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Happy Birthday - April 19

It's April 19 and we've got a big-time Big Orange birthday to celebrate on Rocky Top! Today we're sending happy birthday wishes to basketball legend Candace Parker



One of the greatest collegiate women's basketball players of all time, Parker played three years for the Lady Vols, winning back-to-back national championships in 2007 and 2008. She was twice named the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Tournament and she concluded her UT career with a record of 101-10 and averages of 19.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

After forgoing her senior season (Parker graduated with a degree in sport management in 2008), Parker was drafted with the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Sparks. Her professional career has also included time with UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia. She is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Her jersey was retired at the University of Tennessee last season. 

Happy birthday, Candace!




Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/19/15)

Saturday was a special day for the students of the University of Tennessee as they were invited to attend the Vols' practice at Neyland Stadium. Find out what it meant to Coach Butch Jones to see such wonderful support: Students Show Out In Support Of Vols

Also on UTSports.com: 

Coverage from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Receiver Johnson repping a lot for UT Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols appreciate students at practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Hand surgery sidelines Gaulden
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Linebackers must do far more than hit
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Competition continues at center
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara 'fine' despite sore thigh
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mono-free Moseley showing no rust
- Maryville Daily Times: UT testing two-headed run game

Happy Birthday - April 18

We've got three birthdays to celebrate on this 18th day of April as we send 'happy birthday' wishes to swimmer Caroline Finkbeiner and Eve Repic of women's tennis, not to mention former Lady Vol golf standout Erica Popson

Finkbeiner recently concluded her junior season with the Tennessee swimming and diving program. She competed in five events for UT: the 50, 100, 200, and 500 freestyle and the 200 butterfly. She earned her best finish of the season, a runner-up placement, at Queens after swimming 500-yard freestyle in five minutes, 4.56 seconds. In total, she racked up nine top-10 finishes over the 2014-15 season. Finkbeiner turns 21 years old today.



A sophomore from Ontario, Canada, Repic recently concluded her second season on Rocky Top with a singles record of 16-11. For her career, she is 38-23 overall. Repic went out with a win, defeating Emily Flickinger of Auburn 6-1, 7-6 during the opening round of the 2015 SEC Women's Tennis Tournament. She was ranked as high as No. 40 this season. Born this day in 1995, Repic turns 20 today.



A four-year standout for Tennessee women's golf from 2009-13, Popson recorded eight top finishes over her career for the Orange and White. She won top medalist honors at the 2011 SEC Championship, firing a three day total of 210 (66-74-70) before going on to another victory at the NCAA West Regional. Popson finished her career with 18 top-10 finishes, 51 rounds of par or better, and a scoring average of 73.40. She was a three-time All-American and a two-time All-SEC performer. Following graduation, she earned membership status into the LPGA and earned full exemption into the LPGA Tour for 2014. 



Happy birthday, Caroline, Eve, and Erica!


Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/17/15)


The Vols return to Neyland Stadium for their 12th practice of spring on Saturday. It will be a special day as it will be Student Appreciation Day. 

Here's a look at the latest from UTSports.com: 

Coverage from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols' freshman QBs 'have their moments'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: 'No rust' in return for Vols' Emmanuel Moseley
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Fulmer says another glory era possible
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kendal Vickers can stomach move to DT
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mahoney impressed by Thomas at center
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thomas returns, practices well for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: DeBord talks backup quarterback battle
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee CB Gaulden 'out' with injury
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Robertson praises Vols' Jones, Hall


Happy Birthday - April 17

On April 17 we're sending out happy Big Orange birthday wishes to two men's basketball VFLs: Dane Bradshaw and C.J. Watson!

Bradshaw was a point-forward for the Volunteers from 2004-07, boasting a career assist/turnover ratio of 2.14 while helping guide UT to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances over his final two seasons. He was selected as a member of Tennessee's All-Century team in 2009. In October of 2014 it was announced that Bradshaw had accepted a gig with the SEC Network as a basketball analyst for the 2014-15 season. Born this day in 1984, Bradshaw is celebrating his 31st birthday.



