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Former Panther is on the go
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University of Tennessee basketball player Jordan McRae toured Rome as the Volunteers jetted to Italy from Atlanta on Sunday to start a 10-day, four-game exhibition Aug. 5-15.
According to the Volunteer’s athletic website, the Tennessee squad, which includes the former Liberty County High School standout, landed in Rome Monday morning after a 10-hour flight.
After clearing customs and settling their bags at their hotel the team, family members and coaching staff hopped into two charter buses and took a three-hour tour of the city.
The squad explored the Roman ruins and toured the Colosseum.
“Just going to the Colosseum really stood out,” McRae told “That was like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We were all about ready to fall asleep, but then we got pretty pumped up to see that.”
McRae and the team were to tour Vatican City on Tuesday.
The team is scheduled to play the first of four games tonight at 7:30 p.m. European Central Time against Italy’s All-Star team.
The group will tour Florence on Thursday and visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa on Friday before an 8 p.m. game against Montenegro Selezione.
The team will venture to San Marino, Italy, on Saturday to tour the city. The Volunteers play the Atletas Kaunas at 6 p.m. Sunday.
The squad heads to their final destination in Como on Monday, where they will tour Lake Como and play against Amici del Campetto at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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