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WNBA Regular Season Begins

Eight graduates of the University of Tennessee currently are on league rosters, as the 17th WNBA season begins on Friday with the 2012 WNBA champions starting their title defense.

Tamika Catchings and the defending champion Indiana Fever open their 2013 campaign Friday night in San Antonio, while Kara Lawson and the Connecticut Sun host Kamiko Williams and the New York Liberty, and Glory Johnson and the Tulsa Shock travel to face the Atlanta Dream on Saturday. Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks host the Shekinna Stricklen and the Seattle Storm on Sunday, and a big ESPN2 doubleheader is on tap for Monday, May 27 as Michelle Snow and the Washington Mystics meet the Shock (5pm ET) prior to the Chicago Sky taking on Alexis Hornbuckle and the Mercury in Phoenix (7pm ET).

Here are some advances from WNBA.com and other media outlets that feature former Lady Vols.

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25 Things You Need to Know About the WNBA

2013 WNBA.com GM Survey

Catchings, Fever Aiming For Second Straight WNBA Championship

Candace Parker Resumes Chase For First WNBA Title

Laimbeer, new-look Liberty ready for a fresh start

Breaking down the Seattle Storm

What WNBA Cares Week Means to Me

Breaking down the Tulsa Shock

WNBA: General WNBA Are new pieces enough to make the Mystics a playoff team?


Happy Birthday - May 21: J.Majors, V.Baugh, J.Dickie

On May 21, we send Happy Birthday wishes to the legendary Johnny Majors, who starred on the football field as a player and coach. Check out a Photo Gallery.

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Also celebrating on May 21 are recent women's basketball graduate Vicki Baugh and men's track performer Jeremy Dickie.

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Burdick Pushing To Make Another USA Team




COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Lady Vol rising junior Cierra Burdick is one of five Tennessee players vying for spots on USA Basketball teams over the weekend during trials for the upcoming FIBA U19 World Championships and World University Games.

Burdick, Ariel Massengale, Isabelle Harrison, Meighan Simmons and Bashaara Graves are in contention for spots on the WUG squad, while Graves and incoming freshman Jordan Reynolds are trying to make the U19 team. 

USA Basketball's John Holt caught up with Burdick in Colorado Springs and shares her thoughts on being in camp and competing for another spot on an international team.

-- USA Basketball: Cierra Burdick Returns To Summertime Roots

Former Lady Vol Semeka Randall Named Head Coach at Alabama A&M

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Former Lady Vol Semeka Randall has been named the new head women's basketball coach at Alabama A&M University, Director of Athletics Bryan Hicks announced Thursday.

Randall played at Tennessee from 1998-2001, and was a key member of the 1998 NCAA Championship team that went 39-0. The native of Cleveland, Ohio, was also earned Kodak and AP All-American honors in 1999 and 2000. After graduating from UT with a degree in Speech Communication, Randall was the 17th pick in the 2001 WNBA draft and went on to play professionally for three years with the Seattle Storm, Utah Starzz and San Antonio Stars, as well as played internationally during the WNBA off-season.

She began her coaching career as an assistant at Cleveland State, then moved to Michigan State in 2004, and helped the Spartans to the 2004 NCAA Championship game. She also served as an assistant at West Virginia from 2007-08, before moving on to head coach at Ohio University from 2008-2013.

Alabama A&M University: ALABAMA A&M ATHLETICS - HIRES FORMER LADY VOL SEMEKA RANDALL

Lady Vols In The WNBA Update