Upgrades to Neyland Stadium can’t help Tennessee play better football. I wish they could because if the Vols played as good as Neyland looks, they’d be headed to the playoff this season.

Nonetheless, there’s a big facelift coming soon to our beloved college football colosseum. And while there’s no doubt that facility upgrades are at the least fun to look at, a new improvement that will be added to the top of UT’s stadium is a little different than usual.

You may have seen this promotional video on Twitter on Wednesday…

That’s right, the giant, orange and white V-O-L-S letters will be returning to Neyland Stadium in the near future. It’s a cool, nostalgic addition that harkens back to the golden years for the Big Orange and, in my opinion, never should have been taken away in the first place.

But as I mentioned above, this addition is different than the typical stadium renovation. This change isn’t like all the others because it, surprisingly, came from UT’s administration listening to everyday Vol fans.

On October 9th, new Tennessee athletics director Danny White said this on Twitter…

Wow, that’s refreshing. This man actually listened to us. And by “us” I don’t mean elite wealthy donors who buy their influence over the athletics program. No, White put his ear to the ground and is doing something for normal Vol fans.

This addition to the already planned Neyland renovations came from a groundswell of everyday people communicating with UT’s admin and the admin genuinely taking it into consideration instead of basically laughing in our faces like they have for most of the last 15 years.

I hope that Danny White realizes what a gesture like this means for the Tennessee faithful and how we need him to continue doing things like this. After being out in the wilderness for so long and apathy gripping more of this fan base year after year, having the administration truly pay attention to what fans want is phenomenal. So, I hope Danny sees this. Keep listening and you’ll have the loyalty of what might be the most impassioned set of fans in America in your corner.

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