Tennessee Vols morning report: Arkansas start time, basketball setting opener

Scheduling updates for the Tennessee Vols leads our Nov. 2, 2020 Volunteers news.

Halloween is over along with the Tennessee Vols football bye week. Now, things are about to reach a fever pitch the first week of November, not just with the upcoming presidential election but with what happens to Jeremy Pruitt’s program going forward.

Our morning update on Rocky Top includes two football stories, including an interview with multiple players on one and then an update about a time set for an upcoming game. Speaking of schedule setting, men’s basketball has some news on that front as well.

We then have recaps of multiple events in cross country, women’s soccer, women’s tennis and swimming and diving. Whatever else is going on in the world, fall sports are clearly in full swing. Let’s start with the scheduling news.

Time set for Arkansas matchupGrant Ramey, GoVols247

Saturday’s matchup between the Tennessee Vols football team and the Arkansas Razorbacks will take place in Fayetteville, Ark. at 7:30 p.m. ET. It will be televised on SEC Network.

While Tennessee was open this week, Arkansas fell 42-31 at Texas A&M. Quarterback Kellen Mond accounted for 292 yards and three touchdowns for A&M and the Aggies rushed for 182 yards and three scores in the win.

Basketball set to host event for opener – Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel

It appears that the Tennessee Vols men’s basketball program has tentatively scheduled an opener. with things in limbo due to the NCAA ruling that games can’t begin until Nov. 25, UT is working on a multi-team event also involving the Charlotte 49ers and VCU Rams at Thompson-Boling Arena.

The event is expected to start Nov. 25 and each team will play two games. Coach Rick Barnes indicated on Oct. 21 that Tennessee could host such an event at Thompson-Boling Arena, but was hoping not to.

Elijah Simmons, Quavaris Crouch on ‘The Slice’ – Grant Ramey, GoVols247

During Tennessee football’s bye week, a pair of sophomores appeared on an episode of “The Slice” to talk about the state of the program. Linebacker Quavaris Crouch talked about the difference this year from his freshman campaign. Here’s a bit of what he said.

“I’m just happy to see myself grow so much from a freshman to a sophomore. In many ways. Just being more comfortable with the defense, being a better leader to the players that I’m around. I feel like everything just coming together.”

Defensive lineman Elijah Simmons talked about playing more this year. Here’s a bit of what he said on the matter.

“I’ve just been trying to get better and better every week. Now that Coach Pruitt has been coaching us, I feel like we can also get a lot more physical and we can be more quick off the ball and all that.”

Men’s cross country finishes in top five at SEC Championships – SECSports

While the women’s side withdrew from the event due to too many COVID-19 cases, the Tennessee Vols men’s cross country team came in at No. 4 among 12 teams competing in the SEC Championships last Friday. However, there were no top 10 individual finishers from UT.

Arkansas won the men’s title with 35 points, followed by Ole Miss (59), Georgia (121), Tennessee (123) and Kentucky (133) to round out the top-five. The Arkansas women won with 41 points, finishing ahead of Alabama (57), Ole Miss (97), Kentucky (98) and fifth place LSU (173).

Swimming and diving defeats Vanderbilt – UTSports

One day after being upset by the Kentucky Wildcats, the No. 7 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols swimming and diving program returned home to defeat the Vanderbilt Commodores 202-60 on Friday. Meanwhile, the No. 14 ranked Tennessee Vols men’s program defeated Kentucky on the road 194.5-105.5 in its opener that same day.

Both the men’s and women’s squads will compete at home Nov. 19-21 as they welcome Alabama and Virginia to Knoxville and the Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

Soccer defeats Florida – Ken Lay, VolsWire.com

For the first time all year, the Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team picked up a road win on Friday. UT defeated the Florida Gators 2-1.

Dipasupil scored the first goal of the match when she tallied from 25 yards out in the 27th minute to give the Lady Vols (3-3-1, 3-3-1 SEC) a 1-0 lead over the Gators. Tennessee took a 2-0 lead in the 70th minute when Jaida Thomas scored on a 3-yard header. Dipasupil was credited with an assist on the game’s second marker.

Women’s tennis completes June Stewart Invitational – UTSports

With a 3-3 record on Sunday in singles play, the Tennessee Lady Vols tennis program finished the June Stewart Invitational over the weekend with 11 singles wins and two doubles wins. Sophomore Carly Briggs was the headliner of the event for UT, as she has extended her streak to five straight match wins dating back to Oct. 17.

Briggs went a perfect 3-0 in solo play in the June Stewart Invitational to end the fall season with a 7-2 record and sits with a 19-5 career ledger heading into the spring season. With her win today, she owns a perfect 6-0 career record in three-set matches.