Vols honor season best at annual banquet

The Tennessee men’s basketball team officially put the finishing touches on its 2008-09 season Thursday when it hosted its annual postseason banquet at the Knoxville Marriott. A large crowd was on hand to help the Vols celebrate their second straight SEC Eastern Division Championship and fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.

“It’s easier to get it going, than it is to keep it going,” head coach Bruce Pearl said. “That’s what I’ve been most proud of—we’ve been able to consistently win and compete for championships.”

Pearl and his staff handed out a number of thanks to their support staff and distributed awards to team members. There also were plenty of light-hearted moments, including a blooper highlight reel of moments from throughout the season and a video in which team members Cameron Tatum and Brian Williams played the roles of coaches Tony Jones and Steve Forbes, respectively.

Pearl opened the awards portion of the evening by introducing a new annual honor, which is to be presented to an individual who makes a special and unique contribution to the program. The inaugural Tennessee Volunteer Award was given to UT athletics director Mike Hamilton, whose “vision for the program” set the stage for the success the program has enjoyed over the past four seasons.

Tennessee over the past four years has averaged 24.5 wins per season, ranked in the top five nationally in home attendance every year, played more than 50 games on national television and attained the program’s first No. 1 national ranking.

Freshman Emmanuel Negedu and departing senior Tanner Wild were co-recipients of the Burchfield-Moss Most Courageous Award. The award, named in honor of Ricky Burchfield and David Moss, is given to the Vol who displays the most courage and desire to overcome any obstacle in their way. Burchfield was a young fan who was afflicted by Leukemia and was “adopted” by the 1969 UT basketball team. Moss lettered for the Vols in 1974 before losing his leg due to cancer in 1975.

Fredda Burchfield, mother of the late Ricky Burchfield, was on hand to personally present the award to Negedu and Wild.

The Team Before Self Award was given jointly to true freshmen Scotty Hopson and Renaldo Woolridge.

Sophomore Brian Williams took home the Lowell Blanchard Award, which is presented annually to the Tennessee player who has demonstrated the most improvement during the season. The award is named after the country music pioneer who teamed with former UT play-by-play man John Ward to broadcast Tennessee basketball games on the radio in the 1960s.

Vols strength and conditioning coach Troy Wills presented the annual Strength Award to junior Wayne Chism.

Pearl presented leading-scorer Tyler Smith with the Coach’s Award, and Smith also was given a matted copy of the March 20, 2009, Wall Street Journal. On that date, Smith became the first amateur athlete ever to appear on the front page of that national daily newspaper.

Tennessee’s complete cast of practice-squad team members also was presented with the Coach’s Award. Recipients included Josh Bone, Quinn Cannington, Daren Chandler, Ryan Childress, Michael Hubert, Justin Jackson, Steven Pearl, Tyler Rosenbaum and Tanner Wild. Those players were saddled with the twice-weekly task of learning and executing the plays of Tennessee’s upcoming opponents during practice throughout the season.

Team academic advisor Kelly Brock closed out the awards portion of the banquet by handing out a pair of academic honors. The Highest GPA Award went to psychology major Hubert, and the Best Academic Effort Award was given jointly to Hopson and Negedu.

Brock also recognized former Vol point guard Tony Harris (1998-2001), who was not present Thursday but did return to UT after his professional basketball career to earn his degree last December and was recently awarded a prestigious Chancellor’s “Most Improved” Honor from the university.

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Major_Magilicutty writes:

Glad to see Tony Harris got his degree. First I heard of that.

Congrats Vols! Let's do some damage next year!

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to biggestutfan:

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funny.

i hear it tastes like chicken.

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

Since it's a slow news day I figured we could take the University of Alabama admittance exam. Page 1

Name: _____________________________
Nickname: _________________________
CB Handle: ________________________
Address: (RFD #): _________________

Daddy (If unknown, list 3 suspects): ________________
Mamma: ______________________
Neck Shade: __Light Red __Medium Red __Dark Red
Number of teeth exposed in full grin: Upper:___ Lower:___

Name of pickup owned: ____________ Height of truck: ______
Truck equipped with:
__Gun Rack __4-Wheel Drive __Big Dog
__Cassette Deck __8-Track Tape __Load of Wood
__Hijacker Shocks __Radar Detector __Mag Wheels
__Dual CB Antennas __Spittoon (this category includes old
Red White and Blue beer cans)
__Camper Top __Air Horns __Mud Flaps
__Toothpick Holder __Mud-Grip Tires __Raccoon Hide
__Sheepskin Seat Covers
Number of empty beer cans in pickup bed: ____
Depth of permanent mud on sides of pickup: ____
Bumper stickers on truck:
__"Eat more Possum"
__"My other car is a piece of junk, too"
__"Honk if you love Jesus"
__"If you ain't a cowboy, you ain't nothin'"
__"Jesse Helms for President"
__"Redman Chewing Tobacco"
__"The day they take my gun away is the day they pry it from
my cold dead fingers"

