February 2013 Archives

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/28/13)

The orange-hot Vols ride their six-game win streak into Georgia on Saturday. Check out the latest on Cuonzo Martin's team with these articles:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Does UT control its NCAA destiny?
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Defense still rules Vols' roost
- UT Daily Beacon: Vols still have work to do

Happy Birthday - Feb. 28: A.Davis, J.Croom, A.Posey

A busy day for birthdays in the Tennessee football family. Celebrating on Feb. 28 at Vol For Life Coordinator and former Vols All-American Antone Davis, redshirt freshman receiver Jason Croom and sophomore offensive lineman Alan Posey.

Antone Davis  Jason Croom  Alan Posey

Vols' Photographer Featured On Scott Kelby's Blog

The University of Tennessee Athletic Department's head photographer Donald Page, who is in his first year with the Vols, was featured this morning on Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider blog. Kelby is the Editor-in-Chief for Photoshop User Magazine and one of the top photographers in America. Below is a quick sample of Page's work at Tennessee, but for more on the rising star click the blog link below. 

Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider Blog: Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Donald Page

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/27/13)

The Tennessee basketball won its sixth game in a row and beat a ranked Florida team for the third time in two seasons as the Vols  won 64-58 over the #8 Gators on Tuesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. Check out highlights of the game:

Here's coverage from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Players, fans expecting victories now from Vols
- Inside Tennessee: Vols post 'statement win'
- Volquest: Vols stay on point

Vols up to No. 8 in ITA Team Rankings

Thanks to a difficult road schedule to start the season, the Vols debuted at No. 8 in the first ITA computerized national team rankings of the college tennis season on Tuesday.

The Vols (12-3) already have wins over No. 11 Texas A&M, No. 17 Illinois (twice) and No. 22 Wake Forest. Tennessee opens SEC play Friday against rival No. 9 Georgia on the road in a match normally reserved for the season finale. 

New individual rankings were released. Sophomore Mikelis Libietis, who has a team-leading 24 wins this season, leads the way at No. 13, followed by No. 33 Hunter Reese and No. 76 Brandon Fickey. The ranking for Fickey is a career best.

In doubles, two of the Vols' three doubles teams are now in the national rankings. Libietis and Jarryd Chaplin slipped to No. 40, while Edward Jones and John Collins debuted at No. 34. 

Are You The Ultimate UT Fan? Show Us!

Do you think you are the ultimate Tennessee Athletics fans? Well today is the day to show us! With three games on campus, we are looking to reward those of you who attend all three games:

Tweet to @Vol_Sports with photos showing you were at each game today and you will receive a special Tennessee Prize Pack! 

Photos must be from today's games, so show yourself with the players, scoreboard or game program in the background.

We will direct message fans that win. Good luck and Go Vols!

Catchings to Hold Clinic, Speak at FCA Banquet

Former Lady Vol and three-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings will speak to the FCA's Road to Victory banquet on March 5 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Catchings will conduct a basketball clinic earlier that day at the Chattanooga Convention Center. The clinic is open to girls from any area middle school, high school, recreational league, Upward or AAU team. The first 300 registering receive FCA bags. Anyone interested in attending the free clinic must register by Friday, March 1, by calling 423-877-3561.

Catchings led the Indiana Fever to its first WNBA title last fall and was named the WNBA Finals MVP.

Times Free Press: Wiedmer: Catchings great catch for FCA

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/26/13)

Florida comes to town for the only meeting between the Gators and the Vols on Tuesday night. Get the full preview and all your gameday info in: Vol Hoops Central: Florida. Cuonzo Martin and the players met with the media on Monday, check out what they had to say: Cuonzo Martin Press Luncheon 2/25.

Here are the previews and more from the media: 

- Inside Tennessee: Three's the key
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Florida, Vols -- it's another big game

News from Florida includes:
- Gainesville Sun: Gators fall to No. 8

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

Vol Calls returns to the airwaves tonight at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT live from Calhoun's on the River. Calling in to join in the action will be men's basketball Cuonzo Martin, women's basketball coach Holly Warlick and baseball coach Dave Serrano. 

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

2013 Tennessee Softball Walk-up Songs (2/25/13)

Below are the walk-up songs for 2013 Tennessee softball team. Click on this link to listen to a Spotify playlist of most of the songs: http://t.co/4ZWv9XoFro

Hannah Akamine - "Hot Stepper" by Ini Kamoze

Melissa Brown - "Supermassive Black Hole" by Muse

Jennifer Burroughs - "I'm Different" by 2 Chainz

Raven Chavanne - "Good Morning" by Chamillionaire

Melissa Davin - "Rock Star" by R. Kelly (ft. Ludacris and Kid Rock)

Kat Dotson - "Mind Your Manners" by Chiddy Bang

Erin Gabriel - Pitching: "Live Like You're Dying" by Kris Allen; Hitting: "Ayy Ladies" by Travis Porter

Lauren Gibson - "I Don't Really Care" by Waka Flocka Flame ft. Trey Songs

Rainey Gaffin - "Pumps And A Bump" by M.C. Hammer

Whitney Hammond - "Simon Says" by Pharoahe Monch

Tory Lewis - "Ball" by T.I. (ft. Lil Wayne)

Lexi Overstreet - "Walk" by Pantera

Anna Renfroe - "Afterlife" by Switchfoot

Ellen Renfroe - "Alive In You" by 7eventh Time Down

Ivy Renfroe - "Ignition" by TobyMac

Madison Shipman - "Wobble" by V.I.C.

Cheyanne Tarango - Hitting: "I Gotta Feeling" by Black Eyed Peas

Haley Tobler - "R.I.P." by Young Jeezy

Hannah Trainer - "Titanium" by David Guetta (ft. Sia)

Stories On Vols At NFL Combine

Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/25/13)

The Vols' four-overtime win at Texas A&M is one that no Tennessee fan will forget for a long time.

Check out some more coverage on the epic contest:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Texas Vol fans welcome new era

Happy Birthday - Feb. 25: Tennis' Joanna Henderson

On Feb. 25, we send Happy Birthday wishes to tennis' Joanna Henderson

Joanna Henderson 

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/24/13)

The Vols won the longest game in the school's basketball history on Saturday, outlasting Texas A&M 93-85, in four overtimes. Check out highlights of the memorable game:

Here's what the media wrote about the classic:

- Inside Tennessee: Marathon men

Happy Birthday - Feb. 24: F.Reveiz, A.Richardson

A pair of birthdays to celebrate in the Vol football family on Feb. 24. 

We send Happy Birthday wishes for All-SEC kicker Fuad Reveiz, who played 10 years in the NFL with the Dolphins, Chargers and Vikings. His sons Nick and Shane also went on to play for the Vols. 

All-SEC offensive tackle Antonio Richardson turns 21 on Feb. 24. 

