Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Tennessee Volunteers are the collegiate athletic program that represents the University of Tennessee. Tennessee’s intercollegiate program, which is a member of the Southeastern Conference, has eight men’s and 11 women’s teams. Men’s teams include football, baseball, basketball, golf, indoor and outdoor track, soccer, swimming, and tennis. Women’s teams include basketball, cross-country, equestrian, golf, rowing, soccer, indoor and outdoor track, swimming and diving, tennis, and volleyball. Tennessee has several rivals in the SEC foes. In men’s basketball, Tennessee has intense rivalries with Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Florida. In football, Tennessee’s most bitter rival is Alabama.
Tennessee is one of the most talent-rich programs in the SEC and has won 23 national championships. Tennessee is best known for its football and women’s basketball programs. Tennessee’s women’s basketball program won eight national championships under iconic head coach, Pat Summitt, which is the second highest total in women’s basketball. Summitt is the all-time winningest basketball coach, having won 1,098 total games and more impressively boasted a 100 percent graduation rate for all of her players. Former star, Candace Parker was the top pick of the 2009 WNBA draft. The football program has won six national championships and 13 conference championships. Tennessee has the third most bowl appearances (49), sixth in bowl wins (26).
Tennessee has won an all-time high 447games at Neyland Stadium, which is the highest home-field total for any team in its home venue. Two all-time great players, Reggie White and Peyton Manning, are notable Tennessee alumni. During his 1997 senior season, Manning won the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, and Draddy Trophy, but did not win the Heisman Trophy. The men’s basketball program was revitalized under coach, Bruce Pearl in the early 2000s. In 2008, Tennessee claimed its first outright SEC regular season championship. Several notable NBA players, namely Bernard King and Allan Houston, are alumni.
Tennessee’s mascot is “Smokey”, a blue-tick coonhound. At every sporting event, a cartoonish coonhound and actual coonhound roam the sidelines. Tennessee’s official fight song is “Down the Field”, but most fans know “Rocky Top!, which is the unofficial fight song. Tennessee’s school colors are “UT Orange” and “White”.
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