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VFL Soldier Surprises Parents on Memorial Day

Mr. and Mrs. Neel were invited onto the field before the Memorial Day Los Angeles Dodgers baseball game to give a special message to their son serving overseas. Or, so they thought.

The truth was much better. U.S. Army Lt. Brandon Neel, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, showed up on the field during the interview and gave his parents what may be the surprise of their lives.


Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/3/13)

The Knoxville News Sentinel has a story on Johnny Majors' thoughts on Butch Jones and his the new coach will handle the team: Johnny Majors thinks UT will be more disciplined under Butch Jones

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Butch Jones spoke in Mufreesboro at the soldout All Sports Banquet on Thursday night. Check out this story from Daily News Journal about Jones' inspirational speech to the local students. 

On Thursday, the SEC & ESPN Announced A New TV Network in Atlanta. Check out some national stories on the new SEC Network.

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: ESPN to start SEC Network in August 2014
- Chicago Tribune: SEC Network to debut in August
- Columbus Ledger Enterprise: SEC announces agreement with ESPN
- Dallas Morning News: SEC Network another reason to smile
- Florida Times Union: New SEC Network to launch in 2014
- Saint Louis Post Dispatch: SEC network becomes a reality

WATCH LIVE: Announcement of SEC Network

You can watch the announcement of the SEC Network live starring at 12 Noon right here: 

Stories on Dave Hart's Contract Extension

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has extended Athletics Director Dave Hart's six-year contract by one year, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced Monday.

Here's coverage from the media on the extension:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Contract extended for Tennessee's Dave Hart

Final Vol Calls Monday Night At 8 p.m.

"Vol Calls", the University of Tennessee's official statewide radio show, concludes its 25th season tonight live from the "VOLSCARS" event at the Knoxville Convention Center. The season finale will feature interviews with head football coach Butch Jones, running back Rajion Neal and Tennessee basketball player Jordan McRae. Director of Athletics Dave Hart and head baseball coach Dave Serrano will join hosts Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs live from the event. Listeners may ask a question by dialing 1-800-688-8657 or Tennessee customers of Verizon can dial #TENN. Fans may also submit questions through the IMG-Vol Network Facebook page.

LISTEN LIVE: UTSports.com/AllAccess

Manning Presents $500K To Summitt Foundation

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The Knoxville News Sentinel has this story: Manning presents Summitt's foundation with donation and Photo Gallery

University of Tennessee football great Peyton Manning signed a large, ceremonial check this afternoon and added a touching note at the Cherokee Country Club, officially gifting the Pat Summitt Foundation with its largest donation to date.

"To Pat," he wrote, "together we will win."

The $500,000 commitment, made by Manning and his wife, Ashley, is the largest gift so far to the Pat Summitt Foundation, which formed soon after the Lady Vols coach emeritus announced her Alzheimer's disease diagnosis in 2011.

The four-time NFL MVP and current Denver Broncos quarterback was joined at the presentation by Tyler Summitt, who co-founded the organization with his mother, and foundation board chair Jim Haslam.

Pat Summitt spoke briefly, expressing her gratitude.

"This is a special, special day and it belongs to all of you as well as us," she said. "And obviously, Peyton, you're the best."

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

"Vol Calls" at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central tonight will feature live interviews with head football coach Butch Jones, assistant football coach Mark Elder (Tight Ends/Special Teams), head basketball coach Cuonzo Martin and ESPN's Kara Lawson.


LISTEN LIVE on UTSports.com/AllAccess

 

Daily Beacon Story on Dave Hart, Future Of Athletics

Amid post-Spring Break chaos, the Chancellor's Honors Program quietly continued its brown bag lecture series Tuesday in the Howard H. Baker Center for Public Policy with guest Dave Hart, vice chancellor and director of athletics.

Hart took questions from attendees and led a round-table discussion over sandwiches, chatting openly about the turmoil surrounding the football program. As Hart sees it, the solution lies not in change but in consistency.

"When you look at championship programs, what you see is stability," Hart said, "And there has been too much transition in leadership positions. But we are on our way to establishing stability."

In the hire of UT's newest coach, Hart believes he has found that stability.

"I think we got the right guy in Butch Jones," Hart said, citing his great "track record" and recruitment abilities. "This is where he wanted to be."

Read the full story in the Daily Beacon

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

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"Vol Calls" at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central will feature a live report from Oklahoma City as the Lady Vols basketball team prepares to meet Louisville Tuesday night for the right to advance to the NCAA Women's Final Four. 

After Spring Break last week, Spring Football practice cranks back up on Tuesday and Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs will talk to new assistant football coach Robert Gillespie. 

In addition, UT first baseman Scott Price and sophomore tennis star Hunter Reese will be on-site guests at Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville.  

Be sure to listen to the Vol Network on UTSports.com/AllAccess

Vol Calls - Tuesday Night 8 p.m.


Vol Calls returns to the airwaves tonight and will begin at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on the Vol Network. Lady Vols basketball coach Holly Warlick will be on site at Calhoun's after her NCAA Second Round victory over Creighton last night.

Vol Calls will also feature Vol For Life Coordinator Antone Davis, NCAA Champion swimmer Kelsey Floyd and Co-Head Softball Coach Karen Weekly who will call into the program.

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