Popular stories on govolsxtra.com in 2013

University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones greets fans to begin the Vol Walk before the game against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones greets fans to begin the Vol Walk before the game against Austin Peay at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, August 31, 2013 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

We reviewed our stats for GoVolsXtra.com and looked for the most viewed news item each week in 2013. Below you will find an abstract from each story, the date it was published and a link to read it again.

JANUARY

January 5, 2013: Phillip Fulmer feels good about new Vols coach

Phillip Fulmer, who coached Tennessee from 1992-2008, was the keynote speaker at the National Strength and Conditioning Association coaches conference at Nashville Convention Center. Also in attendance was Butch Jones, who was said to have made a good first impression on Fulmer.

January 7, 2013: Terry Fair ‘nervous, but extremely excited’ to join Butch Jones’ support staff

After several years in front of television cameras and radio microphones, former Tennessee great Terry Fair joined new head coach Butch Jones’ staff as a defensive quality control assistant.

January 14, 2013: John Adams: CAK QB Charlie high still thinking big despite recruiting rejections

Charlie High once thought the recruiting process might be fun. Less than a month from national signing day, the record-setting senior quarterback from Christian Academy of Knoxville thought differently.

January 21, 2013: Tennessee's Class of 2012 has dwindled, but those remaining could still have role to play

Seven players have left the program early to pursue the NFL. The losses put more pressure on the 15 players remaining in the class while adding a sense of urgency to this year's group, which new coach Butch Jones is trying to salvage in a frantic final month.

FEBRUARY

Butch Jones' opening statements on Signing Day 2013

February 6, 2013: Butch Jones says Vols were 'selective'

First-year Tennessee football coach Butch Jones said he was happy with the 21-man recruiting class he unveiled on National Signing Day, even if it wasn’t as full as he might have hoped.

February 13, 2013: UT self-reports 10 violations in athletics since August

Tennessee’s athletic department reported 10 secondary violations of NCAA bylaws. Three of the violations were in men’s basketball, including a violation related to an open practice before UT’s football game against Florida that was attended by basketball prospect Robert Hubbs. UT said visiting prospects on official visits were “permitted to shoot on the court while the coaches were present.”

February 18, 2013: John Adams: No Michael Dyer, even if UT in dire need

Tennessee needs a running back. Michael Dyer needs a place to run. It’s a match made in message-board and talk-show heaven, where it’s already a topic of conversation. The Sports Animal had callers inquiring about Dyer almost daily last week.

February 25, 2013: Jay Graham leaving Vols for Florida State

Jay Graham, Tennessee’s running backs coach, who returned to his alma mater just over a year ago, is leaving for Florida State.

MARCH

March 6, 2013: Tennessee spring football position-by-position previews: Looking at the offense

The first spring football practice of head coach Butch Jones’ tenure at Tennessee is Saturday morning, the first of 15 sessions running through the April 20 spring exhibition game.

March 14, 2013: Evan's Eleven: 5-star RB Jalen Hurd's commitment to Tennessee is the biggest catch of Butch Jones' tenure

Jalen Hurd, a five-star running back verbally committed to the Vols, landing Butch Jones one of the biggest players of his young tenure.

Martin: SEC needs to be smarter about scheduling

March 18, 2013: Cuonzo Martin baffled by Vols' NCAA tournament snub

Hunting to understand Tennessee’s exclusion from the NCAA tournament, Martin spoke with a guarded tone, but had plenty to say. The Vols (20-12) are heading to a second straight National Invitational Tournament and he’d like to know why.

March 27, 2013: Butch Jones says of event countering Nick Saban: 'I'll do anything in Tennessee'

While Alabama football coach Nick Saban agreed to speak in Athens, Tenn., Tennessee coach Butch Jones will speak to the Bradley Sunrise Rotary group at a charity event four days earlier.

March 31, 2013: Baylor not the only ones 'stunned' by upset

Louisville defeated No. 1 Baylor in the Sweet 16 round of the Oklahoma City regional at Chesapeake Energy Arena, surprising many.

