play four times in person this year. He diagnoses the ball well. I like the way he goes downhill with good aggression. He's not the greatest athlete, but he's good enough in space.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/17/13)

Have you read our feature on new Defensive Quality Control Assistant and Vol For Life Terry Fair? Fair Trades Headset for... Headset

Here are a few recent stories from the media: 

- UT Daily Beacon: Hart's journey to find Jones

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/17/13)

As the Vols prep for the game against Mississippi State on Saturday, here's a look at some recent stories on the team:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT schedule about to take favorable turn
A very busy day for birthdays on Jan. 17. We start off with Happy Birthday wishes to our new head football coach Butch Jones.
Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones
Also celebrating today are senior rower Evelyn Radford and rising senior linebacker Dontavis Sapp.

Evelyn Radford  Dontavis Sapp

Recent graduates Emily Dowd, of the soccer program and Garrick Porteous of the golf program.

 Emily Dowd Garrick Porteous

From the archives, former Tennessee football punter Jimmy Colquitt turns 50.

Vols Advance To Sweet 16 In NCAA14 Cover Vote


The Vols have advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Football cover vote!

The Round of 16 voting begins on January 16 and will run through the 22nd with the top-8 schools moving on.

The Vols finished 13th in this round of voting behind SEC schools 1. Alabama, who had a runaway round beating its nearest competitor by 10,000 votes, 2. Texas A&M, 8. Georgia and 12. Florida.

Make sure you vote for the Vols as this week marks a fresh start in the polls!

Below are the schools advancing into the round of 16:



1. Alabama

  9. Navy

2. Texas A&M

10. Wisconsin

3. Michigan

11. Florida State

4. Ohio State

12. Florida

5. Oregon

13. Tennessee

6. Penn State

14. Nebraska

7. Notre Dame

15. Texas

8. Georgia

16. LSU

The NCAA Football Cover Vote has tallied more than 1.2 million votes to date. Third round voting will continue until January 22nd, and potential cover athletes from the final eight schools will be unveiled from January 23rd through February 3rd. Cover athlete-specific voting will begin on Monday, February 4th.

Former Vol Gaines Hired As Coach At Tusculum

Former Vols defensive back Teddy Gaines has been hired at Tusculum College as the Pioneers' secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator. 
He was a standout at Tennessee and was a top contributor in the Vols' secondary. A member of the 1998 National Championship Tennessee squad, Teddy was drafted in the seventh round of the 2002 National Football League Draft. He enjoyed stints with San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears. He also gained playing experience with the NFL Europe's Rhein Fire in Germany and the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.

Here is Gaines bio from UTSports.com and his head shot from his time at UT.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 16: Swimmer Troy Tillman

Happy Birthday on Jan. 16 to freestyle sophomore swimmer Troy Tillman.

Troy Tillman

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/16/13)

The Vols Dropped A 75-65 Decision At Kentucky on Tuesday night as Jordan McRae continued his hot-scoring stretch. Check out highlights from the game

Here's coverage from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Kentucky drops Tennessee Vols to 0-3 in SEC
- Inside Tennessee: Vols wilt at finish
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Golden, Stokes need to appear
- UT Daily Beacon: Vols fall 75-65 to UK; 0-3 SEC

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/15/13)

The Vols released their Updated 2013 Spring Football Roster with the addition of Five Newcomers.

Marsh, SEC Refs Back Pat

By: Sean Cartell
Twitter: @SEC_Sean
SEC Digital Network

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Dawn Marsh knows Tennessee head coach emeritus Pat Summitt a little better than most of her colleagues.

Marsh, just like her fellow Southeastern Conference women's basketball referees, has been on the receiving end of Summitt's famous stare more times than she can count, but for Marsh, that ire has come from a different perspective.

To continue reading, click here: SEC Women's Basketball Officials Back Pat

Happy Birthday - Jan. 15: Jackson, Wormsley

On Jan. 15, we send Happy Birthday wishes to senior sprinter/jumper Kia Jackson and sophomore baseball infielder Parker Wormsley.

Kia Jackson  Parker Wormsley

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/15/13)

The Vols look for their eighth win in their last 10 meetings against a defending national champion tonight at Kentucky. Get the latest on the series in Vol Hoops Central: Kentucky. Also from Monday, check out Vol Hoops Report: Jan. 14 and Cuonzo Martin Press Luncheon Transcript.

Here are the latest stories from the media: 

- Inside Tennessee: Less is Moore

News on the Wildcats includes:

Williams Narrowly Misses Major Upset in Australia

Former Vol Rhyne Williams was knocking on the door of his first Grand Slam and top-50 victory but could not quite close the deal Tuesday at the Australian Open.

Williams held two match points in the fourth set but lost 2-6, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (12), 6-1 in the opening round to 25th-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany in the first round at Melbourne Park. 