Jones, Berry At 104.5 The Zone SportsFest On Saturday


Vols head coach Butch Jones and former Vols All-American Eric Berry will appear at 104.5 The Zone SportsFest in Nashville on Saturday. Jones will speak at 10 a.m. CT, while Berry will take the stage at 12 Noon CT.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. CT. Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12). Children under 3 are free. 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 23: Football's Jerod Mayo

On Feb. 23, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols football All-American and current NFL Pro Bowler Jerod Mayo of the New England Patriots.

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/23/13)

The Vols look for their fifth win a row on Saturday at Texas A&M, in the teams first meetings as conference opponents. Check out all you need to know about the game in Vol Hoops Central: Texas A&M. The latest from the Vols can be found in Vol Hoops Report: Feb. 21 including Coach Martin's comments heading into the game:

Here's a look at the media's previews:

- Inside Tennessee: Vols visit Texas A&M today
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Suddenly, beating Texas A&M is a big deal

Vols Offseason Workout Photo Gallery (2/22/13)

The Vols continued their off-season workouts on Friday. Check out a photo gallery from @Vol_Photos of the session:  Photo Gallery  

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Abbott Re-Signs with Chicago Bandits for 2013

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Former Lady Vol pitcher Monica Abbott has re-signed with the Chicago Bandits for the 2013 season, as announced by Chicago Bandits GM Aaron M. Moore.

Abbott is the reigning Pitcher of the Year and finished with a league-high 14 wins and 190 strikeouts during the regular season. In 2011, her first season with the Bandits, she led the Bandits to its second Cowles Cup Championship.

Abbott was drafted out of Tennessee in 2007 and spent time with the Washington Glory, USSSA Pride and Tennessee Diamonds.

To see the full release, click here.

2013 Tennessee Baseball Walk-Up Songs

The complete list of walk-up songs for the 2013 Tennessee baseball team is below. 

LISTEN HERE to hear a Spotify playlist of selected UT walk-up songs.

Davis Aiken - "HillBilly Deluxe" by Brooks and Dunn
Ethan Bennett- "Nothin but a Good Time" by Poison
Pierce Bily- "Paradise" by Coldplay
Trevor Charpie- U Don't Know" by Jay-Z
Andy Cox- "We Still in This" by B.o.B.
Matt Esparza- "2am" by Slightly Stoopid
Michael Flax- "Paradise City" by Guns n Roses
Zack Godley- "Kick it in the Sticks" by Brantley Gilbert
David Houser- "Pickin' Wildflowers" by Keith Anderson
Vincent Jackson- "Brooklyn (Go Hard)" by Jay-Z
Robbie Kidd - "By the Way" by Young Jeezy
Derek Lance- "My Kinda Party" by Jason Aldean
Andrew Lee- "The Time is Now" by John Cena
Heath Loyd- "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch
Zach Luther- "The Time is Now" by John Cena
Will Maddox- "Welcome to Jamrock" by Damien Marley
Jason Manis- "Stay Schemin'" by Rick Ross
Eric Martin- "Imperial March" by John Williams
Jeff Moberg- "No One Left" by Kid Ink
Drake Owenby- "Juicy" by Notorious B.I.G.
Scott Price- "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" by Jake Owen
Aaron Quillen- "No Diggity" by Blackstreet, featuring Dr. Dre
Dalton Saberhagen - "Blow Up" by J. Cole
A.J. Simcox - "Good Life" by Kanye West
Taylor Smart - "Stay Fly" by Three 6 Mafia
Christin Stewart- "Ambition" by Wale
Blake Thomas - "It'z Just What We Do" by Florida Georgia Line
Vance Vizcaino- "Danza Kuduro" by Don Omar featuring Lucenzo
Nick Williams - "Rebel" by Lecrae
Parker Wormsley- "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons

Happy Birthday - Feb. 22: Rashad Baker

On Feb. 22, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols defensive back Rashad Baker, who played with the Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills in the NFL. Baker was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2000 and a third-team All-American that season. 

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/22/13)

Get the latest on the football squad with a few features:

- GoVols247 takes a look at the newest members of the Vols' defensive line: Stripling satisfied with DL signees.

- Nooga.com explores the Vols' quarterback situation with this story: UT spring position preview: Quarterback.

Vols At NFL Combine Media Day

Check out coverage of Tennessee's players at the NFL Combine with these videos from Jim Wyatt at the Tennessean. Quarterback Tyler Bray, offensive lineman Dallas Thomas and tight end Mychal Rivera met with the media.

Also to read:

Summitt to be Featured in "Nine for IX" Series

Lady Vol Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt will be featured in ESPN Films and espnW's "Nine for IX" series, which will air on this summer.

The documentary series focuses on women who have made an impact on the sports world and paved the way for females in athletics. The entire series was shot and put together by female filmmakers.

Summitt's feature titled "Pat XO" is produced by Robin Roberts, and her son, Tyler, acts as the lead storyteller. It also shares recollections from Chamique Holdsclaw, Tamika Catchings, Michelle Marciniak and Peyton Manning, to name a few.

Summitt is the winningest coach in the history of NCAA basketball, with a 1,098-208 record (.840). She spent 38 years at the helm of the Lady Vol basketball program, coaching eight NCAA Championships and 32 combined Southeastern Conference titles.

The series premieres on July 2 on ESPN and the films will air over consecutive Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. ET. You can check out an intro into the series from Robin Roberts and Pat Summitt here.

espnW: ESPN Films and espnW Announce Nine for IX

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/21/13)

Check out the latest on the orange-hot Vols, as they look for their fifth win in a row on Saturday at Texas A&M:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols getting the shooting bug

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/21/13)

Vols head coach Butch Jones spoke to the Knoxville Tip-Off Club on Wednesday, check out these stories about what he said, plus the latest on the team as spring practice is a little more than two weeks away: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones impressing 'my mentality' on Vols during gruelling workouts

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones gave raspy address to Big Orange TipOff Club

- WVLT: Vols coach Jones criticizes NCAA rule changes

Also in the news:

- GoVols247: Martinez happy with Vols' DB haul

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols should be California dreaming in football

Jones Featured In UT Daily Beacon

Vols head coach Butch Jones continues to take part in media interviews. On Tuesday, he sat down with the Tennessee student newspaper, the UT Daily Beacon, check out this feature: Jones discusses future of program, UT family

Happy Birthday - Feb. 20: Baseball's Julio Borbon

On Feb. 20, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vols baseball star Julio Borbon. In 2005, Borbon helped the Volunteers reach the College World Series and was third on the team with a .350 batting average. His teammates that year included current major leaguers Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Luke Hochevar of the Kansas City Royals. Borbon led the Volunteers with a .366 batting average and 19 stolen bases in 2006 and in 2007, his final season, had a .345 batting average.

Borbon was a first-round selection by the Texas Rangers in 2007 and has been with them ever since. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/20/13)

It was a career night for Jordan McRae as the Vols won their fourth game in a row, 82-72 over LSU. Check out the highlights including McRae's monster dunk.

