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Smokey In New ESPN SportsCenter Commercial

Kenny Chesney helps Steve Levy find a seat in the Bristol cafeteria. Check out Smokey on the left back side of the group.
 

Vols, Lady Vols Help Community By Building Homes

- The Chattanooga Times Free Press has this column on the football and basketball teams taking part in the Habitat for Humanity house building projects: UT, UTC big into helping.


- Volquest has a follow-up on the Vols assistance with volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in building homes for two families in Knoxville: Vols pitch in to help out.

- In case you missed it, on Sunday the Knoxville News Sentinel ran this story about the event: Day of bonding, building Vols, Lady Vols help build house.

News Sentinel Story On Dave Hart & Women's Athletics

Check out John Adams column: Hart says track record with women's athletics 'speaks for itself' as the UT Athletic Director/Vice Chancellor talks about his commitment to women's athletics.

Updates From Wednesday's SEC Spring Meetings

SEC Spring Meetings Start Tuesday

The SEC Spring Meetings start on Tuesday in Destin, Fla., Check out this outlook on the event from the SEC Digital Network: Spring Meetings: The Calm Before The Storm

The SEC will be airing a Live Show from the meetings. Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin will be a guest on the show at 12:40-12:50 pm ET. You will be able to watch the show here: SEC Spring Meetings.

Inside Tennessee Feature On Dave Hart

- Inside Tennessee has a feature on Vice Chancellor/Athletic Director Dave Hart: 'Road to recovery'

Volquest Q&A Session With Dave Hart

- Volquest has a question and answer session with Vice Chancellor/Athletic Director Dave Hart: Cowboy up: Hart reveals challenges, vision in Q-A

- Also,  the Chattanooga Times Free Press has a piece on connections between Derek Dooley and AD Dave Hart: Derek Dooley boosted by Hart.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/22)

Check out the latest stories on the Vols' football program. Including a the story that focuses on the improved GPA for the gridiron men as Tennessee Graduated 51 Student-Athletes.

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has this story on the rise in grade point average: UT football improves GPA in spring.

- The Chattanooga Times Free Press has a piece on connections between Derek Dooley and AD Dave Hart: Derek Dooley boosted by Hart.

- GoVols247 has a story on Florida product Nathan Peterman: Dooley talks Peterman recovery.

- Volquest breaks down the defensive backs: A look at the secondary


Knoxville News Sentinel Q&A With Dave Hart

Mike Strange  of the Knoxville News Sentinel visited with University of Tennessee Vice chancellor/athletic director Dave Hart on a wide range of topics. 

Check out the session here: Q&A with Dave Hart

SEC and Big 12 Champions to Meet in Post-Season Bowl Game

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Southeastern Conference and the Big 12 Conference announced today a five-year agreement for their football champions to meet in a post-season bowl game following the 2014 season.

The champions of the two conferences will be in the matchup unless one or both are selected to play in the new four-team model to determine the national championship. Should that occur, another deserving team from the conference(s) would be selected for the game.
 
"A new January bowl tradition is born," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive. "This new game will provide a great match-up between the two most successful conferences in the BCS era and will complement the exciting post-season atmosphere created by the new four-team model. Most importantly, it will provide our student-athletes, coaches and fans with an outstanding bowl experience."
 
"Our goal is to provide the fans across the country with a New Year's Day prime-time tradition," commented acting Big 12 Conference Commissioner Chuck Neinas. "This is a landmark agreement between two of the most successful football conferences during the BCS era to stage a post-season event. The creation of this game featuring the champions of the Big 12 and SEC will have tremendous resonance in college football."

"I am very excited by the prospects for a game between our champion and the champion of the Southeastern Conference," added in-coming Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. 

During the 14-year history of the Bowl Championship Series the Big 12 and SEC lead the nation with 11 seasons in which each conference has had at least one team ranked in the top four of the final BCS standings. Both conferences share the top spot all-time with 14 teams each that have finished in the top four of the final BCS Standings. The two conferences have combined for 16 appearances in the BCS National Championship Game, with the Big 12 ranking second behind the SEC's nine appearances with seven trips to the National Championship Game.

The two league champions have met twice in BCS bowl games since 1998, both in BCS National Championship Games. In 2010, Alabama defeated Texas, 37-21, in Pasadena, Cal., and in 2009, Florida defeated Oklahoma, 24-14, in Miami, Fla. 

Specific details, including host site(s), will be announced at a later date. 

Read the official release: SEC and Big 12 Champions to Meet in Post-Season Bowl Game

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