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Celebrating birthday on New Year's Eve are Vol hoops redshirt sophomore Quinton Chievous, sophomore rower Erin Gibbemeyer and Vols running back Marlin Lane and defensive lineman Jacques Smith.

Quinton Chievous Erin Gibbemeyer Marlin Lane Jacques Smith

We would also like to wish former Tennessee standout quarterback Heath Shuler a Happy Birthday.


Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/31/13)

The Vols put together their best performance of the season with an 87-52 win over Virginia on Monday night. Check out the highlights: 


Antonio Barton's halfcourt shot before halftime was No. 8 on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays for Monday:


Here's what the media wrote about the largest win for the Vols under Cuonzo Martin:

- Associated Press: Tennessee tops Virginia 87-52
- Charlottesville Daily Progress: Virginia knocked out in Knoxville by Tennessee
- Charlottesville Daily Progress: Hoos humbled in head-scratching loss to Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols blitz Virginia in 35-point rout
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols took it to Virginia in every way
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols blow out Virginia, 87-52





This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 31)

The Vols have played in five bowl games on New Year's Eve. 



Tennessee posted an 18-12 win over Syracuse in the 1966 Gator Bowl on Dec. 31. Despite an early fumble that gave Syracuse favorable field position, the Vols got field goals from Gary Wright in the first and second quarters to lead 6-0. Another field goal appeared to be in the offing in the second period at the Syracuse 24, but the Vols caught Syracuse by surprise and quarterback Dewey Warren hit tight end Austin Denney instead for the touchdown and a 12-0 lead.

Bill Young's interception led to the third Vol score, which came on a 2-yard strike from Warren to flanker Richmond Flowers.

Syracuse, led by the running of future pro stars Floyd Little and Larry Csonka, scored on their first possession of the second half. They lost the ball on downs at the Vol 3 later in the period and scored their final touchdown with 46 seconds left.

On Dec. 31, 1979, the Vols lost to Purduse in the Bluebonnet Bowl. Tennessee, making its first bowl appearance in five years, saw a gutty second half comeback fall short in the waning moments of the fourth quarter.

Trailing 21-0 in the third quarter, the Vols rallied to take the lead 22-21 late in the fourth quarter. But Purdue quarterback Mark Herrmann threw the game-winner, a 17-yard toss to Charley Young, with just 1:30 remaining.

The Vols' comeback was triggered by an 8-yard Jimmy Streater pass to halfback Glenn Ford. The second Vol touchdown came on a pass from wingback Phil Ingram to tailback James Berry. When Hubert Simpson scored the two-pointer, the Vols were back in the game.

The Vols took the lead as Simpson scored and ran the two-point conversion. All-America defensive back Roland James was the Defensive Player of the Game, with eight unassisted tackles and a 19-yard punt return to his credit. Streater finished with 270 yards rushing and passing.


On Dec. 31, 1982, the Vols lost to Iowa, 28-22 in the Peach Bowl. Iowa built a 21-7 first half lead, keyed by three Chuck Long touchdown passes, and weathered a second half Vol rally to win the 1982 Peach Bowl.

Tennessee's second-half comeback was led by quarterback Alan Cockrell and running backs Chuck Coleman and Doug Furnas.

The Vols came off the mat to register two touchdowns and a field goal to close to 28-22 late in the fourth quarter. With the clock winding down, the outcome hinged on two short yardage plays the Hawkeyes stopped at their 7. On third-and-2, Cockrell's pass was deflected. On fourth down, the Vol signal-caller was stopped short on a counter-option.

Cockrell completed 22 of 41 passes for 221 yards and one touchdown and was named Tennessee's Outstanding Player by CBS broadcasters.


Tennessee dropped a 30-3 decision to Maryland in the 2002 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. The Terrapins took advantage of two key UT turnovers and used a balanced attack in defeating the Vols for the third time in five postseason meetings.

Tennessee had eight penalties for 68 yards and Vols quarterback Casey Clausen was sacked six times for minus-36 yards. In addition, UT converted only four of 13 third-down opportunities and rushed 27 times for just 45 net yards -- the school's third lowest figure in 43 bowl appearances.

Tennessee's defense played well enough to jump to No. 5 nationally in total defense by game's end after allowing the Terrapins only 274 yards from scrimmage. But Maryland balanced 154 rushing yards and 120 passing yards with 177 return yards on some timely special teams play.


On Dec. 31, 2009, the Vols lost to #11 Virginia Tech, 37-14 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl. After falling behind 14-0 after the first quarter, the Vols made a valient effort to tie the game as Montario Hardesty scored from four yards out and Denarius Moore caught a two-yard touchdown pass from Jonathan Crompton with 18 seconds in the second stanza.

A deep pass from Tyrod Taylor to Jarrett Boykin with nine seconds left in the half set up a 21-yard field goal by Matt Waldron as the Hokies took a 17-14 lead.

Linebacker Herman Lathers had a career night with a game-high 12 tackles and 1 1/2 tackles for loss to lead UT.

Happy Birthday - Dec. 30: T. Bailey, B. Boland, T. Charpie, E. Gaeckle

On Dec. 30, we celebrate the birthdays of senior women's soccer player Tori Bailey, freshman rower Bridget Boland, sophomore right-handed pitcher Trevor Charpie and junior swimmer Erin Gaeckle.

Tori Bailey Bridget Boland Trevor Charpie Erin Gaeckle

Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/30/13)

The Vols host their penultimate non-conference game of the season as ACC foe Virginia comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 7 p.m., tip-off. Get all of your game info here: Vol Hoops Central: Virginia.

Cuonzo Martin and several player met with the media on Saturday, check out the The @Vol_Hoops Report: Dec. 28



Here's what the media is writing heading into the game:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Virginia at Tennessee
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stokes hoping film overcomes foils


This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 30)

The Vols have played in three bowl games on Dec. 30.


 

On Dec. 30, 1972, Condredge Holloway turned in his most electrifying performance of the season, completing 11 of 19 passes for 94 yards and rushing for 74 yards in 19 carries, to lead the Vols past Louisiana State 24-17 in the 1972 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl.

Holloway, who was named the game's outstanding player, led the Vols to a 24-3 halftime lead, scoring twice and throwing a touchdown pass to tight end Jimmy Young. But it remained for senior defensive back Conrad Graham to make the big play that finally subdued the Tigers.

LSU All-America Bert Jones had led the Tigers to two second half scores and was threatening a third when Graham cleanly broke up a fourth down pass at the Vol 10 to preserve the victory. Vol defensive lineman Carl Johnson was named the defensive player of the game.


On Dec. 30, 1994, Tennessee bolted to a 35-10 halftime lead and moved on from there to take a 45-23 triumph over Virginia Tech in the 1994 Gator Bowl game, played this year at Florida Field in Gainesville.

A 21-point second quarter was the key as the Vols scored on five of seven first half possessions. James Stewart scored three TDs and threw a 19-yard TD pass to Kendrick Jones. Peyton Manning threw a 36-yard TD pass to Marcus Nash and Jay Graham scored on a 1-yard run. Tyrone Hines had an interception which led to the Vols' first score and Shawn Summers had a 49-yard punt return that led to a Vol score in the fourth period.

Stewart, who was named the most outstanding player for the game, carried 22 times for 85 yards. Manning completed 12 of 19 passes for 189 yards. Joey Kent led the Vols with six receptions for 116 yards, 42 coming on a spectacular catch down the far boundary a play before Nash's TD grab. With the win, the Vols finished 8-4 for the season, after starting 1-3.



Casey Barth's 23-yard field goal in the second overtime gave North Carolina a 30-27 Music City Bowl win over Tennessee on Dec. 30, 2010.

