Jeremy Pruitt announces Tennessee's black jerseys will return, Vols plan to sell game-used jerseys to raise money for Black Lives Matter
Tennessee’s upcoming home matchup against Kentucky may be 142 days away but Jeremy Pruitt just threw a bucket of gasoline on the anticipation for the latest showdown between the Volunteers and the Wildcats.
During his Thursday video teleconference with reporters, Tennessee’s coach announced that the Volunteers plan to wear black jerseys for the Nov. 7 matchup against Kentucky in Neyland Stadium.
Following the game, Tennessee plans to auction off the game-used jerseys and donate the proceeds to the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Vols are currently set to face both Florida and Alabama at home next season but the Kentucky game may now rival those anticipated matchups in 2020 thanks to the decision to wear bring back the alternate uniforms for the first time since 2009.
Tennessee famously wore the black uniforms in Lane Kiffin’s only season on Rocky Top on its way to upsetting No. 21 South Carolina in Neyland Stadium.
Not only is this decision going to be overwhelmingly supportive when it comes to active players on the team but breaking out the black uniforms is something several assistants on Pruitt’s staff have been calling for this offseason.
While Pruitt may be a traditionalist at heart, it’s nice to see Tennessee’s coach is willing to mix things up in an effort to support his players and do far more than just issue meaningless statements that we’ve seen from other programs across the country in recent weeks.
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