KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The “Today” show was in Knoxville on Wednesday to broadcast the University of Tennessee breaking the world record for the largest human letter at Neyland Stadium.
The Guinness Book of World Records had an official on hand as 4,223 people formed the Power T, surpassing the previous record of 3,373 people set by Queen’s University in Ontario.
New chancellor Beverly Davenport promoted the event, which included an appearance from Today star Al Roker and local WBIR morning anchor Russell Biven.
Knoxville’s WIVK, one of the most successful and popular country music stations in the nation, also had their stars on hand, with award-winning morning DJ’s “Andy and Alison” on hand to broadcast live from the stadium.
Tennessee football coach Butch Jones, who has led the Vols to back-to-back Top 25 seasons after taking over the program at its historic low four years ago, was also present.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) March 29, 2017
Not all of those who purport to support the Vols expressed happiness over the feat on social media, however.
Tennessee’s so-called “Negavols,” the name given to the small but vocal portion of the fan base that expresses negative opinions on social media, made their presence known in the days leading up to the event.
The local newspaper went so far as to document the chancellor promoting the event on her Twitter account.
Davenport, however, has not been dissuaded by the doses of negativity on social media, and her positive approach to her job seems to be drowning out much of the negativity.
SEC country’s Mike Griffth and WNML’s Josh Ward discuss the world record and the social media responses and trends taking place on today’s podcast.
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— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) March 29, 2017