Popular stories on govolsxtra.com in 2012

A look back at popular stories on govolsxtra.com in 2012.

A look back at popular stories on govolsxtra.com in 2012.

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.

JANUARY

January 2, 2012: Justin Wilcox, Peter Sirmon hired by Washington

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.

Sal Sunseri will be named Tennessee's defensive coordinator.

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Sal Sunseri will be named Tennessee's defensive coordinator.

Jan. 13, 2012: Sal Sunseri named defensive coordinator

Alabama outside linebackers coach Sal Sunseri was hired to take over the defense for the Vols.

Jan. 15, 2012: Lance Thompson appears headed back to Alabama; Sixth coach gone since end of season

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.

FEBRUARY

Feb. 1, 2012: 21 for Class of 2012: Addition of Cordarrelle Patterson highlights 21 for Class of 2012

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.

Tennessee's Kenny Hall (20) goes over Florida's Casey Prather (24) for two points during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Tennessee defeated Florida 75-70. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Photo by Phil Sandlin/Associated Press

Tennessee's Kenny Hall (20) goes over Florida's Casey Prather (24) for two points during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012. Tennessee defeated Florida 75-70. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

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."

MARCH

March 4, 2012: Vols focused on Ole Miss/Auburn winner as pundits boost UT to 'bubble' status

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.

March 14, 2012: Tweet by freshman TE Justin Meredith may produce a secondary violation

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

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.

MAY

John Trembley

Photo by Saul Young

John Trembley

May 4, 2012: Ex-UT swim coach John Trembley won't be charged over sexually graphic emails

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.

May 7, 2012: Daedra Charles-Furlow not retained; Lady Vols to hire assistant to head coach

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.

Daedra Charles-Furlow

Daedra Charles-Furlow

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

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.

Cameron Clear

Cameron Clear

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

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.

Candace Parker poses naked for ESPN Magazine. Her portrait was one of many for the magazine's 'Bodies We Want' issue.

Photo by Ture Lillegraven for ESPN The Magazine

Candace Parker poses naked for ESPN Magazine. Her portrait was one of many for the magazine's "Bodies We Want" issue.

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.

July 19, 2012: Derek Dooley to SEC: 'You're not going to have Tennessee to kick around anymore'

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.

July 25, 2012: No charges against Vol QB Tyler Bray, roommate in beer-bottle, golf-ball tossing incident

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.

AUGUST

Aug. 2, 2012: 'All is good': Andre Lott out as Vol for Life coordinator

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.

Tyler Bray

Photo by Linda Stelter,The Birmingham News

Tyler Bray

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."

Aug. 23, 2012: Derek Dooley doesn't expect suspended Da'Rick Rogers to return

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.

SEPTEMBER

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.

Sept. 9, 2012: Tennessee-Florida game hype amplified by GameDay appearance, Top 25 ranking

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.

Amy Smotherman Burgess/Knoxville News Sentinel 
 Debby Jennings, the former University of Tennessee Lady Vols Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations, at Stokely Athletic Center in June 2009. A lawyer for Jennings said the former longtime UT employee was offered the choice on May 15 to be fired, resign or retire by athletic director Dave Hart for "insubordination."

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Amy Smotherman Burgess/Knoxville News Sentinel Debby Jennings, the former University of Tennessee Lady Vols Associate Athletics Director for Media Relations, at Stokely Athletic Center in June 2009. A lawyer for Jennings said the former longtime UT employee was offered the choice on May 15 to be fired, resign or retire by athletic director Dave Hart for "insubordination."

Sept. 27, 2012: Debby Jennings files suit against UT for 'unlawful discrimination'; says Pat Summitt was told she would not return as coach

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.

OCTOBER

Oct. 1, 2012: Derek Dooley 'madder than I've ever been' over defensive breakdowns

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.

Oct. 9, 2012: UT coach Derek Dooley undergoes hip surgery, will coach from press box

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.

Oct. 14, 2012: Frustration mounts after UT misses another chance to 'get over the hump'

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

Oct. 23, 2012: Buying out Derek Dooley and staff could cost as much as $9.3 million over four years

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.

NOVEMBER

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.

Nov. 18, 2012: An early look at candidates to replace Derek Dooley as Vols' coach

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.

DECEMBER

Dec. 2, 2012: Tennessee's coach search turns to Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy reportedly spoke to Tennessee about its vacant head coaching position.

Dec. 9, 2012: Butch Jones' staff taking shape; Tee Martin reportedly has offer

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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Comments » 5

rkw2 writes:

Wilcox and Sirmon left for Washington, not Washington State.

rwise (staff) writes:

in response to rkw2:

Wilcox and Sirmon left for Washington, not Washington State.

Thanks for pointing out our oversight. This has been corrected.

thevoice writes:

What happened to the "Dooley's Fired" column? That was my favorite.

born2ride writes:

If only we had hired Gruden.

mrvol2u writes:

Strong turning us down may not be such a bad deal in retrospect. Seems he is named in a suit for canceling an injured players scholarship(Reported on ESPN.com).

Do not have clue who is right or wrong but UT sure did not need to be involved in any more negative football press.

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