Harris' 48-year UT home streak to end

For the first time in 48 years, a familiar face - and voice - will be absent from the University of Tennessee press box Saturday night.

Haywood Harris will be sitting out UT's 7 p.m. game against Mississippi State on the advice of doctors.

The 79-year-old former sports information director and member of the UT Athletic Department support staff experienced some health issues the Friday prior UT's road game at Georgia last week and has been warned to take it easy this week.

"He's not enamored with the idea," UT sports information director Bud Ford said. "He had two incidents last Friday where he had to go to the hospital and that has kind of put him on the shelf.

"He's fine now and everything is coming back, but the concern is he was keeping such a busy schedule that now we have him under house arrest. He wanted to come to the game, but I told him we had already hired David Grim for this week."

Harris is taking the doctor's advice, but he has already made it clear to everyone involved he'll be back in his familiar seat for UT's home game against Alabama next week.

"He already called David Grim and told him he would be back next week," Ford said. "He told Grim he would be out of a job."

This will be the first UT home game Harris has missed since 1960, the year before he became the final hire made in the career of Gen. Robert Neyland in 1961. That's when Harris took over sports information director duties, replacing friend, mentor and 'Locker Room' radio co-host Gus Manning.

"He is resting at home," Manning said of Harris on an Internet chat at UTsports.com on Friday. "It's the first time he has missed a home game since 1960. He's getting a little restless."

The only thing Harris was allowed to do this week was the "Locker Room" radio show with Manning - the longest continuously running radio show in the nation - which airs today prior to the Vol Network's coverage.

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fltapout writes:

It's not like it is a "have to see" game.
Can someone send him $29.95 for the PPV?

Smokey91 writes:

I hope he is going to be okay. He was one of my childhood heroes because he always made sure that us kids got tickets to basketball games at Stokley Center when Mears was the coach. When Pistol Pete came to Stokley when he was a senior at LSU, the arena sold out quickly. Harris worked a deal so that me and my friends could watch the game for a buck a piece, sitting on the steps in the upper deck. Fire codes would not allow that to happen today, but because of his kindness, I got to see UT, with the help of long bombs from Jimmy England, Kerry Myers, and one at the buzzer by Rudy Kinard, beat one of the greatest players ever to grace a college basketball court. Thanks Mr. Harris. Get well soon.

john#208876 writes:

Haywood Harris is a fine gentleman and great Volunteer, he will be missed at any Vol athletic event regardless of the magnitude. God speed to a hasty recovery Haywood, Bud will hold down the fort, you taught him well!

Forget win one for the Gipper, whip the Tide in honor of Haywood's return!

dvols writes:

that stinks

haywood represents the tennessee football we love

abrown#232236 writes:

'nuff respeck, Haywood Harris.

hotrodvol writes:

GOD BLESS and may all of the UT fans be excited during and after the BAMA game.

cterblan writes:

Haywood is a great man. I had the pleasure of working with him for a few years in the UT Athletic Department. I know he must really be down about his streak coming to an end. Well, Haywood, it was a great run.

Get better my friend.

ncvol writes:

Best wishes for a speedy recovery. You will be missed....
Go Vols !

ncvol writes:

maples#214224 writes:
I hope he is going to be okay. He was one of my childhood heroes because he always made sure that us kids got tickets to basketball games at Stokley Center when Mears was the coach. When Pistol Pete came to Stokley when he was a senior at LSU, the arena sold out quickly. Harris worked a deal so that me and my friends could watch the game for a buck a piece, sitting on the steps in the upper deck. Fire codes would not allow that to happen today, but because of his kindness, I got to see UT, with the help of long bombs from Jimmy England, Kerry Myers, and one at the buzzer by Rudy Kinard, beat one of the greatest players ever to grace a college basketball court. Thanks Mr. Harris. Get well soon.

Neat story maples#214224..I liked that...He has been special to many people.....

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to fltapout:

It's not like it is a "have to see" game.
Can someone send him $29.95 for the PPV?

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BillVol writes:

Haywood is a great guy, great SID, great PA voice for Stokely Center, and a great supporter of all UT sports. That's OK if he misses a game as long as he gets better.

BigOrangeVol writes:

Gus, Haywood and Bud are UT SID icons!!! I'd give a months pay to sit and listen to them swap stories with John Ward for an afternoon. Priceless! Those four guys know where EVERY skeleton is buried.

FWBVol writes:

One of the best parts of working in SID was getting to know Haywood and Bud. Saturdays were hilarious because Haywood was always so laid back and Bud was strung tighter than a cheap banjo. Sometimes it seemed as if Haywood would do and say things just to get under Bud's skin, and then Haywood would tell Bud to just calm down.

Get well soon Haywood.

You're one of the best.

chattownvol writes:

Haywood is one of the finest people I have ever met. I may go years without seeing him and he always walks right up to me and picks up where we left off. Haywood IS Tennessee football. Its nice to have things put in prospective during these crazy times. When it boils down to it. We are family. God bless you Haywood and I plan on seeing you for BAMA!!!

fltapout writes:

in response to WeLoveTennesseeVols:

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Here you go WeLoveTennesseVols
http://www.medicinenet.com/psychotic_...

Go4Two writes:

I think it is so cool that Tennessee has someone hire by the General still working football games. That's what makes Tennessee special the feeling of family. It's great that two former grads have lead the program over the last 30 years. Coach Fulmer has been involved in over 450 games at UT. I would rather be 8-4 and a Tennessee than 12-0 and a tide fan. GO BIG ORANGE

pdhuff#552644 writes:

What a great run. A true Volunteer.

ncvol17 writes:

in response to WeLoveTennesseeVols:

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Guys please request ALL political comments be deleted immediately ....this is a sports site

dirtywhiteboy writes:

maybe this is his excuse to not have to go watch this mess????

RockyTopVolFan writes:

Hope you feel better soon Heywood!

Vols need you next week to help "Turn-the-Tide"!

One question, why does Colquitt point two fingers skyward every punt like he is happy? Is it his personal acknowledgment of the number of DUI's he has had?

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