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Happy Birthday - June 26: Bily, Clifton, Stephens

On June 26, we send Happy Birthday wishes to recent baseball graduate Pierce Bily

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 We also celebrate the birthdays of two former standouts on the gridiron: Chad Clifton and Travis Stephens. An offensive lineman, Clifton was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2000 and went on to win two Super Bowls during his 12 seasons with the organization. Stephens posted the greatest single season in Tennessee running backs history when he carried 291 times for 1,464 yards in 2001. Both marks still stand as program records.

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Jones, Tyndall Featured In MLive Story

Check out this tremendous feature on Tennessee's two head coaches from the state of Michigan, Butch Jones and Donnie Tyndall. MLive writer Peter J. Wallner takes a look at their separate but similar paths to Rocky Top. 


The story includes some classic photos of Jones and Tyndall as youngsters.




Happy Birthday - June 25: Slater, Shipman, Johnson

On June 25 we send happy birthday wishes to swimmer Tristan Slater, recent softball graduate Madison Shipman and former Vols basketball star Reggie Johnson


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FEATURE: Will Maddox Living Pro Baseball Dream

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Check out this feature on VFL Will Maddox from his hometown paper, the Gainesville Times: Maddox living pro baseball dream in Tigers' minor league system.

Here's the lede: 

Will Maddox is staying in hotels, riding from one town to another on buses and living his dream.

The former Gainesville High and University of Tennessee standout recently signed with the Detroit Tigers, after being selected in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft earlier this month. He started playing with the short-season Class A Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League last week.

"Being drafted was obviously a great privilege," Maddox said in a phone interview Tuesday. "It's been my dream since I was a little kid to play professional baseball, and this gives me that opportunity."


Johannessen Sets Course Record

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On Monday, Tennessee signee Kristian Johannessen set a course record (63) in the Open Regional Qualifying at Bruntsfield Links (Scotland).

The Norwegian amateur is now a step closer to playing in next month's Open Championship. En route to his record breaking score of 63, Johannessen connected on five consecutive birdies (13th - 17th hole).

"I came over just for the chance -- I had never been to Edinburgh before, so it was nice to visit," said a thrilled Johannessen.

He became one of 134 successful players at 13 courses in England, Scotland and Ireland who now go through to the 36-hole Final Qualifying next Tuesday at Gailes Links, Hillside, Sunningdale New and Woburn.

Read more: Record breaking Johannessen leads the way to Final Qualifying

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/24/14)

Monday was a big day for the Tennessee football program and the University of Tennessee. Peyton Manning returned to Knoxville and Awarded Two Manning Scholarships Awarded for 2014. 

Read Brian Rice's feature on the impact of Manning's generosity and addition of two new members to the UT Family:  Manning Recipients Welcomed To Family

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Peyton Manning Worked Out With The Vols. You can read the players' tweets and posts following his session on Monday night. 

Here's a look at the media coverage from the day surrounding the legendary quarterback's visit.



Happy Birthday - June 24: J. King, D. Dickey and S. Ellis

On June 24, we wish Happy Birthday to red shirt sophomore tight end Justin King. Also celebrating on June 24 is former Vols football coach and athletic director Doug Dickey. The longtime member of the UT athletics family turns 82.

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Longtime NFL defensive lineman and star of the 1998 National Championship football team Shaun Ellis also celebrates his birthday on June 24.

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Football Assistant Coaches On Sports Animal

Several of the Vols' assistant coaches have been special guests on the Sports Animal to talk about the Vols. If you missed the interviews, listen here: 





Happy Birthday - June 23: Blanc and Pearson

On June 23 we celebrate two football wide receiver birthdays Cody Blanc and Von Pearson


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Happy Birthday - June 22: Hardnick, Schultz, Frost, Hayes, Simcox, Rossi

Lots of birthdays to celebrate on June 22, sprinter Arnez Hardnick, baseball player Tyler Schultz, thrower Carson Frost, coxswain MaryNell Hayes, baseball player AJ Simcox, and former Lady Vol soccer standout Kylee Rossi


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