The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees won’t add to the continuing dialogue about whether the school’s women’s teams should retain the ‘Lady Vols’ nickname. Simply put: it won’t even discuss the matter.
The issue has become a source of significant and ongoing public discourse, yet at least one prominent Board member does not even consider it a ‘key issue.’ A letter from the vice chair to other board members last week said the future of the nickname won’t be part of the agenda for the group’s upcoming meeting.
From the Knoxville News Sentinel:
In a letter dated June 12 that was obtained by the News Sentinel, vice chair James L. Murphy III responded to “numerous letters and emails” to him and other board members about considering the issue. He wrote that the board has asked school president Joe DiPietro and his leadership team to focus on “addressing key issues facing the university.”
Murphy wrote that in his 12 years as a board member, whenever it’s been asked to intervene in campus-based decisions that “our consistent choice has been to expect that our leaders will guide their campuses.”
UT announced in November that all of the university’s athletics teams, with the exception of women’s basketball, would be consolidated into one marketing plan that includes the same nickname and logo for each. The goal is to include greater ‘brand clarity’ for the entire athletics department.
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