Alumni Spotlight: Morgan Cox
Collierville, Tennessee, native and College of Business Administration alumnus Morgan Cox has a very different job than his alumni. After graduating with honors (with a bachelor’s degree in finance and information management and a master’s in sport studies), Cox joined the National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens as the starting snapper for punts and field goals. As a three-year starter as a long-snapper for the UT Vols, he earned a full athletic scholarship and Academic All-SEC honors and a spot on the Thornton Center’s Honor Roll.
During his time at UT, Cox was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Athletes in Action, and Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. He gave of his time, volunteering at the Love Kitchen and coaching youth basketball. In addition to the demanding schedule of academics and football, he interned in the football administrative offices during the spring of 2010, gaining perspective on the business side of college football.
“My business degree has meant a lot to me because it taught me how to view the world and the business angles in everyday life,” said Cox. “It taught me to be a more informed consumer and more diligent with my time and money.
“Dr. Hollander and Dr. Fuller in the information management program were two exceptional faculty I had relationships with during my time at UT. I have great respect for them.”
After earning his undergraduate degree, Cox earned his master’s in sport studies at UT with the hope of one day returning to his alma mater to finish the remaining requirements for the dual MS/MBA program offered as a joint program between the College of Education, Heath, and Human Science and the College of Business Administration. He has encouraged others in the NFL to pursue their business degrees online and during the off-season so they can be prepared for life after the NFL.
“I am glad I finished my degrees and will be ready for the business world as soon as I finish my career in the NFL, and I can pursue other passions while I am still in the league,” Cox said.
Cox recently tore his ACL and MCL early in the second quarter of a game against Cleveland, however, his prognosis is good, and he plans to be in fighting shape for next season following surgery and rehabilitation. His performance in that game earned him a write-up by Peter King of Sports Illustrated, where he was praised for his tenacity. The story is on page three of King’s column, accessible here: