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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.

    Tennessee baseball remains College World Series favorite, but which teams are top threats?

    Tennessee baseball remains College World Series favorite, but which teams are top threats?

    Tennessee baseball remains College World Series favorite, but which teams are top threats?

    • 24 min
    Why Tony Vitello ranted about Tennessee baseball's success and a College World Series preview

    Why Tony Vitello ranted about Tennessee baseball's success and a College World Series preview

    Why Tony Vitello ranted about Tennessee baseball's success and a College World Series preview

    • 30 min
    Why Tennessee baseball is equipped to win a national championship – for real this time

    Why Tennessee baseball is equipped to win a national championship – for real this time

    Why Tennessee baseball is equipped to win a national championship – for real this time

    • 26 min
    How Josh Heupel, Tennessee football avoid NCAA's transfer 'epidemic'

    How Josh Heupel, Tennessee football avoid NCAA's transfer 'epidemic'

    Transfers are a reality of college football in 2024, but Tennessee loses fewer players than most. Even better, the Vols very rarely lose top performers.

    Tennessee bid farewell to 15 transfers this offseason, three of whom were walk-ons. That's the fewest number of transfer departures for any SEC team. By comparison, Alabama lost 39 players to the portal.

    How does Josh Heupel pull off this impressive roster retention?

    On today's episode, hosts Blake Toppmeyer and Adam Sparks unpack Tennessee's effectiveness at limiting its number of transfers.

    While there's no magic bullet to prevent transfers, the Vols attack this on multiple fronts, from NIL to coaching stability to Tennessee's approach toward adding transfers.

    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

     

    • 30 min
    Kim Caldwell's Lady Vols aren't ready for UConn – yet. Can she change that?

    Kim Caldwell's Lady Vols aren't ready for UConn – yet. Can she change that?

    Part of coaching the Lady Vols means testing yourself against the nation's best opponents. Kim Caldwell will experience that in her first season at Tennessee.

    The Lady Vols will host UConn next season, a restoration of a rivalry that went on a one-year hiatus last season. There was a time when this rivalry of blue bloods and clash of Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma defined the sport. The rivalry isn't what it once was, and neither is either program. Still, UConn is coming off a Final Four appearance, while Tennessee is a program searching for its footing.

    Can the Lady Vols possibly be prepared to handle UConn in Caldwell's first season?

    On today's episode, hosts Blake Toppmeyer, Cora Hall and John Adams weigh in on the rivalry restoration.

    They also assess Caldwell's first month on the job and her efforts to boost the roster through transfer additions. And they evaluate Tennessee's chance of keeping its NCAA Tournament appearance streak alive in Caldwell's debut.

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) Adam (@AdamSparks) Cora (@corahalll) 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

    • 31 min
    Why Josh Heupel does (or doesn't) need to produce more NFL Draft picks at Tennessee

    Why Josh Heupel does (or doesn't) need to produce more NFL Draft picks at Tennessee

    Three Tennessee football players were selected in the NFL Draft last week.

    Cause for celebration, or concern?

    The four qualifying teams for last season’s College Football Playoff combined for 44 draft picks. 

    That suggests that if Tennessee wants to go from competitive program to national championship program under Josh Heupel, he needs to start producing more NFL talent.

    And yet, consider that Tennessee finished 9-4 despite not having a single player selected within the draft’s first three rounds. That speaks to Heupel’s coaching ability.

    On today's episode, hosts Blake Toppmeyer, Adam Sparks and John Adams unpack Tennessee’s production in the draft and why they think Jaylen Wright will become UT's most productive NFL player from this draft class.

    They also preview next year’s draft class, highlighted by edge rusher James Pierce, who profiles as a potential No. 1 overall pick.

    And, they consider this question: Is Tennessee’s draft performance cause for concern?

    Stay connected on Twitter with Blake (@btoppmeyer) and John (@JohnAdamsKNS) and stay up to date on SEC football news by subscribing to KnoxNews: knoxnews.com/subscribe.

     

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 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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