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VFL Major Wingate passes away at age 37

Wingate played three seasons on Rocky Top and was a team captain during his junior year.
Published: Oct. 2, 2021 at 5:21 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Tennessee Basketball family is mourning the loss of VFL Major Wingate, who has passed away at the age of 37.

Wingate played three seasons on Rocky Top and was a team captain during his junior year.

Wingate and the 2005-06 Vols went 22-8, won the SEC Eastern Division regular season title and earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest seed in school history. Wingate averaged 10.6 points and 4 rebounds per game that season. He also shot 55.6% from the floor that season and led the team in blocks with 34.

In the Vols NCAA Tournament game against Wichita State Wingate set school tournament records with 5 blocked shots and 5 offensive rebounds.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

A GoFundMe has been set up in honor of his memory and for support to his family.

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