Jordan Bowden, #23, during the game against Kentucky at Thompson-Boling Arena on Jan. 6, 2018. Adrien Terricabras / The Daily Beacon
How sacks are helping the basketball team succeed Damichael Cole
Asst. Sports Editor When the Tennessee football team collided with the LSU Tigers on the gridiron last October, they were able to come away with one sack in the game. When the Vols men’s basketball team took the court against the Tigers in January, they were able to collect seven sacks. Yes, you read that right. The football team isn’t the only team on UT’s campus that’s trying to record sacks to slow down an opponent’s offensive attack. But the basketball team isn’t doing it by tackling opposing players — that would be an intentional foul and would cause someone to get a mouthful from head coach Rick Barnes. Instead, they’re getting sacks in their own special way on the hardwood, which has helped lead to an improved defensive effort this season. During their summer trip to Europe, assistant coach Michael Schwartz came up with the idea to help improve their defense,
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and it took off from there. So, how is a sack recorded on the basketball court? One sack is generated when the Vols defense is able to get stops on three consecutive possessions — they aim to do this seven times a game. If it were football, seven sacks a game would easily be an NCAA record. “When you’re tracking that, you see how much of a difference in the game it makes,” Grant Williams said. “I think that’s why we are a really efficient defensive team.” This strategy has continued to drive the Vols’ defensive effort all season. They’re always aware of how many sacks they have. In fact, even during games, they’re constantly reminded by coaches when they’re closing in on seven sacks, and this has created a competitive urge to seal the deal before it’s too late. “Especially when we have our sixth one and it’s a close game, we want to get that last one,” Jordan Bowden said. “It really motivates the whole team and the coaches.” When the Vols are able to create seven sacks, it usually leads to a stellar night defensively. Tennessee opponents are averaging about 55
shot attempts per game. Creating at least seven sacks a game leads to 21 stops and inches the Vols closer to their goal of holding teams under 39% shooting. That doesn’t even take into account the possessions where the Vols are able to record one or two stops before allowing a score — something that wouldn’t count as a sack. “Think about it, if you’re getting three, six, nine possessions stops in a row, they’re going nine possessions without scoring,” Williams said. “Teams are stifled.” This season the Vols have even managed to reach double digits in sacks on a couple of occasions, but they’re usually battling to reach seven. The football players haven’t exactly been made aware of the sacks occurring on the hardwood, but Williams plans on bragging to them about it in the future. “I might say it to Trey (Smith) ... I’m going to say that I got more sacks than the whole defensive line last year or something like that,” Williams said. “Next thing you know, Shy (Tuttle) is going to walk up to me and I’m going to be like, ‘I’m sorry. Never mind.’”
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Free speech panel addresses speech, university policies Paige Greene
Copy Editor A panel convened Tuesday evening to discuss matters involving free speech at UT. In light of events surrounding the white nationalist group Traditionalist Worker Party (TWP) and its scheduled lecture on Saturday featuring TWP founder Matthew Heimbach, Student Government Association (SGA) elected to assemble a group of campus leaders to discuss the boundaries of freedom of speech. Vice Chancellor for Student Life Vincent Carilli prefaced the debate by reminding attendees of the university’s devotion to the principle of free speech. “As a public university, our campus is a marketplace of ideas,” Carilli said. “The university embraces a free flow of ideas and its ensuing debate and will protect the freedom of our campus community to vigorously debate these ideas.” Panelists emphasized the importance of placing the ideas of groups like TWP in social and historical contexts. Associate professor of higher education Dorian McCoy proposed that the resurgence of such groups is connected to the current administration. “I believe there is a rise and increase because (of) some of the rhetoric that’s coming from the leadership of the country,” McCoy said. “When you fail to condemn racism publicly, when you fail to call it out, people feel empowered. I believe some of these supremacist groups feel empowered.” McCoy also pointed to the mass dissemination of this rhetoric through the news media as well as through social media. Often, groups like TWP will use these outlets to reach young people. Assistant professor of sociology Michelle Christian added that the lack of public knowledge about the history of racism in the U.S. makes youths especially vulnerable to such recruitment strategies. “We particularly don’t know our history when it comes to the founding of our nation, which was created on a foundation of racism and racial inequality,” Christian said. “We don’t know the history of racial violence and terror that was enacted against people of color, particularly African Americans and indigenous populations. We don’t know how this was codified within our legal systems and spread throughout multiple other structures in systems.” One factor that may contribute to UT as a significant target of groups like TWP is the state’s own history, which McCoy and Christian said is laden with state-sponsored violence against African Americans. During the Reconstruction era, after blacks were liberated from slavery, there was a spike in violent racist activity like lynchings.
