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Linebacking woes, a Hornet cometh, and a dastardly award betrayal: It's the Wednesday links!

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Wednesday: Welp

  • No idea what kind of murderdrill was going on at Tuesday's linebacker practice, but both star senior Jalen Reeves-Maybin and rising sophomore Dillon Bates went down with undisclosed injuries, and are expected to miss the remainder of spring practice. Butch Jones said of Bates:
    "Fortunately, just like Jalen, he should be back by the first week of June, too, so they should not miss any reps for the season. It’s other opportunities for other players to really assert themselves and put their football identity on video. We’re not gonna disclose the injuries. We just know they should be ready to go by June."

  • Hornets!
    Knoxville's own Jordan Bowden, a shooting guard from Carter High School, committed to the Vols last night via Periscope, choosing Rick Barnes' program over Providence, Cincy and Utah, among others. Bowden is the 291st overall prospect and 56th-ranked shooting guard in the 247 composite. Here's some senior highlights:

  • Spiders!
    In Nashville, the house Education Administration and Planning Committee yesterday passed a bill to strip UT's Office of Diversity and Inclusion's funding and direct the money towards printing decals for law enforcement that will say "In God We Trust." Earlier this month, a number of students and student-athletes including Alvin Kamara and Jalen Reeves-Maybin staged a protest and walkout at a Vols basketball game to protest the move. The bill will now proceed to the State Government Committee.

  • Snakes!
    The Knoxville Quarterback Club, an organization with apparently either a very refined or completely nonexistent sense of irony, will present Steve Spurrier with the 2016 Robert Neyland Award during the Orange & White weekend, April 15-17. Maybe we can launch a Kickstarter to fly in Peyton and have him cruelly snatch it away at the last second?
Happy Wednesday!