Found out some interesting things over the past week, simply by asking questions.
The Athletics Hall of Fame will be announced sometime this fall. It had previously been announced in the Spring of 2016 to less than sterling reviews. We’ll see how it turns out this fall.
Looking forward to seeing who gets in and, conversely, who gets left off.
Gøt to get reacquainted with John Currie. Saw him at the Waffle House a week or so ago. It was good to touch base and wish him well as he starts his tenure on campus.
Still looking for some perspective about how Jimmy Cheek and Jim McIntyre might coexist in the College of Education. That will, of course, be a big story.
When Bill Anderson died, there were a couple of priceless anecdotes that didn’t make it into the KNS story.
In 1968 at Rice, Mr. Anderson was asked to do a microphone check just before kickoff and responded, perhaps instinctively, with something he had heard John Ward say at the end of each broadcast.
“Good night, Telco.”
Unfortunately, that was the signal for the telephone company to shut down the network.
It took a great deal of effort to get the network reassembled for the kickoff.
One year at Kentucky, Ward was setting the stage for the kickoff, discussing how Tennessee was massed at the northwest corner ready to come onto the field.
Suddenly, he said, “Bill?”
Mr. Anderson really didn’t know what to do, causing a brief silence on the broadcast.
Finally, Ward said, “Bill, what time is it?”
That caught Mr. Anderson’s attention.
“I didn’t know I could say that,” he said, then uttering those famous words, “It’s football time in Tennessee!”
RIP, Bill Anderson, a great Vol and a great man.
Sunday, May 7, 2017