Tennessee Rumors & News

  • Ex- Vols LB AJ Johnson Turns Himself to Police for Rape

    Black Sports Online "Former Tennessee Vols LB AJ Johnson has turned himself into authorities for a rape charge. Johnson has already been uninvited from the NFL combine due to the allegations. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office issued a release saying Johnson had turned himself in Tuesday and was released on $40,000..." February 17

  • Grand jury indicts current, former Vols in rape case

    Knoxville News Sentinel "Former University of Tennessee football linebacker A.J. Johnson and current cornerback Michael Williams have been indicted by a Knox County grand jury after a lengthy rape investigation, their attorneys said Thursday. “I will confirm that I received a notification (from the Knox County District..." February 12

  • Tennessee was right to pull the scholarship offer from a top Rutgers recruit

    Newark Star-Ledger "The great thing about the Internet — other than the cat videos, of course — is that the audience is both local and global. So while a column might be about Rutgers' recruiting class, if it includes criticism of another program, you can bet somebody is going to see it. And that's what happened..." February 11

  • Prosecutor: UT rape case headed to grand jury

    Knoxville News Sentinel "With defense attorneys pushing for a decision on the fates of two University of Tennessee athletes accused of rape, Knox County prosecutors said they will take the case to a grand jury. After initially saying Monday the case was still under review, District Attorney General Charme Allen said..." February 11

  • Report: Tennessee QB Nathan Peterman will transfer to Pitt

    Yahoo! Sports "Pitt will reportedly add an SEC transfer to its quarterback depth chart. According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, former Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman will join the Panthers as a graduate transfer and begin taking classes in May. Peterman spent the past three seasons with the Vols..." February 05

  • Butch Jones isn't pleased despite Vols drawing nation's No. 1 player

    Fox Sports - College Football "Butch Jones has put together one heck of a class for 2015. According to Scout.com, Tennessee has the nation's fifth-best group of recruits, and on top of that, the Vols landed the country's No. 1 prospect: defensive tackle Kahlil McKenzie. No doubt the head coach is very excited about the 6-3,..." February 05

  • Tennessee lands star OL Drew Richmond

    Tennessean "If National Signing Day is indeed college football's Christmas, Tennessee's coaches and fans received the gift at the top of their lists Wednesday morning. Drew Richmond, widely regarded as one of the top players in the state and one of the top offensive linemen in the nation, officially..." February 04

  • Zac Jancek, son of coordinator John, is a Vol

    Tennessean "Zac Jancek, the son of Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek, signed a letter of intent Wednesday to play for the Vols. Zac is a quarterback out of Knoxville Catholic High School. He is expected to be a preferred walk-on for Tennessee." February 04

  • Rutgers Commit Marques Ford Makes It Clear He Wouldn’t Re-Consider Tennessee

    College Spun "Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay defensive end Marques Ford was committed to Tennessee for six months until losing his scholarship on Jan. 21 due to a numbers crunch in the Vols’ class. Ford rebounded by committing to Rutgers two days later, and indicated after his official visit to RU this weekend that..." February 03

  • Tennessee QB considers transfer to Pitt

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "When former Pitt player Chris McKillop learned his alma mater was entertaining Tennessee quarterback Nathan Peterman on Saturday, he immediately called his brother, Scott, a coaching assistant with the Panthers. “I told Scott, ‘If you guys get Nate Peterman, it would be a great add,' ” said..." February 01

  • Arian Foster says he was joking about money he received at Tennessee

    CBSSports.com "Current Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, a former player for the Tennessee Volunteers, has never been shy about his feelings for the NCAA or the benefits he received while in college. Back in 2013, Foster said he was "getting money on the side" during his senior season in Knoxville,..." January 30

  • Four-star WR says he wore Vols gear during Auburn visit, denies pot rumors

    College Football Talk "Don’t you just love the wonderful world of college football recruiting, especially when it comes to the SEC (or the Big Ten)? Four-star 2015 wide receiver Preston Williams has been a verbal commit to Tennessee for the last four months but has still taken visits to, among other places, Georgia..." January 29

  • Former four-star cornerback D'Andre Payne transferring from Tennessee to Maryland

