first basketball team at the University of Tennessee is formedIn 1908: The first basketball team at the University of Tennessee is formed by Zora G. Clevenger, who also coached the football and baseball teams
Tennessee Football team wins its first national championshipIn 1938: The team wins its first national championship, as recognized by Dunkel System, and goes 11-0 with no points allowed in the regular season
NCAA Football Champs 1998The 1998 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1998 NCAA Division I-A football season. Tennessee entered the 1998 season coming off an 11–2 record (7–1 SEC) in 1997. The Volunteers were given a preseason ranking of No. 10 in the AP Poll. The Vols won their second undisputed national title, and sixth overall, after defeating ...
Lady Vols NCAA Basketball Champions in 2008The 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament involved 64 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the 2007–08 national champion of women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. It commenced on March 22, 2008, and concluded when the University of Tennessee Lady Volunteers defeated the Stanford University Cardinal 64–48 on April 8, 2008, at the St. Pete Times Forum ...
Basketball team reach the Sweet Sixteen for the fifth timeIn 2019: The team repeats its conference championship and makes its 22nd NCAA Tournament appearance. They also achieve their highest ranking in any poll (#1) since 2008 and reach the Sweet Sixteen for the fifth time, losing to Purdue in overtime
Baseball team wins its eighth SEC championship and makes its eighth NCAA Tournament appearanceIn 2022: The team wins its eighth SEC championship and makes its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance. They also make their fifth College World Series appearance, finishing second after losing to Texas 2-1 in the best-of-three final series. They also set a program record with 57 wins and achieve their first No. 1 national ranking in any poll
History of the Volunteers
As one of the most storied college sports programs in history, the Tennessee Volunteers have a long and proud tradition of excellence. From their first game in 1891 to their current status as one of the top teams in NCAA Division I athletics, there is no shortage of success stories for Vols fans to celebrate.
The program began when students at what was then known as East Tennessee University formed a football team that would later become known as The Volunteers. During this time, they played against local teams from both sides of the state border until they joined forces with other schools to form an official conference called The Southeastern Conference (SEC). In its inaugural season, UT went undefeated and captured its first SEC championship title since becoming part of that league.
Throughout much, if not all, its history UT has been successful on many levels: Football National Championships were earned five times between 1938-1998; Men's Basketball won two national titles; Women's Basketball took home three championships; Baseball won six College World Series titles throughout their tenure there; Softball brought home four College World Series victories during that same span and Volleyball achieved eight Final Four appearances over those years too!
Track & field athletes have also made waves by earning numerous medals at international competitions like Olympic Games or International Association Athletics Federation events such as world championships. All these accomplishments show how dedicated this university’s student-athletes are toward achieving greatness!
With so much success under its belt, it’s easy to see why Tennessee has consistently ranked among some best athletic programs year after year! Whether you’re a diehard fan or just someone who appreciates excellent sportsmanship – make sure you give credit where it’s due when discussing collegiate athletics because, without question: The Volunteer State knows how to play ball better than anyone else out there!!
College Sports Established
University of Tennessee
1973 - Present / NCAA Division 1
1921 - 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
1907 - 1921 / Athletic Association of the United States
1932 – Present / SEC Conference
1921 - 1932 / Southern Conference
1896 - 1916, 1919 - 1921 / Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Volunteers - The Tennessee Volunteers have been a staple of the NCAA for many years, and their nickname has endured throughout time. But where did it come from? Let’s take a look at the origins of this beloved moniker.
The name “Volunteers” was first used by William Blount in 1796 when he proposed to Congress that they create an army unit entirely of Tennessee volunteers. This idea was accepted, and thus began the legacy of “Tennessee Volunteers” as we know them today.
Fast forward to 1891 when Charles Moore, then president of what is now known as The University Of Tennessee (UT), suggested using "Volunteers" as UT's athletic team name due to its close ties with military service in World Wars I & II. It wasn't until 1926. However, Athletics Director M D Traughber officially adopted "Volunteers" for all UT teams – making it official!
As part of their tradition, each year before every football game, there is a march-in ceremony featuring members dressed in full Civil War uniforms carrying flags representing each branch or division within the U S Military – further honoring those who served our country so bravely over two centuries ago and still serve today! With such deep roots tied into American history, it's no wonder why fans are so proud to call themselves “Tennessee Volunteers."
Men's Basketball 0
Women's Basketball 8
2008, 2007, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1991, 1989, 1987
1998, 1967, 1951, 1950, 1940, 1938
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