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A federal lawsuit filed by six unnamed women Tuesday against the University of Tennessee alleges football players assaulted former WR Drae Bowles twice because he helped a woman who said she was raped by former Volunteers A.J. Johnson and Mike Williams.

The lawsuit is sprawling, shocking and specific, claiming that the university "has created a student culture that enables sexual assaults by student-athletes, especially football players, and then uses an unusual, legalistic adjudication process that is biased against victims who step forward." Bowles comes into the picture because he took "Plaintiff Doe IV to the hospital the night of her assault" and "supported her decision to report the incident to the authorities." According to the suit, Bowles was assaulted by his Vols teammates that night and then by the same teammates a few days later at the football facility. Curtis Maggitt, the suit states, confronted Bowles in the locker room "before the team was instructed by head coach Butch Jones not to talk to him and before Bowles was given time away from the team." Bowles later transferred to Chattanooga.
Feb 10 - 2:35 PM

Six women filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday claiming that Tennessee has created a culture enabling student-athletes, particularly football players, to get away with committing sexual assaults.

Specifically, per the suit, the university uses an unusual adjudication process that is slanted against victims who come forward. Five Tennessee athletes are accused of sexual assault in the lawsuit: Former basketball player Yemi Makanjuola, former football players A.J. Johnson, Michael Williams and Riyahd Jones and a current football player identified as a "John Doe." Tennessee has shown "deliberate indifference and a clearly unreasonable response after a sexual assault that causes a student to endure additional harassment," according to the lawsuit, which goes on to accuse administrators and coaches of ignoring complaints and impeding the investigation process.
Feb 9 - 6:04 PM

The NCAA accepted the Tennessee football program's self-reported minor recruiting violations and sanctions.

The Vols reported four minor recruiting violations between 2014 and January 2016, mostly involving impermissible contact and complimentary tickets. No further punishment is expected to come down for these Level III offenses.
Feb 9 - 2:20 PM

Sports Illustrated's Colin Becht notes that Tennessee four-star QB Jarrett Guarantano "shows great accuracy both from the pocket and on the run and knows how to read defenses."

Barring something weird, Guarantano will sit behind starter Joshua Dobbs during the coming season. The 6-foot-4, 194-pounder told Sports Illustrated that he believes Tennessee offers a comfortable fit, one where the offense won't be asking him to run at every turn. Guarantano also indicated that he's currently working on his footwork and touch throws. His velocity is stellar, but as ESPN's Tom Luginbill has noted, "there isn't subtle nuance to his game yet." Come 2017, he figures to be in the conversation to start.
Feb 6 - 2:53 PM

Tennessee signed four-star LB Daniel Bituli.

"I’m ready for the next chapter in my life and that’s to be a Vol," Bituli said. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder had been committed to Tennessee in July. No need to sweat for HC Butch Jones, as Bituli followed through on his word. He's from Nashville, which should make this an easy transition. There's still work to be done, though. ESPN 300 checks him in at No. 156, noting that Bituli "would benefit from running lower on a consistent basis and reading linebacker flow more accurately for the in-line cutback."
Feb 5 - 11:01 PM

Tennessee signed four-star WR Marquez Callaway.

Callaway saw interest from SEC squads Alabama and Auburn, but it was Tennessee who ultimately earned his signature. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound athlete out of Warner Robins, Georgia, has the frame and skill-set to play defense, but he's a likely receiver for the Volunteers. ESPN 300's 149th overall high school prospect is "very explosive," according to the sports news outlet, and "adding more bulk with only improve his strength and ability after the catch."
Feb 5 - 8:36 PM

Tennessee signed four-star RB Carlin Fils-Aime.

The 2016 class as a whole was peppered with defensive linemen and a nice bevy of wideouts, but running back proved thin. Just 16 cracked the ESPN 300, making up about 5% of the Worldwide Leader's board. One of those would be Fils-Aime, a 5-foot-11, 174-pounder out of Naples. ESPN describes his speed as "lightning fast" and notes that he has "game-changing potential at the next level in an all-purpose type role." In a cool side note, Fils-Aime is best friends with ATH Tyler Byrd (ESPN 300's No. 35 prospect), who also opted to sign with Tennessee.
Feb 5 - 2:25 PM

Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell said that Tennessee five-star DE Jonathan Kongbo is "just scratching the surface of his potential."

