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Manning Presents $500K To Summitt Foundation


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.



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.


"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.  

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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.

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 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 and football assistant coach Robert Gillespie will both make an appearance on Vol Calls. 

Knoxville Among ESPN's Top 10 CBB Markets For 9th Year In Row

For the ninth consecutive season, the Knoxville market raks among the Top 10 highest-rated meter markets when it comes to watching regular-season college basketball on ESPN. Knoxville is one of only five cities to rank in the top 10 for the last nine years and the ONLY one in the SEC. The other cities to rank in the top 10 for the last nine years are Louisville, Ky.; Greensboro, N.C.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; and Charlotte, N.C. 

Check out this ESPN Release: Men's College Basketball - Most-Viewed Regular Season Ever on ESPN

Three markets were in the top 10 for basketball and college football in the most recent seasons: Columbus, tied at sixth in basketball was tied for fifth in football; Knoxville, tied for 10th in basketball was third in football; and Nashville, tied for 10th in basketball was ninth in football.

Eleven markets have been in the top five at least once from 2002-03 to 2012-13: Charlotte, Cincinnati, Columbus, Greensboro, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Knoxville, Louisville, Memphis, Oklahoma City and Raleigh-Durham.

For the 2012-13 season, Knoxville is tied with Nashville for 10th among all markets -- the tops among SEC markets. 

Vol Calls, Lady Vol Illustrated - Monday Night

Vol Calls and Lady Vol Illustrated return to the airwaves tonight. Vol Calls starts at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on the Vol Network. Basketball sophomore Josh Richardson will be a guest on site at 8:10 p.m. Also, Men's head coach Cuonzo Martin, women's assistant coach Kyra Elzy and football associate head coach Steve Stripling will guests on Vol Calls. 

On Lady Vol Illustrated, Elzy will be the guest as well at 7:30 p.m. 

Vols' Photographer Featured On Scott Kelby's Blog

The University of Tennessee Athletic Department's head photographer Donald Page, who is in his first year with the Vols, was featured this morning on Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider blog. Kelby is the Editor-in-Chief for Photoshop User Magazine and one of the top photographers in America. Below is a quick sample of Page's work at Tennessee, but for more on the rising star click the blog link below. 

Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider Blog: Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Donald Page

Are You The Ultimate UT Fan? Show Us!

Do you think you are the ultimate Tennessee Athletics fans? Well today is the day to show us! With three games on campus, we are looking to reward those of you who attend all three games:

Tweet to @Vol_Sports with photos showing you were at each game today and you will receive a special Tennessee Prize Pack! 

Photos must be from today's games, so show yourself with the players, scoreboard or game program in the background.

We will direct message fans that win. Good luck and Go Vols!

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