Tennessee Vols morning report: Two VFLs pass away, Barnes speaks on Fulmer

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) /

Tragic deaths of two former Tennessee Vols football players and Rick Barnes speaking on Phillip Fulmer lead our Volunteers news for Monday, April 22, 2019.

Easter is in the rearview now, and the 2019 NFL Draft is coming up. Meanwhile, Tennessee Vols news could be stretching into May and maybe even June given the success of the baseball and softball teams.

Both are part of our morning update on Rocky Top, but it actually leads with some bad news. Unfortunately, we have two tragic deaths to cover. Both involve former Vols, and the news of them was confirmed over the weekend.

Comments and coverage involving different coaches and administrators, including Rick Barnes, Phillip Fulmer and Tee Martin, are all features as well. Then we have baseball, softball and tennis recaps. But we have to start with the tragic news.

Reggie Cobb passes away – Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com

Former Tennessee Vols football running back Reggie Cobb passed away at the age of 50 over the weekend. Cobb played from 1987 to 1989 and then had a six-year NFL career before becoming an NFL scout.

"Cobb led the SEC in touchdowns with 20 in 1987 and rushed for 1,197 yards while collecting All-SEC Second Team honors during his freshman season on Rocky Top. His 1,721 all-purpose yards that season stood as the UT record until 2012."

Matt McGlothlin passes away – Slater Teague, WJHL

Former Tennessee football player Matt McGlothlin passed away at the age of 36. He walked onto program and then earned playing time in 2003 and 2005 before becoming a starter in 2006.

"McGlothlin was a defensive lineman for the Vols. He graduated from Richlands High School in Virginia."

Rick Barnes on Phillip Fulmer – Grant Ramey, GoVols247

Tennessee Vols men’s basketball head coach Rick Barnes spoke about his relationship with Phillip Fulmer. He discussed the impact Fulmer’s firing in 2008 had and what he knows about it. Here’s a bit of what he said.

"“I knew he was hurt by what had happened when he left here,” Barnes said of Fulmer and his then rocky relationship with Tennessee after being fired as football coach in 2008. “He taught me about coming back here, what a man needs to do to I guess put aside that hurt, and maybe pride, to come back.”"

Tee Martin praises receivers – Patrick Brown, GoVols247

Tennessee football wide receivers coach and former national championship quarterback Tee Martin talked about the receiving corps. he’s coaching in Knoxville. He praised the experience of the guys and talked about the value of it.

"“The thing that you want most is the experience that they have,” Martin said. “There’s no substitute for experience, a guy just knowing what it’s like to play against Georgia and Florida, being on the road at Alabama. There’s no way that I can explain that to (freshman) Ramel (Keyton). But the four seniors in the room, they understand what that’s like.”"

Tennessee baseball sweeps Kentucky – WVLT

The No. 22 ranked Tennessee Vols baseball team swept the Kentucky Wildcats on the road over the weekend. As a result, they moved to 30-11 and 9-9 in SEC play.

"The Big Orange now have three series sweeps this season after recording two straight to open the year against Appalachian State and Indiana. This weekend’s sweep was the first against Kentucky since 2004 and the first in Lexington since 2001."

Tennessee softball loses series to GeorgiaShannon Scovel, NCAA.com

The No. 8 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols softball team only won one of three games against the No. 16/22 ranked Georgia Bulldogs on the road over the weekend. As a result, they fell to 11-7 in the SEC.

"The win moves the No. 16 Bulldogs to 32-16 on the year. They’ll face Georgia State on Wednesday before taking on conference foe South Carolina in a three-game weekend series. Sunday’s loss drops the Volunteers to 34-10 and puts them at risk of dropping out of the top 10 in the NFCA poll on Tuesday, right before the Vols’ in-state battle with Tennessee State the following day."

Men’s tennis loses in SEC Championship final – SECSports.com

The No. 13 ranked Tennessee Vols men’s tennis team made it to the final round of the SEC Championship. However, they fell to the No. 6 ranked Mississippi State Bulldogs.

"After dropping his first set, senior Nuno Borges needed to dig deep in No. 6 Mississippi State’s SEC Championship final against 12th-ranked and fourth-seeded Tennessee. The veteran did that, and more, as he battled back to win the final two sets and propel the second-seeded Bulldogs (22-3) past the Volunteers (20-7) for their second straight SEC Tournament title after claiming last year’s crown in Tuscaloosa, Alabama."

Women’s tennis eliminated Friday in SEC Tournament – SECSports.com

The No. 17 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols tennis team fell to the No. 19 ranked Texas A&M Aggies in the SEC Tournament on Friday. In the championship game Sunday, the South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Georgia Bulldogs.

"Texas A&M freshman Katya Townsend earned a three-set victory to secure a 4-2 win for the No. 19 Aggie women’s tennis team over No. 17 Tennessee Friday afternoon at the George P. Mitchell Tennis Center. Texas A&M (22-6) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals against No. 1 Georgia after defeating the Volunteers (19-7)."