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Snowed out

Weather keeps six Vols from first Cotton Bowl practice

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Posted: Wednesday December 27, 2000 7:31 PM

  Phillip Fulmer, David Leaverton Punter David Leaverton was one of the Vols who did make it to the team's first Cotton Bowl practice Wednesday. AP

DALLAS (AP) -- Six Tennessee players missed the Volunteers' first team meeting and practice Wednesday for the Cotton Bowl because of an ice storm that delayed flights.

The six players were flying separately Tuesday and spent the night in Memphis. Tennessee faces Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl on New Year's Day.

Four starters -- wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, offensive tackle Reggie Coleman, linebacker Dominique Stevenson and defensive back Andre Lott -- had not arrived by Wednesday afternoon. Wide receiver Eric Parker and tailback Travis Stephens also missed practice.

At least 30 players arrived late because of the wintry conditions.

"Obviously, I've been concerned about this," Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer said. "First off, the safety of our players. Secondly, the continuity of our practices."

But once all the players are together, Fulmer doesn't expect any lingering effect.

"I don't like distractions, but I'm still looking for a really good carry-over here," he said.


 
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