Watson played point guard for Tennessee for four seasons, turning in his best campaign during his senior year in 2005-06. That year, he averaged 15.3 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game en route to second team All-SEC accolades. He closed out his Vol career as the program's second all-time leader in career assists (577) and steals (198). Following the conclusion of his college days, Watson played two seasons overseas before joining the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League. On January 8, 2008, Watson signed on with the Golden State Warriors and has remained in the NBA ever since. He has played with the Chicago Bulls, the Brooklyn Nets, and is currently a member of the Indiana Pacers. 



Happy birthday, Dane and C.J.!


USA TODAY feature on Isabelle Harrison

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Isabelle Harrison is in Uncasville, Connecticut for tonight's WNBA Draft. ESPN2 will televise the first round at 7 p.m., while ESPN3 will carry the second and third rounds starting at 8 p.m. 

Harrison's fellow UT seniors Cierra Burdick and Ariel Massengale won't be at the draft, but they'll be anxiously awaiting their futures as well.

USA TODAY writer Nina Mandell profiled Harrison in a feature in advance of the draft.

Happy Birthday - April 16

On April 16 we're sending happy birthday to track and field's Kyle Walter as well as Jack Schipanski of men's tennis!

Walter is a senior on the track and field squad, specializing in distance. He has competed on the cross country team, as well as the indoor and outdoor track teams, all three seasons at UT. A Knoxville native who attended Bearden High School, Walter recently established a new personal-best in the men's 5000-meter run at the Tennessee Relays Powered by Sea Ray. With a time of 14:22.25, he broke his previous career-best by almost 30 seconds. Born this day in 1993, Walter is 22 years old today.



A sophomore from Adelaide, Australia, Schipanski is in the midst of his sophomore season on Rocky Top. He holds a singles record of 10-9 and a doubles mark of 13-6 through his first year with the program. This spring, he has secured a pair of ranked wins as he defeated No. 52 Jon Ho of Wake Forest and No. 39 Harrison Adams of Texas A&M. Tennessee men's tennis is in action this weekend at the SEC Championships in College Station, Texas. The Vols open play against Alabama at 12 p.m. ET.



Happy birthday, Kyle and Jack!


Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/15/15)

Only five practices (including the DISH Orange & White Game) left for Team 119 this spring. Get the latest on the Vols with the latest coverage from UTSports.com: 



Here's a look at stories from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: WR Johnson plays big for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kelly leads Legacy class toward future
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Moseley returns to practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Vickers enjoying spring surge
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Freshman QBs still learning
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols RB Kamara returns to practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Moseley returns to practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols football assistants get raises

Happy Birthday - April 15

On this April 15, we're going back into the archives and wishing former Tennessee baseball start Ed Bailey a happy birthday. Bailey was born April 15, 1931.

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Bailey lettered as a member of the UT baseball team in 1948 before going on to play 14 seasons as a catcher in the Major Leagues. A five-time All-Star, he started his big-league career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1953 and hit a career-best 28 home runs for the Reds in 1956. He also made stops with the San Francisco Giants, the Milwaukee Braves, the Chicago Cubs, and the California Angels. He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 and the UT Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Bailey passed away in 2007 at the age of 75.


Happy Birthday - April 14

On March 14 we've got some happy Big Orange birthday wishes for men's golfer Jordan Gumberg as well as former Vols wide receiver Eric Parker!

Gumberg is a freshman who hails from Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was a six-year letterwinner and a four-year team captain at University School of NSU prior to arriving in Knoxville. This season, Gumberg has played in one tournament. shooting 78-77 over two rounds at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate. Born this day in 1995, Gumberg is 20 years old today.

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A native of Shorewood, Illinois, Parker played wide receiver for Tennessee from 1997-2001. During his redshirt sophomore year in 1998, Parker caught 30 passes for 411 yards and a touchdown -- all career-highs. He would finish his UT career with 64 catches for 829 yards and three TDs. Following his time at Tennessee, Parker was signed as a free agent by the San Diego Chargers. He played for San Diego until 2007. 



Happy birthday, Jordan and Eric!

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