Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer announced Friday that senior defensive end Bernard Jackson has been suspended for this Saturday's opener against Syracuse for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound lineman from Louisville, Ky., was expected to compete for the starting role at end. As a result of the suspension, Omari Hand is expected to start.
Dickey's contract extended
Doug Dickey will serve an additional year as athletic director at Tennessee after the university extended his contract Friday.
Dickey's tenure at UT - which will reach 24 years when he retires - was extended through June 2003.
UT's acting President Emerson Fly said with the extension, the school's new president should name Dickey's replacement. UT is expected to name its president by next summer.
"I am happy that Doug has agreed to stay another year," Fly said. "This agreement will give the new president the opportunity to be involved in selecting Doug's successor."
Seating switch at arena
In a move to enhance the atmosphere and bring students and fans closer to the action at Thompson-Boling Arena, courtside and baseline seating will be reconfigured beginning with the 2001-2002 basketball season.
Following are the changes fans will see in the arena this season:
Students will occupy the entire West end lower section. Students will pick up approximately 136 low level west end seats formerly occupied by donors, as well as 20 floor seats in the southwest corner.
Sixty-four new courtside seats will be created for major UT athletics department donors. Media tables, formerly located along the south sideline, will be moved to a tiered configuration on the east baseline. New risers will be installed the east end of th
e arena matching similar risers added last year to the west end.