Tennessee AD announces ‘Checker Neyland’ to return for Vols home game against Ole Miss
Sydney Hunte | 2 days ago
When Ole Miss visits Tennessee on Saturday, he will do so under the lights in front of a checkerboard crowd at Neyland Stadium.
The Vols have not played a “Checker Neyland” match for over 4 years. That’s for good reason, because the last time he was hired was September 30, 2017, and it’s a game Tennessee fans would love to forget: Georgia, ranked No.2 at the time, beat the Volunteers 41-0 as the Bulldogs totaled nearly 300 rushing yards.
But, Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET on the SEC network, it will be making a comeback. According to Tennessee athletic director Danny White, who made the announcement on Twitter Monday afternoon:
Okay, I’m in it.
– Danny White (@AD_DannyWhite) October 11, 2021
Fans will be able to visit the Checker Neyland website and enter their section, row and seat number to see if they will need to wear orange or white for the game.
The first Neyland Checker took place in 2014 and the following 3 years. In 2016, the Vols defeated Florida to win for the first time in front of a checkerboard stadium, but suffered a humiliating loss to Georgia the following year.
Hopefully for them this edition is a success and ends with head coach Josh Heupel snagging a signing victory.