Here are stories from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Martin's Vols putting it all together lately
- Inside Tennessee: McRae goes off versus LSU
- Knoxville News Sentinel: McCrazy: Vols beat LSU behind McRae's 34
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jordan McRae was the man

Tennessee Is No. 4 In ESPN Power Rankings (2/19/13)


The No. 4/4 Tennessee softball team is ranked No. 4 in Graham Hays' ESPN Power Rankings. Check it out!

ESPNW: Graham Hays' Power Rankings

NFL Network's Mike Mayock On Hunter, Patterson

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock spoke about Vols receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter, who are taking part in the NFL Combine starting this Saturday. Here are his comments from a conference call held on Monday:

On Cordarrelle Patterson:
"From a height, width, speed, talent perspective, he might be one of the most talented physical specimens in this class. I think he's taking your breath away from the ability to make plays especially after he gets the ball in his hands. He's a special talent."

On Justin Hunter:
"He's one of those guys that's probably going to run fast. He's probably from a height, weight, speed per perspective going to flash at the Combine, open some eyes. I watched a lot of tape of him. I think he's raw and a developmental guy. For me, that's not a first round guy. 

"Now he's got the tools, and in two years from now he might be special. But for me right now I've got him in the second round. I've got him about my eighth wide receiver on my board and a second round pick."

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/19/13)

The Vols seek their fourth win in a row on Tuesday as LSU comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 7 p.m., matchup on ESPNU. Check out Vol Hoops Central: LSU. Coach Martin met with the media on Monday, read his Cuonzo Martin Press Luncheon or watch it here:

Here are previews from the media: 
- Inside Tennessee: 'Guarded' optimism
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols were pressing for help, found answers
- Rocky Top Talk: Tennessee vs LSU Preview
- UT Daily Beacon: Vols look to keep confidence

From Louisiana, here are some previews:
- Associated Press: Tough road trip

NFL Vol Prospects Update (2/18)

With the NFL Combine almost upon us its time for an update on the NFL Vol Prospects who will be taking part in the yearly event.

The Combine will run from Wednesday, Feb. 20 to Tuesday, Feb. 26 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Five Vols have been invited to the event

QB Tyler Bray
WR Justin Hunter
WR Cordarrelle Patterson
TE Mychal Rivera
OL Dallas Thomas

and will be joining the field of 333 college athletes who will try and prove themselves for a spot on an NFL Roster.

Take a look at some of these stories highlights the NFL Combine bound Vols.

TimesFreePress.com: SEC Ready To Invade NFL Combine
SB Nation: 2013 NFL Draft: Justin Hunter or Cordarrelle Patterson?
Ohio.com: 2013 NFL Draft: A look at possible Browns target Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee WR
SI.com: 2013 NFL Draft One to Watch- WR Cordarrelle Patterson
SI.com: 2013 NFL Draft scouting combine preview: Offense
Palm Beach Post: Mel Kiper: Cordarrelle Patterson the only WR 'that would make sense' for Miami Dolphins at No. 12
Packer Report: Bill's Combine Research: Tight Ends
SI.com: Dallas Cowboys: Pre-Combine Mock Draft Update

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

Be sure to tune into Vol Calls on Monday night, coming to you live from Calhoun's on the River. Women's Basketball Coach Holly Warlick will be on site starting at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Men's coach Cuonzo Martin will join the show on the phone around 8:15 p.m.

The featured guest will be Super Bowl Champion Morgan Cox of the Baltimore Ravens, who will join the show around 8:40 p.m.

LISTEN LIVE on UTSports.com/AllAccess.

Smith Wraps Up First LPGA Event

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Former Lady Vol Nicole Smith competed in her first LPGA event over the weekend at the 2013 ISPS HANDA Australian Open in Canberra, Australia. Smith tied for 80th out of a field of 157 competitors.

The Riverside, Calif., native wrapped up the tournament 4-over par 296. She posted a 1-under 72 card in the first and second rounds each, while hitting even-par 73 in the third round. She finished the fourth and final round at 6-over 79. The top 82 competitors from the first and second rounds moved on to the third and fourth rounds.

Through the tournament, Smith notched one eagle and 11 birdies.

Smith's next LPGA event takes place March 14-17 at the RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup in Phoenix, Ariz.

For complete results, click here.

Mansson Finishes 28th at LPGA International Legends

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Former Lady Vol Nathalie Mansson finished in a tie for 28th at the LPGA International Legends Tournament, a part of the Suncoast Ladies Series.

Mansson shot a first-round score of 7-over par 79, followed by a second-round comeback of 1-over par 73. The Swede carded a final round score of 4-over 76 to wrap up the tournament at 12-over par 228 in a field of 57 competitors.

The next Suncoast Ladies Series event for Mansson takes place February 25-27 at the Timacuan Golf Club in Lake Mary, Fla.

To see final results of the event, click here.

Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/18/13)

On the heels of Saturday's monster win over Kentucky, Relive UT's Historic Win with this #30for30 look at the game.

Also, here are some new stories following the blowout:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Trae Golden going in the right direction
- UT Daily Beacon: Vols take success in stride

Happy Birthday - Feb. 18: Andrews, Honeycutt, Outerbridge

On Feb. 18, we have a trio of birthdays to celebrate amongst the Tennessee athletics family. Best wishes to recent softball catcher Ashley Andrews, senior runner Charity Honeycutt and junior jumper Allison Outerbridge.

Ashley Andrews  Charity Honeycutt  Allison Outerbridge

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/17/13)

Get the latest on the football program with a couple of stories from the media on Sunday:

In the Knoxville News Sentinel, check out a feature on the impact Butch Jones has made by building relationships with his classy ways: With first class, Butch Jones and staff worked overtime to build relationships.

Check out this story from the Chattanooga Times Free Press as the NFL Scouting Combine starts on Wednesday in Indianapolis. Five Vols will take part in the event, read about it: SEC ready to invade NFL combine.

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/17/13)

The Vols posted their largest win over Kentucky in history with a 88-58 dismantling of the No. 25 Wildcats. Check out highlights of the game:

Here are recaps and columns from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Golden paces Vols' biggest rout of UK
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols playing tough for Martin
- ESPN.com: Rocked On Rocky Top
- Inside Tennessee: Golden burns Blue
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols turn rivalry topsy-turvy
- Knoxville News Sentinel: "A Haymaker"

Happy Birthday - Feb. 17: General Robert Neyland

Basketball legend Michael Jordan is celebrating his 50th birthday on Feb. 17. In the world of Tennessee athletics the focus is on the man who led the Vols football program to greatness as General Robert Neyland was born on Feb. 17, 1892, 121 years ago. 

Check out Neyland: 50 Facts on 50th Anniversary from the day of his passing on March 28, 1962.

Happy Birthday - Feb. 17: Akamine, Morgan, Sentimore

A busy day for birthdays in the Tennessee Athletics family on Feb. 17. 

Celebrating are sophomore softball catcher Hannah Akamine

Hannah Akamine

Legendary football player and Football Hall of Fame nominee Stanley Morgan, who played 13 years in the NFL, mostly with the New England Patriots.


