Five Tennessee Vols in the state’s Sports Hall of Fame and Yves Pons playing on a French National Team lead our Volunteers news for Monday, June 17, 2019.
We’re halfway through the month of June now, and NBA and NHL seasons are in the rearview mirror. That means that for most people who don’t have a baseball team in the hunt, it’s time to look ahead to football season. It is certainly the case for the Tennessee Vols.
However, our morning update on Rocky Top doesn’t actually deal with that. Instead, it leads with honors regarding numerous people with the program in the state’s Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony that took place over the weekend.
Coverage of Yves Pons and a baseball Vol signing a contract with a pro team also are part of our news. So welcome to the time of year when things are not as heavy coming after a weekend. But there are still some interesting stories, and we begin with the Hall of Fame.
Five Vols inducted to Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame – UTSports.com
Three former Volunteers and two former assistants were inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame over the weekend, while Tennessee Vols Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer hosted the 53rd annual induction ceremony Saturday night at the Omni Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. The inductees included former football players Peyton Manning and Charles Davis, former football assistants Kippy Brown and David Cutcliffe, and former Lady Vols guard Kara Lawson.
"All five Vols found tremendous success at the University of Tennessee. However, more impressively, each used their time on Rocky Top as a springboard for even more success in their careers in the years since."
Yves Pons playing for summer basketball for French team – Grant Ramey, GoVols247
Tennessee Vols basketball rising junior Yves Pons will be spending the summer playing for the French U20 National Team in the FIBA U20 European Championship. A 6’6″ forward, Pons is currently in France preparing for the event.
"Pons is one of just two college basketball players on the team, alongside Central Arkansas sophomore Eddy Kayouloud. France’s U20 team is ranked No. 5 in the FIBA world rankings and will compete in Group A, which also includes Great Britain, Montenegro and Turkey. The 16-team tournament field is made up of four four-team groups. France will play Montenegro in the first game of group play on July 13 in Ramat Gan."
Jay Charleston signs with Royals – Ken Lay, VolsWire.com
Tennessee Vols baseball center fielder Jay Charleston, who was selected in the 26th round by the Kansas City Royals, has now signed a contract. As a result, he won’t be returning to Rocky Top, which baseball underclassmen can do after being drafted.
"The Vols went 40-21 last season and reached an NCAA Regional Final before being eliminated by North Carolina. Charleston leaves the program with 67 career stolen bases (fifth most in UT Baseball history), 128 hits, 95 runs and 51 runs batted in."