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Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty (2) runs past South Carolina safety DeVonte Holloman (21) during second half action at Neyland Stadium October, 31, 2009. Photo by Joe Howell/News Sentinel Tennessee running back Montario Hardesty (2) runs past South Carolina safety DeVonte Holloman (21) during second half action at Neyland Stadium October, 31, 2009. Photo by Joe Howell/News Sentinel
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Minor. Subtle. A tweak here and there.

That's how the University of Tennessee is describing the small alterations to this year's Big Orange football uniforms.

And maybe they are. Adding a patch in the shape of the Volunteer State above the players' names on the back of the jerseys and placing a checkerboard background behind the orange numbers on road unis don't exactly sound like major overhauls.

But much like surgery and hangovers, minor is what happens to the other guy. Within a tradition-rich Southeastern Conference where at least three schools -- Alabama, Auburn and LSU -- haven't made a significant uniform change in more than 50 years, just how tightly should fans cling to their proud pasts regarding their favorite team's work clothes?

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