February 2014 Archives

Happy Birthday - Feb. 28: A. Davis, J. Croom and M. Christy

A busy day for birthdays in the Tennessee athletics family. Celebrating on Feb. 28, Vol For Life Coordinator and former Vols All-American Antone Davisredshirt sophomore receiver Jason Croom and sophomore soccer player Michele Christy


Happy Birthday - Feb. 27: Cameron Sutton

On Feb. 27 we send Happy Birthday wishes to current football defensive back Cameron Sutton.

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/27/14)

The Vols picked up their ninth wire-to-wire win this season with a 75-68 Win At Mississippi State on Wednesday night. Tennessee is now tied for fourth place in the lead -- but holds the tie-breakers on both LSU and Ole Miss. 

Here's a look at the highlights of the game: 

Check out media coverage from the game: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: McRae saves Vols late against MSU
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols fend off the pressure, get a win

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/26/14)

Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones looks on from the sideline at Neyland Stadium.
In the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Patrick Brown has a story on Butch Jones after an interview on Tuesday. The piece touches on the increased effort of the Vols and their major improvements in the areas of strength and conditioning. 

"This is probably the most busiest time of the year that we're going through right now, because you try to do so many things during this period of time," the Vols' second-year coach said at the end of a 15-minute interview with the Times Free Press just before lunchtime.

On Wednesday at the Knoxville Tip-Off Club, Butch Jones raved about linebacker Curt Maggitt, calling him the 'heart and soul' of the Vols. Read more here: Butch Jones, at tipoff club, call Curt Maggitt 'heart and soul' of Vols

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/26/14)

The Vols look to return to their winning ways this evening as Tennessee plays Mississippi State. Here's a look at the game preview: Vol Hoops Central: at Mississippi State.

Before the Vols departed for Starkville, they met with the media: Vol Hoops Media Session (2-25-14)

Here's the latest from the media: 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 26: Thomas Dunne and Josh Peterson

On Feb. 26, we celebrate a pair of birthdays, golfer Thomas Dunne and pitcher Josh Peterson


Richardson Featured In The Tennessean

The Tennessean has a feature on Antonio Richardson, who is trying to make an impression with the NFL Draft right around the corner.  "I'm a first-rounder," Richardson said at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last week. "I think I will be in the top 25. I plan on it being the case."


Happy Birthday - Feb. 25: Joanna Henderson

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

Lady Vol Illustrated & Vol Calls Set For Monday Night

Lady Vol Illustrated at 7 p.m. ET

Tennessee women's basketball assistant coach Dean Lockwood will be a special in-person guest on Lady Vol Illustrated at 7 p.m. ET, at Calhoun's On The River. Co-head coach of the softball team Ralph Weekly will join the show from California to talk about the 13-0 start for the Lady Vols. SEC gold medalist Tori Lamp will also be an in-person guest to talk about her SEC Championship diving performance tonight. 

Vol Calls at 8 p.m. ET

Tennessee head basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, Lady Vols basketball assistant coach Dean Lockwood and UT pitcher Andrew Lee will be on-site guests on "Vol Calls" tonight (Monday, Feb. 24) from Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. Central. Co-hosts Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs will also have a live on-air interview with UT assistant football coach Tommy Thigpen, who was recently name National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com. 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.

House Hunting with C.J. Watson

"Ever wonder how pro athletes like the Pacers's C.J. Watson relocate in about as much time as it takes the ink to dry on their new contract?"

Watch former Vol basketball star C.J. Watson go house hunting on HGTV Tuesday night at 11 p.m. ET.

To learn more about Watson's travels and house shopping, read the Indy Star's "Go house hunting with Pacer C.J. Watson".

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

On Feb. 24 we wish senior infielder Taylor Smart a happy birthday! 

We also send Happy Birthday wishes to 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. 

It is also former Vol offensive lineman Antonio Richardson's birthday today! Richardson has most recently been impressing teams at the NFL Combine. On Friday he put up 36 reps of 225 pounds, watch the video here:

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/24/14)

Catch up on the latest about the Vols right here in the Tennessee Update delivered by UPS:

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- On Monday, defensive lineman Daniel McCullers will take part in the NFL Combine. On Sunday, McCullers measured in at 6-7, 352 lbs., with a 36 5/8 arm length and 11'' hands. He did 27 reps of 225 pounds. 

