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This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 9)

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Tennessee has never lost on Sept. 9 in its history. The Vols are a perfect 4-0. Here's a look at the games played on this date.

September 9 (4-0)

1972 - W, 34-3 Georgia Tech

1989 - W, 24-6 No. 6 UCLA 

1995 - W, 30-27 GEORGIA

2006 - W, 31-30 AIR FORCE


On Sept. 9, 1989, an unranked Tennessee went to Pasadena and upset the No. 6 ranked UCLA Bruins.  The Vols jumped out to a 24-0 lead by the 3rd quarter. It was led by freshman running back Chuck Webb who had 134 yards and two touchdowns. It was Tennessee's first-ever win on the West Coast. 

No. 17 Tennessee barely avoided being upset by Air Force a week after upsetting No. 9 California on Sept. 9, 2006. Tennessee stopped a 2-point conversion late in the 4th quarter to ensure a win. With just a few minutes to play in the game, Johnson went for a tackle and jammed his shoulder into the body of the Air Force running back Justin Handley. The hit caused nerve damage in Johnson's right shoulder and ended his playing career.

Since then, Johnson has detailed his story in his autobiography, Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance. He's mentoring underprivileged youth in Knoxville and his hometown of Atlanta. And he's speaking to crowds about his faith, his ability to overcome adversity and his ability to accept a change of plans from his NFL dreams.

Earlier on that day, the Vols retired the numbers of four Vols who died in service to their country during World War II. The jerseys of Clyde "Ig" Fuson (62), Rudy Klarer (49), Bill Nowling (32) and Willis Tucker (61) all were retired prior to the game against Air Force, giving UT a total of seven retired jerseys.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/9/14)

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The Vols have a huge opportunity in front of them as Tennessee travels to #4/3 Oklahoma for a showdown on Saturday night. Get the full rundown in: FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols at #4/3 OU.

On Monday, Butch Jones and several players met with the media to preview the game. Here's a look at the coverage:

Here's a look at the latest from the media: 
- Associated Press: Jones: Vols are learning to win
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols set for toughness test at Oklahoma
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones has team on course
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols in flux after injuries
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Injuries proof a depth chart is fragile
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones reiterates special teams worries
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Serious football with John Adams: UT vs OK
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Owen Williams' emergence excites Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Competition continues on OL
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones, Vols preparing for No. 4 Sooners

News out of Oklahoma includes:
- Tulsa World: Stoops talks SEC

#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (9/8/14)

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Here are the new ATP rankings as of Sept. 8, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 193 (-19)
Doubles: 69 (+1)
Note: Competed at the U.S. Open, falling in the first round of qualifying and the first round of main-draw doubles ... Off this week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 204 (+4)
Doubles: 301 (-6)
Note: Reached the second round of qualifying at the U.S. Open ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 291 (-3)
Doubles: 213 (-5)
Note: Made his return from hip injury at the U.S. Open, losing a three-setter in qualifying ... Off this week.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 880 (-8)
Doubles: 593 (-49)
Note: Played Challenger qualifying two weeks ago to former top-20 player Viktor Troicki ... Off last week.

Jarryd Chaplin
Singles: 1974 (NR)
Doubles: 1340 (NR)
Note: Collected first ATP point in singles during multi-week tour through Mexico ... Reached a doubles final and semifinal as well ... Off this week.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/8/14)

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It's Oklahoma Week! The Vols head to Norman this week for their first-ever regular-season meeting with the Sooners. The teams haven't played since the 1968 Orange Bowl. 

Butch Jones will meet with the media at 12 Noon ET to preview the game. Watch live on UTSports.com.

Go inside the numbers from the Vols 34-19 Win in Four Downs: ASU Game by the Numbers.

Here's a look at the latest from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Third-down success spurs Vols past Red Wolves
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols impressing more than fans
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones looking for special teams aces
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stoops loves sticking it to the SEC
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Young Vol defense made plays when needed
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Freshman report: Arkansas State

News out of Oklahoma includes: 
Lucia Polo of Lady Vols golf concluded the 2014 Women's World Amateur Championship in Japan this weekend. Polo was representing her home country of Guatemala.

