Athletics News

Demolition of Stokely Athletics Center, Gibbs Hall Set for 2014

The university is moving forward with plans to demolish Stokely Athletics Center and Gibbs Hall to make way for a new parking garage, residence hall and dining facility, and the expansion of the football practice fields. The State Building Commission approved demolition plans today for Stokely and Gibbs so that work can begin early next year. The commission will consider project budgets and proposed building locations at its October meeting. The goal is to have Stokely and Gibbs removed by summer 2014

UT Making Game Day Recycling Easier

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As part of its goal of recycling 50 percent of game day waste this year and making Neyland Stadium a “zero waste” facility by next year, UT Recycling is urging fans to take advantage of and participate in their many recycling initiatives. To aid this effort, recycling/trash stations have been placed throughout tailgate areas on campus.

Take a Sneak Peek of UT’s New TV Commercial

From science stars to baseball starters, the university’s latest TV commercial shines a light on the talent and opportunities that abound on Rocky Top. Harry “Hap” McSween, Distinguished Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences, is a leading expert on the composition of Mars and meteorites. R.A. Dickey, former Vol baseball player and current pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, won the 2012 National League Cy Young Award.

Vols to Open the Season Saturday; New Security Measures Include No-Backpack Policy

UT welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the first home football game of the 2013 season. Kickoff is set for 6:00 p.m. EDT for the Volunteers’ game against the Governors of Austin Peay State University. Gates open at 4:00 p.m. VideoSeat pay-per-view will televise the game. UT has changed its stadium security regulations and will prohibit backpacks of any kind or size to be taken into Neyland Stadium. All items, including purses, are subject to search at the gates.

Grad: Experience Serving President Bush ‘Prepared Me Well’ for College

While he was in the Marine Corps, Brandon Lawson spent two years serving President George W. Bush as crew chief on Marine One, the Black Hawk helicopter that transported the president to and from Air Force One, the presidential jet. After his honorable discharge from the military, Lawson enrolled at UT. On Friday, the twenty-seven-year-old graduates with a degree in logistics and international business.

Athletics Director Dave Hart’s Six-Year Contract Extended by One Year

UT has extended Athletics Director Dave Hart’s six-year contract by one year, Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek announced today. Hart was named vice chancellor and director of athletics on September 5, 2011. The contract extension moves its end date to September 18, 2018. It also provides for one additional year with a $50,000 retention bonus.

UT Welcomes Fans to Senior Day, Final Home Football Game Saturday

UT welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the year’s final home football game against the University of Kentucky Wildcats. Kickoff is set for 12:21 p.m. Neyland Stadium gates open at 10:15 a.m. and SEC Sports Network will televise the game. 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 a special recognition prior to kickoff.

UT Welcomes Fans to Missouri Game Saturday

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UT welcomes fans to campus this Saturday for the Volunteers game against the University of Missouri Tigers, one of the newest member schools of the Southeastern Conference. Kickoff is set for 12:21 p.m. Neyland Stadium gates open at 10:15 a.m. SEC Sports Network will televise the game.

Pregame Showcase: Microbiology Professor to Discuss Water Quality

Steven Wilhelm

Microbiology professor Steven Wilhelm will talk about water quality at Saturday’s Pregame Showcase, prior to the Vols football game against Missouri. His presentation, “Protecting Our Water Resources: A Microbiologist’s Perspective,” will examine the world’s declining water quality. It begins at 10:21 a.m. in the Carolyn P. Brown Memorial University Center.

Sorority Village Street Named After Pioneering Alumna Ann Baker Furrow

Ann Baker Furrow (Photography by Chad Greene)

A street in the new Sorority Village has been named in honor of Ann Baker Furrow, a 1967 alumna and pioneering female golfer who also was the first woman to serve on the UT Board of Trustees. The street sign now displays “Ann Baker Furrow Boulevard.” The campus will hold a formal dedication in the spring.