We reviewed our stats for govolsxtra.com and looked for the most viewed news item each week in 2012. Below you will find an abstract from each story, the date it was published and a link to read it again.
Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and linebackers coach Peter Sirmon left Tennessee for jobs at Washington, leaving Derek Dooley without four members of his staff from 2011.
Jan. 13, 2012: Sal Sunseri named defensive coordinator
Alabama outside linebackers coach Sal Sunseri was hired to take over the defense for the Vols.
Defensive line coach Lance Thompson was tapped to return to the Alabama staff he was a part of prior to landing with the Vols three years ago.
Jan. 26, 2012: Charlie Coiner set to take over special teams for Vols
Former North Carolina assistant and NFL coaching veteran Charlie Coiner was rumored to be the next special teams coordinator for the Vols.
Derek Dooley and his staff assembled a group of signees that ranked 18th in the nation, according to 247sports.com, after adding 14 players on National Signing Day — including top-rated junior-college wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
Feb. 7, 2012: Steve Rubio no longer a part of Dooley's staff
One of the few holdovers from Lane Kiffin’s one-year stint at Tennessee, Steve Rubio, left Derek Dooley’s staff, though it wasn't clear whether he resigned or was fired.
Feb. 15, 2012: Kenny Hall suspended indefinitely
Tennessee starting center Kenny Hall was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, according to a school release.
Feb. 21, 2012: Lane Kiffin gets a good laugh about Tennessee’s 'blame game'
Lane Kiffin hadn’t coached at Tennessee for two years, but was taking the blame for many unfortunate events, including Tennessee's first loss to Kentucky in 26 years.
Feb. 29, 2012: Martin after beating LSU: '... I think we're an NCAA tournament team'
Vols rallied for a 74-69 victory in overtime against LSU, leading Martin to tout the team's "heart and mental toughness."
ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi told the News Sentinel he projected UT at No. 70 — two spots out of the field — heading into the final week of play before the NCAA men's basketball tournament's selection.
Tennessee freshman tight end Justin Meredith posted an update on Twitter about a scholarship offer from his new program to the old one at T.L. Hanna High School, specifically naming former teammate Ben Boulware's Twitter handle.
March 21, 2012: Cuonzo Martin says 'never anything' to leaving for Illinois
Cuonzo Martin said he had no plans to leave his position as Tennessee's men's basketball coach for another job.
Naz Oliver on Da'Rick Rogers' absence from practice Thursday
March 29, 2012: Sources: Da'Rick Rogers received two-week ban in offseason
The junior wide receiver was notably missing as the Vols went through their third practice of spring camp, leading many to question whether he'd return at all.
April 2, 2012: Mickie DeMoss' exit could start makeover
The Lady Vols announced that assistant coach Mickie DeMoss was leaving to join the staff of the WNBA's Indiana Fever, sparking speculation that her departure was the beginning of a "historic transformation."
April 10, 2012: Armani Moore relates to Cuonzo Martin, will sign with Vols
After a "whirlwind recruitment," Armani Moore announced his commitment to play basketball at Tennessee.
Pat Summitt is diagnosed with early onset dementia
April 18, 2012: Pat Summitt steps down
After a storied 38-year career, Pat Summitt stepped down as head coach of the Tennessee women’s basketball team to become a coach emeritus with the program. She announced last August that she had been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.
April 26, 2012: Derek Dooley says GPA is under control
After the Vols' grade-point average reached only 2.08 in the fall, Dooley blamed it on not having "good working dynamic" and said things had improved in the spring semester.
Disgraced former University of Tennessee men's swim coach John Trembley was fired Jan. 3 for sending inappropriate emails, but Knoxville police said he will face no criminal charges.
New Lady Vols head coach Holly Warlick hired two new assistant coaches and a director of women's basketball operations. And while assistant to head coach position was restored, the director of character development was eliminated.
May 17, 2012: UT to spend a week of training camp at Milligan College
Dooley scheduled a week of practices at Milligan College in Elizabethton as he prepared for his third season with the program.
May 23, 2012: Vol tight end Cameron Clear suspended after theft arrest
Head football coach Derek Dooley suspended Clear indefinitely this morning after he was arrested and charged with felony theft of up to $10,000. Clear was accused of stealing electronics from fellow Tennessee athletes.
May 28, 2012: Daedra Charles-Furlow was left out of plans
After not being retained by the Lady Vols, Daedra Charles-Furlow was named West High School's girls basketball coach. She spent the past two seasons as the Lady Vols' director of character development.
June 2, 2012: CAK's Brett Kendrick picks UT
Christian Academy of Knoxville offensive lineman Brett Kendrick committed to play football at the University of Tennessee.
June 11, 2012: Derek Dooley, Vols climb Mount LeConte
Derek Dooley, head football strength coach Ron McKeefery and about 40 Tennessee football players scaled Mount LeConte.