‘Vol means all.’ What exactly “does that mean? And who’s leaving part of their identity at the door? “
Dorian McCoy, associate professor of higher education Likewise, the panelist said the reappearance of racist groups may be linked to recent racial progress like the election of the first black president, Barack Obama. Professor of law and director of legal writing Michael Higdon spoke to the extent to which groups like TWP could exercise their right to free speech without encroaching on others’ rights. Higdon said that many universities have tried to establish speech codes that prohibited behavior stigmatizing a protected class but that these have been seen as unconstitutional. “Whatever opportunities the university offers people and groups for speech, it has to offer those to everybody, and it cannot discriminate on the basis of content,” Higdon said. To demonstrate his point, Higdon said that if UT were to ban TWP from speaking, the group could sue and win a court case, allowing Heimbach to speak regardless. Higdon also commented that such failed efforts to preclude racist groups from speaking often have the effect of making martyrs out of their leaders. Regardless, Higdon said students’ rights to resist such rhetoric are not impeded by the law. “The First Amendment also protects you,” Higdon said. “You don’t have reduced rights under this. You can say (you) disagree with this. You can protest this. The university can say it disagrees with this.” Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor John Zomchick said that he felt community members had a “sacred obligation” to debate these issues as a means of combatting them. “I have been the voice that’s been most insistent to allow (TWP) to come to campus,” Zomchick said. “I have been most insistent … because I believe that it’s part of our educational mission to allow all viewpoints on this campus, no matter how heinous.” Some panelists challenged the idea that UT is truly a free marketplace for the exchange of ideas, noting that marginalized students are slighted by the permittance of racist discourse and may struggle to vocally dissent. McCoy also criticized the colorblind ideology behind this logic and asked which students were truly empowered to speak.
“We’re not united; we’re very isolated, and we’re very divided,” McCoy said. “‘Vol means all.’ What exactly does that mean? And who’s leaving part of their identity at the door?” Panelists also noted the importance of education in creating a safer and more inclusive environment for students of marginalized identities. They said many are unaware of the policies and resources in place that are intended to help students cope with psychosocial stresses of contemporary racism. Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life and Dean of Students Shea Kidd Houze spoke to her role as someone who listens and responds to students’ concerns. “We want to lead with care, concern and compassion,” Houze said. “In our office, we don’t lead with free speech.” Chief of Police and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Safety Troy Lane delineated the boundaries of policing free speech. “If someone articulates an actual threat towards someone, then we begin to get into an area (where) we can interject as law enforcement,” Lane said. “But ultimately, we have to err on the side of First Amendment rights even if we don’t personally agree with what’s being said.” Many students had mixed opinions on the topic of free speech at UT. Turner Matthews, senior in political science, said that he thought that free speech was an important part of campus life. “I think that the general consensus is … that this is an open and accept(ing) learning environment,” Matthews said. “Free speech is one of the hallmarks of our democracy. Our country, our state, our campus – they all are what they are because of the uniqueness of every individual.” Senior in nursing and SGA Vice President Michael Curtis Jr. said that he noticed a polarizing effect among his peers in regards to the university’s responses to these issues. “Students are walking around campus saying that that event we had at the Rock (United at the Rock) cured racism,” Curtis said. “Another part is students having apathy toward it … On the other hand, we have some very passionate students out here. But how many students feel that way?”
