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1. Vols-Gators once meant something. Not as much now -

It used to be appointment viewing for every college football fan. It used to determine the SEC champion and factor into the national title chase.

But the rivalry between Tennessee and Florida has lost much of its luster over the last decade, with not much at stake beyond bragging rights.

2. Tennessee's Barnes gets 3-year contract extension, a raise -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes has received a three-year contract extension and raise that will earn him $21 million over the next six years.

3. Pruitt's challenge: Instill winning mindset into Vols -

KNOXVILLE (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.

4. Expectations low for Pruitt’s first season -

Tennessee fans can’t be blamed for having the sports version of post-traumatic stress disorder when it comes to their football program.

From car salesman-like press conferences to mattress-torching exits to embarrassing coaching searches, they’ve been burned too many times after promises of new beginnings.

5. Lady Vols coach Holly Warlick receives contract extension -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee women's basketball coach Holly Warlick has received a three-year contract extension.

Athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced Friday that Warlick's contract now runs through the 2021-22 season. Warlick's deal was set to expire at the end of the 2018-19 season.

6. Tennessee to honor 1998 championship team on Sept. 22 -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee plans to honor its 1998 national championship team Sept. 22 when the Volunteers host Florida.

Players, coaches and support staff members from the 1998 team will be in Knoxville that weekend for a reunion honoring the 20th anniversary of the title-winning season. The 1998 team was coached by Phillip Fulmer, who took over as Tennessee's athletic director in December.

7. Vols' Pruitt passes 1st test as SEC head coach -

University of Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt recorded his first “victory” of the season last week without even taking the field.

He managed to navigate the gauntlet that is SEC Media Days.

8. Longtime Vols broadcaster Ward honored at tribute ceremony -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer praised John Ward for bringing "life and feeling to our living rooms" during a tribute ceremony for the longtime Volunteers football and men's basketball broadcaster.

9. Murfreesboro's Jones finds new way to ‘give my all’ to Tennessee -

They walked around the mall in a zombie-like trance, still trying to process what they’d just been told.

Nearly 15 years of blood, sweat and tears on the football field was put to end in just five minutes. Jack Jones and his parents had traveled to Dallas last October seeking a solution for Jones’ recurring neck and shoulder issues.

10. Dobbs gives back to family that embraced him -

No matter where life takes him, Joshua Dobbs will always find his way back to Knoxville. The former University of Tennessee quarterback holds a special place in his heart for the city and the relationships he made as a Vol.

11. Tennessee finalizes settlement with ousted chancellor -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — The University of Tennessee has finalized a $1.33 million settlement with ousted chancellor Beverly Davenport, formally ending her employment at the school after a tumultuous tenure that lasted less than 1 ½ years.

12. Former Tennessee WR Fayton returning to alma mater -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee wide receiver CJ Fayton is returning to his alma mater in a new position.

Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced the hire of Fayton as the Volunteers' director of VFL (Vol For Life) programming on Tuesday.

13. Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal running through 2021 -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee's Phillip Fulmer has said all along that his appointment as athletic director at his alma mater wasn't a mere short-term arrangement.

Now he has the contract to back it up.

14. Tennessee AD Fulmer signs new deal worth at least $900,000 -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer signed a contract that runs through 2021 and increases his annual pay to at least $900,000.

15. Senate committee nixes 4 UT Board appointees -

One of Gov. Bill Haslam’s main legislative pushes has run afoul of a Legislature angry about everything from Sex Week at the University of Tennessee to the handling of the football coach hiring at the Knoxville campus.

16. Tennessee, former AD Currie agree to $2.5 million settlement -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has reached a $2.5 million settlement with former athletic director John Currie less than four months after he was suspended in the midst of a football coaching search that turned into a fiasco.

17. Clemmons: UT football fiasco at heart of Haslam's plan to shrink Board -

Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to shake up the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees is getting blitzed by legislators, some contending it’s linked to the hiring of the Tennessee Vols football coach.

18. Heisman Trophy-winning QB Weinke to coach RBs for Tennessee -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Chris Weinke is joining Tennessee's staff as a running backs coach.

Tennessee announced Weinke's addition to the staff Wednesday. His contract runs through Jan. 31, 2020, and pays him $355,000 annually.

