Jones Announces Manning Will Be On Campus For O&W Weekend

During an interview with the Wake Up Zone on 104.5 FM in Nashville, head coach Butch Jones announced that Peyton Manning will be in Knoxville for DISH Orange & White weekend. Listen to the entire interview right here: COACH JONES ON WUZ.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/21/15)

The Vols return to Haslam Field for their 13th spring practice on Tuesday afternoon. We are just four days from the DISH Orange & White Game, which kicks off on Saturday at 4 p.m., on the SEC Network Alternate Channel. 

In the news, the Vols are the subject of a lengthy behind-the-scenes piece by Brad Shepard on Bleacher Report: Every Detail Matters for Vols Rebuild.

Other stories from the media include: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: QBs will plot title course for SEC
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: 'Throw game' not passing test

Happy Birthday - April 21

On April 21 we're wishing a very happy birthday to junior wide receiver Marquez North

North appeared in 10 games for Tennessee in 2014, all starts. He finished fourth on the team in catches (30), second in receiving yards (320), and tied for the team lead in touchdowns (4). He was a 2014 preseason All-SEC Coaches First-Team Selection after he started all 11 games of his freshman season, logging 38 catches for 496 yards and a touchdown. He was named a Freshman All-American for those efforts during the 2013 season. Born this day in 1995, North turns 20 years old today.

Happy birthday, No. 8!

Happy Birthday - April 20

Today we're celebrating the birthday of one of Tennessee's basketball legends: Allan Houston!

Houston is UT's all-time leading scorer at 2,801 points in his 128 games over four years on Rocky Top. He trails only Pete Maravich on the SEC's all-time scoring chart. Houston was a two-time All-American and a four-time All-SEC selection, Houston went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. In 2011, Tennessee retired his #20 jersey to make him the third UT men's basketball player to have his number retired at Thompson-Boling Arena. 

Houston is currently an assistant general manager for the Knicks.

Happy birthday, Allan Houston!

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

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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. 

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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


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.

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