Apr 20, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Alton Howard (2) signs autographs after the spring Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Tennessee Volunteers News 4/21

 

From Saturday Blitz

The stats are essentially irrelevant, and while you got a small glimpse into the mind of Butch Jones on Saturday, the product you saw on the field was irrelevant too. As is the way with spring football, there wasn’t much you could take from the Tennessee Volunteers spring game from a football standpoint.

 

From the Tennessean

New Tennessee coach Butch Jones is making a favorable first impression off the field.

Only time will tell if his first Tennessee team can have a similar impact on the field this fall.

The first Orange & White Game of Jones’ tenure Saturday drew a crowd of 61,076, the second-highest total ever for a Tennessee spring game. As early as 3 a.m., people started lining up for a pregame autograph session with Jones and the players that eventually drew an estimated 25,000 fans.

 

From the UT Daily Beacon

Tennessee’s Diamond Vols took on the No. 17 Mississippi Rebels (27-12, 8-8 SEC) this weekend, but the team’s on-field chemistry wasn’t enough to pull out a win.

The Vols (17-19, 5-11 SEC), after a disappointing shutout Friday night, were able to score four runs on eight hits against the Rebels. In the end, however, the Rebels were able to come away with a 6-4 victory.

The Tennessee men’s golf team is tied for 12th after day two of the SEC tournament at the Sea Island Golf Club’s Seaside Course on St. Simon’s Island, Ga., on Saturday.

The Vols improved their score with a 13-over-par 293 to bring them to 32-over 592 for the tournament.

 

From the Chatanoogan

Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin announced Saturday that center Yemi Makanjuola has been granted a release and may transfer to another program.

“Yemi and I came to a mutual agreement that it would be in his best interest for him to get a fresh start with a new program,” Martin said. “Yemi is leaving Tennessee on good terms. He’s respected by his teammates and coaches, we all appreciate the work he’s put in during his time here and I’m confident that he’ll be successful.”

 
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