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A big day for birthdays in terms of greats at Tennessee. Celebrating on Jan. 24, is legendary quarterback and baseball star Condredge Holloway who still serves as an Assistant Athletic Director in the department.
Also celebrating on Jan. 24 is Parys Haralson of the Super Bowl-bound San Francisco 49ers. Haralson was drafted out of Tennessee in 2006 after a standout career with the Vols.
Vols tennis star John-Patrick Smith, who was named the 2011 SEC Athlete of the Year also turns 24 on Jan. 24.
On Jan. 21, former Vols baseball star and longtime major leaguer Mike Smithson celebrates his birthday. Smithson pitched eight years in the majors with the Rangers, Twins and Red Sox. In 2009 he was named to Tennessee's All-Century Team.
Former Vol and current San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley will be honored during the first quarter of Saturday's men's basketball game against Mississippi State which starts at 4 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Headley is coming off a breakout season in which he finished fifth in the National League MVP voting and earned both the National League Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for third basemen.
The Fountain, Colo., native established himself as one of the top all-around players in the National League this season, finishing with a .286 batting average, 31 home runs and 115 RBIs, which led the Senior Circuit. Headley also reached safely in 146 games this season, which tied for the sixth-most for any NL player since 1962, and was tabbed the NL Player of the Month in both August and September.
Headley played at Tennessee from 2004-05, helping lead the Vols to the College World Series in his final year at Rocky Top. At UT, he hit .357 with 16 home runs and 88 RBIs in 110 career games. As a junior, he earned third-team All-America honors after winning the SEC batting title by hitting .387. He also led the league in walks (63), runs scored (82) and on-base percentage (.530). His work in the classroom did not go unnoticed either as he became just the fifth Tennessee baseball player to earn first-team Academic All-America accolades.
The longest tenured coach in Tennessee baseball history, Bill Wright was featured in this week's edition of The Knoxville Focus.
Wright, who passed away last April, recorded 408 wins in his 19 seasons at the helm of the Volunteer program from 1963-1981.
Tennessee head baseball coach Dave Serrano will appear on the "Andy and Alison Show" on WIVK FM 107.7 during the eight o'clock hour on Monday morning to promote the upcoming 2013 Leadoff Banquet with George Brett and Chris Burke and the start of the 2013 season next month.
Vol fans can listen online at WIVK.com.
To purchase tickets to the 2013 Leadoff Banquet, visit UTTix.com/baseballbanquet.