Tennessee Coach Bruce Pearl has reinstated returning center Duke Crews to the team. With the loss of Wayne Chism to a concussion for an undetermined amount of time, this will give the Vols plenty of front court help for newcomer Tyler Smith and big white dude Ryan Childress. No word yet on whether Crews’ 5 inch front-faced-rat-tail chin hair will be joining him in his return.
Tonight, the Vols begin their most hyped and promising basketball season since before Pong in an exhibition game against the confusingly named D-II California (Pa.) Vulcans. Last season, the Vulcans gave Maryland all they wanted in an exhibition, losing 79-78.
Tonight’s contest also marks the grand re-opening of Thompson Boling Arena, complete with indoor Skyboxes (however they hell they pulled that off), loge seating, and a center court, 4-sided Jumbotron. Also, gone are the all-orange seats in place of shiny new black ones. I actually happen to know where exactly one of the old orange seats resides.
Photo of the remodeled arena after the jump.