Stowell to work UT sidelines

Former Tennessee standout offensive lineman Mike Stowell has been named the Vol Radio Network's new sideline reporter for UT football broadcasts.

Stowell now teams with Bob Kesling and Tim Priest to describe play-by-play action of Tennessee football over the 70-plus stations that make up the Vol Network. He will also assume duties with the "Phillip Fulmer TV Show" and interview Tennessee student-athletics and assistant coaches after each game.

Stowell has been a member of the Vol Network broadcast team for several years, most recently serving as the football analyst during the postgame "Final Scoreboard Show," and he was part of the pre game "Kickoff Call-In Show" at Tennessee home games. Stowell, who has done radio and television analyst work in the Knoxville market, last season provided television color during selected replays of Tennessee football games on CSS.

"It is a great honor and privilege to join the Vol Network on the sidelines," Stowell said. "I was honored to be able to wear the orange jersey, and I am just as honored to work with Bob, Tim and the rest of the Vol Network staff in this new role."

Stowell earned first-team All-SEC honors in 1992. He was a four-year letterman (1989-92), a two-year starter (1991, 1992) and displayed versatility by playing both offensive guard and tackle during his career. Tennessee went 38-9-2 during Stowell's career and he was a member of two SEC championship teams.

Stowell replaces former Vols quarterback Jeff Francis, who relinquished the position to spend more time with his family. Francis served as the Vol Radio Network's first sideline reporter and worked along side Kesling and Priest for the past eight seasons.

"I would like to thank Bob, Tim and the entire Vol Network family and the University of Tennessee for allowing me to be a part of the radio broadcast team for eight great years," Francis said. "I considered it a privilege to be on the air and to be on the sidelines. This is just a place in my life where I need to devote more time to my family."

Francis will continue to be involved in occasional Vol Network broadcasts when his schedule permits.


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