Tennessee Vols morning report: Tee Martin, players on ‘The Slice’

Tee Martin and other players on “The Slice” leads our June 30, 2020 Tennessee Vols news.

We’ve reached the end of June, and as the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the country, whether or not the Tennessee Vols have a football season remains in limbo right now. However, the program continues to make news in the middle of this extended offseason nonetheless.

Our morning update on Rocky Top, in fact, deals with certain players and coaches going on the football program’s flagship podcast to discuss such news. It’s an intriguing weekly episode that people will want to pay attention to.

In addition to that, a former coach visiting campus also made news on Monday. We close things out with national recognition for women’s golfers. So there is plenty of news to close out the first half of the year. Let’s start with this weekly episode.

‘The Slice’ podcast features Tee Martin, players – Grant Ramey, GoVols247

This week’s episode of the Tennessee Vols football program’s “The Slice” podcast featured multiple players. Led by assistant coach Tee Martin, numerous players discussed race relations, including Alontae Taylor, Trey Smith, Josh Palmer and Grant Frerking. Taylor, Smith and Palmer talked about certain incidents they have experienced.

‘The Slice,’ the University of Tennessee athletic department’s weekly podcast, usually details a different player with each episode, providing a behind-the-scenes look, going far beyond their roles as student-athletes.

This week, though, it featured a collection of Tennessee players and assistant coach Tee Martin discussing race relations in the United States and the Tennessee football team’s role in peaceful protests in downtown Knoxville and their efforts to inspire change.

John Chavis back in town – Lucas Panzica , VolsWire.com

Former Tennessee Vols football and SEC veteran defensive coordinator John Chavis, who was in that role with UT from 1995 to 1998, recently visited with current UT defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley. A photo of their meeting was posted on Ansley’s Twitter account Monday morning. Chavis played nose tackle with the Vols from 1976 to 1978.

After consistently fielding some of the best defenses in the SEC throughout his time in Knoxville, Chavis was hired by Les Miles at LSU, where he called plays on defense until 2014. From 2015-17, Chavis served as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M, and then under Chad Morris at Arkansas during the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

Lady Vols golfers named All-American Scholars – WGCA

The Women’s Golf Coaches Association announced its All-American Scholars on Monday. Of the 1,401 honorees, four were Tennessee women’s golfers, including senior Micheala Williams, junior Waverly Whiston, sophomore Mikayla Bardwell and freshman Nicole Whiston all made the list. It’s the fourth year Williams earned the award, third year for Whiston and second year for Bardwell.

The criteria for selection to the All-American Scholar Team are some of the most stringent in all of college athletics. The minimum cumulative GPA is 3.50.