- The Tennesseean has this story on Midstate natives freshmen Jalen Hurd and Josh Malone, who are set to earn immediate playing time: Newest Vols will play quickly

Pluskota Featured As A "Woman In The Game"


Former UT standout Natalie Pluskota has been honored as a "Woman In the Game" by the Nashville Local Organizing Committee. 

The Women in the Game initiative was developed to honor female athletes from all walks of life, and all levels of ability. 
Read the complete profile HERE

Happy Birthday - Feb. 23: Jerod Mayo

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

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Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/23/14)

The Vols suffered a second heart-breaking loss to Texas A&M this season -- and the second in which an Antwan Space 3-pointer proved to be a final blow for Tennessee. Check out the full recap: Aggies Repeat Last-Second Win Over Vols. Here's a look at the highlights:

News from the media includes: 

Vols In Action At NFL Combine

Official 40-Yard Dash Times:
Zach Fulton: 5.16
Ja'Wuan James: 5.34
Antonio Richardson: 5.30
James Stone: 5.17

Official Bench Press Reps: 
Zach Fulton: 25
Ja'Wuan James: 22
Antonio Richardson: 36 (T-2nd most among OL)
James Stone: 22

Official Broad Jump: 
Zach Fulton: 98 inches
Ja'Wuan James: 103 inches
Antonio Richardson: no jump
James Stone: 105 inches

Official 3-Cone Drill: 
Zach Fulton: 7.87 seconds
Ja'Wuan James: 7.42 seconds
Antonio Richardson: did not compete
James Stone: 8.16 seconds

Official 20-Yard Shuttle 
Zach Fulton: 5.16 seconds
Ja'Wuan James: 4.56 seconds
Antonio Richardson: did not compete
James Stone: 4.63 seconds

On Friday, the players started going through drills. Check out Antonio Richardson put up 36 reps of 225 pounds right here:

The Vols' four offensive linemen at the NFL Combine met with the media on Thursday. Here's a look at some of the coverage from around the nation:

Abbott Speaks About Her Path To Success

Tennessee softball legend Monica Abbott recently spoke at the seventh annual College Lecture Series held Friday at the Bright Football Complex in College Station, Texas.

"If you want something you've never had, you must be willing to do things you've never done." -- Monica Abbott.

Check out this article on the event at Aggie Sports.com: Former Tennessee pitcher speaks at Texas A&M

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. 

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Rashad Baker

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/22/14)

The Vols travel to Texas A&M for a big match-up with the Aggies this afternoon. The game airs on ESPNU. Check out Vol Hoops Central: at Texas A&M.

This week's edition of INSIDE THE PAINT: Freshmen Point Guards takes a look at freshman point guard Darius Thompson:

Here are the latest stories from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Tennessee at Texas A&M

Troy Fleming Named Head Coach At Concord Christian

Former Vols running back Troy Fleming has been named the first head football coach at Concord Christian School in Knoxville. He joins fellow Tennessee alum Rob Murphy on the coaching staff at CCS as Murphy is the boys basketball coach along with being the school's athletic director. 

Fleming attended Tennessee from 1999-2004 and played running back from 2000-03. He played in 46 games winning two SEC division championships. Fleming ran 84 times for 342 yards and had 73 receptions for 492 yards with five touchdowns. He also made 15 tackles as he played regularly on special teams. 

Listen Back To Butch Jones On 104.5 The Zone

Butch Jones was a guest of The Wake-Up Zone on 104.5 FM in Nashville on Friday morning. Check out the interview with Jones as he pointed out some startling numbers: 

  - The Vols 14 mid-year enrollees, have gained 95 pounds of muscle
  - One year ago, the Vols had zero players who could squad 600 pounds, now the team as nine
  - The Vols have gained 359 pounds of muscle and lost 207 pounds of fat

LISTEN BACK: Butch Jones with WUZ

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Happy Birthday - Feb. 21: Anna Renfroe

On Feb. 21 we wish sophomore softball infielder Anna Renfroe a happy birthday!

