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Jarnell Stokes Staying At Tennessee

mrsec-breaking-newsTennessee forward Jarnell Stokes will stay at the school for his junior season.  The Memphis native had entertained the idea of entering the NBA draft but says he’s staying in Knoxville.


“After considering entering the NBA Draft, I have decided to return to Tennessee for my junior season. After talking with my family I have decided to come back and I am excited to return to the Vols. I am looking forward to playing with Jeronne (Maymon), Jordan (McRae), Trae (Golden) and my other teammates again. I think we are ready for a big season, one that will make Vol Nation proud.”


Stokes was Tennessee’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer last season.  He had sixteen double-doubles, the most of any SEC player.

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Boxscore Breakdown: Mercer 75 – Tennessee 67

NIT LogoTennessee had a 27-26 lead  with just over two minutes to go in the first half.  They never led again.  Mercer had a 34-28 lead at half and didn’t  look back. The Vols couldn’t  get any closer than four points the rest of the way. Mercer beats Tennessee 75 – 67.

Trae Golden led Tennessee with 20 points. Jarnell Stokes had another double-double – 14 points and 13 rebounds.

- Mercer shot 50% from the field (26-52) while Tennessee shot just 37.9% (22-58)

- Tennessee lost despite a huge rebounding advantage.  Vols outrebounded the Bears 38-24.

- Both teams connected on seven three-pointers and made 16 free throws.

The SEC is now 1-2 in NIT play.  With Kentucky and Tennessee losing, only Alabama is left.

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WOW Headlines – 2/11/13

The SEC has four basketball teams in the top 40 of the RPI rankings… Florida #4, Missouri #33, Ole Miss #45, and Kentucky #49
Kentucky and Georgia are currently riding five-game winning streaks
Mississippi State has lost eight consecutive games
In SEC hoops action Sunday, Tennessee defeated South Carolina 66-61 for its first road win of the year
Vol point guard Trae Golden returned from a hamstring injury to play in yesterday’s game
South Carolina coach Frank Martin on his team’s offense: “It’s embarrassing.”
Mississippi State G Jalen Steele has been suspended indefinitely due to a violation of team rules
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WOW Headlines – 11/13/12

Arkansas interim coach John L. Smith is still “knocking on wood” that he’ll be retained as UA’s full-time coach
LSU’s Les Miles says a one-loss SEC champion deserves to be in the BCS Championship Game
The family of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is planning to trademark the nickname “Johnny Football”
With another injury, Ole Miss is now to 59 scholarship players… the NCAA maximum is 85
Forty different players have started at least one game for Auburn this season
Dan Mullen on a 7:00pm ET start to this year’s Egg Bowl with Ole Miss: “I’ll play them at 9 o’clock in the morning in the parking lot.”
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said he wouldn’t speculate on job openings when asked about Arkansas’ job
Texas Tech’s Tommy Tuberville on coaching rumors tying him to Arkansas and Tennessee: “I’m tired of moving (my family) around.”
Georgia’s basketball team scored just 14 second-half points in an upset loss to Youngstown State
Tennessee guard Trae Golden says the basketball Vols “feel much more confident” this season
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SEC Headlines – 2/21/12

1.  Florida O-lineman James Wilson is trying to gain a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA.

2.  The Gator basketball team isn’t taking Auburn lightly.

3.  Georgia might be the next SEC school to begin offering multi-year scholarships.

4.  John Calipari expects Mississippi State to bring its A game tonight.

5.  Tennessee’s inside threat Jeronne Maymon is working to extend his range.

6.  Tied for fourth place in the SEC — with a 6-6 league record — has the Vols in “a good place” according to point guard Trae Golden.

7.  After knocking off MSU at home, Auburn has some confidence as it hits the road for a game at Florida tonight.

8.  Anthony Grant’s decision to suspend Tony Mitchell for the year while allowing JaMychal Green to return…

9.  Might just provide Alabama’s basketball team a chance stabilize.

10.  Arkansas’ players need to quickly forget the homecourt whoopin’ put on them by Florida over the weekend.

11.  A win over top-ranked Kentucky would provide Mississippi State’s NCAA tourney resume with a big boost.

12.  New offensive line coach Matt Luke is open to making change along Ole Miss’ O-line this spring.

13.  On the hardwood, Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner should be well-rested for the Rebels’ stretch run.

