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Why Wednesday Is An Important Day For Both Tennessee Football, Basketball

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Wednesday is a big day in the college sports landscape as it is the final day that the transfer portal is open in the spring window for both football and basketball.

One important note is that players who are in the transfer portal can still commit to their new schools after Wednesday, but that’s when the deadline for players to enter the portal is. While graduate transfers used to be able to enter the transfer portal whenever they want, a new NCAA rule now forces them to enter the transfer portal during the open windows.

All that meaning that after Wednesday, there won’t be any more football or basketball players hopping in the portal.

It’s been a relatively drama free spring portal period for Tennessee football. The Vols have lost just two players to the transfer portal— linebacker Elijah Herring and cornerback Cristian Conyer. Both players were expected to be backups next season but they are important depth pieces.

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After landing eight players in the transfer portal during the winter window, Josh Heupel and his staff haven’t been actively pursuing any players in the transfer portal during the spring period.

While the spring transfer portal period has been without drama for Tennessee football it’s been full of drama for Rick Barnes’ basketball program.

The Vols lost four players to the transfer portal after the conclusion of the 2024 season including All-SEC big man Jonas Aidoo and his backup Tobe Awaka. Both of those losses came at least as mild surprises while Freddie Dilione and D.J. Jefferson entering the transfer portal was no surprise.

Tennessee quickly went to work rebuilding its roster. To date they’ve landed Hofstra wing transfer Darlinstone Dubar, Charlotte forward Igor Milicic and Ohio State center Felix Okpara. All three bring different skillsets and fill key needs for the Vols’ roster next season.

Barnes and his staff still have three scholarships left to work with as they look to fill out their roster for the 2024-25 season.

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