Tennessee basketball will honor the memory of one of its great coaches on Dec. 13 when the Vols play host to Wichita State.
"A Tribute to Ray Mears Night" recognizes the coach and master promoter who energized the program from 1962-77.
Mears is UT's winningest men's basketball coach with a record of 278-112. His teams won the 1967 SEC title outright, tied for two other titles and finished no worse than second place in 11 of his 15 seasons.
He coached eight players who earned some form of first-team All-American mention, including Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld. Thirteen of Mears' players were first-team All-SEC picks.
"Ray Mears was such an admired and respected man and I think Tennessee fans view him as much more than a basketball coach,'' UT coach Cuonzo Martin said in a Tennessee press release.
"I want to ensure that we never overlook his contributions.''
UT is rolling back selected concession prices. Popcorn and 12-ounce drinks will cost $1 each. Some merchandise will reflect a 15-percent discount.
Mears came to UT from Wittenberg University in Ohio and by his second year had the Vols challenging in the SEC. He enjoyed intense rivalries with Kentucky's Adolph Rupp and Vanderbilt's Roy Skinner.
Mears was forced to retire after the 1976-77 season due to health issues. He later served as athletic director at UT Martin.
Mears passed away in 2007.