Tennessee Vols defensive lineman Emmit Gooden out for the year and UT’s 2020 schedule leads our Volunteers news for Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019.
It was a heavy news day for the Tennessee Vols, and a good bit of it was news on the football front. In fact, some of it was devastating news. That’s obviously going to be the focus of what we bring you today.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with personnel news, including a season-ending injury and a player leaving the team, that came after another football practice Thursday. After that, we have coverage of the future to bring you. That includes the football front.
However, the future also includes the swimming and diving front, which had its own update on Wednesday. So there are plenty of things for us to cover. Let’s start with the football stories and the recap of practice.
Jeremy Pruitt confirms loss of two players – Sports Radio WNML
The Tennessee Vols football team held its fifth fall practice on Wednesday, and after it finished, Jeremy Pruitt confirmed a couple of losses in the trenches. The first was senior defensive tackle Emmit Gooden, who suffered a season-ending knee injury Tuesday. Also, offensive lineman Nathan Niehaus is no longer with the program, and Pruitt said it was “absolutely” his decision. Here’s a bit of what he said about Gooden.
"“It’s unfortunate for him and for our football team, but, you know, Emmit’s a guy that’s got another year, and he’ll continue with going to school, and get ready to come back next spring and next fall.”"
Football releases 2020 schedule – Patrick Brown, GoVols247
Tennessee football’s 2020 schedule is out. The Vols open the season against the Charlotte 49ers and visit the Oklahoma Sooners the very next week before a home game against the Furman Paladins. After that they play the Florida Gators, Missouri Tigers and at the South Carolina Gamecocks before a bye week. The second half of their season is against the Alabama Crimson Tide, at the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Kentucky Wildcats, at the Georgia Bulldogs, a random non-conference game against the Troy Trojans, and finally at the Vanderbilt Commodores. A notable change is swapping Georgia with Missouri in terms of when the two typically play. It came at the request of Auburn.
"The Tigers typically play Georgia and Alabama in a span of two or three weeks in November with both games either coming on the road or at home depending on the year. Auburn and Georgia now will play on Oct. 10 in 2020."
Matt Kredich, head coach of Tennessee Vols swimming and diving, announced the program’s 2019-2020 schedule Wednesday. They have six home events, including four home dual meets, with the season beginning in September.
"The Vols will go on the road to begin the season as they face UNC-Wilmington for a dual meet (Sept. 27) and an open water race (Sept. 28). Tennessee then heads back to the Carolinas, this time competing against South Carolina, in its first SEC meet on Oct. 11.Road trips to Ann Arbor, Mich., where the Vols face Michigan and Virginia in dual meets (Oct. 18-19), and a dual meet at Louisville (Oct. 24) lead into Tennessee’s home dual meets against Purdue (Nov. 8), Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt (Nov. 9).Tennessee heads to Georgia on Jan. 25 to take on the Bulldogs before returning home for Senior Day against Florida on Feb. 1."