    Baltimore Sun "A day that began with the news that one of Maryland’s top recruiting targets had committed orally elsewhere ended with the Terps adding a former four-star cornerback to their secondary. Washington native and Tennessee freshman D’Andre Payne, who graduated from H.D. Woodson (D.C.), tweeted..." January 26

  • Jalen Hurd's underage drinking charge dismissed after requirements completed

    Knoxville News Sentinel "Tennessee freshman running back Jalen Hurd’s underage drinking charge was dismissed on Thursday in Knox County General Sessions Court after his attorney provided documentation that Hurd had completed more than 24 hours of community service and a drug and alcohol assessment course. Hurd, who..." January 22

  • Coach: Vols pull offer from 4-star DE Marques Ford

    Tennessean "Former Tennessee commitment Marques Ford is "definitely a little bit angry," according to his high school coach, after being told Wednesday there was no longer room for him in the Vols recruiting class. Frank LaRosa, who coached the defensive end at East Bay High School near Tampa, Fla., said..." January 22

  • Report: Tennessee offensive coordinator leaving staff

    CBSSports.com "It looks like Tennessee finds itself in the market for a new offensive coordinator. According to a report from Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman, Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian is "leaving Tennessee to pursue other coaching opportunities." Just what those other opportunities are right..." January 22

  • Vols add QB Sheriron Jones to 2015 class

    Tennessean "A day after two Tennessee quarterbacks arrived on campus as early enrollees, the Vols have added another to their 2015 class. Sheriron Jones, a former Florida commit, has committed to Tennessee, according to his high school coach Pete Duffy. Jones backed out of his Florida commitment last..." January 08

  • Tennessee Walk-On Alex Ellis Awarded A Scholarship As A ‘Bowl Gift’ By Butch Jones

    College Spun "Most of the touching videos of college football walk-ons being awarded scholarships come before the season, but Tennessee decided to use the holiday season to reward one of its dedicated players. Butch Jones came to a meeting with a few wrapped presents, which he said he was giving for good..." December 22

  • Tennessee's leading rusher won't miss time after underage drinking charge

    CBSSports.com "Tennessee's leading rusher, freshman running back Jalen Hurd, won't miss any playing time as a result of an underage drinking charge from earlier this month. According to The Tennessean, a University of Tennessee police officer issued citations to two males on Dec. 3 after spotting a car with..." December 19

  • Tennessee lands former Alabama RB Alvin Kamara

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAF - Dr. Saturday "Former Alabama running back Alvin Kamara has landed at Tennessee. The Vols announced they had signed Kamara, a former four-star prospect, out of Hutchinson (Kansas) Community College. Kamara spent the 2013 season at Alabama, but never saw the field. He was suspended twice and left home from..." December 18

  • Tennessee losing three players to transfer

    CBSSports.com "Tennessee will be losing three players to transfer, as Butch Jones confirmed on Sunday that tight end Daniel Helm, defensive end Dewayne Hendrix and Derrell Scott have all decided to leave the school. "We thank them for everything they have given to Tennessee and wish them the best moving..." December 15

  • After UAB killed football, Vols will open 2015 with some MACtion

    College Football Talk "UAB officially sent its football program to the gallows last week, leaving Tennessee as one of four teams, aside from its Conference USA foes, with a hole to fill in its 2015 slate. Tuesday, that hole was officially been. In a press release, Bowling Green announced that it has replaced UAB on..." December 09

  • Tennessee gives Butch Jones healthy raise, contract extension through 2020

    College Football Talk "Tennessee announced Monday a contract extension and raise for coach Butch Jones that’ll pay him $3.6 million annually through 2020. The extension isn’t a surprise — Jones said Sunday he expected it would come together quickly. The second-year Vols coach reportedly was targeted by Michigan..." December 08

  • Two Tennessee football players suspected of rape, sexual assault

    USA Today "Knoxville police are investigating reports of rape and sexual assault by two University of Tennessee students in off-campus housing involving two female victims. The suspects are Vols linebacker A.J. Johnson, a senior, and defensive back, Michael Williams, a sophomore, a police source confirmed..." November 17

  • Tennessee QB Justin Worley reportedly will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

    Alabama.com "Oft-injured Tennessee quarterback Justin Worley will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery this week, VolQuest.com of the Rivals network reported Tuesday. Worley, a senior, has missed the last two weeks with the injury, which he apparently suffered in a 34-3 loss against Ole Miss on Oct. 18...." November 04

