ESPN: Butch Jones is starting to own National Signing Day

We’re now five days removed from National Signing Day, but the discussion continues as media try to further analyze the classes and sort out the real winners and losers. In an article published this morning by ESPN, Tennessee’s continued success is one of the top storylines from signing day in the SEC. Edward Aschoff: Tennessee keep building contender Vols … Read more

Former Vol Riyahd Jones is under investigation for sexual assault

Former Vol Riyahd Jones is being investigated by the Knoxville Police department for sexual assault, according to The Daily Times. Jones is no longer listed on the Tennessee roster and was in the process of transferring from Tennessee, per a tweet on Feb. 2. Jones is named as a suspect in the investigation of alleged forcible rape that occurred … Read more

Vols ranked No. 20 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25

Coming off of two back-to-back top-five recruiting classes and a lopsided victory over Iowa in the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl, people around the college football world are starting to take notice. ESPN’s Mark Schlabach has the Vols ranked No. 20 in his ridiculously early poll. 20. Tennessee Volunteers 2014 record: 7-6, 3-5 SEC Returning starters: 10 … Read more

Tom Brady and others comment on the Mike DeBord hire

UTSports put together a nice introduction piece on Tennessee’s new offensive coordinator, Mike DeBord, which included quotes from several well-known football figures, including New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Tom Brady – New England Patriots Quarterback, three-time Super Bowl MVP “The University of Tennessee has hired a great offensive coordinator in Mike DeBord. Mike was … Read more

Coaches Azzanni and Gillespie earn promotions

With the hiring of an offensive coordinator out of the way, Butch Jones handed out two staff promotions today. Wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni has been named passing game coordinator, with running backs coach Robert Gillespie assuming Azzanni’s former role as recruiting coordinator. “Zach has been instrumental in our continued growth, development, and success as an … Read more

Tennessee to name Mike DeBord as offensive coordinator

According to multiple reports, Tennessee will hire Mike DeBord as its offensive coordinator to replace Mike Bajakian, who left to take a position as quarterbacks coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. DeBord was the head coach at Central Michigan from 2000-2003, where Butch Jones served as his offensive coordinator in 2002 and 2003. Most recently, … Read more

Drew Richmond decommits from Ole Miss, expected to sign with Tennessee

Drew Richmond, the five-star offensive tackle from Memphis, decommitted from Ole Miss last night. The news first broke on the Rivals’ site, which promptly removed Richmond’s name from its Ole Miss commitment list. As rumors and speculation continued to swirl, Richmond and Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze seemingly unfollowed one another on Twitter, … Read more

Wharton, Jenkins, Sawyers and Jones not expected to go through spring practice

There’s been much speculation about the status of wide receivers Vic Wharton and Ryan Jenkins, along with defensive lineman Michael Sawyers. According to Jimmy Hyams, none of the three are expected to go through the Vols’ spring football practice. Vols not expected to go thru FB spring practice: QB Nathan Peterman, WRs Vic Wharton and … Read more