Apr 20, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers fans Jason Roach and Emily Roach, of Knoxville, Tenn., wait in line for an autograph by Volunteers head coach Butch Jones (not pictured) before the spring Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Tennessee Volunteers 5/4

From Rant Sports

Now that spring practice has concluded, the most popular question I’ve received is “will theTennessee Volunteers qualify for a bowl game this season?” While it will require the Vols to pull an upset or two, there’s no reason why UT can’t start off the Butch Jones era on a positive note.

A closer look at the schedule will bear this out.

Let’s be honest: the Volunteers won’t beat the Alabama Crimson Tide or the Oregon Ducks this season. Although Tennessee was a much better team than its record showed last year, the inexperienced Vol offense won’t be able to move the ball against the nation’s top defense (Alabama) or outscore the nation’s second-best offense (Oregon).


From Go Vols Xtra

With all the chips on the table, Will Maddox rolled the dice Friday night. The dice have not been kind to Tennessee’s baseball team this year.

Maddox was caught trying to steal home with the bases loaded, snuffing a dramatic ninth-inning rally that let Georgia escape with an 8-7 win at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

“I could tell by Will’s body language something was about to happen,’’ said UT coachDave Serrano shortly after the Vols set a program record with their 11th one-run loss of the season.



Runners took their marks Friday night to help raise money for a Boston Marathon bombing victim with local ties.

Former Lady Vols swimmer Nicole Gross and her family were hurt in last month’s bombing. Gross broke her leg, among other injuries, and her husband, Michael, who also swam at Tennessee, suffered head and arm injuries and had third-degree burns.


From Go Vols Xtra

Despite winning 19 of its last 20 games, storm clouds continue to follow Tennessee softball’s quest to clinch the SEC regular-season title.

Having seen two of three games rained out against Arkansas last weekend, the No. 2-ranked Lady Vols saw Friday night’s series opener at No. 11 Missouri washed away as well.

As of late Friday night, no official rescheduling, such as a doubleheader Saturday, had been announced. The Lady Vols and Tigers are slated to meet at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN and 1 p.m. Sunday.





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