Happy Birthday - April 27

On April 27 we're wish a happy birthday to softball's Shaliyah Geathers and to women's basketball legend Bridgette Gordon

A sophomore from Chattanooga, Geathers has played in 43 games for the Lady Vols, including 42 starts. She is batting .339 this season with three home runs and 26 RBIs. Geathers began the month of April with a bang, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI at No. 7 Auburn on April 4, just one day after hitting a three-run home run off the scoreboard against the Tigers. Last year as a freshman, Geathers made 24 starts and batted .313 en route to being named a member of the Freshman All-SEC team. Geathers turns 20 years old today.



Gordon made an NCAA-record four consecutive trips to the Final Four during her playing days at the University of Tennessee. She won two national championships (1987 and 1989) while on Rocky Top and completed her career with an overall record of 115-21. A two-time All-American, she was one of just 20 players to be recognized as a Legend of the Final Four in 1996. Gordon led the SEC in scoring during both the 1988 and 1989 seasons and was one of just two collegiate members of the 1988 USA Olympic gold-medal winning women's basketball team.



Happy birthday, Shaliyah and Bridgette!


Happy Birthday - April 25

On April 25 we're wishing a happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Victoria Florence as well as softball legend Ellen Renfroe!

A sophomore from Madison, Alabama, Florence is a member of the varsity rowing squad at UT. This season she rowed in the Women's 8+ shell that earned gold in a time of 18 minutes, 4.7 seconds at the Secret City Head Race. Florence is a computer engineering major and turns 20 years old today.

Victoria  Florence

Renfroe was a force to be reckoned with in the circle during her four years as a member of the Tennessee softball team. The Jackson, Tennessee, native was a three-time All-American, a three-time All-SEC performer, and a two-time national player of the year. As a senior in 2014, she logged a 30-win season, going 30-8. She finished out her career with a 102-25 record, 1,005 strikeouts, and a 1.65 ERA while in the circle for Tennessee. She is 23 years old today.



Happy birthday Victoria and Ellen!




Peyton Manning On 104.5 The Zone

Peyton Manning will be in Knoxville this weekend. Get the latest from the legendary VFL as he spoke with 104.5 The Zone on Friday morning. 


Listen back to the interview: PEYTON MANNING INTERVIEW

Manning spoke glowingly about Butch Jones, "I am excited about the direction Butch Jones has our football program headed in. I feel like we are getting back to competing for championships. I believe in him, I believe in his direction, his philosophy. We spend a lot of time talking and he has shared with me his vision and his approach and it's very impressive. 

"I still get to go back and workout with the team every June. It's a lot of fun for me. Dobbs told me he wasn't even born when I was a freshman at Tennessee, I appreciated him sharing that with me.

"The energy there is very noticeable, it reminds me of the energy we had during my time there, all the years I was going back working out with Coach Fulmer's teams. The energy, the focus, the guys are really working hard. Then, the talent, I'm seeing the talent coming back ... Those are the kind of players we need to get us back where we want to be. Plus, they are all great kids. They believe in Butch Jones, they are excited about being at the University of Tennessee. They take pride in it, for all those reasons I am very excited about where the Tennessee football program is headed."

He also talked Chicken Parm, Paul McCartney, Chevy Chase and more. 


Happy Birthday - April 24

On April 24 we're sending happy birthday wishes to Tennessee basketball legend, Ernie Grunfeld



Now the president of the Washington Wizards in the NBA, Grunfeld scored 2,249 points for the Volunteers between 1973-77. That figure ranks second all-time at UT, as does his 22.3 points per game career scoring average. A two-time All-American, Grunfeld had his No. 22 jersey officially retired by UT on March 2, 2008. Following his playing career, Grunfeld played in the NBA for nine seasons before becoming the general manager of the New York Knicks and eventually the Milwaukee Bucks.

Happy birthday, Ernie!


Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/24/15)

It is ONE DAY to the DISH Orange & White Game. Get the full details on the game in our GAMEDAY CENTRAL: DISH Orange & White Game. Details on Fan Day and more can be found here: DISH Orange & White Game Set For April 25.

Butch Jones led the Vols through their final practice prior to the game on Saturday, on Thursday afternoon. Get the latest on the Vols with coverage from UTSports.com following the 14th practice of spring. 


Coverage from the media included the following: 

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Coaches hail DeBord's early impact on UT Vols
Knoxville News Sentinel: 10 Vols who stepped up in spring

Happy Birthday - April 23

On April 23 we're sending out a happy birthday to former football standout Joey Kent! 

Kent is Tennessee's all-time leader in career receptions (183), receiving yards (2,814), and touchdown receptions (25). He played on Rocky Top from 1993-96 and was a two-time All-SEC first team selection. He went on to be drafted by the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 and made a Super Bowl appearance with the renamed Tennessee Titans in 2000. Kent will be on campus for this weekend's DISH Orange and White Game as part of the Wide Receiver U reunion.


Happy birthday, Joey! 

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/23/15)

We are counting down the days to the DISH Orange & White Game. Get the full details on the game in our GAMEDAY CENTRAL: DISH Orange & White Game. Details on Fan Day and more can be found here: DISH Orange & White Game Set For April 25.


Butch Jones will led the Vols through their final practice prior to the game on Saturday, on Thursday afternoon. We will have full coverage on UTSports.com. 

Here's a look at the latest from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Improved Kendrick has 'steady' spring for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT won't lack incentive in offseason
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kendrick's work has paid off this spring
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kerbyson shows impressive dance moves

VFL Mayo Restructures Patriots Contract

VFL Jerod Mayo restructured his contract with the New England Patriots so that he could remain with the Super Bowl Champions. Here's a look at coverage of his new deal.



Mayo, a defensive captain for the Patriots, has played just 12 games over the last two seasons after suffering pectoral and knee injuries. He is expected to start alongside Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins in 2015, though the Patriots also have shown interest in acquiring another starting-caliber linebacker. Hightower is coming off a torn labrum that could limit him in training camp and preseason. Mayo originally was drafted No. 10 overall out of Tennessee in the 2008 NFL draft. He has 756 career tackles, 10 sacks and eight forced fumbles with the Patriots. He previously was signed through 2017. 


VFL McClendon Signs With Miami Dolphins

VFL offensive lineman Jacques McClendon has signed with the Miami Dolphins. The 6-3, 324-pound McClendon joins Miami after a two-year stint (2013-14) with the Jacksonville Jaguars following time on the practice squads of the Detroit Lions (2011), Pittsburgh Steelers (2012), Atlanta Falcons (2012), while also being on the active roster of the Indianapolis Colts in 2010. He originally was a fourth-round selection (129th overall) of the Colts in the 2010 NFL draft. In his career, he has played guard and center, and has appeared in 22 games with five starts. In 2014, he saw action in 13 games with three starts for the Jaguars. McClendon played collegiately at Tennessee where he started 26-of-49 games at guard. Born December 10, 1987, McClendon attended The Baylor School in Cleveland, Tenn.

With McClendon joining the Dolphins, Miami now has three former Vols on its offensive line as he joins Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/22/15)



Get the latest on the Vols with coverage from UTSports.com following the 13th practice of spring. 


Coverage from the media included the following: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols hope to restore 'Wide Receiver U'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mosley's move to offense not permanent
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butcher having solid first spring
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stocstill is 'A true team player'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kendrick showing 'ridiculous' improvement
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mosley impresses in O-line debut
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Spring-game format 'similar' but different
- Maryville Daily Times: Vol linebackers moving in parallel
- Tricities Sports: #VolReport: Eyes On Saturday

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