Jan. 16, 2010
By Donnell Field, University of Tennessee Spirit Squad
Lake Buena Vista, Fla. - After training the last week and a half in sub-freezing temperatures the University of Tennessee got its 2010 UCA/UDA National Competition started with Smokey claiming another top 10 finish for the Big Orange program. The seventh-place finish kicked off the first night of competition as Smokey again is the only mascot to never finish lower than 10th in any of the competitions dating back to the early 1990s.
Smokey followed up a 5th place finish from the 2009 competition and a national championship in 2008. The dance and cheer squads begin their run this evening in semi-final competition at Disney's Wide World of Sports.