Defensive lineman Darrington Sentimore, who played for the Vols last season before declaring early for the NFL Draft this winter. 


Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/16/13)

The Vols have won seven of their last 10 games vs. defending national champions. On Saturday, they will look for another victory as Kentucky comes to Thompson-Boling Arena. Get all your gameday info in Vol Hoops Central: Kentucky. Also check out Vol Hoops Report: Feb. 15

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols first team to test Noel-less Wildcats
- Inside Tennessee: 'Double-double machine'

From the Kentucky perspective:

- Louisville Courier-Journal: How UK will fill Noel's oversized shoes

Also in the news from the basketball world, former Vols star Bernard King was named a finalist for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Happy Birthday - Feb. 16: Softball's Ivy Renfroe

On Feb. 16, we send Happy Birthday wishes to senior softball pitcher Ivy Renfroe, who tossed a 3-hit shutout on Friday vs. NC State 7-0.

Multiple Vols Football Features On ESPN.com

The national media coverage for the Vols continues as ESPN.com has multiple features on Butch Jones and Team 117.

Check out the following:


Jones, Vols Featured On SI.com Cover

Check out the story by SI.com's Zac Ellis: Butch Jones out to spark a renaissance at Tennessee 

Here's the opening:

In late December, dozens of former Tennessee football players made their way to the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex on the UT campus in Knoxville. It was a concentration of some of the greatest Volunteers ever to wear orange, from Condredge Holloway, the first African-American quarterback to start in the SEC in the 1970s, to Carl Pickens, a former All-America receiver for the Vols in the 1990s. The event offered a chance to reminisce about the glory days, but it was more than that. It was an opportunity for Tennessee's newest football coach to show his appreciation for those who built the program he inherited only days earlier.

Butch Jones understands the importance of tapping into the resource of former players -- many of whom reportedly hadn't felt welcome around the Tennessee program in years. That's why he organized the meet-and-greet in Knoxville. "They had about three days notice, and we still had about 70 letter winners show up," said Jones. "We had another one in Nashville during the national championship game, and again we had over 70 individuals show up. In my short time here, those are the two nights that I really enjoyed, getting to meet all our former Vols.

Read More: Butch Jones out to spark a renaissance at Tennessee 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 15: A.Johnson, Langworthy, Tony White

On Feb. 15, we send Happy Birthday wishes to sophomore runner Amirah Johnson as well as former Lady Vols soccer player Lara Langworthy. 

Amirah Johnson  Lara Langworthy

Legendary basketball player Tony White, who holds the record for most points in a game with 51 points. 

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/15/13)

The Vols host defending national champion Kentucky on Saturday at 1 p.m. Check out VOL HOOPS CENTRAL: Kentucky. You can get a preview of the game in the lates edition of Vol Access:

Here are some recent stories on the team from the media: 

Graves Burying the Competition

Lady Vol freshman standout Bashaara Graves has been a dominant factor in Tennessee's success this season. The 6-foot-2 Clarksville native has racked up a team-best nine double-doubles, which is third overall in the SEC,  and leads all freshmen in the league in scoring (14.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.7 rpg). She has been honored as SEC Freshman of the Week on four occasions this year, the most any player has been recognized this season.

Among Division I freshmen, Graves is fourth in scoring, sixth in rebounds, and second in field goal percentage (51.2 percent). Her field goal percentage is 35th overall in the nation.

Division I Freshmen Scoring (overall national rank at beginning)

118. Briahanna Jackson, UCF


141. Talia Walton, Washington


160. Lia Galdeira, Washington State


163. Bashaara Graves, Tennessee


Division I Freshman Rebounding (overall national rank at beginning)

7. Jillian Alleyne, Oregon


27. Schaquilla Nunn, Winthrop


31. Riana Byrd, San Jose State


59. Joy Adams, Iona


69. Imani McGee-Stafford, Texas


91. Bashaara Graves, Tennessee


Division I Freshman Field Goal Percentage (overall national rank at beginning)

34. Breanna Stewart, Connecticut


35. Bashaara Graves, Tennessee


Graves has scored in double figures in 21 of 24 games this season, and 14 of those instances were more than 15 points. She's also led the team in rebounding 13 times, more than half of the games this season.

Aside from her standout statistics, Graves has came up big for UT in close match ups this season, including making needed free throws in UT's overtime victory at Florida, and scoring the game-winning shot at LSU with .8 seconds left in the game.

Check out what media are saying about the Tennessee newcomer.

-Swish Appeal: Bashaara Graves: The fire within
-The Daily Beacon: Graves brings more than skill to Lady Vols
-WBIR: Rapid Fire: Bashaara Graves
-Associated Press: Freshman Graves emerges as force for Lady Vols
-Associated Press: Injuries leave Lady Vols weak at post;Freshmen must step forward vs. Bulldogs
-Knox News Sentinel: Responsibility is growing for Lady Vols' Bashaara Graves
-espnW: Tenn Questions with Graves

Happy Birthday - Feb. 14: Justin Harrell, Kara Lawson

A pair of former Tennessee stars celebrate their birthdays on Valentine's Day. 

On Feb. 14, former football star Justin Harrell celebrates his birthday. Harrell was a 2007 NFL first-round selection by the Green Bay Packers and won Super Bowl XLV.

Also celebrating on Feb. 14 is Lady Vols legend Kara Lawson, who has had a star career on and off the court in the WNBA and as a broadcaster on ESPN since graduating from Tennessee

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/14/13)

On Wednesday, the Vols held their inaugural VOLympic Draft. Get the latest on Butch Jones' squad:

- Sports Illustrated.com: Grading how new coaches fared

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/14/13)

The Vols are enjoying Valentine's Day with a victory over Vanderbilt, as Tennessee swept the Commodores, 58-46.

Check out highlights:
Here are the recaps from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols will take an ugly win
- Inside Tennessee: Vols 'belittle' Vandy
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols able to maintain their lead this time

Lady Vols In The Polls



The newest ITA Tennis Polls are out and the Lady Vols remain in 25th in the country for the week of Feb. 12.

Individually, junior Brynn Boren jumped from 23rd to 18th place after the first month of play while senior Kata Szekely dropped from No. 25 to No. 34.

Boren and Szekely, who were ranked 34th in the country in the fall, and 12th to begin the spring season jumped all the way to third in the country in doubles.

The duo ranks behind No. 1 Kaitlyn Christian and Sabrina Santamaria of USC and No. 2 Alexa Guarachi and Mary Ann Macfarlane of Alabama.

Happy Birthday - Feb. 13: Football Great Charlie Garner

On Feb. 13, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vol football great Charlie Garner, who played a decade in the NFL with the Eagles, 49ers, Raiders and Buccaneers.

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/13/13)

The Vols take on Vanderbilt in part two of this season's series, in Nashville at 8 p.m. ET. Check out Vol Hoops Central: Vanderbilt.

