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A 'very different' Tennessee homecoming for Wizards' Schofield

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Admiral Schofield's first season in the NBA was much different than he, or anyone else, could've imagined.

From legends like the late Kobe Bryant passing away, to a pandemic that forced him to spend a substantial portion of his rookie year with the Wizards inside a bubble in Orlando, 2020 has been loaded with twists and turns.

On Saturday, Schofield returned to his alma mater, the University of Tennessee, as the Volunteers football team took on the University of Missouri inside iconic Neyland Stadium. The stadium was open to fans with limited capacity — in this case, only 25% of the 102,000-seats filled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That means about 25,600 in person, including Schofield. 

This is the new norm and Schofield is still learning to deal with it just like the rest of us.

"It was a very different experience," Schofield said in an interview with NBC Sports Washington. "One of the things we take pride in here at UT is our support state wide and country wide. Not being able to fill the seats hurts our tradition but I know all the fans are excited by the way the football team is playing."

Vol fans are certainly excited about what their team is doing on the field after improving to 2-0 after a 35-12 victory over the Tigers. Tennessee is currently ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press' Top 25 poll.

While Schofield realizes the unique times this country is experiencing, he's adamant about trying to support his school just like he did when he was on campus in Knoxville -- safely of course. It feels like a homecoming every time he comes back to Rocky Top. This year was just very different.  

 

"It’s very important for me to support my school," Schofield said. "I’m trying to make the first football home game of the year a tradition for me, while also attending other events when I have the time ... I love Tennessee sports because I respect the work of all our student-athletes here."