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  • Woodson, who is 6-foot-10

    Vols adding Memphis transfer Woodson

    Vols adding Memphis transfer Woodson

    A person close to the situation says that former Memphis forward Dominic Woodson is transferring to Tennessee.The source said that Woodson should be in class at Tennessee's Knoxville campus on Thursday and that it remained up in the air whether he'd seek a waiver to avoid sitting out the 2014-15 season. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because Tennessee hasn't announced Woodson's addition.Memphis announced last week that Woodson was transferring. Woodson, who is 6-foot-10, playe...
    A person close to the situation says that former Memphis forward Dominic Woodson is transferring to Tennessee.The source said that Woodson should be in class at Tennessee's Knoxville campus on Thursday and that it remained up in the air whether he'd seek a waiver to avoid sitting out the 2014-15 season. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because Tennessee hasn't announced Woodson's addition.Memphis announced last week that Woodson was transferring. Woodson, who is 6-foot-10, playe...
  • Announced attendance of 40,000 to Neyland Stadium.

    Tennessee's open practice has attendance of 40,000

    Tennessee's open practice has attendance of 40,000

    Tennessee coach Butch Jones says the Volunteers' open practice Saturday should allow his team's 32 newcomers to enter the season with at least some idea of what it's like to perform in front of a big crowd at Neyland Stadium. The Volunteers tuned up for their Aug. 31 season opener against Utah State with a workout that drew an announced attendance of 40,000 to Neyland Stadium. Fourteen of Tennessee's newcomers were here for spring practice and got to play in the Orange White Game, which had ...
    Tennessee coach Butch Jones says the Volunteers' open practice Saturday should allow his team's 32 newcomers to enter the season with at least some idea of what it's like to perform in front of a big crowd at Neyland Stadium. The Volunteers tuned up for their Aug. 31 season opener against Utah State with a workout that drew an announced attendance of 40,000 to Neyland Stadium. Fourteen of Tennessee's newcomers were here for spring practice and got to play in the Orange White Game, which had ...
  • Vols will host Kentucky

    Vols face ex-coach Pearl, host Auburn on Jan. 31

    Vols face ex-coach Pearl, host Auburn on Jan. 31

    Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl returns to Thompson-Boling Arena as an opponent Jan. 31 when the Volunteers host Auburn. Pearl led Tennessee to NCAA tournament appearances in each of his six seasons before getting fired amid an NCAA investigation in 2011. Auburn hired Pearl in March, and he returns to coaching this season. The date of the Auburn-Tennessee game was announced Friday as the Vols revealed their entire 2014-15 season. Tennessee already had announced its non-conference schedule ...
    Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl returns to Thompson-Boling Arena as an opponent Jan. 31 when the Volunteers host Auburn. Pearl led Tennessee to NCAA tournament appearances in each of his six seasons before getting fired amid an NCAA investigation in 2011. Auburn hired Pearl in March, and he returns to coaching this season. The date of the Auburn-Tennessee game was announced Friday as the Vols revealed their entire 2014-15 season. Tennessee already had announced its non-conference schedule ...

By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee coach Butch Jones realizes that returning a storied Volunteers program to Southeastern Conference contention is going to be a gradual process.

Jones is trying to rebuild a program that has posted three straight losing seasons, the first time that's happened at Tennessee since 1909-11. An unforgiving early-season schedule will make it tough to end that streak. 5 of Tennessee's first eight games are against teams ranked ninth or higher in last year's final Top 25.

Tennessee's offense lacks proven skill-position players. The defense is trying to bounce back from a season in which it allowed the most points (35.7) and yards (471.4) per game of any SEC team.

But the Volunteers believe they can turn things around after winning just one SEC game each of the last two years.

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