19. Gillespie out as Tennessee's running backs coach -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Robert Gillespie is no longer part of Tennessee's coaching staff after serving as running backs coach for the last five seasons.

20. Ex-Vols AD Currie, Schiano had agreed on $27 million deal -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former Tennessee athletic director John Currie and Greg Schiano signed a memorandum of understanding to make the Ohio State defensive coordinator the new Volunteers football coach before the deal fell apart amid a public backlash.

21. Tennessee hires Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt as coach -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt's mission is to get the Volunteers back to the status they enjoyed when his new boss was roaming the sidelines.

Pruitt took over as Tennessee's coach Thursday, capping a tumultuous search in which Phillip Fulmer replaced John Currie as athletic director . Tennessee is coming off one of its most disappointing seasons ever and hasn't won the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division title since 2007, the year before Fulmer was forced out as the Vols' coach.

22. Tennessee hires Alabama assistant Jeremy Pruitt as coach -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its head coach, capping a tumultuous search that cost an athletic director his job as the Volunteers attempt to recover from one of their most disappointing seasons.

23. Pay for no play: UT paying millions to former coaches -

Tennessee’s bungled search for a football coach will come at a cost for the university. A big cost.

There are buyouts everywhere. A potential lawsuit looms. And a rift between boosters caused by the botched search may be the costliest item of all for the university long term.

24. Grading 50 years of UT athletic directors -

Ultimately, Phillip Fulmer’s success or failure as Tennessee’s athletics director will be tied to his very first hire. If his pick wins enough football games, Fulmer has done his job.

Here is a look at the five men who preceded Fulmer at UT over the last half century and how they handled their responsibilities:

25. Game of thrones? UT’s cast not that smart -

When he was president of the University of Tennessee in 1959-70, Andy Holt often referred to the Vols athletics program, and particularly its football program, as “the front porch of the university.”

26. Tennessee names Fulmer AD, places Currie on paid leave -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee has named Phillip Fulmer athletic director and placed former AD John Currie on paid leave amid what has been a tumultuous and embarrassing football coaching search.

27. Vols AD Currie defends coaching search, vetting of Schiano -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee athletic director John Currie is defending the process of his coaching search and vouching for the character of Greg Schiano one day after negotiations between the two parties broke down amid a public backlash.

28. UT’s next head coach: Some possibilities -

John Currie is eight months into his job as Tennessee’s athletics director and already facing a coaching hire that could define his career.

Currie is leading a search to replace Butch Jones, who was fired last Sunday morning with two games left in the 2017 season.

29. Interim success: Some temp coaches get results -

As Tennessee’s interim head coach following the dismissal of Butch Jones, Brady Hoke is entrusted with the task of making the best of a bad situation.

With only two games remaining on the Vols’ schedule, Hoke doesn’t have time to put his own stamp on the program. Instead, he’ll try to hold things together while using the system Jones installed in games against LSU and Vanderbilt.

30. History will be kind to the Butch Jones era -

After the fact, Butch Jones’ shortcomings are there for all to see. He could recruit talented players but he couldn’t develop them. His hiring of assistant coaches was haphazard. He choked in late-game situations. He blurted out half-baked comments at press conferences. His interpersonal relationships were strained. He talked tough but had a thin skin.

31. Jones’ blind spot: Even 5-stars need coaching -

When he was hired as Tennessee’s football coach in December 2012, Butch Jones used the term “infallible” to describe the system he was bringing to Knoxville.

Even if we give Jones the benefit of the doubt on the system he has attempted to install at UT, it’s clear that the head coach is far from infallible. A 3-3 record in Year 5 – with all three losses to SEC East competition, no less – is reflective of a coach who isn’t getting the job done.

32. Freshman impact: Vols’ all-time best rookie running backs -

Butch Jones let us in on a little secret recently when he said his freshman running backs will play for Tennessee this season. That’s plural – running backs. Jones’ plan is to use all three freshman backs – Ty Chandler, Tim Jordan and Trey Coleman – in some sort of rotation behind junior John Kelly. Given the nature of the game, putting the football in the hands of freshmen is risky business. But Jones is taking the plunge.

