Lady Vol star has best night
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) -- Fourth-ranked Tennessee played tough defense early to take control on the road, then did enough to turn away every charge from No. 12 North Carolina in an 81-65 win Monday night. Ariel Massengale scored a career-high 20 points while Isabelle Harrison added 14 for the Lady Vols, who led by 12 at halftime then scored the first seven points of the second half to blow the game open. ...
Insell, Raiders focus on upsetting Lady Vols
When it came time to prepare for the No. 4 women's basketball team in the country, Blue Raider coach Rick Insell has kept it relatively simple--focus on bettering his team. With the Tennessee Lady Vols invading the Murphy Center on Friday night, Insell and his Blue Raiders will look to shock the nation and open the 2013 regular season with a big statement...
Commodores rest up with hopes of late charge
NASHVILLE -- Having two open dates in a season is pretty new to Vanderbilt coach James Franklin. He did his best to make sure the time off helped his Commodores rest up for a stretch run to wrap up the season. Franklin rested as many of his starters and key contributors as possible, limiting them to individual drills and walk-throughs last week before giving them some days off after a 56-24 loss Oct. 26 at Texas A&M...
Injury halts Vols' Worley
KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery on his right thumb. Volunteers coach Butch Jones announced the severity of Worley's injury after Tuesday's practice and said he believes Worley has a torn ligament. Knoxville radio station WNML had reported earlier Tuesday that Worley would miss about four weeks...
Jones has history with Missouri QB
KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee coach Butch Jones remembers when he thought he might be coaching Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk instead of trying to stop him. Jones recruited Mauk during his stint as Cincinnati's coach. Mauk was a record-setting quarterback at Kenton (Ohio) High School, about 130 miles northeast of Cincinnati. His older brother Ben had played for the Bearcats under Brian Kelly, who preceded Jones as Cincinnati's coach before leaving for Notre Dame...
MTSU tops Marshall on final play as time expires
MURFREESBORO (AP) -- Logan Kilgore threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Tavarres Jefferson as time expired to give Middle Tennessee a 51-49 victory over Marshall on Thursday night. Kilgore was 22 of 40 for 277 yards and four touchdowns for the Blue Raiders (4-4, 2-2 Conference USA). Jefferson had seven catches for 91 yards, and Jordan Parker ran for 127 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries...
Big expections follow Lady Vol
KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee center Mercedes Russell will begin her college career as the Lady Vols' most heralded incoming freshman since Candace Parker, a player she grew up idolizing and recently met. Russell was on vacation this summer when she stopped by a Los Angeles Sparks practice and spoke briefly with the 6-foot-4 Parker, a WNBA most valuable player and two-time Olympic gold-medal winner...
Stokes pays attention to critics' advice
KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes has expanded his game and reduced his frame after receiving some pointed criticism about his pro potential. Stokes considered entering the draft after his sophomore season and got some brutally honest feedback from the NBA's Undergraduate Advisory Committee that inspired him to work harder than ever this offseason...
Vols kick Gamecocks, finally beat ranked foe
KNOXVILLE -- Michael Palardy lived up to his word. Palardy made a 19-yard field goal as time expired Saturday for a 23-21 victory over No. 11 South Carolina that ended the Volunteers' 19-game losing streak against ranked opponents. Palardy had predicted such a scenario a day earlier in a conversation with Tennessee coach Butch Jones...
Vandy celebrates upset as 'Dawg hopes vanish
NASHVILLE (AP) -- Vanderbilt finally has its first upset of a Top 25 opponent under coach James Franklin, a win that had the Commodores singing with the band and dancing in the end zone. They also likely ended No. 15 Georgia's faint hopes of a trip back to the Southeastern Conference championship game for good measure, too...
Vols to wear 'Smokey gray' Saturday
KNOXVILLE (AP) -- Tennessee will have a new look for its game Saturday with No. 6 Georgia. Volunteers coach Butch Jones said Sunday night in an interview on "The Nation," a Knoxville-based radio show, that the team would wear its "Smokey gray" uniforms for the Georgia game. The university confirmed it immediately afterward on its football team's official Twitter account...