We reviewed our stats for govolsxtra.com and looked for the most viewed news item each week in 2011. Below you will find an abstract from each story, the date it was published and a link to read it again. Enjoy!
Alex Bullard feels like he could play anywhere. Given a painful loss in his family, right now the offensive lineman wants that to be closer to home, so he's packing up at Notre Dame and heading to Tennessee.
Jan. 14, 2011: Running back David Oku to transfer
Outward unhappiness and a lack of “conviction” highlighted the two years tailback David Oku spent at Tennessee.
Jan. 17, 2011: Ron McKeefery named strength and conditioning coach
Ron McKeefery, who recently left South Florida for a role with the United States Army Special Forces, was announced as the Vols’ new strength and conditioning coach Monday.
Jan. 25, 2011: Jay Greeson: Marlin Lane gives UT needed speed back
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Marlin Lane is a talented high school football player. A 6-foot-1, 205-pound running back from Daytona Beach, Fla., Lane has speed and power and the will to come back from a serious knee injury to rush for more than 500 yards after missing the first half of his senior season.
Feb. 2, 2011: UT's Signing Day; Tennessee signs 27
The official paperwork is coming into university athletic offices and it looks like the University of Tennessee is having a great recruiting year.
Feb. 7, 2011: Safety Janzen Jackson withdraws from Tennessee
After parting ways with defensive line coach Chuck Smith on Sunday, safety Janzen Jackson withdrew from school Monday to continuing dealing with the personal problems that forced him to miss workouts in December before the Music City Bowl.
Feb. 13, 2011: Lady Vols, Vandy officer have 'a little conflict' after game
Tennessee survived a hard-fought women's basketball game at Vanderbilt and an apparent misunderstanding on the Commodores' court afterward. The Lady Vols gathered at center court, as they do after every game - home or away - for a post-game prayer. The Lady Vols were asked by a Vanderbilt police officer to leave the floor, according to Debby Jennings, UT's associate athletics director for media relations. The officer mistakenly thought the Lady Vols' gathering was disrespecting the team logo, Jennings said.
Feb. 23, 2001: NCAA outlines allegations to UT
The University of Tennessee released its long-awaited NCAA notice of allegations today, as the football and men’s basketball programs were cited for a number of violations that had been addressed in the past few months, but nothing new or unexpected came from the 26-page document.
Chuck Smith's coaching career at his alma mater is over. Termed officially by UT as a mutual decision early last month, Smith offered his side of the equation in a press conference he scheduled himself on Friday morning outside of Neyland Stadium.
March 13, 2011: Vols to play Michigan in NCAA tournament
The Tennessee men's basketball team received a school-record sixth consecutive NCAA tournament berth on Sunday and will open against Michigan on Friday at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte in the West Region. The Vols (19-14) received a No. 9 seed, while the Wolverines (20-13) are a No. 8 seed.
The University of Tennessee fired men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl on Monday, ending six days of increased speculation about his job status with a program facing NCAA allegations of 10 major violations.
Pearl, 51, coached the Vols the past six seasons, compiling a 145-61 record. He led the team to a school-record six consecutive NCAA tournaments, including the first Elite Eight appearance in the 102-year history of the program last season.
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March 17, 2011: Mike Hamilton apologizes to Bruce Pearl
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Tennessee athletic director Mike Hamilton apologized to Vols men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl for untimely remarks he made about the uncertainty of Pearl's future with the program.
Two sources, who asked to remain anonymous because of UT's ongoing evaluation of Pearl, said the first contact from Hamilton to Pearl took place via phone before the team arrived in Charlotte for its opening game in the NCAA tournament on Friday.
March 29, 2011: Erik Ainge opens up about ongoing battle with drug addiction
Former Tennessee quarterback Erik Ainge, now a backup with the New York Jets, opened up about his ongoing battle with drug and alcohol addiction in an interview with ESPNNewYork.com, which published Ainge’s testimonial Tuesday.
