authors David Boclair
Admiral Schofield was not content to let his college basketball career speak for itself.
After he and his University of Tennessee teammates were eliminated from the NCAA Tournament with an overtime loss to Iowa in last week’s regional semifinals, the senior forward took out a full page ad that ran on Page 4A of Sunday’s Knoxville News Sentinel. In it, he challenged athletes on all of UT’s teams — present and future — to commit to a team-first approach and to pursue excellence the way the men’s basketball did over the past four years, particularly this season.
The text from Schofield’s ad:
“I think we have set a standard for what athletics can do when you buy into your culture – when you buy into what it takes to win. As a University, we should pride ourselves in being tough. It shouldn’t just be our basketball program. It should be everyone. Just like ‘One Fly, We All Fly’ touched the nation and our University. The way we played the game, the way we approached every day, the attitude we installed into the program, it should bleed into every sport.
“I think from here on out there’s no reason why the Tennessee Volunteers shouldn’t be in the conversations to win championships in every sport. I’m appreciative to be a Vol, and things are only going to get better at Tennessee.”
The men’s basketball team tied a program record with 31 wins this season. It also spent a month ranked No. 1 in the country, set a program record with 19 consecutive home wins and earned a No. 2 seed for the NCAA Tournament.
Schofield finished his career with 1,570 points, 704 rebounds, 177 assists and 88 steals in 132 games. It is expected that he will be selected in this year’s NBA draft.