Financial numbers from Tennessee's spring game

Andy Lyons

Despite making the spring game free to attend, the athletic program still came out ahead financially.

FOOTBALL

Yeah, admission to the Orange and White Game was free for fans, but the school still made a bit of progress toward financial feasibility with it:

Of those revenue totals [$317,086], the Vols pocketed commissions of $120,129 from the spring-ending event. Tennessee retained more than $108,000 of the $240,565 in concession sales; the return off the $76,000 in merchandise sales was more than $11,000.

Butch Jones continues his positive view of the spring, pointing out again that 50% of the players were going through spring for the first time. And there are 18 more new guys still on the way for this fall.

Tennessee's first two games will be on the new SEC Network, Utah State on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. and Arkansas State on the following Saturday at noon. Hey, no more PPV? That's a positive development, right? But is your TV provider going to carry the SEC Network?

Reruiting. The Vols (1) are pursuing former FSU 3-star defensive end commitment Marlon Gonzalez, (2) have offered a scholarship to Grant Newsome, an offensive tackle with 30 other offers (including all of the good ones), and (3) are "on top" for in-state 2017 athlete JaCoby Stevens.

Peyton Manning's going to be on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday.

HOOPS

Athletic director Dave Hart says that the more he sees of Donnie Tytndall, the more he's reminded of Butch Jones. Tyndall, by the way, has formally announced his basketball staff, which includes most of the his former staff at Southern Miss and adds Al Pinkins from Ole Miss.

If Jarnell Stokes and Jordan McRae are both selected in this year's NBA Draftit will be the first time two UT players have been taken since 2002 when Marcus Haislip and Vincent Yarbrough were taken.

BASEBALL

Yikes. The Vols lost to Kentucky 15-1 last night. They're 26-17 overall and 8-14 in the SEC.

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