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KNOXVILLE — Dave Hart woke up Wednesday morning in a less than ideal situation having to replace a basketball coach heading into late April, but it's certainly not an intimidating scenario for Tennessee's athletic director.

KNOXVILLE — Two weeks ago, it all appeared to be done and dusted.

KNOXVILLE — The first mention Tobias Harris saw of Cuonzo Martin leaving Tennessee for the head coaching job at California on Tuesday was a post on Twitter.

KNOXVILLE -- Cuonzo Martin is leaving Tennessee after all.

KNOXVILLE — It's always dangerous to put too much stock in the box score of a spring game, and it's possibly even more foolish to compare one year's spring game to another.

KNOXVILLE — The decision of All-SEC forward Jarnell Stokes to enter the NBA draft early left Tennessee's frontcourt in desperate need of help for next season.

KNOXVILLE — The first fan arrived at Neyland Stadium at 4 a.m. Saturday to start the line for the one-hour autograph session with Tennessee football coach Butch Jones and his players.

KNOXVILLE — The 129 points Tennessee's offense accrued Saturday certainly were misleading, given the modified scoring system used in the Volunteers' Orange and White Game.

KNOXVILLE — It didn't take long for Tennessee's Orange and White Game to turn into a showcase of the Volunteers' young offensive talent.

KNOXVILLE — In his first spring game as Tennessee's football coach last April, Butch Jones doubled between his role as a coach and ringmaster for a circus.

KNOXVILLE -- For the better part of three years, the thought of playing in the NBA bounced around the headbanded head of Jarnell Stokes.

KNOXVILLE -- Jarnell Stokes announced early Friday afternoon that he will forego his senior season at Tennessee and instead enter the NBA draft.

KNOXVILLE — LaDarrell McNeil was once a college freshman himself.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee and Butch Jones are hoping for a big turnout for Saturday's Orange and White football game, which will conclude his second spring practice as the Volunteers' coach.

KNOXVILLE — It was Tennessee's final full-pads practice before Saturday's Orange and White Game at Neyland Stadium on Thursday, and Butch Jones made sure the sense of urgency was there with his Volunteers.

KNOXVILLE — One player has been around since Tennessee's last bowl practices.

KNOXVILLE -- Two of Tennessee's favorite religions will collide next fall — faith and football — as the Tennessee Volunteers take on Utah State in a Sunday football game for the first time in a decade.

KNOXVILLE — The picture encapsulates perhaps the most important moment of Tennessee's 2013 football season.

KNOXVILLE — A few of Tennessee's spring football practices have run a little long for Owen Williams.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee began its last week of spring football practice on Tuesday with one of its former head coaches in attendance at least briefly.

Add a day to countdown to the start of Tennessee's football season.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee continues to find football recruiting success in the midstate under second-year coach Butch Jones.

KNOXVILLE — Corey Vereen probably is getting his practice jersey back.

KNOXVILLE — Riley Ferguson's first pass during 11-on-11 work in Tennessee's spring football scrimmage Saturday ended in disaster.

KNOXVILLE -- With a handful of university factually and staff and a solid showing of students in the stands, Tennessee football coach Butch Jones used Saturday morning as a bit of a showcase of his second Volunteers team.

KNOXVILLE — Their college careers complete, most big-time football players turn their focus toward training for the NFL, whether expecting to be picked in May's draft or aiming for a free-agent deal and a mini-training camp.

KNOXVILLE — Emmanuel Moseley looked dead to rights.

KNOXVILLE — At 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, Jason Carr already was pretty hard to miss on Tennessee's practice fields.

KNOXVILLE — Quinton Chievous has been granted a release from his basketball scholarship at Tennessee and is free to transfer to any program outside the Southeastern Conference, Volunteers officials announced Wednesday.

KNOXVILLE — With dozens of high school football coaches in attendance for Tennessee's annual spring coaching clinic, the Volunteers prepped for Saturday's third spring scrimmage at Haslam Field on Thursday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — Zach Fulton and Ja'Wuan James met each other in January of their junior years in high school, when the two offensive linemen participated at the underclassmen combine at the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

KNOXVILLE — Depending on your perspective, Tennessee offensive lineman Jacob Gilliam is one of two things.

KNOXVILLE — He's staying at Tennessee after all.

KNOXVILLE — When Tennessee football coach Butch Jones mentioned marshmallows on a few occasions during the Volunteers' practice Tuesday, he wasn't talking about the puffy white clouds in the sky on a gorgeous April afternoon.

A little more than 24 hours after Cuonzo Martin removed his name from consideration for the coaching vacancy at Marquette, Tennessee confirmed its men's basketball coach would return.

KNOXVILLE — After flirting with the coaching vacancy at Marquette, Tennessee men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has taken his name out of consideration for the position, a source close to Martin told the Times Free Press early Tuesday morning.

KNOXVILLE — One day after taking a further step into uncertainty, Cuonzo Martin's status as Tennessee's men's basketball coach stayed in a holding pattern Monday.

INDIANAPOLIS — Amid the widespread reaction among national media and fans to the charge called on Jarnell Stokes at the end of Tennessee's Sweet 16 loss to Michigan on Friday night lies one hidden question.

KNOXVILLE — It took less than 24 hours for the offseason to get interesting for Tennessee's basketball program.

INDIANAPOLIS — His eyes red and swollen from fighting and wiping away the tears, Jordan McRae slumped over in a blue folding chair and buried his face into a white towel inside one of Lucas Oil Stadium’s locker rooms.

INDIANAPOLIS — What a way to go out.

INDIANAPOLIS — Tennessee made its NCAA tournament run from the "First Four" in Dayton to the Sweet 16 here despite getting only 19 points from its bench in three games.

INDIANAPOLIS — Coaching his first NCAA tournament Sweet 16 game also will bring a blast from Cuonzo Martin's past.

INDIANAPOLIS — When you first walk into Lucas Oil Stadium, your eyes can't help but widen at the sight.

INDIANAPOLIS — Two months removed from surgery on his left shoulder, Robert Hubbs III last played in a basketball game for Tennessee in December.

KNOXVILLE — It all started eight nights ago.

For the seventh time in the history of its program, Tennessee will play in the NCAA tournament's round of 16. The Volunteers are just 1-6 in their previous six visits to this stage. Tennessee's lone Elite Eight trip came in 2010. The Vols, an 11th seed in this NCAA tournament will try to make it there again against second-seeded Michigan on Friday night in Indianapolis.

KNOXVILLE — With a week off from school and football during Tennessee's spring break last week, Jason Croom joined fellow receiver Josh Smith and his family for a trip to Florida that included his first deep-sea fishing venture.

KNOXVILLE — What a difference a few weeks and some NCAA tournament wins can make.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee resumed spring football practice Tuesday with a question mark at quarterback still intact.

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