In an epic 26-point tiebreaker in the fourth set, Williams created a pair of match points against Mayer but the veteran managed to get out of trouble and pulled away in the final set. It was Williams' first true five-set match. He had played a four setter against Tim Smyczek in December to win the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff.

John-Patrick Smith also played his opening round on Tuesday, losing to Portugal's Joao Sousa for the second time in two weeks. With the home crowd backing him, the Aussie wild card could not dig out of an early hole, losing 6-4, 6-1, 6-4.

Smith is still scheduled to play doubles this week with John Peers.

"It was a tough match ... it wasn't the game I wanted but it was still a great experience and something I can learn from," Smith told the AAP. "I didn't serve great but the good thing is I've still got doubles and mixed coming up so it's not the end of the world."

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick will be a live guest at Calhoun's on the River as part of Vol Calls on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Men's coach Cuonzo Martin will call into the show as the team travels to Kentucky for tomorrow's game on ESPN. 

UT Soccer Alum Rhian Wilkinson Joins New League

Tennessee soccer alum and 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Rhian Wilkinson is joining many of her fellow Canadian National Team teammates along with stars of the U.S. and Mexican National Teams in the new National Women's Soccer League.

Wilkinson, who starred at Tennessee from 2000-03, is on the Boston Breakers along with six fellow FIFA players.

For more on the NWSL, check out this recent Soccernet article on ESPN.com.

Soccernet: Women's league allocates top players

Former UT Head Coach Bill Wright Featured in Knox Focus

The longest tenured coach in Tennessee baseball history, Bill Wright was featured in this week's edition of The Knoxville Focus. 

Wright, who passed away last April, recorded 408 wins in his 19 seasons at the helm of the Volunteer program from 1963-1981. 

Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/14/13)

Cuonzo Martin will meet with the media this afternoon to discuss the Vols game at Kentucky on Tuesday night on ESPN. The Vols have won seven of their last nine gams against defending national champions and have a chance to add to that number on Tuesday. Read up on the historic rivalry in Vol Hoops Central: Kentucky.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

Here are a few stories on the Wildcats, who dropped their last game to Texas A&M on Saturday.

- Lexington Herald-Leader: Fast Break: How Texas A&M beat Kentucky

Happy Birthday - Jan. 14: Max Arnold, Ed Walsh

Celebrating birthdays on Jan. 14 are football sophomore defensive back Max Arnold and senior All-America swimmer Ed Walsh.

Max Arnold  Ed Walsh

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/13/13)

A pair of Vols will be in action in the second AFC Divisional Playoff (Game Center) this afternoon (Jerod Mayo and Patriots vs. Arian Foster and Texans) at 4:30 p.m.

The Boston Globe has this story that mentions the former Tennessee teammates and what's at stake on Sunday: Texans' hopes largely rest on Arian Foster

Here's a look at a few stories on the current coaching staff from the media:

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/13/13)

The men's basketball team  fell just short at Alabama, losing 68-65. Check out highlights from the game.

Here are some recaps from the media:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Alabama edges Tennessee Vols, 68-65
- Inside Tennessee: Late turnovers doom Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols fall into a Steele trap, 68-65

Vols In NFL Playoffs Update

Ravens top Broncos in double OT 38-35

In a thrilling, over four-hour, double overtime game to begin the NFL Divisional Playoff Weekend, the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Denver Broncos 38-35 on a 47-yard field goal.

Five NFL Vols took part in the game.

For Denver: Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning.
For Baltimore: Morgan Cox

Peyton Manning finished his 2012 comeback season with a 28-for-43, 290 yard effort tossing three touchdowns but also two interceptions, one of which led to Baltimore's game winning field goal in double-overtime.

Manning moved into a tie with Dan Marino for the fourth-most playoff touchdowns thrown (32) and his three TD effort marked the 10th time this season that he has accomplished the feat. His three touchdowns also tied a Broncos single-playoff game record set by John Elway who did it three times during his Denver career, the last time coming in 1994.

Watch Manning's comeback road to the here

Britton Colquitt finished with five punts and a 44.4 yard average dropping three inside the 20 and two inside the 10.

Robert Ayers and Malik Jackson played for the Broncos, Ayers had a sack taken away due to an offsides penalty.

Morgan Cox snapped on each and every punt and kick during the game including the snap on the game-winnin 47 yard field goal to advance the Ravens to the AFC Championship. Baltimore will face the winner of the New England/Houston game to be played Sunday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. on CBS.

As the four-seed in the playoffs, the Ravens will continue to play on the road for their next playoff game.

Vols Legends Manning, Witten Make NFL All-Pro Team

Former Vols stars Peyton Manning an Jason Witten have been named to the 2012 NFL All-Pro Team as selected by a national panel of 50 media members.

