Jan 23, 2014; Knoxville, TN, USA; A general view of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers against the the Florida Gators during the second half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Today On Rocky Top: Vols' Owenby Pleads Guilty To Reckless Driving

From Anchorage Daily News (AP)

Tennessee pitcher Drake Owenby has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of reckless driving nine months after a DUI arrest.

Owenby received a six-month suspended sentence Tuesday that also requires him to pay a $50 fine plus court costs. Owenby had been arrested on a DUI charge during an April 14 traffic stop by Knoxville police on Interstate 275.

Owenby, a sophomore left-hander, was 2-1 with a 5.60 ERA and two saves in 16 appearances as a freshman last season.

Tennessee athletic department spokesman Brian Bruce said that Owenby and Volunteers coach Dave Serrano declined comment on the matter.

The Vols open the season Feb. 14 against Nebraska-Omaha.

 

From the Times Free Press

Two weeks from today, pens will hit paper and more than a year’s worth of time and effort will come to fruition for Tennessee’s football coaching staff.

National signing day means the 2014 class finally will be set to join the Volunteers’ rebuilding project several months later.

With 14 members of the highly touted class already on campus and 20 other verbal commitments, most of the work appears done for Tennessee and coach Butch Jones, but before the focus fully can turn toward building on a solid start to the 2015 class and beyond, the program must finish this year’s incoming class.

 

From The Tennessean

On a night dedicated to saluting Pat Summitt, Meighan Simmons delivered a performance to honor her former coach.

Simmons scored 21 points and shot 5-of-10 from 3-point range Thursday as No. 11 Tennessee trounced Florida 89-69 to hand the Gators their third consecutive loss. After shooting 2 of 9 in the first half, Simmons was 4 of 4 with three 3-pointers in the second half.

 

From Bleacher Report

Tennessee linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen is one of the hottest recruiters on the trail this year, so his name being brought up for open jobs around the country is no surprise.

UT head coach Butch Jones and athletic director Dave Hart need to make certain they do everything in their power to keep Thigpen in orange and white.

The 42-year-old longtime assistant is the unequivocal ace recruiter on Jones’ staff, currently sitting in fifth place on 247Sports’ Recruiter Rankings with 19 commitments credited to him, including 10 4-stars.

 

 

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