Another honor for former Tennessee Vols quarterback Peyton Manning and the athletic budget lead our Volunteers news for Friday, June 29, 2018.
It’s the last Friday in June, and in the midst of the heat, the talk of football season is warming up. After all, the Tennessee Vols are less than three weeks away from SEC Media Days. So things are already getting exciting.
Today’s news on Rocky Top, though, to kick off the weekend, covers a few other things. A UT legend receives another honor, as does a UT administrator. We’ll acknowledge both along with a coaching hire and some financial news. Let’s start with the recognition of one guy.
Peyton Manning inducted into CoSIDA Hall of Fame – AcademicAllAmerica.com
Tennessee football legend Peyton Manning has been inducted into the coSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. Manning officially joined Thursday night at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C.
"Prior to his standout NFL career, as the quarterback at the University of Tennessee, Manning epitomized the term “student-athlete.” In addition to setting 43 records at the school, conference and national levels, he graduating with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Manning was an Academic All-America® and Academic All-SEC selection in 1996 and 1997."
Vols athletic revenue ranked 7th in SEC – Blake Toppmeyer, Knoxville News Sentinel
The Tennessee Vols have a Top 15 ranking in terms of operating revenue for their athletic department, but they are seventh in the SEC, according to data compiled by USA TODAY. This follows a January report that showed them operating on a $10.8 million surplus with over $145.6 million in revenue and nearly $135 million in expenses.
"Tennessee ranked fifth in the conference in ticket-sales revenue ($36.8 million). Among notable expenses, it spent the most of all SEC schools on fundraising, marketing and promotion ($7.4 million), while it ranked second in expenses dedicated to recruiting ($2.8 million) and facilities debt services/leases ($19.9 million)."
Joan Cronan receiving Corbett Award – UTSports
Former Tennessee Vols women’s athletic director Joan Cronan will receive the James J. Corbett Award Fridayat the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md., just outside of Washington, D.C. The award is the highest honor an administrator can achieve.
"The Corbett Award is presented annually to the collegiate administrator who “through the years has most typified Corbett’s devotion to intercollegiate athletics and worked unceasingly for its betterment.” Corbett, athletics director at Louisiana State University, was NACDA’s first president in 1965."
Brennan Webb named Tennessee golf coach – Wes Rucker, GoVols247
The Tennessee Vols men’s golf team named MTSU coach Brennan Webb as their new head coach Thursday. Webb signed a five-year deal worth $180,000 annually. He was born in Canada but came to America to play college golf with ETSU.
"After rising through the ranks as an assistant coach at USF, an assistant coach at Georgia Tech and then Tech’s associate head coach, Webb took the top job at MTSU and led the Blue Raiders to back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances and the 2018 Conference USA championship. He was named 2018 C-USA Coach of the Year for his efforts."