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Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/19/13)

There are 43 days until It's Football Time In Tennessee, when the Vols host Austin Peay on Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. ET. While SEC Media Days officially came to a close yesterday, the Vols are still making headlines. Here are the latest stories on the squad:


Happy Birthday - July 14: J.P. Prince

Celebrating his birthday on July 14 is former Vol basketball guard J.P. Prince. Prince played professionally in both Turkey and Puerto Rico during the 2012-13 campaign.


Happy Birthday - July 10: Jacob Gilliam, Chris Sadsad

Celebrating birthdays on July 10 are Knoxville native and Vol football offensive lineman Jacob Gilliam, as well as rising sophomore Vol swimmer Chris Sadsad.


Happy Birthday - June 6: VFL Bill Bates

On June 6, we celebrate the birthday of All-Pro safety and Vol For Life Bill Bates. The Farragut High School product played for the Vols from 1979-1982 and went on to become a three-time Super Bowl champion with the Dallas Cowboys. Bates was back on campus recently and had the following to say about the power of Big Orange.


Tennessee Update: Volleyball Blog (3/22)

Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball head coach Rob Patrick and Lady Vols Ellen Mullins and Kayla Jeter will be spreading the word about the Big Orange at an international level on Wednesday. The trio will be guests on Smash FM - a radio station in Melbourne, Australia - tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. The interview will be taking place at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 21 in Melbourne.

UPDATE (3/22): The 45-minute international interview is now posted. Listen to it below:

Warlick Adapting Well To Role As "The Boss"

Basketball writer Mechelle Voepel of espnW assesses the job first-year Tennessee head coach Holly Warlick has done this season of leading the Lady Volunteers. After losing all five starters from 2011-12 and missing three starters this year for a combined 50+ games, Warlick still guided the Big Orange to an SEC regular-season championship at 14-2, a 24-7 overall record and a ranking in the nation's top 10 entering the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Voepel used the following pull-out quote from long-time Georgia head coach Andy Landers:

What Holly [Warlick] did was incorporate some freshmen and some players who'd played totally different roles a year ago and made them a very, very good basketball team. ... Holly took what she had and basically rebuilt Tennessee this year into a Southeastern Conference champion."

To find out the answers to Voepel's questions of "How has Holly Warlick's first season gone as head coach of the Lady Vols?" and "Who's the boss?" please click on the link below.

-- espnW: Adjusting to life as a head coach

Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (2/7)

Lady Vol junior pole vaulter Linda Hadfield has started 2013 with a bang, posting the three highest indoor marks in school history through four meets. As Hadfield and the rest of the Tennessee track & field team prepare to split up this weekend for the last meet before the championship portion of the season, check out this feature on the Upstate New Yorker from her local hometown newspaper.

Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (1/22)

University of Tennessee faculty, students, staff and alumni are sharing their big ideas that are making a difference in the world around them. Recent Lady Vol track & field alum Elizabeth Tiller - a 2012 graduate in public administration and Spanish - shared her big idea of improving the lives of the homeless and underprivileged through a 5K fundraiser. Check out the video below.

Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (1/18)

As the Tennessee track & field team gets ready for its second meet of the 2013 indoor season at Virginia Tech, former Vol, Olympic gold medalist and world record holder Aries Merritt met with Yahoo! Sports to reflect on an incredible 2012 season. Check out the story below:

Tennessee Update: Volleyball Blog (11/29)

The Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team opens the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a matchup against Big Ten foe Michigan at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky., on Thursday at 5 p.m. Check out a few of the recent stories as well as video content on the Lady Vols heading into the tournament.

NCAA Tourney Takes: Part 2

NCAA Tourney Takes: Part 1

espnW TOTAL ACCESS: Tennessee Women's Hoops

Much as espnW's Michelle Smith did last season in Total Access with Stanford, the ESPN web entity will present the many sides of Tennessee women's basketball this season, with Mechelle Voepel leading off the series Wednesday with a look at the Lady Vol program.

espnW will take a Total Access look at Tennessee: the eight-time NCAA champion that has been in transition since Pat Summitt announced in August 2011 that she has early-onset dementia.

On alternate weeks, during the 2012-13 season, espnW will provide an inside look at the Lady Vols that is not so much X's and O's, but the nuts and bolts of the people and personalities that make up the Tennessee program. 

Click on the link below to take a look at the first installment.

Welcome to Tennessee Total Access

Tennessee Update: Volleyball Blog (10/23)

The Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team extended its winning streak to five consecutive matches with a 3-0 sweep at Texas A&M last week. Prior to the Big Orange's trip to College Station, Volleyball Magazine examined what it's been like for redshirt senior and All-American Kayla Jeter to battle back from a season-ending knee injury.

Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (10/10)

Former Vol Aries Merritt represented the Big Orange track & field program well this summer, capturing the gold medal at the London Olympics and breaking the world record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 12.8 seconds in Brussels. After his whirlwind season, the former NCAA champion recently made a trip back to where it all started, Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga. In addition, Merritt is up for a prestigious award, the annual Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award, and needs Vol fans help. Click the link below to vote for the former Vol.

Tennessee Update: Volleyball Blog (10/8)

The Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team battled for two five set SEC wins this weekend, defeating Missouri and Georgia on Friday and Sunday, respectively. Redshirt senior Kayla Jeter posted a career-best 27 kills in the win over the Bulldogs, while sophomore Tiffany Baker notched back to back double-doubles. Check out the match highlights from Sunday's win and a few stories from the local media.

