Jared Bruhin and John Edwards might have two of the most coveted jobs on campus. They’re Smokey’s handlers and his best pals. Bruhin and Edwards are responsible for everyone’s favorite bluetick coonhound while he’s on campus for game days and other appearances.
Smokey, the blue tick hound well known to Tennessee fans, will join his human co-authors, Tom Mattingly and Earl Hudson, to sign copies of their new book, Smokey: The True Stories Behind the University of Tennessee’s Beloved Mascot, on Friday, October 19, at 2:00 p.m. in the UT Bookstore.
You may have noticed Smokey sitting out his usually run through the ‘T’ this football season. That’s because he is suffering from an injury. But fear not, Tennessee’s favorite four-legged mascot—along with other animals with orthopedic health needs—has been getting the royal treatment, thanks to the internationally recognized rehabilitation program at the UT College of Veterinary Medicine.
With the academic year drawing to a close, and summer travels beckoning, it’s the perfect time for Smokey to make one final plea for help in completing his worldwide trek. To date, Smokey has visited all seven continents, 46 states and the District of Columbia. The only states he still needs to visit are Nebraska, Louisiana, Iowa and Mississippi. While photos from any place are still welcome, photos from these four states are needed to complete Smokey’s trip.
Smokey stopped by the “What’s Your Story?” video booth to share his story.