Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame formally welcomes newest enshrinees

Sunday, May 5, 2013 at 11:33pm

Frank Wycheck, Rick Byrd and Kelly Holcomb are among newest members of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame following their formal induction Saturday.

Eight athletes and coaches, two posthumous honorees and a lifetime achievement award winner were recognized at the banquet at the Renaissance Hotel.

The complete 2013 class:

• Frank Wycheck: The former Tennessee Titans tight end led the team in receiving five straight seasons, including the first four after it relocated from Houston (1997-2000). He was a three-time Pro Bowler and the fourth tight end in NFL history with more than 500 career receptions.

• Rick Byrd: Belmont’s men’s basketball coach ranks eighth among active NCAA Division I coaches with 637 career wins. He has guided the program’s transition from MAIA to NCAA Division I and five NCAA tournament appearances in the last seven years.

• Kelly Holcomb: A quarterback a Middle Tennessee State, he led the Blue Raiders to a 31-16 record, an Ohio Valley Conference championship and three NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances. He then spent 13 seasons in the NFL.

• Trey Teague: During his four years as an offensive lineman at the University of Tennessee, the Volunteers won 40 games and in 1997 led the nation in total offense. He was a part of the Denver Broncos’ 1998 championship team during a four-year NFL career.

• Dr. Chris Jones: The basketball player was Carson Newman’s first All-American in any sport and the school’s first to score more than 2,000 points in his career. A professional career followed and he later helped bring an NBA franchise to Atlanta. He also coached at Carsson Newman in the early 1980s.

• Penny Hardaway: He was the third overall choice in the 1993 NBA draft out of Memphis who was a four-time All-Star and a two-time All-NBA selection.

• Leonard Hamilton: He averaged 11.7 points per game, was named the most valuable player and the best defensive player at UT-Martin. He has been even more successful as a coach in a career that now covers more than 40 years. He currently is head coach at Florida State.

• Larry Seivers: He was a two-time All-American receiver at the University of Tennessee, where he was the program’s first player with more than 800 receiving yards in a season.

Posthumous inductees
• Bob Bell: His broadcasting career began when he was 19 years old and lasted more than 50 years. Along the way he was a play-by-play host for UT football, a groundbreaking Nashville sports talk radio host and a Middle Tennessee sportscaster.

• Ermal Allen: A Morristown native, he played four sports (most notably he was quarterback of the football team) at the University of Kentucky in the 1940s. Following a one-year stint in pro football, he returned to UK as an assistant coach under Bear Bryant and later became an NFL assistant under Tom Landry with the Dallas Cowboys.

Lifetime achievement
• John Ed Miller: He was captain of Vanderbilt’s first SEC champion basketball team (1965) following a standout career at Union City High School. His post-athletics career has included numerous charitable endeavors.


1 Comment on this post:

By: jonw on 5/6/13 at 12:34

Kelly Holcomb also graduated from Lincoln County High School in Fayetteville, Tennessee. He lettered in football as a quarterback, baseball as a shortstop, and basketball and led his football team to the 1990 Tennessee State Championship.