Chris Ramseur, a junior back-up middle linebacker from Maiden, N.C., has

withdrawn from the University of Tennessee for personal reasons, head coach

Phillip Fulmer said.

Fulmer indicated that he hoped Ramseur would be able to address his

personal situation and return to the school, and the squad, at a later


Last season, Ramseur notched 42 hits and added two sacks, two tackles for

loss and recovered a fumble for a touchdown.

Ramseur also started two games last season in place of injured Al


Tennis Vols to face Auburn

The Tennessee men's tennis team, ranked 12th in the country with a 14-6

overall and 4-3 SEC record, will face 63rd-ranked Auburn in the Vols' final

home match of the season today at 1:30 p.m.

Senior co-captains Chad Copenhaver and Mark Way will play their last match

on the Varsity Courts.

The match will be held at the Varsity Courts, weather permitting.

Last season, the Vols went 1-1 against Auburn. In the last meeting, the

Tigers won 4-3 to end the Vols' season in the second round of the NCAA

Region III Championships.

Tennessee equaled its highest ranking of the season by returning to the No.

12 spot in the latest ITA ratings. The Vols were ranked 20th. Individually,

Peter Handoyo slid from 10th to 12th. Mark Parsons climbed from 44th to

35th in the new rankings.

Vol golfers to compete in Hitchcock

The University of Tennessee's men's golf team will travel to Opelika,

Ala., to compete in the Billy Hitchcock Intercollegiate, Saturday through


The Vols take on a field dominated by SEC teams. The 1999 field includes:

Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Memphis, Mississippi,

Mississippi State, SE Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee and UAB.

The tournament precedes next week's SEC Championships in Lexington,


Rowers take to the Potomac

The Tennessee Lady Vols rowing team is in Washington, D.C., today to

compete in the George Washington Invitational tomorrow on the Potomac


The event, which is the Washington area's largest collegiate rowing

competition, will include a field of 14 colleges and universities.

UT will submit four boats into the competition against squads from

Cambridge, Columbia, George Mason, Georgetown, La Salle, New Hampshire,

Ohio State, St. Joseph's, Temple, U.S. Naval Academy, Virginia and William

& Mary. The teams will go head-to-head for the right to claim the Gilbert

H. Hood Jr. Point Trophy.

Two teams scheduled to compete are currently ranked in the 8+ by the U.S.

Rowing Collegiate Coaches Poll, with Virginia and Ohio State coming in at

No. 2 and No. 14, respectively.

Following the competition, the Lady Vols will be in Oak Ridge, April 17-18,

for the Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships.