Butch Jones: The most loved man in Knoxville

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Talking Points leads with Jones being named the "Knoxvillian of the Year," and includes news of a couple of Vols quarterbacks seeking the help of a guru, another top-ranked prospect naming the Vols as his leader, and the possibly continuing roster turnover for hoops coach Donnie Tyndall.

FOOTBALL

I love Coach Jones, and apparently the people of Knoxville do, too.  But then again, who doesn't? Yesterday the Metro Pulse named Butch Jones the "Knoxvillian of the Year" as voted on by the magazine's readers.

Meanwhile, Justin Worley and Josh Dobbs traveled to San Diego, California to participate in George Whitfield's QB camp.  Both Dobbs and Worley are competing for the starting job along with RS freshman Riley Ferguson and Nathan Peterman.  The Vols quarterback battle is sure to be the most watched position battle of fall camp in August as coach Jones tries to determine the starting signal-caller.

Oh, and It's only 100 days till it's Football Time in Tennessee!

HOOPS

The 2014-15 Vols basketball team will look vastly different than last year's team that made it to the Sweet 16. New head man Donnie Tyndall has handled the roster turnover caused by the departure of former head man Cuonzo Martin with amazing ease by bringing in eight new players in just one month on the job.  However, the roster shuffling may not be over just yet.

We will know the future intentions of rising senior center Rawane Ndiaye sometime next week as he and Tyndall meet to discuss his future.  But based off of what we have seen out of Coach Tyndall so far, he probably has a back up plan in place if Ndiaye does indeed decide to leave the Vols program.

RECRUITING

The Vols got some good news in recruiting yesterday as five star legacy DT Kahlil McKenzie named the Vols his leader.  Kahlil, the son of former Vols LB Reggie McKenzie and nephew of former Vols OL Raleigh McKenzie, is just the latest of a group of five star prospects to name the Vols their leader.  Both DT Tim Settle and dual threat QB Torrance Gibson have named the Vols #1 on their lists while WR Preston Williams is firmly committed to the Vols for the 2015 class.

We all know Butch can recruit, but the level at which he is recruiting hasn't been seen for the Vols since the days of a young Phillip Fulmer in the 90s.  Let's hope the wins come like the 90s too, but nonetheless, the future is looking bright on Rocky Top.

Etceteras:

The Lady Vols softball team takes on Oklahoma in a rematch of last year's World Series tonight at 7pm in the Norman Super Regional.  . . . Former Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt will undergo knee replacement surgery. . . . And I'm kinda new around here, excited to be a part of RTT!

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