Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer announced Tuesday that wide receiver

Jeremaine Copeland has been suspended from the football team "for the

rest of spring practice and until he gets his academics in order."

Copeland, a 6-2, 200-pound senior is a three-year letterman from Harriman.

As the leading receiver returning from last season, he was considered a

probable starter for the 1998 Vols.

"Jeremaine will use the time he has been in meetings and practice

to concentrate on his academics," Fulmer said. "He has not put

forth the effort expected in the classroom and will not return to the team

until he does. Jeremaine must show me and the team that he is committed

academically the same way he is athletically."

Copeland caught 58 passes for 732 yards last season, second in both categories

to Marcus Nash, who has graduated.

"This is a severe blow to our football team because Jeremaine is

a quality player," Fulmer said. "As a senior and potential leader,

Diamond Vols back on winning track

Sonny Cortez hit his 16th home run of the season and drove in three runs,

and Eduardo Figueroa had four hits and two RBIs to power the University

of Tennessee to a 12-4 non-conference college baseball victory over Tennessee

Tech on Tuesday night at Bush Stadium in Cookeville.

Cortez blasted a two-run homer in the second inning to start the scoring,

and Justin Parker followed with a solo shot as the Vols (25-11) grabbed

a quick 4-0 lead off Tech starter Jeremy Linville. Tennessee scored in five

consecutive innings to build a 10-2 lead, before each team scored twice

in the ninth.

UT starter Justin Ross (3-1) pitched seven innings to earn the win, limiting

Tech to five hits and two runs. He walked four and struck out six. Charlie

Hunter pitched a scoreless eighth in relief, and Will Curtiss gave up the

final two runs while working the ninth.

Linville (0-2), the first of four Tech pitchers, was charged with the

loss after allowing seven runs on nine hits 3 1/3 innings.

Figueroa went 4-for-6, including a double, to lead the 18-hit Vol attack

while Jeff Pickler reached base five times, going 3-for-4 with two walks.

Cortez, Parker and catcher Michael Anderson each collected two hits.

Jason Clabo hit his third home run of the season, a solo shot in the

sixth. He took over in right field after Cortez was injured smashing into

the wall to make a catch to end the fifth.

Tennessee Tech (19-15) was paced by Jody Wheeler's 2-for-4, which included

a two-run homer in the fifth, his seventh of the year.

Tennessee played Middle Tennessee State on Wednesday night. Results were

Lady Vols sweep Belmont

The Tennessee Lady Vols swept a softball doubleheader in Nashville on


In the first game, UT pitcher Sarah Ayers pitched a five-hit shutout

to help the Lady Vols to a 10-0 victory. The Lady Vols punched out 19 hits

with four players going 3-for-4 at the plate.

Cherrae Ruston led UT with 3 RBIs while going 2-for-3 with a home run.

Kelli Glass also added a homer.

The Bruins got their five hits from five different players. Freshman

Christy Dukehart picked up the loss, falling to 3-13.

In the second game, Tennessee scored three unearned runs in the 3rd inning

and never trailed, eventually winning 6-1. The Lady Vols were led by the

speedy April Phillips, who had two stolen bases to go along with her three

singles. For the Bruins, Reanna Dickerson added two more hits and scored

their only run. Kim Turner suffered the loss, her record dropping to 0-12.

The Lady Vols upped their record to 21-23, while the Bruins fell to 3-29

in the midst of their current 11-game losing streak.

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