Four Vols OL Measure In At NFL Combine

The NFL Combine got underway on Thursday with offensive linemen, special teamers and tight ends. Four Vols offensive linemen were measured. Here are their vitals:

Zach Fulton: 6-5, 316 lbs., 33 1/4 arm reach, 10 1/4 hands
Ja'Wuan James: 6-6, 311 lbs., 35 arm reach, 9 7/8 hands
Antonio Richardson: 6-6, 336 lbs., 35 arm reach, 10 1/4 hands
James Stone: 6-4, 306 lbs., 33 7/8 arm reach, 10 1/8 hands

Richardson also tweeted out his body fat of just 16 percent: 

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Here's a look at Ja'Wuan James' media session via the St. Louis Rams website: Ja'Wuan James Meet With Media

VIDEO: Raven Chavanne Reflects On What Softball Has Meant To Her

Tennessee softball legend Raven Chavanne was a 2014 NCAA Today's Top 10 Award recipient last month. Check out this NCAA video about what softball has meant to Raven!

Happy Birthday - 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 and played with them until 2013. In December 2013, he was selected by the Baltimore Orioles with the 12th pick in the Triple-A phase of the 2013 MLB Rule 5 Draft. 


NFL Combine Media Sessions Start Today

The four Tennessee offensive linemen at the NFL Combine will have their media sessions on Thursday. VFLs Zach Fulton, Ja'Wuan James, Antonio Richardson and James Stone all arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Here's a look at the schedule as the offensive linemen have their official on-field testing on Saturday: 

The fifth Vol invited to the combine, defensive lineman Daniel McCullers arrives in Indianapolis on Friday and will have his media on Saturday with on-field workouts on Monday. 

Here's the full story on the five Vols at the Combine: Five Vols Invited To NFL Combine

Saluting Black History Month: Condredge Holloway

Former Tennessee quarterback Condredge Holloway discusses being the first black QB in SEC history in this Saluting Black History Month feature presented by Georgia Power.

Trade, Wise Words From Former Vol Sparked Tobias Harris


On Tuesday, John Denton wrote a feature on Tobias Harris for the Orlando Magic website. The feature focuses on Harris' evolution into a bona fide NBA starter after his trade from the Milwaukee Bucks. The story is particularly interesting to Volunteer fans as it sheds light on some of Harris' darker times (being given up on by the Bucks) and how a former Tennessee Vol helped restore his confidence.

Denton went on to write:

Tobias Harris is the type of athlete who practically oozes confidence out his every pore. On the basketball court, there is no situation that scares him and no moment too big for him.

He'll take - and make - big shots, as proven by his game-winning dunk against Oklahoma City two weeks ago. And Harris has no hesitation when it comes to his position on the floor, willingly playing either small forward or power forward against bigger players.

However, the trade from Milwaukee rattled Harris' confidence.

But Harris admitted on Tuesday that hearing the initial news that he had been traded was shocking to the senses for him. Luckily for him, he had a former NBA standout and a fellow University of Tennessee product to give him a good piece of advice.

``It was eye-opening for me as a player to realize that the NBA is a business and it showed me that this league is a lot about confidence,'' Harris said. ``When I got traded from here, to begin with I was at first discouraged because I was here in Milwaukee. One of the first persons who called me was Dale Ellis, who played here. He was just telling me, `Don't ever think that just because they traded you, that doesn't mean they don't think that you can play. You can play in this league for a long time and when you get to Orlando you need to have that type of confidence.'

Read the full story - Denton: Trade to Orlando From Milwaukee "Sparked" Harris

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/19/14)

The Vols had their best defensive effort of the season, limiting Georgia to a season-low 48 points in a 67-48 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday night. Get the full story: Stokes, Barton Lead Vols Past UGA, 67-48, plus highlights:

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 18: Outerbridge, Lea, Andrews & Hannon

On Feb. 18, we celebrate two current student-athletes birthdays, freshman outside hitter Jamie Lea and senior jumper Allison Outerbridge.


We would also like to wish happy birthday to former softball standout and current team manager Ashley Andrews and former football wide receiver Chris Hannon. Hannon was the only SEC wideout to catch three touchdown passes in a game during the 2003 season. His three touchdown catches tied the Tennessee game record held by six other players. 


Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/18/14)

The Vols return home to host Georgia tonight at 9 p.m., on ESPNU. Get the full preview here: Vol Hoops Central: Georgia.

