Tennessee Vols football preparing for the West Virginia Mountaineers and news on JJ Peterson lead our Volunteers updates for Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018.
It is full on West Virginia week now for the Tennessee Vols, which basically means the college football season is underway. That is what leads our coverage for today’s updates as well, as fans in Knoxville can’t wait for the season to start.
Our morning news on Rocky Top centers around the personnel of the football team and the preparations for West Virginia. But it’s not the only news surrounding the football program today. We also have a Peyton Manning-related story to bring you.
On a bit of a more somber note, there’s a Greg Schiano story that’s interesting as well. Simply put, we have a lot to talk about, as is usually the case once the season is underway. Let’s start with practice news for the week.
The Tennessee Vols continued their preparations for the West Virginia Mountaineers on Tuesday. As part of that, they released their depth chart for the week, which is incredibly vague across the board. On top of that, Jeremy Pruitt addressed the media and was vague there as well. Here’s a bit of what he said.
"“Our team is excited about getting an opportunity to play. That’s why you do it. Everywhere all over the country, nobody has anything against them. Everyone has the same record. There is lots of excitement. It’s good for college football. We will be fired up and ready to compete and play.”"
JJ Peterson could be on campus this week – Dan Harralson, VolsWire
Tennessee football four-star linebacker commitment JJ Peterson is still waiting to get on campus. However, he is now just waiting to be cleared.
"Peterson’s high school head coach Rush Propst of Colquitt County in Moultrie, Ga., told Vols Wire that the final step is NCAA Clearinghouse approval and could be in Knoxville sometime this week."
Peyton Manning establishes endowment with donation to school – Austin Nivison
The Tennessee Vols received a $1 million donation from Peyton Manning in order to start the John Haas Student Experiential Learning endowment.
"Haas is a professor in the College of Communication and Information’s School of Communications Studies and had a profound impact on Manning in the classroom at Tennessee. His mentorship inspired Manning to establish this endowment."
Greg Schiano speaks on UT situation – Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel
With the Ohio State Buckeyes preparing for their season-opener against the Oregon State Beavers under the leadership of interim head coach Ryan Day as Urban Meyer serves his three-game suspension, Greg Schiano opened up about what happened with Tennessee football last year. Schiano almost got the Vols job before fans revolted. Here’s what he said on it Monday.
"“Certainly things like that, those are tough to stomach.” Now isn’t the time to talk about it. There will be. There will be a time. But now is not the time.”"