33. Neyland, Fulmer entering Tennessee Athletics Hall Of Fame -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former football coaches Robert Neyland and Phillip Fulmer highlight a star-studded Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame induction class.

Tennessee announced its eight-person class Thursday.

34. Neyland, Fulmer entering Tennessee Athletics Hall Of Fame -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Former football coaches Robert Neyland and Phillip Fulmer highlight a star-studded Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame induction class.

Tennessee announced its eight-person class Thursday.

35. 2 quarterbacks seldom better than 1 -

The old adage holds that if you have two quarterbacks you really have none.

Are you listening, Butch Jones?

Jones continues to send signals that Tennessee may proceed with a plan to use both junior Quinten Dormady and redshirt freshman Jarrett Guarantano in the opener against Georgia Tech. If the two-quarterback system is successful, the Vols could continue to play both in subsequent games.

36. Jones has definitely proven he can recruit -

When in doubt, do what you do best – recruit. That seems to be the approach of Tennessee Vols coach Butch Jones.

While many UT fans, and some in the media, are portraying this as a make-or-break season, Jones is planning for his future by stockpiling commitments for 2018 and beyond.

37. Paying Fulmer $100K will pay dividends for UT athletics -

What does Phillip Fulmer’s hiring as special advisor to University of Tennessee president Joe DiPietro have to do with Vols football coach Butch Jones?

Not much.

If Jones continues to win enough games while avoiding issues that reflect poorly on the school, he’ll continue to be UT’s coach. If not, he’ll be jettisoned. Either way, there’s nothing Fulmer can do about it.

38. Fulmer named special adviser to Tennessee president -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — University of Tennessee President Joe DiPietro has hired former Volunteers football coach Phillip Fulmer as his special adviser for community, athletics and university relations.

39. Time to turn down the flame on Jones’ hot seat -

When it comes to Butch Jones and the recent NFL draft, it’s a matter of perspective. Remember, no Tennessee Vols were drafted in the previous two years, which is a reflection on the recruiting by Jones’ predecessor, Derek Dooley. The fact that Tennessee had six players picked this time around – all in the first four rounds – speaks volumes, to wit:

40. Football staff shakeups rarely save coaching jobs -

Phillip Fulmer’s was notorious during his glory years as Tennessee’s football coach for maintaining staff stability.

Some of his assistant coaches were mediocre recruiters. So, what? Fulmer figured he could take up the slack. It was more important to him that the staff have year-to-year continuity.

41. New AD is bad news for struggling Vol coaches -

The hiring of John Currie as the University of Tennessee’s athletics director conveys a number of messages. One of them: Butch Jones is officially on the clock.

Based on Currie’s history at UT, as well as his eight-year track record as Kansas State’s athletics director, it’s safe to say he isn’t afraid to pull the trigger when it comes to coaches – for better or worse.

42. New Tennessee chancellor vows to move 'quickly' in AD search -

KNOXVILLE (AP) — New Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport says the school plans to move "very quickly" in hiring an athletic director but isn't specifying a target date on making the selection.

43. Blackburn still the favorite for UT’s AD position -

Tennessee has its search firm and its search committee is in place to find the replacement for Dave Hart as the university’s athletic director.

Hart announced last August he would retire June 30, and with Tennessee undergoing a transition in its chancellor’s position, the search for Hart’s replacement was put on the back burner.

44. Slow pace of AD hire typical of how UT works -

About the University of Tennessee’s athletics director search: What’s your hurry?

It only took a little over five months after Dave Hart’s retirement announcement to start the process of hiring a search firm and finalizing a committee that will oversee the selection process. The last thing you want to do is rush things, right?

45. Is Saban's dominance bad for SEC? Of course not -

I keep reading that Nick Saban is ruining SEC football because his Alabama program is so dominant. And I just don’t get it.

The misguided Saban-as-Satan logic goes this way:

Saban’s teams overwhelm the conference competition to the point that the other 13 programs quickly grow tired of not being able to match up and fans cry for change. That leads to a destabilization of the conference with a constant reshuffling of coaches.

46. Dobbs had a great run, but Manning is still No. 1 UT QB -

Tennessee senior Joshua Dobbs has created a quarterback controversy.