Define the following (must be 90% correct):
1. Grits
2. Goobers (either the nut or the TV character)
3. Pintos (either the bean or the car)
4. Collards
5. Sidemeat
6. Sawmill Gravy
7. Turnip Salad
8. Redeye Gravy
9. Soppin' Syrup
10. Poke
11. Cobbler
12. Fatback
13. Tote
14. Chickin' Fry
15. Chitlins
16. Tater
17. Pig Skins
18. Cheetah (either the animal or the Alabama football program)
19. Okrie
20. "Shonuf"

Favorite Vocalist:
__Reba __Dolly __Conway __Loretta __Porter __Hank, Sr.
__Hank, Jr. __Willie Nelson __Ray Wylie Hubbard __Randy Travis
__Tammy Wynette __Slim Whitman __George Jones __Box Car Willie

Favorite Recreation:
__Square Dancin ' __Possum Huntin' __Skinny Dippin'
__Craw Daddin' __Gospel Singin' __4-Wheelin'
__Drankin' __Spittin' Backy __Bull Chip Throwin'
__Honky Tonkin' __Noodlin' __Otherin'

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

Page 2
Name of Son(s)
__Jim Bob __Billy Bob __Bob Bob __LeeRoy __J.D. __Bubba
Name of Daughter(s):
__Pammy Sue __Violet __Paulette __Dolly __Daisy __Bubba

Weapons Owned:
__Deer Rifle __Sawed-off Shotgun __Varmint Rifle
__Tire Iron __Chain Saw __Motorcycle Chain
__Pick Handle __Hick'ry Switch __Rotwieler
__Broken Beer Bottle (long neck)

Number of Dogs: ___
Type of Dog(s): __Blue Tick __Beagle __Black & Tan __Bird Dawg

Cap Emblem:
__John Deere __McCulloch Chain Saws __Bud
__VA-Tech __Skoal __Coors
__NAPA __Dale Earnhardt #3 __Richard Petty #43
__Hooters Restaurants - "More than a mouthful"
__"Smile if you're not wearin' underwear"
__"Keep the South beautiful -- Put a Yankee on a bus"

Number of Dependents: Legal:____ Claimed:____

Number of weeks unemployed:____ (if you can't count that high,
use number of years)

Number of Welfare checks received:____

Memberships:
__NRA __Moose __PTL Club __700 Club
__AAA __AA __Bass __Bill Dance Fan Club
__John Birch Society __any militia group

Length of: Right Leg:____ Left Leg:____

Does your truck contain some part painted the official alumni
association color of primer red? __Yes __No (Check only one)

How many vehicles do you have up on blocks in your front yard? ___

How many kitchen appliances do you have (or are you willing to have)
on your front porch? ___

Do you ever plan to install indoor plumbing in your house (or do you
see this as an unnecessary luxury)? ___Yes ___No

Will you (or do you now) wear mostly double-knit polyester pants
with snags? ___Yes ___No

Do you own shoes? ___Yes ___No If yes, how many (odd number
OK)? ___

Are you married to any of the following:
___Sister ___Cousin ___Sow
What is her name (if known)? ________________ (You may write an "X",
if that's how she signs her name)
Does your wife weigh more than your pickup truck? ___Yes ___No

Can you sign your name and get the spelling right every time?
___Yes ___No ___Not Sure

Can you count past ten without removing your shoes (assuming you're
wearing shoes)? ___Yes ___No ___Ten is too high

Do you know any words that have more than four letters?
___Yes ___No If yes, list it:____________

Have you ever had more than one bath per week? ___Yes ___No
If yes, what was the occasion? _______________

Medical Information:
Do you have at least two of the following:
__B.O. __Head Lice __Rabies __Trench Mouth __Runny Nose
__Bad Breath __Teeth

Good Luck everyone!

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

I posted that on the Alabama basketball article but figured it was to funny to be hide away on some story no one cares about.
BTW. I believe Florida's admittance test is even easier but I haven't been able to find a copy of it yet.
Still looking!

old_number1 writes:

in response to The_Four_Horsemen:

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Isn't that the truth! And I do look foward to next year. I think Smith will return. He will be the SEC player of the year, because he knows he needs to really turn it on to get the first round draft position. Chism will dominate on most occasions, and Hopson will become a superstar as he develops. U.T. bball is in great shape!

VAvolfanRON writes:

tony white!!!!

VAvolfanRON writes:

i remember micheal brooks being better.....of course they were over shadowed by dale ellis........but, brooks being a memphis boy....i thought he would've brought more recruits

jhayes0926#638474 writes:

Surprised at the "team before self" award going to Woolridge.

