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  • Vols prep for fall camp opening practice

    Vols prep for fall camp opening practice

    Throughout the course of the year, there are certain days that mean more than others for football fans. Friday is one of those days for Big Orange Nation.
    Throughout the course of the year, there are certain days that mean more than others for football fans. Friday is one of those days for Big Orange Nation.
  • Tennessee opens training camp Friday

    Vols enter preseason camp relying on newcomers

    Vols enter preseason camp relying on newcomers

    Tennessee coach Butch Jones says he occasionally feels as though he's running an expansion team because the Volunteers have altered their roster so much since the end of last season. He can only hope the Vols don't produce the usual results of an expansion team. Tennessee opens training camp Friday with a roster that features a 32-man recruiting class ranked among the top five in the nation by multiple services. Many newcomers will have prominent roles as the Vols attempt to end a string of f...
    Tennessee coach Butch Jones says he occasionally feels as though he's running an expansion team because the Volunteers have altered their roster so much since the end of last season. He can only hope the Vols don't produce the usual results of an expansion team. Tennessee opens training camp Friday with a roster that features a 32-man recruiting class ranked among the top five in the nation by multiple services. Many newcomers will have prominent roles as the Vols attempt to end a string of f...
  • Lady Vols host 2014 NCAA tournament semifinalist Stanford

    Lady Vols release 2014-15 non conference schedule

    Lady Vols release 2014-15 non conference schedule

    Tennessee has released a non conference women's basketball schedule that includes matchups with two of last season's Final Four representatives. The Lady Vols host 2014 NCAA tournament semifinalist Stanford on Dec. 20 and travel to 2014 NCAA runner-up Notre Dame on Jan. 19. Tennessee's other home nonconference games are Nov. 14 against Penn, Nov. 17 against Oral Roberts, Nov. 21 against Winthrop, Nov. 24 against Tennessee State, Dec. 3 against St. Francis (Pennsylvania), Dec. 16 against Wichi...
    Tennessee has released a non conference women's basketball schedule that includes matchups with two of last season's Final Four representatives. The Lady Vols host 2014 NCAA tournament semifinalist Stanford on Dec. 20 and travel to 2014 NCAA runner-up Notre Dame on Jan. 19. Tennessee's other home nonconference games are Nov. 14 against Penn, Nov. 17 against Oral Roberts, Nov. 21 against Winthrop, Nov. 24 against Tennessee State, Dec. 3 against St. Francis (Pennsylvania), Dec. 16 against Wichi...
Knoxville, Tn - The Tennessee men will have just a four day wait between games, and they probably wish they had a little longer.

That's because they're playing Iowa in the NCAA's First Four up in Dayton. Don't expect Tennessee to be unmotivated for the game, though. The Vols missed the Big Dance the last two years, and they have the fire power and the bracket to make a good run this time around.

Add that to the fact that they're playing their best basketball of the season, and we could be in for a good March for an excited group of guys in Knoxville.

"They were excited," said Head Coach Cuonzo Martin. "They were excited, and more than anything not because of who the opponent is. We're playing a talented opponent. But just to be in the NCAA Tournament. I think they were really excited about that and somewhat relieved."

Senior forward Jarnell Stokes added, "As we practiced today, we just pictured how it was last year when we saw those NIT people in our gym. Guys were mad, about ready to fight each other, and it was very ugly. So, we were very happy today to actually be playing for something meaningful."

The Vols play Iowa Tuesday night at 9:15. That game will be on TRU TV. The winner gets a shot at sixth seeded Massachusetts.
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