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@HoustonVol There have been small evolutionary changes for most programs including Tennessee's since WWII. Adding the Power T to the helmet in 1964 wasn't a radical departure to me because it helped clearly define the Tennessee team on the B&W television of that era. I wasn't denigrating the concept of change because it has worked well for many schools over the years. I was thinking more of the Oregon Nike situation where they have change for change's sake and to promote Nike's line of wild uniforms. I know Phil Knight is an Oregon alum who is the $$$ behind this effort but it has spread across the college landscape. The positive is that it can help attract these young recruits who like the various new looks. Obviously they believe it gives them an edge when recruiting against other elite programs by having this as an extra incentive. If their record was 1-11 rather than 11-1 every year I am sure the different day-glo unis wouldn't enter into the conversation. The negative for me is that there are some teams (like the ones you mentioned) that I do not want to see make such a radical departure from their traditional look. Maybe it is a sign that I am now in my mid-40's and I want to yell at these kids to get off of my lawn... lol.
Television drives a lot of the changes as well. Adding names to the backs of jerseys helped those at home watching know who the players were. White away jerseys allowed home viewers on B&W TVs be able to distinguish the two teams. These new jerseys stand out on our HDTVs and draw attention like you said to teams like Maryland who had a lackluster season. They can help the mid-major teams garner attention when playing Tuesday, Thursday and Friday night games on ESPN. I know Tennessee added the black trim to the numbers on their away jerseys to help viewers see them more clearly. I appreciated the change because it was hard to distinguish those numbers at times in the past. Of course high-definition has changed how we see the game... literally. I see much more of the game now on HDTV than I ever did live at Neyland Stadium and the seats are more comfortable, the bathroom wait non-existant, and the snacks & drinks are much cheaper in my living room. I do miss having intoxicated fans yelling obscenities around me but I do have a crazy Uncle I can invite over to replicate this when needed.
I keep hearing that my alma mater ETSU will bring back football. Now if they do I would expect them to come up with some creative uniform combinations because they have little in the way of tradition being the little brother to mighty UT down in Knoxville. So I would be cool seeing my Bucs with a visually exciting uniform knowing it will take them years to build a winning program. See you next season up on Rocky Top. Forget uniforms, I am looking forward to seeing how Coach Butch Jones & staff does with this moribund program. I am cautiously optimistic that we will see a better product on the field. Even if the Vols are better we have a tough schedule so we may have to wear black all year to mourn more losses until CBJ can turn things around.
5 months, 1 week ago on Hey, Pal, Those Funky New Uniforms Aren’t For You
I agree with Barnett that there are certain programs that have uniforms so iconic they don't need to get the special ultramodern alternate versions treatment. Alabama is such a tradition rich program I can't imagine them going this route. My Vols are another tradition rich program and we have always worn the Big Orange and the Power T (added to the helmet in 1964). There was one exception when Kiffin had the team wear black for a home Halloween game against South Carolina in 2009, Otherwise the Tennessee team of today looks like the UT team of the 90's, 80's, 70's, 60's, etc. Maybe it is a Southern thing for us to prefer keeping our uniforms the same. I am sure the pressure to make money for the university and to lure kids will eventually hit every school but some will take longer than others.
I am holding my breath waiting to see who Hart announces as the next coach of my beloved Vols. In our modern social media age the rumors fly at the speed of light but it is hard to place any creedence in any of them. So many coaches, agents and schools use the social media to leverage themselves or their programs using other schools. Les Miles was able to use the offer (real or imagined) from Arky to force LSU to sign him to a long-term deal at a higher level of pay. I am not sure why he is promoting the Chief as a great choice for Tennessee. Is he truly championing a great coach in Chavis or is there some internal discord and he wants Chavis to leave. Such a soap opera with these coahing issues. I offer up prayers to the great god of football, Mo, to bless Tennessee with the right coach for our program. We need some stability along with success up on Rocky Top. Until Hart makes the announcement I will ignore the rumor mill. As far as SEC expansion is concerned again we have an Internet full of wild rumors. The SEC is so strong I figure they can afford to be picky and wait and see how this flurry of realignment sorts itself out. I thought that FSU & Va Tech would be the logical additions to the SEC but when you look at expanding to add new media markets and to add highly ranked academic institutions I can see how UNC & Duke make sense. UVa would also be a good addition under that metric. I would hope they would be added to the SEC East so my Vols would have a better chance of winning... maybe. I doubt the SEC will add teams this year unless there are circumstances currently not known by the public. Deadspin had an amazing article on the whole brouhaha that led to Southern Miss' coach being fired and selling their homegame with Nebraska to get the $$$ to pay off the contract. What an insane time in college football.
