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TP: Team 118 arrives on Rocky Top

Today's Talking Points wants to discuss Team 118 converging on Knoxville with fresh faces, ready to begin their careers as Vols. Men's Tennis brings home a doubles National Title for the first time since 1980, and Donnie Tyndall answers some questions about next year's basketball team..

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Yesterday, Team 118 made its way to Rocky Top for the start of summer term classes. The Vols' return to Knoxville brings a wave of fresh faces as the rest of the 2014 class begins their careers as Vols.  With the likes of Todd Kelly Jr., the Berry twins, and Vic Wharton, Butch Jones finally has all of his inaugural recruiting class on campus. All except one, JUCO LB Chris Weathered, who will join the rest of Team 118 in July.

The list of the 18 newcomers can be found on the 2014 signee list from GoVols247.

In other news, Ja'Wuan James, the 19th overall pick in the draft, participated in his first rookie mini-camp practice last Friday for the Miami Dolphins. In this interview, James credits coach Jones and the new offensive system implemented last season for preparing him for the NFL.


A name to watch for the 2015 class could be JUCO product Justin Martin.  Martin was an All-Midstate selection from Overton High School in Middle Tennessee this past season. Due to grades, Martin was forced to enroll at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College to improve his academics.

Brad Shepard gives out summer grades for the Vols' 2015 recruiting class thus far.  In the article Butch Jones is quoted as saying the Vols will  "be in the mid 20s" in terms of signees for the 2015 class.


Hunter Reese and Mikelis Libietis brought home the first Men's doubles National Championship for the Vols since 1980. Reese and Libietis defeated Ohio State's men's doubles team Monday in Athens, GA and finished the year with a record of 36-5 and a record of 13-1 in major championships.


Head coach Donnie Tyndall weighs in on his newly bestowed nickname of "Donnie Knoxville" and answers some questions about next year's team for the Vols


The Lady Vols softball team's season came to an end as it fell to Oklahoma, 8-2, in the NCAA tournament super regionals on Sunday.....The UT baseball team was not selected to participate in the field of 64 for the NCAA tournament yesterday, and the NCAA Tournament drought extends to nine seasons for the Vols, who finished the season with an record of (31-23).