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Active shooter training to promote safety, awareness Natalia Capella Staff Writer
Next week, a local church will host a session on preparing for and responding to active shooter events. Crossroads Christian Church will host the class on Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m, and it will consist of a presentation followed by a discussion detailing how to act during a crisis situation. Several agencies and other outreach organizations have decided that instead of passively allowing mass shootings to continue without awareness of appropriate response procedures, they wanted to create conversations to promote safety and understanding of such situations. One of these groups was Crossroads Christian Church, whose members decided that the best route is to reach out to the community through educational seminars. Kareta Brummett, Crossroads Christian Church member, said the event will help attendees enter an important conversation on the topic. “It is something that people don’t want to talk about or think about, but there has
been a rise in active shootings in the United States, so it is important to us to have an open dialogue about this in the community in order to stay safe,” Brummett said. 2017 was named the deadliest year of mass shootings in modern history, with an overall 345 mass shootings in the year, with two of the five most deadly occurring within a 25-day time span. The deadliest mass shooting in 2017 occurred on Oct. 1 at Route 91 Harvest, a country music festival in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of festival participants, leaving 58 people dead and hundreds injured. Brummett said the rise in mass and active shootings in schools and campuses across the country has made the seminar critical for students. It will help them understand what should be done in those circumstances. “I’m most looking forward to seeing the community come together and really learn about a serious scenario,” Brummett said. “I can only imagine that in this situation there is confusion, fear and chaos ... to learn how we can help others and ourselves is critical.” Brummett said she hoped the event would spur conversation among attendees and their closest acquaintances, too. “I hope everyone takes what they learn and shares it with their loved ones, friends,
Courtesy of Unsplash fellow students and colleagues,” Brummett said. Former FBI agent Ricky Hill, who will be facilitating the event, said he hoped the event will educate attendees by explaining what to do before and when authorities arrive at a scene. He also hoped to see the seminar address how institutions can rebuild and heal after such an event occurs. “I am trying to bring my perspective and
information to assist the community,” Hill said. Similar events are being held across the county. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office held its active shooter training seminar for civilians in November to teach community members how to stay safe in emergency situations. Anyone wishing to learn about safety in shooting crises is invited to attend the event.
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Valentine’s Day gets slammed at the Open Chord William Wells
Contributor Poignancy was in the Open Chord Tuesday night as Knoxville’s writers shared their unique perspectives on Valentine’s Day. Located on Kingston Pike, the Open Chord doesn’t exactly look like a live music venue. The unassuming building is situated between two automotive shops and only once inside do the venue’s possibilities become apparent. With minimal seating, ambient lighting, and a bar that takes up a good portion of one wall, Open Chord creates an intimate space where attendees are both lulled into comfort and inspired to engage with performers. “Open Chord is a wonderful place to perform, primarily, because it’s so intimate,” Alex Wampler, one of the night’s readers, said. “The dim blue lighting creates an atmosphere of warmth and comfort, and it gives the sense of community within the audience.” Appropriately, Wampler’s poem described the meaningfulness and vulnerability that arises when someone is willing to share their writing with others. Emceeing the event were Lane Schuler and Jonathan Clark, members of the spoken word duo “I.N.K.” The two commanded the mood of the room, often using the time between readings to talk to the audience or joke with each other. Depending on the content of the previous read poem, it was the pair’s job to either lighten the room’s mood or to maintain positive energy. “The hosts made it an easy environment
to be in,” Kennedy Sanders, another attendee and reader at the event, said. The night began with an open mic, where anyone was invited to perform their original poetry. Although the open mic portion covered a range of topics, the theme of love permeated the evening. From heartbreak to new beginnings, to self-love and the “MeToo” movement, Valentine’s Day was examined from all angles as the local poets shared their experiences and opinions on the holiday and its meanings. “I chose my poem for Valentine’s Day because it details a love story we’ve all known: you fall in love, you drift apart, you wonder why you ever let love leave,” Sanders said. After the open mic portion came the main event, the slam poetry competition. Members of the audience were chosen to act as judges while hopefuls presented poems ranging from tragically romantic to cynically funny. The competition featured both Open Chord veterans and first-time readers, all garnering massive applause and adulation from the audience. For Knoxville’s burgeoning writers, the Open Chord’s Poetry Slam can be a wonderful, low-pressure introduction to the world of poetry readings. The fun and relaxed atmosphere took pressure off the students to be able to share their writing. “I love slam poetry and feel as though I might never be able to stop now that I’ve begun. I’m excited to see where it goes,” Sanders said. “Performing at Open Chord was one of the most fun nights I’ve had,” Wampler said. “I saw friends and strangers expose their hearts on the stage, and I am so grateful that I got to be a part of it.”
