University of Tennessee juniors Rob Barkman of Oak Ridge, TN, and
Christopher Scott Jones of Paris, TN, were selected to the 2000 USA Rugby
Collegiate All-American team.
Barkman and Jones were chosen to play for the South all-star team at a camp
held on May 19-21 in Murfreesboro, TN. Collegiate players from 11 states
competed at the camp for a chance to represent the USA Rugby South
Territory in this national tournament. The South Territory won the National
Championship by defeating nine-time defending champion Pacific Territory in
the finals 21-6. Based on the superior performances of Barkman and Jones in
the tournament, they were named to the All-American team. Being named to
the All-American team is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a
collegiate rugby player.
"Rob is very deserving of this honor," UT assistant coach Marty Bradley
said. "He had a fabulous performance at the national championship and has
really committed himself to becoming a superior rugby player. He made
several game-saving tackles at the tournament."
"Scott is an aggressive runner and a tremendous tackler," Bradley said. "He
had an outstanding performance at the national tournament and has been a
leader for us all year."
Rugby is a non-varsity sport at the University of Tennessee with a roster
of 45 players. They compete in the Midsouth Union of the USA Rugby South
Territory. They just completed the 1999-2000 year with a record of 20-8-1
that included an appearance in the final four championship tournament of
the USA Rugby South Territory.
BURKE NAMED TO ABCA/RAWLINGS ALL-SOUTH REGION TEAM
Tennessee sophomore second-baseman Chris Burke was named to the 14-player
All-South Region team announced by the American Baseball Coaches
Association All-America Selection Committee.
Burke, who was a first ream USA Today/Baseball Weekly All-America,
hit .401 with 55 RBI and 56 stolen bases for the Vols this past
The All-South Region team was voted on by the 43 coaches of the ABCA South
Region and will help comprise the ballot for the ABCA/Rawlings All-America
teams along with All-Region teams made up of players from the other seven
regions. All players on the All-South Region team will be eligible for the
ABCA/Rawlings All-American team voting that took place in Omaha at the
College World Series. Results of that vote will be announced this
Athletes receive notoriety
Published: Tue Jun 20, 2000 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 02:17 p.m.