Tennessee fans will long believe it wasn't the field goal, but rather the officials, that won the game for North Carolina. Time appeared to have expired when the Tar Heels attempted a running play from the Volunteer 25-yard line with 16 seconds on the clock and no time outs left.

After a 7-yard gain on the play and the clock ticking, chaos ensued and QB T.J. Yates finally spiked the ball as the clock ran out. Tennessee players and coaches celebrated and UNC appeared to have conceded defeat, but officials opted to review the play and determined 1 second was left and North Carolina was guilty of having too many players on the field. The rulings allowed Barth to kick a 39-yard field goal and force overtime with a 20-20 tie.

North Carolina began the first OT at the Tennessee 12-1/2-yard line after Tennessee was flagged for roughing the kicker on the extra point. The Tar Heels needed just 4 plays to go up 27-20, but the Vols answered in just two plays to re-tie the game.

Tennessee opened the 2nd overtime and turned the ball over on an interception. Barth kicked the game-winner three plays later.

Kredich Named SwimSwam Coach of Year

Matt Kredich was named the 2013 college coach of the year in SwimSwam's end-year Swammy Awards

In 2012-13, Kredich wrapped up his first season as the head coach of the newly combined men's and women's programs. The women's squad enjoyed its most successful season in 2013, finishing third at the NCAA Championships. The men improved to finish 16th at NCAAs, six places higher than 2012.

The team won its first three relays in program history -- the 200 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. Lindsay Gendron made the A finals in all three of her individual events, and Tori Lamp and Jodie McGroarty scored major points in diving.

SwimSwam has also recently released its power rankings through the fall season. The women were seventh and the men were 15th.

Vols In The NFL GameDay (12/29)

The final week of the NFL Regular season is upon us and there are 26 NFL Vols in action this week 

For those wondering here is every possibility of where each team can finish after this weekend's games.

1:00 p.m. Games
Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh - Ramon Foster and the Steelers host the Browns in the Steel City this weekend
Baltimore vs. Cincinnati - Morgan Cox and the Ravens are on the road in CIncy this weekend
Houston vs. Tennessee - Arian Foster's Texans take on Justin Hunter and the Titans in Nashville 
Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis - Jacques McClendon and the Jags are in Indy for a meeting with Aubrayo Franklin and the Colts
Florida Times Union: Jags fall to Titans

NY Jets vs. Miami - Matt Simms and the Jets are in Miami for a meeting with Dallas Thomas and the Dolphins
Detroit vs. Minnesota - Marvin Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson and the Vikings host the Lions in their final game of 2013 Patterson needs just four return yards to break the Minnesota franchise record of 1,345 set in 1985.

Carolina vs. Atlanta - Chris Scott and the Panthers head to Atlanta to take off Omar Gaither 

4:00 p.m. Games
Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans - Luke Stocker's Buccaneers are on the road in New Orleans for a meeting with Parys Haralson, Robert Meachem and the Saints
St. Louis vs. Seattle - Scott Wells' Rams are on the road in Seattle for a meeting with Tony McDaniel's Seahawks
San Francisco vs. Arizona - Dan Williams and the Cardinals host the Niners this weekend

Denver vs. Oakland - There are seven NFL Vols in action in this 4 p.m. game as Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning and the Broncos are on the road in Oakland for a meeting with Kevin Burnett, Denarius Moore, Mychal Rivera and the Raiders
Philly.com: Manning's big year

Kansas City vs. San Diego - Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt and the Chiefs are in San Diego for their final regular season game

Sunday Night Football
Philadelphia vs. Dallas - Jason Witten and the Cowboys finish up the regular season on Sunday Night Football

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/29/13)

The Vols host ACC foe Virginia on Monday night at 7 p.m., Check out the game preview: Vol Hoops Central: Virginia.

On Saturday, Cuonzo Martin and and several members of the Vols met with the media, read up in the The @Vol_Hoops Report: Dec. 28.


Here's what the media wrote: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols respect 'grind-it-out' UVA

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 29)

The Vols have played in two bowl games on Dec. 29. 


 In 1986, Tennessee pulled out a 21-14 win over Minnesota in the Liberty Bowl. Jeff Francis threw three touchdown passes and the Vol defense shut down Minnesota when it had to, leading Tennessee to a victory over Minnesota in the 28th Liberty Bowl.

The Vols jumped to a 14-3 halftime lead as Francis threw touchdown passes to wide receiver Joey Clinkscales and fullback William Howard. Minnesota got a late field goal from Chip Lohmiller and trailed 14-3 at the half.

The Gophers dominated the third period, getting another field goal from Lohmiller and a touchdown from Foggie on a fourth-down option play. Freshman Darrell Thompson's two-point conversion run knotted the count.

The Vols roared back for the clinching score, as Francis hit Nate Middlebrooks and Anthony Miller to move deep into Minnesota territory. On third-and-3, he hit Clinkscales for the game-winner in the left corner of the end zone.

The Vol defense shut down Foggie and Minnesota the rest of the way and rang up UT's third Liberty Bowl victory in as many tries.



In 1973, Tennessee dropped a 28-19 decision to Texas Tech in the Gator Bowl.

Tennessee and Texas Tech gave the 62,000-plus fans on hand an exciting offensive show that was another in a series of 1973 games that went down to the wire before a winner was determined.

This time, however, it was Texas Tech jumping to an early lead and hanging on for a 28-19 victory. The Red Raiders jumped to a 14-0 lead on the running and passing of quarterback Joe Barnes and led 14-3 at the half as Ricky Townsend got the Vols on the board with a 30-yard field goal.

Haskel Stanback led the Vols' second-half rally, running for one touchdown and catching a pass from Condredge Holloway for another.

The Vols closed to 21-19, but misfired on a two-point conversion and a field goal before a long run and subsequent touchdown put the game away for the Texans. Stanback gained 95 yards in 19 carries and was named Tennessee's outstanding player.

DECEMBER 29 (1-1) 1973 L, 19-28 No. 11 Texas Tech (N) @ Jacksonville, Fla. (Gator Bowl) 1986 W, 21-14 Minnesota (N) @ Memphis, Tenn. (Liberty Bowl)

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 28)


The Vols won their only game played on Dec. 28, taking down Texas A&M, 3-0, in the 1957 Gator Bowl. 

In Paul "Bear" Bryant's last game as Aggie head coach, Tennessee used a fourth quarter field goal by placekicker Sammy Burklow and a stubborn defense to hand the Aggies a 3-0 defeat on a wet and muddy Gator Bowl field.

It was the lowest-scoring game in the history of the Gator Bowl and was played before a Gator Bowl-record crowd of 43,709.

The field goal was the first of Burklow's career and came from 17 yards out with 5:30 left to play in the game. It was a day for the defenses to shine as action was confined between the 35-yard lines.

The game was marked by the now-famous collision between Vol tailback Bobby Gordon and Aggie Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow on the Vols' march to the winning score. Both players recovered to continue play, with Gordon holding for Burklow's game-winning field goal.

#VFL Tauren Poole Signs With Indianapolis Colts


Former Vols' star running back Tauren Poole has signed with the Indianapolis Colts and has joined their practice squad. 

Poole spent most of the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers before being waived on Nov. 26. 

In 50 games with the Vols, Poole ran for 1,898 yards and 16 touchdowns from 2008-11. He ran for 1,034 yards as a junior in 2010 with 11 touchdowns. 

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/27/13)

MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL
Tennessee coach Butch Jones during the Vol Walk before the Vols faced South Carolina on Oct. 19 at Neyland Stadium.
Check out a few of the latest stories on the football program:


This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 27)

The Vols dropped a narrow 14-13 decision to Florida in the 1969 Gator Bowl on Dec. 27.