Here are the latest stories on the Vols heading into the game:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Stokes keeps power surge going
- Inside Tennessee: Music man in Music City
- UT Daily Beacon: Vols look to sweep Dores

Smith Starts 2013 on Ladies European Tour

Former Lady Vol golfer Nicole Smith has kicked off 2013 competing on the Ladies European Tour at the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters and the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open. 

At the Volvik RACV Ladies Masters in Queensland, Australia, Smith came in a tie for 45th, finishing with a 5-over par 221. Through three rounds the Riverside, Calif, native carded nine birdies, six of which she recorded in the second round alone. 

Smith tied for 72nd out of a field of 143 competitors at the ISPS Handa New Zealand Women's Open in Christchurch, New Zealand. In two rounds, she posted a 6-over par 150. After a first round score of 8-over par 70, Smith bounced back shooting 2-under par 70, notching five birdies in the round. Only the top 55 players advanced to the final round.

Smith wraps up February at the ISPS Handa Women´s Australian Open the 14th-17th in Canberra, Australia as part of the LPGA Tour.  

Happy Birthday - Feb. 12 Chessey Thomas

A happy birthday shoutout to Lady Vol golfer Chessey Thomas who turns 21 today! 

Chessey Thomas

Chessey shares her birthday with Abraham Lincoln!

Catchings Featured at 2013 Sears Shooting Stars

Five-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and three-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings will represent the Eastern Conference at the 2013 Sears Shooting Stars as part of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night this Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston.

The former Lady Vol standout guided the Indiana Fever to the 2012 WNBA title and earned Finals MVP honors along the way.

Also representing the Eastern Conference from the WNBA is Swin Cash of the Chicago Sky. NBA Eastern Conference participants include Miami Heat's Chris Bosh and Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez. The NBA Legends of the East squads are Muggsy Bogues and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins.

For the Western Conference, James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder will represent the NBA and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx and Tina Thompson of the Seattle Storm will play on behalf of the WNBA. NBA legends Sam Cassell and Roberty Horry round out the Western Conference's representatives.

Team New York defeated Team Texas in last year's competition, with former Vol Allan Houston featured on Team New York.

Sears Shooting Stars is part of State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, an all-inclusive skills showcase, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston and will be televised live by TNT at 8 p.m. ET.  The other events consist of the the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, a contest of top guards working against the clock to complete a series of passes, free throws, layups and agility drills; the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest; and the Sprite Slam Dunk contest. For the first time, State Farm All-Star Saturday Night will feature a new format that pits the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference in a night of competitions that will raise money for charity.

The Sears Shooting Stars contest features one current NBA player, one current WNBA player and an NBA legend on each team. There are six numbered shooting locations of increasing difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting course.

Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (2/12)

As we celebrate Black History Month this February, the Knoxville News Sentinel takes a look back at the first African-American runners to compete on the University of Tennessee track & field team and the coach who got them to Rocky Top.


Lady Vol Illustrated/Vol Calls - Monday Night at 7:30 p.m.

This week prior to the regularly scheduled Vol Calls at 8 p.m., Head Coach of the Lady Vols basketball team Holly Warlick will take part in Lady Vol Illustrated at 7:30 p.m. followed by freshman Bashaara Graves around 7:45 p.m.

Head coaches Butch Jones as well as Cuonzo Martin will be in-person at Calhoun's on the River tonight for "Vol Calls" on the Vol Network at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. Jones will kickoff the show at 8 p.m. ET followed by wide receiver coach Zach Azzanni at 8:20 p.m. ET and concluding with Martin at 8:35 p.m. ET

Fans can listen across the state on the Vol Radio Network or online at UTSports.com/AllAccess.

UTSports.com Signing Day Coverage Among Most Viewed

According to CBS.com College Network, Tennessee's National Signing Day coverage on UTSports.com ranked among the top three in the nation in unique users and overall page impressions. The Vols' coverage ranked second behind only Alabama in unique browsers and third behind Ole Miss and Alabama for overall page impressions.

Here's a look at the Top 5 Signing Days for each according to CBSSports.com College Network:

Unique Users
1. Alabama
3. Michigan
4. Notre Dame
5. Ohio State 

Page Impressions
1. Ole Miss
2. Alabama
4. Notre Dame
5. Michigan

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (2/11/13)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Feb. 11, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 159 (+32)
Doubles: 175 (+17)
Note: Won his first Challenger singles title, losing only one set en route to winning the $100,000 Challenger of Dallas ... Also reached doubles final with Tennys Sandgren ... New career-best ranking in singles and doubles ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 217 (0)
Doubles: 139 (+17)
Note: Reached the doubles final with Rhyne Williams at the $100,000 Challenger of Dallas to achieve a new career best doubles ranking ... lost in the first round of doubles ... Off this week.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 238 (+2)
Doubles: 104 (-8)
Note: Reached the second round of the $50,000 West Lakes Challenger ... Off this week ... Playing next week in Sydney before returning to the U.S.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 854 (-3)
Doubles: 1120 (-3)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Williams Wins First Challenger Title

Former Vol Rhyne Williams dropped only one set on his way to winning his first Challenger-level singles title last week at the $100,000 Challenger of Dallas. 

Williams rolled past several American tennis veterans before defeating former U.S. Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri 7-5, 6-3 in Saturday's final round. Williams also reached the doubles final, where he and Tennys Sandgren lost in a deciding tiebreaker. 

With the win, Williams bagged 100 ATP tour points and moved up to a career-best No. 159 in the World Tour Rankings. He has no points to defend for the rest of the month. 

Williams, a two-time All-American for UT, is the second active touring pro from Tennessee to have won a singles Challenger title. John-Patrick Smith won the $50,000 Winnetka Challenger in Illinois last year. 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 11: Greer, Harrison, Nix, Rolfs

Lots of birthdays on Feb. 11. Celebrating are recent volleyball graduate DeeDee Harrison and senior soccer goalkeeper Jessica Rolfs.

Jessica Rolfs

Football defensive back Jabari Greer, of the New Orleans Saints was born Feb. 11, 1982. He has played in the NFL since 2004. 


From the archives, former basketball forward Dyron Nix celebrates on Feb. 11. Nix averaged 21.6 as a senior with the Vols in 1988-89 before going on to a decade-long professional career including time with the Indiana Pacers. 


Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/11/13)

Take a look at the latest stories on the Vols and head coach Butch Jones as we are less than one month from the start of Spring Football with the first practice on March 9. 

We have a pair of stories on running back signee Jabo Lee: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols glad to get Lee

Here's a look at some under-the-radar prospects from the signing class:

Also, the Knoxville Focus has a feature on Jones and the attributes he is looking for in his Vols:

Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/11/13)

The Vols pulled off a 66-61 win at South Carolina on Sunday for their first road win of the season. 

