Athletics News

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

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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.

Demolition of Stokely and Gibbs Underway

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Work has begun on the demolition of Stokely Athletics Center and Gibbs Hall. The university is making way for a new residence hall and dining facility and parking garage on the site at the corner of Volunteer and Lake Loudoun Boulevards. Plans are also in place to expand Haslam Field on the site. Abatement work has started on Stokely and Johnny Majors Drive has been closed to through traffic as part of the planned demolition.

Rocky Top Institute Releases First Interactive Children’s E-book

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Smokey, the beloved UT mascot, will be joined on his adventures by raccoon and turtle friends in a new interactive electronic book that was released this month. Tales from Rocky Top, Volume I contains three children’s stories selected through a writing competition that took place last spring. The book is produced through the UT Rocky Top Institute.

UT Recycles 111,487 Pounds of Material in 2013 Game Day Recycling Challenge

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UT fans recycled their way to second place in the Southeastern Conference in the Game Day Recycling Challenge, a friendly recycling competition among US colleges and universities. UT Recycling took on the challenge to increase recycling and composting at football games, to shrink its environmental footprint, and to broaden sustainability efforts.

Campus Welcomes Fans to Final Home Football Game Saturday

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The campus welcome fans this Saturday for the year’s final home football game. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m. for the Vols’ game against the Vanderbilt Commodores. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and ESPN-2 will televise the game. The traditional Vol Walk will start at 4:45 p.m. on Volunteer Boulevard near Circle Park. Saturday is Senior Day, when seniors on the football team will be honored for their contributions as student-athletes. The seniors will run through the “T” and join their families on the field for special recognition.

Campus Prepares for Pat Summitt Plaza Dedication November 22

UT is welcoming fans of legendary Lady Vols basketball coach Pat Summitt as it dedicates a plaza in her honor at 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 22, at the corner of Lake Loudoun Boulevard and Phillip Fulmer Way. UT students, employees, and campus visitors should be aware of temporary street closings for the dedication.

UT Welcomes Fans to Ag Day, Georgia Game Saturday; Reminds Visitors of No-Backpack Policy

The campus welcomes fans this Saturday for the Vols’ game against the University of Georgia Bulldogs. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. and CBS Sports will televise the game. The traditional Vol Walk will start at 1:15 p.m. The Institute of Agriculture will hold its annual Ag Day event beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the newly renovated Brehm Animal Science Arena. Activities include live music, informational displays, a visit from Smokey, and an insect petting zoo.

Four UT Faculty Members Chosen as SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows

Four UT faculty members have been selected as fellows for the Southeastern Conference’s 2013–2014 Academic Leadership Development Program. UT’s fellows are Susan M. Benner, associate dean in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences; Joanne M. Hall, professor in the College of Nursing; Veerle Keppens, associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Engineering; and Annette L. Ranft, associate dean in the College of Business Administration.