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NASHVILLE – He wasn’t part of Tennessee’s 70-player travel roster for the regular-season finale at Vanderbilt on Saturday night, but that was only a technicality as Hendon Hooker joined his team on the sideline just a week removed from a season- and college-career-ending knee injury. The star quarterback tore his ACL early in the fourth quarter of the harrowing loss at South Carolina, a completely unfair outcome for a dazzling player who was in the thick of the Heisman Trophy race after leading the Vols to a breakthrough season. The injury didn’t stop him from joining Tennessee when it bussed over from Knoxville on Friday night and being with them on the sideline in the rain, and his presence certainly was felt as the Vols crushed the Commodores 56-0.
Vols head basketball coach Rick Barnes met with the media following No. 22 Tennessee's 64-50 win over No. 3 Kansas on Friday night to win this Thanksgiving's Battle 4 Atlantis. Here's everything Barnes had to say about the play of the Vols following the big win. On the defensive performance:
Kansas basketball dropped its first game of the season on Friday night, falling to Tennessee 64-50. The Jayhawks trailed wire-to-wire in the game and the Volunteers never looked like they were going to be beaten. KU struggled to score the ball offensively during the contest and shot 32 percent from the field. KU was also out-rebounded on the glass 45-27. Tennessee almost had more offensive rebounds (15) than KU had defensive rebounds (17) and the Volunteers finished with 16 second chance points. In the end, Jalen Wilson led KU in scoring 14 points. Joseph Yesufu also scored 14 points (a KU career high) as he stepped up in the place of an injured Bobby Pettiford.
LOS ANGELES — Notre Dame scored four touchdowns but each trip to pay dirt occurred when trailing by least 10 points as USC got ahead and ran away from the Irish thanks to quarterback Caleb Williams, 38-27 at the Los Angeles Coliseum. “You see it happen over and over...