Before a Gator Bowl- record crowd of 72,248, SEC champ Tennessee went down in defeat to a Florida team which, like the Vols, had far exceeded expectations during the regular season.

Damage from the heralded passing duo of John Reaves and Carlos Alvarez was held to manageable proportions, but Tennessee's inability to score inside the 10 sealed the Vols' fate.

Workhorse running back Curt Watson gained 121 yards on 25 carries and tight end Ken DeLong caught five passes for 50 yards. But a blocked punt that Florida turned into a touchdown was the ultimate difference.

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 26)

Nine years ago on Dec. 26, 2004, Vol For Life Legend and Football Hall of Famer Reggie White passed away at the age of 43. Take a moment to remember the 'Minister of Defense.'


Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/24/13)

The Vols returned to their winning ways on Monday night with a 82-67 victory over Morehead State. Check out the highlights:


Here's the latest from the media:





Happy Birthday - Dec. 23: Mack Crowder, Drew Peterson, Herman Lathers

On Dec. 23, we celebrate the birthdays of Vols redshirt junior offensive lineman Mack Crowder and junior swimmer Drew Peterson. We also send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vol linebacker Herman Lathers today.

Mack Crowder Drew Peterson Herman Lathers

Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/23/13)


The Vols continue their four-game homestand on Monday night as 8-5 Morehead State comes to Thompson-Boling Arena. Get the latest: Vol Hoops Central: Morehead State.

Here's a look at coverage from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Morehead State at Tennessee

Vols in the NFL GameDay (12/22)

There are 25 NFL Vols in action in Week 16 of the NFL regular season

1:00 p.m. Games
Miami vs. Buffalo - Dallas Thomas and the Dolphins are in Buffalo for an AFC East match up 

New Orleans vs. Carolina - Parys Haralson, Robert Meachem and the Saints are in Charlotte for a meeting with Chris Scott and the Panthers

MInnesota vs. Cincinnati - Marvin Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson and the Vikings are headed to Ohio for a game vs. Cincinnati

Denver vs. Houston - Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning and the Broncos are in Houston this Sunday

Tennessee vs. Jacksonville - Justin Hunter and the Titans are in Jacksonville for a meeting with Jacques McClendon and the Jags

Indianapolis vs. Kansas City - Aubrayo Franklin and the Colts are set to face Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt and the Chiefs

Dallas vs. Washington - Jason WItten and the Cowboys are in the nation's capital to take on the Redskins

Cleveland vs. NY Jets - Matt Simms and the Jets are hosting the Browns this weekend

4:00 p.m. Games
Arizona vs. Seattle - Dan Williams and the Cardinals are in Seattle for a meeting with Tony McDaniel and the Seahawks

New England vs. Baltimore - The Pats are in Baltimore to take on Morgan Cox and the Ravens

Oakland vs. San Diego - Kevin Burnett, Denarius Moore, Mychal Rivera and the Raiders are in San Diego this weekend

Pittsburgh vs. Green Bay - Ramon Foster and the Steelers are in the frozen tundra for a meeting with the Packers


KNS: Hart Enthused About Jones' Direction

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones celebrates with Athletic Director Dave Hart after Tennessee beat South Carolina 23-21 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)
On Sunday, the Knoxville News Sentinel has a feature focused on Athletic Director Dave Hart's perspective after one year with Butch Jones as the helm of the Vols. Read the story: Focused on the future: Dave Hart enthused by Jones' direction.

Here are a few key quotes: 

"Every day Butch Jones is focused on recruiting. There's not a day that goes by that he doesn't lend his priority and his energies to that element of the program," Hart said. "We've got to get to February; nobody's signed. But certainly it is obvious that we are fishing in the right pond."

"We've played five of the top ten teams in the country -- in the final poll. No one else did that. Yet I know a lot of people say, 'Well, you can't use that as an excuse.' It's not an excuse. It's a statement of fact. We played a very challenging schedule with a team that was very much rebuilding in the sense of new expectations, higher standards that Butch put in place.

"My biggest disappointment at the end of the season was for our seniors. I really did want to see them be rewarded with a bowl."

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 22)


The Vols have played once on Dec. 22 and lost the 1984 Sun Bowl to Maryland, 28-27.

Maryland, trailing 21-0 to Tennessee after the first half, scored 22 points in the third quarter and grimly held on for a 28-27 victory in the 1984 Sun Bowl.
  

The issue was in doubt until Maryland defensive back Keeta Covington jarred the ball loose from the Vols' Tony Robinson, just when the Vols looked to be in position to win on a last-second field goal attempt.

The Vols jumped to the early lead on the running of tailback Johnnie Jones and the passing combo of Robinson to Tim McGee. Fuad Reveiz added two field goals and the Vols appeared in control. Maryland reeled off 22 consecutive points in the third quarter, before Pete Panuska gave the Vols their last lead of the game, returning a Maryland kickoff 100 yards for the go-ahead score.

Maryland's Rick Badjanek scored the game-winner with 2:28 left. But it remained for Covington to make his big play to secure the Maryland victory.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/21/13)

Following Thursday's Butch Jones Press Conference (Dec. 19), the media continue to write about Jones and the Vols. Here are the latest stories: 


- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols eager to get to work as Team 118
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: Holiday break big for QBs

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 20)


The Vols captured the 1971 Liberty Bowl on Dec. 20 with a comeback 14-13 win over Arkansas. 

Late in the fourth quarter, Arkansas looked to be a sure winner of the 1971 Liberty Bowl only to see the game get away.

Leading 13-7, the Razorbacks had the game-winning field goal nullified by a penalty. A series later, the Hogs lost a fumble after a completed pass at their 36. Thus inspired, the Vols struck quickly for the winning score.

Quarterback Jim Maxwell hit tight end Gary Theiler to the Arkansas 19. Curt Watson, closing out a brilliant career, finished the drive with a 17-yard touchdown run.

George Hunt's extra point was the margin of victory. The Vols added an interception moments later and put the game away. The narrow victory enabled the Vols to finish No. 9 in both national polls.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/20/13)

For the first time since the Vols' season-ending victory at Kentucky, Butch Jones met with the media. Here's the full transcript: Butch Jones Press Conference (Dec. 19).

Check out Brian Rice's feature story as Jones looks to "Win the Offseason"

Watch Jones' entire press conference here:


Coverage from the media includes:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols eager to get to work as Team 118
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones happy to add juco signees
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones talks roster changes, Johnson

Gomes Returns To Brazil As MLB Ambassador

Former Tennessee baseball standout and current Cleveland Indians catcher Yan Gomes - the first Brazilian-born player in MLB history - has returned to his homeland as a MLB Ambassador this offseason. Check out the video and photos of his trip: PHOTOS

Happy Birthday - Dec. 19: Reggie White, Brent Brewer

On Dec. 19, let's remember one of the greatest Vols of all-time, Reggie White, who would have celebrated his 52nd birthday today. White passed away in 2004. He spent 15 seasons in the NFL and is a member of the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames.

 

We would also like to wish Vol football senior linebacker Brent Brewer a very Happy 26th Birthday today!

Brent Brewer

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/19/13)


Butch Jones will meet with the media on Thursday at 12 Noon to discuss the JUCO signing class and the state of the program. Watch live on UTSports.com

The Vols added three players on JUCO Signing Day. Check out the highlights of the three additions: 


Here's a look at the media coverage:

- Associated Press: Tennessee signs 3 junior-college recruits

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols add JuCo trio

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols score 3 juco prospects

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Juco WR Pearson signs with Vols

- Nooga.com: Vols add 3 on JUCO signing day

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/19/13)

Tennessee's Rally Fell Short In NC State's 65-58 Win last night at Thompson-Boling Arena. Check out the highlights and postgame media sessions.


