UT to move football team off campus in order to facilitate move into new facility

Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 7:21pm
Staff reports

One good move deserves another.

Coach Derek Dooley announced Thursday that the University of Tennessee football team will move its fall camp off campus for one week this August in part so that the program effectively can move into the Football Training Center. Currently all football operations are based in the Neyland-Thompson Sports Complex.

The Volunteers will spend seven days, beginning Aug. 9, at Milligan College in Johnson City.

"The week in Johnson City will provide a unique opportunity to build team unity and limit distractions," Dooley said in a statement to announce the plan. "The opportunity to train away from campus also allows for a more efficient move into our new Football Training Center and will reduce the wear and tear on our practice fields."

The UT facilities staff will move the necessary items while the team is out of town.

UT will return to campus on Aug. 16, roughly two weeks before it opens the season against North Carolina State in Atlanta.

There are no plans for off-campus training in future years.

"The decision to train off-campus this year is not only driven by the factor of our move into our new Football Training Center but also by the opportunity to maximize the ability of our coaching staff to become further acclimated to one another and the team in a very controlled environment," director of athletics Dave Hart said. "I support Derek's decision and feel strongly that we need to make this investment in our football program as we prepare to open our season in Atlanta.

“This is a one-time situation, and there are no plans to train off-site at any time in the future."

1 Comment on this post:

By: JeffF on 5/18/12 at 8:27

I like the idea for a camp for the group. The end of the last season showed there was very little actual leadership on the roster. The coaches knew it but the situation just was not fixable. Luckily they got one more win because Vanderbilt is such a bad program.