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Knoxville University of Tennessee Reclaimed Wood Wall Sign

Knoxville University of Tennessee Reclaimed Wood Wall Sign

$ 38.00

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Go Vols!

Smokey is the mascot of the University of Tennessee sports teams. These teams, named "The Volunteers" and nicknamed "the Vols", use both a live and a costumed version of Smokey. There is an actual Bluetick Coonhound mascot, Smokey X, who leads the Vols on the field for football games.

In 1953, the University of Tennessee Pep Club held a contest to select a coonhound, a breed native to Tennessee, to serve as the school's live mascot. Announcements of the contest in local newspapers read, "This can't be an ordinary hound. He must be a 'Houn' Dog' in the best sense of the word."
The late Rev. W.C. "Bill" Brooks entered his prize-winning bluetick coonhound, "Brooks' Blue Smokey," in the school's contest. At halftime of the Mississippi State game that season, several dogs were lined up on the old cheerleaders' ramp at Shields-Watkins Field for voting. Each dog was introduced over the loudspeaker, and the student body cheered for their favorite. "Blue Smokey" was the last hound introduced. When his name was called, he barked. The students cheered and Smokey threw his head back and howled again. This kept going until the stadium was in an uproar, and the University had found its mascot. 

These handcrafted University of Tennessee signs are made from 100% Reclaimed Wood. 

Each sign is 13" x 13" in size.