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Fans' expectations remain high for Vols amidst frustrating season

Fans' expectations remain high for Vols amidst frustrating season

It's officially Alabama week in Vol Nation. UT players, coaches, and fans are focused on a win over the Crimson Tide come Saturday.  But, the Vols will take on the number one team in the nation, following three losses already this season to ranked opponents. There is no doubt emotions--and speculation about Head Coach Derek Dooley's future--are running high ahead of the rivalry game.

Messages on 'The Rock' on UT campus urge Dooley's firing

Messages on 'The Rock' on UT campus urge Dooley's firing

Fire Fooley.

That was the message - apparently aimed at Vols Head Coach Derek Dooley - painted on 'The Rock' on the University of Tennessee's Knoxville campus Sunday morning.

The message was accompanied by a crossed-out pair of orange paints as well as the words, "Not SEC-worthy."

The messages were quickly covered with gray paint, however, a move university officials say they were not behind, adding that, in the rare cases it has happened, the university uses white paint.

Vols fall to Mississippi State 41-31

Vols fall to Mississippi State 41-31

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Tyler Russell threw for 291 yards and two touchdowns, LaDarius Perkins added 101 rushing yards and a touchdown and No. 19 Mississippi State beat Tennessee 41-31 on Saturday night.

Mississippi State (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) continues its best start since 1999. The Bulldogs led 27-14 at halftime, but the Volunteers rallied to cut the margin to 34-31 by midway through the fourth quarter.

3 more employees file lawsuit against UT, claiming discrimination

3 more employees file lawsuit against UT, claiming discrimination

Three more employees are suing the University of Tennessee for on-the-job discrimination and retaliation.

Jenny Moshak, Heather Mason and Collin Schlosser filed the latest suit. Many Lady Vol fans will recognize their names; all three have a long history in strength and conditioning for the Lady Vols.

In the suit filed this week, Moshak, Mason and Schlosser claim they received less pay than their counterparts in UT's men's athletic department, even in some cases when doing more work.

Homeless Student Report shows startling numbers

Homeless Student Report shows startling numbers

School systems across the state are seeing more students come through their doors without basic necessities, according to new report from the Tennessee Comptroller's Office of Research and Education Accountability.

The Homeless Students in Tennessee Public Schools report shows startling numbers of students classified as homeless.

In our viewing area, two school systems stood out as having especially high numbers of homeless students.

Cumberland County reported 696 homeless students in the 2010- 2011 school year. Hamblen County reported 649.

Dooley has hip surgery; will be in Press Box Saturday

Dooley has hip surgery; will be in Press Box Saturday

Tennessee Vols head football coach Derek Dooley joked about his hip being injured with the media Tuesday morning, then that afternoon had surgery to repair it, according to Volquest.com.

Dooley had noticed the injury several weeks ago, but thought it was a muscular issue.  Last Friday, he went in for an MRI, and yesterday doctors quickly arranged the surgery to repair a fracture in his left hip.

Surgeons inserted a pin into his left hip.  According to Volquest, Dooley's only other option was a full hip replacement.

Need info on UT? Now there's an app for that!

Need info on UT?  Now there's an app for that!

Finding information on UT is now as simple as turning to your phone.

UT has released a free smartphone app that gives users access to several resources, including a campus directory, library catalogs, a campus calendar, course list and the latest academic and sports news.

The iPhone app can be found in the iTunes app store at http://tinyurl.com/cmaej5j.

The Android version is available from the Google Play store at http://tinyurl.com/caoyxmw.