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KNOXVILLE — A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt were there three years ago.

KNOXVILLE — Tennessee is just a couple of days away from starting its second season under coach Butch Jones. As the Volunteers get set to open preseason practice on Friday night, here are five questions they must answer ahead of the 2014 season opener against Utah State in 31 days.

Like a character from the Snickers commercials Russ Huesman just wasn't himself Wednesday.

The most honest answer at Southeastern Conference media days earlier this month may have been provided by Texas A&M senior defensive back Deshazor Everett.

EPB Fiber Optics announced Wednesday that it has arranged to televise the Chattanooga Football Club's national final Saturday night. The National Premier Soccer League championship match in Harrison, N.J., is scheduled to start about 9:30 with Chattanooga FC facing the undefeated New York Red Bulls under-23 team.

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Bubba Simmons has resigned his position as athletic director at the McCallie School and has accepted the job as principal at Gordon Lee High School in Chickamauga, Ga. Jeff Romero, who was an assistant director of communications at McCallie, has been hired to succeed Simmons and will be interim AD for the upcoming school year.

Jeff Baughman was recently hired as volleyball coach at Central High School.

Gordon Lee High School junior Julianna Spradlin of the Set for Life Volleyball Club has been chosen as one of the eight recipients in the United States of the 2014 Athleader Award from the Junior Volleyball Association and the National College Scouting Association.

As someone who loves high school football, I look forward to the area tour each year. So for the 15th consecutive year, on the first day Tennessee teams are allowed to practice in full pads, I tried to visit as many area schools as possible.

Football practice time in Tennessee

Get live updates as Stephen Hargis tours the area as high school drills begin

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EPB Fiber Optics announced Wednesday that it has arranged to televise the Chattanooga Football Club's national final Saturday night. The National Premier Soccer League championship match in Harrison, N.J., is scheduled to start about 9:30 with Chattanooga FC facing the undefeated New York Red Bulls under-23 team.

The Chattahooligans are going to New Jersey.

Nick Blakely has completed the coursework to earn a master's degree from Lipscomb University. He just needs to write his thesis -- the hard part.

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The scene is from the 1978 remake of "Heaven Can Wait." An angel having just placed his soul inside the body of a ruthless industrialist, a well-intentioned Warren Beatty offers a simple solution for all the innocent porpoises the industrialist's tuna canning company is accidentally killing in its nets.

Your UTC Mocs start football practice today. Good times.

Austin and Ty Dillon woke up Tuesday morning in Watkins Glen, N.Y., ready to run a few tests laps over the nation's most famous road course in preparation for the NASCAR races scheduled there for the weekend of Aug. 9.

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The Chattanooga Lookouts scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and beat the Huntsville Stars 4-1 in Southern League baseball Wednesday night.

LOS ANGELES — Matt Kemp hit a pair of two-run homers, Yasiel Puig had four hits with two runs scored and the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 8-4 Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

The Chattahooligans are going to New Jersey.

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Matthew Mahle had no need for a rabbit's foot or a four-leaf clover on Wednesday.

Lee University is hooking up with casting crowns.

Nick Blakely has completed the coursework to earn a master's degree from Lipscomb University. He just needs to write his thesis -- the hard part.

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INDIANAPOLIS — With a tinge of gray hair at his temples, his hat on backward and his two young children by his side, Jeff Gordon celebrated as if he was 23 years old again.

JOLIET, Ill. — Chase Elliott held off Trevor Bayne to win the Nationwide Series stop at Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday night.

LOUDON, N.H. — Brad Keselowski completed a flawless weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and won Sunday under a green-white checkered finish.

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