Josh Heupel’s last press before Florida


Happy First Friday in Fall 2021. The Tennessee Vols football team kicks off the SEC game for the last weekend of September. It’s the first conference game, the first game on the road and the first game against a ranked team for Josh Heupel as UT’s head coach.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with Heupel showcasing this game once again with an electronic press conference on Thursday. Beyond football, however, we have coverage of something related to the overall track and field program based on an SEC decision that was made on Thursday. Another calendar update is also underway.

There are plenty of other events to cover and recap this weekend as well, including a recap of women’s football, coverage of ongoing events in men’s and women’s tennis, and previews for cross country and tennis. volleyball. Let’s start with the football press conference.

Josh Heupel meets with media ahead of SEC openingRyan Callahan, GoVols247

For the last time this week, Tennessee Vols head coach Josh Heupel met with the media Thursday to discuss his schedule opener against the Florida Gators on Saturday. Here is a bit of what he said.

“First game on the road, so all the little things will definitely count. Communication is going to be really critical, especially on the offensive side of the ball.

Softball releases 2022 calendarUTSports

On Thursday, the SEC released the 2022 list for each softball program. The Tennessee Lady Vols will be run only by Karen Weekly but without Ralph Weekly for the first time.

Tennessee’s 2022 regular season schedule features two home tournaments, three road tournaments, seven midweek contests and eight SEC weekend series. Game times and TV assignments will be announced at a later date.

Football beats Auburn in overtimeKen Lay,

A week after losing their first game of the year, a heartbreaking 3-1 in their first SEC game to the Arkansas Razorbacks, the Tennessee Lady Vols beat the Auburn Tigers on Thursday night to move on to 8-1. Auburn, meanwhile, fell to 7-2.

An overtime goal from Brooke Wilson propelled Tennessee to their first Southeastern Conference victory of the 2021 season on Thursday night.

Wilson scored his fourth goal of the campaign in the 101st minute of Lady Vols No.17’s 2-1 win over Auburn No.11 in front of an announced crowd of 830 at Regal Soccer Stadium.

Tennis dominates the first day of the ITA

With three of four singles wins and one of two doubles wins, the Tennessee Vols men’s tennis team put in a strong performance on day one of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Ohio Valley Regional Championships on Thursday. The game resumes Friday and will last until Monday.

Over 8,000 NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community student-athletes compete in 85 ITA Regional Championships across the country. In Division I, Regional Doubles Champions and Regional Singles Champions and Finalists advance to the ITA Fall National Championships which concludes the season.

Women’s tennis struggles on Day 1 of College Spotlight

In four doubles events Thursday, Tennessee Lady Vols tennis has only scheduled one event at College Ranked Spotlight +1. Play resumes Friday and will last until Sunday at the event, which is hosted by the NC State Wolfpack and features 13 teams.

Of these 13 teams, 12 completed the 2021 double-match campaign ranked in the national top 30.

There will be two singles draws, each comprising a draw, and the doubles teams will be divided into four groups.

Cross-country kicks off Roy Griak

The Tennessee Vols men’s and women’s cross country programs travel to St. Paul, Minnesota on Friday for the Roy Griak Invitational, hosted by the Minnesota Golden Gophers. There are eight races at the event with 21 teams on each side. The UT sends 10 riders for men and eight riders for women.

The Roy Griak Invitational is not only one of the premier cross country competitions in the country, it also honors Coach Griak and his immeasurable contributions to the sport and to the University of Minnesota. Since its debut in 1986, the event has grown from two Division I races in its inaugural form to eight races for Division I, II, III and high school athletes and programs.

Volleyball to open SEC game this weekendNate Tosado, UT Daily Beacon

At 8-2 and following a loss to the Purdue Boilermakers last week, the No. 21-ranked Tennessee Lady Vols volleyball program will host the Arkansas Razorbacks this weekend to start the SEC game. The first game is scheduled for Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, and the next for Sunday at noon ET.

The Razorbacks (10-2) are looking to extend their two-game winning streak after beating LSU in 4 sets on Wednesday. The last time these two teams met was in 2020, when they split the series 1-1 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

SEC announces academic awardsSECSports

Amid the new NCAA NIL ruling, the Southeastern Conference began the process of awarding academic achievement awards. League presidents and chancellors voted to allow member institutions to hand out such awards on Thursday.

The Alston decision granted universities the ability to offer student-athletes additional educational benefits, such as computers, scientific equipment and musical instruments, as well as direct financial support in the form of awards. for academic success, up to the legally established maximum of $ 5,980 per year.

While the Alston ruling allows individual conferences to set limits on new educational benefits, SEC presidents and chancellors have chosen not to place additional constraints on conference members in determining how to provide this new support to their students- athletes.


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