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Patrick Brown

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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.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee knocked 14th-seeded Mercer, the lowest seed remaining, out of the NCAA basketball tournament Sunday night.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Minutes after his team continued its NCAA tournament run, Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin grabbed his iPhone and gathered his team, assistant coaches and equipment managers around him in the Volunteers' locker room.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Perhaps Josh Richardson wishes every game he played was in the NCAA tournament.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tennessee began the NCAA tournament in the “First Four.”

KNOXVILLE — It probably was the most memorable play of Tennessee's 2013 football season that didn't involve freshman receiver Marquez North.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tennessee is one win from reaching the NCAA basketball tournament's Sweet 16, something that seemed preposterous less than a month ago.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Mercer's Jakob Gollon used his hands to apply air quotes of sarcasm as he said the word "upset" during the 14th-seeded team's news conference inside PNC Arena on Saturday afternoon.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan McRae turned toward the main section of Tennessee fans on one side of PNC Arena and yelled as the buzzer sounded to signal the start of a timeout.

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Mercer Bears introduced themselves to America early Friday afternoon when they took down perennial powerhouse Duke in the NCAA basketball tournament.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tennessee isn't done just yet.

RALEIGH, N.C. — Tennessee's players bounded off the floor inside PNC Arena early Thursday like they hadn't won an emotional, hard-fought basketball game more than 500 miles away less than 24 hours earlier.

KNOXVILLE — It appears to be more than an experiment for Tennessee defensive back Justin Coleman.

DAYTON, Ohio — Tennessee took a bus a little more than 300 miles up Interstate 75 for an NCAA tournament game.

DAYTON, Ohio — The bus carrying Tennessee's basketball team arrived at the Marriott hotel here shortly before 10 on Monday night.

DAYTON, Ohio — When Fran McCaffery is coaching Iowa in its first NCAA tournament in eight years against Tennessee tonight, the Hawkeyes coach almost certainly will have something else on his mind — something much more important than a basketball game.

Tennessee's basketball team was more than 300 miles from Knoxville when Auburn announced it had hired Bruce Pearl, the Volunteers popular former coach who was fired amid an NCAA investigation in 2011.

KNOXVILLE — John Jancek acknowledged the obvious.

KNOXVILLE — Jordan McRae and Jeronne Maymon were buried at the end of Tennessee's bench the last time the Volunteers made the NCAA tournament in 2011.

KNOXVILLE — The confidence simply had to be waning as the nerves started to crescendo.

Tennessee will make its 20th appearance in the NCAA tournament after the Vols were included in the 68-team bracket Sunday.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee is dancing.

ATLANTA — Frustrating SEC basketball tournament exits have become fairly common for Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE — Jalen Hurd was midway through a drill in Tennessee's practice on Thursday when Robert Gillespie stopped the freshman tailback and told him to start it over.

ATLANTA — For all three of his seasons at Memphis, Tennessee point guard Antonio Barton woke up on Selection Sunday knowing his Tigers were firmly in the NCAA tournament after winning the Conference USA tournament and that league's automatic berth into the 68-team field.

Tennessee's bid for an upset of top-ranked Florida fell just short on Saturday afternoon in the SEC semifinals.

KNOXVILLE -- For every good throw, there was another one missed.

KNOXVILLE — Asked if he liked his performance in Tennessee's scrimmage Friday afternoon in Neyland Stadium, defensive end Corey Vereen smiled and nonchalantly shrugged his shoulders.

KNOXVILLE — With his left hand, Von Pearson helped shield his body from Malik Foreman as he turned to catch a back-shoulder throw along the edge of the end zone.

KNOXVILLE — There is no indication Tennessee is changing its formula heading into its Southeastern Conference basketball tournament opener against surprising South Carolina in Atlanta this afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — In most of the spring practice drills for Tennessee's quarterbacks, there's only one football to go around.

KNOXVILLE — Some chillier temperatures and some overnight rainfall prompted Tennessee's football team practice inside the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex on Thursday afternoon, but that didn't keep the Volunteers from getting to work.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's basketball Volunteers boarded the bus to Atlanta for the Southeastern Conference tournament Wednesday afternoon riding a four-game win streak that includes the last three wins by a combined 93 points.

KNOXVILLE — Danny O'Brien learned plenty during his first season of playing in the Southeastern Conference in 2013.

KNOXVILLE — The decision is moving further and further into the past.

KNOXVILLE — At 6-foot-5 and pushing 230 pounds, Jason Croom is as impressive physically as Tennessee has in its receiving corps.

KNOXVILLE — After a two-day respite from Haslam Field, Tennessee's football team was back at practice on Tuesday afternoon.

KNOXVILLE — Not long after Tennessee finished its first spring football practice last Friday, there was Corey Vereen in one end zone on the indoor field at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex with a stretching band.

KNOXVILLE — As he shadowed Missouri guard Jabari Brown all afternoon Saturday, Tennessee guard Josh Richardson flashed an eye to the scoreboard every so often.

KNOXVILLE — Justin Worley was the only quarterback on Tennessee's roster that had taken a snap in a college game entering last season, and he used that advantage to win the Volunteers' starting job.

KNOXVILLE — The public criticism of Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin for the Volunteers' inconsistency and disappointments this season surfaced as a topic of conversations during a couple of player interviews following Saturday's 72-45 rout of Missouri.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee cornerback Cam Sutton had about the best freshman season he could have hoped for in 2013.

KNOXVILLE — Jordan McRae landed after one of the easiest reverse dunks he'll ever have, turned toward Tennessee's bench and flashed a smile at his teammates.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee's entirely new offensive line enters 2014 with six combined collegiate starts, and Marcus Jackson has five of those, all as a true freshman in 2011.

KNOXVILLE — Antonio Barton scored 16 points and Jarnell Stokes had a double-double Saturday as Tennessee trounced Missouri 72-45 to win its fourth straight game and boost its NCAA tournament hopes.

KNOXVILLE – Just a little more than 12 hours after its first spring practice, Tennessee's football team was back at it on Haslam Field Saturday morning for practice No. 2.

KNOXVILLE — Flash back to October 2013, when Tennessee was one loose helmet or one play — the starting quarterback hitting his thumb on a defender's helmet, for example — from playing one of its two true freshman quarterbacks.

KNOXVILLE — Josh Richardson was being interviewed after Tennessee's 82-54 basketball win at Auburn on Wednesday when teammate Jeronne Maymon stopped on his way from the Volunteers' locker room to the team bus and played reporter for a moment.

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