  • Lane Kiffin’s mom worried about son’s safety in return to Tennessee

    Larry Brown Sports "Lane Kiffin is going to return to a chorus of boos when the Alabama offensive coordinator travels to Tennessee with his team on Saturday. Kiffin’s mother, Robin, is terrified that some fans in Knoxville will go beyond just booing. In a fantastic piece that was written by Jon Solomon of..." October 23

  • Tennessee struggling to stop the run, face Gurley

    Covers.com "The Tennessee Volunteers have had all kinds of problems stopping the run so far in the young college football season, and things won't be getting any easier Saturday. The Vols will travel to Athens, GA for a date with star runningback Todd Gurley and his Georgia Bulldogs in Week 5 action...." September 26

  • Shy Tuttle commits to Vols

    Tennessean "Shy Tuttle, considered one of the top defensive linemen in the recruiting class of 2015, committed to Tennessee today. Paul Fortenberry, a reporter for Volquest.com, tweeted a picture of Tuttle in a Vols bucket hat. Tuttle, who plays for North Davidson High in Lexington, N.C., picked the..." September 26

  • Vols dismiss freshman tailback Treyvon Paulk following domestic incident

    Times Free Press "Tennessee freshman tailback Treyvon Paulk has been dismissed from the program for what head coach Butch Jones termed a "personal conduct issue," and it likely stemmed from an incident over the weekend involving Paulk and his ex-girlfriend. According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office, Paulk..." September 22

  • Tennessee starting OT Jacob Gilliam tears ACL, out for year

    CBSSports.com "One of the youngest offensive lines in the FBS just got younger. Butch Jones announced Tuesday that Tennessee starting left tackle Jacob Gilliam tore his ACL in the Vols' 38-7 win over Utah State Sunday, ending his 2014 season. A fifth-year senior, Gilliam is a former walk-on who earned a..." September 02

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN.com "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 09

  • Achilles tear KOs Vols’ Cody Blanc for all of 2014

    College Football Talk "A young member of Tennessee’s receiving corps won’t see the field at all in 2014 due to injury. According to the Associated Press, Cody Blanc suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon recently and will miss the entire season. Blanc incurred the injury during the first day of summer camp this past..." August 06

  • January the ETA for ex-Vols QB in Charlotte

    College Football Talk "Earlier this month it was reported that erstwhile Tennessee quarterback Riley Ferguson would be transferring to Charlotte. While that still appears to be the case, it won’t happen for a little bit further down the road. Josh Ward of Knoxville radio station WNML tweeted earlier this evening..." July 24

  • Ryan Johnson commits to Tennessee

    Rocky Top Talk "Offensive tackle Ryan Johnson has made his decision on where he wants to play his college football two years from now. Tennessee head coach Butch Jones and his coaching staff have nabbed another recruit in the class of 2016. '16 offensive tackle Ryan Johnson made his decision on Nashville's..." July 20

  • Report: Vols QB likely moving on to Charlotte

    College Football Talk "A month and a half after Butch Jones acknowledged he did “not anticipate that he will be a member of our football family moving forward,” Riley Ferguson appears to have been adopted by a new football family. While nothing is official at this point, Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com tweeted Monday..." July 15

  • 5-Star DT Kahlil McKenzie Commits to Vols, 'All-SEC-Type Player'

    Bleacher Report "Kahlil McKenzie is a monster 5-star defensive tackle in the 2015 class. He is the No. 7 defensive tackle in the country, according to 247Sports composite. McKenzie has just committed to the Tennessee Volunteers out at The Opening. His size and strength are off the charts, which will allow him..." July 12

  • Tennessee freshman DT injured in car accident

    College Football Talk "One member of Tennessee’s Class of 2014 was injured in a car accident Sunday. Fortunately, it seems the damage done by the vehicle accident appears to be nothing much more than broken bones. According to Chattanooga Times Free Press, defensive tackle Charles Mosley was injured in the accident..." July 07

  • Northside football star Chance Hall picks Tennessee

    The Roanoke Times "As he wrapped up preparations for the press conference where he would announce his college choice, Northside football standout Chance Hall dispatched his mother in search of hats for Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Donna Hall drove all the way to Gatlinburg, Tenn., on Wednesday before she could find..." July 03

