Sep 8, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers cheerleaders perform one pushup for each point scored by their team as the Volunteer mascot waves the Tennessee flag in celebration against the Georgia State Panthers during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee defeated Georgia State 51-13. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

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Ellen Renfroe fired a two-hit shutout and Lauren Gibson hit a bases-loaded single for the go-ahead runs to lead the sixth-ranked Tennessee softball team to a 6-0 victory against No. 21 Kentucky on Friday night in Lexington.

The Lady Vols (29-6) improved to 8-4 against ranked teams. The game, however, did not count in the SEC standings. Kentucky is 24-9.

Renfroe (9-1) struck out four, walked two and hit a batter in notching her sixth complete game and fourth shutout this season.


From Saturday Blitz

The Bowl Championship Series was introduced in 1998 as an alternative to the traditional college football postseason. Its creation was the response to three split championships during the 1990s, and an immediate rematch title game in 1996. The BCS was meant to solve any disputes *snicker* by pitting the two top ranked teams against each other at season’s end, regardless of conference affiliation.

The Tennessee Volunteers were surprising contenders for the first BCS championship, a season removed from the departure of quarterback Peyton Manning. Tee Martin was a much different style of play caller from his predecessor, but it just worked.


From Bleacher Report

Coach Butch Jones has taken it upon his honor that he will restore the Vol’s football program back to conference, if not national, prestige. That was also promised the last couple of coaches ago.

Many professionals in the industry have touted Butch Jones as the man that can do what Derek Dooley could not.


From the Times Free Press 

Jimmy Delaney tells a good story about Tennessee’s last NCAA women’s basketball tournament trip to Oklahoma City. The Lady Vols’ assistant athletic director for marketing and sales found the spare shoulder sleeve that enabled star player Candace Parker to return from a shoulder injury during the 2008 Midwest Regional final.



Tennessee’s recent pro day was filled with talented skill-position players, many of whom will be  picked in the first 100 picks of the upcoming NFL draft.

It’s easy to envision the 2014 UT pro day being similarly stacked with offensive linemen.

Right tackle Ja’Wuan James is squarely on the NFL’s radar. Same for guard Zach Fulton. Rising junior Tiny Richardson could easily be heading to the NFL a year early if he has another strong campaign. Veterans Alex Bullard and James Stone could get a look as well.


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