July, 2014


If he’s eligible, can Bonds help Tennessee at the point?

It was just coincidence that former Christ Presbyterian Academy point guard Braxton Bonds showed up at Tennessee around the same time the Vols’ Brandon Lopez, who was ticketed for some serious minutes at the point, went down with an ACL injury. But it’s not a certainty that Bonds, who was offered a scholarship by LSU after his junior year, can step in and replace Lopez. For starters, Bonds may have to wait a year to become eligible. NCAA rules state that an athlete’s eligibility clock starts ticking the minute heRead More

Loss of walk-on point guard Lopez will hurt Tennessee

Brandon Lopez

It’s not often when a college basketball coach calls a season-ending injury to walk-on a “huge blow to our team,” but Tennessee’s Donnie Tyndall meant it when he said that about Brandon Lopez, who tore the ACL in his right knee in a pickup game over the weekend. Lopez, a 6-1 senior who had played in just 31 games in his career, had impressed Tyndall and his staff, from the first day of skills workouts in June. After a couple of sessions, Tyndall was talking about playing Lopez 10-12 minutesRead More

Loss of McKnight means Vols’ post corps will be young

The news that Eric McKnight’s appeal to transfer from FGCU to Tennessee was denied by the Southeastern Conference didn’t come as a surprise. It had been rumored for weeks. The big question is, will new Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall try to replace McKnight? It’s not unheard of for decent players to still be available in mid July or as late as August. In his first year at Southern Miss, Tyndall signed Mike Craig in August, and Craig turned out to be a two-year starter and third-team All-Conference USA pick. ButRead More

Tennessee’s Richardson ascends to main man status as a senior

Josh Richardson

Ten minutes remained in Tennessee’s NCAA tournament First Four game against Iowa last March. Trailing 47-42, the Vols were in desperate need of a big play so they could seize control, or their first trip to the NCAAs in three years would be a short one. That’s when Josh Richardson, standing alone in the left corner, took a pass from Armani Moore. The Hawkeyes’ Zack McCabe tried to close out, but he got there too late to slow down Richardson, who was on his way to the basket. Realizing whatRead More

Vols may be thin in the post, but they will rebound

Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall may have a few worries about the spindly collection of post players he and his staff threw together in a whirlwind month of replenishing the Vols’ roster. But there’s one thing he’s not concerned about, nor has he ever been as a head coach. The Vols will rebound, and they’ll keep their opponents off the glass as well. “That’s something we emphasize every day, and in every film session,” Tyndall said. The numbers tell the tale. In Tyndall’s first eight seasons as a head coach,Read More