Sep 22, 2012; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers wide receiver Jacob Carter (87) scores a touchdown against the Akron Zips during the second half at Neyland Stadium. Tennessee defeated Akron, 47-26. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

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 Tennessee officials are citing unsatisfactory job performance as their reason for firing Lady Vols associate strength coach Heather Mason, who sued the university last fall.


From the Times Free Press

Though he’s a 6-foot-6, 323-pound offensive tackle, Ja’Wuan James exudes an unassuming personality.

With different moments from his Tennessee career in mind, the Volunteers’ senior has his eye on becoming a leader in his unit’s meeting room, the huddle with the other 10 offensive players and for his entire team.


From the Journal News

When Butch Jones was hired last December as the 24th head football coach in Tennessee football history, he inherited a program that had been on a downward spiral for several seasons now.

And of that grouping of all-time Volunteers coaches, one-sixth of them have been head coach during what will soon become a six-year stretch. It started with the controversial firing of homegrown Phillip Fulmer following the 2008 season, the love-then-hate relationship with Lane Kiffin during the wild ride of 2009, the three rudder-less seasons under Derek Dooley from 2010-12, and now Jones.


From Bleacher Report

The spring is over and summer awaits. Studs like MarQuez North, Josh Dobbs and Jason Carr are ready to join the Tennessee Volunteers and make an immediate impact. The development over the next few months of these new players and current Vols will determine the game-by-game results in the fall.



Pat Summitt will continue in her role as the Tennessee head coach emeritus on Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick’s staff next season.

The university announced Wednesday that Summitt had agreed to a one-year contract that will pay her $85,000, less than a quarter of the $354,375 she received for the same role this past year.




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