APRIL

April 7, 2013: Director of recruiting J.R. Sandlin no longer with UT football

J.R. Sandlin, who was hired from Alabama to be Tennessee’s director of recruiting, is no longer on staffaccording to Butch Jones.

April 15, 2013: GoVols247: Florida WR becomes ninth UT commitment

Lawrence Lee admittedly was leaning toward Tennessee before he arrived on campus for the first time to see for himself what the Vols have to offer. By the time he left, he committed to the Vols.

April 22, 2013: Order of protection was taken out against Yemi Makanjuola

An 18-year-old nursing student obtained an order of protection against departing UT men’s basketball player Yemi Makanjuola, who was released from his scholarship Saturday. The student claimed Makanjuola held her down and attempted to have sex with her.

April 28, 2013: Butch Jones' UT commitments high-ranked

The Volunteers already have racked up 11 commitments for the 2014 class.Tennessee's class ranks fourth in the country according to Rivals.com and fifth nationally in the 247sports.com and Scout.com rankings.

MAY

May 7, 2013: Source: Trae Golden's departure 'based on academics' and 'repeated plagiarism'

Starting point guard Trae Golden decided to transfer for his senior season. The departure is “based on academics” and a result of “repeated plagiarism.”

May 15, 2013: Former Wyoming punter Tim Gleeson says he plans to enroll at UT

Punter Tim Gleeson, who left Wyoming last month, tweeted that he planned to enroll at Tennessee. Gleeson averaged 43 yards a punt as a freshman for the Cowboys in 2012.

May 19, 2013: Guard Alexa Middleton commits to Lady Vols

Riverdale rising senior, 5-foot-9 guard Alexa Middleton, committed to Tennessee, picking the Lady Vols over Ole Miss.

May 30, 2013: Josh Dobb's calls now will be with Tennessee Vols

When Tennessee's incoming freshman quarterback, Josh Dobbs, went to the turf field at Alpharetta High School to work on his craft, the partial playbook sent to him by the Volunteers' coaches and his cell phone weren't far away.

JUNE

June 10, 2013: Quarterback Riley Ferguson's plan to be on campus thwarted

Most programs want their new players on campus as early as possible, and with nearly two months left before practice, almost every member of Tennessee’s 2013 signing class is enrolled, going to class and participating in workouts.

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June 17, 2013: UT's response to Marcus Lattimore injury earns SEC sportsmanship award

The Tennessee football team was honored with the SEC’s annual sportsmanship award for its response to an injury suffered by South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.

June 24, 2013: Butch Jones says players being 'transformed' in summer conditioning

Tennessee’s football team is in a “state of shock” after enduring rigorous offseason workouts under the supervision of the strength and conditioning staff, UT coach Butch Jones said.

JULY

July 3, 2013: GoVols247: Legacy pick: Dillon Bates to play for Vols

Dillon Bates, a rising senior linebacker from Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High School, announced that he has committed to Tennessee, choosing the Vols over Florida and Alabama before a national TV audience.

July 9, 2013: UT releases self-reported minor NCAA rules violations

Two minor football recruiting violations were among seven secondary NCAA rules violations reported by Tennessee to the SEC offices in the past six months.

July 15, 2013: Mike Strange: Will SEC have Tennessee to kick around again?

As SEC football returns to center stage this week in Hoover, Ala., a word of caution: Take whatever you hear over the next three days with a grain of salt.

July 22, 2013: Tennessee's football uniforms will have minor changes in 2013

Tennessee will be tweaking its iconic orange and white uniforms in 2013. The Vols will wear a state of Tennessee patch above players’ names on both the home and road jerseys.

July 30, 2013: Jabo Lee's coach upset with Tennessee

Jabo Lee flipped his commitment from East Carolina to Tennessee right before signing day. Shortly after signing day, Graham left for Florida State and was replaced by Robert Gillespie. Lee chose to attend Temple instead of UT.

AUGUST

Saturday morning football practice

August 10, 2013: Wrath of Butch finds Vols

After a sluggish morning start to practice, Tennessee’s ground game bounced back, capping a two-scrimmage day with a victory at the line of scrimmage.

