Tennessee Vols morning report: Rick Barnes talks start of preseason

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) /

We’ve reached the final day of September. Last year, at this time, Tennessee Vols fall sports weren’t even underway. However, this year, they have resumed as normal, and we’re even starting to talk about winter sports.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with continuing coverage of one of the main winter sports, men’s basketball. A day after their first preseason practice, a press conference was held to address the new season.

Speaking of press conferences, we’ve got another football press conference to bring you, but we’re not done with basketball, as a scheduling update made news as well Wednesday. Finally, a football preseason award, a volleyball recap and news surrounding women’s tennis players all made this cut. Let’s start with the press conferences.

Rick Barnes talks start of preseason – Rob Lewis, VolQuest

On Tuesday, the Tennessee Vols men’s basketball team held its first preseason practice. Rick Barnes addressed the start of preseason Wednesday. Here’s a bit of what he said about the seven newcomers, six of whom are freshmen.

"“Like you would expect, they’ve all had good days, they’ve all had some days where they’ve been up and down. The attitude has never wavered. They all want to because they are willing to learn, they’re finding out there’s things with the game of basketball that they’ve never, they might have heard of it, but they didn’t understand the importance of it.”"

Josh Heupel continues Mizzou preview on SEC teleconference – SECSports

As the Tennessee Vols football team gets set to face the Missouri Tigers Saturday, Josh Heupel once again addressed the matchup Wednesday at the SEC teleconference. Here’s a bit of what he said on the game.

"“It’s been really good energy and really good preparation so far. Reiterated with those guys that, in my opinion, the lead up to kickoff, the last 48-72 hours, can be better from us. I think that plays a part in the way you play for a full 60 minutes and continuing to grow that way.”"

Basketball matchup time with Texas set – Dan Harralson, VolsWire

The tipoff times for the SEC/Big 12 Challenge games in 2022 have been set. Tennessee basketball’s trip to the Texas Longhorns is the final game of the day, set for 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

"Tennessee will play at Texas on Jan. 29.The contest is one of 10 games of the Big 12/SEC Challenge, which will be televised on the ESPN family of networks."

Matthew Butler a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy – National Football Foundation

Amidst an impressive start to the season, Tennessee Vols football senior defensive lineman was named a semifinalist for the 2021 William V. Campbell Trophy. Butler was one of 176 players to make the list.

"The impressive list of candidates boasts an impressive 3.66 average GPA, with more than two-thirds of the semifinalists having already earned their bachelor’s degrees.Celebrating its 32nd year, the Campbell Trophy® recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary leadership."

Volleyball sweeps Auburn – UTSports

In a midweek SEC matchup, the No. 20 ranked Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball team defeated the Auburn Tigers 3-0 at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn. Wednesday. UT will next host the Texas A&M Aggies this weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

"With the win, Tennessee (11-2, 3-0 SEC) has now swept Auburn (8-4, 0-2 SEC) in three straight matches and in four of the last five meetings, dating to Oct. 6, 2019. The sweep is UT’s ninth on the year and second consecutive in SEC play."

Three tennis Lady Vols make ITA All-American Championships – We Are College Tennis

Senior Rebeka Mertena, sophomore Esther Adeshina and senior Daria Kuczer were selected to represent the Tennessee Lady Vols tennis team at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American Championships. Mertena will compete as an individual, while Adeshina and Kuczer will compete in doubles.

"The ITA Women’s All-American Championships by LTP will take place in Charleston, South Carolina; October 4-10, 2021.Since 1983, the ITA Women’s All-American Championships have featured the nation’s top NCAA Division I players and have been a pioneer in women’s college tennis."