The full team is here: 2012 NFL All-Pro Team

Manning was named the first-team quarterback and Witten the second-team tight end.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 12: Connolly, Dailey, McAdoo

On Jan. 12, we send Happy Birthday wishes to recent swimming graduate and All-SEC performer Jenny Connolly.

Also celebrating are sophomore thrower Deon McAdoo and recent Vol sprinter Deaundra Dailey.

Deon McAdoo  Deaundra Dailey

Dave Hart Article From Associated Press

Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics Dave Hart met with the Associated Press to discuss the state of the UT athletic department, check out the article here: Tennessee AD: Tennessee's brand still strong.

Among the key quotes from Hart include:

On Butch Jones:
"He has a great understanding of the total picture. He wants to re-engage with lettermen, with high school coaches. He's spending a lot of time balancing a lot of balls. He's very, very proficient at multitasking. He knows recruiting is at the top of the priority list because we've got to go find football players who can help us return to the top of the pyramid, in the SEC and nationally."

 On The Tennessee Fans

"They've been extremely supportive through some very roughwaters. We've been in choppy seas, and yet they haven't been intimidated, nor have they been deterred."

Vols In NFL - Divisional Playoffs

This weekend, seven more NFL Vols will be in action, all taking part in the AFC Divisional Playoffs.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos Game Center
After a 24-9 win over Indy last weekend, Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens will head across the country to face the AFC's No. 1 seed, the Denver Broncos. The Broncos, who finished the season with a 13-3 record, boast four NFL Vols on their roster, Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning.

The game will be the first game of the weekend and will take place Saturday, Janurary 12 at 4:30 p.m. on CBS.

The two teams will go head-to-head for the second time this season after meeting in Week 15, a 34-17 victory for the Broncos.

NFL News: Divisional Round: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos
NFL News: Baltimore Ravens will keep it close vs. Denver Broncos
NOLA.com: Baltimore Ravens at Denver Broncos: Five players to watch
Yahoo! Sports: Broncos enjoy having real deal behind center with Peyton Manning heading to playoffs
Newsday: Peyton Manning has made an amazing comeback
NFL News: Peyton Manning 0-3 in playoff tilts below 40 degrees
BaltimoreRavens.com: Ray Lewis vs. Peyton Manning One Last Time
DenverBroncos.com: Colquitt Nets Another Record


Green Bay Packers vs. San Francisco 49ers Game Center
Parys Haralson's 49ers, the No. 2 seed in the NFC will take on Green Bay Saturday, Janurary 12th at 8 p.m. on FOX. Haralson has been out all season with a torn triceps.

Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons Game Center
There are no NFL Vols in this game, but the Seahawks head to No. 1 seed Atlanta in the first game on Sunday, January 13th at 1 p.m. on FOX.

Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots Game Center
The final game of the weekend will pit NFL Vols Arian Foster and Jerod Mayo head-to-head as the Houston Texans take on the New England Patriots at 4:30 p.m. at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough at 4:30 p.m. on CBS.

The last time these two teams met was on Monday Night Football during Week 14, and Mayo and the Patriots came away the victory with a 28 point, 42-14 win.

Foster and the Texans advanced to the Divisional Playoffs with a 19-13 victory over the Bengals in which the NFL Vol became the first player to run for 100 yards in each of his first three playoff games in NFL history. The VFL gained 140 rushing yards on 32 carries with a touchdown. He also also had eight catches for 34 yards to gain 174 total yards.

His 425 yards gained on the ground in his first three playoff games was also an NFL record.

Mayo finished the regular season as the AFC leader in tackles and for a few weeks was the NFL's leading tackler. The NFL Vol, who played and started all 16 games at middle linebacker for the Patriots, also went over the century mark for the fourth time in his five year NFL career and finished with a team and AFC-leading 147 tackles. He ranks fourth in the NFL.

Mayo also tacked on three sacks, three passes defended, four forced fumbles (a career-high after tallying four through his first four seasons) and an interception during the regular season. Mayo is hailed as the quarterback of the Patriots defense and has led the team to its fourth-straight AFC East divisional championship and fourth-straight playoff appearance in his five seasons with the Patriots.

Patriots.com: Jerod Mayo Press Conference Transcript
Daily Press: Jerod Mayo spicing up Patriots' D
Boston Herald: Texans rave about Arian Foster's skills
MassLive.com: Patriots already know the drill: Stop Arian Foster, stop the Texans
Yahoo! Sports: Arian Foster turns columnist's anti-Texans jabs into his own Twitter avatar
Houston Chronicle: Ex-teammates Arian Foster, Patriots' Jerod Mayo meet again

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/12/13)

Catch up on the latest football stories from the media with these articles:

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/12/13)

The Vols look for their first conference win of the season as Tennessee travels to Tuscaloosa to face the Crimson Tide at 1 p.m., on Saturday. Get all the latest in Vol Hoops Central: Alabama.

