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Dillard, Wallace honored with Slive Award

Dec. 2, 2017

The Southeastern Conference honored Vanderbilt and league legends Godfrey Dillard and Perry Wallace on Friday in Atlanta with the league's Michael L. Slive Award.

Dillard and Wallace (represented by his nephew James) were honored throughout the day along with four football players from Kentucky who became the league's first four African-American football players - Nate Northington, Wilbur Hackett, Houston Hogg and the late Greg Page.

Wallace and Dillard competed as members of the Vanderbilt freshmen basketball team in the winter of 1966. The following year, Wallace became the SEC's first African-American varsity basketball player on Dec. 2, 1967 when he played in a game against SMU in Dallas, then made his conference debut two days later in a game against Auburn at Memorial Gymnasium.

During a team workout in late October, Dillard hurt his knee, causing him to miss his entire sophomore season.

Wallace is one of the most celebrated former student-athletes in Vanderbilt history. In 2008, he was selected as an inaugural member of the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame. He passed away on Friday at the age of 69.

For more information on the legacy Dillard and Wallace left at Vanderbilt, click here.

The Michael L. Slive Distinguished Service Award is presented on special occasions to former student-athletes, coaches, graduates or administrators of SEC institutions or the conference office who have maintained a lifetime of interest in college athletics and who, over a significant period of time, have exhibited superior leadership qualities and made a significant impact to the betterment of the mission of the Southeastern Conference. The six winners collectively embody the goal of this unique award.

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