February 26, 2013
Smokey the dog leaving Vols for Florida State
Tennessee mascot and Bluetick Coonhound Smokey is leaving for Florida State. Vols' head coach Butch Jones confirmed the news on his Twitter feed Monday morning. "The process of adding a new mascot to our team is underway," Jones wrote. "We will hire the best costumed animal possible for the job as we continue to rebuild our school's program." Smokey, 60, came to Tennessee from a student poll in 1953. He was the only anthropomorphized stuffed animal from former Tennessee coach Derek Dooley's staff retained by Jones, who raved about Smokey's ability to dance in the end zone in a distinctive orange suit. Smokey's role on Florida State's team has not been revealed, though it is believed he will replace the school's disturbing new horse-man mascot, Cimarron. Jones confirmed that the new Vols' mascot will not be a Lane Kiffin piñata.
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