The departure of Terrell Bailey and Jordan Murphy from the Tennessee Vols football program leads our Volunteers news for Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019.
Well, NFL season is now back, and that puts the fall completely in full swing. However, it’s not an exciting time for Tennessee Vols football fans, and news from Wednesday could potentially be reflecting a fallout from that.
Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with two players leaving the program. Jeremy Pruitt confirmed the news in an SEC teleconference. We also have coverage of Pruitt speaking to the media after practice.
Meanwhile, the women’s basketball SEC schedule, a preview of a soccer game and recognition for three swimmers are all part of our news day. So we’ve got a lot to get to. Let’s start with our football coverage.
Terrell Bailey, Jordan Murphy leave Vols – Dan Harralson, VolsWire.com
One day after news that Terrell Bailey entered the transfer portal broke, Jeremy Pruitt confirmed that both Bailey and wide receiver Jordan Murphy left the Tennessee Vols football program. This comes after Murphy shared a tweet Saturday that was poking fun at UT for how much it paid the Georgia State Panthers in losing to them.
"Murphy totaled 11 receptions for 155 yards and scored one touchdown in nine games in 2018. Bailey appeared in nine games as a reserve outside linebacker and played on special teams for the Vols in 2018. Bailey redshirted in 2017."
Jeremy Pruitt addresses media after practice – Grant Ramey, GoVols247
The Tennessee Vols football team is continuing its preparation for the BYU Cougars. Jeremy Pruitt spoke about looking ahead after practice Wednesday. Here’s a bit of what he said.
"“Said before, between the first week and the second week is when you usually have your most improvement as a football team. And we certainly have a lot of areas that we can improve in. So our guys are kind of sticking their nose to the ground and going as hard as they can. That’s what they have to do. That’s what everyone has to do.”"
Women’s basketball SEC slate announced – SECSports
On Wednesday, the SEC announced its women’s basketball schedule for 2020. That makes the Tennessee Lady Vols’ full 2019-2020 slate complete for Kelly Harper’s first year, which you can see here.
"Conference play will begin on Thursday, January 2 and run through Sunday, March 1. The schedule consists of a single round robin (10 games) and home and away with one permanent opponent (2 games) and two rotating opponents (4 games)."
Soccer to host Southeastern Louisiana – UTSports
Tennessee women’s soccer will host the Southeastern Louisiana Lions Thursday night. Ranked No. 20 at 3-1 and their only loss coming to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, the Lady Vols kickoff at 7 p.m.
"The Vols wrapped up their northeast road trip with a convincing 3-0 victory at Columbia in New York City. Isabella Cook, Michelle Alozie and Alicia Donley scored goals for the Big Orange, while Lindsey Romig recorded her first collegiate goalkeeper win with 76 minutes between the posts."
Three swimmers on National Swimming Team – Torrey Hart, SwimSwam.com
Current UT swimmers Ericka Brown and Meghan Small along with former Vol David Heron were among the 115 players selected to the USA Swimming National Team for 2019-2020. UT coaches Matt Kredich, Lance Asti, Ashley Jahn and Rich Murphy will be joining them.
"Twenty-six states are represented on the team and California leads the way with 16 athletes; 12 of those athletes represent Cal, which has the most athletes on the team of any club. More than 60 USA Swimming Clubs are represented in all. 24 swimmers made their first US National team; 12 of those are junior swimmers who moved up from the 2018-2019 U.S. National Junior Team."