KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The University of Tennessee dedicated two areas on Friday in honor of former Volunteer athletics director and head football coach, Doug Dickey. The Doug Dickey Hall of Fame Plaza, adjacent to the new residence hall being built on Lake Loudoun Boulevard, and the Doug Dickey Hall of Champions, located in the north hallway of the Neyland-Thompson Center were dedicated Friday afternoon in a ceremony hosted in the Ray & Lucy Hand Digital North Studio.
Upon completion of the new residence hall, this area will serve as the main entrance to the athletic facilities for all Tennessee student-athletes. The Hall of Fame Plaza will recognize all members of the Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame, including all current inductees to the Lady Vol Hall of Fame as well as future classes for the combined hall. The Hall of Champions will recognize the tradition of competitive excellence for all Tennessee sports and will detail NCAA and SEC championship teams, Olympians, All-Americans and championship moments.
"These areas symbolize our history of competitive excellence," said Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Dave Hart. "It is entirely appropriate to name them for one of the finest leaders in Tennessee athletics history."
This dedication is coordinated in conjunction with the reunion of the 1965 Tennessee Volunteer team on its 50th anniversary. The 1965 Vols were led by 2nd-year head coach Doug Dickey. Prominently featured in the Doug Dickey Hall of Champions will be a memorial plaque honoring Assistant Coaches Bob Jones, Bill Majors and Charlie Rash, who were tragically killed in a West Knoxville train accident two days after Tennessee tied eventual national champion Alabama, 7-7.