Here are some previews: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols see need for defense at Alabama

News on the Tide includes:

Happy Birthday - Jan. 11: Dixon, Malik Jackson, Reese

On Jan. 11, we wish Happy Birthday to senior runner Breon Dixon as well as sophomore tennis player Hunter Reese.

Breon Dixon  Hunter Reese

Also celebrating is former All-SEC Vols football defensive lineman Malik Jackson, who is prepping for his first NFL playoff game this weekend with the Denver Broncos. 

Dave Hart Interview From Sports Animal

Tennessee Director of Athletics Dave Hart was a guest on the Sports Animal on Thursday. Listen back to his interview from Sports Talk with John Wilkerson and Jimmy Hyams.

Part 1 (Starts at 5:20 mark): SportsTalk with John & Jimmy, 4:00 - 4:15pm

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/11/13)

New Vols football staff members Azzanni, Stripling, Fair met with the media for the first time on Thursday. Check out this feature story on UTSports.com: Azzanni & Stripling Sprint To Work.

Here's your coverage from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Azzanni steps into big job as UT receivers coach
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols coach Butch Jones answers questions
- Inside Tennessee: Fair returns home

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/11/13)

The Vols head to Tuscaloosa on Friday as Tennessee takes on Alabama at 1 p.m., in a game that will air on ESPN2. 

Here are a few stories on the squad heading into the game: 

Australian Open Draw Released

Australian Open Singles Draw

Former Tennessee All-Americans Rhyne Williams and John-Patrick Smith learned their opponents for next week's Australian Open.

The draw was released Thursday evening (Wednesday in Melbourne, Australia). Both Vols received main draw wild cards and are in the third quarter of the 128-man tournament, meaning they should play their opening matches Tuesday. 

Williams, who got his wild card for winning the USTA Wild Card Playoff in December, takes on 25th-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany. Smith was added to the draw late last week by his home nation and takes on Portugal's Joao Souza in the first round. Smith lost to Souza in three sets in the final round of qualifying last week at the ATP event in Sydney. 

This will be Smith's Grand Slam singles debut, having played doubles in last year's Australian Open. It will be the first time multiple Tennessee players have been in a Grand Slam main draw since associate head coach Chris Woodruff and Doug Flach both played in the 1997 Wimbledon.

Tennys Sandgren plays the second round of Australian Open qualifying late tonight against Alex Bogomolov.

Manning Named To Pro Football Weekly All-NFL Team

Full Release

The postseason honors continue to flow for the NFL Vols as Peyton Manning earns a spot on the 2012 Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-NFL team.

Comprised of 14 AFC and 13 NFC selections, 21 of the 27 players chosen to the team are a part of the 2012 playoffs, including Manning and the Broncos.

The Broncos sewed up the No. 1 seed in the AFC with a resounding 38-3 win over Kansas City, on the final Sunday of the regular season. They will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs, beginning this Saturday with a meeting with the Baltimore Ravens on January 12 at 4:30 p.m. on CBS.

In his 15th season in the NFL, and his return to the gridiron, Manning set many career bests, Broncos records and NFL records in his first season re-donning an orange uniform.

The VFL earned a spot in his 12th Pro Bowl. His 12 selections are the most for a quarterback in NFL history. He is also the first quarterback to make a Pro Bowl one year removed from missing a full season due to injury or illness.

Manning also set some NFL records in 2012. Against Houston at the beginning of the season, Manning recorded his 64th career 300+ yard game, an NFL best passing Dan Marino in the record books. During the season Manning notched nine 300+ yard game, tying his career best and setting a Bronco record, while extending his NFL record to 72 games.

Manning finished the year with a three touchdown game against Kansas City to earn homefield advantage in the 2012 playoffs. The three TD performance was the 73rd of his career, passing Brett Favre for the NFL record. His 37 touchdowns in 2012 are also an NFL record for a quarterback aged 36 or older.

Manning finished the regular season with an 84.1 total quarterback rating, the only player better in the last five seasons was Aaron Rodgers who had an 86.2 rating last season.

Manning also threw for 4,659 passing yards, the second highest total in his career and a Bronco's record. He now holds single season Broncos records for passing yards, completions (400), touchdowns (37) and passer rating (105.8).

This season marked the 12th time in his career that Manning has passed for over 4,000 yards and he became the fifth player in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards with two different teams. He joins Drew Bledsoe (New England, Buffalo), Brett Favre (Green Bay, Minnesota), Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon (Oilers, Vikings) and Kurt Warner (St. Louis, Arizona).