Here's a look at the stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols off to another flat start
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Slow first half dooms slumping Vols

Happy Birthday - Dec. 18: Joe Randa

From the archives, former Tennessee baseball player and longtime major leaguer Joe "The Joker" Randa celebrates his 44th birthday today. Randa played in the MLB for Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati and San Diego over 12 seasons.


Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/18/13)

GAMEDAY! NC State rolls into Thompson-Boling Arena tonight for a matchup at 7 p.m., on ESPNU. Get the game info here: Vol Hoops Central: NC State.

On Tuesday the Vols met with the media, check out the The @Vol_Hoops Report: Dec. 17


Here's what the media wrote today: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: N.C. State at Tennessee

Vols In The NFL Update (12/17)

There were 21 NFL Vols in action this week, 10 of them starting for their respective teams

Player Pos. Team Opponent Score Stats
Robert Ayers DE Denver vs. San Diego L, 27-20 3 tackles
Eric Berry DB Kansas City at Oakland W 56-31 Started at SS, 2 tackles, 2 INTs 1 Pick-6
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City at Oakland W 56-31 Not Active
Kevin Burnett LB Oakland vs. Kansas City L, 56-31 Started at WLB, 4 tackles, 1 TFL
Britton Colquitt P Denver vs. San Diego L, 27-20 4 punts, 46.5 yds 1 I-20
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City at Oakland W 56-31 4 punts, 49.5 avg. 2 I-20
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at Detroit W, 18-16 Snapped on all punts and all six field goals, including 61-yard game winner
Arian Foster RB Houston at Indianapolis L, 25-3 Injured Reserve
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati W, 30-20 Started at LG
Aubrayo Franklin DT Indianapolis  vs. Houston W, 25-3 Started at NT, 1 tackle
Omar Gaither LB Atlanta vs. Washington W, 27-26 Not Active
Jabari Greer CB New Orleans at St. Louis L, 27-16 Injured Reserve
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans at St. Louis L, 27-16 Started at OLB, 2 tackles
Montario Hardesty RB Cleveland
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. Arizona L, 37-34 Not Active
Malik Jackson DE Denver vs. San Diego L, 27-20 Started at LDE, 3 tackles
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans at St. Louis L, 27-16 Practice Squad
Peyton Manning QB Denver vs. San Diego L, 27-20 Started at QB, 27-41-289-2 TDs
Jerod Mayo LB New England at Miami L, 24-20 Injured Reserve
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville vs. Buffalo L, 27-20 Played in reserve role
Tony McDaniel DE Seattle at NY Giants W, 23-0 Played, no stats
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans at St. Louis L, 27-16 Played, no stats
Marvin Mitchell LB Minnesota vs. Philadelphia W, 48-30 Played, no stats
Denarius Moore WR Oakland vs. Kansas City L, 56-31 2 rec. 46 yds. 
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. Philadelphia W, 48-30 Started at WR, 5 rec. 35 yds 1 TD
Tauren Poole RB Carolina Released 11/27
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland vs. Kansas City L, 56-31 3 rec. 30 yds. 1 TD
Chris Scott OL Carolina vs. NY Jets W, 30-20 Did not play
Matt Simms QB NY Jets at Carolina L, 30-20 Did not play
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay vs. San Francisco L, 33-14 Injured Reserve
Dallas Thomas OL Miami vs. New England W, 24-20 Played in reserve role
Scott Wells C St. Louis vs. New Orleans W, 27-16 Injured Reserve
Dan Williams DT Arizona at Tennessee  W, 37-34 Started at NT
Jason Witten TE Dallas vs. Green Bay L, 37-36 Started at TE, 4 rec. 71 yds 1 TD

THE TDS KEEP COMING
Tennessee receivers kept the TDs coming during week 15 of the regular season
Rookie TE Mychal Rivera hauled in his fourth TD of the season on a 14 yard grab with his sister Naya in attendance
Veteran TE Jason Witten finished with four catches for 71 yards, one of which resulted in a touchdown
Rookie WR Cordarrelle Patterson notched a late game touchdown, his third receiving and sixth overall, after having a five catch 35 yard day for the Vikings

PICK-SIX FOR EB
Eric Berry had his best day of the season finishing with two tackles and two interceptions against the Oakland Raiders
Berry took his first interception of the day back 47 yards for the score, his second pick-6 of the season and third career
Berry notched a second INT later in the game, notching his first career multiple-INT game

NEWS & NOTES


AP Story On Dave Hart's Faith In Butch Jones

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones celebrates with Athletic Director Dave Hart after Tennessee upset No. 9 ranked South Carolina 23-21 at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. A last-second field goal by kicker Michael Palardy, ended the Vols' 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents, and sent Neyland Stadium into bedlam. (ADAM LAU/NEWS SENTINEL)
Check out this in-depth story from the Associated Press on Tennessee Athletics Director Dave Hart: 


"I think Butch Jones has verified everything that we thought he would bring to the team," Hart said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press. "He has galvanized all of our constituents. He's a tireless worker with unlimited energy, it seems. I'm very pleased with where the program is headed."

"Butch likes people," Jones said. "You can't fake that. You either enjoy people or you don't. He thoroughly enjoys people. He likes being around our fans, alumni, high school coaches, lettermen. He looks forward to every opportunity he gets to visit with people who share his passion for the University of Tennessee and our football program."


Happy Birthday - Dec. 17: Whitney Heeres, Nikki McCray

On Dec. 17, we celebrate the birthday of recently graduated volleyball player Whitney Heeres and legendary Lady Vol hoops player Nikki McCray. McCray starred at UT in the mid 1990s and went on to a standout career in the WNBA earning four All-Star Game starts. She is current an assistant coach at South Carolina.

Whitney Heeres 


Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.


University of Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin along with football seniors Corey Miller (DE) and Byron Moore (DB) will be on-site at Calhoun's On The River in downtown Knoxville for the Vol Network's statewide weekly "Vol Calls" radio program tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central. Lady Vol basketball coach Holly Warlick is also scheduled to be on for a segment of the show. Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs co-host the show. Fans may tune in across the state on the Vol Radio Network or listen online at utsports.com. Listeners can ask a question by dialing 1-800-688-8657 - Verizon customers can dial #TENN - or submit a question via Facebook at VolNetwork-IMG.

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 16)

On Dec. 16, 1974 the Vols upset 10th ranked Maryland, 7-3, in the Liberty Bowl in Memphis. Subbing for an injured Condredge Holloway, Randy Wallace threw an 11-yard TD pass to Larry Seivers for the game's only TD. Mike Gayles ran for 106 yards for the Vols while Ron McCartney was UT's defensive standout. 



Vols in the NFL GameDay (12/15)

There were four Vols in action Thursday night as Denver took on San Diego. 

