Birmingham, Ala. — Featuring former greats from all 12 Southeastern Conference member institutions, the 2012 Allstate® SEC Basketball Legends will be honored at the SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament March 8-11 at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La.
“The Allstate® SEC Basketball Legends Program allows us to honor our past and show everyone why the SEC is one of the nation’s premier basketball conferences,” said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.
The 2012 class includes Jack Kubiszyn, Alabama; Nolan Richardson, Arkansas; Chris Morris, Auburn; Mike Miller, Florida; Willie Anderson, Georgia; Adrian “Odie” Smith, Kentucky; Jack Waters, Ole Miss; Chuck Evans, Mississippi State; Henry Martin, South Carolina; Gene Tormohlen, Tennessee; Drew Maddux, Vanderbilt.
Each SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution’s first game at the tournament.
Highlighting the schedule of events at the Sunkist Soda SEC FanFare will be appearances by selected legends. FanFare will be open Thursday-Saturday, March 8-10.
This marks the 14th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.
Last year’s group included Robert Horry, Alabama; George Kok, Arkansas; Jimmy Fibbe, Auburn; Craig Brown, Florida; Walter Daniels, Georgia; Kevin Grevey, Kentucky; Howard Carter, LSU; Bob Weltlich, Ole Miss; Darryl Wilson, Mississippi State; BJ McKie, South Carolina; Jimmy England, Tennessee and Jeff Turner, Vanderbilt.
2012 Allstate® SEC Basketball Legends
ALABAMA – Jack Kubiszyn, Guard, 1956-58
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., Jack Kubiszyn was a Second-Team All-America at guard in 1958 when he earned First-Team All-SEC honors from the SEC Coaches and the Associated Press. Kubiszyn was a Second-Team All-SEC selection as a junior in 1957. He is one of a select group of Alabama basketball players to score more than 1,000 points in his career, ranking 32nd on the UA career scoring list with 1,224 points accrued in just three seasons of varsity play. A member of Alabama’s historic “Rocket 8” teams, he averaged 24.6 points per game in 1957 and 24.2 points per game in 1958. For his career, Kubiszyn averaged 18.3 points per game, scoring more than 40 points three times led by a 47-point effort against Mississippi College in 1957. The outstanding athlete for UA in 1958, he also was an outstanding baseball player that earned All-SEC honors three times and earned a spot on Alabama’s All-Century Baseball Team. He played six seasons of professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians.
ARKANSAS – Nolan Richardson, Head Coach, 1985-2002
In 17 years as the Razorback Head Basketball Coach, Richardson won a school record 389 games and compiled a .697 winning percentage. He led Arkansas to 13 NCAA Tournament appearances including six Sweet 16s (1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996), four Elite Eights (1990, 1991, 1994, 1995), three Final Fours (1990, 1994, 1995) a national runner-up finish (1995) and the 1994 National Championship. In 22 years as a head coach at the NCAA level, five at Tulsa and 17 at Arkansas, Richardson compiled an impressive 508-206 (.711) record. He remains to this day the only head coach to have won a National Junior College Championship, NIT Championship and NCAA Championship. Richardson was elected to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008, the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 1998 and the University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor in 1996.
AUBURN – Chris Morris, Forward, 1984-85; 1987-88
Two-time All-SEC selection (1987 and 1988) Chris Morris was a First-Team All-SEC pick in 1988 by the AP, UPI and SEC Coaches. He ranks seventh on Auburn’s all-time scoring chart with 1,717 career points (13.4 ppg) and sixth on the Tigers’ career rebounding list with 860 (6.7 rpg). Morris averaged 20.7 points and 9.8 rebounds as a senior in 1987-88 and left as Auburn’s all-time steals chart leader with 189. His 36 points in Auburn’s 90-86 victory over Bradley in the first round of the 1988 NCAA Tournament are a school record in NCAA Tournament games. Morris played in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Elite Eight in 1986 and the Sweet Sixteen in 1985. Following his collegiate career he was drafted fourth overall in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets and went on to play 12 NBA seasons for the Nets, Utah Jazz and Phoenix Suns.
