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UT Players Tweet That They Want Black Jerseys For Saturday

Two years ago this weekend, Lane Kiffin recorded the biggest victory of his one-year Tennessee coaching career with a resounding 31-13 thumping of #22 South Carolina.

He did so with the help of some black jerseys that seemed to fire up his team.  (Nevermind that nothing matched in the ghastly white helmet / black jersey / orange pants combination.)

Now a pair of Vols have tweeted their desire for another “black out” game, once again with Carolina heading to Knoxville.

Da’Rick Rogers:  “just a little something to spark the team when we need it the most … black jerseys for halloween!!”

Tyler Bray:  “Volnation needs to blackout Neyland stadium.  That would really show your support in this must win game.”

Da’Rick Rogers:  “I know yal want a black out! All black everything.  Ha and the orange power T.”

Apparently someone in the UT athletic department got to Bray because moments after that exchange, he tweeted the following:

“Just to clear things up we want our fans to wear black.”

Uh, that’s not what Rogers said.  In fact, Rogers’ initial tweet could be taken as news that the team has already been told they’ll be outfitted in black.

As we said yesterday regarding Kentucky’s new black unis… if everyone wears special black duds, what’s really special about wearing that color?

 


18 comments
Willie!T
Willie!T

When you play quality football, you don't need gimmicks.

Roll Tide!

Just sayin' . . .
Just sayin' . . .

The Vols should stop fussing with game day fashion and start building defense, offense, and special teams to a more competitive level. If they wear the sporty black blouses and lose, the whole concept is dead at UT for years. Focus!

Michael
Michael

I love the Vols and actually like the black out a couple of years ago. It was cool then, but maybe a bit overdone now. Perhaps a new twist instead. Wear traditional uniforms with a change of the helmet for Halloween. wear a dark gray helmet with an orange stripe down the center. Instead of the traditional "T" logo, have a nighttime image of Smokey standing on the hill howling at the moon.

Kris Kepley
Kris Kepley

Hell, at this point, as a UT fan, if they rolled out there in pink and purple and won, I'd be all for it. Just win.

Guest
Guest

Wow. Seriously? We have some real idiots commenting on this post. All this negativity. If our guys want to wear black and orange on Halloween, let em. With all the injuries and negativity thrown their way, we should support them as fans. They could use it, it’s been a hard October so let them have something they’re excited about. Pennington’s last sentence in his article is kind of irrelevant too. Tennessee won’t have new black unis. They are wearing them because it is Halloween colors, and it’s fun for the kids. Seeing as how attendance is poorer than normal, thousands leave games early, how bout we help them out with something they’re excited about instead of being negative about yet another thing.

MikeH
MikeH

I don't care what they wear. If they want to wear a pink & purple jersey with a Maryland checkerboard patter on their helmet, shoes and socks then let them. I'll watch and root for 'em anyways.

houstonvol
houstonvol

Black is/was one of our colors. I still don't like the black unis.

John
John

It is an idiotic idea that UT would do this again. It was a quirky gimmick coming off a devastating loss to Bama in 2009, but it should be left at that. UT shouldn't do anything that has anything to do with Lane Kiffin or that season. Besides the fact that black is one of the opponent's actual colors!

If they want to have a cutesy Halloween theme, then UT wears orange at home as always and make Carolina wear black.

B. Roberts
B. Roberts

special uniforms do not win football games. Running the ball and getting off the field on 3rd down do.

houstonvol
houstonvol

The did a black helmet with orange T back in the late 60's or early 70's. It lasted for one or two games before being "retired". They called it the pumpkin helmet. I hate the black unis and please never a black helmet.

Vol_guy
Vol_guy

I wouldn't mind them if the helmet was also black with an orange T.

Matt
Matt

Black is not even a color scheme for UT. Technically, In the early years of UT football, black and orange was a primary color for the jerseys.

Nobody special
Nobody special

This coming from a team that has a cheerleader yelling over the loudspeaker every 20 seconds....

Willie!T is a Loser
Willie!T is a Loser

Why are you even looking up Tennessee Blogs dummy, just to write Roll Tide, get a life, you probably just pull for the teams in the front, Alabama was horrible not that long ago but you dont understand how teams rise and fall cause all your worried about it is the front runner so do us all a favor and shut your mouth unless you have something smart to say.

Nobody special
Nobody special

Morale is just as big a part of a team's dynamic as defense, offense, and special team tactics are. This team and this fan base need a little hookup to the jumper cables, and I'm not saying this will do it, but what the hell will it hurt? Piss off a bunch of old traditionalists? Who cares?! I can almost guarantee that at this point a rowdy Neyland will do more for these guys than two days of "focus" ever could.

John
John

We're idiots because we think UT should stick to our school colors? Especially, when our opponent actually has black as one of theirs? If you're a fan and you are cheered up by the color of our jerseys, then you need to grow up. And fun for the kids? So you're saying more kids will come and have more fun if we have black jerseys? Guess you should ask what I'm sure will be thousands of kids who are turning out to Commonwealth on Saturday just because of UK's black jerseys. Wow.

josh
josh

The last time UT wore the black jerseys, the crowd was more rowdy and fired up than any other game that I've sat in the student section in my 4 years at UT, and most importantly, the players responded. They came out and destroyed South Carolina. John, the fact that South Carolina has black in their color scheme makes it even better, their fans will just blend in to the crowd once Neyland starts rockin.

brandonh
brandonh

Dude, I think the kids he is referring to are the players, and they obviously want it. Not a UT fan and I don't have a dog in the fight, but UT fans need to chill out. I think it'd be cool to have black helmets with an orange T and orange spider webs.

RTR

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