Wednesday, April 23, 2008

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Tennessee finished spring drills Saturday with the Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium and reader Richard was kind enough to send us several shots of the festivities.

A game — even a spring game in Knoxville — wouldn't be complete without a look at the hardware inside the Neyland Thompson Sports Center. First there is the shrine to Peyton Manning.
Then there is the Sears Trophy, representing the Volunteers' 1998 national championship season. The Waterford crystal that sits atop the trophy is still in one piece, unlike Florida's broken trophy.
Fans stream into Neyland shortly before kickoff. Dark skies in the morning gave way to glorious sunshine.
Members of the Team Orange take the field. The announced crowd was 28,896.
Among those in attendance were former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr and former Southeastern Conference commissioner and Bowl Championship Series architect Roy Kramer. The Volunteers open Sept. 1 at UCLA.

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