Tennessee Vols morning report: Paul Finebaum speaks to Tip-Off Club

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 Big Orange Tip-Off Club bringing in Paul Finebaum to speak on the Tennessee Vols leads our Volunteers news for Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020.

We are almost through the week now, and despite no major sporting events happening on Wednesday, the Tennessee Vols still gave us plenty to cover. There were other events and lots of recognition after all.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with a well-known UT grad in the SEC world speaking to Vol Nation and giving an exclusive interview afterward. Not all media commentary matters, but it’s a bit different when it comes from this guy.

We also have national recognition for a women’s basketball player and a women’s tennis player, and we have women’s basketball and softball previews to bring you. So there is plenty to cover. Let’s get started.

Paul Finebaum speaks to Big Orange Tip-Off Club – WVLT

On Wednesday, SEC Network’s Paul Finebaum, a graduate of the University of Tennessee who grew up in Memphis and is known as the “Voice of the SEC,” discussed the Tennessee Vols to the Big Orange Tip-Off Club. He then gave an exclusive interview with WVLT afterward. Here’s a bit of what he said in that interview about being a Tennessee fan despite being in Alabama.

"“I went to Tennessee. I’m a Tennessee fan. It’s the only school you can get away with that because if I said I’m an Auburn fan or a Florida fan I’d get run out of my profession.”"

Rennia Davis in top 10 for Cheryl Miller Award – HoopHallAwards.com

Junior forward Rennia Davis of the Tennessee Lady Vols was announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association as one of the top 10 candidates Wednesday for the Cheryl Miller award. The award recognizes the top small forward in women’s college basketball each year.

"As a collegiate forward at the University of Southern California from 1982 to 1986, Miller helped bring women’s basketball to the forefront of American sports. In 1984 she led the Olympic team to gold scoring better than 16 points per game. Her superior athletic ability and engaging persona placed her among the elite in the world of college and professional athletics."

Lady Vols visit LSUMaria M. Cornelius, GoVols247

After a full week off, the Tennessee women’s basketball team will try to overcome its two-game losing streak in a rematch with the LSU Tigers. This time, the two will face off in Baton Rouge. UT, ranked No. 25 in the AP Poll at 17-6 and 7-3 in the SEC, beat LSU, who is 17-5 and 7-3 in the SEC, 63-58 in their last meeting.

"Tennessee is expected to have Rennia Davis back in action against LSU. The 6-2 forward and leading scorer for the Lady Vols at 18.1 points per game missed Tennessee’s last game against Mississippi State because of the flu."

Softball begins Puerto Vallarta Collegiate ChallengeUTSports

Coming off the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe, Ariz., where they went 2-1 and had one eventual win nullified due to a rain delay while another one took two days to complete due to a rain postponement, Tennessee softball begins another event, this time in Mexico. The No. 12 ranked Lady Vols begin a three-day event in the Puerto Vallarta Collegiate Challenge.

"In the programs first-ever trip to Mexico, a five-game outing at the Campo de Softball Nancy Almaraz awaits the Lady Vols. Tennessee (3-1) is pitted against the Mexico National Team on Thursday at 11 a.m. (ET), in an exhibition game before their collegiate match-ups begin. UT will then face Colorado State immediately after at 1:30 p.m. to conclude the doubleheader opening day."

Carly Briggs earns SEC honors – SECSports.com

Thanks to her perfect 6-0 record in dual match play, Tennessee women’s tennis freshman Carly Briggs earned SEC Women’s Tennis Freshman of the Week on Wednesday. Briggs is 8-1 in singles and 7-1 in doubles this season, and she has been a huge part of UT’s 5-1 start.

"In the Lady Vols win over Purdue, Briggs defeated Seira Shimizu, 6-1, 6-4, clinching the match. It was the second clinch this season for Briggs. In the win over Indiana, she defeated Alexandra Staiculesc, 6-2, 6-1. Briggs and partner Ariadna Riley went 2-0 on the week with wins over Purdue’s Babic/Sabe, 6-4 and Indiana’s McKamey/Mejic, 6-2."