Vols fans welcome new basketball coach Donnie Tyndall to Knoxvil

Vols fans welcome new basketball coach Donnie Tyndall to Knoxville

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A sign at the Bucket Head Tavern reads "Vol Nation welcomes Coach Donnie Tyndall." Employee Kimberley Hamilton says the owner put it up as soon as he heard the news. A sign at the Bucket Head Tavern reads "Vol Nation welcomes Coach Donnie Tyndall." Employee Kimberley Hamilton says the owner put it up as soon as he heard the news.
The sign at Buckethead Tavern shows full support. The sign at Buckethead Tavern shows full support.
Knoxville, Tenn - By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The excitement surrounding the new University of Tennessee Basketball Coach Donnie Tyndall is causing a big buzz on social media.

According to Trendsmap, Donnie Tyndall was a number one trending topic Tuesday night.

Former Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt tweeted, "Welcome to the Tennessee family, Coach Tyndall! Looking forward to meeting you soon and following you next season. #vol for life."

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Some UT fans say they're ready to welcome in the new coach, and are confident he can take the team in the right direction.

Just one day in, signs of support already popped up around Knoxville.

"It welcomes him to Knoxville, gives him a good vibe and shows that we support him," said Vol fan Kevin Zartman.

A sign at the Bucket Head Tavern reads "Vol Nation welcomes Coach Donnie Tyndall." Employee Kimberley Hamilton says the owner put it up as soon as he heard the news.

"He is behind Tennessee football, basketball, softball, everything 100 percent. He welcomes everyone in with a great heart and he is very supportive," Hamilton said.

She's confident Vol Nation will stand behind the new coach.

"I've seen the diehard support regardless if it's win or lose. I think that everybody will jump on board and support them," Hamilton said.

Tuesday night UT Football Coach Butch Jones tweeted, "Had a long day of traveling and never had a chance to welcome UT Coach Tyndall to Tennessee. Can't wait to work with another Michigander."

Zartman says Tyndall has the charisma it takes to lead the players, and unite the fans.

"I think it was a good hire. He's a good name, a very small school but I think he'll do good here," Zartman said.

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