Athletics News

Play Date: Saturday’s UT Pregame Showcase to Focus on Importance of Play

Gordon Burghardt, Alumni Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will be talking about the importance of play at this week’s Pregame Showcase prior to Saturday’s football game against the Alabama Crimson Tide.

Campus Welcomes Fans to Florida Game Saturday

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UT welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the football game against the University of Florida. Kickoff is set for noon EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the Gators. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. The SEC Network will televise the game.

UT Sees Rise in Game Day Recycling

UT Recycling has stepped up its efforts to move toward its goal of “Zero Waste Game Days” at Neyland Stadium. Its goal for the 2014 football season was to divert at least 50 percent of the game day waste from landfills. After the first two home games, the unit has met this goal by sending more than 50 percent of game-day waste to be processed for recycling and composting for the first time ever.

Tennessee Traditions on Display during Homecoming

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The university will celebrate Homecoming with an in-state football match-up against the UT Chattanooga Mocs at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, in Neyland Stadium. This year’s Homecoming theme is “Tennessee Traditions.” The campus will host a variety of activities this week filled with traditions for students, alumni, and fans to enjoy leading up to the game. The annual Homecoming parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. The parade will begin at Fiji Island beside Fraternity Park and will travel east on Volunteer Boulevard.

Tennessee’s Energy Fuels New TV Commercial

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The energy of the university is on full display in the work and accomplishments of former Lady Vol and academic all-American Candace Parker and current Governor’s Chair for Power Electronics Yilu Liu. This energy is brought to light in UT’s new TV commercial. The spot will air during most televised Tennessee sporting events.

Manning Presents Scholarships to Two Freshmen

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Denver Broncos quarterback and Vols legend Peyton Manning was on campus Monday to present the Peyton Manning Scholarship to incoming freshman Haslam Scholars Stephen Alexander “Alex” Crockett and Cody Sain. The Peyton Manning Scholarship program is now in its seventeenth year and has benefited 21 students. It is now awarded annually to two incoming Haslam Scholars.

UT’s New Volleyball Facility Named After Cronan

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The new volleyball practice facility is being named the “Joan Cronan Volleyball Practice Facility” after Cronan, who spent three decades working for UT Athletics. The Board of Trustees approved the action on Thursday. Construction on the facility will be completed for the fall 2014 season.

Two Volunteer Teams Head to the Sweet Sixteen

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The Vols and Lady Vols are heading to the Sweet Sixteen! For the Lady Vols, it’s the thirty-second trip in thirty-three years. They’ll play the number four seed University of Maryland in Louisville at noon on Sunday. The game will air on ESPN. The Vols will advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the seventh time in school history. They’ll take on a number two seed University of Michigan team on Friday in Indianapolis. That game will air at 7:15 p.m. on CBS.

Thompson-Boling Arena Among First in World to Use Cutting-Edge Lighting

SuperSport installation at UT's Thompson-Boling Arena. Photo courtesy of LED North America

With the installation of LED fixtures, UT’s Thompson-Boling Arena is one of the first in the world to feature lights that are smaller, brighter, and up to 85 percent more efficient than conventional arena metal halide lights. The technology is being “premiered” at the state’s research university inside the largest on-campus single-sport arena in the country.