Dobbs finished his college career Dec. 30 when UT beat Nebraska 38-24 in the Music City Bowl in Nashville. He accounted for 409 total yards – 291 passing and 118 yards rushing – and was chosen the game’s MVP.

47. Jones picks a bad time to lead UT football program -

There was a time in University of Tennessee football history when a nine-win season and a victory over Nebraska in a bowl would guarantee a coach something just this side of a lifetime contract.

But not right now.

48. Dobbs’ change of heart a great gift to Vol fans -

In the spirit of the holiday season, Joshua Dobbs is the gift that keeps on giving.

Despite all the disappointments of 2016 for Tennessee football, it would be a mistake not to appreciate Dobbs for what he is: a scholar, an athlete, a leader, a role model and a winner.

49. Top Middle Tennessee residential transactions for Nov. 2016 -

Top residential real estate sales, November 2016, for Davidson, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson and Sumner counties, as compiled by Chandler Reports.

50. Something missing from Jones’ ‘infallible’ system -

By now, Tennessee fans have taken enough deep breaths to come to grips with losing to Vanderbilt.

They don’t like it, mind you, but they’ve accepted it.

As for Butch Jones, what now?

51. For better or worse, Dobbs defines Jones era -

Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs will be one of 11 senior scholarship players honored at Saturday’s 3:30 p.m. home finale against Missouri at Neyland Stadium.

Their legacies as Vols largely will be defined against Missouri and at Vanderbilt in their last games of the 2016 season – and by what happens Saturday afternoon in Baton Rouge.

52. Six-point plan to help Jones stick around longer -

On that day in December 2012 when Butch Jones was introduced as Tennessee’s head football coach, he told Vol Nation that he had a template for fixing everything. He said: “The plan is infallible if the players buy in.” No, it’s not.

53. As always, Vols’ season comes down to Bama -

Halfway through a heart-stopping season, how strong is the pulse for the Cardiac Vols? Once-beaten and physically battered, what does Tennessee have left in the tank as it faces top-ranked Alabama and the lesser challenges that lie ahead?

54. Now, let’s see how the Vols play as underdogs -

You almost can feel Tennessee is a football team of destiny as the most difficult games of the schedule loom Saturday at Texas A&M and Oct. 15 against Alabama at Neyland Stadium.

There aren’t many successful Hail Mary passes, but the Vols got one last Saturday and beat Georgia 34-31 in Athens. Tennessee trailed Georgia 17-0 in the first half.

55. Nothing else counts for Jones if he can’t top Gators -

Since his arrival at Tennessee in December 2012, Butch Jones often has spoken about the importance of getting the Vols back up and running in their biggest rivalry games.

Easier said than done. Jones has yet to beat either of UT’s two biggest rivals – Florida and Alabama.

56. Looks like 10-2, SEC title game, Orange Bowl for UT -

Tennessee’s football team and its fans have the best of both worlds this weekend.

They get to relish in a season-opening victory Thursday night and enjoy a feast of good college football all day Saturday.

57. Enjoy the hype, Vol fans. It’s been a long time -

The temptation here is to throw a couple of buckets of cold water on the great expectations for the Tennessee Vols this season.

But you know what? Enjoy the hype, UT fans. Any fan base that was subjected to three years of Derek Dooley deserves this moment.

58. A coaching legend who changed her sport -

My parents were big fans of Pat Summitt. They loved the Lady Vols. They reveled in the program’s glory days.

Both of them died several years ago, so they weren’t here to see Summitt’s demise from early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, or her death from the brain disease Tuesday. She was 64.

59. Not drafted? No problem. Many Vols beat the odds -

Tennessee football fans probably remember Tyler Bray throwing for 34 touchdowns and more than 3,500 yards in 2013. Or, they might remember tales of Bray throwing golf balls and beer bottles off the balcony of an apartment building near the UT campus the previous year.

60. Sure, Dooley left UT's cupboard bare but it’s stocked now -

In the 2014 NFL draft, Tennessee defensive lineman Daniel McCullers was picked in the sixth round by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Since then, a total of 550 players have been drafted. Not a single one of them played at UT.

61. How does UT have a Hall of Fame without Neyland? -

His name is on the football stadium, where a twice-life-size statue of him is displayed between gates 15A and 17.

