Butch Jones says he 'hopes to see everyone' at Aug. 17 practice at Neyland Stadium

University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones congratulates wide receiver Pig Howard on his efforts during the practice and first scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

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University of Tennessee head coach Butch Jones congratulates wide receiver Pig Howard on his efforts during the practice and first scrimmage at Neyland Stadium on Saturday, March 16, 2013. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Fans will get a sneak peek at Tennessee’s football team during an open practice at Neyland Stadium on Aug. 17.

The Vols will practice at 7 p.m. Admission is free and the concession stands will be open. Fans may enter from Gates 14, 20 or 21 beginning at 6 p.m. Free parking is available in the G-3, G-4, G-5 and G-10 lots, as well as Staff Lot 9.

“On behalf of Team 117, I would like to invite the best and most passionate fans in the country to help us prepare for the upcoming season,” first-year UT coach Butch Jones said in a school release Friday. “We hope to see everyone at our open practice on Saturday, August 17th at Neyland Stadium as we continue to work toward the opening of the 2013 season.”

Tennessee is scheduled to conduct a two-a-day session on Aug. 17. One of the practices will likely be early in the morning.

Tennessee players officially report to camp Thursday. The season opens at home against Austin Peay on Aug. 31.

“It’ll be a great opportunity for us, just like our spring game, to put our players in a crowd environment,” defensive line coach Steve Stripling told high school coaches at the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic kickoff luncheon at Thompson-Boling Arena on Friday. “If you get a chance, come join us.”

Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.

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WaltGoVoIs writes:



UT '81

ActorMikeBiddle_com writes:

Might as well check it out!

ancientvolfan2 writes:

As a interested fan, who hasn't played football in 50 years, I think this is a sign that 2013 will be rebuilding not a return to glory.
I've followed UT since the '51 Sugar Bowl. I have hopes that Coach Jones can take off in his third year. I certainly hope, no matter what, he gets 3 years.

Show-me-your-TDs writes:

Sweet!!.. I can't wait


orangecountyvols writes:

in response to KnoxVegas88:

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Come on friend.............you can do it ! Only 400 round trip miles........as opposed to my 800.

Anyway, hope to see you and the other real Vol fans at some of the games.

BolivrBob writes:

Butch Jones is great at creating excitement and junk. The guy is incredible!

fousejuntz#631620 writes:

Stuck here in Hawaii... But I would love to come and see my Vols. To add, I think we will surprise many this year. The roster is full of seniors and we have quality coaches this time! 8-5 season....book it! Major improvements will come from the defensive line and linebackers! #risetothetop

wayne.kearney#1414428 writes:

I like what Coach Jones is doing. I really hope he can turn around this mess we have up there. Keep up the hard work,we are dying to get back to the winning tradition. GO VOLS

lahvolman2 writes:

in response to GET_OVER_IT_YOU_LOST:

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Glad you used the word pathetic because that's a perfect description of people like you...Born losers who can find fault in anything said...If it's not negative, you won't say it....You're the kind of person who would win Power Ball and complain about the taxes....Maybe they can laser that " L " off your forehead for ya....

suttree writes:

This is great. The team gets some extra snaps in front of a crowd . . the crowd gets to help the team and a practice run at tailgating for the upcoming season. Hope both make the most of it.

Vol43 writes:

This was written by Tom Mattingly in 2009. I love reading about the General:

Sometimes sportswriters, even in the 1920s, come up with an idea that hits home years later.

The year was 1926. It was a Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 6. The baseball pennant races were in full swing.

That morning's Knoxville Journal contained this note on page 9, a "relatively obscure item," as Russ Bebb called it years later. It foreshadowed the excitement we see on campus today.

"…Coach Bob Neyland will gather his Vols at Shields-Watkins Field at 8 o'clock and start the Orange and White aspirants on the rocky road to glory."


antonio14313 writes:

Will this be the first time ever that a practice is open to the public in Neyland Stadium?



bigorangebolt writes:

Butch Jones is revving up the Big Orange country! Coach Jones is a winner! Lets support our Vols! It is great to be a TN Volunteer!

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volboy81 writes:

cant wait for August 17th at 7pm. We'll get a lot of free publicity over this, especially if a huge crowd shows up. Everyone who can should make their best effort to be there! This is just another of Coach Jones' amazing things he has done since becoming head coach. If he can coach as good as he can recruit and pump up the fan base, Tennessee is in for another run like the 90s! GO VOLS!!!!

bigorangejw writes:

Sounds great,cant wait to see my vols play and will be takeing my kids.Go VOLS and hope to see a big crowd thier to support our vols

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