Tennessee delays start of construction on Neyland renovation

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is delaying the start of construction on a Neyland Stadium renovation project to review all aspects of the plan.

Athletic director Phillip Fulmer announced Thursday that “we simply need time to study all ideas of scope and design” for the project and that delaying it would be “financially prudent.”

Fulmer added that he remains “super excited about the Neyland Stadium project going forward in the near future.”

Tennessee’s Board of Trustees had approved an updated $180 million first phase of renovation last November when John Currie was athletic director. At the time, the project called for two phases totaling $340 million.

Since then, Fulmer replaced Currie, Beverly Davenport was fired as chancellor, the board of trustees was reconfigured and Joe DiPietro announced his pending retirement as university president.