published Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

Big Orange Caravan set for 10 stops in 13 days

KNOXVILLE — It’s road trip time in Tennessee.

Beginning Wednesday, coaches from the University of Tennessee football and basketball programs will set out on the Big Orange Caravan, an annual late-spring tour coordinated by UT’s Alumni Association and athletic department. The Caravan will make 10 stops in a 13-day stretch, including visits to Atlanta, Charlotte, N.C., and Orlando Fla.

The tour stops Thursday at Cleveland Country Club at 11:30 a.m. New men’s head basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, women’s assistant Mickie DeMoss and football assistant Lance Thompson and possibly Jim Chaney are tentatively scheduled to attend, according to a UT spokesperson.

The Caravan hits the Chattanooga Convention Center at 6 p.m. on May 11 with head football coach Derek Dooley, head women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt and director of men’s basketball operations Houston Fancher, known to Chattanoogans as a former Appalachian State head coach.

For more information on any of the tour stops, visit or call the Tyson Alumni House at 865-974-3011.

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Patrick Brown has been the University of Tennessee beat writer since January 2011. A native of Memphis, Brown graduated from UT in May of 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism/Electronic Media and worked at the Knoxville News Sentinel for two years on the sports editorial staff and as a freelance contributor. If it’s the NBA, the NFL or SEC football and basketball, he’s probably reading about it or watching it on TV. Contact him ...

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shawpit said...

Such tours are designed to allow players to have more exposure and experience. The same kinds of tours are also available to some baseball teams, because learning how other teams train is a good way to learn.

April 18, 2012 at 3:53 a.m.
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