Tyler Bray hasn't been the only one calling audibles around Rocky Top this year. University Housing had to call one of its own in the weeks leading up to the fall semester.
Luckily for UT's sorority women, it was an audible the school was prepared to make.
With the originally anticipated completion date of the new on-campus sorority village being pushed back, Frank Cuevas, UT's Executive Director of Housing, became responsible for the temporary placement of about 200 women. Several hundred more of UT's Greek women chose to live in university housing for the entire year.
"Whenever you're building a new project, you always have a contingency plan," Cuevas said. "We always had a contingency plan to try and help out some of the sororities if they weren't going to be able to get into their chapter (homes)."
Cuevas said that to start the year some students have been living in converted kitchen areas, but as other students failed to show up or decided to drop out of school many sorority women have been moved to regular rooms. The process, he said, was like moving around puzzle pieces as his department sought to accommodate the sorority chapters that came forward over the summer seeking temporary room assignments.
One of those puzzle pieces was Abby Knight, sophomore in journalism and electronic media, who had anticipated living in her sorority's house until she received a letter in the mail a few weeks before school started informing her that she would be living in Massey Hall.
"At first I was really bummed," Knight said. "Not upset because it's just life, but just bummed. My parents just told me to keep calm. Fifty of our girls are in the same situation; there are so many other girls that are in my same spot."
Despite the initial disappointment, Knight said that the positive outlook taken by the members of her sorority made the transition easier. She also said that university housing did a good job of keeping the members of her sorority together in Massey Hall.
"They were actually a lot more positive than I was at first," Knight said. "I had bragged about getting to live in that house all summer and now I don't get to live there. But at least we were all together, everyone was posting on Facebook, 'Hey what's your room number in Massey?' ...everyone was just really positive, which at first kind of annoyed me. But they had the right attitude."
According to UT's Cone Zone website (conezone.utk.edu), which is designed to keep students updated on campus construction projects, the village will be completed next year and will feature 13 houses, ranging from 9,000 to 17,000 in total square footage.
Knight said that her chapter anticipates being able to move into its house in early October. In the meantime she enjoys being in close proximity to her classes and said it's worth the wait to live in the newly constructed house.
"Yeah, it'll be worth it," Knight said. "We have an ice cream machine in there."