Check out media coverage on the win: 

- Inside Tennessee: Golden moment for Vols

KNS Goes Behind The Scenes For UT's Recruiting Celebrations

Check out this behind-the-scenes story on the Vols' Recruiting Celebrations tour across the state of Tennessee on Thursday from the Knoxville News Sentinel: Behind the scenes with Butch Jones and UT's coaches: Jokes, stories and pronunciation work

Tennessee's chartered ride is rolling through downtown Nashville on its way to the second stop of the afternoon when coach Butch Jones walks to the back of the bus where most of his assistants are gathered.

He's smiling, but he's also here to deliver a serious message.

Happy Birthday - Feb. 10: Football's Alex Ellis

On Feb. 10, we send Happy Birthday wishes to football tight end Alex Ellis.

Alex Ellis

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/10/13)

The men's basketball takes on South Carolina at 1 p.m., in a game that airs on Fox Sports Net. Check out Vol Hoops Central: South Carolina for all your game info.

Here are the latest previews on the game:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols have shot at first road win
- Inside Tennessee: Vols struggle with roles

Happy Birthday: Feb. 9 - Shealyn Kolosky, Rob Murphy

A pair of birthdays on Feb. 9, as we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior middle blocker Shealyn Kolosky of the volleyball team and senior basketball forward Rob Murphy.

Shealyn Kolosky  Rob Murphy

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/9/13)

The men's basketball team will be back in action with a rare Sunday contest as the Vols travel to South Carolina. Get all your game into in Vol Hoops Central: South Carolina. Also, the latest on the team can be found in the  Vol Hoops Report: Feb. 8.

Here's what the media is saying about the basketball team:

Jay Graham Named Top 50 Recruiter by 247Sports

Tennessee assistant coach Jay Graham has been named one of the top 50 recruiters in the nation for 2013 by 247Sports.com. Graham was instrumental in helping the Vols land a top-25 signing class, featuring 21 total players

Check out the entire Tennessee signing class here and read about the nation's top 50 recruiters, including Graham, here.

Happy Birthday - Feb. 8: Brannon, McKenzie Brothers

On Feb. 8 we would like to wish a happy birthday to pole vaulter/javelin thrower Chase Brannon of the men's track and field team who turns 22 today!

We would also like to wish a happy birthday to Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie of Vol Football fame! 

Reggie, is currently the general manager of the Oakland Raiders and was honored during the 2012 season as a Legend of the Game for the Troy game on Nov. 3, 2012 while Raleigh is a scout for the Raiders' organization

Reggie and Raleigh starred for the Vols in the early 1980s. Knoxville natives and Austin-East High School graduates, Reggie played in 43 games during his time on Rocky Top accumulating 174 tackles and four sacks before going on to play in the NFL from 1985-1992.

Raleigh played three years for the Vols from 1982-84 as a center before moving on to the NFL and playing for the Washington Redskins from 1985-1994.

Patterson Projected as High First-Round Pick in ESPN.com Mock Drafts

Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson is being projected as a high first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, according to multiple mock drafts on ESPN.com. 

Mel Kiper currently has him going 12th overall to the Dolphins, while Todd McShay projects him to go 16th overall to the St. Louis Rams.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/8/13)

Head coach Butch Jones and the entire UT coaching staff spent Wednesday touring the state of Tennessee, spending the morning in Memphis and afternoon in Nashville before returning back to Rocky Top at night, celebrating the 2013 recruiting class at all three stops.

UTSports.com chronicled the day through images and video. Relive it "Through the Lens."

You can also watch video of the entire Knoxville event held at Neyland Stadium, complete with talk about all 21 signees, by clicking here.


Read complete media coverage of the day's festivities below:

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Ryan Jenkins reconnecting with family
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols pick up some recruiting gems late
Knoxville News Sentinel: Memphis gives Jones standing ovation
Knoxville News Sentinel: Memphis: 'This is your team'

Men's Tennis Team Adds Honorary New Member


The men's tennis team had a special guest at the courts earlier this week, ceremonially inducting 9-year-old Ryan Breedlove to the team. They held a signing ceremony in the team room and gave Ryan and his family a tour of Goodfriend Tennis Center. Ryan is currently fighting  a form of eye cancer and 13Q syndrome. 

For more photos of the day, check out Facebook.

UT-LSU Pregame Press

No. 12/13 Tennessee and LSU battle in Baton Rouge, La., on Thursday night in a key SEC women's basketball game for both schools. Both teams have limited rosters, both teams have players coming off injuries and both teams have staff members who come from the Pat Summitt coaching tree, including head coaches Holly Warlick and Nikki Caldwell. Likewise, both teams are looking to bounce back from losses in their last games.

Here's a look at some articles previewing the match-up:

Baton Rouge Advocate: Caldwell, Warlick looking for a win
Knoxville News Sentinel: Nikki Caldwell says LSU in 'desperate situation'
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols 'would be lucky' to have Williams against LSU
The Daily Reveille: Coaches reunite with Tennessee matchup
Inside Tennessee (Pay Site): Lady Vols to take on LSU tonight

UT-LSU Pregame Press

No. 12/13 Tennessee and LSU battle in Baton Rouge, La., on Thursday night in a key SEC women's basketball game for both schools. Both teams have limited rosters, both teams have players coming off injuries and both teams have staff members who come from the Pat Summitt coaching tree, including head coaches Holly Warlick and Nikki Caldwell. Likewise, both teams are looking to bounce back from losses in their last games.

Here's a look at some articles previewing the match-up:

Baton Rouge Advocate: Caldwell, Warlick looking for a win
Knoxville News Sentinel: Nikki Caldwell says LSU in 'desperate situation'
Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols 'would be lucky' to have Williams against LSU
The Daily Reveille: Coaches reunite with Tennessee matchup
Inside Tennessee (Pay Site): Lady Vols to take on LSU tonight

Berry To Join Jones At 104.5 SportsFest


As announced Thursday, NFL Vol Eric Berry will join Tennessee head coach Butch Jones at 104.5 The Zone's SportsFest at the Nashville Convention Center on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The event will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also appearing at the event are WKU head Coach Bobby Petrino, Titans players including Colin McCarthy, Tony Barnhart and former Alabama Coach Gene Stallings.

Advance tickets are $5 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12).
Children under 3 are free.
Purchase advance tickets online here.

Day of Event tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12).

Happy Birthday - Feb. 7: Hayes, Randall

On Feb. 7 we would like to wish a Happy Birthday to current Tennessee track sprinter David Hayes.

David Hayes

Also celebrating a birthday is and former Lady Vols basketball star and current head coach of the Ohio Bobcats, Semeka Randall.

Randall helped the Lady Vols to the 1998 NCAA Championship in a season where UT finished with a perfect 39-0 record. She was a member of "The Meeks" alongside Lady Vol stars Tamika Catchings and Chamique Holdsclaw, was a two-time All-American and later went on to play in the WNBA.

ESPN.com Spotlights Tennessee Signing Day

ESPN.com writer Travis Haney spent National Signing Day at Rocky Top. Today, he wrote about his experience and the Tennessee coaching staff's first signing class.

