KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — One of the most talked about items at Tennessee has been the three pictures that are on the back of the Neyland Stadium JumboTron, and who should be on it.
Currently, Gen. Robert Neyland, defensive line legend Reggie White and former Vols coach Butch Jones are the images featured.
Jones’ picture obviously will come down, but then what?
A good guess would be Tennessee using images that provide a lift in recruiting and honor the current state of the program.
Gen. Robert Neyland has his name on the stadium, so a picture of him on the JumboTron doesn’t seem as necessary and wouldn’t seem to add recruiting value.
Instead, the Vols might want to put up images that would appeal to 16-to-18-year-old prospects.
Phillip Fulmer is a national championship coach, a College Football Hall of Fame member and the current athletic director and ultimate overseer of football and all Tennessee sports.
One of the other JumboTron spots should be used to feature a current NFL star, perhaps a sure-fire Hall of Fame choice such as Eric Berry. Berry has a family legacy at Tennessee, and he would represent Tennessee’s rich tradition of recruiting great players from the Atlanta area.
The third spot could go to another former Tennessee player, perhaps even a current in-state player such as FWAA Freshman All-American Trey Smith.
There are plenty of arguments to be made for others, most notably the Vols’ greatest football players of all time (Johnny Majors, Peyton Manning, Reggie White and Jason Witten). Then there’s Al Wilson and Tee Martin, the leaders of the perfect 1998 season. Martin never lost a home start in his two seasons as the Vols’ starting quarterback, joining Bobby Scott as the only Tennessee quarterback with that distinction.
And what about current coach Jeremy Pruitt? A JumboTron spot would certainly boost his credibility with recruits and honor the job he has done as a coordinator on five national championship teams.
Who would you want up there?
SEC Country’s Mike Griffith and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss the JumboTron controversy as well as putting a wrap on Tennessee’s fast-rising men’s basketball program.
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