Tyndall adds Carmichael
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KNOXVILLE (AP) — Willie Carmichael is the latest former Southern Mississippi signee to follow Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall to the Volunteers.

Carmichael, a 6-foot-8 forward from Wekiva High School in Apopka, Fla., initially signed with Southern Mississippi when Tyndall was coaching the Golden Eagles. Carmichael was granted a release from his letter of intent after Tyndall took over Tennessee’s program. Tennessee announced Wednesday that Carmichael had signed with the Vols.

“Willie Carmichael is my type of front-line guy,” Tyndall said in a university release announcing the signing. “He’s tough, athletic and hard-playing. As he gets stronger, he will have a greater and greater impact on our team - both defensively and as a rebounder.”

Tennessee also officially announced Wednesday that former IUPUI guard Ian Chiles had signed an institutional aid agreement to play for Tennessee in the 2014-15 season as a graduate transfer. Chiles, a 6-1 guard, had said Tuesday that he planned to enroll at Tennessee for his final year of eligibility.

Carmichael’s addition comes one day after Tennessee announced the addition of junior-college guard Devon Baulkman, who also initially signed to play for Tyndall at Southern Mississippi. Tennessee’s recruiting class also includes forward Jabari McGhee, guard Detrick Mostella and junior-college guard Kevin Punter.

Chiles averaged 15.8 points per game at IUPUI this past season to lead his team and rank third in the Summit League. Chiles is the younger brother of India Chiles, a former star outfielder for Tennessee’s softball team. India Chiles lettered for the Lady Vols from 2004-07.

“Ian brings a strong, physical and experienced lead guard to our team,” Tyndall said. “He’s a guy who can create for himself off the dribble and also get to the paint and make his teammates better as a playmaker. With his experience at the Division I level, he’ll have an opportunity to come in and provide leadership from Day One.”

Tennessee signs junior

college guard Baulkman

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee continues to rebuild its roster in the wake of a coaching transition with the additions of junior-college guard Devon Baulkman and IUPUI transfer Ian Chiles.

Chiles, a 6-foot-1 guard, said Tuesday he will go to Tennessee for his final year of eligibility as a graduate transfer. Chiles, who averaged 15.8 points per game for IUPUI this past season, said via text message that he plans to sign with Tennessee sometime Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Tennessee announced the signing of Baulkman, who spent the last two years at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, Florida.

Their additions help refortify a roster that was decimated after a coaching change.

Cuonzo Martin left Tennessee to take over California’s program on April 15 and was replaced by former Southern Mississippi coach Donnie Tyndall a week later. The four recruits who signed with the Volunteers in November when Martin was still at Tennessee were granted releases after the coaching change. Guard Darius Thompson and guard/forward A.J. Davis, who were freshmen at Tennessee this past season, requested releases from their scholarships.

Tyndall has refortified the roster by signing forward Jabari McGhee, guard Detrick Mostella and junior-college guard Kevin Punter this month. Baulkman represents the Vols’ latest signing.

Baulkman, from Bainbridge, Georgia, is a 6-5 guard who averaged 15.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game this year. He plans to enroll at Tennessee this summer and has two years of eligibility remaining.

“Devon is another versatile, long, athletic guy that fits our system really well,” Tyndall said in a university release. “He can play all three perimeter positions, and that versatility will allow him to contribute immediately to our team.”

Baulkman initially signed with Southern Mississippi, but he was granted a release after Tyndall left for Tennessee.

Tennessee hasn’t announced the addition of Chiles because his paperwork isn’t completed. Chiles, who is from Louisville, Kentucky, averaged over 10 points per game each of his three seasons at IUPUI. He was IUPUI’s leading scorer this past season.

UT football improves

APR, avoids penalties

KNOXVILLE (AP) — Tennessee’s football program has improved its academic progress to the point that it won’t face punishment from the NCAA.

Figures released by the NCAA on Wednesday showed Tennessee’s football program with a four-year total of 932 in the Academic Progress Rate, which the NCAA uses as a real-time academic measure of every Division I team. The four-year period covers the 2009-10 to 2012-13 academic years.

Tennessee’s football APR solely for 2012-13 was 962, the highest score in program history.

Tennessee needed a four-year APR of at least 930 to avoid potential punishment.

Other programs in the state are facing penalties. The East Tennessee State men’s indoor track program faces a 2014-15 postseason ban. The UT Martin men’s basketball team faces a “Level One” penalty that generally focuses on practice restrictions.