Tennessee has called a press conference for 1 p.m. ET Thursday in which athletic director John Currie will discuss “the Lady Vols name, logo and brand,” according to news release.
Former UT Chancellor Jimmy Cheek and former AD Dave Hart announced in 2014 a decision to drop the long-used Lady Vols nickname for all women’s sports except basketball.
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The decision immediately prompted a backlash from fans and former athletes, but the administrators stood their ground. Both have since retired.
Chancellor Beverly Davenport told the USA Today Network-Tennessee in an interview this month that she “deeply values” the Lady Vols legacy and the name, but did not commit to a decision on its future.
“I would tell you that the Lady Vols is an amazing history and tradition and people here talk about it as a brand,” she said. “It is a brand that people all over this country and probably around the world, know. I’ve always known that. One of my greatest regrets is I didn’t have the opportunity to work with (former Lady Vols basketball coach) Pat Summitt.”
Petitions that began in 2014 asking the university to return to the Lady Vols logo for all women’s sports have garnered more than 28,000 signatures as of February.
Davenport has said she is aware of the opposition.
“I was sent petitions before I moved here, so I don’t think petition circulation is anything new,” she said. “For the Lady Vols, for all kinds of things.
“I mean I know there have been petitions, the athletic director and I continue to look at that and to consider it.”