Happy Birthday - Jan. 10: Austin, Craig, Steckenrider

On Jan. 10, we wish Happy Birthday to senior rower Paige Austin

Paige Austin

Former Vols baseball star and current Florida Marlins farmhand Drew Steckenrider

Drew Steckenrider

Vols swimming All-American Brad Craig. Check out this story about him: Craig leaving big mark on Tennessee swim program

Brad Craig

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/10/13)

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/10/13)

Here are some stories on the Vols including ones on the four players declaring for the NFL Draft. 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jason Witten earns Bart Starr Award

Vols Advance In NCAA14 Cover Vote


Round One of the NCAA Football Cover Vote is now officially complete with Tennessee emerging as one of the top-32 teams to move on to Round 2. With more than 600,000 total votes cast, Notre Dame earned the opening round victory.

The Vols, who were in 29th out of the 32 teams at the beginning of last week jumped up to 23rd at the end of voting.

Polls open today, Wednesday, January 9th for Round Two, and fans are encouraged to visit the NCAA FootballFacebook page to vote for their favorite team.

Below are the 32 schools advancing into the next round. Help the Vols into the round of 16 by voting!



1.  Notre Dame

17.  Alabama

2.  Stanford

18.  TCU

3.  Oregon

19.  Miami

4.  LSU

20.  Georgia

5.  Texas A&M

21.  Utah

6.  Ohio State

22.  Oklahoma

7.  Nebraska

23.  Tennessee

8.  Michigan

24.  Arkansas

9.  Kansas State

25.  Missouri

10.  Penn State

26.  Oregon State

11. West Virginia

27.  Georgia Tech

12.  Florida State

28.  Iowa

13.  Clemson

29.  Texas

14.  Florida

30.  Navy

15.  Kentucky

31.  USC

16.  Wisconsin

32.  BYU




















From this point forward, the field will be continually halved until a champion is crowned. Below is the schedule for the remainder of the rounds.

·         32 Schools

o    Voting Begins - 1/9

o    Voting Ends - 1/15

Sandgren Wins Opening Qualifying Match at Australian Open

Tennys Sandgren made his first step to join his teammates in the main draw of the Australian Open, winning his opening qualifying match 6-4, 6-4 Wednesday against Italy's Potito Starace at Melbourne Park. 

Sandgren now needs two wins to qualify for the main draw field of 128. He faces Russia's Alex Bogomolov Jr. next. 

Rhyne Williams and John-Patrick Smith, who received wild cards from the USTA and Tennis Australia respectively, are training in Melbourne to get ready for the first Grand Slam of 2013. It will be Smith's singles debut in a Grand Slam. Williams qualified for the US Open last year, so next week will mark his second major in his first trip Down Under.

The Pro Vols on Twitter:
Rhyne Williams: @RhyneWilliams
John-Patrick Smith: @jpatsmith
Tennys Sandgren: @TennysSandgren

Happy Birthday - Jan. 9: Big John Henderson

On Jan. 9, we wish Happy Birthday to "Big John" - John Henderson. The All-American went on to play more than a decade in the NFL with the Raiders and Jaguars. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/9/13)

SEC play opens for the men's basketball team tonight. Check out Vol Hoops Central: Ole Miss. Also, the Stokely Family will be honored at halftime.

Here are the latest previews and news on the Vols: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee's Trae Golden trying to shake slump
- Inside Tennessee: Vols need fast start

News on Ole Miss includes

Manning Named Colorado Athlete of the Year

From DenverBroncos.com --

On Tuesday, quarterback Peyton Manning was named the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the year, along with Olympic swimmer and gold medalist Missy Franklin. The selection committee named Manning the professional athlete of the year and Franklin the amateur athlete of the year.

The pair of winners met when Franklin visited a Broncos training camp practice in June.

Manning, a FedEx Player of the Year nominee, took home Colorado's professional athlete of the year award after a year in which he broke nearly every single-season passing record for the Broncos.

Manning finished 2012 - his first year as a Bronco -- with 4,659 yards on 400-of-583 passing for 37 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. His team records were in touchdown passes, completions, passing yards and completion percentage (68.6). His season passer rating of 105.9 was also a team record. He led the Broncos to 11 straight wins and a 13-3 seed, locking up the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

Manning and Franklin will be honored at a banquet on April 18 along with the newest Colorado Sports Hall of Fame inductees Steve Atwater, Don Baylor, Don Cockroft, Adam Foote, Steve Jones and Stan Williams. The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2013 was selected this past October.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 8: Jake Storey

On Jan. 8, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vols football player Jake Storey.

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/8/13)

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/8/13)

Vols In NFL Wrap Up (1/7)

Three NFL Vols were in action this past weekend during the Wild Card rounds and two of them were successful in advancing to the Divisional Playoffs on January 12th and 13th.

With Arian Foster and Morgan Cox moving on to the AFC Divisional Playoffs, a Vol is represented on every team taking part in the AFC games ultimately marking the 21st time in 22 years that at least one Vol will take part in the SuperBowl.

In the first game of the weekend, Arian Foster and the Texans beat the Cincinnati Bengals 19-13 to move on in the postseason. Foster became the first player to run for 100 yards in each of his first three playoff games in NFL history. The VFL gained 140 rushing yards on 32 carries with a touchdown. He also also had eight catches for 34 yards to gain 174 total yards. 

