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I posted on the back end of the VIP thread and just wanted to say Thanks to everyone on here that brings their knowledge and opinions to share. It's great to be able to go to one place to get perspectives on UT football from teenagers to old farts (like me) and everyone in between.
As a parent of a 2013 signee (Dylan Wiesman), I started lurking around on here awhile back to try to get a handle on college football and the culture at UT. We are extremely lucky, proud and thankful that our son gets to be a Vol.
I'm not much of an internet poster so I haven't gotten in on many discussions. Also, it's a little awkward because I don't want to over step any bounds, come off as a know-it-all, or offend anybody in any way. But the more I follow you all, the harder it's getting to not jump in sometimes.
Like the post about how do the players afford stuff like suits or whatever, I've heard that the NCAA allows a stipend of sorts, supposedly around $5000 per year over and above tuition and room and board for stuff like that. I'm not sure though and will be checking into it. Theres been many other times I wanted to chime in but I just wasn't sure if it was the right thing to do. I would love to contribute whatever I can to you guys to try and give something back but sometimes it just doesn't feel right. I hope you understand.
And Mods, you guys are doing a bang up job of staying on top of this site. I lurk around a couple other 247 boards because I have friends whose kids are playing for two other schools (not SEC thankfully) and I prowl around a few others just for fun and nowhere do I find the comraderie, civility and quality of content that you all provide. As I'm in the landscape/lawncare industry, my cash flow picks up in the spring and then I will upgrade my subscription to yearly. It will be well worth it.
You can be like a doctor and look at it... you can be like a lawyer and talk about it... or you can be like a farmer and plow right into it.
Very glad to have your son signing with the Big Orange and having you as part of the CheckerBoard family! +1 my friend!
"Old School"! A strong defense wins championships!
Post often,so honored to have you son Dylan play for Tennessee.
Thanks for the kind words. It means a great deal, more than you can know.
We appreciate having you around and are happy you are part of our CheckerBoard family.
Your team. All the time.
I appreciate that we may be able to get real information from someone on the inside. Most of us here think we know it all, my wife cured me of that affliction years ago, and will jump in as if they know. I am looking forward to hearing what you have to say. Welcome aboard.
Thanks for the kind words, Govols1979! We appreciate it.
Happy to have you here. Like you said, our members here have built a great community, and we're glad you've decided to be a part of it.
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Govols1979, welcome to you and your family to the Volunteer family! You will not find a more passionate, supportive group of fans than the ones on this site! Please, don't be afraid to chime in, ever. Whether its facts or opinions your voice is always welcomed! VFL!
Thanks for responding, everbody.
+1 to all.
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