Mike Strange: Bristol helps Butch Jones, Tennessee sell the future

Mike Strange
Jerry Caldwell, general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, and Marcus Smith, president and COO of Speedway Motorsports as they were introduced during their announcement of the Battle at Bristol football game to be held Sept. 10, 2016 with Tennessee playing Virginia Tech.  The announcement was made Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 with Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and Tennessee coach Butch Jones at the speedway.  (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Jerry Caldwell, general manager of Bristol Motor Speedway, and Marcus Smith, president and COO of Speedway Motorsports as they were introduced during their announcement of the Battle at Bristol football game to be held Sept. 10, 2016 with Tennessee playing Virginia Tech. The announcement was made Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 with Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer and Tennessee coach Butch Jones at the speedway. (MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL)

BRISTOL — Marcus Smith, the man in the Ray-Ban sunglasses, stood smiling and confident Monday as the hoopla tapered down. The wind swirled the fallen confetti on the stage behind him.

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Comments » 7

BrassMonkey writes:

Here's to hoping he can win some big games on the field and actually still be the coach for that game.

bUTch__please writes:

You know, I've heard Wal*Mart sells Monkey Butt to treat that chapped @ss.

18rick85 writes:

Wonderful news. I'll have to give up my close-in parking, give up my in-the-dry seat in Neyland, drive 120 miles, sit so far from the action that I will need a binocular, stay overnight in a motel with an outrageous rate, walk a mile to my car, all to know that UT will make a bundle. One thing I love about UT athletics: They always do things for the fan.

bUTch__please writes:

Like gain nationwide exposure for the school.
Like put another arrow in Coach Jones' sheath as he reels in the nations #3 recruiting class.
Like have a ballgame in front of 140,000 happy partying fans...which we all understand that excludes the fuddy duddys in our mist.

Geeze UTAD...join the Legion of the Miserable already.

Go Team 120!

armydawg53 writes:

Most of those seats will be so far from the game that you might as well be in the next county. Just a few questions: Who will be the head coach then? Will you have a band? Will you have won an SEC game by then? (signed) Your UGA fans!

ThirdCreek writes:

in response to armydawg53:

Most of those seats will be so far from the game that you might as well be in the next county. Just a few questions: Who will be the head coach then? Will you have a band? Will you have won an SEC game by then? (signed) Your UGA fans!

Are you as inbred as Uga the latest in a line of GA inbred bulldog mascots? Go away troll and post on some Atlanta or Athens site.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to armydawg53:

Most of those seats will be so far from the game that you might as well be in the next county. Just a few questions: Who will be the head coach then? Will you have a band? Will you have won an SEC game by then? (signed) Your UGA fans!

Guess you didn't take my polite hint on another thread that respectful visitors here will get a full hearing while obnoxious snarkery gets only the slap in the face any boorish, unwanted intruder deserves. However, if that is the way you wish to come across, we surely won't stop you from trashing yourself. Your team and school deserve better representation.

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