Knoxville News Sentinel: Kayla Jeter leads lady Vols rally for 3-2 win over Georgia
Knoxville News Sentinel: UT volleyball tops Missouri in five sets
The Daily Beacon: Lady Vols battle to victory over SEC foes

UT track & field and cross country student-athletes Chelsea Knotts and Elizabeth Tiller are among the inaugural class of Haslam Scholars at the University of Tennessee.  Below are links to a Tennessee Today story on all of the Haslam Scholars and their collegiate careers as well as a Q&A interview with Knotts and Tiller that appeared on last week.

UT's Inaugural Class of Haslam Scholars Prepares for Graduation
Knotts-Tiller Q&A

What They're Saying About Tennessee At The Penn Relays

The Tennessee track & field teams will compete in the 118th Penn Relays, Thursday through Saturday, in Philadelphia. Check out the links below to see what is being said about the Big Orange in advance of this week's meet at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field.

Editor's Note: The Chanelle Price featurette references 2010 in the first paragraph. The Lady Vols actually won two events that season. It was 2011 when Tennessee was unable to secure a relay win in Philly.

Penn Relays Press Conference Transcript (Includes J.J. Clark)
Penn Relays Press Conference Audio/Video (Includes J.J. Clark)

Tennessee has seven former student-athletes competing at the 2012 World Indoor Track & Field Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, and five of them were in action Friday at Atakoy Athletics Arena.

Former Vol Justin Gatlin advanced from the prelims to the semifinals in the men's 60m dash. He did so with a time of 6.64 that won heat seven.

In the women's 3000 meters, ex-Lady Vol Jackie Areson moved out of the qualifying round to the final.  Her season-best 9:12.62 readout left her fourth in section one and eighth-fastest of the qualifiers for Sunday's final.

It was a mixed bag in the women's 800m prelims.  Erica Moore finished second in section three in 2:00.24 to advance to a Sunday final as the second-fastest qualifier.  Phoebe Wright, on the other hand, led her race through 400 meters but could not hold on, settling for fifth place in section one in 2:03.11.

The only non-American Tennessee product in action on day one was Patricia Hall.  The Jamaican sprinter advanced out the first round of the women's 400 meters with a 52.99 readout but saw her road come to an end in that event when she checked in third in heat three of the semifinals at 53.21. 

Aries Merritt (men's 60m hurdles) and Tianna Madison (women's 60m dash) will compete for the first time on Saturday, representing the United States in first-round races.  Gatlin has a semifinal race and potentially a final as well on Saturday.

World Indoor Championships Results Link:




Williams Nabs Bronze With U.S. 4x100m Relay At Pan Am Games

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Tennessee sprinter Rubin Williams helped the United States claim a bronze medal Friday in the 4x100-meter relay finals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    A 16-time All-American during his college days in Knoxville from 2005-08, Williams ran the third leg for the USA as the Americans finished third in 39.17. Brazil seized the gold, clocking in at 38.18, while St. Kitts & Nevis moved the stick around the oval in 38.81.

    That was the final Pan Am assignment for the two-person Big Orange contingent on the U.S. squad. Former Lady Vol Jackie Areson was the other, placing 11th in the 1500m run on Thursday.
    Track & field (Athletics) results for the Pan Am Games can be found at the Pan Am Games Results Site


Former UT Track Standouts To Aid U.S. Cause At Pan Am Games

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A pair of former Tennessee track & field standouts will represent the United States on Oct. 27 and 28, when they compete in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    Former Vol sprinter Rubin Williams (2005-08) and former Lady Vol distance runner Jackie Areson (2007-11) will be on hand at Telmex Athletics Stadium for the 16th edition of the Pan Am Games, which ranks as the world's second-largest multi-sport event behind the Summer Olympics.   Williams is slated to run in the 4x100m relay semifinals at 3:45 p.m. ET (2:45 p.m. CT) on Thursday and in the finals at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT)  on Friday, should the U.S. advance.  Areson, meanwhile, will have only one race, the 1500m final, at 6:05 p.m. ET (5:05 p.m. CT) on Thursday.

    During his UT career, Williams was a 16-time All-American and five-time SEC champion, winning an NCAA Indoor title in the 200 meters in 2008 and finishing second indoors and out in the 200m in 2007.  At the SEC level, he raced to indoor crowns in the 55m in 2006, and the 200m in 2007 and 2008, as well as outdoor titles in the 200m (2007) and 4x100m relay (2007).

    Areson, meanwhile, was a four-time All-American and five-time SEC victor on the oval, winning an NCAA Indoor crown in the 5000 meters in 2011. She also claimed SEC crowns in the 3000m (indoors) in 2011, the distance medley relay in 2010 and 2011 and the 5000m (indoors/outdoors) in 2010.  In cross country, she earned All-South Region distinction in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and was All-SEC in 2009 during a career that saw her make three appearances at the NCAA Championship meet.

To follow the track & field (athletics) portion of the 2011 Pan Am Games, please go to the
2011 Pan Am Games Results Site.

Tavis Bailey Interview On Sports Mecca

Tavis Bailey, a freshman thrower on the Vol track & field team, was featured on The Volunteer Channel show Sports Mecca Wednesday night. Alice Mitchell and Lindsey NeSmith share some insight into the transfer student from Lenoir-Rhyne University, who left behind a football scholarship at the Hickory, N.C., school to pursue track & field at the SEC level at the University of Tennessee.

Here is a video clip of that interview.

Tavis Bailey Interview on Sports Mecca