The reason for former Tennessee Vols quarterback Peyton Manning turning down Monday Night Football leads our Volunteers news for Wednesday, July 3, 2019.
While everybody across the United States begins to prepare for Independence Day activities today, there is still news happening on the Tennessee Vols front. And we have a few intriguing stories to get to with that today.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with a revelation about Peyton Manning and why he hasn’t joined the broadcast booth ever since retiring. Hey, all Manning news is relevant in Knoxville, and this is no different.
In addition to that, though we also have coverage of UT players who received another SEC honor and a story about certain athletes set to compete in international games. All of that leads our July 3 news, starting with Manning.
Why Peyton Manning turned down MNF – Charles Robinson, Yahoo.com
Former Tennessee Vols football quarterback Peyton Manning has been retired for over three years now. On Tuesday, the reason for him not joining the Monday Night Football booth in his post-playing career was revealed. According to multiple sources close to him, he did not want to have to analyze his brother, Eli Manning.
"For two straight offseasons, Manning has fielded meetings and calls from high-ranking executives from ESPN, Disney and other major networks — but passed on offers to make him a franchise centerpiece. And that apparently won’t change as long as Eli Manning’s games are part of the equation, according to sources."
Nearly 60 Vols make first-year SEC Honor Roll – SECSports.com
The Tennessee Vols placed 59 athletes on the 2018-2019 First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll list. They were among the 1,002 players overall who made the list from the conference. Rowing had the most players make it with 12, and women’s swimming and diving and baseball followed with six each. Softball, men’s swimming and diving and volleyball all had five athletes make it.
"The First-Year SEC Academic Honor Roll is based on grades from the 2018-19 academic calendar. Any student-athlete who participates in a Southeastern Conference championship sport or a student-athlete who participates in a sport listed on his/her institution’s NCAA Sports Sponsorship Form is eligible for nomination to the Academic Honor Roll."
Women’s tennis rising junior Kaitlin Staines, men’s tennis rising senior Scott Jones, men’s tennis rising sophomore Martim Prata and swimming and diving rising sophomore Michael Houlie will all represent UT at the World University Games, which is set to begin today in Napoli, Italy. Staines and Jones will be competing for Australia, Prata will be competing for Portugal and Houlie will be competing for South Africa.
"Under the direction of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), this will be the 30th Summer World University Games and the fifth time Italy has been the host nation. The games have been contested under different iterations but under the current format, the Games began in 1959 in Turin, Italy."