Colgate's Tennessee connection

The Vols face Colgate in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and there is a connection between two schools that you might not be aware of.

It is practice an interview day at the NCAA tournament site in Columbus Ohio first and second round of action taking place this Friday and Sunday at the nationwide Arena home of the NHL Columbus Blue Jackets but again this weekend hits home to NCAA tournament basketball and that includes your Tennessee Volunteers the #2 seed will be taking on #15 Colgate Friday afternoon after the first game which is Cincinnati and Ohio the winner of Tennessee and Colgate will face either the Bearcats or the hot guys on Sunday afternoon for the right to advance to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16.

Now regarding Tennessee‘s opener with Colgate the sports information director for the Raiders is John Painter, he is a Tennessee alumn was also a sports information director with the Volunteers.

After leaving Tennessee John has now spent the last seven years with the Colgate a program up in New York. There’s no question it’s a historic season for Tennessee well the same can be said for the Raiders, Matt Langel’s team has won a school record 24 games and a patriot league championship defeating Bucknell in the last game to move on to the NCAA tournament. The patriots come in on a hot streak having one at 11 straight gamesAnd Jon says the alum are beside themselves about the success that this team has had. John says it’s a small gym in which the raiders play back up in New York so this will certainly be a treat for the Raiders however they are used to playing in front of big crowds having played at Penn State Pitt and Syracuse this season.

I know what’s on your mind is there a relationship between the toothpaste and this Colgate program well John says the answer is yes back in the early 1900's the kids from the famed family attended the school and And because the family was such a huge benefactor they decided to name the university after them.

Today is interview and practice day at the nationwide Arena will hear from both the players and coaches of each team Tennessee and Colgate and have all that for you later today on air and the other WVLT app.