The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes fans to campus this Saturday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. ET for the Volunteers’ game against the University of Akron Zips. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. CSS will televise the game.
The university has announced new regulations that will impact ticket resellers at UT games, effective immediately. The new policy bars commercial solicitations, including the reselling of tickets to athletic events, music concerts, and other campus events, in front of Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Boling Arena, from four hours prior to the start of a game or event and remains in effect until the end.
What goes into shooting a thirty second TV spot? One-hundred eighty hours. Created by UT’s Department of Video and Photography, the long hours can be attributed to the breadth of content weaved together into just a half a minute. Viewers will notice running themes of orange, talented alumni, the impact of their big ideas, and the impact of UT. The spot debuts this Friday with the start of the Volunteer football season on ESPNU during the North Carolina State game.
Calling all Volunteers: help Rocky Top win the South’s Best Tailgate distinction. Vote online and via smartphone daily between now and October 1 to help Rocky Top clinch the top spot. Saturday votes will count twice. We’re in the running against nineteen other schools to win Southern Living magazine’s “The South’s Best Tailgate” title.
The Tennessee football team continues to give back to the community. On Saturday, a house built by the Vols was dedicated to Kim Dixon and her family in South Knoxville. Throughout the summer the Vols have built different portions of Dixon’s new home after her previous home was lost in a fire. Saturday’s ceremony was the culmination of hard work and teamwork by every member of the football team.
Economics professor Don Bruce has been named UT’s new faculty athletics representative for the Southeastern Conference and the National Collegiate Athletic Association. In the new role, Bruce will work closely with top university administrators to support a campus environment where academics remain a central focus in college sports.
ESPN College GameDay is letting fans choose the campus where ESPN will film one of its commercials. Volunteer fans can help give UT a leg up by voting early and often. Fans from all Division I Football Bowl Subdivision schools are voting to have the opportunity for GameDay to shoot an ad on their campus in late July or early August. The school that receives the most votes by May 10 wins.
Basketball season has arrived at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with home opening games set for next week. The first regular season home game for the men is Friday, November 11, against UNC Greensboro. The Lady Vols begin their regular season home schedule against Pepperdine University on November 13.
The University of Tennessee on Monday named Dave Hart as the school’s vice chancellor and director of athletics. Hart, who was the director of athletics at Florida State University for 12 years (1995-2007), most recently served as the executive director of athletics at the University of Alabama, where he led the day-to-day operations of the department.
Donna Thomas, who has worked with UT Athletics for twenty-one years and has served as interim director of UT Knoxville’s Thornton Athletics Student Life Center for six months, has been named as the center’s permanent director. The Thornton Center provides academic support, educational programs, and a learning environment in which student-athletes have the opportunity to achieve their academic and personal goals.