FLORIDA – Mike Miller, Forward, 1998-2000
Florida’s leading scorer in both of his seasons with the Gators, Miller averaged 13.3 points per game over his career and helped Florida reach its first national championship game in 2000. He hit one of the most memorable shots in Gator history with a buzzer-beater to defeat Butler in overtime in the first round of the 2000 NCAA Tournament. A
unanimous selection to the Coaches All-SEC first team in 1999-2000, Miller was also named AP second-team All-SEC that season. He was a Coaches third-team All-SEC honoree and a member of the SEC All-Freshman team, as well as earning Sports Illustrated Freshman All-American honors in 1998-99.
GEORGIA – Willie Anderson, Guard, 1985-88
Willie Anderson arrived at Georgia in 1984 as a skinny, 6-foot-7 kid with no true position to play. Head coach Hugh Durham eventually tried him at point guard, where he blossomed into every opponent’s worst nightmare. Twice Anderson made the All-SEC first team (1987 and 1988) leading the 1987 team to an improbable NCAA Tournament berth. Despite hardly playing as a freshman, he finished his career with 1,350 points, which currently ranks 16th on Georgia’s list of all-time scorers. Anderson brought the international spotlight to Georgia when he made the 1988 U.S. Olympic basketball team. He later went on to score nearly 7,000 points during an NBA career that spanned 11 seasons.
KENTUCKY – Adrian “Odie” Smith, Guard, 1957, 1958
Adrian Smith became only the third junior college player to receive a scholarship to play at the University of Kentucky. After averaging 10.1 ppg in two years at UK, Smith joined the Army where he won gold medals for the U.S. in the 1959 Pan-American Games in Chicago and the 1960 Rome Olympics. Following his stint in the military, he returned home to play in the NBA for 10 years with the Cincinnati Royals and the San Francisco Warriors. He was MVP of the 1966 NBA All-Star Game held in Cincinnati, playing with and against players including Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Rick Barry to win the honors. He was recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 1960 gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic basketball team.
LSU – Kenny Higgs, Guard, 1975-78
A three-time All-SEC selection, Kenny Higgs was known early in his career at LSU as a great scorer but he finished it known as one of the best playmakers around. He is LSU’s all-time assist leader with 645 (6.1 per game) and he ranks 10th in school history with a scoring average of 17.9 points per game. His 1,896 career points rank seventh in school history and his 522 free throws made are second on the LSU charts. Following his playing days in Baton Rouge, Higgs was a third round pick of Cleveland Cavaliers in 1978 and he went on to play three seasons in NBA. In 2011 Higgs was elected to the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame.
OLE MISS – Jack Waters, Forward/Guard, 1959-61
A second-team All-America pick and three-time first-team All-SEC selection, Jack Waters scored 1,384 points in three years with the Ole Miss Rebels, while averaging 19.5 points, including 20.4 points his senior season. At the conclusion of his collegiate career, Waters ranked first in career scoring average and second in career points at Ole Miss. He set three Ole Miss sophomore scoring records with 446 points in 24 games, averaging 18.6 points and ranking third in the SEC in scoring that season. Inducted into the Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame in 1990, Waters was selected to the Ole Miss All-Century team in 2009. Waters, who played one season with the NBA Cincinnati Royals, enjoyed a 45-year coaching career, which saw him work at almost every level, including head coaching positions at Georgia State and Delta State.
MISSISSIPPI STATE – Chuck Evans, Guard, 1991-93
A honorable-mention All-American, Chuck Evans finished his Mississippi State career second in steals (165) and assists (454) despite playing just two years for the Bulldogs. He could also score, as evident of his 729 points. A two-time All-SEC pick who started all 85 games he played, he also recorded 14 double-doubles, including 10 his senior season. In addition, 19 times he dished out 10 or more assists in a single game. In 1992, he set the MSU single-season standard with 83 steals.
