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(Sorry for the delay - Joel's still out of town and my internet was down all morning)

Tennessee Athletics

  • Mike Strange compiles his third annual list of the 12 Best Individual Athletes of the Year at Tennessee.  You know who's number one.  The rest of the list is a great way to get (re)acquainted with some of the big names in smaller sports on campus.  As Mike Hamilton is always prone to remind us, he expects to win, and the Vols are one of a handful of programs in the country that are capable of winning championships in every sport they play.
  • Team Speed Kills gives us the official lineup for SEC Media Days, now just a month away.  The Vols will be sending Montario Hardesty and Eric Berry, and Lane Kiffin will keep a safe distance from Urban Meyer.     
  • Bruce Pearl looked good in his orange tie and his SEC Championship ring last night on NBA TV, and did what I thought was an outstanding job as an analyst for the NBA Draft.  To no surprise, Pearl was well-spoken, opinionated but still positive, funny and a strong representative for UT (he told Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins that it was "Big Orange Country all over the state baby").  You can check out Pearl (as well as Kenny Smith and others) giving their instant analysis of all the first round picks in 1-2 minute segments right here.
  • Golden State drafted Stephen Curry last night at #7, leaving some to question the future of restricted free agent and former Vol CJ Watson, who remains the only active Tennessee player in the NBA.  Chris Lofton's summer league stint with the Celtics begins July 6-10.

The Rest

  • With Jodie Meeks now safely tucked away in Milwaukee, A Sea of Blue examines four critical questios for UK's 2009-10 basketball season.
  • Television rights for college football's opening weekend are quickly being secured - you'll be pleased to know that the season will begin with North Texas at Ball State on Thursday, September 3.  But just 30 minutes later, the real fun begins.  Take a look at the nationwide TV schedule for opening weekend from CFN; no official word yet on Tennessee/Western Kentucky, but we continue to hear 12:30, which means you'll still be able to watch Georgia/Oklahoma State and Alabama/Virginia Tech later in the day.