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Tennessee Vols morning report: Football postseason recognition

Individual Tennessee Vols football players receiving postseason recognition lead our Volunteers news for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

And just like that, the rest of college football has finally caught up to the Tennessee Vols. Everybody is in the postseason now after the Clemson Tigers torched the Alabama Crimson Tide to win a second national championship in three years. But we’re getting to other postseason news.

Our morning update on Rocky Top includes one football player receiving postseason recognition and another being invited to play in a postseason bowl game. We also have a feature on how much the football program is valued.

But with all that, there’s also some men’s basketball news, including updated rankings and an upcoming game. Add in some minor tennis news, and we’ve got a full slate of updates to bring you for today. Let’s start with the football stories.

Bryce Thompson named Freshman All-American – Sportswriters.net

Tennessee Vols cornerback Bryce Thompson was named to the FWAA Freshman All-America team on Monday. Thompson made a splash his first year with three interceptions, a sack, a forced fumble, four pass deflections, and 32 total tackles.

The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with six total selections, led by Georgia, which led all schools with three: offensive linemen Cade Mays and Isaiah Wilson and and defensive lineman Jordan Davis. The Big 12 was second with five, followed by the Big Ten with four. All 10 FBS conferences and two independents are represented on the team.

Madre London invited to Tropical Bowl – Tropical Bowl.com

Tennessee football running back Madre London was invited to the Tropical Bowl. London was a graduate transfer on the Vols this past year after leaving the Michigan State Spartans. He will be on the National Team.

Tennessee football worth over $700 million – Patrick Brown, GoVols247

The Tennessee Vols football program could be worth over $700 million on the open market. This was based on the results of a study by Ryan Brewer, an associate professor of finance at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. The results were published in The Wall Street Journal. UT was ranked No. 10 overall being valued at $728 million.

Tennessee’s valuation in 2018 actually dipped slightly from $745 million in 2017 as the Vols dropped one spot in the rankings.

Essentially the study, according to the WSJ, “calculates what a college team would be worth on the open market if it could be bought and sold like a professional sports franchise” by analyzing “each program’s revenues and expenses along with cash-flow adjustments, risk assessments and growth projections.”

Tennessee basketball remains No. 3 – Mike Wilson, Knoxville News Sentinel

The Tennessee Vols men’s basketball program remained No. 3 in the AP Poll behind the Duke Blue Devils and Michigan Wolverines and No. 3 in the USA TODAY coaches poll behind the Virginia Cavaliers and Duke Blue Devils. At 12-1 and 1-0 in the SEC, the Vols have been No. 3 in the AP poll for five straight weeks now.

Tennessee reached the No. 3 ranking after beating then-No. 1 Gonzaga in early December. The Vols haven’t lost since, holding the spot throughout the remainder of the month.

Tennessee basketball visits Missouri – Alex Schiffer, Kansas City Star

The men’s Tennessee basketball team will take its No .3 ranking on the road for two games this week. They start with a trip to the Missouri Tigers Tuesday and former UT head coach Cuonzo Martin. Mizzou has won six straight and beat the Vols at home last year.

Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin said he’s been hard-pressed to find a weakness in Rick Barnes’ squad and it’s easy to see why. The Vols come to Columbia on an eight-game winning streak, fresh off a 46-point victory over Georgia on Saturday.

Men’s tennis adds Mason Meier – UTSports

The Tennessee Vols men’s tennis team announced the addition of freshman Mason Meier Monday. Meier transferred to the Vols from the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Meier, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, was a three-time Class B state singles champion for Elkhorn High School and led his squad to two team championships. He was a five-star blue chip recruit by TennisRecruiting.net, earning a career-best national ranking of 22nd.

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