News 12 Then: The UT Pride of the Southland Band

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (WDEF) – This week, we’re digging into the archives for a look back at the Tennessee/Alabama rivalry in football.

And we came across the story from the UT sports network 35 years ago before the big game.

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It was a feature on the Pride of the Southland Band.

And we learn just how old many of the UT traditions run.

Do you know when they began running through the T?



How long have they been coming to Chattanooga during Bama week?

When did they first play Rocky Top?

We get the answers from this story dating back to October of 1983.

Plus the great John Ward tells us all about it!

Watch the band and the team play Alabama Saturday at 3:30 right here on News 12 Now.