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

in response to gatorz4:

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Sorry Gatorz, here's Flroida's didn't mean to leave you out.

1.What language is spoken in France?

2.Give a dissertation on the ancient Babylonian Empire with particular reference to architecture, literature, law and social conditions - OR - give the first name of Pierre Trudeau.

3.Would you ask William Shakespeare to
a.build a bridge
b.sail the ocean
c.lead an army or
d.WRITE A PLAY

4.What religion is the Pope? (check only one)
a.Jewish
b.Catholic
c.Hindu
d.Polish
e.Agnostic

5.Metric conversion. How many feet is 0.0 meters?

6.What time is it when the big hand is on the 12 and the little hand is on the 5?

7.How many commandments was Moses given? (approximately)

8.What are people in America's far north called?
a.Westerners
b.Southerners
c.Northerners

9.Spell -- Bush, Carter and Clinton

10.Six kings of England have been called George, the last one being George the Sixth. Name the previous five.

11.Where does rain come from?
a.Macy's
b.a 7-11
c.Canada
d.the sky

12.Can you explain Einstein's Theory of Relativity?
a.yes
b.no

13.What are coat hangers used for?

14.The Star Spangled Banner is the
National Anthem for what country?

15.Explain Le Chateliers Principle of Dynamic Equilibrium - OR - spell your name in BLOCK LETTERS.

16.Where is the basement in a three story building located?

17.Which part of America produces the most oranges?
a.New York
b.Florida
c.Canada
d.Mexico

18.Advanced math. If you have three apples, how many apples do you have?

19.What does NBC (National Broadcasting Corp.) stand for?

20.The University of Florida tradition for efficiency began when (approximately)?
a.B.C.
b.A.D.
c.still waiting

*You must answer three or more questions correctly to qualify

VAvolfanRON writes:

BigOrangeCrazy..lol

yea, he's typ. fla fan...arrogant, jealous, lowlife...

he keeps trying to degrade UT for making the BIG tourney.....as his team loses in the Divisino 6 tourney...lol......

he keeps showing..( for 4 months now)..our second place trophey........as they got nothing....zilch...nada....

i fingernail is better than zilch......lol

VAvolfanRON writes:

BigOrange..he's gonna get one.....he'll Fla for each!!!

VAvolfanRON writes:

answer....sorry

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

in response to VAvolfanRON:

BigOrangeCrazy..lol

yea, he's typ. fla fan...arrogant, jealous, lowlife...

he keeps trying to degrade UT for making the BIG tourney.....as his team loses in the Divisino 6 tourney...lol......

he keeps showing..( for 4 months now)..our second place trophey........as they got nothing....zilch...nada....

i fingernail is better than zilch......lol

The saddest part is that he/she/it would probadly answer everyone one of those questions... "Tim Tebow, no Urban Meyer, no Tim Tebow! Ugh, d*mnit they're just to hard!"

VAvolfanRON writes:

BOC......lmao....you are right...

KNS....keep up the lack of football news.....the gators will eventually get bored..lol...good job...

ask them to pick a good bottle of wine down there in the cellar

VAvolfanRON writes:

dang it...i was reading the VolNation board and they were rumoring that Heaps was gonna commit to us.....

ok..ok...my natural viagra wore off.......i was just waiting

BigOrangeCrazy writes:

I hope we get Heaps and /or Scroggins. But Hendrix may be our best shot. He looks as good as the other 2.

http://tennessee.scout.com/2/858681.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCq8tz...

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

Q. What do you get if you drive slowly through Gainesville?

A. A degree from UF...

Vol_Jokes writes:

"Vols honor season best at annual banquet"

This should be a very short banquet

volhallathunder writes:

in response to BigOrangeCrazy:

I hope we get Heaps and /or Scroggins. But Hendrix may be our best shot. He looks as good as the other 2.

http://tennessee.scout.com/2/858681.html
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCq8tz...

Scroggins has major family ties in TN. Supposed to do an unofficial visit in July. I like his upside better than Heaps and ultimately think that Heaps stays out West.

NobodyCares (Inactive) writes:

in response to gatorz4:

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What part of K'town do you normally drive through?

If you follow good personal hygiene practices you shouldn't have to worry about fleas ... unless you sleep with dogs. Just a thought...

volhallathunder writes:

in response to NobodyCares:

What part of K'town do you normally drive through?

If you follow good personal hygiene practices you shouldn't have to worry about fleas ... unless you sleep with dogs. Just a thought...

Fleas is gatorzz code word for STD spent a little too much time near Cherry St with a tranny.

Alwaysavol writes:

More than 50 games on national television? In the last four years? That can't be right. Maybe if they include Raycom as national television (which it isn't), but I'm not sure even that would make 50. Somebody better do a recount.

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