Chattanooga is first stop in 2018 Big Orange Caravan

UT mens basketball coach Rick Barnes (left) signs autographs. The University of Tennessee Big Orange Caravan rolled into town at the Chattanoogan on Thursday May 5, 2016.

KNOXVILLE - Last year's Big Orange Caravan featured a revamped, casual format but just three stops as opposed to the event's traditional five dates.

This year's event will marry the new format with the traditional number of stops while giving fans a chance to meet a pair of high-profile additions to the Tennessee athletics family.

First-year athletic director Phillip Fulmer and first-year football coach Jeremy Pruitt are scheduled to headline the caravan, which makes its first of five stops at the First Tennessee Pavilion in Chattanooga on May 10, starting at 5:30 p.m.

"I always genuinely enjoyed engaging with our passionate Tennessee fans during the Big Orange Caravan when I was the football coach, and I'm really looking forward to hitting the road again in my new role as AD," Fulmer said in an announcement of the tour.