Tennessee Vols morning report: Uniform combo for Ball State, Neyland renovations

Tennessee fans cheer during an SEC football game between Tennessee and Ole Miss at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.Kns Tennessee Ole Miss Football
Tennessee fans cheer during an SEC football game between Tennessee and Ole Miss at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021.Kns Tennessee Ole Miss Football /

Kickoff is a day away! The Tennessee Vols football team is about to begin its 2022 season on a Thursday night, so this is like Christmas Eve for UT fans. Related to the opener, though, there was somewhat of a premature Christmas gift revealed on Tuesday.

Our morning update on Rocky Top leads with the uniforms the football team will wear Thursday, but we also have news surrounding the stadium itself. Its new look was revealed Tuesday, and we’ll go into detail about that.

Beyond the football program, though, other sports made news. Most notably, a signing class was announced in one sport, and another fall sport already under way has a matchup tonight. We’ll touch on all of those things, but as always, let’s start with football.

Uniform combination announced for opener – Jack Foster, SI.com

Two days ahead of the Tennessee Vols football team’s opening matchup with the Ball State Cardinals, their uniform combination was revealed. They had five combinations last year, including the black alternate uniforms, and the Smokey Greys will be a sixth this year. Thursday’s uniform was revealed on the football program’s Twitter account.

"The Vols will be sporting orange tops and white pants when they kickoff year two of the Heupel era. These are called the “traditional” or “classic” uniforms."

Neyland Stadium renovations revealed – Wes Rucker, GoVols247

After nearly a year of work dating back to the the final home game of the regular season last year for the Tennessee Vols football team, the updates to Neyland Stadium for 2022 have been completed. They were revealed to the public Tuesday.

"GoVols247 was on hand for a tour of the newest additions to the stadium, including a new club seating area at ground level on the west side, a new party deck section and new video board on the north side, a return of the V-O-L-S block letters and an upscaled video board on the south side.The Vols’ iconic college football cathedral will be renovated again each of the next several offseasons, but the first stage of that broadcast certainly makes the venue look different — and, much to the delight of Tennessee fans, the slightly reduced seating capacity will remain comfortable more than 100,000."

Swimming and Diving 2022 signing class announced – UTSports

Exactly 30 days before their opener against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks, the Tennessee Vols’ 2022 swimming and diving signing class was welcomed to UT. There were 19 members combined added to the men’s and women’s programs.

"“We’re extremely excited about our recruiting class of 2022,” assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Josh Huger said. “This class includes athletes from five different countries as well as four transfer athletes from other institutions who have already scored points at NCAAs and won SEC titles.”"

Soccer to face Bowling Green – UTSports

Still searching for their first win of the Joe Kirt era, the Tennessee Lady Vols soccer team will host the Bowling Green Falcons Wednesday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. ET.

"The Lady Vols (0-2-1) are coming off a tough 3-2 loss to No. 5 Duke on Thursday. Redshirt-junior Jaida Thomas and sophomore Taylor Huff found the back of the net for Tennessee, and senior Lindsey Romig, who was returning from illness after missing two contests, made three saves on the day."