Though he admitted to being a drug user since the age of 12, Ainge wrote that he became hooked on painkillers and was an “addict” during his senior season with the Vols. He ran through the prescriptions so quickly, Ainge wrote, that the team doctor had no other choice but to stop giving them to him.
Former University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning and his wife, Ashley, are the parents of twins - a boy and a girl - born March 31 near Indianapolis. They are the first children for the Mannings. According to the website RadarOnline, the couple's son is named Marshall Williams Manning and the daughter is Mosley Thompson Manning.
April 16, 2011: Josh Richardson, a 6-foot-5 guard, commits to Vols
Josh Richardson said he likes everything about the University of Tennessee so much that he has issued a verbal commitment to sign with the Vols. Richardson is a 6-foot-5, 185-pound combo guard in the Class of 2011 from Santa Fe High School in Edmond, Okla.
A six-figure University of Tennessee donor called the school’s chancellor an “attack gator” because of his ties to the University of Florida and another called its athletic director “self-serving” and “inept.”
Those comments were among more than a dozen email messages received by university administrators from high-level donors that contained name-calling and threats to pull donations in the run-up to the March 21 firing of former men’s basketball coach Bruce Pearl over NCAA rules violations.
A strong series of storms that have battered the South for most of Tuesday and Wednesday spun off a tornado in downtown Tuscaloosa, Alabama, close to the University of Alabama's Bryant Denny Stadium.
May 2, 2011: Tennessee offers combo guard Quinton Chievous
Tennessee has offered a basketball scholarship to Quinton Chievous, a Class of 2011 combo guard from Notre Dame High School in Niles, Ill. Chievous, 6-foot-5, is the son of Missouri all-time scoring leader and 1988 first-round NBA draft pick Derrick Chievous.
Former Maryville High School and University of Tennessee football standout Aaron Douglas was found dead Thursday morning in Florida at the age of 21.
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According to a report from the Fernandina Beach (Fla.) Police Department, officers responded to a call of a deceased male at 8:13 a.m., a man who was later identified as Douglas. The cause of death is pending examination.
May 16, 2011: Hundreds mourn former UT football player Aaron Douglas
Some 2,000 people gathered Sunday to celebrate the life of former Maryville High School and University of Tennessee football standout Aaron Douglas.
May 25, 2011: Offensive lineman Kevin Revis to transfer
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, reserve offensive lineman Kevin Revis is transferring after two seasons in the program with the Vols.
June 2, 2011: Signee Eddrick Loften not enrolled at Tennessee
After not showing up in the directory of active students yet again when UT reported for the first session of summer school on Thursday, Eddrick Loften confirmed in a message to the News Sentinel that he’s not yet been granted eligibility by the NCAA Clearinghouse. But he reiterated that he has the requisite test scores and is eying enrollment with the program for the second session of summer.
June 7, 2011: Mike Hamilton out as athletic director
KNOXVILLE - Noting he'd faced "challenges and frustrations in the last 18 months," Athletic Director Mike Hamilton announced his departure from the University of Tennessee effective June 30.
As he leaves, Hamilton stands to gain $1.335 million over the next 36 months as part of a separation agreement. The document includes the terms of his behavior going forward, including fines if he is critical of UT, and also includes bonuses for department successes and an allotment of UT athletic tickets for life.
"I need to close this chapter of my life and move on."
June 15, 2011: Eric Berry says he had no involvement with porn party
Eric Berry’s name was linked Wednesday to a Miami porn party that potentially breached the NFL’s infringement policy, and the former Tennessee star isn’t happy about it.
June 20, 2011: Rae Sykes no longer a Vol 'at this time'
Tennessee’s already-thin group of players on the defensive line got one player smaller over the weekend. Senior Rae Sykes, who went through the junior college route out of Alcoa to land a scholarship with the Vols, is not with the team “at this time” because of academic reasons, UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton confirmed Monday.
