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Here is the most comprehensive site for The Tennessee Vols gridiron, "Home of The Vols". The pages were created for the love of The University of Tennessee football. The legendary ABC announcer Keith Jackson noted in his opening monologue prior to the Fiesta Bowl that no school in the country can match Tennessee with football tradition. The pageantry of a cool, crisp Saturday afternoon in Knoxville is truly second to none.

They are the "1998 National Champions", who went undefeated (13-0) for the season. The '98 team was the only team to go 13-0 in school history and is considered the best overall team since 1938. Tee Martin led the Vols to their second consecutive SEC title that year. In 1997, Peyton Manning had helped lead the Vols to their first SEC title since 1990.

During the four years (1994-1997) that Peyton Manning played at Tennessee, he broke 42 records - 2 NCAA, 7 SEC and 33 at Tennessee. Through ten seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, he hasn't missed a game, has won two NFL MVP awards, has carved a still-expanding niche in the NFL record book and earned a long-sought Super Bowl championship. Here's a great site on Peyton Manning: Peyton-Manning.net

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It's great to be a Tennessee Vol

Peyton Manning leads the Tennessee Pride of the Southland Marching Band and fans to Rocky Top in the 1997 SEC Championship.

By Marvin West
August 24, 2014

Tennessee football is so much fun when the Volunteers win. The religious devotion, old-fashioned faith, is again justified. Joy is contagious. Strangers laugh and exchange high fives. Costs of tickets and parking and hot dogs no longer seem exorbitant.
There is a buzz as the thousands depart, replaying highlights. Some move on to next week and guess what the score will be and wonder if it is finally our turn against Alabama and who will make all-American. All is right with the world. Well, almost.
Excitement carries over to dinner parties and late-night snacks and even Sunday school. I once heard a preacher weave a Vol victory into a sermon.
Tennessee football is so much pain and anguish and indigestion when the Volunteers lose. It hurts to say they've been doing a lot of that lately and by some rather ugly scores. Our terrific freshmen Butch Jones brought in were 11 or 12 the last time Tennessee was relevant.
Losing generates so many negatives and very feeble excuses. The coach called the wrong play. We should try the other quarterback. How can all those officials miss that obvious holding foul? Our team is so young and inexperienced and the ball was wet.

Offended fans take losing personally. Coffee is lukewarm and breakfast is tasteless. Traffic is terrible, the computer is slow and it looks like more rain.
Losing lasts through Tuesday and sometimes Wednesday if Florida did it. Business suffers. No kidding. Losing dulls ordinary discussions.
Tennessee Head Coach Johnny Majors started the Vol Walk in 1990. To this day it's become a favorite tradition among UT Vol fans.

Eventually, a trace of optimism breaks through, suffering subsides and believers come back to life and start counting again. Can the Vols still qualify for a bowl game?
I am reminded of a little essay I did years ago: What is Tennessee football? Some think of it as the greatest show on Earth, high drama, gladiatorial theater, pomp and circumstance, played out in front of huge audiences, soon to be bigger with the new SEC Network.
Faces change and even that forever jersey turns gray but the story line stays the same, us against them, passion and glory or confusion, turnovers and heartbreak. Been there and seen it all.
For sure, Tennessee football is money, multimillion-dollar budget, low or no reserve fund, greedy amusement taxes, astronomical debt service, Butch's salary plus a bonus for players' academic success. OK, I know you are wondering. Dave Hart is paid $817,250 to be athletic director - unless I missed a recent raise. Tennessee football rises above it all.

Some said my best line from that years-ago summation was this: "Tennessee football is an ensemble of very special people, a collection of remarkable snapshots, moments inextricably linked by blood, sweat and tears, always orange."
To me, Tennessee football will remain the memory of George Cafego, the epitome of a Volunteer. It is Doug Atkins and Reggie White getting bigger and better through the years. It is Larry Seivers and Dick Williams and Curt Watson and Bill Young and others who required no recruiting. Tennessee had always been their team.
Tennessee football is that season of destiny, the '98 national championship. It is the Arkansas fumble and Al Wilson refusing to lose.
Tennessee football is checkerboards and the Vol Walk and the Neyland statue. It is Dewey Warren's one-yard run in Memphis and Peyton Manning leading the band and staying for his senior season.
Tennessee football is the exhilaration of walking away a winner and the futility of final seconds ticking away when the Vols are behind and can't do anything about it. You feel like crying and maybe you do - until somebody starts the chant, "It's great to be a Tennessee Vol."

Tennessee's first spring under new coach Pruitt is notable in part for what isn't being said. Pruitt rarely, if ever, mentions a single player by name in media sessions.

Pruitt brings plenty of change in first spring at Tennessee

April 11, 2018

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's first spring under new coach Jeremy Pruitt is noteworthy for what isn't being said. Pruitt hasn't mentioned a single player by name at any of his past three post-practice sessions with reporters, which lasted a combined total of more than 45 minutes. Even when he's asked about a specific player, Pruitt generally responds by referring to that player's entire position group. "As soon as you single one out, there ain't no telling what he's going to do the next day," the former Alabama defensive coordinator said. "So I figured we'll wait until we see a whole body of work and see where it goes from there." That reflects just one of the changes a new coaching staff has brought to Tennessee this spring .

