The Tennessee Volunteers reportedly spent $39,793 on rings to commemorate their Music City Bowl and Battle at Bristol victories, according to invoices provided to the Knoxville News Sentinel by UT through public records requests.
The invoice from Jostens revealed that the Vols spent $37,193 on its Music City Bowl jewelry and $2,600 on the Battle at Bristol rings. UT ordered 164 “Music City Bowl Champions” rings priced at $220 each, as well as seven “Music City Bowl Champions” pendants for $159 each.
The event organizers for the Battle at Bristol provided the Vols with 125 free rings for their win over Virginia Tech in the inaugural game at Bristol Motor Speedway last September. UT purchased an additional eight rings for staff members that were priced at $325 each.
Tennessee began its bowl-ring tradition under head coach Butch Jones after the team’s TaxSlayer Bowl victory over Iowa in January 2015, its first bowl win since 2008. The Vols purchased 150 rings priced at $174 each and also purchased 125 of the 166 rings received following their Outback Bowl victory over Northwestern the following season.
“Rings are very, very special. Each team is bonded by a championship ring. Each team is bonded by that ring, and that ring tells a particular story,” Jones said in November. “It’s like a storybook of that particular season, so that’s why the sides are important, why the front of it is very important. I think it also builds pride in your institution.”
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