UT men's basketball assistant coach Kerry Keating has been named as an assistant on Ben Howland's coaching staff at UCLA.
A 1993 graduate of Seton Hall, Keating has served on Buzz Peterson's coaching staff for the past five seasons, including the last two at the University of Tennessee. He first joined Peterson at Appalachian State prior to the 1998-99 season and then was at Tulsa in 2001 when the Golden Hurricane won the National Invitation Tournament championship.
"I will forever owe a debt of gratitude to Buzz and Jan Peterson," Keating said. "The last five years, particularly the last two here at Tennessee have been very special, and I will look back on them with a good feeling in my heart.
Keating said he feels positive about the program he is leaving behind.
"I am very appreciative to all the people at Tennessee, and I know that the direction of the program is moving forward," he said. "The leadership in place with Buzz and Mike Hamilton will ensure success here, and I am glad that I was able to be on the ground floor of that foundation."
Coach Buzz Peterson sounded grateful as well.
"I am very appreciative of everything Kerry has done for us here at the University of Tennessee," Peterson said. "He has been a key part of our success at Tulsa and Appalachian State, as well as here at Tennessee.
"UCLA is a school with a lot of tradition and will be a great opportunity for him. As an assistant coach this will allow him to reach out to other areas of the country and will enhance his opportunity to become a head coach."
Maryville native finally rewarded
Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer has awarded center Chuck Prugh a scholarship for his season at UT. The senior from Maryville is listed second on the depth chart behind Scott Wells entering fall practice.
"I'm really excited to be able to award Chuck a scholarship," Fulmer said. "He is a model young man as a person and student and has worked his way into a contributing role on our football team.
"It always is wonderful to be able to help a young man who has walked on and earned a reward such as this."
Prugh has appeared in five games for the Vols, including four last year. He is coming off a solid spring practice effort that has put him in line to receive additional playing time either at center or guard.
Prugh played for the 1998 Class 4A state champions at Maryville High School, where he twice earned all-state, before attending Carson-Newman his first collegiate season. He transferred to Tennessee following the 1999 campaign.
Vols opening on the Deuce
Combine Fresno State and UT's first game and what do you get? Why, ESPN2, of course.
ESPN released its television lineup for the opening weekend of the 2003 college football season and Tennessee's Aug. 30 game against Fresno State makes the bill.
The Vols and Bulldogs will kickoff from Neyland Stadium at 3 p.m. on ESPN2. It will be the first football meeting between the schools.
Under head coach Pat Hill, Fresno St. finished last season 9-5 and capped the year with a Silicon Valley Bowl victory over Georgia Tech.
Additional SEC games on the ESPN networks that day are South Florida at Alabama (ESPN) and Oregon at Mississippi State (ESPN2).