Pruitt replaced Butch Jones, who spent his first preseason carrying a microphone in practice and calling out players when they did something right or wrong. Jones was fired last November after going 34-27 in five seasons. Jones frequently had music playing during practice. The only music that could be heard at Tennessee's Tuesday afternoon workout with Pruitt was coming from the baseball stadium across the street.


In this March 27, 2018, file photo, Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt walks on the field during NCAA college football practice in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee defense learning to adjust to Pruitt's schemes

April 3, 2018

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt's track record suggests the Volunteers eventually should have a dramatic improvement from their defense. The question is how long it will take. Pruitt, a former Alabama defensive coordinator , inherits a defense that ranked 125th out of 129 Football Bowl Subdivision teams against the run last season. Tennessee also is adapting to a switch from former coach Butch Jones' 4-3 scheme to the 3-4 alignment favored by Pruitt. An even bigger adjustment might involve adopting the mentality Pruitt expects from his defensive players.

"It'll definitely take a while, just because it's a different culture," defensive end Kyle Phillips said Wednesday. "I believe that's why everybody has to buy in, me included, being a senior and being a leader for this upcoming season, just getting everybody to buy into what Coach Pruitt's preaching. And I think we'll be good then." Pruitt's Alabama defense allowed the fewest points and yards per game of any Football Bowl Subdivision program last year, but he isn't working with nearly as much talent this year. Six players from last year's Alabama defense were first-team or second-team all-Southeastern Conference selections . That defense featured Minkah Fitzpatrick, Rashaan Evans and Da'Ron Payne, who are all regarded as likely first-round picks in this month's NFL draft.


In this March 2, 2017, file photo, Tennessee new athletic director John Currie speaks during a ceremony introducing him at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee, former AD Currie agree to $2.5 million settlement

March 22, 2018

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (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. Currie already had received nearly $280,000 since being suspended and placed on paid leave in December. School officials announced Thursday that Currie will get an additional $2.2 million no later than April 1.

"We wish John and his family well in their future endeavors," Tennessee chancellor Beverly Davenport said in a statement. "We are grateful for his contributions to the University of Tennessee which began more than two decades ago." Davenport also wrote a letter of reference for Currie in which she said that "I was impressed with John's commitment to our athletics program in general and to our student-athletes in particular." Davenport adds that "we forged a productive partnership that led to several key initiatives while he was here." Tennessee said the money to cover Currie's settlement would come entirely from the athletic department and wouldn't include any taxpayer dollars, student tuition fees or donor funds.


Tennessee's Riley Locklear (56) and Jerome Carvin work on drill during the first day of spring NCAA college football practice.

Tennessee's Pruitt: 'We want to see who the competitors are'

March 20, 2018

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt is looking for one thing in particular as he begins his first spring practice as a head coach. "We want to see who the competitors are," Pruitt said Tuesday after Tennessee completed its first practice. "We want to see who handles adversity." Pruitt, the former Alabama defensive coordinator , is taking over a program that went 4-8 last season while setting a school record for losses and failing to win a single Southeastern Conference game.

The roster suffered some offseason losses when running back John Kelly , defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie and defensive back Rashaan Gaulden opted to bypass their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft. Kelly was the Vols' leading rusher and Gaulden arguably was their top defender. Tennessee announced one more departure Tuesday, as Pruitt said reserve defensive lineman Quay Picou had left the team. That leaves Tennessee with much work to do before the April 21 spring game.


In this Sept. 9, 2017, file photo, then-Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Southern California

Ex-Stanford QB Keller Chryst finishing career at Tennessee

March 9, 2018

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has added former Stanford quarterback Keller Chryst to its roster as a graduate transfer. Volunteers coach Jeremy Pruitt has confirmed the addition of Chryst, who started seven games for Stanford last season before getting replaced by K.J. Costello. Chryst transferred to Tennessee looking for an opportunity to compete. He announced after the 2017 season that he intended to graduate from Stanford in June and go elsewhere for his final season of eligibility .

"There are probably some other guys who would have liked to have come here, but I would not tell them they'd be the starting quarterback," Pruitt said. "That will be determined by the guys on the field. Keller was excited about just the chance to compete. That's all he wanted." Pruitt also announced other team updates, including that he considers wide receiver Jauan Jennings to be part of the team again. Jennings was dismissed from the team last November for criticizing Tennessee's previous coaching staff on social media.


In this Jan. 4, 1999, file photo, Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer holds the National Championship trophy after beating Florida State 23-16 in the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.

