The final day of February was chock full of news surrounding Rocky Top. Caleb Calhoun and Dave Hooker discussed Tennessee football picking up another commitment, the baseball Vols lifting Tony Vitello’s suspension, Maui Ahuna receiving eligibility to play from the NCAA, Josh Heupel’s NFL prospects and conference realignment news.
Tennessee baseball gets Tony Vitello back; Maui Ahuna eligible
On Monday, Tennessee baseball head coach Tony Vitello’s suspension was lifted. Vitello missed the Vols’ three-game series this past weekend against the Dayton Flyers. Shortstop Maui Ahuna, who transferred from the Kansas Jayhawks, was also deemed eligible to play finally. Although not confirmed, all reports suggested that the two issues were connected.
Four-star WR commits to Tennessee football
Mississippi wide receiver J.J. Harrell became the fifth commitment in the 2024 Tennessee football recruiting class on Monday. A four-star across the board, what does he bring to the Vols going forward? How significant is this pickup for Josh Heupel and the future of the program? What type of impact could Harrell have when he arrives on campus?
Could Tennessee football ever lose Josh Heupel to the NFL?
Three former Tennessee football assistants from three different eras have landed NFL jobs in the past week. Former UT quarterback Jim Bob Cooter was named offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts, former receivers coach Zach Azzanni took that same role with the New York Jets, and former defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley took that same role with the Los Angeles chargers. Would Josh Heupel ever leave for the pros?
What is the future of conference realignment?
The Pac-12 is struggling to secure a TV deal, and the Florida State Seminoles and Clemson Tigers are reportedly unhappy with the payout from the ACC. Does this mean those conferences are dead? How much closer is college football getting to becoming just two megaconferences long-term, the SEC and Big Ten? Is that good for the sport?