To read the full article, click here

Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (2/7)

Lady Vol junior pole vaulter Linda Hadfield has started 2013 with a bang, posting the three highest indoor marks in school history through four meets. As Hadfield and the rest of the Tennessee track & field team prepare to split up this weekend for the last meet before the championship portion of the season, check out this feature on the Upstate New Yorker from her local hometown newspaper.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/7/13)

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones and his staff wrapped up their first signing day at Rocky Top on Wednesday, inking 21 talented players. 

Read each signees bio and watch their highlight tapes at Signing Day Central. Check out the complete press conferences transcripts for Butch Jones and all of the UT assistant coaches as well.

UTSports.com's Brian Rice also wrote about the process Jones and his staff went through to add the 21 newcomers to the Tennessee football family. Family Effort Produces Jones' First Class

If you want to see the new signees decked out in orange and white, check out this photo gallery, and to get a social media recap of signing day, take a look at this Storify.

247Sports: Jones happy with Vols' first haul

All For Tennessee:Tennessee National Signing Day recap

Associated Press: Jones' arrival changes look of Vols' signing class

Associated Press: Jones' first class has eight players previously committed elsewhere

Associate Press: Jones signs 21 players in first class

Bleacher Report: Vol fans should view Butch Jones' recruiting class positively

CBSSports.com: VIDEO: Butch Jones talks Tennessee class, 2013 season

Chattanooga Times-Free Press: UT should improve with Jones' first class

Chattanoogan.com: Signing day a roller coaster for Vols

ESPN.com: Tennessee announces 2013 signing class

Inside Tennessee: Catch-up recruiting is tough

Knoxville News Sentinel: 21 new Vols in 2013 signing class

Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones says Vols were 'selective'

Knoxville News Sentinel: UT assistants fired up at thought of full recruiting year

Knoxville News Sentinel: Memories will take some time for Butch Jones

Nooga.com: Quarterbacks, receivers highlight Jones' first class

TNJN.com: Vols ink 21 newcomers on National Signing Day

UT Daily Beacon: Jones inks top 25 class

UT Daily Beacon: Quarterback, receiver recruits bring depth

VolQuest: Jones, staff discuss first class

Vols Ranked 14th in National Tennis Poll

The Vols climbed up another spot to No. 14 in the ITA national tennis team rankings Tuesday evening.

Tennessee (10-0) recorded its 10th win last weekend by upending 25th-ranked Illinois on the road for the second consecutive weekend. In the first month of the season, the Vols have shown considerable progress from a year ago. In 2012, the Vols did not record their 10th win until March 23. 

New individual rankings will be released next week. Mikelis Libietis is No. 9 in singles while Hunter Reese is No. 40 and likely to climb thanks to a 11-0 start to the spring. Only one of the Vols' three doubles teams, Libietis and Jarryd Chaplin, have been playing this spring and are currently ranked 26th.

The Vols have a difficult road test this weekend against No. 9 Duke and Wake Forest.

Vols Climb to 11th in National Swimming Rankings

The Tennessee men's swimming and diving team (4-4, 2-1 SEC) rose from unranked to No. 11 in the CSCAA Division I Men's Team Rankings on Wednesday. 

The newest rankings reflect the Vols' Senior Day victory over No. 12 Georgia two weeks ago. 

For a full look at the top 25: 

NCAA Division 1 Men's Swimming and Diving Ranking as of February 6, 2013

(Current rank, record, previous rank)

1.      Texas, (5-2, Big 12 1-0) 7

2.      Michigan, (7-0, Big Ten 5-0) T1

3.      Southern California, (5-0, Pac 12 2-0) 3

4.      Florida, (7-0, SEC 5-0) T5

5.      Auburn, (5-1, SEC 4-1) T5

6.      California, (4-0, Pac 12 2-0) 4

7.      Indiana, (7-2, Big Ten 3-1) 8

8.      Virginia, (8-1, ACC 3-0) 11

T9.  Stanford, (4-0, Pac 12 2-0) 9

T9.  Arizona, (4-3, Pac 12 0-3) T1

11.  Tennessee, (4-4, SEC 2-1) NR

12.  Georgia, (7-3, SEC 3-2) 12

13.  Ohio State, (7-2, Big Ten 1-2) 13

14.  Minnesota, (6-1, Big Ten 4-1) 15

15.  Florida State, (8-2, ACC 3-1) 13

16.  Harvard, (8-0, Ivy 6-0) NR

17.  North Carolina, (6-1, ACC 3-1) 16

T18. Texas A&M, (3-4, SEC 1-3) 21

T18. Louisville, (3-3, Big East 1-1)¸14

20.  Iowa, (6-3, Big Ten 2-3), 20

21.  Virginia Tech, (9-2-1, ACC 3-1-1),21

22.  Princeton, (6-1, Ivy 5-1)¸ NR

23.  N.C. State, (5-4-1, ACC 2-2-1)¸23

24.  Penn State, (5-2, Big Ten 0-1)¸24

25.  UNLV, UNLV (8-1)¸NR

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/6/13)

The Vols face Georgia tonight at 8 p.m., in a pivotal SEC clash. Get all your gameday info in Vol Hoops Central: Georgia.

Previews from the media include:

- All For Tennessee: Game Preview: Georgia @ Tennessee
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Turnovers hurt Tennessee Vols in SEC road games
- Inside Tennessee: McRae, Vols look for groove

ON TOUR: Williams, Smith Advance in Respective Tourneys

Former Vols Rhyne Williams and John-Patrick Smith both won their opening-round matches at their respective tournaments to start the week on the Challenger Tour.

At the $100,000 Challenger of Dallas, Williams defeated former Texas A&M star Austin Krajicek 7-5, 6-2 in the first round Monday. He'll face fourth-seeded Rajeev Ram next.

Tennys Sandgren played his opening-round singles match Tuesday afternoon against Mischa Zverev, losing 6-3, 7-6 (5). He and Rhyne are set to play doubles later today. 

At the $50,000 West Lakes Challenger, Smith beat Andrea Arnaboldi 6-3, 7-6 (4) in his first round Tuesday. He'll face Stephane Robert next.

Softball Update (2/5/13)


ESPN.com's Graham Hays broke down the 2013 Tennessee Softball team as part of his preseason analysis of the top teams in the nation.

The News Sentinel's Riley Blevins did a great piece in today's paper on how the Tennessee's preseason training, especially with The Program, has prepared the team for the start of the 2013 season.

ESPN.com: Tennessee sister act gets top billing

GoVolsXtra.com: Lady Vols softball gets with 'The Program' to prepare for season (2/5)

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/5/13)

The men's basketball team will be back in action on Wednesday night as the Vols take on Georgia at 8 p.m. Get all your game info in Vol Hoops Central: Georgia. Check out Cuonzo Martin's Press Luncheon Transcript.

Here are the latest stories from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Turnovers hurt Tennessee Vols in SEC road games

Happy Birthday - Feb. 5: Marina Ribi

On Feb. 5, we wish Happy Birthday to former swimmer Marina Ribi.

