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The Volunteer State is a Tennessee Vols sports podcast covering sports topics from the University of Tennessee featuring The Knoxville News Sentinel's John Adams, Mike Wilson and Blake Toppmeyer. The Tennessean, Nashville Tennessee.

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The Volunteer State is a Tennessee Vols sports podcast covering sports topics from the University of Tennessee featuring The Knoxville News Sentinel's John Adams, Mike Wilson and Blake Toppmeyer. The Tennessean, Nashville Tennessee.

    Why Jeremy Pruitt is singing the praises of Tennessee football under Josh Heupel

    Why Jeremy Pruitt is singing the praises of Tennessee football under Josh Heupel

    Tennessee football is well-positioned for the future under coach Josh Heupel – at least according to the coach Heupel replaced.

    Jeremy Pruitt believes in Heupel's Vols, so much so that he labeled Tennessee and Kentucky as his two breakout teams in the SEC for the 2022 season during a recent appearance on the "Crain & Company" podcast.

    On this edition of "The Volunteer State," Blake Toppmeyer of the USA TODAY Network and the News Sentinel's John Adams review Pruitt's comments and debate whether Pruitt might be a better analyst than he was a coach.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) Mike (@ByMikeWilson) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

    Subscribe to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe

    • 26 min
    Why Tennessee football will (or won't) finish as a top-20 team in 2022 season

    Why Tennessee football will (or won't) finish as a top-20 team in 2022 season

    What's the next stop in Tennessee's ascent under Josh Heupel? A top-20 season, according to one prognostication.

    Athlon, in its recent projections, projects the Vols to finish the 2022 season ranked No. 18 nationally.

    On this edition of "The Volunteer State," Blake Toppmeyer of the USA TODAY Network and the News Sentinel's John Adams debate whether Athlon's projection for Tennessee is too high, too low or spot on.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) Mike (@ByMikeWilson) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

    Subscribe to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe

    • 34 min
    Why Tennessee football canceled BYU in favor of Virginia for 2023 schedule

    Why Tennessee football canceled BYU in favor of Virginia for 2023 schedule

    Gone is Tennessee football's scheduled road game against BYU in 2023. In its place is a game against Virginia in Nashville.

    Why? Athletics director Danny White offered two reasons: The switch is better for Tennessee financially, and it offers an opportunity to play a game in Nashville.

    Here's a reason left unsaid: It helps UT avoid a potential loss.

    On this edition of "The Volunteer State," hosts Blake Toppmeyer, Adam Sparks and John Adams debate whether this schedule switch makes sense for the Vols.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) Mike (@ByMikeWilson) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

    Subscribe to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe

    • 25 min
    Jay Graham left college football coaching over mental health concerns. Will he return?

    Jay Graham left college football coaching over mental health concerns. Will he return?

    Jay Graham has coached at 10 colleges over the past 16 years, most notably Tennessee (2005, 2012, 2020), South Carolina (2009-11), Florida State (2013-17), Texas A&M (2018-19) and Alabama (2021).

    Now he's building the Concord Christian School football program — first at middle school and eventually high school. 

    On this edition of “The Volunteer State,” Blake Toppmeyer of the USA TODAY Network and Adam Sparks of Knox News discuss Graham's 2021 exit from Alabama, the exhausting pace of SEC coaching and his future outside of college football.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) Mike (@ByMikeWilson) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

    Subscribe to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe

    • 32 min
    Tony Vitello is the king of UT. Surely he's here for the long haul ... right?

    Tony Vitello is the king of UT. Surely he's here for the long haul ... right?

    Throughout the Tennessee baseball team’s success last season, many Vols fans carried a back-of-the mind concern.

    Would coach Tony Vitello parlay the Vols’ success into another marquee job?

    On this edition of “The Volunteer State,” Blake Toppmeyer of the USA TODAY Network and the News Sentinel’s Mike Wilson dissect Tennessee baseball’s success, its national championship chances and the prospect of Vitello remaining in Knoxville for a storied career.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) Mike (@ByMikeWilson) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

    Subscribe to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe

    • 27 min
    What the NFL Draft tells us about Josh Heupel and Tennessee football

    What the NFL Draft tells us about Josh Heupel and Tennessee football

    The Vols are projected to have to have four players selected in the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday (8 p.m. ET; ABC, ESPN, NFL Network).

    Defensive lineman Matthew Butler, cornerback Alontae Taylor, wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., and offensive lineman Cade Mays are expected to be mid- to late-round picks. Tennessee likely won't have any players selected in either of the first two rounds. 

    On this edition of "The Volunteer State," Blake Toppmeyer of the USA TODAY Network and the News Sentinel's Adam Sparks debate how Tennessee would be affected if Heupel's program begins to increase its level of NFL talent.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on Vols sports news by following @GoVolsXtra.

    Connect on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GoVolsXtra/

    Subscribe to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
60 Ratings

60 Ratings

Yojimbodjd ,

Great podcast

I enjoy the discussion and banter between Blake and John. Helps keep me connected to my beloved Vols when time is limited. Thanks guys! Keep up the great work in all that you do!

FckPOF ,

These hosts sit down to pee

If you want to listen to two effeminate guys give horrible uninformed opinions on your favorite team, this is the POD for you!

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In Regular Rotation

I listen to a handful of podcasts and this one is always in my regular rotation. Not just reporting on Tennessee Football but they add creative spins such as guessing odds, mock drafts, and rankings. Where else can you get your Tennessee fix from a multi-published author and text group entrepreneur.

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