The MC introduces the next poet onto stage at the Open Chord on Feb. 13, 2018. Corey Markus / The Daily Beacon
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The sixties are alive with The Damn Truth Joshua Moore
Copy Editor The Damn Truth take listeners on a time warp back to the ‘60s music scene and repackage it with pulsing live energy. The band performed live in Knoxville Monday evening. When arriving at the venue, the room was full of smoke in the air among the hanging ornaments and other eclectic items which hang over the psychedelic space voyage that is Preservation Pub. The Knoxville bar has been a funky dive bar for as long as I can remember and continues to draw a diverse crowd along with many regulars. As the night progressed, people moved in and out of the bar, and yet there was always an empty seat. The band sat at the bar casually and walked around the bar before getting on stage to perform a sound check. After one of the most relaxed, yet effective, sound checks I’ve ever seen, all band members got onto the stage and prepared to begin their set. Just looking at the band was a time warp. The group looked like backup members of The Who, with some fashion tips taken from Sgt. Pepper’s-era Beatles. Lead vocalist Lee-La Baum stood out because of her sparkling Fender Telecaster. The band started with covers and then played original songs later in the night. To start off, the band played a bluesy version of “For What It’s Worth,” by Buffalo Springfield, which fit with their 60’s aesthetic perfectly. On top of this, a multicolored light show flashed across the stage as the band played. They followed this with “Bad Moon Rising” by Clearance Clear Water Revival.
Once again, the band played the song with a bluesy tent, but it was with this song that the group really displayed how much energy they could bring to the table. This is truly an old-school rock that brings huge amounts of energy to their live shows with little regard for how it should be received. Yet, in Preservation Pub this style fits right in, and throughout the night, there was small group of listeners right by the front nodding their heads and even dancing around. Baum really showed off her vocals during this song. She evokes Janis Joplin with her wailing bluesy voice that had the power to captivate the entire bar whenever she was singing. When the group played The Rolling Stone’s “Sympathy for the Devil,” she put her guitar down and wielded a pair of maracas. Overall, she led her band with a captivating and electrifying energy, reminiscent of the ‘60s greatest musicians. On a personal note, the band covered a song by “Big Brother and the Holding Company,” which was Janis Joplin’s original band and one of my all-time favorites. They killed it, and seeing them perform “Piece of My Heart” is most likely as close as I’ll ever get to seeing the 60’s band live. The Damn Truth brought something to the table I haven’t seen in a while: the power and energy that built Rock and Roll. In them I saw the same fire that led Jimi Hendrix to set his guitar on fire and stage, and drove bands like The Sex Pistols and Nirvana to rebuild the entire genre. Maybe the band will bring Rock back and rewrap it for a new generation. For now, they are doing a fine job creating a time warp for nostalgic listeners.