Today there are 21 NFL Vols in action during Week 15 of the NFL Regular Season


1:00 p.m. Games
Washington vs. Atlanta - Omar Gaither and the Falcons play host to the Redskins
Seattle vs. NY Giants - Tony McDaniel and the Seahawks will head to New Jersey for a meeting with the Giants
Philadelphia vs. Minnesota - Marvin Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson and the Vikings play host to the Eagles

New England vs. Miami - Dallas Thomas and the Dolphins play host to the Pats today in Miami

Buffalo vs. Jacksonville - Jacques McClendon and the Jags are hosting Buffalo this Sunday
Houston vs. Indianapolis - Aubrayo Franklin and the Colts host the Texans in Indy

4:00 p.m. Games
Kansas City vs. Oakland - Six NFL Vols in action in this game as Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt and the Chiefs head across the country to face Kevin Burnett, Denarius Moore, Mychal Rivera and the Raiders

NY Jets vs. Carolina - Matt Simms and the Jets head to Carolina for a meeting with Chris Scott and the Panthers
Green Bay vs. Dallas - Jason Witten and the Cowboys host Green Bay 

Arizona vs. Tennessee - Dan Williams and the Cardinals welcome Justin Hunter and the Titans into town

New Orleans vs. St. Louis - Parys Haralson, Robert Meachem and the Saints head to St. Louis for a meeting with the Rams

Sunday Night Football
Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh - Ramon Foster and the Steelers host Cincy in Monday Night Football this week

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/15/13)

The Vols Battled, But Fell At #8/12 Wichita St., 70-61 on Saturday. Check out the highlights:


Here's a look at some of the media coverage: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Cotton spurs Wichita State past UT Vols

VFL Tim Irwin Named To Vikings All-Star Team

Tim Irwin Photo Gallery
Former Vols star and longtime Minnesota Vikings lineman Tim Irwin was named to the All-Mall of America Field Team as the team plays its final season at what was formerly known as the Metrodome. Irwin was an offensive tackle with the Vikings from 1981-93. 

Irwin was an All-SEC performer for the Vols and earned Academic All-American in 1980. Irwin is a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.  In 2005 he was appointed Judge of the Juvenile Court for Knox County and has been practicing law for more than 20 years. Irwin was also a co-founder of the Catholic Youth Football League in Knoxville. The league allows children who do not have a school team to play on a faith-based team and compete together against schools in the area. 
 
Voted on by fans over the past month and recognized as the greatest Vikings to play in the stadium, the team consists of 27 current and former players broken into 12 offensive players, 11 defensive players and four special teamers, as well as the head coach. The team will be honored during halftime of this Sunday's Eagles-Vikings game.


Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/13/13)

The Vols head to Kansas today for just the second time in school history as Tennessee takes on #8/12 Wichita State on Saturday at 2 p.m., on ESPN2.  Get the latest on the game: Vol Hoops Central: Wichita State.

On Thursday, Cuonzo Martin and several Vols met with the media, check out the The @Vol_Hoops Report: Dec. 12.


Here's what the media wrote: 

Vols in the NFL TNF (12/12)

Thursday Night Football is upon us and there are four NFL Vols in action. 

Peyton Manning, Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and the Broncos are playing host to the San Diego Chargers at Mile High Field this week. 

San Diego at Denver

#VFL Julio Borbon Selected In MLB Rule 5 Draft


Former Vol standout Julio Borbon was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 12th pick in the Triple-A phase of the 2013 MLB Rule 5 Draft on Thursday.

An All-American in the Volunteers' outfield from 2005-07, Borbon is a speedster who can play all three outfield positions and bats left-handed.

A former first-round draft pick, Borbon is a .272/.318/.347 lifetime hitter in 288 big league games over parts of four seasons with the Texas Rangers and Chicago Cubs. He also has 47 stolen bases. A native of Starkville, Miss., Borbon was the Rangers' primary center fielder during their 2010 World Series campaign.

Read the Orioles' complete release here.

Reggie White Featured On Pro Football Hall Website



The Pro Football Hall of Fame Website has a feature on our own legend: Reggie White as part of its College Days series. Check out the story right here: 

Pro Football Hall of Famer Reggie White is one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year registered 10 or more sacks in a season 12 times and retired as the career leader in QB takedowns (198). Being recognized as "one of the best ever" was nothing new to White as he excelled at every level of football he played. - See more at: College Days

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/12/13)

Tennessee Tech Tennessee Basketball
As the Vols prepare for their game at #8/12 Wichita State on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET, get the latest in Vol Hoops Central: Wichita State.

Here's a look some recent articles from the media:

Happy Birthday - Dec. 12: Brett Parisi, Leslie Cikra, Cat Hosfield

On Dec. 12, we celebrate the birthday of Vols redshirt junior wide receiver and Knoxville native Brett Parisi. We also wish former Lady Vols Leslie Cikra of the volleyball team and Cat Hosfield of the softball team a Happy Birthday today.

Brett Parisi Leslie Cikra Cat Hosfield

#VFL Todd Helton Wins MLB GIBBY Award



Former Vol standout and recently retired Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton has been awarded one of Major League Baseball's GIBBYs - the Greatness in Baseball Yearly Awards - for one of the season's top plays. 

In the oddity division, Helton earned the award for pulling the hidden-ball trick on the St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter. Watch the savvy veteran fool Carpenter below:

Vols In The NFL Update (12/10)

There was a record 104 touchdowns scored this week in Week 14 of the NFL Regular season and the NFL Vols were a big part of that. 



Player Pos. Team Opponent Score Stats
Robert Ayers DE Denver vs. Tennessee W, 51-28 1 tackle, 1 QBH
Eric Berry DB Kansas City at Washington W, 45-10 Started at SS, 5 tackles, 1 sack
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City at Washington W, 45-10 Not Active
Kevin Burnett LB Oakland at NY Jets L, 37-27 Started at WLB, 5 tackles, 1 INT
Britton Colquitt P Denver vs. Tennessee W, 51-28 2 punts, 32.5 avg. 2 I-20
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City at Washington W, 45-10 2 punts, 42.0 avg. 
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore vs. Minnesota W, 29-26 Snapped on all punts, kicks
Arian Foster RB Houston at Jacksonville L, 27-20 Injured Reserve
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh vs. Miami L, 34-28 Started at LG
Aubrayo Franklin DT Indianapolis  at Cincinnati L, 42-28 Started at NT, 2 tackles
Omar Gaither LB Atlanta at Green Bay L, 22-21 Not Active
Jabari Greer CB New Orleans vs. Carolina W, 31-13 Injured Reserve
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans vs. Carolina W, 31-13 Started at OLB, 2 tackles
Montario Hardesty RB Cleveland at New England L, 27-26 Released 9/30
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee at Denver L, 51-28 4 rec. 114 yds. 1 TD
Malik Jackson DE Denver vs. Tennessee W, 51-28 Started at LDE, 4 tackles, 1 sack, 3 TFL
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans vs. Carolina W, 31-13 Practice Squad
Peyton Manning QB Denver vs. Tennessee W, 51-28 Started at QB, 39-59-397-4 TDs 
Jerod Mayo LB New England vs. Cleveland W, 27-26 Injured Reserve
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville vs. Houston W, 27-20 Not Active
Tony McDaniel DE Seattle at San Francisco L, 19-17 Started at LDT
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans vs. Carolina W, 31-13 1 rec. 7 yds. 
Marvin Mitchell LB Minnesota at Baltimore L, 29-26 Played, no stats
Denarius Moore WR Oakland at NY Jets L, 37-27 Not Active
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota at Baltimore L, 29-26 Started at WR, 5 rec. 141 yds, 1 TD; 1 rush, 6 yds; 4 KR 111 yds
Tauren Poole RB Carolina Released 11/27
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland at NY Jets L, 37-27 5 rec. 21 yds. 1 TD
Chris Scott OL Carolina at New Orleans L, 31-13 Not Active
Matt Simms QB NY Jets vs. Oakland W, 37-27 Did Not Play
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo W, 27-6 Injured Reserve
Dallas Thomas OL Miami at Pittsburgh W, 34-28 Saw action in reserve role
Scott Wells C St. Louis at Arizona L, 30-10 Not Active
Dan Williams DT Arizona vs. St. Louis W, 30-10 Started at DT, 1 tackle
Jason Witten TE Dallas at Chicago L, 45-28 Started at TE, 1 rec. 10 yds 1 TD

NEWS AND NOTES

WEEK OF THE RECEIVER
Tennessee's three rookie receivers, Justin Hunter, Cordarrelle Patterson and tight end Mychal Rivera all were good for a touchdown
Rivera was the first to collect on the day on a one yard catch from Matt McGloin, his third of the season
Patterson used his patented juke moves to race for a 79-yard TD that put Minnesota on top with 45 seconds left... Baltimore would go on to win in the final seconds
After a 57-yard pass play early in the game where he was stopped just short of the goal line, Hunter got on the board connecting with Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 41-yard TD
Veteran tight end Jason Witten added another to the NFL Vols total with a 10 yard catch during Monday Night Football. 

