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KNOXVILLE — When Butch Jones arrived in Knoxville as Tennessee's football coach, the program greatly increased its presence and emphasis on Nashville and the surrounding midstate area.

KNOXVILLE — There have been six different starting lineups and a handful of other combinations needed in a pinch. The only true constant has been the true freshman who began the preseason playing on defense.

KNOXVILLE — The whistle blew and the yellow piece of laundry hit the Neyland Stadium turf as Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs dropped back to throw what looked to be a long pass.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's depleted receiving corps might have taken another hit this week.

KNOXVILLE — The cast and crew the Tennessee basketball program took down to Florida on Wednesday afternoon was a little lighter than it would have been a couple of weeks ago.

KNOXVILLE -- This time a year ago, Aaron Medley was kicking field goals and extra points in front of, at most, 1,500 people at Marshall County High School in the southern-middle Tennessee town of Lewisburg.

KNOXVILLE -- In this day and age of social media and immediate communication, it's no surprise how fast news can travel, particularly if it's just going about 135 miles along Interstate 40.

KNOXVILLE -- Most seasons, simply making a bowl game wouldn't be good enough for Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee assistant basketball coach Adam Howard abruptly resigned Monday due to what the program termed "personal reasons."

KNOXVILLE -- Jakob Johnson's first career start for Tennessee seemed to go the way first starts typically do for freshman football players.

KNOXVILLE — Without hesitation, Butch Jones conveyed his confidence.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's wait for a bowl-clinching win will have to wait at least another week.

KNOXVILLE — What is it about Missouri's visits to Neyland Stadium that brings out the successful fake field goals for Tennessee?

KNOXVILLE — Jordan Williams first came to the realization of what was ahead as he trotted to the locker room at Neyland Stadium one week ago.

KNOXVILLE — As Willie Carmichael sprang into the air, the odds were he was going to end up on "SportsCenter's" top plays of Thursday night one way or the other.

KNOXVILLE — Through all of the injuries and bumps in the road, Zach Azzanni's weekly objective for Tennessee's wide receivers has remained the same.

KNOXVILLE — The crowd at Thompson-Boling Arena for Tennessee's home basketball opener Thursday night might have been rather small, but it still made a difference.

KNOXVILLE — The last time the Missouri Tigers saw Josh Dobbs, he was every bit a frail freshman starting a college football game for the first time.

KNOXVILLE — If you thought Tennessee's basketball team took some solace in how tough it played a top-15 team in the second half of the season-opening loss to Virginia Commonwealth last Friday, think again.

KNOXVILLE — The investigation into an alleged rape and sexual assault involving Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams remains ongoing, a Knoxville Police Department official said Wednesday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — It's looking more and more likely Tennessee will swap the No. 2 player on the program's career tackles list for a freshman playing just his second season of football in this country.

KNOXVILLE — A police spokesman on Wednesday said there “was a large gathering” of people at the South Knoxville apartment complex where a 19-year-old woman reported she was raped by two University of Tennessee football players.

KNOXVILLE -- A 19-year-old woman has accused University of Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams of forcible rape, according to an incident report released Tuesday by the Knoxville Police Department.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee is playing a high-stakes football game Saturday night.

KNOXVILLE -- It's your time, Todd Kelly Jr.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee football players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams have been accused of "forcible rape" by a 19-year-old woman according to a Knoxville Police Department report.

KNOXVILLE -- Two University of Tennessee football players, including star linebacker A.J. Johnson, were suspended Monday from all team-related activities amid an investigation into an alleged sexual assault that occurred in the early-morning hours Sunday.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee could have a new guy starting every one of its offensive plays when 19th-ranked Missouri visits Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.

KNOXVILLE — Two Tennessee football players, including star linebacker A.J. Johnson, are involved in an alleged sexual incident that happened in the early-morning hours on Sunday, according to a report by Knoxville television station WBIR on Monday morning.

KNOXVILLE — Von Pearson was in one of his favorite places on Saturday, as a chilly afternoon turned into an even colder evening at Neyland Stadium.

KNOXVILLE — Check No. 5 off the list.

KNOXVILLE — As if one reminder wasn't enough, Derek Barnett got another one as his time at the podium Saturday evening following Tennessee's 50-16 rout of Kentucky at Neyland Stadium.

KNOXVILLE — Joshua Dobbs threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth score Saturday as Tennessee trounced Kentucky 50-16 to continue its mastery of this annual series.

KNOXVILLE — Through 160 combined rushing attempts and receptions and the wear and tear of two-plus months as a Southeastern Conference running back, Jalen Hurd insists he's feeling fresh.

KNOXVILLE — It was only eight quarters and a couple of weeks ago that Tennessee's football offense was stuck in neutral.

KNOXVILLE — The hours of summer pickup games and days of grueling conditioning sessions and weeks of competitive and spirited practices all led to this.

KNOXVILLE — Steve Stripling has been forced into the situation prior this season.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee won't be at a numerical disadvantage in its basketball season opener Friday night.

KNOXVILLE — An ankle sprain slowed Von Pearson's debut season at Tennessee before it ever really got going.

KNOXVILLE -- That chilly night in Oxford, Miss., seems like it was much more than just a few weeks ago.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee is playing inside the friendly confines of Neyland Stadium on Saturday. The volume level of the music blaring on the Haslam Field loudspeakers Tuesday evening suggested the Volunteers were preparing instead for a road trip.

KNOXVILLE -- The path looks pretty manageable.

KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee football coach Butch Jones began the week by delivering a little bit of a message to Josh Dobbs.

KNOXVILLE — Curt Maggitt had one individual goal in mind, though it's taken a back seat to the overarching objective.

KNOXVILLE — Andrew Butcher was watching with great interest.

KNOXVILLE — Donnie Tyndall wanted his Tennessee basketball team turn its full-court press into more steals and points heading into its final exhibition game.

KNOXVILLE — Derek Barnett made one play that went a long way to sealing Tennessee's overtime win at South Carolina last week.

KNOXVILLE — New Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall's old program may be under an NCAA investigation for potential rules violations that occurred under his watch.

KNOXVILLE — Between the 344 rushing yards and the zero sacks allowed, Tennessee's offensive line probably felt pretty good about itself this week, particularly after the brutal two months it endured.

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