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Vols' Jones stays optimistic after loss to Gators

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    Tennessee women's basketball head coach Holly Warlick announced Thursday that 6-foot-6 sophomore center Mercedes Russell is expected to redshirt during the 2014-15 season. “Mercedes has a history of orthopaedic problems with her feet that our sports medicine staff is working to correct,” Warlick said. “Redshirting this season will allow her the opportunity to return to full health and still have three full years of eligibility with our program. We look forward to seeing Mercedes back in actio...
  • Woodson, who is 6-foot-10

    Vols adding Memphis transfer Woodson

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    A person close to the situation says that former Memphis forward Dominic Woodson is transferring to Tennessee.The source said that Woodson should be in class at Tennessee's Knoxville campus on Thursday and that it remained up in the air whether he'd seek a waiver to avoid sitting out the 2014-15 season. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because Tennessee hasn't announced Woodson's addition.Memphis announced last week that Woodson was transferring. Woodson, who is 6-foot-10, playe...

By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer

Tennessee coach Butch Jones believes his program is slowly moving forward, even though the results suggests the Volunteers remain stuck in neutral.

The Vols wasted an opportunity to end a couple of losing streaks Saturday by falling 31-17 to No. 20 Florida after the Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel broke his lower right leg in the first quarter. Tennessee has lost its last nine games with Florida and its last 18 games against ranked opponents.

Tennessee's latest loss created more questions about the Vols' quarterback situation and more concern about their lack of playmakers, but Jones saw hope in the way Tennessee continued competing after self-destructing in the first half.

The Vols (2-2) try to end their 2-game losing streak Saturday when they return home to face South Alabama.

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