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Tennessee Volunteers News 5/31: Florida Kickoff Time, Butch Jones Speaks At Spring Meetings

The Tennessee-Florida rivalry will again be renewed on the SEC’s biggest stage.

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Just like last season, Tennessee and Florida will play at 3:30 on the SEC on CBS.

The Vols and Gators will meet on September 16, with Tennessee having already played Georgia Tech and Indiana State.

Tennessee was featured on the SEC on CBS five times last season, including a record four weeks in a row.

During the SEC spring meetings in Destin, Fla., Butch Jones made another comment which has garnered plenty of attention.

Jones likely has the stats ready to defend his claim - Tennessee is one of only three SEC teams to win nine games each of the past two seasons, the Vols won 11 straight games spanning 2015 and 2016, etc.

But anyone who follows the SEC realizes Tennessee has largely underachieved under Butch Jones. 2015 saw blown second half double-digit leads to Oklahoma and Florida. 2016’s 5-0 start morphed into another 9-4 record and no appearance in the SEC Championship Game in a down SEC East.

Obviously, we all want and expect Butch Jones to believe in Tennessee and the job he wants to do. Sometimes he just has an inopportune way of expressing his optimism.

Louisville graduate transfer CB Shaq Wiggins is in Knoxville and set to join the Tennessee football team.

There was some fear Wiggins may have had second thoughts about his Tennessee commitment when he made a visit to Mississippi State last week. But Wiggins is prepared to enroll on Thursday when summer classes begin at the University of Tennessee.

Wiggins should be a huge upgrade in the Tennessee secondary and provide a veteran presence for some of the Vols’ young defensive backs.