Tennessee Vols football practice on Tuesday and women’s basketball restoring the UConn rivalry lead our Volunteers news for Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018.
Welcome to the middle of the month, the final month before football season starts. Tennessee Vols news is really starting to heat up, and quite a bit of it broke out on Tuesday. In fact, there were a few shockers.
Our morning update on Rocky Top involves more expected coverage of practice, but it also includes the restoration of the biggest rivalry in another sport. We also have coverage of exterior sources speaking on different sports.
That includes another football player on a watch list and a preseason analysis of another sport. So there’s a lot to get to, but as always, we start with the biggest football news. That includes updates from Tuesday’s practice.
Tennessee Vols continue fall camp – Wes Rucker, GoVols247
With the season opener two and a half weeks away, Tennessee football kept up its preparations for the start of the Jeremy Pruitt era Tuesday. The Vols held another practice at Haslam Field.
"Tennessee’s preseason camp will continue with a Wednesday practice, and Pruitt is scheduled to speak with reporters afterward. Players are scheduled to be made available for reporters Thursday afternoon."
Lady Vols-UConn rivalry restored – UTSports
The Tennessee women’s basketball team will renew its notorious rivalry with the Connecticut Huskies in the 2019-2020 season. The game hasn’t been played since 2007, when Pat Summitt canceled the series over recruiting issues with Geno Auriemma.
"As part of the two-year series, UConn will host Tennessee during the 2019-20 season, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Pat Summitt Foundation and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In the 2020-21 season, the Lady Vols will host the Huskies in Knoxville, with a portion of the proceeds again benefitting the Pat Summitt Foundation and the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame."
Keller Chryst on Golden Arm Watch List – Golden Arm Foundation
Tennessee Vols senior quarterback Keller Chryst is on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Watch List, which celebrates the athletic accomplishments of a specific individual at quarterback who is a senior or a fourth year junior. A graduate transfer from the Stanford Cardinal, Chryst is still in a battle for the starting quarterback job on Rocky Top.
"It was recently announced that A. O. Smith will be presenting the 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award®, which will be hosted on December 7 at the Embassy Suites Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel & The Grand. Proceeds from the event help support the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation, which provides assistance to underprivileged and deserving student-athletes throughout Maryland and Kentucky."
Coaches pick soccer to finish third in SEC – SECSports online
The Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team has been picked to finish behind the Florida Gators and Texas A&M Aggies in this year’s league standings. They finished fifth last year with a 6-3-1 conference record and an 11-9-1 record overall. Just behind the Lady Vols are the South Carolina Gamecocks and Auburn Tigers.
"This marks the 20th time that the Gators have been tabbed by the coaches to win the title.South Carolina is ranked fifth in the United Soccer Coaches Preseason Rankings while Florida is seventh, Texas A&M 11th and Tennessee 25th."