Perhaps the clearest evidence of Tennessee’s fall over the last decade is how the Volunteers have lost their status as the premier program in their own state.
Tennessee (5-7) squandered an opportunity to earn a bowl bid in coach Jeremy Pruitt’s first season by
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — For decades, Tennessee and Vanderbilt enjoyed a rivalry in name only as the Volunteers won this annual matchup 28 times in a 29-year stretch.
Lately, there’s been a role reversal. Vanderbilt has won four of its last six with Tennessee and goes into Saturday’s ...
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Kyle Shurmur has been chasing down a handful of Vanderbilt passing records held by Jay Cutler all season long.
Now the senior quarterback is poised to do something Cutler never managed. Shoot, no quarterback alive has done what Shurmur can do on Saturday: Beat ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is trying to manage an uncertain quarterback situation as it prepares to visit Vanderbilt this week with a bowl bid at stake.
An injury prevented Jarrett Guarantano from playing the final three quarters of a
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Injuries at running back and instability on the offensive line have Tennessee running out of answers for its stagnant ground attack.
Tennessee is averaging 127.7 yards ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee likes to consider itself a premier football program based on its history, which means it shouldn’t be sitting out the postseason in back-to-back years.
Yet that’s the possibility facing the Volunteers unless they close the season on a rush.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee offensive tackle Trey Smith is out indefinitely after doctors discovered blood clots in his lungs, a recurrence of an issue that also caused him to miss spring practice.
Smith originally was diagnosed in February with blood clots in his lungs. He received ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says he expects quarterback Jarrett Guarantano to be available Saturday at South Carolina. The sophomore was knocked out of the game early in a loss to No. 1 Alabama last week.
“I think Jarrett’s going to be fine,” Pruitt said Monday. ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks from experience when he says this may be the best Alabama team of Nick Saban’s 12-year tenure.
Pruitt was part of Saban’s staff for four national championship teams at Alabama and spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons as the
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says outside linebacker Jonathan Kongbo has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the season.
Pruitt said Sunday on “The Nation” radio show that Kongbo tore his ACL on Saturday during the
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — In the sixth game of Jeremy Pruitt’s tenure as Tennessee coach, the Volunteers have a victory that shows a clear sign of progress.
Jarrett Guarantano passed for 328 yards and two touchdowns and Tennessee snapped an 11-game SEC losing streak with a 30-24 victory against ...
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Circumstances have changed significantly since the last time Tennessee’s Jeremy Pruitt matched his defense against Gus Malzahn and Auburn’s offense.
The Volunteers and 21st-ranked Tigers face off Saturday with each nursing more humble aspirations than national and ...
Tennessee (2-3, 0-2 SEC) at No. 21 Auburn (4-2, 1-2), noon ET (SEC Network)
Line: Auburn by 15½.
Series record: Auburn leads 28-21-3.
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
Both teams could use a win. The Tigers dropped 13 spots in the rankings after a loss to Mississippi State and are ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee safety Trevon Flowers has a broken collarbone that will sideline him for the next few weeks, hindering the depth of the Volunteers’ young secondary as they deal with the toughest portion of their schedule.
Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt said Monday that Flowers ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has received a reality check the last couple of months on how much work it needs to do before the Volunteers return to relevance in the Southeastern Conference.
The Vols (2-3, 0-2 SEC) have been focusing on fundamentals during their off week as first-year ...
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee reserve offensive lineman Riley Locklear has undergone surgery for a meniscus tear.
The injury occurred Saturday during Tennessee’s ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer said the Volunteers’ football program is “working through a cultural change” and that he remains confident in first-year coach Jeremy Pruitt.
“I can say with certainty that we’ve got us a heck of a football coach — absolute ...
Tennessee’s Pruitt, Georgia’s Smart have much in common
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart sees the identity that Jeremy Pruitt is trying to build at Tennessee as these two former Alabama defensive coordinators prepare to face off.
Pruitt and Smart worked together on Alabama’s staff from 2007-12. Pruitt was Georgia’s defensive ...
Vols’ Pruitt says QB Guarantano ‘ready to go’ this week
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says quarterback Jarrett Guarantano should be available to play Saturday at No. 2 Georgia after the sophomore appeared to hurt his knee during a loss to Florida last week.
Pruitt said after practice Wednesday that Guarantano “has been ...
Tennessee’s Pruitt says LB Sapp remains part of team
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says linebacker Quart’e Sapp remains a part of the team after the coach and linebacker offered conflicting accounts of a sideline incident.
Pruitt had said ...
Vols LB Sapp says he never refused to enter game vs Florida
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee linebacker Quart’e Sapp says he never refused to enter the game Saturday during the Volunteers’ 47-21 loss to Florida, contradicting what his coach had said after the game.
Vols coach Jeremy Pruitt said
Pruitt says Tennessee defense must force more turnovers
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt knows what the statistics say about his defense. He just doesn’t agree with them.
The stats suggest Tennessee’s defense has improved quite a bit the last couple of weeks and heads into Southeastern Conference competition with ...
Chandler’s big day helps Tennessee trounce UTEP 24-0
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt’s reaction to Ty Chandler’s third-quarter breakaway revealed just how much work the Volunteers still must do as they enter Southeastern Conference competition.
