The Pride of the Southland Marching Band is a much valued and integral part of the university and the game day experience. Their performances are part of the fabric of our great football traditions here at Tennessee. The band is essential to achieving our goal of an electric atmosphere in Neyland Stadium. Several claims made in a petition circulated this morning have limited or no basis in fact.
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.
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
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.
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.
Joe Scogin has been named assistant provost, director of the Thornton Athletics Student Life Center, and senior associate athletic director. He will begin in May. Scogin is currently the associate athletic director at the University of Missouri. The Thornton Center helps student-athletes balance the difficult demands of their academic and athletic schedules by providing academic support services.
As we face a transition in our football program, I want to make it clear that we support a mission of comprehensive excellence in our athletics department. Under the leadership of Vice Chancellor and Athletics Director Dave Hart, we will do the things required to return our team to national prominence. As we begin our search for a new coach, I have assured Dave that he will have the support and resources he needs to be successful.
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.
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, welcomes football fans and alumni to campus this Saturday for Homecoming. A veterans reunion, the annual campus parade, and a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act are among the events highlighting this year’s Homecoming celebrations. Kickoff for the Volunteers’ game against the Trojans of Troy University is scheduled for noon ET, with gates opening at 10:00 a.m. Fox Sports will televise the game.
Basketball season has arrived at UT, with home opening games set for this week and next week. The first exhibition home game for the women is Thursday, November 1, against Carson-Newman College. The first exhibition home game for the men is Monday, November 5, against Victory University.