Tyler Ivens, one-half of the “Tyler & Will” morning show on Cumulus Media sports WNML-AM/FM Knoxville, is hoping it’s a short stay atop the roof of a local Toyota dealership.
Ivens has been living on the auto dealer’s rooftop since Monday (Oct. 7), vowing to stay there until the Tennessee Volunteers get their second win of the season. The 1-4 Vols take on 3-2 Mississippi State Bulldogs this Saturday (Oct. 12), a game Ivens says is a lock to win.
He better hope so. After Saturday’s Mississippi State game, the Vols head to Tuscaloosa to take on No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide.
“I was born and raised here, been a Tennessee fan my whole life and I just thought it was ridiculous that people are panicking the way they are panicking right now,” Ivens told Knox News. “Do you honestly think I would be up here if I didn’t think they will beat Mississippi State?”
Back in 1988 the Vols were off to an 0-4 start and Duncan Stewart, host and sports director at WSIX climbed a billboard in downtown Nashville promising to remain there until Tennessee won a game. He was there for 33 days, until the hapless team finally won their seventh game of the season.
The Vols started off the current collegiate season with two straight losses and then beat Chattanooga 45-0 in week three. They haven’t put up a “W” since, which prompted Stewart, who thinks this team is worse than the 1988 team, to tell Knox News in late September, “It wouldn't be a bad idea for a station in Nashville or Knoxville to do it again.”
Apparently, Ivens was listening.