Nothing identifies a Tennessee fan quite like the orange and quite checkerboard pattern and it appears as if the Volunteers will stick with its traditional color scheme full time.
ESPN’s Chris Low reported Thursday that Jeremy Pruitt won’t have his new program wearing grey anytime soon.
The traditionalists in the Tennessee fan base will be happy. Jeremy Pruitt told me the Vols won’t be breaking out the alternate “Smokey Gray” uniforms while he’s the coach. He said they would wear orange and white.
— Chris Low (@ClowESPN) February 8, 2018
The program introduced the grey uniform in 2013 when it was still sponsored by Adidas.
“The Smokey Gray uniform is a great addition for our program,” former coach Butch Jones said in a release at the time. “We believe will help our current and future student-athletes add to the strong tradition we have here at Tennessee.”
Five years later, it’s clear times have changed. Tennessee switched to Nike in 2015, but the grey uniforms remained. Now the new regime has clearly changed its mind.
“In the end it’s a coach’s decision, and that’s where we are,”Athletic Director Phillip Fulmer told SEC Country recently. “There’s been no decisions on any of that.”
“As soon as recruiting is over, we’ll have time to talk through those kinds of things.”
Well, it’s one day after National Signing Day and Pruitt appears to have made his decision.
Fox Sports Knoxville initially reported the move away from the grey uniforms last week.