MBA star commits to UT

Wednesday, August 29, 2007 at 4:02pm

It was the biggest player off the Big Red who is headed to the Big Orange.

Mammoth Montgomery Bell Academy senior offensive tackle Preston Bailey has decided to sign with Tennessee, making his decision known at a news conference at MBA Wednesday morning.

“It was between Tennessee and Michigan, and I just felt more comfortable going with Tennessee, my home state,’’ said the 6-5, 310-pound Bailey, whose team opened the season with a win over Antioch last Friday.

“I wanted to get this out of the way in August so I can completely put my focus on football and winning the state championship,’’ Bailey said, just after finishing a round of TV interviews.

Bailey appeared at the press conference with teammate Ben Bartholomew, an outstanding fullback/linebacker, who announced for Tennessee in December.

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By: JeffF on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Welcome to the family on The University of Tennessee. You will have the support of tens of thousands of local alumni and fans. The University of Tennessee is Nashville's team.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Vanderbilt is Nashville's team. The team you speak of, is the team to the east.

By: noname on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Nashville had first choice and took the state prison, Knoxville took UT.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

And Nashville came out ahead.

By: JeffF on 12/31/69 at 6:00

There are probably more Alabama or Georgia alums in Nashville than Mandy Alums. MTSU and Belmont can probably stake a better claim to being "Nashville's Team" than Mandy ever could. Mandy takes great pride in eliminating locals from attending but fail to consider the repercussions of that strategy. Without the hospital, Mandy would be just another small local school exempt from local taxation and with little local support. Come to think of it, they already have that with the hospital. Quick, someone tell me something Mandy contributes to the local community that does not involve the hospital.

By: TRHJR on 12/31/69 at 6:00

ms 1 titan.... good... nashville can have van-der-bilt and their 14 fans... what time are you going to start their game cause you know they called and ask you and the other three when ya`ll wanted it to start

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Wow TRHJR,you even talk like a vol fan. My point is, and it is strictly my opinion, that those ut "fans" that have no ties to ut that live in Nashville, only follow them because they have a more winning tradition. If Vandy had the winning tradition all these years, these same "fans" would be Vandy fans and Vandy would have a 100,000 sold out seats. Now those of you who attended ut, of course you should follow them.

By: JeffF on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Speaking as an alum and a fan of The University of Tennessee I can state that there are more alums from my school living in Nashville than there are Vanderbilt fans. If you want to throw in the "sidewalk" alums who support The University of Tennessee because of a combination of tradition and its status as the state's institution of higher learning than that gap widens further. Mandybilt/Peabody the school alienates the same people that Mandybilt the athletic program tries to recruit as fans.

By: Gusdog on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Jeff - same tired arguments. But I will give you another contribution that Vandy makes to the city of Nashville. Vandy students, through internships, practica, etc. give a lot of time and effort to schools and organizations, free of charge. Granted, all universities do that, but Vandy does it a lot. A lot of the students do community service above and beyond any academic requirements as well.This idea that UT is "the state's institution of higher learning" is ludicrous. There are many other state universities, colleges, and trade schools, plus many other private entities. I don't care if UT was the "original land-grant institution," as you've said before, most people don't consider it as pre-eminent. You know as well as I do that most of the UT sidewalk alumni support the institution because of football, and occasionally basketball. That's great. It's too bad, because UT has many excellent academic programs, but most people who wear orange couldn't care less about that.And it's so cute that you've exchanged "Candy" for "Mandy" this year. I'm so humiliated by your clever attempts at derision.I still don't understand your disdain for Vanderbilt as a university. It's just too intense not to be personal. Did your application get rejected?

By: JeffF on 12/31/69 at 6:00

actually got accepted to Vandy on ACT mostly. Chose Tennessee Tech instead, then later transferred to The University of Tennessee. Obviously at the time I started school I wanted to be an engineer and went with the best school for that track (Vandy being weak on engineering and UT being a little above that). After electing to change career paths went with the best undergraduate business school. No bitterness, VU simply is not that strong of an undergraduate school.

By: Gusdog on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Jeff - "VU simply is not that strong of an undergraduate school."OK, that's just not true. But whatever. And I know a lot of people would differ with you about UT having the best undergraduate business school too. Tennessee Tech's is pretty good for that matter.But you're right, Tech has the best engineering undergrad in the state. Vandy and UT are pretty good, but not as good.How can you say no bitterness? Whatever the reason, you can't let any positive story about Vanderbilt go without sniping. You strongly dislike (if not hate) the entire university; you can't pretend to be indifferent.