Tennessee fans don’t have to wait until Jason Witten and Peyton Manning come to East Tennessee at the end of the month for some Big Orange flavor.
Former Tennessee defensive back Charles Davis will be the guest speaker at a legends dinner on Friday in Knoxville, and UT basketball greats Dale Ellis and Reggie Johnson are coming to Greeneville next week to do a basketball camp for the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville and Greene County.
Davis, who played for Johnny Majors’ 1985 SEC and Sugar Bowl champs, is best known as a football broadcaster. He called the BCS national championship game three straight years for Fox, beginning in 2007.
Davis is speaking at a dinner to kick off the fourth annual Camp 76, which Science Hill Hall of Famer Phil Stuart helped organize to honor Harry Galbreath, his former UT teammate on the offensive line. Galbreath, who played nine years in the NFL, died from heart trouble at the age of 45 in 2010.
Camp 76 raises money for scholarships in his name. Stuart said the free football camp — this year’s is scheduled for Saturday (8 a.m.-noon) at the Johnny Long Training Academy in Knoxville — has grown from 75 campers the first year to 400 this year.
Friday’s legends dinner will be from 6:30-9 p.m. at the Neyland Stadium West Club. Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Butch Jones and his staff, and former players such as Tony Robinson, Johnny Jones, Leonard Little, Anthony Hancock, Tim McGee, Antone Davis, Raleigh McKenzie, Bruce Wilkerson, Jeff Francis, Terry McDaniel and Reggie Cobb are among some 250 already scheduled to attend.
“Both of these events are like a homecoming for all the guys who played with Harry,” Stuart said. “This is something I know he would be very proud of. … He was a great friend, a teammate and a person many respected.”
Junior Toppers youth football coach Bart Lyon will be taking a group to Camp 76 for the third straight year. Lyon said any young players that would like to attend Saturday's camp can contact him (email@example.com) by 6 p.m. Wednesday. Campers will need $20 for food and lodging Friday night.
Lyon said seeing former Vols greats like McKenzie and Cobb and entertaining camp catalyst Sterling Henton is exciting for youngsters and adults.
"And Phil Stuart is the ultimate (host)," Lyon said. "He really takes care of the Johnson City kids."
Tickets for the dinner are $50 per person, and Stuart said tickets are still available. They can be purchased by phone (615-535-3140) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). He said last year’s event raised nearly $25,000.
Scholarships this year will go to a student from Knox West and a student from Clarksville, Galbreath’s alma mater.
Davis was born in Elizabethton, but moved to New York at the age of two. He was a three-sport standout at New Paltz High School, but chose to return to Tennessee, in part, because of his admiration for former Volunteers quarterback Condredge Holloway.
Davis made 59 tackles and forced two fumbles during the ’85 championship season, and made an interception in a 35-7 win against Miami in the 1986 Sugar Bowl.
Dale Ellis and Reggie Johnson will work the Big Orange Legends Basketball Camp on June 10-12 at the East View Recreation Center in Greeneville. Ellis was a two-time All-American for Don DeVoe at UT. One of his teammates was Science Hill graduate Gary Carter, who scored 1,199 points for the Vols. Ellis said Carter was one of the toughest teammates he ever had.
Ellis’ lengthy NBA career included a brief stint playing for Milligan College alum Del Harris.
The 6-foot-7 Ellis scored 2,065 points at Tennessee, which was actually less than the 6-foot-9 Johnson (2,103), who was a three-time All-SEC pick (1978-80).
Johnson played seven seasons in the NBA after the San Antonio Spurs drafted him 15th overall in 1980. Ellis, drafted No. 9 overall by Dallas in ’83, averaged 27.5 points per game during an All-Star season in 1988-89.
The Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County’s Scott Bullington said former UT assistant coach Mark Pancratz will run the camp. Pancratz ran camps for Bruce Pearl and Cuonzo Martin.
Morning and afternoon camps are limited to first 85 registrants. For more information or to register, contact Bullington or Bridget Jones (423-787-9322).
That same number can be used to register for next week’s annual Bob Kesling Boys & Girls Club Celebrity Golf Classic, too. Bullington said Ellis and Johnson will participate in the golf tournament, which is June 13 at Link Hills.
Others Bullington said are scheduled to play in the golf fundraiser include Johnny Darden, Anthony Hancock, Condredge Holloway, Dale Jones, Bobby Majors, Johnny Mills, Haskel Stanback, Tony White, Bobby Scott, Dave Hart and Dewey Warren.comments powered by Disqus