Is Dolly Parton going to work outside the 9 to 5? Will Peyton Manning deal with the group?
Tennessee football College GameDay directed because of its struggles with Florida, UT, and Knoxville not lacking in guest selection possibilities. ESPN’s pre-game show is coming to Knoxville for the 10th time as it hosts the 12-volume issue (3-0) Team #22 Gators (2-1) on Saturday (3:30 p.m. ET, CBS).
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Here are some possibilities for the guest picker:
The list should begin with the queen of the country and the most famous person in East Tennessee. She is a successful musician. It is humane. It is good as is. Imagine the scene if Barton walked down the set and sat next to ESPN analyst Lee Corso.
The face of former Tennessee football players and Tennessee Athletics really is an obvious choice. Manning has never been the guest pick before as he has been busy building a legendary career in the NFL. Manning’s presence will cause a stir among fans given Tennessee’s perceived tendency to lose games when Manning is on hand.
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Vitello might be the most popular person in Knoxville these days after leading the Vols to baseball to the College World Series in 2021 and a 57-win season with the No. 1 rankings throughout the 2022 season. He’s entertaining and has been on MLB Network’s MLB coverage, so being in a group isn’t going to be new.
Wallen threw a concert in Los Angeles on Saturday, which makes him elusive to be a guest picker. But the country singer is hugely popular, has Knoxville connections and is a well-documented fan. He even has a song called “865,” an ode to an area code that includes Knoxville.
Williams is one of Tennessee’s most beloved athletes in recent seasons. He was a two-time SEC MVP in men’s basketball before the Boston Celtics drafted him in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft. He’s a fan favorite and would bring a great character to the show.
Chesney is a household name and a Knoxville native. The longtime country singer is no stranger to College GameDay either: He was a guest picker when the show was in Knoxville in September 2012. Chesney was also a guest picker for Missouri in South Carolina in September 2014.
Jacobs is the mayor of Knox County, a role he has held since 2018. He is known as Kane in the WWE universe and is a WWE Hall of Famer celebrity. He has also been present at several athletics events in Tennessee and has been occasionally seen on the basketball court for basketball games at the Thompson-Boling Arena.
Ballerini, like Wallen, has a Saturday tour stop. The original Mascot band performs at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, making it an unlikely option but one that could make an impact given the local connections.
You probably don’t know that name, but you’ve probably seen the viral video that shows the Kluger wearing a blue Appalachia shirt. This is Ross. It’s part of JCreekCloggers, who posted a video of him dancing “Rocky Top” on Instagram in early September.
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