Tennessee announces Orange & White Game has been postponed, AD Phillip Fulmer releases statement
The news Tennessee fans have been dreading is here — the Orange & White Game will not be held on April 18.
Tennessee has not set a date for when the upcoming Orange & White Game will be played, if at all.
The school announced the news on Friday afternoon following the SEC’s decision to extend the sports suspensions of all sports, including football practices and meetings, from March 30 to April 15 due to the coronavirus outbreak.
If you missed it, here’s the statement released by the SEC on Friday:
Enter your email below and we will send you the Tennessee records graphic to be used for your phone background.
By adding your email address, you agree to receive emails with Tennessee football related news. You can unsubscribe at any time.
“The SEC today announced that all organized team activities, including competitions, team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings, will be suspended through Apr. 15. The SEC had previously announced all competition was suspended through Mar. 30.”
Tennessee AD Phillip Fulmer issued the following statement to Vol Nation along with the school’s announcement:
“The past several days have been filled with uncertainty and have presented unique and challenging circumstances. A growing public health crisis has led to difficult but necessary decisions. I personally am grateful for the courageous leadership of Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey, UT Chancellor Plowman and the rest of our conference presidents, chancellors and ADs. Dialogue is ongoing. We are all in uncharted territory, and there is no manual to guide our decision making. However, we must continue act with abundant caution while prioritizing health and safety throughout our campuses and communities.
“I am heartbroken for our student-athletes who have poured their heart and soul into their training and now find themselves in a season of uncertainty. There are many lingering questions related to academics, eligibility, training schedules, housing and various other internal operations for which we do not yet have answers. But I am focused on actively engaging in the dialogue that is to come as we work to support our young men and women—highlighting their physical, mental and emotional wellness—to help them move forward.
“To our incredible fans, donors and alumni—I understand the frustration that comes along with canceled events, ticket refunds and many lost opportunities to celebrate Tennessee wins and championships. But I’m confident that these circumstances will stir the passion of the world’s most extraordinary fanbase, and that your love for the Vols and Lady Vols will shine through like never before when the action eventually resumes.
“Please take care of yourselves and each other as we navigate the days to come together, prioritizing the greater good.”