Fulmer wants to restore stability at Tennessee as Vols' AD

Jan. 11, 2018

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Phillip Fulmer believes stability played a major factor in his coaching success at Tennessee, and he wants to help bring it back. Stability — built on trust, expectations and communications — was replaced by upheaval. After taking over as athletic director last month, Fulmer has been working to return Tennessee to the cohesion it enjoyed in its peak years. The College Football Hall of Fame coach remembers when he had Tennessee's football program consistently competing for Southeastern Conference titles in the 1990s. Joe Johnson was entrenched as university president and Doug Dickey was a fixture as athletic director.

"We knew what was expected," Fulmer said in an interview with The Associated Press. "We weren't going to embarrass our university or them. They knew that we were going to do the right thing and that we were going to give the kids who were here a positive experience, and those kinds of things. There was a great trust. "And then the next few years... we had four presidents in six years, there was no stability, nobody communicating, nobody trusting each other. That was horrible to be a part of and go through."


Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt speaks at his introduction ceremony in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee's Pruitt ready to solely focus on coaching Vols

Jan. 10, 2018

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Now that he no longer has to divide his time between two jobs, Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt can concentrate solely on transforming the Volunteers into Southeastern Conference championship contenders once again. Not that he ever stopped thinking about Tennessee football even while helping Alabama win a national title in his position as the Crimson Tide's defensive coordinator. And nne day after Alabama completed its title run, Pruitt was back in Knoxville for good.

"The whole reason that I stayed and coached in that game was because I felt like I needed to do it for those kids to help them get what they want," Pruitt said Wednesday in his first news conference since returning to Tennessee's campus. "Most of the time, my mind was thinking in Knoxville, I can tell you that." Pruitt's defense allowed an 80-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter but otherwise shut down Georgia's potent offense after halftime in Alabama's 26-23 overtime victory Monday, marking the fifth time he's been associated with a national championship team. Pruitt also was Florida State's defensive coordinator in 2013 and was on Alabama's staff during the Crimson Tide's 2009, 2011 and 2012 title runs.


New Tennessee football coach Jeremy Pruitt, right, receives a personalized jersey from athletic director Phillip Fulmer during his introductory news conference.

Jeremy Pruitt believes he can restore Tennessee's reputation

Dec. 7, 2018

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (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. "There was a time and place that this university was feared among the SEC teams," said Pruitt, who has spent the last two seasons as Alabama's defensive coordinator. "My goal as the head football coach at the University of Tennessee is to get us back to that point." Nobody's feared Tennessee lately.

The Vols opened this season in the Top 25 but finished 4-8 to set a school record for losses , as they went winless in SEC competition for the first time since the league formed in 1933. Those results led to the Nov. 12 firing of Butch Jones , who went 34-27 in five seasons. Tennessee followed up its poor season with a tumultuous coaching search that grew more embarrassing as it dragged on. Pruitt, who has been an assistant on four different national championship teams, believes he can get Tennessee back to the heights it reached in the 1990s and early 2000s when Fulmer was coaching the team. This marks Tennessee's fourth coaching search since Fulmer's exit.

Former University of Tennessee football quarterback Peyton Manning answers questions during a news conference of the National Football Foundation College and Football Hall of Fame.

Manning: Role at Tennessee is now 'donor, supporter, fan'

Dec. 5, 2017

 NEW YORK (AP) — Peyton Manning says he takes his role as an ambassador for the University of Tennessee seriously and looks forward to supporting the Volunteers' next football coach. Tennessee's search for a replacement for Butch Jones has resulted in turmoil, with fan protests, the firing of athletic director John Currie and the hiring of former Vols coach Philip Fulmer as AD. After being turned down by several coaches, Tennessee is still searching.

Manning, the former Vols quarterback and longtime NFL great, will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday night. He said Tennessee is capable of being among the top programs in the country again. "Obviously, it's been a difficult time but I know what Tennessee is capable of being, it's what it was when I was in school there," Manning said at a news conference. "I've been a devout supporter and always will be and look forward to hopefully getting it back to where it was back when I was in school. Great place." As the Tennessee search has lurched forward, there have been questions about who is in charge and what influence Manning has had throughout the process. Manning was asked what his role is now.


Phillip Fulmer follows University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport into a press conference, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Tennessee names Fulmer AD, places Currie on paid leave

Dec. 1, 2017

 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee has turned to its familiar past to comfort its uneasy fan base in an attempt to rescue what has been a tumultuous and embarrassing football coaching search. The man Volunteers faithful blamed for the chaos: John Currie. Chancellor Beverly Davenport, who watched as the search was bungled seemingly at each turn, finally had enough. So she turned everything over Friday to Phillip Fulmer, naming the College Football Hall of Famer Tennessee's athletic director. Fulmer replaces Currie, who was suspended and placed on paid leave just eight months after taking the job.

The chancellor said at a news conference that Fulmer will be Tennessee's athletic director "for the foreseeable future" and "take the reins of our search." In the meantime, the school is investigating whether it can fire Currie for cause. "I think with the background that I have here and as well as we've done at different times here, with the facilities and leadership we have here, I definitely think there will be people that will be interested," said Fulmer, who coached Tennessee to the 1998 national title. Getting any coach interested in this job has proved challenging ever since the Nov. 12 firing of Butch Jones.


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