A law proposed in the Tennessee state legislature to bring back the “Lady Vol” name to all University of Tennessee women’s sports has been withdrawn after lawmakers reached a compromise. Instead of fully bringing back the “Lady Vols” name and logo, which was done away with after Tennessee switched it’s apparel provider from Adidas to Nike, all UT women’s sports will wear commemorative patches on their uniforms for the 2016-17 season.
Chancellor Jimmy Cheek released a statement on the matter Monday afternoon:
“All Tennessee women’s athletics teams will wear a commemorative patch on their uniform, honoring the legacy of the Lady Vols during the 2016–2017 season. The patch will include the Lady Vol logo. Women’s basketball will not wear the patch because they have maintained the name Lady Vols as a tribute to Coach Pat Summitt. After that season, each student-athlete will have the option of wearing the patch on her uniform… A new branding effort and a combined athletics department, however, will never erase history and tradition… The culture within the athletics department is the best it has ever been. We are proud to be One Tennessee.”
Okay, let’s be honest here.
No matter what side of this debate you’re on, the thought that a patch that’s worn for a year is the solution to this debate is totally laughable. If UT’s administration actually thinks this will make angry Lady Vol fans happy, they should all be fired immediately. Jimmy Cheek and Dave Hart would have been better off never mentioning the name “Lady Vols” ever again and sticking to their guns.
It’s an insult to anyone supporting the Lady Vol cause and it’s stupid to third party observers, so, congratulations on this “victory”, Tennessee administration. Next time just tell everybody the truth and say that your paycheck from Nike is more important than bringing back the Lady Vol name. Thanks.