Tennessee Vols morning report: Football workouts update

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 football team beginning a new stage of offseason workouts leads our Volunteers news for Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019.

For the Tennessee Vols, the big news Tuesday was a set of men’s basketball results affecting their resume and their chances of winning the SEC. Neither were good, with the LSU Tigers beating the Kentucky Wildcats and the Duke Blue Devils coming back to beat the Louisville Cardinals.

However, our morning update on Rocky Top is about specific things happening for UT, so other team’s basketball scores aren’t going to be in the mix. And while men’s basketball is the talk of the town, football leads the way on the news front.

We do have some basketball news in the form of a preview, however, and there is also a ranking in another sport to get to. Overall, though, it’s a light news day to be on a Wednesday in the heat of spring sports. So let’s begin with our football news.

Tennessee football begins 4th Quarter Program – Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com

The Tennessee Vols have entered the next stage of their offseason football workouts ahead of the start of Spring Practice, which is set for March 7. Their 4th Quarter Program began Tuesday at the Anderson Training Center.

"Craig Fitzgerald, Tennessee’s Director of Strength and Conditioning, elected to remain with Tennessee for a second season after contemplating an opportunity to return to his alma mater, Maryland.Jeremy Pruitt said during the offseason that Fitzgerald “wants to finish what he started” and that “we are excited to have him here.”"

Tennessee basketball to host South Carolina – Grant Ramey, GoVols247

The Tennessee Vols men’s basketball team has one more game before it begins its real tests in SEC play. Still ranked No. 1, the Vols are 22-1 and 10-0 in the SEC. They are just barely ahead of the LSU Tigers, who are 10-1 in the SEC and 20-4 overall, the Kentucky Wildcats, who are 9-2 in the SEC and 20-4 overall after losing at home to LSU, and their Wednesday night opponent, South Carolina, who is 12-11 overall but 7-3 in the SEC.

"After South Carolina and Kentucky this week, the Vols are home to Vanderbilt next Tuesday before the trip to LSU.Kentucky visits Knoxville on March 2, after a trip to Ole Miss on Feb. 27. Mississippi State will be Senior Night at Thompson-Boling Arena on March 5, before the regular-season finale at Auburn on March 9."

Tennessee softball moves up to No. 6 – UTSports

The Tennessee Lady Vols softball team moved up to No. 6 in all three major polls Tuesday after sweeping the weekend at the Kickin’ Chicken Classic. They went 5-0 to start the season at the event.

"This week, Tennessee heads to Clearwater, Fla., to take part in ESPN’s inaugural St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational. The 16-team field features 10 programs ranked in the ESPN.com/USA Softball Collegiate Top 25 Pre-Season Poll. The Lady Vols are set to play three of those teams, including reigning national champion Florida State."