Tennessee Vols morning report: SEC announces preseason schedule

The preseason slate for the Tennessee Vols football team leads our Aug. 5, 2020 morning report.

Schedules are coming out, some schools like the UConn Huskies are making the official decision to cancel the season, and coronavirus still continues to dominate how the sports world approaches everything. It’s effect on the Tennessee Vols is a major part of our coverage here as well.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with the updated fall camp dates for UT. This determines everything they’ll be able to do leading up to their opener on Sept. 26, and it’s one more step to the new season taking shape.

Beyond that, we have news surrounding specific players in the program, including the arrival of a men’s basketball player and the transfer destination of a football player. So football and basketball dominate the headlines today. Let’s start with the scheduling news.

SEC sets preseason football schedule – UTSports

While still working on the schedule for the season, the Southeastern Conference announced fall camp dates for teams on Tuesday. Programs will be able to begin practices on Aug. 17, and they will be allowed to hold 25 practices between then and their Sept. 26 opener. Workouts and walkthroughs will be allowed from Aug. 7 to Aug. 17.

The new SEC calendar provides student-athletes with more days off than required by the NCAA and fewer practices than permitted by current NCAA rules. The new preseason calendar was developed based on recommendations of the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.

Santiago Vescovi returns to Knoxville – Grant Ramey, GoVols247

Finally, the Tennessee Vols men’s basketball program has its point guard back. Rising sophomore Santiago Vescovi has returned to the U.S., according to an announcement on the program’s Twitter account Tuesday evening. He had been home in Uruguay since the spring, when COVID-19 began to shut everything down.

Both Vescovi and 7-foot Serbian center Uros Plavsic returned home after Tennessee’s basketball season was cancelled in March just before the start of the SEC Tournament.

Both players were delayed in their return to the United States, too. Plavsic arrived in mid-July, after the initial plan was to return in June.

Vols DB transfer reveals destination – Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel

Former Tennessee Vols football defensive back Brandon Davis has had his transfer destination revealed. He will continue his college career in the junior college ranks at Garden City Community College in Kansas. The news was confirmed by a spokesperson with the athletic department on Monday and made public Tuesday.

Davis joined Tennessee as a three-star recruit from New Orleans. He redshirted in 2018 and appeared in one game last season. He entered the transfer portal in July.