MANNING THROWS FOR FOUR, KEEPS BREAKING RECORDS
Peyton Manning has been breaking records week-in and week-out. This week Manning was 39-of-59 for 397 yards and four touchdowns against Tennessee. 
The 39 completions were a Bronco record while his four touchdown passes marked the seventh time this season that he has thrown for four touchdowns, an NFL record. 
Manning currently has 45 touchdown passes on the season, just five shy of tying an six shy of beating Tom Brady's record of 50 set in 2007. 
Manning became the first NFL player in nine years to have four passing touchdowns in a game when the temperature was below 20 degrees
The outing also marked the fourth time in 2013 that Manning had four+ touchdowns and no interceptions in a game, marking the second highest total for a season in NFL history. 
Manning was also over the 300+ yard passing mark for the 11th time in 2013, tying for the second highest mark in a season (Brady, '11)

RECORD-SETTING KICK
Matthew Prater booted a 64-yard field goal as time expired heading into halftime, the longest-ever field goal in NFL history. 
There by his side, as always, was punter Britton Colquitt who held for Prater on the kick also etching his name into the record books

CP PILES IT ON
With five receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown, six rushing yards and four kick returns for 11 yards, Cordarelle Patterson put up 258 all-purpose yards against the Ravens on Sunday 
Patterson leads the NFL with 1,199 kick return yards this season, averaging 33.3 yards/return and 92.2 yards/game


Happy Birthday - Dec. 10: Jacques McClendon, Christin Stewart

On Dec. 10, we wish Happy Birthday to Vols sophomore outfielder Christin Stewart and former Vols offensive lineman and current Jacksonville Jaguars guard Jacques McClendon (2006-09).


This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 10)

On Dec. 10, 2009, standout safety Eric Berry was named the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back. He was also named a Walter Camp All-American that day, check out the story: Berry Wins 2009 Jim Thorpe Award

Eric Berry poses with the Jim Thorpe Award trophy during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards at the Disney Boardwalk on December 10, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Tennessee has never played a football game on Dec. 10. 

Smith Advances in AO Playoffs

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Former Vol All-American John-Patrick Smith started his quest for a wild card to his home Grand Slam on Tuesday at Melbourne Park.

Smith opened the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Marc Polmans to advance to the quarterfinals. 

He faces Dane Propoggia in the next round. 

Smith, a native of Queensland, Australia, is the top-seeded player in the 16-competitor draw. He reached the semifinals in this event last year but still received a main draw wild card from Tennis Australia. 

Thanks to a strong ending to the 2013 season, Smith finished the year at No. 220 in the ATP World Tour singles rankings. He enjoyed his best year in doubles on the pro circuit, becoming the 13th Vol in history to reach the top 100 in the rankings. He's been as high as No. 72 and collected seven titles during the season, picking up wins with 10 different partners.

Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren are both scheduled to play in the USTA Australian Open Wild Card Playoff later this month in Atlanta.

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.


Vol Calls returns to the airwaves on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET, with some special football guests. Seniors Daniel Hood and Michael Palardy will be on location at Calhoun's on the River. 

Also on Monday's show will be men's basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin and women's head coach Holly Warlick. 

Listen live on the Vol Network on online at UTSports.com/AllAccess

Martin Featured On ESPN.com

Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin is featured on ESPN.com in Myron Medcalf's most recent piece:  A conversation with Cuonzo Martin

Tennessee, which will face No. 11 Wichita State on Saturday, is off to a rough start after losing early matchups to both UTEP and Xavier. But Cuonzo Martin has faced more challenging circumstances in the past. The Vols' head coach overcame a bout with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma when he was 26 years old. Martin recently spoke with ESPN.com about his team, this week's critical matchup and the effect that his cancer battle had on his life and career. 

Happy Birthday - Dec. 9: #VFL Denarius Moore

On December 9, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols wideout (2007-10) and current Oakland Raider Denarius Moore, who turns 25 today.


This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 9)

The Vols stand 1-1 all-time on Dec. 9, posting a 7-0 win over Auburn in 1939.
 

DECEMBER 9 (1-1)
1933 L, 0-7 Louisiana State
1939 W, 7-0 AUBURN

Vols In The NFL Gameday (12/8)

There are 23 NFL Vols in action this Sunday in Week 14 of the NFL regular season.

Sports Mole: Mayo still helping New England despite injury

1:00 p.m. Games

Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati - Aubrayo Franklin and the Colts head to Cincinnati for a meeting with the Bengals

Oakland vs. N.Y. Jets - Kevin Burnett, Denarius Moore, Mychal Rivera and the Raiders travel across the country for a match with Matt Simms and the New York Jets

Kansas City vs. Washington - Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt and the Chiefs head to the nation's capital for a meeting with the Redskins

Minnesota vs. Baltimore - Marvin Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson and the Vikings are in Baltimore for a match up with Morgan Cox and the Ravens

Atlanta vs. Green Bay - Omar Gaither and the Falcons are in Green Bay this week

Miami vs. Pittsburgh - In a battle of O Line men, Dallas Thomas and the Dolphins head to Heinz Field for a meeting with Ramon Foster and the Steelers

4:00 p.m. Games

Tennessee vs. Denver - Justin Hunter and the Titans head to the Mile High City for a meeting with Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning and the Broncos. 

St. Louis vs. Arizona - Scott Wells' Rams are in Arizona for a meeting with Dan Williams and the Cardinals

Seattle vs. San Francisco - Tony McDaniel and the Seahawks are in San Fran for a NFC West battle. 

Sunday Night Football
Carolina vs. New Orleans - Chris Scott and the Panthers are in New Orleans for a match up with Parys Haralson, Robert Meachem and the Saints. 

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/8/13)

The Vols moved to 6-2 on the season with a second-half surge to knock off Tennessee Tech, 84-63. Check out the highlights:


Here's what the media wrote:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols post 21-point win over Tennessee Tech
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Guards making shots makes Vols go
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols thump Tennessee Tech, 84-63


This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 8)

Tennessee lost the SEC Championship Game on on Dec. 8, 2001, 31-20 to LSU at the Georgia Dome.

DECEMBER 8 (2-1)
1928 W, 13-12 FLORIDA
1934 W, 19-13 LOUISIANA STATE
2001 L, 20-31 No. 21 Louisiana State (N) @ Atlanta, Ga, (SEC Championship)

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/7/13)

The Vols return home to host Tennessee Tech at 12 Noon. Get the full preview: Vol Hoops Central: Tennessee Tech.

Also on UTSports.com, look back at the team's trip to The Bahamas in the newest edition of INSIDE THE PAINT: UT Hoops Bahamas Recap


Here's the latest from the media on Cuonzo Martin's team:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Tennessee Tech at Tennessee

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/7/13)

Dec. 7 is a significant day in Tennessee history as Butch Jones was hired as the 24th head coach in program history one year ago. Take a look back at his first 365 days: Four Downs: Year One Of The Jones Era.



