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#OneTennessee on Full Display


The phrase “One Tennessee” has frequently been used by Butch Jones and other Tennessee coaches of various sports over the last year as a unifying motto for all Tennessee athletic teams. That motto was on full display this afternoon as both the football team and men’s basketball team were in Thompson Boling Arena to watch the #11 Lady Volunteers destroy the #7 Stanford Cardinal by a final score of 59-40.

With the recent news that all women’s athletic teams – with the exception of the basketball team – will no longer be referred to by the the moniker Lady Vols, there has been some talk that women’s athletics were being demeaned by Tennessee’s Athletic Department. Regardless of you opinion on the matter, today’s showing of support can only be seen as an overwhelming positive for the university and it’s athletic programs.

Butch Jones actually touched on the direction of the Athletic Department last week. Here’s a snippet of his statement:

“It’s an organization. It’s a family. It’s beyond our coaches. It’s beyond our players. It’s our administration. It’s our marketing department, our fundraising. It’s sports information. It’s everything, sports medicine, our doctors, our trainers, academics in the Thornton Center. I think that’s a tribute to Dave Hart and his leadership and the stability and vision that he has provided for everyone. I think I speak for every head coach here. The other thing I think are unique to this environment, this situation, is the closeness of all of our coaches. We talk about being one Tennessee, and we are truly one Tennessee. All of them have been tremendously supportive, win or lose. Always getting text messages of support. I think that speaks volumes and centers around one of the greatest attributes that you can have, which is leadership.”

Here are some tweets sent out by players and university accounts during the game and the football team’s halftime recognition ceremony:

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