SOUTH CAROLINA – Henry Martin, Forward, 1943; 1947-49
Henry Martin played basketball at Carolina during the 1943 season and again from 1947-49. He was the first Carolina basketball player to score 1,000 career points, finishing his career with 1,082 points, an average of 12.2 points per game. He scored at a clip of 16.0 points per game during his senior season. He capped off his career with a 32-point performance as the Gamecocks defeated archrival Clemson in 1949. Martin was inducted into the school’s Hall of Fame in 2008.
TENNESSEE – Gene Tormohlen, Center, 1956-59
Gene Tormohlen was a 1959 Converse first-team All-America performer and a two-time consensus first-team All-Southeastern Conference honoree. Considered Tennessee’s first accomplished big man, he holds virtually all Tennessee’s career (1,113 rebounds; 16.9 rpg) and single-season (384 rebounds in 1957-58; 17.7 rpg in 1958-59) rebounding records. Tormohlen led UT in scoring two seasons and finished his Big Orange career with 1,020 points. He was drafted by Syracuse in the second round of the 1959 NBA Draft. After playing nine season professionally, he spent 12 seasons as an assistant coach in the NBA and was an NBA scout for several years after that (most recently for the Los Angeles Lakers). A native of Holland, Ind., Tormohlen is a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
VANDERBILT – Drew Maddux, Guard, 1995-98
Drew Maddux was a third generation Commodore basketball player who finished his outstanding career ranked among the school’s all-time leading scorers. He still ranks seventh among the all-time Vanderbilt scorers with 1,689 points. Drew was a first-team all-SEC guard in 1998, the same year he earned SEC all-academic honors. Maddux also ranks among the school’s Top 10 in assists, three-point field goals and field goal percentage. He is now a highly successful high school coach in the Nashville area.
With National Signing Day squarely in the rearview mirror for Derek Dooley and the rest of the Tennessee football coaching staff, many Vols fans probably assumed we wouldn’t hear much out of Rocky Top for a few weeks.
Yet, despite spring practices being over a month away, Dooley and the Vols still managed to find themselves in another sticky situation.
Earlier this week, Tennessee announced a late change to its 2012 football schedule, sliding its season opener against N.C. State in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic in Atlanta from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31.
Wait. Isn’t that…?
Yep. A Friday night.
So now, instead of taking on just one opponent in the Georgia Dome, the Vols will be competing against two.
And high school football.
As you might expect, some high school coaches across the state are not happy with the decision.
Taking place during Week 2 of the TSSAA football season, it’s a fair assumption to make that attendance at prep games across the state will be reduced as Vols fans will be forced to make a choice between local high school games or the Big Orange.
Now, to be fair, Tennessee didn’t voluntarily switch into the Friday night game.
This was a decision made by the folks in charge of the Chick-fil-A Classic (Auburn-Clemson replaced UT-N.C. State as the marquee Saturday night matchup).
And while college football continues to become more commercialized (and the financial incentive to play games on “off nights” becomes greater), college coaches and administrators have to be very careful when it comes to alienating traditionalists.
But if you’re Derek Dooley, this is a no-win situation.
By playing the game on Friday, Dooley, who has been (rightly or wrongly) criticized by many for his in-state recruiting results, runs the risk of splintering precious relationships with high school coaches and potential recruits.
Even worse for Dooley? Friday’s game isn’t even being picked up by ESPN or ESPN2.
Instead, Vols fans that elect to skip a night of high school football will have to scramble through their cable listings to find the game on ESPNU.
From primetime Saturday night to a Friday night afterthought? Yikes.
Interestingly enough, the biggest winner in Tennessee’s announcement?
Fresh off what many are calling the best recruiting class in the history of Vanderbilt football, the second-year head coach will already have the national spotlight to himself when the 2012 season rolls around as the Commodores host South Carolina on Thursday, Aug. 30 in college football’s first primetime game.
So while Dooley and the Vols are playing a non-conference game on a second-tier channel while also competing against high school football, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion of where Franklin will be.
