A really low ranking by the Tennessee Vols in the Fall 2019 Directors’ Cup standings leads our Volunteers news for Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.
Happy Friday! As the Tennessee Vols enter the weekend with men’s and women’s basketball in full swing along with the football offseason, there’s another Tennessee team up the road, the Titans, who will be playing to go to the Super Bowl. But that’s not part of our focus.
Today’s update on Rocky Top leads with UT’s standing in athletics after the end of the Fall sports. It’s always interesting to see where they stand throughout the year before the final rankings. We also have a former Vol basketball player inking a contract.
Continuing of our recap of another impressive women’s basketball win is another major part of our morning coverage, which we’ll get to as well. But let’s start with the news surrounding the athletic department as a whole.
After an 8-5 season in football, the Tennessee Vols athletic program finished No. 97 among Division I schools in the Fall 2019 Directors’ Cup standings with 72 points. That’s a major drop-off from its No. 39 ranking last Fall despite the team going 5-7 in 2018. Women’s soccer and women’s volleyball missing out on postseason play was what did the program in this year.
In the final fall Division I Learfield IMG College Directors’ Cup standings, Stanford leads with 594.50 total points, while the ACC leads all conferences with nine institutions in the top-25. The Cardinal recorded a trio of national championships (water polo, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball) and had a pair of third place finishes (men’s soccer and women’s cross country).
Kyle Alexander signs two-way contract – NBA.com
Former Tennessee Vols men’s basketball center Kyle Alexander has signed a two-way contract with the Miami Heat. The rookie was an undrafted free agent who signed with the franchise this past summer.
Alexander, who was originally signed by the HEAT on July 15, 2019, has appeared in 23 games (21 starts) this season with Miami’s G League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, averaging 10.6 points, 9.1 rebounds, 2.17 blocks and 25.1 minutes while shooting 69.2 percent from the field. He leads the team in total rebounds (209), offensive rebounds (73), blocks (50) and double-doubles (7).
The No. 24/25 Tennessee Lady Vols dominated the Florida Gators on the road 78-50 Thursday night. With the win, they moved to 14-3 overall and 4-1 in the SEC while Florida fell to 11-7 overall and 2-3 in the SEC. Up next for them is a Monday night game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Here’s a bit of what Kellie Harper said about her team’s third straight win.
“I thought this was a big test for us, you know, mentally, to see if we could step out here with great focus regardless of who we’re playing and get the job done, so I liked how we started the game. I thought we had some intensity about us, I thought we had really good focus, and that’s good to see.”