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Freshman Kushkituah an important piece for Tennessee’s future Will Backus
Staff Writer The Tennessee women’s basketball team welcomed in the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation for 2017, with some of the nation’s top talent now donning Lady Vols jerseys. The much-heralded class has panned out well thus far. Two freshmen, Rennia Davis and Evina Westbrook, have already carved out prominent starting roles for themselves. Davis ranks third in scoring on the team, averaging around 12 points per game, while Westbrook is arguably the best distributor on the team, having recorded 121 assists on the year already. Freshman Anastasia Hayes, though not a starter, has been a spark off the bench for the Lady Vols and earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors for her performances in Tennessee’s wins against Texas A&M and Vanderbilt. There are four freshmen that composed the number one recruiting class. However, the fourth has been silently waiting in the wings for her time to shine. Kasiyahna Kushkituah was ranked No. 6 overall as a post player coming out of high school. According to espnW, she was given the unlucky
task of coming in at a time when Tennessee still has standout senior Mercedes Russell on the roster. But by all accounts, she has taken her role at Tennessee in stride. “I keep telling her (Russell), stay the course,” head coach Holly Warlick said. “You’re playing behind an All-American that can teach you, and you can learn. And I think she’s done just that. “We’re going to need her.” Russell has been dominant for the Lady Vols, and there aren’t many post players in the nation that could better serve as a teacher and mentor to the young Kushkituah. Despite being trapped behind the almost-certain future WNBA player, Kushkituah has played a relevant role in a couple of the Lady Vols’ wins this year. The freshman from Atlanta scored six points and pulled down five boards with just 18 minutes of playing time, both career-high accomplishments, in Tennessee’s win against Troy on Dec. 6. On Sunday’s win against the Georgia Lady Bulldogs, Kushkituah made a surprise appearance very early on, playing a significant amount of time in the first half and scoring three points. According to Warlick, it is likely that Kushkituah’s minutes will steadily increase. “Kasi got in as a result of having three great
practices,” Warlick said. “And I told her, if you (had done) this the whole year, you would have gotten more playing time.” Physicality is a large part of Kushkituah’s game. “At the beginning of the year, I talked about how good our freshmen are going to be,” senior Jaime Nared said. “Kasi in particular. She’s Kasiyahna Kushkituah, #11, during the game against Georgia really strong, and she at Thompson-Boling Arena on Feb. 11. has so many moves Adrien Terricabras / The Daily Beacon in the post.” When Tennessee loses Russell after this sea- Russell is a vital cog in the machine. Considering this, Kushkituah’s presence on son, the Lady Vols will feel the departure of one of the most dominant post players in Lady Vols Tennessee’s roster seems incredibly important history. The redshirt senior from Springfield, even though she has been a scant producer this Oregon, has been a mainstay for the Vols for all season, unlike her freshman counterparts. “The impact that she will have in this profour years she has played, and this season she gram will be huge,” Nared said. “Especially in has been the foundation of Tennessee’s success. Averaging almost a double-double with 16.2 the next couple of years, and I think she’s just points and nine rebounds per game, it is clear growing.”
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Woodruff’s team performs well in first year of tenure Noah Taylor
Contributor Just over a year ago, Chris Woodruff took the head coaching job for the Tennessee men’s tennis program. Friday, his team notched one of the biggest wins of his young tenure, topping No. 20 Duke 4-1 at the Goodfriend Tennis Center and improving the Vols to 8-2 on the 2018 season. After dropping two matches to Texas (4-1) and Minnesota (4-3) at the ITA Kickoff Weekend two weeks ago, the Vols were able to bounce back against the visiting Blue Devils. While the win is certainly an indication of where this program is heading under him, Woodruff believes that his team must continue moving forward. “We just have to focus on the process,” Woodruff said. “We’re not going through the season undefeated. Just embrace the battle. We have a very young team. We work hard. We really prepared this week. Really nothing changes, and I think that’s the beauty: Knowing that you’re prepared.” Woodruff is a Tennessee alum who spent two seasons as a collegiate player in Knoxville (1992-1993). During both years, he was honored as an All-American and became the only Tennessee player to be named an NCAA sin-