5 months, 3 weeks ago on You’ve Got Questions, We’ve Got Answers: From Why Your Search Is Taking So Long To SEC Expansion
I could see the SEC going to 16 teams but not any further as not to dilute the product and financial pie. I know Va Tech has been mentioned for years as a natural addition to the SEC but Tennessee isn't crazy about the idea because they consider upper East TN & SW Va "their" territory and don't want to directly compete with the Hokies there. UVa would be a nice get and would add Virginia and the DC area to the SEC. I am not sure about the North Carolina teams. North Carolina alone maybe but not with NC State & Duke. Football is the driver for the SEC and basketball is secondary is why I say that. I think Florida State would be a great addition but Florida would have the same issue that Tennessee has with Va Tech. No one wants their turf encroached upon but $$$ always trumps any one school's protests. So for the best football success I would add FSU & Va Tech. North Carolina would be welcome if we could let Vandy go to the ACC in trade to keep our total at 16. SEC East would add FSU & Va Tech and would move Vandy & Kentucky to the West. Or they could go with the SEC North and South to divide teams and talent. Vandy, UK, UT, Va Tech, Mizzou, UGa, SCar, Ark in the North, Florida, FSU, LSU, Bama, Ole Miss, MSU, Texas A&M, Auburn in the South. 7 games against your division & 3 rotating opponents from other division with 2 non-conference games. It is fun to speculate but only time will tell how these conference realignments work out.
6 months ago on As Folks Work To Figure Out The Big Ten’s Moves, It’s Time For The SEC To Focus In On Six Possible Expansion Partners
@TheN8tureBoy @historyphdguy You are entitled to your opinion but by cheering for Vandy to win this one game I am cheering for the long-term good of the Tennessee football program. I am old enough to comprehend the bigger picture than just this one game or this one season. If the Vols happen to defeat Vandy and UK and make it to the Music City Bowl, Liberty Bowl or Independence Bowl and won that we would be a scintillating 7-6 in this best case scenario. AD Hart may be lulled into thinking he can save $$$ and keep Dooley and staff another season. This would simply delay the inevitable change that must occurr on Rocky Top. Nothing against Coach Dooley as a person but it is clear he is not the right person to lead the Vols back to being competitive in the SEC. So I believe the Vols win in the long run by losing to Vandy this Saturday by ending talk of a bowl game or having a winning season. Think of it as a mercy euthanasia of this coaching staff so we can move forward with a new coach. a fresh start would be quite welcome by Big Orange Nation.
6 months, 1 week ago on MrSEC.com Power Rankings - 11/13/12
I love my Vols but the past 4 years have been the worst in program history. Coach Dolley gets my thanks for coming into a difficult situation when Kiffin bolted in the middle of the night for USC. Dooley cleaned up the toxic atmosphere Kiffin left behind and he has been a man of character. The problem has been that nice guys finish last in the SEC. (See Joker Phillips) So this Saturday I will cheer for Vandy because they are having a fantastic season (by their standards) and I would love to see them finish 8-4 and go to the Chik-fil-a Bowl (or another decent bowl game) because it would mean a lot to their program and their fans. After the debacle against Mizzou I am just ready to move on with a new coach and staff. Coach Dooley will get a nice buyout and won't suffer in his future professional choices in coaching or in law. Now the question is who will the enigmatic AD Dave Hart bring to Rockty Top to return the program to being competitive in the SEC. Time will tell.