Foster and the Texans will play the New England Patriots in the Divisional Playoffs next weekend on Sunday, January 13 at 4:30 p.m. It will be a match-up between Foster and fellow Vol Jerod Mayo of the Patriots.

Marvin Mitchell's Vikings were the next team up. Mitchell got into the game but did not register a tackle in the 24-10 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field.

Morgan Cox was the final NFL Vol in action on the weekend as he and the Ravens took down the Colts 24-9 on the day.

Cox snapped on all kicks and punts on the day including a 23-yard field goal, three extra points and four punts.

The Ravens will move on to face four NFL Vols in Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning in Denver Saturday, January 12th at 8 p.m.

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

Be sure to join us at Calhoun's On the River in Knoxville for Monday's Vol Calls at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. The show will feature men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin on-site at Calhoun's. Women's basketball coach Holly Warlick will join the show via the phone and former Vol and current FOX Sports College and NFL football analyst Charles Davis will be on for a segment.  

Listen live at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on the Vol Network or via UTSports.com/AllAccess.

Happy Birthday #NFLVols Edition

Happy Birthday to Jarrod Shaw and Ramon Foster, two NFL Vol offensive linemen who share the same birthday!

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Ramon Foster, who played and started all 16 games of the season for the Pittsburgh Steelers turns 27 today while his younger teammate Shaw, who was activated to the 53-man roster after spending 2011 on the Browns practice squad turns 25.

Wish them a happy birthday on Twitter! @Mr_J_Shaw and @RamonFoster

Foster Named To USAFootball.com All-Fundamentals Team

After a 2012 season that saw him put up 1,424 yards rushing during the regular season, the second highest of his career, while playing and starting all 16 regular season games in 2012, Arian Foster has been named to USAFootball.com's All-Fundamentals Team.

Foster will take part in his third-straight Pro Bowl earning the start at running back for the AFC. He rushed for 15 touchdowns during the regular season which led all NFL rushers and caught another two. His 17 total touchdowns is also an NFL best. Foster is sixth in the NFL with his 1,424 yards and second in the AFC behind Jamaal Charles. Also this season, Foster has 351 rushing attempts and has fumbled the ball just three times, losing it only twice.

In his first game of the postseason, Foster helped the Texans to a 19-13 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals and in doing so became the first NFL player to record 100+ rushing yards in his first three preseason games. Foster put up 140 yards rushing on 32 attempts and tallied a touchdown while also recording 8 catches for 34 yards out of the backfield. The 425 rushing yards that Foster gained in his first three postseason games is also an NFL record.

Foster also hit the century mark for the eighth game in the 2012 season marking the third-straight season that he has had at least eight 100-yard games.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/7/13)

Get the latest on the football squad with the following stories from the media:

Happy Birthday - Jan. 7: Fickey, Jeter, Stokes

Jan. 7 is a big day for birthdays among Tennessee student-athletes. Celebrating are tennis sophomore Brandon Fickey, senior volleyball player Kayla Jeter and basketball sophomore Jarnell Stokes.

Brandon Fickey  Kayla Jeter  Jarnell Stokes

Serrano to Appear on WIVK's Andy and Alison Show on Monday

Tennessee head baseball coach Dave Serrano will appear on the "Andy and Alison Show" on WIVK FM 107.7 during the eight o'clock hour on Monday morning to promote the upcoming 2013 Leadoff Banquet with George Brett and Chris Burke and the start of the 2013 season next month. 

Vol fans can listen online at WIVK.com

To purchase tickets to the 2013 Leadoff Banquet, visit UTTix.com/baseballbanquet.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 6: Bailey, Knotts, Linn

Pair of birthdays in the Tennessee track & field programs on Jan. 6. Celebrating are thrower Tavis Bailey and recent graduate and 2012 Torchbearer Award winner Chelsea Knotts.

Tavis Bailey  Chelsea Knotts

Also celebrating a birthday is the "original" Jeremy Linn, who swam for Tennessee in the 1990s and went to win a silver medal for USA in the 1996 Olympics. 

Check out this story from last winter: What does swimmer Jeremy Linn think of Jeremy Lin?

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/6/13)

The Vols open their SEC schedule on Wednesday as Ole Miss comes to Thompson-Boling Arena. Here's a look at some of the latest stories about Cuonzo Martin's team:

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/6/13)

Classes resume for Tennessee students this Wednesday and with that the football squad will return to campus this week. Here's a look at the latest stories about the football team from the media:

Foster Sets NFL Record In Texans Playoff Win

Congrats to Arian Foster and the Texans for winning their Wild Card game on Saturday afternoon, beating the Bengals, 19-13. The VFL became the first player to run for 100 yards in each of his first three playoff games in NFL history. Foster gained 140 rushing yards on 32 carries with a touchdown. He also also had eight catches for 34 yards to gain 174 total yards. 

