OT: Sad days in Knoxville

Coach Pearl and company get sent back to reality and now this… so long Smokey!

[B]FORMER MASCOT, SMOKEY VIII, PASSES AWAY
Smokey VIII began his reign in 1995 and retired after the 2004 Peach Bowl[/B]
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March 17, 2006

Former Mascot, Smokey VIII, passed away earlier Friday. Smokey had been in declining health, suffering from complications of high blood pressure and kidney disease.

The current Smokey, Smokey XI, took over in 1994.

Born Nov. 10, 1994, Smokey VIII began his reign in 1995 and retired after the 2004 Peach Bowl in Atlanta after being diagnosed with a nasal tumor in December 2003. He underwent radiation treatment and then chemotherapy. The expected prognosis, with treatment was 13 months. Smokey VIII more than doubled that at two years, four months.

“Smokey VIII responded very well to radiation treatment and chemotherapy for his nasal adenocarcinoma, surviving over a year beyond his expected prognosis,” Dr. Kate Stenske, Smokey’s vet at UT Veterinary Hospital, said. “He always came in with his tail wagging and a friendly howl, and he will be missed by all his friends at UT Veterinary Hospital.”

Smokey VIII is the winningest Smokey, having compiled a record of 91-22 (.805), with two SEC titles and the 1998 national championship.

The line of Smokeys began in 1953 when the late Rev. Bill Brooks entered his prize-winning blue tick coon hound, “Brooks’ Blue Smokey,” in a contest to pick the school’s new mascot. Rev. Brooks supplied UT with the line of canines until his death in 1986 when his wife, Mildred, took over the caretaking role. She did so until 1994, when her brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Martha Hudson of Knoxville, took over responsibility for Smokey VII and eventually Smokey VIII, with Smokey IX now carrying on the banner of the Smokey lineage.

“My relationship with Smokey VIII was special,” Earl Hudson said. “I got him when he was two months old. He served with distinction, weathered storms, cold and heat. He came through it all real well and was always rearing to go. He was a great mascot.”

One of the most beloved figures in the state, Smokey is famous for leading the Vols out of the giant “T” prior to each home game.

[QUOTE]Smokey VIII is the winningest Smokey, having compiled a record of 91-22 (.805), with two SEC titles and the 1998 national championship.
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Yeah, I was about to say - that was the best stretch of UT football ever.

We need a Smokey - it’s corney, but the little traditions like that just add to the college atmosphere.

Smokey… UGA rip-off.

[QUOTE=NinerAdvocate;163312]Yeah, I was about to say - that was the best stretch of UT football ever.

We need a Smokey - it’s corney, but the little traditions like that just add to the college atmosphere.[/QUOTE]

Do they bury Smokey at the stadium like they do with UGA at Georgia?

Poor Smokey… If they had taken him to UGA’s vet. school, he would still be alive today.

(I’m obviously partial… My sis. goes to UGA’s vet. school!)

You know, come to think of it, WE need some kind of animal mascot. That would be SOOO cool!

I know we don’t have an animal as an official mascot (although some might argue the 49er is animal-like), but neither does some other schools who bring animal mascots to the sideline. Auburn is supposed to be the tiger, but they bring a war-eagle…

What kind of animal could we get as a mascot??? :clap:

Smokey... UGA rip-off.
Not exactly, Smokey I's first game was in 1953, UGA I's was in 1956. Don't see how they are ripping them off.

[QUOTE=NinerATL2CHA;163324]

What kind of animal could we get as a mascot??? :clap:[/QUOTE]

a chimpanzee that can shoot threes :shades:

Not exactly, Smokey I's first game was in 1953, UGA I's was in 1956. Don't see how they are ripping them off.

That’s the “official” start date. The english bulldog, as far as everyone at the school was concerned, was the official mascot long before then.

Quote: "The current line began with Uga I, a solid white English Bulldog who was the grandson of a former Georgia mascot who made the trip to the 1943 Rose Bowl. "

[QUOTE=NinerATL2CHA;163327]That’s the “official” start date. The english bulldog, as far as everyone at the school was concerned, was the official mascot long before then.

Quote: "The current line began with Uga I, a solid white English Bulldog who was the grandson of a former Georgia mascot who made the trip to the [B]1943 [/B]Rose Bowl. "[/QUOTE]

This is exactly why these types of traditions are great - just another example of the UGA-UT rivalry.

[QUOTE=NinerATL2CHA;163324]What kind of animal could we get as a mascot???[/QUOTE]
49erDiva with kneepads?

Also R.I.P. Bobbys Orange Necktie.

The conciliation prize, given to Bobby after his valiant job search just over a year ago, quickly became one of his most treasured possessions. Showcased throughout the season, on local and national television, the tie had a remarkable 13-6 record during its short tenure. Bobby is rumored to have kept the tie on a mantel above a fireplace in his home - next to the cup of water Bob Huggins left at the bench after his 2004 game at Halton Arena. In an unfortunate accident earlier this week, the Lutz family had started a fire in that fireplace to warm the house in the recent cold weather. Sometime during the night Brendan, the family cat, happened to somehow knock the tie into the fire where suffered damage beyond repair. Luckily Brendan is OK. Instead of flowers, Bobby has asked that you send all donations to Paul Simon & Company where he has a Tennessee Orange Blazer ordered for next season.

Maybe Georgia ripped Tennessee off by sending Uga to every game after Tennessee made Smokey a sideline fixture. Regardless of who was first or officailly first is non important, both mascots contribute much to the game of college football. Im a little bias because I have strong ties to UT, so my opinion could be somewhat slanted. Talks like this make it harder to swallow that football isnt here at Charlotte. We can all dream though.

Talks like this make it harder to swallow that football isnt here at Charlotte. We can all dream though.

AGREED!

[QUOTE=HP49er;163331]49erDiva with kneepads?[/QUOTE]

Only you would come up with that. I think I may hurl.

49erDiva with kneepads?

What happens when rival schools try to kidnap her as a prank? :mask:

There’s more than one Goldduster we can substitute in…

What happens when rival schools try to kidnap her as a prank? :mask:

UHAUL is short one moving truck?