Tennessee Vols morning report: John Ward remembered, Kellery Chryst

KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Tennessee Volunteers fans cheer during the first half of the game against the Indiana State Sycamores at Neyland Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
KNOXVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Tennessee Volunteers fans cheer during the first half of the game against the Indiana State Sycamores at Neyland Stadium on September 9, 2017 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /
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The Tennessee Vols remembering John Ward and an analyst’s take on Keller Chryst lead the Volunteers news for Thursday, June 28, 2018.

Today’s Tennessee Vols news follows a celebration…to cope with a sad moment. We’ll get to that in this post, as that’s our lead story on Rocky Top. With June drawing to a close, though, there’s actually a shocking amount of news today.

In addition to that story, we have a football tidbit to bring you. And there are other news updates surrounding other sports to talk about. So let’s get started, beginning with the tribute that took place Wednesday night.

Tennessee Vols remember John WardBlake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel

The University of Tennessee held a ceremony for John Ward, the legendary UT radio broadcaster for over 30 years who passed away last week, at Thompson-Boling Arena Wednesday night. Bob Kesling hosted the event, which included speakers Phillip Fulmer, Doug Dickey and others.

"Ward’s friends, former coworkers and Vols fans paid tribute to the late broadcaster and listened to memorable highlights from Ward’s soundtrack during a ceremony on Wednesday night at Thompson-Boling Arena."

Football analyst comments on Keller ChrystThe Swain Event

College football and NFL analyst Mike Detillier gave his take on Tennessee Vols football graduate transfer quarterback Keller Chryst Wednesday. Chryst came from the Stanford Cardinal, has one year of eligibility left, and is a favorite among many people to start for the Vols this year. Detillier called him a ‘dink and dunk’ guy. Here’s a bit more of what he said.

"“He’s a guy that likes the short, intermediate throws. It’s something that’s part of his game from his high school days on to Stanford. That’s what he does best — the short work. You can understand why, having been immersed in Stanford’s offense, which is based a lot on the running game, to be honest.”"

Tennessee volleyball schedule released – UTSports

The Tennessee volleyball schedule has been released. New head coach Eve Rackham will lead the program against seven teams who made the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

"The Big Orange will see action in three non-conference tournaments this season, including the annual Tennessee Classic and Rocky Top Invitational during the first and second week of the season, respectfully.The Lady Vols will play 15 home matches at Thompson-Boling Arena."

Women’s golf coach receives extension – UTSports

Tennessee Lady Vols women’s golf coach Judi Pavon received an extension on Thursday after the program had six Top 10 finishes on the way to its 26th straight NCAA postseason bid this past year. Pavon’s extension will now last through June of 2021. Athletic director Phillip Fulmer made the announcement. Here’s a bit of what he said.

"“Judi has done a good job of building and maintaining a program that achieves at a high level across the board. Her student-athletes are competitive on the golf course, they excel academically and they have a strong record of service throughout the community. I’m happy to have her build on what has been an impressive 21-year career with our women’s golf program.”"