Found October 09, 2013 on The Sports Post:
Coming off a first-round loss in the NIT, a preseason ranking in the top 25 is a steep rise in expectations for Tennessee. On paper, they have the ability to live up to this ranking. But when I think of the Volunteers, the alliterative word that comes to mind is "volatile." The team's two biggest contributors from a year ago, Jordan McRae (15.7 PPG) and Jarnell Stokes (12.4 PPG, 9.6 RPG), are back. Trae Golden is gone, having transferred to Georgia Tech. The Volunteers will expect Memphis transfer Antonio Barton to fill his shoes, but there's no guarantee that happens. The transition to a new team may not be so smooth, and as College Basketball Talk's Rob Dauster points out, Barton was never the primary ball-handler for the Tigers. Don't get me wrong; Barton is talented and will make this team better. Just don't expect too much from a guy who has averaged just 1.5 APG in his career, yet is expected to be the facilitator of the offense. It also doesn&...

Vols' Howard emerging as leader, not dwelling on past

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Alton Howard trudged out of the sports complex, staring at his feet as he approached a hungry mob of media. He knew what would be asked. So there he stood, fidgeting, shifting his weight from foot to foot and feverishly twirling an orange rubber bracelet around his left wrist. The bracelet read relentless. Its the approach Pig is taking the rest of the season...

Future looks bright for Vols

The Tennessee Volunteers are coming on the heels of a heartbreaking 34-31 overtime defeat suffered at home at the hands of the sixth-ranked Georgia Bulldogs. It was a potential huge upset victory which narrowly slipped through the hands of Tennessee in its inaugural season under the guide of head coach Butch Jones. Golden opportunities existed for the Vols to triumph both in regulation...

Volunteers' all-gray uniforms vs. Georgia prove to be a hit

By Riley Blevins KNOXVILLE -- Back in August, Tennessee players and coaches gathered inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex. It was business as usual. Speeches, film, Xs and Os. Then there was a rasp at the door. Stares darted to the entrance. Players crawled to the edge of their vinyl-covered chairs. The door flung open. Curt Maggitt entered, donning the...

Virginia Tech, Tennessee to Play at Bristol Motor Speedway

It’s called the coliseum. A place where 43 drivers strap in and compete for 500 miles/laps. In 2016, Bristol Motor Speedway will transformer into an NCAA football stadium. According to Bruce Feldman of, the Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Tech Hokies have agreed to play at the 1.0 mile track. Guess you can call it football in the fast lane, though it really has...

College football coming to…Bristol Motor Speedway?

Football at the track? Yes, please. College football at a 160,000 seat Nascar track? Um, fu#! yea, why not? Rumor has it that the Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Tech Hokies will meet at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016. The famed Tennessee oval is approximately halfway between the teams’ respective fan bases in Knoxville and Blacksburg. This is a game and venue that’s been talked...

Tennessee to meet Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016

The Tennessee Volunteers and Virginia Tech Hokies are set to play in front of 160,000 people at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016.
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