April 29, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A limited number of tickets remain for the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Banquet this Saturday where Vanderbilt Head Coach James Franklin will be honored at the 2013 Tennessean of the Year.
The Sports Hall of Fame event, which will also recognize the 2012 accomplishments of several Commodore sports personalities, will be held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, starts with a social hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m. CT. The banquet and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Any remaining tables for eight are $1,000. Individual tickets are $125 each. For information, call the Sports Hall of Fame staff at (615) 202-3996.
Besides Franklin’s recognition, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame will induct its three newest members at the banquet: country music singer and junior golf advocate Vince Gill, longtime Belmont University men’s basketball coach Rick Byrd and former University of Memphis hoops star Penny Hardaway.
The selection of Franklin, 41, as the Tennessean of the Year Award recipient was announced during halftime of Vanderbilt’s Black and Gold Spring Game on April 13. Franklin will become the first Vanderbilt head coach ever recognized for the prestigious award. The only other recipient with Vanderbilt ties is current U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, the former Tennessee governor who ran track as a Commodore undergraduate.
Last year, the state’s sports hall of fame recognized former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt as its Tennessean of the Year.
Franklin was honored after guiding the 2012 Commodores to a 9-4 campaign capped by a win over N.C. State in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl. The 2012 squad matched a school record for single-season victories that dates to 1915. The team also ended with a seven-game win streak, which ranks as the longest active streak in the SEC. In two years at Vanderbilt, Franklin has guided the Commodores to a 15-11 overall record and consecutive postseason bowl appearances for the first time in the team’s 122-year football history.
A pair of former Vanderbilt All-Americans – golfer Brandt Snedeker from Nashville and pitcher David Price from Murfreesboro – also will be recognized at the banquet in the Male Professional Athletes of the Year category.
In 2012, Price fell just shy of sweeping the American League Triple Crown for pitching. Price’s performance, which included starting in the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also earned him the AL Cy Young Award.
Snedeker captured the PGA Tour Fed Ex Cup by winning the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta. He also represented the United States for the first time in the prestigious Ryder Cup competition vs. a team of European players. He won twice during the year, and ended the season ranked among the Top Ten golfers in the world.