Tennessee Vols morning report: Josh Heupel’s final presser before TTU

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) /

Happy Friday. Another loaded weekend of fall sports for the Tennessee Vols is set to begin. Even if the football program is coming off a loss and has an underwhelming game, it’s exciting just to see fall sports in full swing again. Appreciate the normalcy.

Anyway, our morning update on Rocky Top leads with more coverage of this weekend’s football game. We have one final press conference related to the event to bring you. However, there’s plenty more to cover, including men’s and women’s basketball each selecting one player for an important SEC group.

Then there are multiple other sporting events for us to preview in soccer, volleyball, women’s tennis and cross country. Simply put, there’s a lot to get to for the weekend, so let’s dive in with the football news.

Josh Heupel talks Tennessee Tech one last time – Patrick Brown, GoVols247

On Thursday, Tennessee Vols football head coach Josh Heupel held another press conference to talk about Saturday’s matchup with the TTU Golden Eagles. Here’s a bit of what he said about where his team can improve the most.

"“The obvious thing is penalties. The next thing is turnovers. Those are both areas that we need to be better at as we get into conference play. You can’t lose the turnover battle every week. You’re not going to be successful.”"

Vols on SEC Basketball Leadership Council selected – SECSports

Men’s and women’s basketball players for all 14 league teams were selected for the Southeastern Conference Leadership Council. Tennessee Vols men’s basketball senior John Fulkerson and Lady Vols junior Tamari Key represented Rocky Top.

"The Men’s Basketball Leadership Council and the Women’s Basketball Leadership Council comprise two components of the SEC Student-Athlete Leadership Council. The third component is the Football Leadership Council, which meets each January."

Soccer to begin SEC play – Andrew Peters, UT Daily Beacon

With a 7-0 record and still no goals surrendered on the year, the No. 13 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team will visit the 4-2 Arkansas Razorbacks Friday to open SEC play. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. ET.

"Tennessee’s offense runs deep, as 11 different Lady Vols have scored goals this season.Leading the way for Tennessee has been Dipasupil and freshman forward Taylor Huff. Dipasupil and Huff have both scored five goals apiece for Tennessee."

Volleyball to begin Stacey Clark Classic – UT Daily Beacon

At 6-1 overall and coming off a sweep of the Morehead State Eagles last weekend, the No. 22 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team has its first real road test this weekend. UT travels to West Lafayette, Ind. to take part in the Stacey Clark Classic.

"Tennessee will play two matches on Friday before concluding the weekend with a marquee matchup against the Big Ten’s No. 9 ranked Purdue Boilermakers.This Power Five powerhouse matchup is set to take place Saturday at 12:30 p.m. EST and features two of the premiere teams in the country."

Women’s tennis set for Debbie Southern Fall Classic – UTSports

For the second straight weekend, the Tennessee Lady Vols tennis program will head to South Carolina for an event hosted by the Furman Paladins. This time, UT will be taking part in the Debbie Southern Fall Classic, which takes place all weekend.

"The 13 team field includes 11 teams ranked in the top 35 at the end of last season: Texas (1), North Carolina (2), Florida State (7), Duke (8), Georgia Tech (10), Ohio State (11), Tennessee (18), South Carolina (27), Vanderbilt (29), Wake Forest (33), Furman (35). Mississippi State and Clemson round out the tournament."

Cross Country set for North Alabama Invite – UTSports

After finishing first place on both sides in the Tennessee Dual two weekends ago, the Tennessee Vols and Lady Vols cross country programs head to Huntsville, Ala. Friday for the North Alabama Showcase, hosted by the North Alabama Lions. The men’s race was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. and the women at 9 a.m.

"The list of confirmed teams for this weekend’s races include Alabama, Alabama A&M, Augusta, Chattanooga, ETSU, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Jacksonville State, Kennesaw State, Lipscomb, Mercer, Mississippi State, North Alabama, Ole Miss, Reinhardt, Samford, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Tennessee, Tulane, UAB and Wallace State.National rankings have the Alabama women’s team ranked seventh and the Ole Miss women are 15th. For the men, Ole Miss is ranked 18th."