This weekend, the Virginia Tech Hokies revealed some impressive new uniforms for the 2016 Battle at Bristol against the Tennessee Volunteers.
The Vols have since responded by announcing their uniform combination for the game which will be the traditional look Tennessee fans are used to seeing on the gridiron.
So rather than spicing things up with a fancy new look for the big game, UT athletic director Dave Hart explained his decision to go with the orange and white look. His reasoning? Simple; he wants people to remember it was Tennessee participating in the biggest college football game ever.
“Jerry Caldwell has been great, but one of the points that was driven home was that we were going to be the home team. That was done, Jerry agreed to that. Once we got down the road and got the contract done, in my conversations with Butch, I told them ‘I felt very, very strongly we would wear and traditional orange and white, our home uniform.’ My logic goes if all goes as we expect and set an all-time attendance record, it will be replayed for decades. Ten years from now, our alumni, anywhere in the world, they would immediately know that Tennessee was in that (world’s largest) game. … In this instance, I felt strongly that tradition needed to prevail. I’m only speaking for us. The University of Tennessee will wear our traditional orange and white uniforms in that game.”
It’s hard to argue with that logic, though it would have been cool to see what uniforms the Vols could have come up with. Instead, we will have to settle for tradition when Butch Jones’ team takes the field.
Kickoff for the “Battle at Bristol” at Bristol Motor Speedway is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET on Sept. 10.