Alvin Kamara’s rank among NFL players and more comments from Lane Kiffin on Tennessee Vols fans lead our Volunteers news for Tuesday, June 19, 2018.
The heat is really gripping large parts of the U.S. right now, even as the sports year continues to cool down in college. But there is always some hot news fresh out of the oven when it comes to the Tennessee Vols, and today is no different.
As we get set to bring you our morning updates on Rocky Top, we’re focusing on two guys with flashy personalities who were once part of the UT program. One left a much better taste in Vol fans’ mouths than the other, but both are relevant.
We also have a story about a school expense on a major sports-related facility. That will be a big focus, but let’s start with two former Vols.
NFL players rank Alvin Kamara in Top 100 – NFL Network online
The NFL Network is in the midst of releasing its rankings for its top 100 NFL players voted on by the players themselves. This year, former Tennessee Vols running back Alvin Kamara made the list. After a major splash his offensive rookie year, the New Orleans Saints running back came in all the way up at No. 20.
"Who are the top 100 players in the NFL today? NFL Network brings you the Top 100 Players of 2018 voted on by the players themselves. Find out who made the list Mondays 8PMET on NFL Network!"
Lane Kiffin comments on Tennessee fans– Marty Smith’s America podcast
Former Tennessee football head coach Lane Kiffin has never been shy about trolling Vols fans after one-year stay and then abrupt departure in 2009 angered Rocky Top. But he was classy recently in a radio interview, actually talking up UT fans. Kiffin noted that they are “awesome” now even if they weren’t when he left. He even talked about his return to Neyland in 2014 when security asked him to wear a bullet proof vests, which he declined, and the trolling fans in Knoxville gave him during that time. Here’s a bit of what he said in relation to the hostile environment of his return.
"“It was all in fun. There were some mean words said, some four-letter words, but that speaks of Tennessee’s fans, how passionate they are.”"
UT weight room renovation cost $660,000 – Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel
The Tennessee Vols spent over half a million dollars renovating their weight room, according to recently revealed documents. The exact cost was was $659,309.91. But officials and coaches, including Jeremy Pruitt, say it was all worth it.
"“We want to make sure that when we spend our money, we put the student-athletes first,” Pruitt said. “When we’re recruiting football players to Tennessee, we want to make sure they understand that we’re going to pour everything that we’ve got, which is available to us, to help them develop as a student first and then as a football player. To do that, you’ve got to invest in the weight room, and we did.”"