A hubbub arose last week when an email was fired off from SEC league offices to the conference's 14 basketball coaches.
To compensate for the additions of Missouri and Texas A&M, the coaches agreed in June to an 18-game conference schedule featuring one consistent rival played twice annually, four rotating home-and-home opponents and one game each against the remaining eight schools.
Each team's yearly rival and the 2012-13 home-and-home opponents were decided at the SEC coaches' annual meeting in Florida.
Then last week's email, first reported by CBSSports.com, delivered a new batch of home-and-home opponents to each program. Coaches were caught off guard, confused and, in some cases, angry.
Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin said Tuesday he received the email, but had no problems with the changes. The Vols' yearly rival, Vanderbilt, went unchanged, but the home-and-home games were altered.
According to Martin, UT will now face Georgia, Ole Miss, Alabama and Kentucky twice apiece.
The Vols' home and road foes will be unknown until the SEC releases a finalized schedule in August.
Get To The Point: Freshman Armani Moore is making strides in the battle for minutes as Trae Golden's backup point guard. At 6-foot-5, 180 pounds, he offers an entirely different look than the 6-1 Golden.
"He has really good court skills," Golden said. "He can pass really well and he's a good shooter that can stretch the floor out."
Golden added that he has worked with Moore during the Vols' NCAA-allotted 10 practices in preparation for the team's upcoming four-game exhibition tour of Italy. He praised the freshman's size and versatility, but noted that junior Jordan McRae and sophomore Josh Richardson are capable backups.
Moore primarily played on the wing through high school, but handled some point guard duties during his 10th- and 11th-grade AAU seasons.
Martin's motion offense doesn't demand a point guard in the traditional sense, but one that can make quick decisions and move the ball. Moore said he's comfortable thus far, though the learning curve is steep.
"You have to be stronger, quicker, faster," said Moore, who has stepped over to shooting guard and small forward during stretches of UT's pre-Italy practices. "It's a lot of work on me. I just focus on getting used to the game — the speed of it and just knowing what to do with the ball at the right time."
Take A Knee: Coming off arthroscopic surgery in May to address a meniscus injury in his left knee, Golden said he feels "about 90 percent."
The junior is moving well, but wearing a protective sleeve over the knee.
"It comes with time — my knee getting back adjusted to everything," Golden said. "I think these practices are helping me out a lot."
Martin said Golden is "in the fold" and will see normal playing time in Italy.
As for forward Jeronne Maymon, who underwent the same procedure as Golden in June, Martin said the senior's knee is "fine" and his practice has been limited due to "the conditioning part of it."
Italian Seasoning: Martin will use a broad rotation in the Vols' four exhibition games against Italian professional teams. The UT coach said no one will play more than 20 minutes in a single game and every player on the roster will see the court.
Additionally, Martin plans to play an assortment of different player combinations and won't use the same starting lineup for any of the four games.
Brendan F. Quinn covers Tennessee men's basketball. Follow him at http://twitter.com/BFQuinn