Neyland Stadium Jumbotron finished

After months of question and confusion, the jumbotron atop Neyland Stadium finally received an update. Tennessee added former team captain Al Wilson, hall of fame head coach Robert Neyland and Jason Witten as the three new pictures displayed on the jumbotron.

Before the update, Butch Jones, General Neyland and Reggie White loomed over the Tennessee River. Fans expressed outrage and confusion after Jones continued to stay on the jumbotron despite being fired in November 2017. Nearly four months later, crews removed the former coach’s image.

Many fans were content with leaving Neyland and White on the jumbotron, but the university decided to change all three. While Neyland remains on the jumbotron, he has a new picture. Neyland was previously shown in a Volunteers baseball jersey but is now shown in his iconic kneeling position, much like the one his statue portrays in the concourse of the stadium.

Wilson replaced Jones on March 5. The former linebacker Wilson was captain of the 1998 National Championship team and went on to play eight years in the NFL after his tenure from 1995-98 as a Vol.

Jason Witten replaces Reggie White. Witten played for the Vols from 2000-2003 and left after his junior season for the NFL. Witten played all 15 seasons of his pro career with the Dallas Cowboys. The Elizabethton native left Tennessee with the third-most receptions by a tight end and fourth-most receiving yards by a tight end in program history.

With the new trio of Wilson, Neyland and Witten ready to go for the beginning of the Pruitt era, Vols fans look forward to the coming season. Though pictures on a jumbotron seem like little to celebrate, Tennessee fans will take any good news after a disastrous 2017 season. If this change is any indication about the Volunteers program moving forward, great things are set to come.

Edited by Seth Raborn

Featured image courtesy of Mark Nagi 

Neyland Stadium jumbotron receives upgrades

After months of question and confusion, the jumbotron atop Neyland Stadium finally received an update. Tennessee added former team captain Al Wilson, hall of fame head coach Robert Neyland and Jason Witten to the jumbotron.

Before the update, Butch Jones, General Neyland and Reggie White loomed over the Tennessee River. Fans expressed outrage and confusion after the terminated Jones remained on the jumbotron. Nearly four months later, crews removed the former coach’s image.

Many fans approved of Neyland and White on the jumbotron. However, the university decided to change all three photos. While Neyland remains on the jumbotron, he receives recognition in a new picture. The previous photo showed Neyland in a Volunteers baseball jersey. Now, he is shown in his iconic kneeling position, much like the one his statue portrays in the stadium concourse.

Wilson replaced Jones on March 5. The former linebacker Wilson captained the 1998 National Championship team and went on to play eight years in the NFL after his tenure from 1995-98 as a Vol.

Jason Witten replaces Reggie White. Witten played for the Vols from 2000-2003 and left after his junior season for the NFL. Witten played all 15 seasons of his pro career with the Dallas Cowboys. The Elizabethton native left Tennessee with the third-most receptions by a tight end and fourth-most receiving yards by a tight end in program history.

With the new trio of Wilson, Neyland and Witten ready to go for the beginning of the Pruitt era, Vols fans look forward to the coming season. Though pictures on a jumbotron seem like little to celebrate, Tennessee fans will take any upgrades after a disastrous 2017 season.

Edited by Seth Raborn

Featured image courtesy of Mark Nagi 

Tuesday Traditions: General Neyland’s game maxims

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This week on Tuesday Traditions, we take a step inside the Volunteers’ locker room and look at an old football team tradition, the reciting of General Neyland’s seven maxims as the Vols prepare to, “carry the fight to KENTUCKY and keep it there for 60 minutes.”

Every team regardless of sport has their pre-game rituals, but not every team has something that has lasted over this amount of time and amount of coaching changes. In college football, there are only a few on-field and locker room rituals that have become great traditions.

Some of the best are Notre Dame slapping the “Play like a champion today” sign as they leave the locker room, Clemson rubbing Howard’s Rock, Hawaii doing the Haka (an original war dance) and Tennessee reciting the game maxims.

The maxims were brought to Tennessee by former coach General Robert Neyland in the 1930’s. They were a key part to his program’s philosophy and have become one of the greatest traditions at Tennessee. The maxims have been passed down over the years from coach to coach.

Former Vols coach Phillip Fulmer had the great Tennessee teams of the 90’s say the maxims before every game and Derek Dooley and Lane Kiffin both kept the tradition alive during their short stints as the head coach of the Vols. Current head coach Butch Jones has also kept them as a part of the Tennessee tradition since taking over the program in 2012.

The maxims are displayed on a wall inside the Vols’ locker room at Neyland Stadium and this year, they are being shown on the jumbotron before “The Pride of the Southland Band” steps off for pre-game. You can also find them scrolling across the boards on the upper deck during Tennessee’s games in Neyland Stadium.

This is one of the oldest traditions at the University of Tennessee and is one of the football team’s longest lasting pre-game traditions. The magnitude of the impact Neyland left on the University of Tennessee is mentioned among the great influences on college football, like Paul “Bear” Bryant (Alabama), Joe Paterno (Penn State), Woody Hayes (Ohio State) and more recent coaches like Bo Schembechler (Michigan), Bobby Bowden (Florida State) and Steve Spurrier (Florida and South Carolina).

Today, General Neyland’s legacy lives on in many ways, but perhaps the most important relic he brought to the University of Tennessee were his Game Maxims.

 General Robert Neyland’s 7 Maxims

  1. The Team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.
  2. Play for and make the breaks and when one comes your way – SCORE.
  3. If at first the game – or the breaks – go against you, don’t let up … put on more steam.
  4. Protect our kickers, our Quarterbacks, our lead and our ball game.
  5. Ball, Oskie, Cover, Block, Cut and slice, pursue and gang tackle… for this is the WINNING EDGE.
  6. Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.
  7. Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there for 60 minutes.

 

 

Edited by Jordan Dajani