Foster and the Texans will play the New England Patriots in the Divisional Playoffs next weekend. It will be a match-up between Foster and fellow Vol Jerod Mayo of the Patriots. 

Smith Receives Australian Open Wild Card

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith was given one of the final main draw wild cards to the Australian Open, Tennis Australia announced Saturday. 

Smith will make his Grand Slam singles debut at Melbourne Park, an appearance that will net him at least $27,000, more than half the prize money he made in all of 2012. Currently No. 244 in the ATP World Tour Rankings, Smith is coming off a season in which he captured to singles titles, including his first at the Challenger level.

Smith will join former teammate Rhyne Williams in the Australian Open field of 128. Williams, ranked No. 190, earned the USTA's wild card by winning an eight-man playoff in December. 

Tennys Sandgren is set to play qualifying singles at the Australian Open. The 2011 UT All-American was a semifinalist at the USTA playoff that Williams won.

Both Smith and Williams are currently in the third round of qualifying at the Apia International Sydney, an ATP 250 event. They each won two straight-set matches Saturday. 

Happy Birthday - Jan. 5: Arencibia, Johnson, Wortham

On Jan. 5, we send Happy Birthday wishes for former Vols baseball star and current Toronto Blue Jay J.P. Arencibia.

Also celebrating on Jan. 5 are Ty-Vonna Johnson, who competes for cross country and track field along with recent track graduate Ellen Wortham.

Ty-Vonna Johnson  Ellen Wortham

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/5/13)

Vols In NFL Playoffs!

Four Vols and their teams will take part in the NFL Playoffs this weekend.

Here is everything you need to know to follow the NFL Vols throughout the first round of the playoffs.

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Houston Texans Game Center

Vols Jason Allen and Arian Foster will square off in the first game of the weekend as the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans face off at 4:30 p.m. at Reliant Stadium on NBC.

The Bengals are 7-5 on the year and took the final Wild Card spot in Week 16 of the regular season.

Allen played in just four games this season in his first year with the Bengals making three tackles. The veteran cornerback registered two tackles against Washington in a 38-31 win at the end of September but was inactive until a three-game stretch in December.

The Texans earned the No. 3 seed in the playoffs after finishing with a 12-4 record.

Foster has tallied 1,424 yards rushing in his fourth NFL season, the second highest of his career, playing and starting all 16 games in 2012. He also rushed for 15 touchdowns, leading all NFL rushers and caught another two. His 17 total touchdowns is also an NFL best. Foster is sixth in the NFL with his 1,424 yards and second in the AFC behind Jamaal Charles.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers Game Center


Marvin Mitchell and the Minnesota Vikings, with a 37-34 win over Green Bay on Sunday at home, earned the right to their playoff spot. They will head out to Green Bay this weekend for a rematch with the Packers at 8 p.m. in the Wild-Card Round.

Marvin Mitchell battled the injury bug in 2012 but finished the regular season playing in 11 games while starting one for the Minnesota Vikings. Mitchell finished with nine tackles and a forced fumble on the year.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Baltimore Ravens Game Center


Morgan Cox and the Ravens earned the fourth seed in the playoffs in the AFC and will play the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at 1 p.m. on CBS.

Cox was the Ravens primary longsnapper snapping on each and every punt and kick of the 2012 season, his third in the NFL. For the Ravens Cox snapped a total 164 times on 83 punts, 44 extra points and 33 field goal attempts.

Butch Jones On The Tim Brando Show

If you missed football coach Butch Jones' appearance on the Tim Brando Show on Yahoo Sports Radio on Friday, listen to it again, right here: Butch Jones: New Guy On The Job.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 4: C.Brown, Drummer, Kephart

On Jan. 4, we have our first birthdays of the new year for our Tennessee student-athletes. Celebrating are junior soccer Caroline Brown and football receiver/holder Tyler Drummer. Also celebrating is recent soccer graduate Chelsea Kephart.

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Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/4/13)

Who's ready for an #OrangeOut? The Vols host Memphis tonight at 8 p.m., Get all you info on the match-up right here: Vol Hoops Central: Memphis.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Stokes eager to play hometown Tigers team
- Inside Tennessee: Josh, Vols host Memphis
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT-Memphis rivalry worth saving
- Knoxville News Sentinel: "The Ernie and Bernie Show"

Vote For The Vols On The NCAA 14 Cover

VOTE HERE -- Click More and the Vote for Tennessee!

The Vols have found themselves ready to move on to the second round in the quest to secure the next NCAA Football cover. As the first round of voting enters the homestretch, voting will conclude on Monday, January 7, the Vols sit in 29th place out of 32 teams who will move on. Notre Dame and Oregon are in first and second place respectively.

