Tentative dates have been set for the Tennessee's football team's 2008 spring practice schedule. The Vols open spring drills March 11 and are allowed 15 practice dates, culminating with the Orange and White Game on April 19 at Neyland Stadium.
Spring Practice Dates
Week 1 -- March 11, 13
Spring Break -- March 14-23
Week 2 -- March 25, 27, 28, 29
Week 3 -- April 1, 3, 5
Week 4 -- April 8, 10, 12
Week 5 -- April 15, 17
Orange and White Game -- April 19 (Free Admission)
Other Spring Dates of Interest
March 12 -- Pro Timing Day (closed to media; players available after testing is complete)
March 28-29 -- Spring Coaches Clinic
Gridiron Bash Concert at Neyland Stadium -- April 18 (BUY TICKETS)
GAINES GRANTED EXTENSION BY NCAA
Brad Bertani, Tennessee’s associate athletics director for compliance, reports that the NCAA has granted Antonio Gaines an extension of his five-year eligibility clock. Bertani says that provided Gaines meets all other progress-toward-degree requirements, he will be eligible to compete next academic year (2008).
A Covington native, Gaines was playing as a fifth-year senior before suffering a season-ending knee injury in the second game of 2007 against Southern Mississippi. He also missed his freshman season of 2003 with an injury.
27TH ANNUAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING CLINIC SET FOR MARCH 7-8
The UT Strength and Conditioning Clinic takes place March 7-8 in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, hosted by head strength and conditioning coach Johnny Long and staff.
The 27th annual gathering kicks off with a Friday night registration at 6 and a speaker section for coaches and parents only at 7:30. Saturday morning, following registration at 7, the program opens at 8:15 with a speaker section for coaches and parents along with weight room and field house activities for student-athletes. Complimentary lunch and parking is provided for all clinic attendees and the activities should conclude by 4:30 p.m.
Pre-registration fee is $35 for the Friday symposium. Pre-registration for Saturday's clinic is an additional $50 for coaches and $35 for student-athletes (student-athlete groups of 15 or more are $30 each). Pre-registration fees must be postmarked by Feb. 29, 2008, and registration at the door is an additional $10 Friday and $5 Saturday.
For more information, contact Chris Stewart of the strength and conditioning staff at (865) 974-0567.