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Georgia third as it visits Tennessee Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Georgia at Tennessee

Lady Vols Illustrated

Lady Vol fans can tune in to the Sports Animal every Monday night for Lady Vols Illustrated, a weekly radio show featuring Lady Vol basketball head coach Holly Warlick, one women's basketball student-athlete and one other Lady Vol student-athlete or coach.

Guests for tonight's show include Lady Vol basketball assistant coach Dean Lockwood, senior guard Meighan Simmons, Lady Vol softball senior pitcher Ellen Renfroe and Lady Vol tennis co-head coach Mike Patrick. 

The women's basketball team is coming off a tough 75-71 loss to Kentucky Sunday afternoon. Simmons notched 13 points with four assists during the matchup. 

Lady Vol softball senior pitcher Ellen Renfroe was named SEC Pitcher of the Week, for games played Feb. 10-16. Renfroe went 2-0 for No. 1 Tennessee (9-0) with a pair of seven-inning shutouts and 12-strikeout performances against Pittsburgh and Illinois. She has been named SEC Pitcher of the Week six times during her career donning the Orange & White. 

Lady Vol tennis co-head coach Mike Patrick earned his 500th career victory on Sunday as the team rolled over Chattanooga, 7-0. Patrick is in his 30th season as head coach, and 27th at Tennessee. Patrick is just the 10th Division I tennis coach to hit the 500-win mark. He currently boasts a 500-294 career record. 

The program begins at 7 p.m. ET and fans can listen on 99.1 FM and 990 AM, as well as online at http://www.sportsanimal99.com/

#100KChallenge On @Vol_Football Twitter

In the quest to reach 100,000 followers for the @Vol_Football Twitter account, we have launched the #100KChallenge. 

Any fan who retweets a @Vol_Football tweet until we reach the milestone will be eligible to win a $100 gift card courtesy of Lowe's. We will select five random fans who RT a tweet from @Vol_Football to win Lowe's gift cards including a $100 card. 

Ready set ... start retweeting! 

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Happy Birthday - Feb. 17: Akamine, Grotz and Morgan

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

Celebrating are junior catcher Hannah Akamine and junior pitcher Zac Grotz


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

Happy Birthday General Neyland - Feb. 17

Basketball legend Michael Jordan celebrates his 51st 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, 122 years ago. 

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

Happy Birthday - Feb. 16: Ivy Renfroe and Marie-Eve Nault

On February 16, we send birthday wishes to two former Lady Vols, softball's Ivy Renfroe and soccer's Marie-Eve Nault.

Ivy Renfroe made her mark in the record books while playing for the Lady Vols, she concluded her career ranked second in school history in appearances (176) and wins (97). She is also third in career innings pitched (749.2) and strikeouts (737). She finished her Tennessee career as one of the most dependable postseason pitchers, totaling 18 wins in the NCAA Tournament and helping UT to three WCWS appearances (2010, 2012, 2013)

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Marie-Eve Nault played for the Lady Vols from 2000-2003 and is currently a Canadian soccer defender who plays for KIF Örebro and the Canada women's national soccer team. She represented Canada at the 2012 Summer Olympics winning the bronze medal.

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Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/16/14)

Here's a look at some of the recent stories on the Tennessee football program: 
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Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/16/14)

The Vols suffered a 75-70 loss at Missouri on Saturday as both teams now stand 6-6 in the SEC. Check out the highlights:

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 

- Associated Press: Missouri edges Tennessee 75-70
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Missouri tops Tennessee Vols despite McRae's 31
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Big men finally play large role for Mizzou

Happy Birthday - Feb. 15: Amirah Johnson and Tony White

On February 15, we send birthday wishes to junior runner Amirah Johnson and former Vol basketball legend Tony White

Amirah Johnson

Tony White still holds the record for most points in a game with 51 points. 

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/15/14)

The Vols play at Missouri for the first time since 1984, this afternoon at 4 p.m. Get your full game preview in Vol Hoops Central: at Missouri.

Prior to departing Cuonzo Martin and several players met with the media. Check out the The @Vol_Hoops Report: Feb. 14

Here's a look at the coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols try to bounce back at Missouri
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols-Missouri rivalry could heat up fast
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Game Matchup: Tennessee at Missouri

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

A pair of former Tennessee stars celebrate their birthday 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. 


