The University of Tennessee has nominated Justin Gatlin, 2002 NCAA indoor in the 60 and 200 meters and outdoors in the 100 and 200 meters, as its candidate for SEC Male Athlete of the Year.
Gatlin has won six national titles during his brief career at UT.
A sophomore from Pensacola, Fla., Gatlin has won the Southeastern Conference's Commissioner's Trophy as high scorer in the 2001 and 2002 meets. He is the first athlete in 44 years to win back-to-back 100 and 200 meters in consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Each SEC athletics director or designee votes on a 1-2-3 basis for athlete of the year, with points awarded on a 3-2-1 basis. Schools are not allowed to vote for their own nominees. Winners will be released July 3.
Castellvi named female athlete of the year
UT has named tennis player Vilmarie Castellvi as its nominee for Southeastern Conference Female Athlete of the Year.
Castellvi, a 5-6 junior from Puerto Rico, notched an impressive 44-8 mark in singles action and went 31-15 in doubles play while leading the Lady Vols to their first ever NCAA Tennis Final Four appearance. The successful finish also marked the first time
Tennessee had advanced past the Sweet 16.
Castellvi earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America status by virtue of a 9-16 seeding in the field of 64 singles players in the 2002 NCAA Women's Tennis Championship. She then became the first Lady Vol to advance to the quarterfinals before bowing out to Stanford's Gabriela Lastra.
Earlier in the year, Castellvi beat No. 11 Lastra and No. 4 Laura Kalvaria, both of national power Stanford, en route to the 2002 National Collegiate Tennis Classic championship in January.
The SEC Female Athlete of the Year will also be named July 3.
Time set for gridiron tilt with Florida
For the seventh consecutive year, CBS Sports has elected to televise the Tennessee-Florida football game. The Vols and Gators will kick off at 3:30 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 21 before a nationally televised audience.
The meeting will also be the first SEC game for Ron Zook, Florida's new head coach. It will also mark the first time Zook will coach the Gators outside Gainesville.
In a drastic change from previous years, Tennessee will not be the Gator's first test of the season. They have to host defending national champion and intra-state rival Miami on Sept. 7.
The Vols also host Miami, as the Hurricanes will invade Knoxville Nov. 9.