June 28, 2011: Medical examiner: Aaron Douglas died of an accidental drug overdose
Former Tennessee and Maryville High School standout Aaron Douglas died of an accidental drug overdose last month, according to a report released Tuesday by the Duval County (Fla.) medical examiner.
July 5, 2011: Ex-Vol David Oku arrested on domestic assault charge
Former Tennessee running back David Oku, who left the team shortly after the 2010 season, was arrested Monday in Knoxville on domestic assault charges. Bond was set at $1,000 and Oku spent 12 hours in jail before he was released early this morning, according to the Knox County Sheriff's 24-hour arrest list.
July 14, 2011: SEC coaches don't show love to Vols
The preseason all-conference teams as voted on by the coaches around the league were officially released Thursday morning, and the Vols had the fewest representatives on the lists of any team in the SEC with two.
The University of Tennessee self-imposed two years of probation on its athletic department after it submitted its response to the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations on May 20, according to documents obtained Friday by the News Sentinel through a public records request.
July 29, 2011: West kicker George Bullock commits to Tennessee
George Bullock didn't need scholarship offers galore. He had eyes for just two schools: Navy and Tennessee. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound kicker from West High School received an offer from Navy in late June. On Friday it was UT's turn and Bullock committed.
July 31, 2011: Unheralded names could figure big for Vols
They might already be starters waiting to emerge as all-conference performers or they might simply be trying to win a job. But either way, when the Vols begin sorting through the roster after reporting today for the first practice of fall camp on Tuesday, these four players could potentially help swing the momentum when the season starts.
Aug. 8, 2011: Janzen Jackson opens up on absence
In his first public comments since the Music City Bowl, Janzen Jackson declined on Monday to offer specifics about the personal problems that led to his withdrawal from UT in the spring and created lingering questions about his status with the team throughout the offseason. But while keeping most of the details about his absence private, Jackson did open up about his relationship with coach Derek Dooley and the difficulty on the road back to the Vols, also offering up his gratitude for the people who stood by him during the long process as well.
After attending Tennessee's camp last month, Kenneth Crawley admitted the Vols were at the top of his list among the dozens of college teams pursuing him.
Aug. 23, 2011: Pat Summitt diagnosed with early onset dementia
For such a strong figure, Pat Summitt was feeling almost helpless. Months of erratic behavior had left the Tennessee women’s basketball coach bewildered, scared and asking herself “What’s wrong with me?”
Summitt went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., in May. She underwent a series of tests and received a stunning answer. The diagnosis was early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.
"There's not going to be any pity party and I'’ll make sure of that."
Pat Summitt, Tennessee women's basketball coach
A freshman many fellow 2011 signees said helped convince them to commit to Tennessee is looking to leave the program before playing a single game. Safety Pat Martin, a Greenville, S.C., native, is seeking to transfer, coach Derek Dooley said Monday.
Sept. 5, 2011: Dave Hart named Tennessee athletic director
Dave Hart, the University of Alabama's executive director of athletics, has accepted Tennessee's offer Monday to become the school's new vice chancellor of athletics.
The 62-year-old Hart, considered by many as the No. 2 to Crimson Tide athletic director Mal Moore, has been at Alabama since 2008. He spent the bulk of his career as the athletic director at Florida State (1995-2007).
Sept. 14, 2011: Kirk Herbstreit interested in implications of UT-Florida game
So much for the notion that Tennessee's football rivalry with Florida has lost its luster. ESPN college analyst Kirk Herbstreit added to the hype surrounding Saturday's game, saying this season's matchup in Gainesville could have SEC championship game implications.
Sept. 19, 2011: Vols forming a committee to replace Justin Hunter
Derek Dooley didn’t sugarcoat the loss of Justin Hunter on Monday in his first public comments since the star receiver’s season was officially ended by torn anterior and medial cruciate ligaments, and the Vols coach made clear his attack would look different moving forward.
