Vols Hosting Virtual Fan Appreciation With Coaches on June 3rd Called ‘Big Orange Connect’


(utsports.com) KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Athletics will host the first “Big Orange Connect,” a virtual fan appreciation event featuring head coaches and administration, at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 3. Volunteer fans can watch the event live for free on Tennessee Athletics’ official Facebook page.

Hosted by “The Voice of the Vols,” Bob Kesling, “Big Orange Connect” will be headlined by guests Chancellor Donde Plowman, Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer, football head coach Jeremy Pruitt, men’s basketball head coach Rick Barnes and women’s basketball head coach Kellie Harper.

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Fans can interact virtually and submit questions for Fulmer or the head coaches prior to the event by clicking here or by using the hashtag #BigOrangeConnect on social media platforms. Wednesday’s festivities will also include select fan giveaways during the live stream.

“Big Orange Connect” is presented by First Horizon with support from Farm Bureau, UTMC, Food City and Ford.

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.