Here's a look at the stories from the media on Saturday:




This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 7)

One year ago today, Butch Jones was hired as the Vols head coach on Dec. 7, 2012. Look back at the day: Four Downs: Year One Of The Jones Era.

 

The Vols have played on Dec. 7, just once, beating South Carolina, 54-0 in 1929.

DECEMBER 7 (1-0)
1929 W, 54-0 SOUTH CAROLINA

Happy Birthday - Dec. 6: Justin Thomas & Rachel White

On Dec. 6, we celebrate the birthdays of Vols redshirt freshman linebacker Justin Thomas and senior Lady Vol rower Rachel White.

Justin Thomas Rachel White

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/6/13)

The Vols return home to host Tennessee Tech on Saturday at 12 Noon. Get the latest on the game in: Vol Hoops Central: Tennessee Tech




The latest from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols' freshman trio filling roles

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 6)

The Vols won their first-ever SEC Championship Game on Dec. 6, 1997 as Tennessee knocked off Auburn, 30-29. The 1997 Champs held a reunion on the 15th anniversary of the title win last season.

On Dec. 6, 1975, Stanley Morgan became the first Vol to rush for more than 200 yards in a game as he racked up 201 in the Vols' only game ever in Hawai'i. 

DECEMBER 6 (3-0)

1930 W, 13-6 Florida (N) @ Jacksonville, Fla.
1975 W, 28-6 Hawai'i
1997 W, 30-29 No. 11 Auburn (N) @ Atlanta, Ga. (SEC Championship)

Miller Featured In Spartanburg Sports Report

After his monster record-setting game in the finale at Kentucky, Corey Miller was featured in his hometown paper, the Spartanburg Sports Report. Check out the story: Miller eclipses sacks-in-a-game record held by White


Happy Birthday - Dec. 5: A. Cockrell, K. Culhane, D. Hood, P. Thomas

On Dec. 5, we send Happy Birthday wishes to senior football defensive lineman and Knoxville native Daniel Hood, freshman soccer player and Knoxville native Kathryn Culhane and sophomore soccer player and Hixson native Peyton Thomas.

Daniel Hood Kathryn Culhane Peyton Thomas

From the archives, former baseball and football Vol Alan Cockrell turns 51 on Dec. 5. He became the first freshman to start at quarterback for the Vols in 1981. On the diamond, Cockrell was an All-American outfielder for UT and was drafted ninth overall by the Giants in 1984. He made his major league debut with the Rockies in 1996 and went on to coach with the Rockies and Mariners.


 

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 5)

The Vols won the 1998 SEC Championship Game with a 24-14 victory over Mississippi State on Dec. 5, 1998. Tee Martin threw TD passes to Peerless Price and Cedrick Wilson in the span of 32 seconds in the fourth quarter. Travis Henry ran for 120 yards in the win.
 

On Dec. 5, 1931, the Vols played in their first-ever bowl game, a 13-0 win over New York University in the New York Charity Bowl. Beattie Feathers ran for a 65-yard touchdown and Deke Brackett returned a punt 75 yards for the other TD.

DECEMBER 5 (3-1-1)
1931 W, 13-0 New York University (N) @ New York, N.Y. (New York Charity Game)
1936 T, 0-0 Mississippi (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1953 L, 19-33 Houston
1970 W, 28-17 UCLA
1998 W, 24-14 No. 23 Mississippi State (N) @ Atlanta, Ga. (SEC Championship)

Happy Birthday - Dec. 4: Hoops Legend Bernard King

On Dec. 4, we send Happy Birthday wishes to legendary Vols basketball player Bernard King, who went on to star in the NBA with the Knicks, Nets, Warriors, Bullets and Jazz. King was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 8, 2013.


This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 4)


On Dec. 4, 1965, the No. 7 Vols beat No. 5 UCLA, 37-34, in what was dubbed the "Rosebonnet Bowl" by Vol Network broadcaster George Mooney, because of the postseason destinations of the two teams based on the game's result. The Vols' Dewey 'Swamp Rat' Warren scored the game-winning touchdown on 4th-and-1 in the final minute on a 1-yard bootleg. Warren threw for 274 yards in the game played in Memphis.


On Dec. 4, 2012, legendary Vols coach Phillip Fulmer was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. 

DECEMBER 4 (3-1)
1937 W, 32-0 Mississippi (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1965 W, 37-34 No. 5 UCLA (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1971 W, 31-11 No. 5 PENN STATE
2004 L, 28-38 No. 3 Auburn (N) @ Atlanta, Ga, (SEC Championship)

Vols In The NFL Update (12/3)

In Week 13 of the NFL regular season, there were 22 Vols in action, 11 of them in starting roles.

Player Pos. Team Opponent Score Stats
Robert Ayers DE Denver at Kansas City W, 35-28 1 tackle
Eric Berry DB Kansas City vs. Denver L, 35-28 Started at SS, 5 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 QBH
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City vs. Denver L, 35-28 Not Active
Kevin Burnett LB Oakland at Dallas L, 31-24 Started at WLB, 5 tackles, 1 TFL
Britton Colquitt P Denver at Kansas City W, 35-28 3 punts, 44.0 avg. 2 I-20
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City vs. Denver L, 35-28 5 punts, 45.8 avg. 3 I-20
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh W, 22-20 Snapped on all punts, kicks
Arian Foster RB Houston vs. New England L, 34-31 Injured Reserve
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh at Baltimore L, 22-20 Started at LG
Aubrayo Franklin DT Indianapolis  vs. Tennessee W, 22-14 Started at NT, 2 tackles
Omar Gaither LB Atlanta at Buffalo (Toronto) W, 34-31 OT Not Active
Jabari Greer CB New Orleans at Seattle Injured Reserve
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans at Seattle 5 tackles, 1 sack 8 yds
Montario Hardesty RB Cleveland Released 9/30
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee at Indianapolis L, 22-14 1 rec. 9 yds
Malik Jackson DE Denver at Kansas City W, 35-28 Started at LDE, 2 tackles, 1 FF
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans at Seattle Practice Squad
Peyton Manning QB Denver at Kansas City W, 35-28 Started at QB, 22-35-403 yds. 5 TDs
Jerod Mayo LB New England at Houston W, 34-31 Injured Reserve
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville at Cleveland W, 32-28 Not Active
Tony McDaniel DE Seattle vs. New Orleans Started at LDT, 2 tackles
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans at Seattle 1 rec. 7 yds
Marvin Mitchell LB Minnesota vs. Chicago W, 23-20 OT Started at WLB, 1 tackle, 1 FR
Denarius Moore WR Oakland at Dallas L, 31-24 Not Active
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. Chicago W, 23-20 OT 2 rush, 27 yds 1 TD, 1 rec. 4 yds
Tauren Poole RB Carolina vs. Tampa Bay W, 27-6 Released 11/27
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland at Dallas L, 31-24 Started at TE, 2 rec. 30 yds
Chris Scott OL Carolina vs. Tampa Bay W, 27-6 Not Active
Matt Simms QB NY Jets vs. Miami L, 23-3 9-18-79 yds. 
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay at Carolina L, 27-6 Injured Reserve
Dallas Thomas OL Miami at NY Jets W, 23-3 Saw action in reserve role
Scott Wells C St. Louis at San Francisco L, 23-13 Started at C, left game with fractured fibula
Dan Williams DT Arizona at Philadelphia L, 24-21 1 pass def. 
Jason Witten TE Dallas vs. Oakland W, 31-24 Started at TE, 3 rec. 53 yds

INJURY ROUNDUP
St. Louis Rams starting center Scott Wells was injured in Sunday's game vs. the 49ers. 