In four rounds, Polo finished first in her pool of two others representing Guatemala. She had a final score of 294 (+6) after rounds of 71-73-74-76. She finished in a seven-way tie for 58th place, individually.

As a team, Guatemala finished 614 (+38) for 42nd place. 

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/7/14)

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The Vols have started off the season winning their first two games for the fourth year in a row after Marquez North's 2 TDs Lifted The Vols To 34-19 Win on Saturday. Get your full coverage on UTSports.com: 

Next up for the Vols is a a trip to #3 Oklahoma next Saturday in a game that will be Nationally Televised On ABC at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

Here's what the media wrote following Saturday's victory:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Third-down success spurs Vols past Red Wolves
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: North finds end zone twice for Tennessee Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Young Vols maturing at rapid pace
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols impressing more than fans
- Knoxville News Sentinel: McKissic fumbles away momentum
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Follow-up not on pace with opener
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Young Vol defense made plays when needed
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Postgame 2-4-7: UT-Arkansas State
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Kelly makes first career start
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols less 'smooth' against Arkansas State
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones mum on Pearson, Wolf injuries
- Knoxville News Sentinel: What We Learned: Vols top Red Wolves

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/6/14)

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The Vols host Arkansas State at 12 Noon at Neyland Stadium. The game airs on SEC Network Alternate Channel, so check out the listings for where to watch today. 

Here's the latest from UTSports.com: 

Here's a look at what the media is writing heading into the Vols' second game:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols face Red Wolves on short notice
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: SEC Network going two-at-a-time today
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Tennessee vs. Arkansas State
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Arkansas State another mid-major challenge
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Taking stock of UT vs. Arkansas State
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Arkansas State loses coaches, wins games
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Weatherd giving Vols different dynamic

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On Thursday night in the Bronx, #VFL Chase Headley delivered yet another walk-off victory for his New York Yankees, belting a solo homer to right-center field in the ninth to lift the Yanks to a 5-4 win over Boston. After being traded to New York from his long-time team in San Diego this summer, Headley also hit a walk-off single in his first-ever game wearing the pinstripes.

With the win, New York now remains four games back of the Detroit Tigers in the American League's second Wild Card race.

"I actually knew everybody's name this time," Headley told MLB.com following the game. "Every one is fun. There's not a whole lot of better feelings in sports and in baseball than getting a walk-off hit. Obviously the circumstances that we're in right now, we've got to win every game that we play. That's our mentality. Big, big win."

Here's more coverage on Headley's walk-off home run:
Tennessee Is Raising A Football Program

Head Coach Butch Jones joined Paul Finebaum on the SEC Network to talk about the upcoming game against Arkansas State and the state of the program.

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 5)

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Some huge games in Vols history on Sept. 5. All-time the Vols are 6-1 on this date. 

September 5 (6-1)

1981 - L, 0-44 No. 10 Georgia

1987 - W, 49-3 COLORADO STATE

1991 - W, 28-11 Louisville


1998 - W, 34-33 No. 17 Syracuse

2004 - W, 42-17 UNLV


For the 1987 season opener vs. Colorado State, a 49-3 victory, the Neyland Stadium Press Box and Executive Suites officially opened for the Colorado State game, replacing the press box in operation since 1962.

In 1991, the Vols took down Louisville, which was coming off the Fiesta Bowl Championship. The No. 11 Vols won at Louisville, 28-11 on an ESPN Thursday night. Andy Kelly hit Carl Pickens on a 75-yard TD strike to open the game. 


The 1998 National Championship season opened with a dramatic 34-33 victory at Syracuse as Jeff Hall hit the game-winning field goal as time expired in the Carrier Dome. 

In 2004, Tennessee played before its fourth largest Neyland Stadium game attendance against UNLV with a total of 108,625 on hand for the 42-17 victory as true freshmen Brent Schaeffer and Erik Ainge made their college debuts and each threw their first college TD passes. The Vols wore their throwback uniforms honoring the 1970s era. 

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