Views From The Top: 5 breakout Vols; Props to T.K.; Caravan good, bad

Over the coming weeks before Tennessee opens its fifth fall camp under Butch Jones on July 29, I will take a look at various coaches, players and positional groups that could make or break the Vols’ 2017 campaign. It is, without question or hyperbole, the most critical season of Jones’ now 11 years as a… Continue reading Views From The Top: 5 breakout Vols; Props to T.K.; Caravan good, bad

Vols will wear Nike’s top unis in ’17; Last signee clearing hurdles; Clark to ETSU?

Tennessee isn’t an emissary for Nike’s iconic, trendy “Jumpman” brand — not yet, anyway, though not for lack of effort — but it is a program with profile enough to get a uniform elevation this fall from Nike. After Nike, apparel provider thus far for all 12 College Football Playoff participants, debuted its newest, technologically… Continue reading Vols will wear Nike’s top unis in ’17; Last signee clearing hurdles; Clark to ETSU?

Key names in Vols’ baseball search; Donors find harsh parking changes; Football salaries soar; Stipe a huge hire

After dispatching longtime University of Tennessee athletics department veteran administrator Carmen Tegano, as well as new hire Blair DeBoard, chief of staff to new athletics director John Currie, to Hoover, Ala., during the SEC Baseball Tournament, UT this week is conducting serious interviews for its baseball vacancy, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the… Continue reading Key names in Vols’ baseball search; Donors find harsh parking changes; Football salaries soar; Stipe a huge hire

Vols’ opener has $205 face-value tickets; Candidates emerge for UT diamond post; Satellite camps should cost much less

The University of Tennessee began on Tuesday soliciting orders from its donors for the Volunteers’ season-opening football game Sept. 4 inside Atlanta’s yet-to-be-completed Mercedes Stadium. And two things, based on donors with whom I spoke, immediately jumped out about the prospective ticket options: Donors cannot choose where they will sit beyond requesting a preference, with… Continue reading Vols’ opener has $205 face-value tickets; Candidates emerge for UT diamond post; Satellite camps should cost much less

As he preps to move on, Ward sees ‘Banner years ahead’ for UT athletics

Mike Ward, more or less, had become the last man standing. Late last week, the veteran member of the University of Tennessee athletics administration recognized it, too, was time for him to exit from Rocky Top with nearly every member of Dave Hart’s cabinet out the door. For Ward, who holds biology and law degrees… Continue reading As he preps to move on, Ward sees ‘Banner years ahead’ for UT athletics

Return of Views: Eric Berry’s exclusive interview; Welton, Thomas Titans candidates?; Vols’ prep for Tech

Every move. All of them. As he studies his film and breaks down his offseason workouts literally to every discernible movement on video, Eric Berry is then reconstructing and refining each body function in order to be an even better Eric Berry than the 2016 All-Pro, AFC Pro Bowler and more recently the guy who… Continue reading Return of Views: Eric Berry’s exclusive interview; Welton, Thomas Titans candidates?; Vols’ prep for Tech

UT likely cancelling ’17 Caravan; officials have not secured facilities statewide

(CAPTION: Butch Jones, in an NHL Preds’ T-shirt, with Bob Kesling last May at the MidState stop of the Big Orange Caravan.)   University of Tennessee athletics has no plans to conduct arguably its most fan-friendly series of events this spring for the first time in decades. UT, which in 2010 under first-year football coach… Continue reading UT likely cancelling ’17 Caravan; officials have not secured facilities statewide