December 4, 2012 |
Jim Mora says he plans on staying at UCLA as football coach. Tennessee and Auburn officials expressed interest in speaking with Mora about their vacancies, but no talks were held. "It's flattering to be mentioned for such prominent jobs, but I'm committed to UCLA," Mora said Tuesday. "[Athletic Director] Dan Guerrero has been incredibly supportive, and we are determined to bring a national championship to UCLA. " In his first season in Westwood, Mora has guided the Bruins to a 9-4 record, their best record since 2005 and a marked improvement over their 21-29 record in four seasons with Rick Neuheisel as coach.
November 28, 2012 |
ESPN analyst Jon Gruden, who coached in the NFL for several years before becoming a commentator, says he hasn't received an offer to coach the Tennessee Volunteers. Memphis TV station WREG reported Tuesday that Gruden was weighing a Tennessee offer that would give him a part ownership of the NFL's Cleveland Browns, who are owned by Jimmy Haslam - brother of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. Gruden said Wednesday on ESPN's “Mike & Mike In The Morning” show there is “no truth” to the report.
November 22, 2012 |
Lane Kiffin irked more than one Southeastern Conference coach during his short tenure at Tennessee. And his exit from Knoxville to USC in 2010 still makes tempers boil in SEC country. But with Alabama, Georgia and Florida still in the mix for the Bowl Championship Series title, coaches and fans across the South will be rooting for Kiffin and the Trojans on Saturday when they play top-ranked and unbeaten Notre Dame at the Coliseum. A USC victory opens the door, perhaps, for another all-SEC title game.
November 18, 2012 |
Derek Dooley is out as coach at Tennessee. The university announced the anticipated firing Sunday after Dooley posted the storied program's longest run of consecutive losing seasons in more than a century. Dooley, 44, had a 15-21 record that included an 0-15 mark against top 25 teams. Dooley was 4-19 in Southeastern Conference competition during his three-year tenure and had lost 14 of his last 15 league games. Dooley had four years left on his contract, which includes a $5-million buyout.
October 28, 2012
Marcus Lattimore's right knee was dislocated and sustained ligament damage against Tennessee on Saturday, yet South Carolina Coach Steve Spurrier believes the junior could eventually return to football. Spurrier visited Lattimore on Sunday and said the running back displayed a good attitude about his condition. Spurrier said team doctor Jeffrey Guy was able to put Lattimore's knee back in place soon after he was taken from the field to a hospital. Guy said in a statement that Lattimore's knee was hyperextended and resulted in injuries to several ligaments.
October 19, 2012 |
Here is some weekend pigskin to chew on: - How hot will it get for Texas? You thought things couldn't get worse after the Longhorns got scorched by Oklahoma last week at the State Fair of Texas. Friday, though, came word that "Big Tex," the 52-foot icon statue that greets fair visitors, was burned in an electrical fire. Mack Brown's britches are also warming as his defense has allowed 111 points in two consecutive defeats. And now that arson squad is asked to put out Baylor's fire?
October 10, 2012
PITTSBURGH (2-2) AT TENNESSEE (1-4) TV: NFL Network, 5:15 p.m. PDT. Line: Steelers by 5. Over/under: 42. Sam Farmer's pick: The Titans are giving up a league-high 36.2 points per game. Even with their defensive problems, the Steelers should be able to take advantage of that. Pittsburgh 35, Tennessee 24.
September 24, 2012 |
Five things to watch this week in college football. 1: UCLA fans need to erase that easy "W" they had penciled in for the Sept. 29 game at Colorado. What looked like a picnic at Pikes Peak should be filled with some trepidation now that UCLA is the team coming in after a loss and Colorado is the team coming in after a win. 2: The Big Ten, which has been sliding from national relevancy since No.1 Ohio State and No.2 Michigan met in 2006, could use a pick-me-up showdown after last weekend's poor group effort.
September 15, 2012 |
Country music star Kenny Chesney is from Luttrell, Tenn., so it was no surprise that he chose his beloved Tennessee Volunteers to defeat Florida in a Southeastern Conference football game a little later Saturday. Chesney made his pick in Knoxville on the stage of ESPN's College GameDay, with thousands of orange-clad Volunteers fans cheering in the background. Tennessee is ranked No. 23 in this week's Associated Press media poll, but the Vols have lost seven straight against Florida, which comes in ranked No. 18. Chesney has called himself UT's No. 1 fan, but a few years ago his allegiance was questioned after he performed during a spring concert in Gainesville, Fla., home to the University of Florida.
August 25, 2012 |
Brock Myers hit a tiebreaking double, and Goodlettsville, Tenn., gave up a 10-run lead in the bottom of the sixth before scoring nine in the seventh in a 24-16 victory Saturday over Petaluma, Calif., for a berth in the Little League World Series title game in South Williamsport, Pa. Only California's 10-run comeback to send the game into extra innings tied at 15 could overshadow Tennessee slugger Lorenzo Butler's extraordinary day at the plate....