The roadway that runs between the stadium and the Tennessee River bears his name.

62. Can VU pull off one more SEC win against Vols? -

Tennessee football fans already are talking about their bowl destinations for the Christmas holidays.

Will it be the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, the Music City Bowl in Nashville or the Outback Bowl in Tampa?

63. North Texas could never upset the Vols, right? -

No way Tennessee’s football team can lose Saturday’s homecoming game against North Texas, one of the worst teams in college football.

Right?

Tennessee (5-4) was a 40.5-point favorite early in the week coming off a 27-24 victory over South Carolina last Saturday at Neyland Stadium.

64. Despite rhetoric, Florida game critical for Jones -

Tennessee’s Butch Jones will coach the biggest game of his three-year tenure with the Vols – and probably the biggest of his entire coaching career – at Florida on Saturday.

Like it or not, Jones is carrying the weight of UT’s 10-game losing streak to Florida on his shoulders.

65. At long last, a compelling home opener for Vols -

Finally, Tennessee’s football team has an attractive home opener in Neyland Stadium. It’s been a while.

The No. 23-ranked Vols (1-0) play host to No. 19 Oklahoma (1-0) Saturday at 6 ET in their best home opener in years.

66. Vols’ Dobbs embraces the role of ‘CEO quarterback’ -

Joshua Dobbs enters his junior season as Tennessee’s undisputed No. 1 quarterback and team leader, the player most responsible for the Vols’ relevance again in SEC football.

Perhaps Dobbs will guide the Vols to an SEC East Division title, or even a league championship. Maybe we will see Dobbs in the NFL one day, or designing a spacecraft for NASA.

67. Vol players see TaxSlayer win as a big step for program -

KNOXVILLE – Christmas break has come and gone for the University of Tennessee’s football team. Now it’s back to business.

The Vols return to campus for practice Saturday and, after a Sunday practice, fly to Jacksonville for the Jan. 2 game against Iowa in the TaxSlayer Bowl, formerly the Gator Bowl.

68. Prep coaches, players sold on Jones the recruiter -

Nothing surprises Murfreesboro Blackman High School football coach Philip Shadowens when it comes to college recruiting.

Shadowens has seen it all – including the flurry of activity created by Blackman senior quarterback and safety Jauan Jennings, rated the No. 18 athlete in the nation by Rivals.com.

69. Young Vols face long odds at Oklahoma -

Two games into the 2014 season, and it’s time for the University of Tennessee to play some big-boy football.

The Vols (2-0) took care of business at Neyland Stadium in the first two games against Utah State and Arkansas State.

70. High-flying Vols can’t overlook Arkansas State -

KNOXVILLE – You had to be hiding under a rock not to hear the buzz this week about the University of Tennessee’s football team.

One person not reveling in the Vols’ 38-7 season opening victory over Utah State on Sunday night was UT coach Butch Jones.

71. ‘Sudden change’ means little job security for veteran Vols -

KNOXVILLE – Don’t look for University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones to play favorites when fall training camp begins Friday (Aug. 1).

Jones is all about open competition. Every practice. Every session. Every minute.

72. Freaky Saturday: Vols, Commodores have swapped identities -

In watching Saturday night’s epic struggle (emphasis on “struggle”) between Tennessee and Vanderbilt, one thought came to mind regarding these two football programs.

As Vanderbilt finished beating Tennessee for its first two-game winning streak in the series since 1925-26 – think Calvin Coolidge as president and Babe Ruth still a year away from his 60 home run season – it occurred to me that the programs have essentially swapped roles.

73. Mixed standards for coaching hires -

It’s a crazy world, this practice of hiring college football coaches.

Beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder. Just ask Tennessee and Western Kentucky.

The Volunteers hiring of Butch Jones away from the University of Cincinnati last week was seemingly a collective sigh from Big Orange fans.

74. Vols can’t afford another bad hire -

It’s not a matter of if, but when for Derek Dooley.

His days as the University of Tennessee football coach are numbered – as in two games left before he is sent packing and the Vols braintrust tries to locate its fourth head coach in the six years since the dismissal of longtime Vol coach Phillip Fulmer after the 2008 season.