At one of the hundreds of high school games across the state, actively recruiting against the Vols.
The game against N.C. State was already a must-win for Dooley, who is squarely on the hot seat in 2012.
The announcement to directly compete against the state’s most popular high school sport certainly doesn’t help his cause.
Gary Mathews, James Corlew, and Don Jenkins were inducted into the Red Coat Society Saturday Night at halftime of the Austin Peay Governors vs. Youngstown State basketball game.
Clarksville, Tenn. – Three prominent Clarksville automobile dealers, who have been strong supporters of Austin Peay State University athletics for decades, were inducted into the Red Coat Society Saturday.
Don Jenkins, owner of Jenkins and Wynne Ford Lincoln Honda ; Gary Mathews, owner of Gary Mathews Automotive Group, and James Corlew, owner of James Corlew Chevrolet Cadillac, were recognized Saturday during halftime of Saturday’s Govs game against Youngstown State.
A reception was also held at 4 p.m., in the second level Governors Club Room where the trio was honored with a red coat.
Jenkins has been a car dealer in Clarksville since 1971, going to work for his father, the late Vernon Jenkins. He has provided invaluable support to APSU and APSU athletics as well as the Clarksville community since. He is past President of the APSU Foundation and was co-chair of Austin Peay’s “Changing Minds, Changing Lives” Capitol Campaign, which raised $39.5 million for APSU. He is a member of the APSU Presidential Circle of Advisors.
In addition to providing vehicles to coaches, Jenkins has aided many Austin Peay athletics department projects, including the recent refurbishment of the men’s basketball locker room.
His dealership also provides van travel for Austin Peay’s golf teams. He also has been a longtime sponsor for the Governors Golf Classic and Governors Bass Tournament, the athletic department’s longest-standing annual fundraising events.
A 1958 Austin Peay graduate in business administration, Corlew played baseball for Leon Sandifer from 1955-58 and his continued love for the school and its athletic program has existed since.
After graduation from Austin Peay and serving in the U.S. Army, he returned to Clarksville and became an office manager for a local car dealer for almost four years. He then launched his own dealership in 1966, which eventually resulted in him being a franchised auto dealer in five different cities.
He became heavily involved in supporting APSU athletics during the early 1970s, in particular during the Lake Kelly basketball-coaching era, and has remained involved, helping with financial support in the annual fund-raising events, in particular, the musical concert series. He also is a sponsor for the Governors Sports Network and has provided transportation for coaches over the years.
Corlew sponsors two APSU memorial scholarships. He also is member of the APSU Foundation Board of Trustees and the APSU Tower Club.
Mathews began his professional career in finance before returning to Clarksville to follow his dream to become involved in the automobile industry. It began with a pre-owned automobile business and now today he is President and CEO of the Gary Matthews Automotive Group that includes the dealerships for Volkswagen/KIA, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep as well as Nissan and Suzuki in Clarksville.
His love for Austin Peay athletics was fostered during the James “Fly” Williams Era in the mid-1970s, when he attended most home and away games. That interest has continued through today.
He became an active Governors Club member and has supported Austin Peay Athletics and the University through contributions, fundraisers and transportation for the athletics staff. He also was a strong supporter financially of Austin Peay athletics concert series as well as the Governors Golf Classic. He also is an athletics corporate sponsor as well as the Governors Sports Network. His granddaughter, Lauren Yarbrough, is a member of the Lady Govs basketball team.
In addition, Mathews funded a scholarship for the Biology Department and served as a member of the APSU Foundation Board of Trustees.
To be eligible for the Red Coat Society, individuals must be: a member in good standing of the Governors Club for at least five years; have supported the athletic programs at Austin Peay through financial contributions or participation in Governors Club fundraisers and other events; have supported more than one sport both at home and away whenever possible and recognized within the APSU community for their association with Austin Peay athletics.
The Red Coat Society serves as a Hall of Fame of service for the Governors Club, APSU’s Athletics booster club. This is the ninth year for the Red Coat Society.
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