The Tennessee Vols setting a date for Fan Day and Florida State being on the men’s basketball schedule lead our morning report for Tuesday, July 9, 2019.
The Fourth of July is in our rearview mirror, and the MLB All-Star game is set for tonight. All of a sudden, as we mark the heart of summer, Tennessee Vols fans are close to beginning the countdown to football season. Preseason is fast approaching.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with a preseason event regarding interaction with fans, coaches and players. It also includes a major update to the men’s basketball schedule that was revealed on Monday afternoon.
A contract extension for one coach and national recognition for a few players in women’s golf also makes today’s list. So it’s a pretty solid news day overall, and we’re going to start it off with the football story.
Date set for Fan Day – Patrick Brown, GoVols247
The Tennessee Vols football team will hold “Fan Day” on Sunday, Aug. 4. The date includes an open practice to the public at Neyland Stadium and interactions between the fans, players and coaches.
"The open practice will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by an autograph session with the players and second-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt.Admission and parking for “Fan Day” will be free."
Tennessee basketball to open tournament vs. Florida State – Emerald Coast Classic
The Tennessee Vols men’s basketball team will open the Emerald Coast Classic this year with a game against the Florida State Seminoles on Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. E.T. UT and FSU will meet in Destin, Fla., for the tournament, and the game following them will be the VCU Rams and Purdue Boilermakers. Whichever teams win each game will face off the next day.
"The championship game on Nov. 30 will tip off at 6 p.m. Central Time at The Arena at Northwest Florida State College with the third place game set for 3 p.m.Tickets will be available to purchase for the tournament online in mid-August at www.emeraldcoastclassic.com"
Chris Woodruff receives contract extension – UTSports
Tennessee Vols men’s tennis head coach Chris Woodruff had his contract extended through 2024 Monday. Athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced the extension, which includes a salary increase to $170,000 starting in 2019-20 and then eventually to $180,000.
"A Knoxville native, Woodruff has completed 17 seasons on the tennis coaching staff at Tennessee. Through Woodruff’s first two years as head coach, the Vols are 43-17 overall and 16-8 in the SEC."
Four Lady Vols earn WGCA All-American Scholars recognition – wgcagolf.com
Tennessee Lady Vols freshman Mikayla Bardwell, sophomores Mariah Smith and Waverly Whiston and junior Micheala Williams were among the 1,096 women’s golfers who were named 18Birdies WGCA All-American Scholars for 2018-2019. The honors were announced Monday.
"The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50."