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Old 07-05-2012, 03:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I've heard a story, and I'm trying to find out if it's true or not. My online research only yielded a story about orange being selected because of the hue of the flowers on the hill.

The story I would like to confirm/disprove has to do with the Irish. The Irish flag has green and orange, with the green representing catholics, and the orange representing protestants. The orange was favored by the protestant contingency in TN, thus the school colors. Anybody else heard that?
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Interesting . . . First time I've ever heard that. Only story I've e ER heard is the one about the flowers on the Hill.
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So I've heard a story, and I'm trying to find out if it's true or not. My online research only yielded a story about orange being selected because of the hue of the flowers on the hill.

The story I would like to confirm/disprove has to do with the Irish. The Irish flag has green and orange, with the green representing catholics, and the orange representing protestants. The orange was favored by the protestant contingency in TN, thus the school colors. Anybody else heard that?
This is what I've always been led to believe.
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So I've heard a story, and I'm trying to find out if it's true or not. My online research only yielded a story about orange being selected because of the hue of the flowers on the hill.

The story I would like to confirm/disprove has to do with the Irish. The Irish flag has green and orange, with the green representing catholics, and the orange representing protestants. The orange was favored by the protestant contingency in TN, thus the school colors. Anybody else heard that?
Flowers accurate. Flag, not so much.
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:11 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Tennessee's orange and white colors were selected by Charles Moore, a member of the first football team in 1891. They were later approved by a student body vote.

The colors were those of the common American daisy which grew in profusion on The Hill, an area of campus surrounding Ayres Hall.
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It's from the flowers on the hill.. We've gone over this a few times here.
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:14 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The color of the flowers on the hill, primarily. As a secondary reason, most likely because it is the MOST AWESOME COLOR ON THE PLANET!!!
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:15 PM   #9 (permalink)
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No, no. The thread originator is correct. Knoxville, TN has long been known for it's support of the the Protestant movement. Until recently campus was a safe haven for the North Ireland Army as they fought against the IRA. From a really, really, really safe distance.

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Old 07-05-2012, 03:46 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Why Orange?


Why not?
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:48 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I tried the Irish orange story on fenianvol once and was strongly rebuked. Don't know if he's still around?
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Old 07-05-2012, 03:51 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Knoxville, TN has long been known for it's support of the the Protestant movement. Until recently campus was a safe haven for the North Ireland Army as they fought against the IRA.
We're currently undergoing The Troubles.
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