Rosters have been set for the 2012 DISH Orange and White Game, the annual spring contest for the Tennessee football program at Neyland Stadium. The game will be held Saturday, April 21, with kickoff slated for 2:30 p.m. Fan Appreciation Day will also be held at Neyland Stadium from 12:15-1:15 p.m, with Gate 7 open at Noon for those attending Fan Day. Admission to both events is free.
All Tennessee players have been divided between two teams (Orange and White), and support staff members from football, administration, the equipment room, nutrition, video, academics, media relations, compliance and facilities were also divided up between the two squads.
Guest head coaches for the game include a student government vs. student media matchup as well as a faculty member in UT's Africana Studies department against the undergraduate programs director for the University's College of Business. Dr. Amadou Sall and an undergraduate student in senior Matt Dixon are the guest coaches for the Orange team, while George Drinnon and second-year JD/MBA student Todd Skelton will serve in that capacity for the White team.
Dr. Sall teaches Africana Studies courses in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee and received the Excellence in Teaching Award at UT in 2001, while Dixon is the sports editor for the Daily Beacon, UT's student newspaper.
Drinnon is the Director of Undergraduate Programs in UT's College of Business Administration and manages the delivery of undergraduate programs, advising, and student services. Skelton is a second-year JD/MBA student and serves as the President of the Graduate Student Congress.
The annual University of Tennessee spring football game, the DISH Orange and White Game, will be played at Neyland Stadium on Sat., April 21 and will feature free admission for all fans as part of the Fan Appreciation Day initiative from UT Athletics. Kickoff is slated for 2:30 p.m.
In addition to free admission to the game, Fan Appreciation Day will feature an autograph signing with head coach Derek Dooley, assistant coaches and Vol players. The signing, held in recent years at Haslam Field, will be held on the field at Neyland Stadium from 12:15-1:15 p.m.
For those attending the autograph signing, Gate 7 will open at Noon. Fans attending the game but not wishing to attend Fan Day can enter the stadium beginning at 1 p.m., during which time the first 2,500 fans entering through Gates 10 and 21 will also receive a 5x7 Tennessee Football mini-poster in an acrylic holder. Parking will also be free for fans attending the game.
Fans can also attend a "Meet Your Seats" event from 1 to 2 p.m. Check-in at gates 10 and 21 to be given a tour of available season ticket seating locations. Participating fans will also have a chance to win two (2) pre-game sideline passes for the Florida game as well as other items.
"A significant part of what makes Tennessee such a special place is the outstanding support of our passionate and loyal fans," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. "We wanted to express our appreciation to our fan base in a tangible and visible manner. One element of that effort is to offer free admission to the 2012 DISH Orange and White Game. We are excited about our football team and the upcoming 2012 season, and we are looking forward to our spring game in Neyland Stadium on April 21."
In addition to the presentation of the football spring practice awards by Dooley to selected players, halftime will include a flag football game between two teams of Tennessee football lettermen, with the rosters listed here.