August 18, 2013: John Adams: Phillip Fulmer needs to look in a mirror before assessing blame

Phillip Fulmer was fired five years ago as Tennessee’s football coach. He still hasn’t figured out why. “What happened to us basically was our leadership,” Fulmer told a reporter from Al.com while attending SEC BeachFest in Gulf Shores, Ala., this past weekend.

August 25, 2013: No suspense about starting QB, but Vols have decisions to make after Justin Worley

Justin Worley spent the entire spring as the No. 1 quarterback. He never relinquished the spot for even a day during this month’s training camp.

SEPTEMBER

September 1, 2013: Shooting guard Kortney Dunbar commits to play for Tennessee

Kortney Dunbar, a 6-foot-2 guard from Edwardsville (Ill.), High, has verbally committed to the Lady Vols. She announced her decision on Twitter. Dunbar averaged 14.6 points per game and hit a team-leading 54 3-pointers for Edwardsville last season.

September 10, 2013: Oregon viewing Vols as 'unbelievable'

Mark Helfrich said No. 2 Oregon had its best Monday practice of the year, and from the sounds of it, the Ducks will need it as they prepare to host Tennessee.

September 18, 2013: Letter: Reader unhappy with Butch Jones' choice of words during loss at Oregon

"I wish someone could address the issues of coaches (in this particular case) Mr. Jones' use of the F-word on TV when the camera caught the full word."





September 25, 2013: Missed 'Book of Manning'? No problem

A complete recap of ESPN's "Book of Manning", a special on the Manning family.

OCTOBER

October 1, 2013: Phillip Fulmer says Tennessee coach Butch Jones has 'lots of challenges'

Former Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer, who attended a Vols practice last week at the request of current coach Butch Jones, believes the program's brick-by-brick building process will require a lot of patience and bricks.

October 11, 2013: Vincent Dallas, Alan Posey leave Tennessee football team

Junior receiver and kickoff returner Vincent Dallas and sophomore offensive lineman Alan Posey left Tennessee’s football team.

October 19, 2013: Vols upset No. 11 South Carolina, 23-21

Butch Jones comments UT's 23-21 win over South Carolina

October 20, 2013: Four-star juco WR Pearson joins Tennessee's 'family'

Michael Palardy’s 20-yard field goal as time expired lifted Tennessee to a 23-21 upset of No. 11 South Carolina, unleashing a celebration like Neyland Stadium hasn’t seen in at least four years.

October 26, 2013: Justin Worley's thumb, Josh Dobbs' performance create QB questions for Vols

When teammates learned that freshman quarterback Josh Dobbs would make his debut in the second half of a lopsided game in front of 100,000 people at Bryant-Denny Stadium on Saturday, they offered advice that mixed encouragement and realism.

NOVEMBER

November 8, 2013: Personnel Fouls: Sex discrimination suits shake Tennessee

For nearly 40 years, the University of Tennessee's Lady Vols were a role model for college athletics -- everybody's favorite example of what is possible when a major university devotes major resources to women's sports.

November 11, 2013: Vols lead for Florida RB Dacorius Law

November 17, 2013: Tennessee Vols lining up juco recruits ready to help quickly

Dacorius Law already was high on Tennessee before visiting the Vols for the first time, but he came away from his official visit to Knoxville even more impressed.

November 25, 2013: Butch Jones: Cam Sutton received death threat after Vandy loss

Tennessee’s first-year coach revealed freshman cornerback Cameron Sutton received a death threat after the Vols’ 14-10 loss to Vanderbilt

DECEMBER

December 2, 2013: Former Vol Maurice Couch admits to accepting money due to financial hardship: ‘I was going to lose my family’

Former Tennessee defensive tackle Maurice Couch said he accepted impermissible cash benefits during his playing career because he was financially struggling and wanted to keep his young family together.

December 8, 2013: David Climer: Tennessee Vols tackle top high school talent before it leaves state

If offensive lineman Charles Mosley of Bruceton commits to the Vols as expected, it will be the most in-state players headed to UT since the 11-player collection in 2007.

December 18, 2013: Longtime Vols commitment DaVonte Lambert signing with Auburn

After verbally committing to Tennessee, junior college defensive end prospect DaVonte Lambert signined with the Auburn Tigers.

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