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07:33 AM ET 07.01 | The math is simple, and it's not adding up for student attendance at Neyland Stadium -- something Butch Jones has set out to change. On average, fewer than 5,000 students were in attendance each week during the Vols' seven-game home schedule in 2012. ... With a student allotment of 12,683 tickets, the gaping sections of empty seats are becoming especially noticeable -- and embarrassing -- when TV cameras pan the crowd. ... "Our fans always respond when challenged," [UT senior associate athletic director Chris Fuller] said. "And I think Butch challenged them. His voice and his connection to the fan base is going to be powerful." If the new coach offers a similar challenge to students in 2013, will it be enough to energize an apathetic student body?

Knoxville News Sentinel

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July 1, 2013  08:08 AM ET

Sadly, this seems to be a more common problem these days. Even Bama, with all their success of late, seems to have trouble filling in the student section.

July 1, 2013  08:12 AM ET

Apathy? More like Hamilton fatigue. Kiffin, Dooley, debt, scandal, losing seasons... New AD, new coach - we'll see the students return in numbers when they perceive that Tennessee athletics and football in particular have been righted and set upon the path to clean programs, competitive play, and proper representation.

July 1, 2013  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sadly, this seems to be a more common problem these days. Even Bama, with all their success of late, seems to have trouble filling in the student section.

I'll thank you not to mention Bama again on this Tennessee thread. There's more Bama in CFB media than is good for children, the infirm, and the elderly. They deserve some fresh air. ;-)

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July 1, 2013  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Apathy? More like losing teams - we'll see the students return in numbers when they perceive that Tennessee athletics and football in particular have started winning again.

FIFY

July 1, 2013  08:45 AM ET

And ninja'd by DB

July 1, 2013  08:47 AM ET

[In florid prose, insert admonition against shizzling up a UTK thread]

July 1, 2013  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sadly, this seems to be a more common problem these days. Even Bama, with all their success of late, seems to have trouble filling in the student section.

But still have quite a few spectators....more than most.

July 1, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Sadly, this seems to be a more common problem these days. Even Bama, with all their success of late, seems to have trouble filling in the student section.

Shizzle, shizzle, shizzle....

July 1, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Student non-attendance is an issue at many schools. Tickets are bought, but not used. Has tailgating become the prime attraction and the game a side-show? I remember when schools were criticized for not making enough tickets available to the student body. Hollis at MSU is trying to determine what needs to change with the game experience to get and keep the students in the game.

July 1, 2013  09:07 AM ET

When I was a student at UTK, we'd camp out for days in the line to get our allotted student tickets. Of course, back then, Tennessee football was Condredge Holloway and the birth o Air Volunteers.

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July 1, 2013  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Student non-attendance is an issue at many schools. Tickets are bought, but not used. Has tailgating become the prime attraction and the game a side-show? I remember when schools were criticized for not making enough tickets available to the student body. Hollis at MSU is trying to determine what needs to change with the game experience to get and keep the students in the game.

Hell, if Wake Forest, Tulsa and Rice got 100% student attendance there still wouldn't be many there.

Last time I looked, those were the three smallest D1 enrollments. Too lazy to research it again.

July 1, 2013  09:25 AM ET
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Hell, if Wake Forest, Tulsa and Rice got 100% student attendance there still wouldn't be many there.Last time I looked, those were the three smallest D1 enrollments. Too lazy to research it again.

If we don't have the students attend the games, then aren't the players just paid employees of the schools whose purpose is to entertain alumni/doners?

July 1, 2013  09:27 AM ET

Give 'em all free Petrino t-shirts and the student section will be full again.

2 most common while he was at Arky were "Got Bobby?", and "BMFP" on the front and "We didn't come here to Paint" on the back.

Not sure they will look as good in that gawd-awful orange as they did in red....but the kids seemed to love them.

July 1, 2013  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

aren't the players just paid employees of the schools whose purpose is to entertain alumni/doners?

Only at U$C and Oregon

July 1, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Student non-attendance is an issue at many schools. Tickets are bought, but not used. Has tailgating become the prime attraction and the game a side-show? I remember when schools were criticized for not making enough tickets available to the student body. Hollis at MSU is trying to determine what needs to change with the game experience to get and keep the students in the game.

Tailgating is a main attraction for sure. And when they don't allow alcohol inside the stadium, they can always go back outside...esp if the game is not much...

July 1, 2013  09:32 AM ET
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If we don't have the students attend the games, then aren't the players just paid employees of the schools whose purpose is to entertain alumni/doners?

Whut?

 
July 1, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Whut?

Alumni: people who have graduated from a degree granting institution of higher learning.
Doners: people who give money to others.

Does that help? ;-)

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