Happy Birthday - Feb. 13: Charlie Garner and Kristi Durant

On February 13 - we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vol Football great Charlie Garner and Louisville Slugger/NFCA First-Team All-American, Kristi Durant, who was a member of the Lady Vol softball team from 2003-2006. 

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Happy Birthday - Feb. 12: Thomas, Majors, and Johnson

On February 12, we celebrate a pair of Tennessee birthdays. Happy birthday to senior golfer Chessey Thomas and freshman sprinter Felecia Majors!


Today we also celebrate the birthday of Vol for Life, Inky Johnson! Watch the motivational speech he made to the team during spring practice on April 13, 2013.

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/12/14)

Tennessee was within one point with four minutes to go in the game, but the Vols dropped a 67-58 decision on Tuesday night. Jordan McRae's monster dunk was the No. 2 Play of the Day on SportsCenter following the game. Check it out: 

Here are the complete highlights of the game: 

Here's what the media wrote:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols show passion but Florida just too good

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

Lots of birthdays to celebrate on February 11. Former volleyball middle blocker DeeDee Harrison and recent soccer graduate and goalkeeper Jessica Rolfs.


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

We also pay tribute to the late Dyron Nix who would have celebrated his birthday today. Nix starred for the Volunteers and head coach Don DeVoe from 1986-89 and was a two-time first-team All-SEC performer (1988, 1989). He ranks eighth on Tennessee's all-time scoring list with 1,877 career points. 

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/11/14)

The Vols host #3 Florida in the biggest home matchup of the season. Get the full preview in: Vol Hoops Central: Florida.

On Monday, Cuonzo Martin held his Press Luncheon. See what he had to say:

Here's what the media wrote leading into the game: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Florida at Tennessee

Catchings to Play in Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game

Former Lady Vol standout and current Indiana Fever player Tamika Catchings will participate in the third annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game as part of NBA All-Star 2014. 

The game will tip off at NBA All-Star Jam Session at Sprint Arena in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. ET prior to the 63rd NBA All-Star Game that evening. ESPN3 will provide live coverage of the game at http://es.pn/UnifiedGame.  

This year's Unified Sports Basketball Game will feature 12 Special Olympics athletes from around the globe playing alongside NBA Legends Dikembe Mutombo, Detlef Schrempf, Ron Harper, A.C. Green, and current WNBA stars Tamika Catchings, Lindsey Harding, Ruth Riley and Elena Delle Donne, a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. 

Thigpen Named National Recruiter Of Year

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Tennessee's linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen has been named the National Recruiter of the Year by Rivals.com. 

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/9/14)

The Vols Continued Their Dominance Over South Carolina posting a 72-53 Win on Saturday. Check out the highlights including some monster dunks from Jarnell Stokes: 

Here's what the media wrote:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee breezes past South Carolina
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols running out of time to post big win

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/8/14)

The Vols are back at home to host South Carolina on Saturday at 3 p.m., before a national-television audience on ESPNU. Get the full preview here: Vol Hoops Central: South Carolina.

What did Coach Martin have to say heading into the game? Watch it here:

Also on Friday, the newest edition of INSIDE THE PAINT: UT Hoops Episode 13 came out including a feature on Vol Nation's passionate fans:

Here's the latest from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Inconsistent UT Vols start SEC second half
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Game Matchup: Vols vs. South Carolina
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 1-on-1: Jeronne Maymon

Happy Birthday - Feb. 7: Semeka Randall

On Feb. 7, former Lady Vols basketball star and current head coach of the Alabama A&M Bulldogs Semeka Randall celebrates her birthday.

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.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/7/14)

The national and local media coverage on Tennessee football continues to build up. On Thursday, as part of the Vols Recruiting Celebrations, it was announced the Vols Will Kick Off 2015 Season At LP Field

Check out the following coverage from UTSports.com:

Media coverage includes the following
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols enjoying Midstate Madness
- Sports Illustrated: Inside The War Room

SI.com: The Story Behind Tennessee's Recruiting Class


By: Andy Staples

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Dana Morrison glanced at the clock above the door to the Tennessee offensive coaches' meeting room early on Wednesday morning. Nearly an hour had passed since recruits were allowed to begin signing and faxing the National Letter of Intent, and only two recruits had taken advantage of the opportunity. 