Marina Ribi

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

Tennessee basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin will be in-person at Calhoun's on the River tonight for "Vol Calls" on the Vol Network at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central. Lady Vol Coach Holly Warlick and former Lady Vol and 2012 WNBA Championships MVP Tamika Catchings will also be guests on tonight's show. Fans can listen across the state on the Vol Radio Network or online at UTSports.com/AllAccess.

UT Softball Alum Shannon Doepking Retires From NPF (2/4/12)

Doepking HomeRun.JPG

Tennessee alum Shannon Doepking announced her retirement from National Pro Fastpitch after five seasons on Monday.

"I never thought I would have the opportunity to play after college and I'm so thankful for those five years," Doepking said. "I've met new people, made amazing friends, won a championship and found a new home in Rosemont."

Doepking was drafted by the Akron Racers in 2008 as the 15th overall selection. After her rookier season with Arkon, she was traded to the USSSA Pride for one year before being traded to the Tennessee Diamonds om 2010. Doepking signed with the Chicago Bandits prior to the 2011 season and enjoyed her best professional season, batting .263 with a .377 on-base mark and six RBIs. She caught former UT teammate Monica Abbot's perfect game on Aug. 4, 2011. She also helped lead the Bandits to their second NPF Championship in 2011. In 2012, her final season, Doepking posted a .229 batting average with 13 RBIs and three home runs.

Doepking starred at Tennessee from 2005-08, playing in 266 games with 256 starts. In her four-year Lady Vol career, she hit .277 (186-for-672) with 18 home runs, three triples, 36 doubles, 141 RBIs and 71 runs.

For more on Shannon Doepking's retirement from the NPF, click here.

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ON Tour: ATP Tour Rankings (2/4/13)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Feb. 4, 2013. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 191 (-1)
Doubles: 192 (+3)
Note: Off last week ... playing this week in the $100,000 Challenger of Dallas, playing wild card and former Texas A&M standout Austin Krajicek in the opening round ... Playing doubles with Tennys Sandgren ... Now in the top 200 in both singles and doubles.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 217 (+2)
Doubles: 156 (+4)
Note: Off last week ... playing this week in the $100,000 Challenger of Dallas, taking on German Mischa Zverev in the opening round ... Playing doubles with Rhyne Williams ... Singles ranking is a career best.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 238 (+2)
Doubles: 96 (+2)
Note: Defended his doubles title at the $50,000 Burnie Challenger last week in Tazmania last week ... Staying in Australia for one more tournament, the $50,000 West Lakes Challenger ... Last week reached top 100 in doubles for first time.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 851 (+15)
Doubles: 1117 (+471)
Note: Has started the year out playing in Israel, reaching a doubles final in Eilat and reaching the second round of singles at two events ... Pulled out of qualifying in Israel last week ... Doubles ranking up to its highest mark since 2007.

Stories On Morgan Cox Winning Super Bowl


Baltimore Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox became the 39th former Vol to win a Super Bowl as his Ravens held off the 49ers, 34-31 in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday.

Here are some stories mentioning the Collierville native winning the title.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Morgan Cox last Vol standing

Happy Birthday: Feb. 4 - Curt Maggitt

On Feb. 4, we send Happy Birthday wishes to rising junior linebacker Curt Maggitt.

Lady Vol Community Service In The News


The Lady Vol basketball team is frequently active in community service opportunities.  Last week, freshman Andraya Carter and sophomore Cierra Burdick paid a visit to East Tennessee Children's Hospital in Knoxville to see a young Tennessee fan. Both players have embraced the program's long-standing commitment to giving back to the community and enjoy helping make other people smile, whether it be from time shared, an autographed ball or assisting in a Habitat for Humanity house build or dedication.

Holly Warlick has lent her presence to Rotary International in its fight to eradicate polio globally. The Tennessee head coach spent some time last fall speaking to the local Rotary Club and posed for a photo that is being used in a current campaign to stamp out the disease worldwide.

Warlick joins Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, action movie star Jackie Chan, golf legend Jack Nicklaus and conservationist Jane Goodall - all of whom are raising their thumbs and forefingers in the "this close" gesture in the print, outdoor and broadcast public service announcements being distributed worldwide. 

Below is a Knoxville News Sentinel article detailing the campaign, with a copy of Warlick's ad.

YourNews: Rotary Club recruits Holly Warlick for polio eradication campaign

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/3/13)

The men's basketball team dropped a 73-60 decision at Arkansas on Saturday. Check out highlights:

Here are recaps of the game:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Young sparks Arkansas past Vols
- Inside Tennessee: Turnovers doom Tennessee
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols had a plan, but then they got hit
- Northwest Arkansas News: Arkansas snaps skid, tops Vols

ON TOUR: Smith Defends Title at Burnie Challenger

John-Patrick Smith won two more matches with Ruan Roelofse of South Africa on Saturday to retain the doubles title at the $50,000 Burnie Challenger in Tasmania.

Smith and Roelofse, playing together for the first time, wrapped up the tournament with a victory over over Sam Groth and Matt Reid 6-4, 6-7 (5), [10-6] in the semifinals and top-seeded Brydan Klein and Dane Propoggia 6-2, 6-2 in the title match.

Smith's first Challenger doubles title came a year ago at Burnie with John Peers. He now has six career doubles trophies at the Challenger level since 2012.

Next Week: Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren will be in their first action on the U.S. mainland next week at the $100,000 Challenger of Dallas. Smith, meanwhile, will stay another week in Australia for a final Challenger event.

Happy Birthday: Feb. 2- Anthony Anderson, Devrin Young

On Feb. 2, we wish Happy Birthday to rising junior returnman Devrin Young and recent football graduate Anthony Anderson, a pair of Knoxville natives

Devrin Young  Anthony Anderson

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/2/13)

The Vols look for their third win a row as they face Arkansas in Fayetteville at 4 p.m., on ESPN. Check out Vol Hoops Central: Arkansas.

Get the latest on the game with these previews:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: McRae, Vols wary of Arkansas press
- Inside Tennessee: Lopez living the dream

Happy Birthday - Feb. 1: Hardesty, Nash, Renwick

A trio of birthdays on Feb. 1 including former football stars Montario Hardesty currently with the Cleveland Browns and Marcus Nash, the second all-time leading receiver in Tennessee history, who won a Super Bowl ring with the Ravens in 2001. 

Former star golfer Darren Renwick celebrates his birthday.

Darren Renwick

Vols At The Super Bowl Update

Check out the latest stories on Tennessee's participants in the Super Bowl: Morgan Cox of the Ravens and Parys Haralson of the 49ers with these stories.

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/1/13)

The Vols head to Fayetteville on Friday to battle the Razorbacks on Saturday at 4 p.m. Check out Vol Hoops Central: Arkansas and Thursday's Vol Hoops Report: Jan. 31.

Here are the latest stories from the media: 

- All For Tennessee: Trae Golden Update
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Lopez not changing focus with bigger role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Not a very Golden outlook for Vols

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