June 18, 2012: Guard Jannah Tucker commits to Lady Vols
After a second visit, Tucker chose the Lady Vols, giving new coach Holly Warlick and her staff their first commitment from the Class of 2013.
June 28, 2012: UTPD: Cameron Clear was selling stolen items
The same day former Tennessee tight end Cameron Clear was arrested and charged with felony theft, a search warrant for 10 items totaling $5,170 was executed on his Gibbs Hall dorm room.
July 1, 2012: Cordarrelle Patterson arrives to lofty expectations
As second-session summer classes began at the University of Tennessee, the final three recruits from the Volunteers' 2012 signing class arrived on campus.
July 11, 2012: Candace Parker gets naked for ESPN
Former Tennessee Lady Vol Candace Parker was one of many athletes featured in ESPN Magazine's Body issue.
Stepping to the podium for the third time at SEC Media Days as Tennessee football coach, Derek Dooley sent out a warning to fellow coaches and the media.
Tennessee junior quarterback Tyler Bray and his roommate were accused of throwing beer bottles and golf balls at a parked vehicle in their apartment complex. But no charges were filed after Bray "reached out" to the vandalism victim and offered to pay for damages.
Former Tennessee defensive back Andre Lott said he was ready "for the next stage of life" after departing his post as the football program's Vol For Life coordinator.
Aug. 8, 2012: Bray, court reach agreement on boating case
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray reached an agreement in court and avoided a guilty plea this afternoon concerning a Fourth of July boating incident.
Aug. 11, 2012: Steve Spurrier hopes Vols beat 'a bunch' of people
Tennessee practiced at a high school field named for South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who told a reporter, "Hopefully, they will beat Georgia and a whole bunch of people. Not us, but a bunch."
UT coach Derek Dooley talks about Da'Rick Rogers
All-SEC receiver Da’Rick Rogers’ career at Tennessee is likely finished, coach Derek Dooley said, after being suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Aug. 31, 2012: Big game, plays: Vols beat N.C. State, 35-21
In a matter of just 62 seconds, Tennessee managed to seize control of the 2012 season-opener to win 35-21 over North Carolina State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
Sept. 5, 2012: Tennessee receiver Jason Croom likely to make debut
Freshman receiver Jason Croom would likely make his Tennessee debut Saturday against Georgia State, coach Derek Dooley said.
A day after beating Georgia State 51-13 to open the season 2-0, Tennessee climbed back into The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2008. Then ESPN confirmed that College GameDay would be in Knoxville for the game against Florida. The show hadn't come to Knoxville since 2004.
Sept. 15, 2012: Reality Chomps: Florida runs over Tennessee in second half
The 18th-ranked Gators scored 24 unanswered points to overtake and then bury No. 23 Tennessee 37-20 at Neyland Stadium.
Debby Jennings filed suit in federal court against the University of Tennessee and athletic director Dave Hart alleging "unlawful discrimination and retaliation" following her abrupt departure this spring after spending more than 35 years as the primary media contact for Lady Vols athletics.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley said a review of defensive breakdowns in the 51-44 loss at Georgia made him “madder than I’ve ever been,” but he was also encouraged by the growth of the Vols’ offensive line and running attack.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley underwent surgery on his fractured right hip and announced he will direct the Vols from the coaches' booth in the press box during the game at Mississippi State.
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray, frustrated by another close loss to an SEC opponent, sent out a tweet about "bandwagon fans" not long after the Vols were defeated 41-31 by Mississippi State
An assessment by the News Sentinel found that if Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart decided to change directions in the football program after this season, UT would have to pay at least $5.6 million, and perhaps as much as $9.3 million, over the next four years to buy out Derek Dooley and his coaching staff.
Passing the baton: Lady Vols carrying on tradition
Oct. 30, 2012: No. 1 recruit Mercedes Russell picks Tennessee
Russell, the top-ranked prospect in the Class of 2013 according to ESPN HoopGurlz, chose Tennessee over Louisville.
Nov. 10, 2012: Missouri beats Vols in 4 overtimes, 51-48
Both Tennessee and Missouri scored touchdowns in the first three overtimes, but neither could convert the two-point conversion in the third overtime. The Vols lost after failing to score on their possession in the fourth overtime.
Nov. 12, 2012: Derek Dooley: Dave Hart 'told me he had not made a decision'
University of Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley addressed his team about reports and rumors that his firing was imminent, but said he had received assurances from Athletic Director Dave Hart that no decision had been made on his future.
Even though Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart said he wouldn't take any public input on his search for Tennessee's next head football coach, the speculation swirled far and wide.
Nov. 30, 2012: Gruden tells Tennessee no thanks
Former NFL coach Jon Gruden told Tennessee he is not interested in pursuing the Vols’ vacant head coaching job, a source close to the UT search told the News Sentinel.
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy reportedly spoke to Tennessee about its vacant head coaching position.
Tee Martin, the fan-favorite quarterback of Tennessee’s 1998 national championship team, received an offer from Jones to coach receivers.
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