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FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2019, file photo, Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano looks for a receiver during an NCAA college football game against South Carolina in Knoxville, Tenn. Guarantano and the 16th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers are about to find out how much having the same offensive coordinator for consecutive seasons can help a quarterback. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

No. 16 Tennessee looks for seventh straight win in opener

Sep. 24, 2020 10:27 PM EDT

No. 16 Tennessee at South Carolina, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network). Line: Tennessee by 3 1/2. Series record: Tennessee leads 26-10-2. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Tennessee fans have plenty of enthusiasm that third-year coach Jeremy Pruitt has the Vols pointed back in their championship direction. A victory...

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2019, file photo, Tennessee head coach Jeremy Pruitt argues a call during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. No. 16 Tennessee has given coach Jeremy Pruitt a raise and a contract extension through 2025 after two seasons on the job.  Tennessee announced the extension Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, that will hike Pruitt's pay from $3.8 million this season to $4.2 million in 2021. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)

Pruitt gets raise, extension from Tennessee after 2 seasons

Sep. 24, 2020 2:18 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — No. 16 Tennessee has given coach Jeremy Pruitt a raise and a contract extension through 2025 after two seasons on the job. Tennessee announced the two-year extension Thursday that also will increase Pruitt's pay $400,000 from this season to $4.2 million in 2021. Pruitt is 13-12 as...

FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp walks on the sideline during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Columbia, S.C. Muschamp haven't had a true quarterback competition since 2016 _ and he's taking much of the way through camp as Ryan Hilinski, Collin Hill and Luke Doty try to become the Gamecocks' passer. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford, File)

No. 16 Tennessee looks to continue streak at South Carolina

Sep. 24, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Tennessee linebacker Henry To'o To'o is convinced the team's run back to Southeastern Conference prominence wasn't a late-season fluke — and it can continue when the 16th-ranked Vols open the season at South Carolina on Saturday. The enthusiasm is high on Rocky Top, largely...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2019, file photo, Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano looks for a receiver during an NCAA college football game against South Carolina in Knoxville, Tenn. Guarantano and the 16th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers are about to find out how much having the same offensive coordinator for consecutive seasons can help a quarterback. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

QB Guarantano opens as undisputed starter for No. 16 Vols

Sep. 21, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

Jarrett Guarantano and the 16th-ranked Tennessee Volunteers are about to find out how much it helps them having the same offensive coordinator for consecutive seasons. The quarterback who lost his starting job last season and even received death threats has had a full offseason to better learn what Jim Chaney...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2019, file photo, Georgia offensive lineman Cade Mays (77) runs a drill during an NCAA football practice in Athens, Ga. The former Georgia lineman has had his appeal for an immediate transfer waiver approved by the NCAA, Tennessee was told Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Now the Southeastern Conference needs to approve the transfer between league schools. Tennessee opens the season Sept. 26 at South Carolina. (Joshua L. Jones/Athens Banner-Herald via AP)

NCAA approves Cade Mays' waiver appeal for No. 15 Tennessee

Sep. 17, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The NCAA notified No. 15 Tennessee on Thursday that offensive lineman Cade Mays' appeal for a waiver to play immediately has been approved. Now it's up to the Southeastern Conference and Commissioner Greg Sankey to allow Mays to transfer inside the league after the lineman started...

FILE - South Carolina quarterback Ryan Hilinski (3) throws a pass against Texas A&M during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019, in College Station, Texas. South Carolina and coach Will Muschamp haven't had a true quarterback competition since 2016 _ and he's taking much of the way through camp as Ryan Hilinski, Collin Hill and Luke Doty try to become the Gamecocks' passer. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

Grad transfer Collin Hill to start as South Carolina QB

Sep. 17, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Graduate transfer Collin Hill will start at quarterback for South Carolina when it opens against No. 15 Tennessee on Sept. 26. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp announced the decision Thursday. Hill arrived at South Carolina from Colorado State and beat out last year's freshman starter,...

FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2017, file photo, Tennessee offensive lineman Trey Smith (73) makes his way onto the field for the Volunteers' game against South Carolina at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. Smith's own health history gives him all the reason he needed to opt out of the season during the coronavirus pandemic. Yet the preseason All-American is planning to play for the 15th-ranked Volunteers to improve his already high stock for the NFL draft. (C.B. Schmelter/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP, File)

Tennessee guard confident he's safer than others on campus

Sep. 15, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

Trey Smith has dealt with blood clots, which threatened to derail his college career. The preseason All-American also has done his homework and knows blood clots are among the potential side effects of COVID-19. Smith believes he's likely safer than other 21-year-olds on college campuses. “If a regular...

FILE- In this Sept. 22, 2018, file photo, Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt, center, talks to players during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida in Knoxville, Tenn. A planned scrimmage turned into a scaled-down practice at Tennessee last weekend when the Volunteers were without about 35 players due to COVID-19. Pruitt said seven or eight players were in isolation after being infected and another 28 or so had been quarantined after it was determined through contact tracing they had been exposed to the virus. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

'Clinical judgments' key in college football contact tracing

Sep. 11, 2020 5:22 AM EDT

A planned scrimmage at Tennessee last weekend turned into a scaled-down practice when the Volunteers were without about 35 players due to COVID-19. Coach Jeremy Pruitt said seven or eight players were in isolation after being infected and another 28 or so had been quarantined after it was determined through...

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2019, file photo, Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano directs a receiver in an NCAA college football game against South Carolina in Knoxville, Tenn. Senior Guarantano is the starting quarterback heading into the season. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

Tennessee's challenge is building on 6-game winning streak

Sep. 1, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

Tennessee proved a season ago it can do more than just compete with the Volunteers winning their final six games, capped by a comeback bowl victory. Now the Vols must prove they can play that way from the start. “We obviously have a lot of experience coming back, and we have a lot of people within our...

FILE - Tennessee wide receiver Josh Palmer pulls down a reception during the first quarter of the teams NCAA college football game against Missouri, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Columbia, Mo. Tennessee has to fill the void left by the loss of Jajuan Jennings and Marquez Callaway. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson, File)

Freshmen receivers get chance with Tennessee this season

Aug. 31, 2020 3:08 PM EDT

The Tennessee Volunteers have to replace their top two wide receivers, and a group of freshmen will get the opportunity to help fill the void left by the loss of Jajuan Jennings and Marquez Callaway. “All of those guys are going to have to play,” Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt said. ”They all...