Tennessee Vols defensive lineman Kurrott Garland in the transfer portal and Peyton Manning’s ESPN+ show lead our Volunteers news for Tuesday, July 30, 2019.
Fall camp is just days away from beginning, and everybody is getting excited about the Tennessee Vols beginning preparations for their 2019 football season. But personnel issues still have to be sorted out, and more of that occurred on Tuesday.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with a defensive lineman on UT entering the transfer portal. We’ll touch on what it means for the Vols’ depth at that position. However, we also have a big story on Peyton Manning and his show debuting.
Numerous Vols achieving big accomplishments for track and field on the national stage is part of today’s update as well, and we also have a story to bring you about a former men’s basketball coach. So there is lots of interesting news all around. Let’s start with football.
Kurrott Garland enters transfer portal – Patrick Brown, GoVols247
Tennessee Vols football redshirt freshman defensive lineman Kurrott Garland entered the transfer portal Monday afternoon. Defensive line has to replace all three of its starters from last year, so it’s surprising that Garland, who is listed at 6’3″ 304 pounds, is hesitant about working his way in the rotation. However, transfers and new recruits have brought more depth to the unit.
"Garland, who had added more than 25 pounds to his frame since joining the program last summer, was expected to compete for a spot in Tennessee’s rotation on the defensive line, where the Vols are having to replace four seniors, including all three starters, from 2018. He was a late addition to Tennessee’s 2018 recruiting class as the new coaching staff for the Vols found him by scouring the list of all-state teams in Georgia after he led his Conyers Heritage High School team into the Class AAAAAA playoffs with 125 tackles and 12.5 sacks."
Peyton’s Places debuts on ESPN+ – Mac Nwulu, ESPN Press Room
UT and NFL legend Peyton Manning’s ESPN+ show Peyton’s Places debuted Monday. Four episodes of the 30-episode documentary revisiting key moments, important places and the cultural impact related to the NFL were released. The show is produced by NFL Films in collaboration with ESPN+.
"Peyton’s Places offers a fun, insightful tour through 100 years of football, following the sport and the league’s rise to an American cultural touchstone. For nearly a year, Peyton crisscrossed the country, visiting the people and places that have played an important part in the making of the NFL – highlighting memorable events, teams, players and trends over the past century. Peyton and NFL Films producers chose the people, places and stories in the series."
Four Vols qualify for track and field World Championships – UTSports.com
Former Tennessee Vols Nia Ali, Christian Coleman, Justin Gatlin and Nathan Strother all qualified for the 2019 IAAF Track and Field World Championships in Doha, Qatar, which is scheduled for Sept. 27 through Oct. 6. Coleman led the way by capturing the 100-meter national title.
"To qualify for Team USA’s world championship contingent, an athlete must have recorded a top-three finish at the national meet. Additionally, reigning 2017 IAAF World Outdoor Champions received an automatic wild-card bye into the World Championships."
Donnie Tyndall hired as G-League head coach – Rod Beard, The Detroit News
Former Tennessee Vols men’s basketball head coach Donnie Tyndall, who was fired after one season, has now been hired by the Grand Rapids Drive, the G-League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons. Tyndall went 16-16 in 2014-2015 with UT but was fired and then received a 10-year show-cause from the NCAA due to serious recruiting and academic violations when he was with the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. Now with the Pistons, he could be working with former Vol Jordan Bone a good bit.
"It’s a big boost for Tyndall, who served as an assistant coach with the Drive last season. Tyndall also served as an assistant with the Toronto Raptors 905 in the G-League in 2016-17."