"Need some action," the 2011 Tennessee graduate said as she stood near the fax machine and tapped an orange high heel. "Two in one hour is not going to cut it." 

Morrison had little reason to worry. Unlike 2013, when a new Tennessee staff entered National Signing Day waiting on the decisions of 12 players, the Volunteers entered Wednesday unsure of the final choices of exactly two. Fourteen members of the program's '14 signing class had already enrolled -- most were working out one floor below at the time -- and the majority of the 18 (or 19) players Tennessee expected to sign on Wednesday had made their intentions clear and never wavered.

Read More of Andy Staples' Behind The Scenes Look: HERE

SEC Media Day Set For July 15


The Southeastern Conference announced today its annual football media days will be held July 14-17, remaining at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham - Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala. The event will expand to four days in 2014, beginning Monday, July 14 and concluding Thursday, July 17.

The Vols will participate in SEC Media Day on Tuesday, July 15 during the afternoon session. 


ESPN will continue to have an expanded presence at the event, with the SEC Network officially launching in August. A more detailed daily schedule, rotational breakdown and student-athletes attending will be available later this summer.The listing of coaches below does not indicate the order of appearance each day.


Beginning with the 2014 event, institutional media guides will only be made available in electronic format, with the annual SEC publication available both via traditional and electronic means.


The previous three SEC Football Media Days all drew over 1,000 attendees, with an all-time high of 1,239 for the 2013 edition last summer.





MONDAY, July 14

Commissioner Mike Slive

Auburn - Gus Malzahn

Florida - Will Muschamp

Vanderbilt - Derek Mason


TUESDAY, July 15

Mississippi State - Dan Mullen

South Carolina - Steve Spurrier

Tennessee - Butch Jones

Texas A&M - Kevin Sumlin



Steve Shaw - SEC Coordinator of Football Officials / Justin Connolly - SEC Network

Arkansas - Bret Bielema

LSU - Les Miles

Missouri - Gary Pinkel



Alabama - Nick Saban

Georgia - Mark Richt

Kentucky - Mark Stoops

Ole Miss - Hugh Freeze


Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/6/14)

Improvement Paying Dividends For Mercedes Russell


Mercedes Russell was the subject of a feature story from an online newspaper back home. Check out what Eugene Daily News reporter Corey Buchanan wrote about Tennessee's 6-foot-6 freshman.

For Mercedes Russell, Improvement Has Paid Dividends

On Feb. 4, we celebrate the birthdays of Lady Vol rower Rachel Clagett, Vols baseball player Vincent Jackson and Vols football linebacker Curt Maggitt.

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Happy Birthday - Feb. 2: Devrin Young

On Super Bowl Sunday, we wish Happy Birthday to Vols wide receiver and return specialist Devrin Young.

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (2/2/14)

Tennessee handed Alabama its worst SEC home loss since 2003 on Saturday night. Get the full recap right here: McRae, Stokes Power Vols Past Bama, 76-59.

Here's a look at the media coverage from the game: 
- Dothan Eagle: Alabama hammered by Vols
- Montgomery Advertiser: SEC men's basketball: Vols maul Bama

Super Bowl Vols Gearing Up For Sunday

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via @broncos, here's Peyton Manning and John Elway surveying MetLife Stadium. 

Here's a look at some of the recent stories from the media that touch on the Super Bowl Vols as the game is less than 48 hours away. 

- New York Times: The Matrix of Manning
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Manning's legacy still evolving

Stories on Robert Ayers: 

Punter Colquitt has chance to follow dad's Super footsteps
Stories on Britton Colquitt: 
- New York Post: Family Affair

Stories on Malik Jackson: 
- Orange County Register:  Jackson a big part of orange rush

Stories on Tony McDaniel 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 1: Montario Hardesty & Marcus Nash

Two former Tennessee football standouts are celebrating birthdays on Feb. 1. We wish Happy Birthday to running back Montario Hardesty and wide receiver Marcus Nash!


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

Happy February! The Vols are on the road at Alabama tonight at 9 p.m., ET. Get the full preview right here: Vol Hoops Central: at Alabama.

Prior to leaving for Tuscaloosa, Cuonzo Martin and several players met with the media, read up on it: The @Vol_Hoops Report: Jan. 31.

Here's what the media wrote: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols try to break Coleman Coliseum curse
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Tennessee at Alabama

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