Peyton Manning in Omaha for College World Series despite Tennessee baseball's absence

Nick Gray
Knoxville News Sentinel

Maybe Peyton Manning is a Notre Dame baseball fan?

The Vols legend was in Omaha on Friday at the College World Series, watching the Fighting Irish's game against Texas in the first night of the eight-team tournament to decide college baseball's national champion.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer also attended last year's College World Series to watch the Vols' first appearance in Omaha since 2005.

Manning, whose 'Omaha' audibles were popularized during his playing career, was wearing an Omaha cap. Manning's Omaha Productions has a relationship with ESPN, the broadcasters of the CWS, to produce content including the ManningCast alternate feed during Monday Night Football.

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UT Alum Peyton Manning in the stands during the first round of the NCAA Knoxville Super Regionals between Tennessee and Notre Dame at Lindsey Nelson Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee on Friday, June 10, 2022.

Manning was also in attendance for Notre Dame's win over Tennessee baseball in Game 1 of the Knoxville Super Regional. The Irish won two of three in the best-of-three series to eliminate the top-seeded Vols and advance to the CWS.

Tennessee baseball had its best-ever regular season in 2022, finishing 49-7 and 25-5 in the SEC. The Vols won the SEC Tournament in Hoover, sweeping the tournament and regular-season conference titles. Tennessee swept through the Knoxville Regional, but a Saturday win over Notre Dame was nullified by bookend season-ending losses to the Irish.