Sept. 28, 2011: Bruce Pearl's 'business decisions' upset former assistants
It’s not the Hatfields and the McCoys; it’s the former Tennessee men’s basketball coaching staff embroiled in a family feud of sorts. Animosity has grown since the June 11 NCAA hearing in Indianapolis, when former Vols coach Bruce Pearl and his assistant coaches — Tony Jones, Jason Shay and Steve Forbes — pleaded their cases before the Committee on Infractions.
Oct. 9, 2011: Tyler Bray's injury compounds loss
With little going right offensively as the Vols tried to establish themselves as a threat in the conference race, bad seemed to get worse late in the fourth quarter as Tyler Bray's throwing hand found the helmet of a Georgia defender and sent him to the sideline. UT added a score while he was receiving medical attention, but it wasn't enough to crawl back in a 20-12 loss on Saturday night at Neyland Stadium.
Oct. 18, 2011: Snap decision: Alex Bullard poised to replace James Stone at center
The ball has already been back in the hands of Matt Simms for a game after an injury moved him into the starting lineup again. Now some shaky snaps have forced another change, and it appears Alex Bullard will be the new guy in charge of delivering them for the Vols as they prepare for another stiff test from No. 2 Alabama at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday (TV: ESPN2, 7:15 p.m.).
Steve Spurrier talks about his upcoming matchup at Rocky Top in this video from TheBigSpur.com.
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It was an hour before kickoff Saturday night at Neyland Stadium and Tennessee coach Derek Dooley was out of kickers. Literally. Naturally, he called Fraternity Row.
Nov. 9, 2011: Former coaches believe Alabama still better than LSU
The final score was LSU 9, Alabama 6, and the polls show the Tigers as the No. 1 team in the nation. But some of the members of the Scripps Legend Poll made it clear on Monday they aren't convinced the better team won Saturday night's No. 1 versus No. 2 showdown in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
For Tennessee to survive a blown call at the end of Saturday's 27-21 victory over Vanderbilt, the officiating crew made it right by bypassing proper protocol.
Nov. 26, 2011: Tauren Poole: 'No one wanted to be out there'
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Tauren Poole, ice pack wrapped around his left hand, chose his words carefully, but powerfully after Tennessee's crushing, 10-7 loss to Kentucky.
The senior running back's college career was over, but his focus centered on how the Vols approached a game that could have extended it for another month.
Despite widespread reports of pending discipline for star sophomore Da'Rick Rogers, including multiple sources within UT confirming the possibility to the News Sentinel, the program shot them down on Friday evening.
Once a part of the rich tradition in the Vols’ backfield as a player, Jay Graham is coming back to the program to try to restore some of the luster as an assistant, leaving South Carolina to return to his alma mater as the running backs coach in a move formally announced on Tuesday.
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Dave Hart considers himself to be "competitive to a fault." That's one of the reasons why the Tennessee vice chancellor of athletics didn't think it'd be appropriate to speak with Derek Dooley or offer the coach a public vote of confidence after the Vols' season-ending loss to Kentucky, the program's first since 1984.
"Nobody was more upset than the guy you are looking at."
Dave Hart on Kentucky loss
Jarnell Stokes’ roller-coaster senior season officially ended Thursday when he completed the schoolwork that allowed him to graduate early. Next stop: Knoxville. Stokes, the would-be Southwind High School basketball standout, announced his decision to play for Tennessee on Thursday during a press conference at a Collierville restaurant.
Dec. 28, 2011: WR DeAnthony Arnett seeking release from scholarship
Tennessee wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett, who compiled the second-most receptions by a freshman in program history this past season, has asked for a release from his scholarship. "Due to personal family reasons, I've decided to leave Tennessee," Arnett told SpartanTailgate, part of 247Sports, on Wednesday night.
© 2011, Knoxville News Sentinel Co.
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