(WBIR) A new voice will soon echo through Neyland Stadium.
The University of Tennessee confirmed Jeff Jarnigan, PA announcer for the Vols' basketball program, will begin his new role when the Volunteers kick off their 2014 season against Utah State Sunday, Aug. 31.
Jarnigan follows the legendary Bobby Denton, who rallied up Vol nation with five simple words, "It's football time in Tennessee," for nearly five decades. Denton, the former general manager of WIVK, passed away in April 2014.
"This was a daunting but rewarding task," Chris Fuller, senior associate athletics director, said to utsports.com. "We had a number of talented applicants and they all understood the challenge of following Bobby. We're looking forward to many years with Jeff as the "Voice of Neyland Stadium," and his experience, professionalism, and passion for this role were clear during the auditions process."
Jarnigan served as the PA announcer for men's basketball at Thompson-Boling Arena for the past nine years. For the past eight years, he served as the PA for the Dish Orange and White Game in Neyland Stadium. He was also the announcer for The Pride of the Southland Marching Band for a 12-year span.
Jarnigan is a native of East Tennessee and is a member of the Fulton High School Wall of Fame.
"Being chosen as the public address announcer at Neyland Stadium is an honor beyond my wildest dreams," Jarnigan told utsports.com. "It is impossible to replace Bobby Denton. His voice and delivery has been much a part of Big Orange Saturdays as the Vol Walk, running through the T, and Rocky Top. My goal is to strive to continue to make the stadium experience the best in America."