KNOXVILLE — Flash back to October 2013, when Tennessee was one loose helmet or one play — the starting quarterback hitting his thumb on a defender's helmet, for example — from playing one of its two true freshman quarterbacks.
KNOXVILLE — Josh Richardson was being interviewed after Tennessee's 82-54 basketball win at Auburn on Wednesday when teammate Jeronne Maymon stopped on his way from the Volunteers' locker room to the team bus and played reporter for a moment.
DULUTH, Ga. — Nothing was going right for Meighan Simmons, so the Tennessee star decided to stop being hard on herself.
KNOXVILLE — Butch Jones typically is pretty upbeat, and he certainly appeared that way again Friday evening.
Tennessee opened spring practice on a picturesque Friday afternoon in Knoxville, and the first of 15 workouts over the next month provided a first look at coach Butch Jones's second team, including the 14 newcomers who enrolled in January as part of the Volunteers' touted 2014 recruiting class.
KNOXVILLE — Early-morning arrivals to and late-night departures from the Tennessee football complex often lead to little sleep for Butch Jones, but the question of who will win the Volunteers' starting quarterback job doesn't appear to be a source of insomnia for him.
Worth following: The Crimson Tide have to replace several prominent players, including quarterback AJ McCarron, offensive linemen Cyrus Kouandjio and Anthony Steen and linebacker and defensive leader C.J. Mosley.
KNOXVILLE — Curt Maggitt wore a different number on his practice jersey each week during the latter half of Tennessee's 2013 football season.
KNOXVILLE — This time a year ago in Tennessee's football program, just about everything was new.
AUBURN, Ala. — It may have come against teams sitting 10th and 12th in the SEC standings, but Tennessee appears to be playing its best basketball of the season in the early days of college basketball's most important month.
KNOXVILLE — The Tennessee football Volunteers made a large jump, from 114th nationally in 2012 to 27th last season, in pass defense.
KNOXVILLE — When Tennessee opens spring football practice Friday afternoon, it will do so without its leader in receptions from last season.
KNOXVILLE — Some of the SEC's better teams have gone to Auburn and avoided falling into the Tigers' trap this season.
The Tennessee Volunteers should be able to ensure an NCAA basketball tournament invitation by winning tonight at Auburn and again Saturday against visiting Missouri.
KNOXVILLE — When A.J. Johnson elected to return to Tennessee for his senior season instead of enter the NFL draft, it meant not only that the Volunteers were getting back a two-time All-SEC linebacker but also that they didn't have to replace every starter from their front seven.