Chandler rushed for 158 yards and had an 81-yard touchdown Saturday to spark ...
Tennessee sorting out options on O-line, at running back
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The quarterback competition that dominated Tennessee’s preseason camp seems pretty settled — at least for now.
It’s the rest of the offense that features uncertainty.
While Jarrett Guarantano has started Tennessee’s first two games at quarterback after beating ...
Vols avoid turnovers, penalties in first games under Pruitt
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least in the early going, statistics suggest Tennessee is doing a better job of avoiding mistakes under new coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Nonetheless, Pruitt said there’s still plenty of room for improvement.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee needed just a week to figure out the proper response to a weather delay.
The Volunteers can only hope they catch on as quickly to everything else under new coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Tennessee reeled off 28 second-quarter points in a span of under 6 ½ ...
First-year coaches face off as Tennessee hosts ETSU
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt wants his home debut to enable the Volunteers to correct some of the mistakes they made in their season opener.
The Volunteers (0-1) are hosting Football Championship Subdivision program East Tennessee State (1-0) one week after
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt credits East Tennessee State’s Randy Sanders for helping his development during their year working together as assistants on Florida State’s 2013 national championship team.
Pruitt now has a chance to show him just what he’s learned in ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee center Brandon Kennedy will miss the remainder of the season after injuring his anterior cruciate ligament in practice.
Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday night that the
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s humbling loss in Jeremy Pruitt’s debut offered lessons for everyone, including the coach himself.
The Volunteers are hoping for long-term benefits from what they learned Saturday in
Grier leads No. 17 West Virginia past Tennessee 40-14
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It isn’t in Will Grier’s nature to panic.
So two dropped touchdown passes, a 10-minute drive by the opposing offense and an hour-long weather delay at halftime weren’t about to distract the West Virginia senior quarterback on Saturday.
Grier got his Heisman ...
No. 17 West Virginia (7-6 last season) vs. Tennessee (4-8) at Charlotte, North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS).
Line: West Virginia by 10
Series record: First meeting
WHAT’S AT STAKE?
West Virginia wants to live up to its preseason ranking, launch QB Will Grier’s Heisman ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jeremy Pruitt’s dad says his son suffers from the “coaching disease.” It’s a 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a year bug.
Tennessee’s first-year football coach is good at what he does, and he is used to winning. The Volunteers haven’t won nearly enough lately. Something has ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s quarterback situation remains a mystery less than a week before the first game of Jeremy Pruitt’s coaching tenure.
Even the season opener Saturday against No. 17 West Virginia at Charlotte, North ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer says his new position didn’t require much in the way of on-the-job training.
Fulmer was hired in ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s defense will learn in a hurry just how far it has come and how far it still has to go under new coach Jeremy Pruitt.
Pruitt makes his head coaching debut next week after serving as
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith has been cleared for full contact as he continues his comeback from blood clots in his lungs.
Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt said Wednesday that Smith has been cleared.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee offensive lineman Ryan Johnson grew up in a family of home builders and sees plenty of parallels in what he’s doing now.
“When you’re building an offensive line, you’ve got to do it just like you’re building a house,” said Johnson, a civil engineering ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is counting on the championship background of new coach Jeremy Pruitt to help the program bounce back from one of its worst seasons ever.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nobody has emerged as a front-runner in Tennessee’s quarterback competition, coach Jeremy Pruitt said Sunday.
Incumbent starter Jarrett Guarantano is attempting to hold off challenges from Stanford graduate transfer Keller Chryst, sophomore Will McBride and freshman ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s hopes for a quick resurgence rest in part on its upperclassmen finally performing up to their recruiting rankings.
The Volunteers return 18 juniors or seniors who arrived as four-star or five-star prospects, according to
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. says it wasn’t a difficult decision to return to the Volunteers even though he had announced plans to transfer.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt bluntly acknowledges the challenge he faces revitalizing a program coming off one of its worst seasons ever, but he sees at least some small signs of encouragement.
“We’re nowhere close to where we want to be,” Pruitt acknowledged ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee co-defensive coordinator Chris Rumph used the eve of training camp to deliver an impassioned speach on the responsibility all coaches have to shape young men.
He probably won’t get a chance to deliver that message to reporters again anytime soon.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith was dealing with blood clots in his lungs when he missed spring practice.
Tennessee athletic department spokesman Zach Stipe confirmed Smith’s issue Tuesday.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s football team is holding a fan day Aug. 5 that includes an open practice and autograph session.
Admission and parking are free.
The open practice starts at 2:30 p.m. at Neyland Stadium. The autograph session is scheduled to begin at about 4:30 p.m. ...
ATLANTA (AP) — There is no escaping Nick Saban’s influence on the Southeastern Conference. His coaching tree was represented on each of the four days of the SEC’s media gathering.
South Carolina’s Will Muschamp, who was Saban’s defensive coordinator when LSU won the 2003 national ...
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt says linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. has changed his mind and will be staying with the Volunteers.
Kirkland shared on social media last week that he was leaving Tennessee after graduating with two years of eligibility ...
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — New Alabama offensive coordinator Mike Locksley will make $1.2 million annually and defensive coordinator Tosh Lupoi is set to earn $1.1 million.
Trustees approved deals for Crimson Tide assistants Monday, with only offensive line coach Brent Key remaining in the ...