14.  So what are the top storylines heading into spring practice?

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SEC Headlines – 2/7/12 Part One

1.  Kentucky figures to be a tough test for Florida tonight.

2.  Georgia appears to already be 10 men under the 85-man scholarship limit.

3.  John Calipari sends a warning to his team: “It’s an easy transition from swagger to arrogance.”

4.  South Carolina’s Darrin Horn was asked to weigh in on tonight’s UK-UF game.  (His team lost twice to the Cats by an average of 83-58 and twice to the Gators by an average of 77-66.)

5.  Point guard Trae Golden will move back into Tennessee’s starting lineup tomorrow “if he continues to work hard in practice.”

6.  Saturday’s Kentucky-Vanderbilt game will match the Commodores’ seniors versus the Wildcats’ freshmen and sophomores.

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UT’s Golden Will Play With Broken Nose

Tennessee point guard Trae Golden — it was announced today — broke his nose during a practice session on Friday.  But according to UT coach Cuonzo Martin, Golden will play against UNC-Asheville tomorrow night.

The sophomore is leading the Vols in scoring (14.4 points per game) and assists (5.8 per game).

He is expected to have surgery on the nose on December 30th.

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SEC Headlines 11/12/2011 Part Three

1. Jon Solomon: “When the NFL Draft rolls around next April, the SEC likely won’t have a quarterback taken in the first round for just the second time in the past 10 years.”

2. It’s time for Alabama fans to root for the underdogs.

Basketball Roundup:

3. Alabama 64 – North Florida 44.  21 in a row at home now for Anthony Grant’s team.

4. South Carolina 75 – Western Carolina 50. Coming off the bench, Brenton Williams gives the Gamecocks a spark.

5. Auburn 84 – McNeese State 62.  Larger margin of victory for Tigers than any win they had against a Division One opponent last season.

6. Georgia 62 – Wofford 49.  Team-high 15 points for freshman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

7. Florida 99 – Jackson State 59.  Most lopsided season-opening win in Billy Donovan’s Florida career.

8. Tennessee 92 – UNC Greensboro 69.  Career-high 29 points for sophomore guard Trae Golden.

9. Kentucky 108 – Marist 58.  Nine-point halftime lead turns into a second-half blowout.

10. Vanderbilt 78 – Oregon 64.  18-0 run turns the game for the Commodores.

11. Arkansas 83 – South Carolina Upstate 63.  Despite 23 turnovers, The Mike Anderson era at Arkansas starts with a win.

12. Ole Miss 60 – Louisiana-Monroe 38.  Fewest points allowed by the Rebels in the Andy Kennedy era.

13. Mississippi State, 1-1 after losing to Akron this week,  faces South Alabama this afternoon.

14. LSU football game tonight – basketball game today.


15. Should the NCAA start stripping away Joe Paterno victories?

16. The mysterious disappearance of Pennsylvania prosecutor Ray Gricar.

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SEC Headlines – 6/29/11 Part One

1.  Another sport, another title for the SEC.  Congratulations to South Carolina… back-to-back national champs in baseball.

2.  Kentucky will unveil new football uniforms tomorrow.

3.  This writer says John Calipari’s “super conference” idea is a bad one.  (This includes a spectacular “Caddyshack” reference from Eric Crawford of The Louisville Courier-Journal, by the way.)

4.  Trae Golden and Jordan McRae hope to become offensive threats on Tennessee’s basketball team.

5.  Former Arkansas leading scorer Rotnei Clark will visit Butler as a transfer option this week.  (Virginia and Oklahoma are also options.

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Vols Have A Lot Of 4-Star Guys On The Bench

Mike Strange of The Knoxville News Sentinel makes an interesting observation today, pointing out that Bruce Pearl currently has five 4-star recruits on his “scout team.”

“I was telling Brian (Williams) and some other players, this is not like a regular practice,” said one of those 4-star backups, Kenny Hall.  “It’s like you’re playing a game against another D-I school.”  Pearl says the backup unit looks “like five guys who will be playing a lot for us next year.” 

But with his team struggling in the present — the Vols are just 9-10 after a hot 7-0 start — some UT backers might be wondering why Hall, Jeronne Maymon, Jordan McRae, Trae Golden and Renaldo Woolridge aren’t seeing more action this year. 

Truth be told, most of those players have failed to earn more minutes when they’ve been given playing time this season.  Which makes one wonder just how good they’ll be when they do play “a lot” for UT next year.

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