  • Oakland's Kyle Oliver commits to Tennessee

    DNJ "Kyle Oliver ended his recruitment Sunday night with one phone call. His decision? He wants to be the next brick for Tennessee and coach Butch Jones. “I was (at Tennessee on Saturday) for the Orange Carpet Day,” said Oliver, who told Jones he was committing during a late-night conversation..." June 24

  • Ex-Alabama RB Alvin Kamara commits to Tennessee

    CBSSports.com "Tennessee got some good news on the recruiting front over the weekend, landing a commitment from Alvin Kamara, one of the top junior college prospects in the 2015 class. Kamara transferred from Alabama in January and joined the program at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College with plans of..." June 22

  • Former Alabama RB Alvin Kamara now headed to one of Tide's biggest rivals

    Alabama.com "After one season at Alabama, former top prospect Alvin Kamara is headed to one of the Crimson Tide's top rivals. The running back confirmed the chatter on Twitter by announcing he'll play at Tennessee. Kamara redshirted his freshman year in Tuscaloosa with a loaded depth chart at running..." June 21

  • Quarterback Quinten Dormady Commits to the Vols

    Rocky Top Talk "Fast rising Texas quarterback Quinten Dormady committed to Tennessee today over rival Alabama. It could have been a side trip to Calhoun's, a meeting with ESPN commentator Jon Gruden, or a tour of the breathtaking facilities in Knoxville, but whatever the case, it was enough for pro-style..." June 10

  • Malik Brown says joining Syracuse football is possible after transfer from Tennessee

    Syracuse.com "When Doug Marrone left Syracuse to become head coach of the Buffalo Bills last offseason, the Orange lost verbal commitment Malik Brown as well. The three-star defensive end flipped to Tennessee, citing Marrone's departure, along with that of assistants John Anselmo and Steve Morrison, as the..." June 04

  • Riley Ferguson Leaving Tennessee Program

    Rocky Top Talk "Tennessee's quarterback derby has lost its redshirt freshman. Many expected Tennessee's four-man quarterback race during spring practice to become a three-man race sooner or later with the low man on the totem pole a potential transfer threat. But many also expected redshirt freshman Riley..." May 28

  • Tennessee LB Reeves-Maybin shot in arm, not seriously injured

    CBSSports.com "Tennessee linebacker Jaylen Reeves-Maybin did not suffer any serious injuries after being shot in the arm early Sunday morning during an incident in his hometown. Tennessee spokesman Jimmy Stanton told the Associated Press that Reeves-Maybin "was grazed by a stray bullet" after shots were fired..." May 13

  • Four-star QB Torrance Gibson announces his top 15

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Four-star quarterback Torrance Gibson of Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage may be one of Ohio State's top quarterback targets in the 2015 recruiting class. But the Buckeyes aren't Gibson's top school. At least not yet. Gibson released his top 15 in order Monday night, and Ohio State..." May 06

  • Former Alcoa standout JaRon Toney leaving Vols

    The Daily Times "Former Alcoa High School standout JaRon Toney’s football career at Tennessee has come to a close, Vols head coach Butch Jones confirmed to The Daily Times Wednesday afternoon. “He’s going to enter another phase of his life,” Jones said of Toney. “And he’ll have his degree, very excited for..." May 01

  • Recruit Jauan Jennings brings versatility to Tennessee at quarterback, safety

    SB Nation "Jennings could play safety or quarterback for the Volunteers. Tennessee received good news Monday with the commitment of Jauan Jennings. Out of Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackmon, Jennings held many of the big offers in the South, including Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and some national..." April 08

  • Former Alabama RB says Georgia (and Tennessee) a possibility

    College Football Talk "Things never quite worked out for Alvin Kamara at Alabama. The former four-star recruit out of Georgia once made the decision to attend Alabama over his home-stare Georgia Bulldogs, but now it could be possible he looks to rebound his young collegiate career in Athens. In an interview with 247..." March 21

  • SEC Outlook: A&M's potential 1-2 punch, Ole Miss pass rush and Vandy's 3-4

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "The loss of Johnny Manziel and Ben Malena at Texas A&M opens the door for a pair of returning running backs to make their mark. Implementing new schemes, changing positions and coming back from injury are also what spring practice is about. RBs could supply Aggies with 1-2 punch With so much..." March 13

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