The University of Tennessee Board of Trustees didn’t consider the Lady Vols name and logo issue last week during its annual meeting in Knoxville and state senator Becky Massey wasn’t happy about it.
Massey, who represents the sixth district (Knoxville), wrote a letter to the board of trustees last week, disagreeing strongly with the board’s position to refrain from considering the athletic department’s decision that, effective July 1, all women’s athletic teams except basketball became known as “Volunteers” and will wear a Power T logo.
Massey was one of 45 legislators who signed state representative Roger Kane’s letter to board members. He asking them to consider the issue based on “constituent-driven concerns.”
In her letter, Massey wrote: “I believe that, when a decision of the administration causes as much problems and outcry by the citizens of Tennessee….it is the Board of Trustees responsibility and duty to address this in their meeting.”
Massey wrote about the petition with “approximately 25,000 signatures”, the “countless letters to the editor” published in the News Sentinel and former UT athletes all expressing “disappointment and total disagreement” with the decision.
“I have had many discussions with some major donors and they feel the same way too,” Massey wrote.
Massey believes the outcry was sufficient for the board to take up the matter.
The Board of Trustees are representatives of the people of the state of Tennessee,” Massey wrote. “I feel it is their responsibility to have a discussion of this issue at their meeting and take into consideration the overwhelming views of the fans and constituents on keeping the brand. Frankly, I have never seen anything like this.”