It was unknown as of the early hours of National Signing Day whether Kongbo would side with Tennessee or Ole Miss, as his father reportedly wanted him to attend Ole Miss. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder got his wish, though, and will suit for the Vols next season. And boy, what a prospect they might have on their hands. Farrell noted that "JUCO freak defensive end" Kongbo's been playing football for just two seasons. He's "much more raw than [No. 1 overall Rashan Gary]," Farrell cautions, "but Kongbo’s ceiling could be higher." Don't forget the name.
Source: rivals.com
Feb 4 - 10:53 PM

Five-star JUCO DE Jonathan Kongbo committed to Tennessee.

Kongbo's ranked as Scout.com's No. 5 JUCO player for the 2016 class. In his one year with Arizona Western, the 6-foot-6, 265-pounder recorded 55 tackles (16 for loss) and 11 sacks. Scout notes that Kongbo elevated his stock at Western, to the point where "he is a program changing type of addition on the defensive front." Not only does he have the tools to single-handedly destroy the passing game, he also has the strength to hold up against heavy running attacks. Needless to say, this should play well in the SEC.
Feb 3 - 2:56 PM

Four-star S Nigel Warrior signed with Tennessee.

For Warrior, the choice was between LSU, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee. He spurned the three other SEC squads for the Vols. The 6-foot, 188-pounder checks in at No. 157 on the ESPN 300, but Scout.com's much, much higher on the Georgia native, ranking him the No. 10 high school prospect in the country (and the No. 2 safety). He's following in the footsteps of his father, Dale Carter, who played for the team in the late 80's and early 90's. Warrior offers nice anticipation and tracking ability at this young point in his career, as well as sound tackling.
Source: scout.com
Feb 3 - 12:19 PM

Four-star Miami CB commitment Tyler Byrd flipped his commitment to Tennessee.

Rivals ranks Byrd as the 73rd best recruit in the country. The 5-foot-11, 160-pound corner out of Naples, Florida, opted to back off his long-time commitment to the Hurricanes following a visit to the Vols over this last weekend. It's a tough blow for HC Mark Richt, as Byrd's beyond versatile, having played corner, safety and nickel at Naples High School. He also has the tools to play wide receiver or running back.
Feb 2 - 9:59 PM

Joey Bosa was the only edge defender to earn a higher Pro Football Focus grade than Tennessee sophomore DE Derek Barnett last year.

"He was an excellent pass-rusher, recording 61 total quarterback pressures (including 10 sacks), fifth-most among defensive ends," wrote Jeff Dooley. "But he also held his own against the run better than some of the nation’s other top pass-rushers, grading ninth at his position as a run defender. His performance against Missouri was one of the best we saw out of any defensive player last year." The site ranks Barnett as the No. 5 returning player in college football. Barnett has been sensational since stepping foot on campus, collecting 20.5 TFL as a true freshman in 2014.
Feb 2 - 6:33 PM

Four-star QB Jarrett Guarantano committed to Tennessee in April.

Guarantano checks in at No. 101 in the ESPN 300 (No.4 at QB). Worldwide Leader recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill deemed the 6-foot-4, 194-pounder an "athletic signal-caller who can really throw it" and noted that his "arm talent and velocity are exceptional." On the more critical side, Luginbill wants to see more touch on his throws. "Every throw is his fastest fastball and can look pretty, but there isn't enough subtle nuance to his game yet. That touch will have to be developed."
Jan 29 - 3:44 PM

Four-star CB Marquill Osborne committed to Tennessee in September.

Tennessee fended off the likes of Michigan, Clemson and Florida to snag Osborne. He's ranked 78th on ESPN 300's board. The 6-foot, 180-pound defensive back offers a keen football intelligence, with ESPN's scouting department calling him "one of the more instinctive corners in this class." He's good at undercutting routes, too, which sometimes gets him into trouble, as he'll occasionally try to jump balls to his detriment. He also lacks a high-end speed element, though the aforementioned intelligence helps him make up for that. Concludes ESPN's scouting report, "Osborne is an athletic player who looks to have his best football ahead of him."
Jan 23 - 5:10 PM

Tennessee freshman QB Sheriron Jones will not be transferring to Colorado.

A one-time Florida commit, Jones signed with Tennessee instead. On Jan. 7 (as in two weeks ago yesterday), he announced he would be leaving the Vols for Colorado. Jones indeed left for Boulder, but apparently decided mountain life wasn't for him. Buffs head coach Mike MacIntyre announced Jones had been released from his scholarship, saying "[w]e have concluded that it is in his best interests for him to return to Tennessee." Within a two-week window, the NCAA permits players to return to their original institutions without having to sit out a season. Since it appears that Jones has done so, we'd expect him to be eligible in 2016 and back up Josh Dobbs. Jones took a redshirt in 2015. The four-star recruit was ranked as the No. 10 dual-threat quarterback in the country prior to last season.
Jan 22 - 5:25 PM


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