#5 is going into the rafters!

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Probably my favorite Vol b-ball player ever. He was so fun to watch, so clutch. We were very lucky to have him as a Vol.

I wish he would have got a real shot in the NBA, especially after seeing guys like Steph Curry light it up.
 
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Awesome! My favorite Vol I have seen play. Does anyone know if Zeigler will have to change to a different number this season since he is 5 right now?
Not likely. They are saying that his Jersey is being retired, not his number. I would guess that that means if somebody wants to wear #5 in the future that Lofton will be consulted. Like if a top 5 or 10 recruit wants it.
 
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As good as Lofton was, I don't think it's fair to only associate the #5 with just him. We've had some all time greats at UT dawn the #5 in Stokes, Admiral and possibly Zakai. Maybe not as decorated, but still really important pieces on special teams.

I wish we'd treat #5 like LSU football treats #7. Give it to the most deserving, hardest working player on the team. Treat it as a reward.
 
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As good as Lofton was, I don't think it's fair to only associate the #5 with just him. We've had some all time greats at UT dawn the #5 in Stokes, Admiral and possibly Zakai. Maybe not as decorated, but still really important pieces on special teams.

I wish we'd treat #5 like LSU football treats #7. Give it to the most deserving, hardest working player on the team. Treat it as a reward.
That’s how to do it.

The UT press releases refer to it as a retired “jersey”. Not a retired “number”.
 
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Then followed up with UT saying Lofton gave his blessing for Zeigler to continue wearing it until he’s done at UT
“Lofton becomes UT's fifth men's basketball player to be permanently honored in the Thompson-Boling Arena rafters.”

Permanently “honored”.

Seems like they were careful in the official press release to avoid saying his “number” has been retired.

“The Tennessee basketball program will honor legendary All-American and SEC all-time 3-point king Chris Lofton by retiring his No. 5 jersey at halftime of this season's home game against Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 14.”
 
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“Lofton becomes UT's fifth men's basketball player to be permanently honored in the Thompson-Boling Arena rafters.”

Permanently “honored”.

Seems like they were careful in the official press release to avoid saying his “number” has been retired.

“The Tennessee basketball program will honor legendary All-American and SEC all-time 3-point king Chris Lofton by retiring his No. 5 jersey at halftime of this season's home game against Kentucky on Saturday, Jan. 14.”
Ok TGO you’re right, we’ll see #5 on the court even after Zeigler is gone.
 

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