Nov 24, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers player A.J. Johnson (45) scores a touchdown against the Kentucky Wildcats during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Tennessee Volunteers News 3/29

From GoVolsExtra.com

The other side for the Sooners has extended deep into March and an NCAA tournament date with No. 2 seed Tennessee (26-7) in the semifinals of the Oklahoma City regional. The teams play at 4:30 p.m. Sunday (TV: ESPN2) at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Top-seed Baylor (34-1) and No. 5 Louisville (26-8) play in the second game of the doubleheader.

 

From Nooga.com

Coach Cuonzo Martin touched on some of the improvements needed from the returning members after the Vols fell to Mercer in the first round of the NIT last week.

 

From NESN.com

Now, Justin Hunter isn’t exactly Randy Moss. No, Hunter didn’t score 26 touchdowns in a single college season nor did he post a 4.25-second 40-yard dash or 47-inch vertical jump at the NFL combine — you can find Hunter’s stats and measurable below. But the 21-year-old kid does have the size, speed and skills to have a similar impact for years to come.

 

From CBS Sports

Anyway, there were the Gundys on an early December night. Tennessee had approached him — more like applied a full-court press, actually. According to sources, Governor Bill Haslam and Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, a UT alum and Bill’s brother, were involved in the three-day courtship.

The Vols pursued Gundy and Louisville’s Charlie Strong, who both declined, before hiring Cincinnati’s Butch Jones.

One of Gundy’s three sons was Googling Knoxville schools. Another asked him what a Volunteer was. He didn’t know, but for a moment, he thought he wanted to find out full-time.

“At some point, that’s where we thought we were going to go,” Gundy said.

 

From the Times Free Press

When Tennessee’s football team returns from spring break next week, the Volunteers will get back to work.

There are nine spring practices remaining, and while there’s more to install schematically on offense, defense and special teams, the new coaching staff has no intentions of relenting their focus on the details that form the foundation of the program.

 

 

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