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A second in-state trip this month left the University of Tennessee football team with a second home-away-from-home game Saturday night at Vanderbilt Stadium.

NASHVILLE — Prentiss Waggner grabbed his fourth pass interception this season for the Tennessee football Volunteers at Vanderbilt on Saturday night.

NASHVILLE — A second in-state trip this month left the University of Tennessee football team with a second home-away-from-home game Saturday night at Vanderbilt Stadium.

KNOXVILLE — Final judgment from the NCAA’s investigation into the Tennessee men’s basketball program hasn’t arrived, but the Volunteers already are battered and bruised.

Statistics suggest that the University of Tennessee football team has a classic “risk/reward” defense.

Sophomore safety Janzen Jackson is widely considered the Tennessee Volunteers’ most valuable defender.

KNOXVILLE — Friday’s Times Free Press sports section will have a feature story on University of Tennessee senior offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw. Shaw, who considered quitting football to focus on his Masters degree after getting benched early last season by former UT head coach Lane Kiffin, has quietly been a vital Volunteer under new head man Derek Dooley.

Tyler Bray is a laid-back kid. That's just the Californian's nature. He's always been like that, and he probably always will be to a certain extent.

It was far from flawless, but aesthetics often go astray when your senior point guard leaves the lineup.

Standing next to the podium in Neyland Stadium’s ground-level media center Saturday afternoon, Tauren Poole couldn’t wipe the smile off his face.

Nashville native Eric Gordon doesn’t want to miss his Tennessee team’s Saturday night football game at Vanderbilt.

Between the borderline unbelievable number of fouls called in Thompson-Boling Arena on Tuesday night, the Tennessee men’s basketball team held off Belmont in a first-round NIT Season Tip-Off game.

With about three minutes left on the clock in last season’s rout of Memphis, then-Tennessee running backs coach Eddie Gran approached then-sophomore Tauren Poole and told him he was about to enter the game. Poole had other plans.

Brian Williams is a proud, proud New York City native who has watched “hundreds” of games in Madison Square Garden.

First-year Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said Monday afternoon that he wasn’t ready to announce his newest plan to solve the Volunteers’ recurring problem returning punts.

By the time Derek Dooley picked up his phone Sunday at 5:30 p.m., the 24-hour window to enjoy his University of Tennessee's blowout win over Ole Miss had expired.

With namesake Robert Neyland finally back watching over his old stadium Saturday afternoon, the University of Tennessee football team turned in a performance that surely produced several smiles from the great general.

Prentiss Waggner didn’t know he’d broken a record until he stepped out of the shower Saturday afternoon.

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga fell victim to Big Orange Brother’s big basketball frustration Friday night.

Tennessee didn’t become the ninth winningest program in college football history by stringing together losses.

Doubts linger regarding Ole Miss senior quarterback Jeremiah Masoli’s availability for Saturday’s Southeastern Conference football game at Tennessee.

When senior center Brian Williams learned that the Tennessee men’s basketball team was voted No. 20 and No. 23 in the two major preseason polls, he said the Volunteers were “shocked.”

The public has been invited to Neyland Stadium one day earlier than usual this week.

KNOXVILLE — You can’t cover major college sports these days without covering controversy.

Highly touted freshman Da’Rick Rogers from Calhoun (Ga.) High School finally reached the end zone as a University of Tennessee football player Saturday night.

Late in the first half Saturday night at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Tennessee true freshman quarterback Tyler Bray asked senior wide receiver Gerald Jones a simple question.

Double-digit underdogs in six of its first eight games, the University of Tennessee football team is nearly a three-touchdown favorite heading into tonight’s game at Memphis.

As Denarius Moore racked up ridiculous yardage and Gerald Jones made several diving catches last Saturday at South Carolina, one couldn’t help but question why Tennessee’s senior duo of wide receivers waited so late in the season to break out in a big way, on a big stage.

KNOXVILLE — Many people close in any capacity to the University of Tennessee football program know the academic story of Gerald Williams. Well, they know how it started.

The score was never going to be in doubt Wednesday night in Thompson-Boling Arena, with the 23rd-ranked University of Tennessee men's basketball team hosting Brevard for an exhibition opener.

The 205-pound freshman safety uses his size to help boost UT's secondary.

Malik Jackson hoped for more playing time after transferring from Southern California to Tennessee.

The Tennessee men’s basketball team opens preseason play tonight at 7:30 against NCAA Division II member Brevard (N.C.) College in Thompson-Boling Arena.

Tyler Bray’s Monday morning started like any other. The 6-foot-6 Californian got up, ate breakfast and went to classes on the University of Tennessee campus.

Derek Dooley couldn’t have been clearer Monday when discussing sophomore safety Janzen Jackson’s importance to the Tennessee football team.

University of Tennessee freshman defensive end Jacques Smith from Ooltewah High School turned himself in to local authorities Sunday for a simple assault charge and was released, according to

A tied halftime score eroded into a two-touchdown deficit in 50 seconds Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium, and the University of Tennessee football team seemed destined for another devastating dive.

Da’Rick Rogers finally flashed his five-star talent in a Tennessee game Saturday.

The University of Tennessee football team avoided another stunning second-half collapse today at Williams-Brice Stadium but ultimately lost, 38-24, to 17th-ranked South Carolina.

Derek Dooley’s penchant for publicizing his Tennessee football team’s struggles took another interesting turn this past Monday.

During one of Derek Dooley’s summer conversations with the Times Free Press, the first-year University of Tennessee football coach admitted he probably couldn’t be picky in trying to get young players on the field this season.

It’s often easier to judge a player’s value to his team when he’s not on the field.

KNOXVILLE — LaMarcus Thompson is a nerd. A "cool nerd," but a nerd.

A vast majority of minor league baseball players have "that moment."

Senior fullback Kevin Cooper, a Baylor School graduate, has been suspended for this weekend's game at South Carolina with "an academic team rule issue," University of Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley said Wednesday.

It seems a little silly on the surface to suggest that a 41-10 loss to Alabama on Saturday was the best game Tennessee’s offensive line has played in a while.

Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley was displeased with the Volunteers’ practice Tuesday afternoon at Haslam Field.

Derek Dooley’s never-dull analogies to his first-year struggles with the Tennessee football team took another interesting turn Monday.

Derek Dooley said Monday it was “still too early to tell” whether freshman quarterback Tyler Bray would again rotate with junior starter Matt Simms on Saturday at South Carolina, but Simms’ health might leave Dooley little choice.

First-year University of Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley said Sunday night that "it's too early in the week" to decide whether true freshman quarterback would again rotate in for junior starter Matt Simms at South Carolina.

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