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Our two greatest honorary Alumni!
Also, I'm a little offended Wes hasn't noticed that I slipped him between Cormac McCarthy and Kurt Vonnegut on our list of great writing alums
UT claims him on the alumni site along with his father, which is why I listed him there.
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if not, please delete this post.
A&M fans need to know that Tennessee is both a land-grant school like A&M and the state university like Texas, so we are a combo U. They will feel right at home when they come see us. We ain't teasips.
Our ag campus is a totally contained complex alongside the main campus. Other SEC combo schools such as Kentucky and Georgia have ag buildings scattered all over.
You will get some good ole southern hospitality here in Tennessee.
Rocky Top is not the actual fight song but is played 100 times more than the actual fight song.
This post was edited by Wes Rucker 2 years ago
Senior Writer, govols247
I would mention all the national sports media personalities who graduated from UT, too. But that's just my opinion...
Same with Pat Summitt..although it seems like she has been at UT forever...she went to UT-Martin..
Says The Wizard of Oz!
The three biggest boobs to ever come out of this state. Sorry, couldn't resist.
This post was edited by Jersey Vol 2 years ago
I haven't lived in the Knoxville area in years so I can't comment on the best places to eat. As far as traditions go, I think that's been covered. I always enjoyed watching the band march to the stadium. Some of the more notable alumni and figures associated with Tennessee not mentioned so far are:
Doug Atkins (Top 100 players of all time)
Paul Finebaum (excuse me while I get the taste out of my mouth)
Woody Paige (ESPN Around the Horn)
Al Wilson (one of my favorite all-time Vols)
Jason Witten (football)
Melvin Stewart (swimming)
Candace Parker (basketball)
Tamika Catchings (basketball)
Bernard King, Ernie Grunfeld - The Ernie and Bernie Show (basketball)
Justin Gatlin (track)
Gene Wojciechowski (ESPN)
Willie Gault (football)
Jack (Hacksaw) Reynolds (football)
Condredge Holloway (football)
Bowden Wyatt (football)
George Cafego (football)
Frank Emanuel (football)
Kieth Delong (football)
Jamie Rotella (football)
Bobby Majors (football)
Jackie Walker (football)
John Henderson (football)
Leonard Little (football)
Steve Kiner (football)
For me, the list could go on forever. I'm sure that Aggie fans are a loyal breed just as Tennessee fans are. The one difference that might exist is that the University of Tennessee is "the" state school. I would dare say that 90% of Tennessee fans have never attended the school. If you are a Tennesseean, you are a Vol.
I welcome the Aggie fans to the SEC and hope they enjoy the tremendous pride that all the SEC fans have in their football teams.
I think it would be pertinent to talk about how the state, and therefore the school, got the nickname Volunteers. I tell my TX husband all the time that we are the real UT because, were it not for all of the TN volunteers helping them in the wars, there likely wouldn't even be a TX, much less a University of TX. :) Also, we are the colors orange and white due to the colors of the daisies planted on the hill which was visible from the stadium before the North end zone seating was added.
Places to hit after the game - OCI and Toddy's.
Traditions - what the actual fight song is and how Rocky Top came to be the adopted fight song.
Glad to have you on the board. Thanks for posting!
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Excellent post, gvavl ... top notch!
Thakns for sharing this and thanks for posting. Feel free to contribute more often!
Your team. All the time.
I always tell Texas fans that if not for the Volunteers, Texas would still be part of Mexico. Sam Houston was a former Tennessee Governor before going to Texas and leading the revolution against Mexico.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.
There has been a huge oversight on eating establishments. How has no one mentioned Louies. My family has been enjoying Italian food there for over 45 years.
This post was edited by mikeltn 2 years ago
+1 for mentioning Condredge. One of the nicest people I have ever met, so happy he works for the athletic dept now. Not to mention, Condredge was the first black man to start at QB for an SEC school and is also in the CFL Hall of Fame.
Restaurant- Calhoun's is pretty top notch for Ribs, steaks, and anything else on the menu. Other quality options are Connors Steak and Seafood, and Knoxville's Downtown Grill and Brewery. Attractions: The Old City is pretty cool. The Strip down has a few good bars if that's your thing.
Game-day traditions: The Vol Navy-travel to the stadium by boat and have a good time. The Vol Walk-watch the players and coaches march to the stadium. Salute To The Hill- The Pride of Southland Marching Band's March to the stadium which precludes with stopping and turning towards The Hill upon which Ayers Hall sits. The Pregame show for UT, which starts at 12-14 minutes before the game. The Show feature the POWER T, V O L S spellout, and of course the Opening of the T when the team runs onto the field.
Notable famous alumni Peyton Manning, Reggie White, General Neyland, Johny Majors, Dickey, Eric Berry, Jamal Lewis, Jon Henderson, Albert Haynesworth, Al Wilson, Deon Grant. Jabari Greer, Jon Chavis
UT is known for having a strong pride in winning and achieving and expecting excellence.
Aggie fans should expect to have a good time win/lose most UT fans are fairly sportmanlike and as long as you don't do anything foolish, expect a good roadtrip
Thanks for posting, UTTD.
I don't think kenny chesney has been mentioned. I could ne wrong but isn't he a ut alum
Nope, Kenny went to ETSU. He is just a Big Orange fan!
"Never take for granted what it means to be a Volunteer." Peyton Manning
Great post! For the sake of being accurate though...General Neyland was a West Point grad and Dickey a Florida grad neither went to UT. They did good things while at UT as Head Coach and Athletic Director...Running through the T has to be one of the best traditions in college football!!
Ha that's right I remember now. My gf goes to etsu. I knew that sorry for wasting space.
Kenny Chesney is a bit of a frontrunner.
I am looking forward to seeing the A&M band. They are unique.
One advantage for the Aggies moving to the SEC - they can keep all of their "Beat UT" stuff, just need to alter the color to a REAL orange...
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