gles champion in 1993. He ended that year ranked No. 1 in the nation, notching his mark in Tennessee history as the only Vol to do so since Paul Annacone in 1984. His career then progressed to eight years of professional play. As a result, Woodruff is well-versed in the expectations that come with being a player, and his experience has translated to his coaching. “You win some, you lose some,” Woodruff said. “But you just stick with the plan you have as a staff. We’ll go back to work on Monday and focus on our next opponent. It’s a long season. You can’t get too high when we win and can’t get too down when we lose.” While the 2017-2018 season marks his first as head coach of the Vols, it marks his 16th season overall as a coach for the men’s tennis program. The win over nationally-ranked Duke was a milestone for Woodruff’s team in year one of his career as a head coach, and his players are taking notice of their success. “We love our place (at home). We play great here,” senior Luis Valero of the win. “We haven’t gotten one of these wins since I’ve been here, at home. I think everyone was locked in. I think everyone wanted it. Chris (Woodruff) is having a good first year, and I think he’s turning this program around.” Tennessee will look to improve to nine and 10 wins as the Vols prepare to welcome
FILE - Head coach Chris Woodruff talks to Preston Touliatos at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships quarterfinals at Goodfriend tennis Center on Oct. 22, 2017. Alex Holcomb, File / The Daily Beacon the University of South Carolina-Upstate to Knoxville this Saturday for a doubleheader. The game will serve as a tune-up for the Vols
as they jump into SEC play the following week in Columbia, where they will take on the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Undefeated Lady Vols working to continue run against N. C. State Jessica Landefeld Contributor
After coming off a win against Indiana (4-3), the Tennessee women’s tennis team is preparing for its matchup against N.C. State on Thursday. The undefeated Lady Vols (9-0) are currently on their longest winning streak since 2001, when they went all the way to 11-0, and they are currently looking to go 10-0. North Carolina State (3-3) is coming off of two wins against Appalachian State (6-1) and Campbell (7-1) and is preparing to face the Lady Vols at home. Tennessee head coach, Alison Ojeda, has confidence in her team going into this match. “I’m the kind of coach that tries to make sure our confidence doesn’t necessarily always come from winning and losing, but more from a preparation standpoint, so in that aspect it’s definitely high,” Ojeda said. “With that said, we all know what winning does for us, and the girls believe in each other right now, which honestly is what gives them the most confidence.” The Lady Vols’ 2001 winning streak took
place when Ojeda herself was playing tennis for Tennessee. As someone succeeding the winningest coach in Tennessee women’s tennis history, Mike Patrick, Ojeda is feeling excited about leading the undefeated Lady Vols. “There’s really not much that separates that (2001) team from this team,” Ojeda said. “Of course, to get to a certain point you’ve got to have some talent, but when it’s all said and done, what that team had that this team reminds me exactly of is the fight and the character. “Literally every time we stepped out on the court, we knew that every single one of us was going to do whatever we could for each other.” Both players and coaches have been preparing hard for North Carolina State this past week after a tough fight against Indiana. Junior Sadie Hammond has been working constantly throughout the week in preparation for her match. “On Monday we watched film, then yesterday I had a good practice,” Hammond said. “I worked on a lot of moving forward and being aggressive on the first opportunity I get. I try to work on that every day.”
After dropping the doubles point and having to make a comeback against Indiana on Sunday, the Lady Vols are taking their “comeback kid” attitude and putting it to use against North Carolina State. Hammond explained how the Lady Vols are taking what they learned last week and applying to it tomorrow’s match. “The Indiana match was beneficial to us because we lost the doubles point,” Hammond said. “We’ve been in that situation before, but I think as a team we were able to overcome that.” Hammond isn’t the only player whose work has been making a difference for the team. Ojeda has noticed redshirt sophomore Gabby Schuck and the work she has put in this week in preparation for North Carolina State and throughout the season. “She’s constantly in a battle,” Ojeda said. “It doesn’t matter who her opponent is. The way she competes and the way she plays is always going to put her in a position where she’s going to stand out. The Lady Vols will face off against N.C. State on Thursday at 1:00 p.m. in Raleigh, North Carolina.
FILE - Johanna Silva in her match at the Goodfriend Tennis Center vs UT Martin on Feb 2, 2018. Caleb Jones, File / Contributor
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