Tennessee Vols morning report: Media Days, Chandler on Doak Walker list

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) /

The continuation of SEC Media Days and Tennessee Vols running back Ty Chandler on an awards watch list lead our Volunteers news for Thursday, July 18, 2019.

We’ve got one more day of coaches taking the podium at SEC Media Days, and the event continues to be relevant to the Tennessee Vols despite the fact that they took the stage Tuesday. Hey, this circus of a kickoff is always exciting.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with the event as a whole, and it’s not the only thing related to football for the day. We also have another player getting on an awards watch list and a football assistant receiving a raise.

Meanwhile, three other sports have news as well, including the hire of a new assistant in one sport, a coaching legend in another sport being named to a Hall of Fame, and the recognition of an overall sports program in another story. But let’s start with all the football news.

UT remains relevant at SEC Media Days – SECSports.com

SEC Media Days continued Wednesday with the Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, Mississippi State Bulldogs and South Carolina Gamecocks taking the stage. The Tennessee Vols were relevant again at the event, this time with assistants, as MSU head coach Joe Moorhead talked about Bob Shoop’s time with UT and in Starkville, and Nick Saban talked about luring Charles Kelly from the Vols to the Tide. It’s worth noting that Hogs defensive coordinator John Chavis is another former Vols assistant. On Thursday, the event closes out with the Vanderbilt Commodores, Kentucky Wildcats and Auburn Tigers. Here’s a bit of what Saban said about Kelly on Wednesday.

"“I think Charles Kelly has been a wonderful addition to our staff. He’s very knowledgeable. He’s got great relationships in Alabama and our part of the country in terms of his experience in recruiting.”"

Ty Chandler on Doak Walker watch list – smu.edu/DoakWalkerAward

Tennessee football running back Ty Chandler was named as one of the 72 candidates on the Doak Walker Award preseason Watch List. Chandler enters his junior year coming off a season in which he had 630 rushing yards, averaging five and a half yards a carry, 186 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns.

"The prestigious Doak Walker Award was created in 1989 to recognize the nation’s premier running back for his accomplishments on the field, achievement in the classroom and citizenship in the community. It is the only major collegiate football award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification."

Football assistant coach receivers raise – Patrick Brown, GoVols247

Tennessee football tight ends coach Brian Niedermeyer has received a raise for his work with the Vols’ 2019 recruiting class. He also had his contract extended through the end of January, 2021.

"The 247Sports National Recruiter of the Year has had his annual salary bumped by $150,000 and now will make $350,000, according to the contract amendment released by Tennessee on Wednesday afternoon. Niedermeyer’s 2018 salary was $200,000 and he was the lowest-paid coach on the staff."

Volleyball adds assistant coach – UTSports

Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball head coach Eve Rackham announced Wednesday that Jennifer Charles would join the staff as a new assistant coach. Charles comes to Rocky Top after two seasons as an assistant with the Charlotte 49ers and time as a head coach at the Division II North Carolina-based program, the University of Mount Olive.

"Rackham and Charles previously worked together at University of North Carolina. During Charles two seasons as a volunteer assistant in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels posted a combined 54-10 record, advancing to the 2014 NCAA Division I Elite Eight in her second season. They also set school records with a 29-3 record and a No. 7 ranking in the AVCA National Coaches Poll."

Men’s golf honored on All-Academic teamcollegiategolf.com

The Tennessee Vols men’s golf program was among the 193 programs across the NCAA to be named an All-Academic team. They were honored by the Golf Coaches Association of America in the process.

"To be eligible for GCAA Outstanding Team Academic honors a college or university must submit GPAs for each player on their official squad list for the academic year."

Chuck Rohe named to Florida Sports Hall of Fame – flasportshof.org

Former Tennessee Vols track and field coach Chuck Rohe is a member of the 2019 Florida Sports Hall of Fame class. Rohe led the men’s track and field program from 1963 to 1971 and oversaw 21 straight conference titles in cross country and indoor and outdoor track and field. He was named U.S. Track and Field Coach of the Year in 1967.

"The Florida Sports Hall of Fame recognizes and honors Florida’s greatest sports figures and leverages this collective celebrity to promote fitness awareness, education and sports activities among our state’s youth and adults. Equally important is the promotion of the qualities of discipline and honor among sports participants."