Tennessee Hosting ‘Champions Weekend’ Around Kentucky Football Game

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Tennessee athletics is hosting its first ever “Champions Weekend” on Oct. 28-29 around Tennessee football’s Halloween weekend bout with Kentucky.

The weekend is meant to honor those who won — team or individually — SEC or NCAA Championships in their time in Knoxville.

The event will honor teams and players that won championships during the 2021-22 school year and the 10-year, 20-year, 25-year, 30-year, 40-year and 50-year anniversaries of championships.

For the inaugural event this fall, Tennessee will honor championships from 2012, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1982 and 1972.

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Tennessee will celebrate over 100 total SEC and NCAA Champions including a plethora of individual and relay track and swim champions.

From the last year, Tennessee will honor its SEC Tournament Champions soccer and men’s basketball championships as well as the baseball team which won the SEC regular season and tournament championship.

The Vols will also celebrate women’s basketball’s 2012, 2002 and 1992 SEC Championship along with the 1997 National Championship, men’s basketball’s 1982 SEC Championship, football’s 1997 SEC Championship, soccer’s 2002 SEC Championship, volleyball’s 1982 SEC Championship, men’s track and fields 2002 NCAA Indoor Championship and many more.

Tennessee’s matchup against Kentucky comes following its homecoming matchup against UT-Martin and ahead of an early November trip to Athens.

The Vols defeated Kentucky in Lexington a season ago in Josh Heupel’s first year as head coach. The SEC’s media picked Kentucky to finish second and Tennessee to finish third in the SEC east this fall.

Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.