KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Now that Tennessee has found its quarterback, the Volunteers must figure out how to protect him. After using three ...
The gap separating the two SEC divisions shows no signs of narrowing. In fact, it might be wider than ever. The Southeastern Conference's Western ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Butch Jones says wide receiver Von Pearson won't play in the Volunteers' next game Sept. 27 ...
- Vols focusing on pass protection during off week September 19, 2014 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Now that Tennessee has found its quarterback, the Volunteers must figure out how to protect him. After using three different starting quarterbacks last season, the Vols have gained stability from the improved production and leadership of Justin Worley, who won a three-way competition for the job in training camp. Worley’s biggest problem thus far has been finding enough time to throw. Tennessee (2-1) already has allowed nine sacks through the first three games of the season. Only nine of the 128 Football Bowl Subdivision teams have yielded more sacks. One of Tennessee’s main objectives during its off week ... Read more
- Western Division continues to dominate SEC September 19, 2014 The gap separating the two SEC divisions shows no signs of narrowing. In fact, it might be wider than ever. The Southeastern Conference’s Western Division has five members in the top 10: No. 3 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn, No. 6 Texas A&M, No. 8 LSU and No. 10 Mississippi. All of those schools are ahead of No. 13 Georgia, the top-ranked East team. Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says the West is “the best division in college football, and I don’t think it’s even close.” The West teams have recruited better and have seamlessly replaced departed stars from last year’s teams. The results are most ... Read more
- Vols’ Pearson to miss at least 1 more game September 19, 2014 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee coach Butch Jones says wide receiver Von Pearson won’t play in the Volunteers’ next game Sept. 27 at No. 13 Georgia as the junior-college transfer continues recovering from a high ankle sprain. On the “Vol Calls” radio show that aired Wednesday, Jones said Pearson wouldn’t be available for the Georgia game. Jones said “right now we’re really working exceptionally hard to get him back for the (Oct. 4) Florida game, but as you know, the body heals in different time frames. It heals when it’s ready to heal.” Pearson has seven catches for 98 yards and a ... Read more
- Tennessee WR Josh Smith has high ankle sprain September 17, 2014 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee wide receiver Josh Smith has a high ankle sprain, leaving his status uncertain for the Volunteers’ next game Sept. 27 at No. 13 Georgia. Vols coach Butch Jones said Tuesday that Smith won’t practice this week. “There isn’t a time frame on it,” Jones said. “He could be ready for Georgia, but we’ll wait and see.” Smith has caught 10 passes for 135 yards, including a 40-yarder for a touchdown, Saturday in a 34-10 loss at No. 4 Oklahoma. Receiver Von Pearson also has a high ankle sprain, which prevented him from playing against Oklahoma. Tennessee also is dealing ... Read more
- Hokies’ goals still in reach after stunning loss September 17, 2014 Virginia Tech’s roller-coaster start to the season has brought the games that matter back into focus for the Hokies. Quarterback Michael Brewer says losing to East Carolina made the win at Ohio State a distant memory. Now the Hokies (2-1) open Atlantic Coast Conference play on Saturday against Georgia Tech (3-0), and Brewer says their goal is simple: win every game and play for the conference championship in December. The Yellow Jackets feature coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option ground game, and while it has given many teams fits, Hokies defensive coordinator Bud Foster’s unit has fared well in slowing it down. Virginia Tech has won ... Read more
- Hokies WR Stanford taking leave of absence September 17, 2014 BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) – Virginia Tech wide receiver Joshua Stanford is taking a leave of absence from the team to attend to some unspecified personal issues. Coach Frank Beamer made the announcement Tuesday, saying in a release that he will not have any further comment on Stanford’s situation. Stanford is a redshirt sophomore from Mississauga, Ontario. He has started two of three games for the Hokies (2-1) this season and has five receptions for 35 yards. He started 11 of 13 games last season and set school records for freshman with 40 catches for 640 yards and one touchdown. (Copyright 2014 The Associated ... Read more
- Grand jury to weigh case of NASCAR’s Tony Stewart September 17, 2014 CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. (AP) – A grand jury will decide whether NASCAR driver Tony Stewart will be charged in the August death of a fellow driver at a sprint car race in upstate New York. Ontario County District Attorney Michael Tantillo said Tuesday that after reviewing evidence collected by sheriff’s investigators, he has decided to present it to a grand jury. Tantillo could have determined there was not enough evidence to support charges and dropped the case. Stewart’s car struck and killed Kevin Ward Jr. at a dirt-track race in Canandaigua on Aug. 9. The 20-year-old had climbed from his car after it ... Read more
- Lawmakers Tackle NFL’s Tax-Exempt Status September 17, 2014 Several lawmakers are taking aim at the National Football League’s tax-exempt status as the organization is embroiled in scandals ranging from domestic violence to child abuse to the use of what some describe as a “racial slur” in one of its team’s names. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., announced today that she will introduce legislation that would end the league’s tax-exempt status in a move to increase pressure to change the name of the Washington Redskins. “The NFL needs to join the rest of Americans in the 21st century. We can no longer tolerate this attitude towards Native Americans,” Cantwell said at a ... Read more
- Young Tennessee hunters eligible for special hunt September 12, 2014 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Youth ages 10 to 15 who are hunter-safety certified and who have never harvested a deer are eligible to win a spot in a special hunt. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the hunt will take place on a private farm in Humphreys County that has more than 2,000 acres of prime deer habitat. There also are tree-stands on the property including three that are handicapped-accessible. A total of 30 young hunters will be selected to participate in the Oct. 25 hunt. The winners will be picked by drawing and notified by Oct. 15. To participate, hunters must ... Read more
- Hawkins Co. Super Bowl Raising Breast Cancer Awareness September 11, 2014 HAWKINS COUNTY, Tenn. (WKPT) – For the first time since 1980, blue and orange or red and black will not be the dominate colors as the Falcons take on the Chiefs. “Both sides in pink, and trim out the field in pink. Put the fans in pink, and do everything pink. All in order to be able to raise for the American Cancer Society,” says Sam Griffith, Agency Manager at Farm Bureau. The Volunteer versus Cherokee game is 1 of 37 high school football games statewide trading their school colors for pink. The ‘Pink Out Game’ is sponsored by the Hawkins County agencies ... Read more