April 14, 2011
Following a draft conducted by the Tennessee football seniors, rosters have been set for the 2011 Dish Network Orange and White Game, the annual spring game for the Volunteer football program at Neyland Stadium. The game will be held Saturday, April 16, with kickoff slated for 2 p.m. Fans Day is from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at Haslam Field.
Seniors were split 50-50 between the two squads and then took turns selecting teammates for their respective squads. In addition to drafting players, the seniors also selected assistant coaches, athletic training staff, football operations and academic support staff, as well as their respective celebrity guest head coaches.
Celebrity head coaches include Mike Strange and Holly Rodden for the White team and Mickey Dearstone and Dr. John Koontz for the Orange team.
Strange is a Knoxville News Sentinel sports columnist who is currently in his 29th year with the newspaper, while Rodden is an academic advisor with the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Advising Services and is beginning her second year at UT.
Dearstone is the morning talk-show host for 99.1 FM The Sports Animal (WNML-AM) and serves as the station's program director. He has worked 23 years in radio, including 14 years on the Vol Network as the voice of Lady Vols Basketball. Koontz is a professor of cell biology and biochemistry in the department of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology who is in his 30th year at the University of Tennessee. Koontz serves on the UT Athletics Board and is the current chair of the Board's Undergraduate Council.
The celebrity coaches will meet their squads for the final practice of the spring Thursday afternoon at Haslam Field.