Knoxville News Sentinel sports columist John Adams and Jimmy Hyams, sports director of WNML radio, will serve as celebrity head coaches for Saturday’s Orange and White game in Neyland Stadium, Tennessee football coach Derek Dooley said through a UT press release Sunday.
Adams has been a sports columnist at KNS for 23 years. He has earned this state’s “Best Sports Columnist” award each of the last nine years and has been covering SEC sports for the past 35 years.
Hyams is co-host of “Sports Talk” on WNML. He has covered UT sports since 1985, coming to Knoxville first as a sportswriter for the News Sentinel before moving to radio in 1998. Hyams also is a two-time Tennessee sportswriter and sportscaster of the year.
“There are many who believe John and Jimmy possess two of the top football minds in East Tennessee,” Dooley said with a smile. “I’m looking forward to watching how they can turn their knowledge into a winning result in Neyland Stadium.”
Dooley said a Wednesday night draft will determine rosters for the Orange and White teams. Seniors will be split 50-50 between the two squads and then take turns selecting teammates, coaches, support staff and administrators. Then on Thursday at Haslam Field, Adams and Hyams will meet their squads and help conduct the team’s final spring practice.
Kickoff for the Orange and White game is 2 p.m.