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Apr 20, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers running back Rajion Neal (20) autographs a head coach Butch Jones poster before the spring Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Robert Hubbs On Expectations At Tennessee And More


From the Times Free Press

Robert Hubbs sat unassumingly listening to music on his headphones last Wednesday night, his 6-foot-5 frame sprawled across the bleachers of the Christian Academy of Knoxville gym and his Tennessee basketball gear the only items betraying his anonymity.

There’s also the five-star rating attached to the Volunteers’ prized freshman’s name that renders moot his understated appearance.

Many eyes at the Rocky Top League are on Hubbs during his unofficial debut, and the expectations began piling up on his shoulders when he committed to Cuonzo Martin and the Vols last September.


From Go Vols Xtra

College World Series finalist Mississippi State returns to Tennessee’s baseball schedule in 2014 as the Vols rotate SEC West opponents.

The Bulldogs, Auburn and LSU come back on the schedule, replacing Ole Miss, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

The Vols open the SEC season at Missouri on March 14-16.

The home series are: Auburn (March 21-23); Vanderbilt (April 4-6); Alabama (April 18-20); Kentucky (May 2-4) and Florida (May 15-17).

The away series are: Missouri; South Carolina (March 28-30); Georgia (April 11-13); LSU (April 25-27); Mississippi State (May 9-100).


From Kingsport Time News

Tennessee’s football team is in a “state of shock” after enduring rigorous offseason workouts under the supervision of the strength and conditioning staff, UT coach Butch Jones said Monday.

Jones made the comments on The Sports Animal in Knoxville.

“They’ve never run the way they’ve run,” Jones said. “We can’t have any interaction with them. They’re in the hands of (strength coach) Dave Lawson (and his staff). But when they come up, to see the transformations in their bodies is unbelievable.”


From Go Vols Xtra

Rainey Gaffin’s offensive talent was obvious during her freshman season with Tennessee’s softball team.

She batted .290 and delivered more than one key hit as the Lady Vols advanced to the Women’s College World Series and finished second to Oklahoma.

Gaffin, however, has only scratched the surface of her potential according to Ralph Weekly. Not only does the co-head coach foresee the highly recruited Gaffin maturing into a starter in the field and a more dangerous batter as her career continues, but he also believes she could move back to a position she dominated in high school — pitcher.



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