More football predictions for the Tennessee Vols and basketball additions lead the Volunteers news for Thursday, June 14, 2018.
As we get set to hit the heart of summer with no athletics going on, more and more picks and analysis surrounding the Tennessee Vols football program will arise. And that’s exactly what happens today.
Our morning update on Rocky Top starts with another prediction somebody made on Tennessee football. But that’s not the only thing. Men’s basketball has some personnel news too, and we have some overseas soccer news to bring you not related to the World Cup. But here we begin with more football picks.
SIDs pick Tennessee football to finish 12th in SEC – Rainer Sabin, AL.com
The Tennessee Vols football program has been picked to finish 12th in the SEC by the conference’s sports information directors. The Birmingham News compiled the picks and put them up on AL.com. SIDs could not vote for their own teams. The only two teams picked to finish below them were the Vanderbilt Commodores at No. 14 and the Arkansas Razorbacks at No. 13. After a 4-8 season last year in which Rocky Top went 0-8 in the SEC and finished last in the conference, this ranking is understandable. But it still shows a lack of respect for Jeremy Pruitt. The highest vote they received was for eighth place.
"Following a miserable end to Butch Jones’ tenure as coach, a bungled search for his successor ensued that made the once-vaunted Volunteers resemble a laughingstock. Eventually, Tennessee reeled in former Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. Pruitt is charged with revitalizing the fallen program. But no one expects Tennessee to become a contender again in the near future."
Tennessee basketball issues jersey number, adds walk-on – Grant Ramey, GoVols247
The Tennessee Vols basketball program issued a jersey number to D.J. Burns, their four-star commitment for 2018 at forward. He will wear No. 32. They also added walk-on Brock Jancek, a 6’8″ 206-pound local forward from Knoxville Catholic High School who is the son of former UT defensive coordinator Jon Jancek.
"Jancek averaged 16.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a junior in 2016-17, helping lead Catholic to the Class AA state championship game."
Tennessee Lady Vols soccer player Erin Gilroy, who will be a sophomore next season, helped the U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team place first at a tournament in France last week. Gilroy scored two goals as the U.S. beat Germany, Haiti and France.
"Her first goal came in the 66th minute against Haiti. In the final match against France, she gave Team USA some breathing room with a goal in the 88th minute off a pass from Sophia Smith."