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Happy Birthday - March 27: Coleman, Lofton, Manning and Wade

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Lots of birthdays on March 27 among the Tennessee Athletics family.

Celebrating are senior defensive back Justin Coleman from the football team.

All-time basketball great Chris Lofton from the basketball program.

Former Lady Vol Basketball star Alicia Manning

Former Vols stand-out defensive back and longtime NFL pro Jonathan Wade.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (3/26/14)

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The Vols were back on the practice field on Tuesday afternoon for their sixth practice of spring.  What did Butch Jones think of the team's performance? Find out in the #VolReport: Back To Work.

Also on Tuesday, the legendary Hank Lauricella passed away the age of 83. Read about the two-time National Champion right here: Tennessee Legend Lauricella Passes Away.

Here's a look at the latest stories from the media: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Maggitt fine with D-end emphasis
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Vols challenged after break

Happy Birthday - March 21: Erskine, Wiesman & Malone

The Tennessee Athletics family has a trio of birthday on March 21. Today we send birthday wishes to soccer's Megan Erskine and football's Dylan Wiesman and Josh Malone. 


Happy Birthday - March 20: Helton, Bullard & Colquitt

On March 20 we send birthday wishes to current volleyball junior and outside hitter Kalyn Helton.

Also celebrating today are two former Volunteer football players, Alex Bullard and current Denver Broncos punter Britton Colquitt


UTSports.com caught up with Colquitt at Super Bowl Media Day this year, hear what he had to say about Coach Butch Jones.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (3/19/14)

Check out a few stories on the Vols' line, both the offensive and defensive lines in Wednesday's Briefing, plus a story on linebacker Curt Maggitt's return to 100 percent.
Tennessee Football: What Curt Maggitt's Health Means for Vols' Defense
- The Chattanooga Times Free Press takes a look at the defensive line and how it will need to be re-built for 2014: UT Vols defensive line still needs lot of work

- In The Maryville Daily Times, there is another story on the defensive line looking for playmakers: New line identity: Vols defensive line looking for leaders, playmakers

- On the other side of the ball, take a look at the offensive line in the Knoxville News Sentinel:  Vols' spring challenge: Rebuild offensive line

- The Bleacher Report focuses on Curt Maggitt's return: Tennessee Football: What Curt Maggitt's Health Means for Vols

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (3/17/14)

Sunday was an eventful day for Butch Jones as he served as Grand Marshal at the Food City 500 at the Bristol Motor Speedway. Jones and Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer gave the command prior to Carl Edwards' delayed victory. 

Check out all of the coverage from the big day where the Battle At Bristol will take place between the Vols and Hokies in 908 days on Sept. 10, 2016. 

Here's coverage from UTSports.com: 

From the media: 

Also in the news about the Vols:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Gillespie talks about Vols running backs

#VFL Ovince Saint Preux Wins At UFC 171

#VFL Ovince Saint Preux picked up his fourth consecutive win at UFC 171 in Dallas, last night. Here's a look at a recap from MMA Junkie. He is now 15-5 overall. 

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DALLAS - Ovince St. Preux gave many MMA fans a submission lesson when he choked Nikita Krylov unconscious.

Media previewIt didn't take "OSP" long to get Krylov to the canvas, and while Krylov was going after a choke, it was St. Preux who was squeezing on a Von Flue choke to put Krylov to sleep quickly into the first round.

The light heavyweight bout opened up the main card of today's UFC 171 event at American Airlines Center in Dallas. It aired on pay-per-view following prelims on FOX Sports 2 and UFC Fight Pass.

St. Preux took Krylov down early off a kick and worked his way to side control. Krylov held on to St. Preux's neck and threatened with a guillotine while St. Preux was on top.

But St. Preux worked to briefly pin Krylov's right arm down, while keeping his left arm around his neck at the same time. He used his left arm and shoulder to control Krylov's head, and he squeezed his way to a rare submission.

As referee Dan Miragliotta got into position, he checked on Krylov, and he was out cold from the seldom-seen Von Flue choke, named after Season 2 "Ultimate Fighter" contestant Jason Von Flue.

"Tonight I'm calling that the performance of the night," St. Preux said. "Every time I'm in side mount and they have a guillotine on me, I'm going for the Von Flue. All I had to do is just get my hips low. But once I had my hands locked down, I knew I was going to get it."

St. Preux (15-5 MMA, 3-0 UFC) won for the fourth straight time and stayed unbeaten in the UFC. Krylov (16-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) is back in the loss column after a quick knockout win in Chicago in January at heavyweight.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (3/15/14)

The Vols held their first scrimmage of spring on Friday. Find out how the Orange & White felt about their performance: #VolReport: Scrimmaging Into Break including freshman Jalen Hurd, who Turned Heads with an impressive showing in his Neyland Stadium. 

Check out the highlights right here: 

Here's the latest from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' QBs mix good, bad plays in first scrimmage
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vereen a standout in Vols' scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: QBs make big plays, mistakes

Happy Birthday - March 14: Deon Grant

On March 14, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols football star and longtime NFL safety Deon Grant.


Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (3/14/14)

What other school has been on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays for a spring football practice play? Tennessee's Von Pearson had the No. 9 #SCTop10 Play of the Day on Thursday night after this sensational one-handed grab. 

Pearson's journey to Tennessee has been a long one. Get to know Pearson in this feature story: Happy & Humble Pearson Drawing Attention. Also on UTSports.com, the Vols' coaching staff met with the media for the first time, see what they had to say:  #VolReport: Assistants' Insight.

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee plans first scrimmage on Friday
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Pearson, Malone drawing praise
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: RB Hurd off to good start

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