Tennessee Vols morning report: Jeremy Pruitt presser, schedule updates

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) /

Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee Vols scheduling lead our Nov. 17 Volunteers news.

Amidst this crazy season, Monday kicked off this week of news for the Tennessee Vols football team as they get set to return to the field against the Auburn Tigers. It’s hard to know if the pandemic postponements or the 2-4 record are making more news for UT right now.

Either way, our morning update on Rocky Top leads with the program getting back to preparing for an opponent this week and the weekly Monday media session that comes with it. That’s not the only scheduling news, though.

We have updates on a men’s basketball game and where the team could be playing its postseason next spring, and we also have news on the details of another football game. A football assistant giving a speech and a preview of a women’s soccer postseason game are also in the works, so there are plenty of press conferences and scheduling news for this report. Let’s get started.

UT head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks ahead of Auburn – Austin Price, VolQuest

After an unscheduled bye on Saturday, Tennessee Vols football head coach Jeremy Pruitt held his weekly press conference Monday to preview the Auburn Tigers. Pruitt noted that Shawn Shamburger would miss the rest of the season and addressed the news of the eight assistants rejecting pay cuts. Here’s what he said on that specific matter.

"“I want to say this, when you talk about contracts, the situation is fluid. I know the men that are in this building, I know where their heart’s at and I also know the circumstances around the decision-making and what they’re looking for as where they’re going in the future. All I can say is this, the final chapter has not been written on that, and they will continue to look and see and meet with our administration to see whatever they can do to help supplement the University.”"

Kickoff time, TV set for Vanderbilt game – SECSports

These next two weeks will mark the third and fourth night games Tennessee football plays this year. The SEC revealed on Monday that UT will face the Vanderbilt Commodores at 7:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 28 on the SEC Network Alternate channel.

"The traditional SEC Network triple-header on November 28 will feature Arkansas at Missouri in the first game of the day, Mississippi State at Ole Miss in the afternoon window and Georgia at South Carolina in primetime. The SEC on CBS game will feature Auburn at Alabama."

New date set for basketball matchup with Memphis – UTSports

With the game being canceled this year, the Tennessee Vols men’s basketball team will now face the Memphis Tigers at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Dec. 18, 2021. That will be the third game in a three-game series that was scheduled between the schools, with one game in Knoxville, one game in Memphis and one game in Nashville.

"Memphis and Tennessee have met at a neutral-site only twice previously and have never played each other in Nashville. The Vols defeated the Tigers in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in 1969. Memphis topped UT in double overtime at the Maui Invitational in 2011."

NCAA Tournament relocating – NCAA.com

Assuming Tennessee basketball makes the NCAA Tournament this year, they could be playing it all in one location. To make sure March Madness isn’t canceled again, the NCAA is working on a plan for the entire 68-team tournament to move to one spot. Right now, Indianapolis is the leading candidate, as it’s already set to host the Final Four from April 3-5, 2021.

"In recent weeks, the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee has engaged in a thorough contingency planning process to determine the most effective way to conduct a safe and healthy March Madness for all participants for the 2021 championship. Through these discussions, it became apparent to the committee that conducting the championship at 13 preliminary round sites spread throughout the country would be very difficult to execute in the current pandemic environment."

Tee Martin speaks at Knoxville Quarterback Club – Grant Ramey, GoVols247

On Monday, Tennessee football wide receivers coach and passing game coordinator Tee Martin spoke at the Knoxville Quarterback Club. Joining running backs coach Jay Graham as the only two assistants to accept a pay cut, he said nobody was wrong for doing what they did. Here’s a bit of how he described it.

"“Having conversations with Coach Fulmer, having a better understanding as to what’s going on in our whole athletic department, what they were asking other people to do within our athletic department, making that sacrifice. Really, ultimately, just thought it was the right thing to do.”"

Soccer to face Vanderbilt in SEC Tournament – Ken Lay, VolsWire.com

At 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday, the No. 2 seed Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team will take on the No. 7 seed Vanderbilt Commodores in Orange Beach, Ala. in the Quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. The game will be televised on the SEC Network, and the winner will face the winner of the No. 3 seed Texas A&M Aggies and the No. 14 seed LSU Tigers in the Semifinals on Thursday, Nov. 19.

"Tennessee (4-3-1) edged the Commodores (5-4), 1-0 in overtime, during their regular-season meeting at Regal Soccer Complex in Knoxville Sept. 27. The Commodores entered that game ranked No. 10 in the nation."