SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Sports are constants in a world of change

Published: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 04:31 PM.

After almost two weeks off, I'm back from vacation and preparing for the upcoming football season.

This year, my vacation included a trip to DeLand to visit family, and a trip to Knoxville, Tenn., to visit friends and stroll the University of Tennessee campus’ once familiar streets.

Just about everyone in the area knows I'm a Tennessee grad and I love the Volunteers through thick and thin. If you cut me deep enough, I might even bleed a little Tennessee orange.

Prior to my visit last week, I hadn't been on the UT campus in almost nine years. Almost all of the familiar professors and staffers have long since retired or moved away.

It's even hard to keep track of all the coaches who have come and gone since I graduated from Tennessee a little less than 14 years ago.

While on campus, I made it a point to visit Neyland Stadium, where the Volunteers play football. The stadium seats more than 100,000 fans. When I was a freshman in the fall of 1976, the stadium capacity was 80,250.

One constant in life is change. If you doubt that, just look at how many coaching changes have taken place at Crestview High School in recent years.

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