Local Journalists Named Celebrity Head Coaches for Orange & White Game

April 11, 2010

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley announced Sunday that two longtime members of the Knoxville media, John Adams and Jimmy Hyams, have agreed to serve as celebrity head coaches for Saturday's Dish Network Orange and White Game.

Adams is in his 23rd year as a Knoxville News Sentinel sports columnist. He has earned this state's "Best Sports Columnist" award each of the last nine years and has been covering Southeastern Conference sports for the last 35 years.

Hyams is co-host of "Sports Talk" on WNML Radio, the "Sports Animal." 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 this year's Dish Network Orange and White Game is 2 p.m. Eastern time.





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