MANNING BEING MANNING
In an AFC West shootout, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos bested the Kansas City Chiefs 35-28 to remain perfect in divisional play. 
Manning, like he always does, stepped up and threw for 403 yards and five touchdowns on 22-of-35 passing. 

Peyton Manning posted his eighth career 5-TD pass game, tying Drew Brees for the most in NFL history. This is the second time Manning had 5+ touchdowns this year and NFL-best sixth 4+ touchdown game this season.

This season, Manning has thrown for 41 touchdowns, most in the NFL this season, 10 shy of the league record, and set a Denver Bronco single-season touchdown pass record

Peyton Manning's 5 TD passes tie his own record for most by an opponent at Arrowhead Stadium. He also had 5 at KC for the Colts 10/31/04.

His 403 yards put him over the 4,000 yard mark extending his NFL record with his 13th 4000 yard passing season.

The performance marked his 13th career 400-yard passing game.

The Morning Journal: Manning heaves another 5 TDs in Broncos' win over Chiefs

The Denver Post: Manning leads Broncos to big rally in crucial win


BATTLE OF THE COLQUITTS

In the second Battle of the Colquitts this season, Britton's Broncos bested Dustin's Chiefs for the second time this season improving Britton's record to 7-3 all-time vs. Dustin.

Britton punted just three times for a 44.0 average dropping two inside the 20 yard line while Dustin booted five punts for a 45.8 yard average dropping three inside the 20.



TD THREE WAYS

Cordarrelle Patterson became the first Vikings rookie to ever score a touchdown three ways when he ran one in 33 yards for the score vs. Chicago on Sunday.

Patterson has recorded a kick return touchdown, receiving TD and now rushing TD on the year.

1500 ESPN: No Vikings rookie in history has matched Patterson


NEWS AND NOTES

USA Today: Jets fans greet Simms like hero after Smith's benching


Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/3/13)

The Vols coaches are on the recruiting trail, looking to find the next great to wear the Orange & White. Tuesday was a busy day in terms of honors for the 2013 Vols:


Also on UTSports.com, check out a season wrap-up of the Kentucky game: Four Downs: UK Weekend by the Numbers.

Take a look back at the Vols 2013 Senior class with this video tribute:



Here's a look at the most recent coverage from the media:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dobbs confident heading into 2014



This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 3)

The Vols are 2-1 all-time on Dec. 3, but haven't played on the date since 1938.

DECEMBER 3 (2-1)
1905 L, 0-5 Grant
1932 W, 32-13 Florida (N) @ Jacksonville, Fla.
1938 W, 47-0 Mississippi (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.

Vol Calls Moves To Monday, Tonight At 8 p.m.



Vol Calls from the Vol Network moves to Monday night at 8 p.m. ET., at Calhoun's on the River.

Men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin and Dean Lockwood of the women's basketball staff will be guests. 

The show will also include interviews with Butch Jones, Joshua Dobbs and more.

Happy Birthday - Dec. 2: Derek Lance, Andrew Lee, Sarah McAuliffe

Celebrating birthdays on Dec. 2 are sophomore baseball players Derek Lance and Andrew Lee, and junior Lady Vol rower Sarah McAuliffe.

Derek Lance Andrew Lee Sarah McAuliffe

Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/2/13)

Tennessee stands at 5-2 after a 2-1 record at the Battle 4 Atlantis as the Vols Rolled Past Wake Forest, 82-63 on Saturday. Jarnell Stokes posted double-doubles in all three games for the Vols.

Here's a look at coverage from the media following the trip:


This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 2)

The Vols are a perfect 6-0 on Dec. 2, winning all six games against Vanderbilt by a combined score of 213-56.

On Dec. 2, 1978, the Vols beat Vanderbilt, 41-15 in Nashville as Jimmy Streater combined for 235 rushing and passing yards for a new Tennessee record of 2,011 total yards in a season. Alan Duncan also made two field goals to give him 13 for the season, also a single-season record at the time.

On Dec. 2, 1989, Tennessee beat Vanderbilt, 17-10, as Tony Thompson ran for 128 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

DECEMBER 2 (6-0)
1950 W, 43-0 at Vanderbilt
1961 W, 41-7 VANDERBILT
1967 W, 41-14 VANDERBILT
1972 W, 30-10 Vanderbilt
1978 W, 41-15 at Vanderbilt
1989 W, 17-10 VANDERBILT

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/2/13)

The Vols closed the 2013 season with a 27-14 Win At UK on Saturday. Look back at the game with these highlights:

It was a huge day for senior Corey Miller, who had his best game in his final game, setting the school-record for sacks in a game with 4.5. Read about it: A Record Final Act for Miller.

Here's a look at what the media wrote:

- Associated Press: Tennessee beats Kentucky, 27-14
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Departing Hood believes in Vols' future
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols close by whipping Wildcats
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Rajion Neal bursts past 1,000-yard mark
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee-Kentucky: Report Card




Vols In The NFL Gameday (12/1)

In Week 13 of the NFL regular season, there are 18 Vols in action this Sunday. 

On Thanksgiving, there were five NFL Vols in action as Kevin Burnett and Mychal Rivera saw game action for the Radiers vs. Jason Witten's Cowboys, while Ramon Foster and the Steelers went up against Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens. 

In the battle of the UT tight ends, Rivera had two catches for 30 yards, while Witten finished with three catches for 53 yards. Burnett had five tackles, one for a loss. 

Foster started at left guard for the Steelers while Cox snapped on all punts and kicks for the Ravens, including what would be the game winning 48 yd. field goal, the fifth of the night. 

SUNDAY'S GAMES

1:00 p.m. Games
Tennessee vs. Indianapolis - Justin Hunter and the Titans head to Indy for a meeting with Aubrayo Franklin and the Colts

Jacksonville vs. Cleveland - Jacques McClendon and the Jags are on the road in Cleveland 

Tampa Bay vs. Carolina - Luke Stocker's Buccaneers head to Charlotte for a meeting with Chris Scott and the Panthers

Chicago vs. Minnesota - Marvin Mitchell, Cordarrelle Patterson and the Vikings play host to the Bears

Arizona vs. Philadelphia - Dan Williams and the Cardinals are in the City of Brotherly Love 

Miami vs. New York Jets - Dallas Thomas and the Dolphins are in New Jersey for a meeting with Matt Simms and the Jets

4:00 p.m. Games
Atlanta vs. Buffalo - Omar Gaither and the Falcons are on the road in Buffalo this week

St. Louis vs. San Francisco - Scott Wells and the Rams are in San Francisco for a meeting with the Niners

Denver vs. Kansas City - Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning and the Broncos are on the road for Colquitt Bowl Part II vs. Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt and the Chiefs. 

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 1)

On Dec. 1, 1951, #1 Tennessee defeats Vanderbilt 35-27 on homecoming. The Vols would go on to win the National Championship for a second year in a row under General Neyland.

On Dec. 1, 2001, in a re-scheduled game after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Tennessee upset No. 2 Florida, 34-32 in a epic game at The Swamp. Travis Stephens ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Look back at the game on the 10-year anniversary with Andy Staples: Remembering Tennessee-Florida 2001.

 

DECEMBER 1 (10-1)
1900 W, 12-6 GEORGETOWN
1945 W, 45-0 VANDERBILT
1951 W, 35-27 VANDERBILT
1956 W, 27-7 Vanderbilt
1962 W, 30-0 Vanderbilt
1973 W, 20-17 VANDERBILT
1979 W, 31-10 VANDERBILT
1984 W, 29-13 Vanderbilt
1990 W, 49-20 Vanderbilt
2001 W, 34-32 No. 2 Florida
2007 L, 14-21 No. 5 Louisiana State (N) @ Atlanta, Ga. (SEC Championship)

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