Help the Vols secure their spot in the second round of voting and beyond Big Orange Nation!

Teams advancing to the second round of the Cover Vote will be announced on Facebook at halftime of the BCS National Championship Game on Monday, January 7th.

Here's the full list of the 32 schools currently primed to enter the next round.



1. Notre Dame

17. Alabama

2. Oregon

18. TCU

3. LSU

19. Miami

4. Ohio State

20. Utah

5. Texas A&M

21. Georgia

6. Nebraska

22. Oklahoma

7. Michigan

23. Missouri

8. Kansas State

24. Oregon State

9. Stanford

25. Georgia Tech

10. Penn State

26. Arkansas

11. Florida State

27. Iowa

12. West Virginia

28. Texas

13. Florida

29. Tennessee

14. Kentucky

30. Navy

15. Clemson

31. BYU

16. Wisconsin

32. Army


Totals have been calculated through votes on primary polls on Facebook as well as several smaller polls highlighting rivalries, traditions, legendary college football players and more.

Manning Ties NFL Record With Sixth Monthly Honor

Former Vols star Peyton Manning earned his NFL-record tying sixth conference player of the month honor on Thursday as he was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December. Here is the full release from Denver Broncos.com.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. - For the second time in three months, and just one day after earning the conference's player of the week award, quarterback Peyton Manning has been named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Month.

Manning completed 123-of-174 passes for an NFL-best 70.7 completion percentage during the month of December. That completion rate was seven percent higher than the next closest passer.

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He also paced the AFC in yards per attempt (8.0), touchdowns (11), first-down percentage (42 percent) and a passer rating of 108.4 that was 18.1 points higher than the next closest player.

The 15th-year signal caller became just the third quarterback in NFL history (Kurt Warner, 2001/Drew Brees, 2011) to lead his team to a perfect record in the final month of the season while passing for at least 1,300 yards, throwing for at least 10 touchdowns and completing 70 percent of his passes.

The Broncos' 5-0 record in December helped the club secure the AFC's top playoff seed.

The monthly award is the sixth of his career, tying him for the most career monthly accolades since the award began in 1986. Manning had never won two in the same season prior to this year.

Manning previously earned the award this season for the month of October, in which he passed for 951 yards with nine touchdowns and one interception for a passer rating of 126.7.

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Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/3/13)

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/3/13)

The intra-state rivalry continues on Friday night as Memphis comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for an 8 p.m., tip. Get all your gameday info in Vol Hoops Central: Memphis and the latest Vol Hoops Report: Jan. 2.

Here are recent stories from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols call for "Orange out" against Memphis

SEC Previews

The Lady Vols begin conference action Thursday at 9 p.m. at South Carolina. Check out what media are saying for Tennessee's first league game this year.

-Knox News Sentinel: SEC Women's Preview
-Knox News Sentinel: John Adams: Lady Vols need a boost from perimeter
-Inside Tennessee (subscription): Lady Vols to open SEC on the road

Vol Calls - Wednesday Night At 8 p.m.

Both basketball head coaches Cuonzo Martin and Holly Warlick will be call-in live guests on Vol Calls on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Listen to the show which airs live from Calhoun's on the River, on the Vol Network or live on UTSports.com/AllAccess.

Tennessee Women's Basketball Briefing

Pat Summitt's son, Tyler, is stepping into his own as an assistant coach for the women's basketball team at Marquette. Read about his journey to Milwaukee.

-espnW: Tyler Summitt finds calling as coach

espnW caught up with junior guard Meighan Simmons. Check out what she has to say about a number of topics in "Tenn Questions: Meighan Simmons."

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ON TOUR: Smith Gets First Doubles Win in ATP Event

Former SEC Athlete of the Year John-Patrick Smith collected his first doubles victory in an ATP event Wednesday at the Brisbane International. 

Smith and frequent doubles partner John Peers were put in the draw as alternates and made the most of their opportunity, defeating Americans Brian Baker and Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4. The collegiate duo faces singles standouts Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori on Thursday.

Smith and Rhyne Williams both lost in the first round of singles qualifying late last week, but Smith and Peers stayed in Brisbane and got the nod to play doubles after the Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek had to withdraw because of an eye infection.

Williams will play qualifying at the ATP Sydney event this weekend.

The college tennis season is almost underway, with the Vols set to open the season at home Jan. 17 against Tennessee Tech. The ITA will release its first team rankings of the season, in addition to individual and regional rankings, on Thursday. Tennessee finished the 2012 season ranked 20th as a team and are returning all six starters in addition to adding senior John Collins and newcomers Bartosz Sawicki and Sebastian Yllera in January.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/2/13)

As 2013 gets into full swing, get the latest on the Vols right here with these stories from the media:

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/1/13)

As we welcome in the new year, here are the latest stories related to Vol Football. 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols head up All-SEC NFL team
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Herman Lathers invited to seniors game

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