Bud Ford, John Painter honored by SID peers

Bud Ford, who publicized University of Tennessee sports for 45 years, has been honored again by his professional peers.

Ford, who retired from UT at the end of 2011, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from CoSIDA at the group's convention Tuesday in St. Louis. CoSIDA is the organization of college sports information directors.

Ford was inducted into the CoSIDA Hall of Fame in 2001 and received the group's Arch Ward honor in 2006.

"Bud Ford loves Tennessee with a passion that shows through in the way he does his job,'' said former UT football coach Phillip Fulmer.

Added former coach Johnny Majors, "Bud Ford is one of the most valuable people to an athletics department I have ever known.''

Ford is seeking a settlement of $40,000 from UT, saying a one-year agreement to serve as historian was not honored.

Painter Awards: John Painter won CoSIDA writing awards in three of five categories among District 4 entrants.

Painter won for general feature, event coverage and coach/administrator feature.

Painter lost his job in a recent UT staff reduction.

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Comments » 10

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

Both need some kind of award, since UT's not handing out any to either one of them.

nashvol writes:

No further comments are needed.

The fact that Bud's peers hold him in such high regard says it all.

Classof72 writes:

Is Dave Hart the Lane Kiffin of ADs?

bmgvirgo#210233 writes:

Painter wins 3 of 5 awards nationally, but isn't good enough for UT...........Does this make sense???????????????????????

FWBVol writes:

John Painter should have been promoted to head SID guy when Bud announced his retirement. He's a UT guy who spent most of his career at Tennessee. It seems as if loyalty doesn't mean much any more.

underthehill writes:

in response to Classof72:

Is Dave Hart the Lane Kiffin of ADs?

Those who hired him are responsible.

BambooBoy writes:

Witchy said it best when he called Ford a loser!! Both Ford and Painter are traitors to the Vol Nation!! Dave Hart is our Big Orange Jesus - bow down and worship!

VolGrad writes:

Something peculiar about all this, and I probably don't even want to know the full story of it. But you've got two guys who aren't exactly the best of friends in agreement regarding Bud Ford. And I'm also wondering exactly what do you have to do to receive these awards.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled broadcast...

rubbervol writes:

Bud Ford dis an awesome job for UT

rubbervol writes:

in response to rubbervol:

Bud Ford dis an awesome job for UT

Make that always did.

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