Messenger Sports Briefs for February 17

Messenger Sports Briefs for February 17

SEC barrier breaker
to speak at UTM

Perry Wallace, the first African-American varsity athlete in the Southeastern Conference, will speak at 1 p.m. on Feb. 24 in the Boling University Center’s Watkins Auditorium at UT Martin’s 11th annual Civil Rights Conference.
Wallace, a professor at the Washington College of Law, American University in Washington D.C., will present, “Integrating SEC Basketball.”
Perry won All-Metro, All-State and All-American honors at Pearl High School in Nashville.
After high school, he enrolled at Vanderbilt where he would become the first black varsity basketball player in the SEC.
As a senior, Perry was named to the All-SEC second team and became a member of the 1,000-point club.

OVC offering packs
of tournament tix

The Ohio Valley Conference is offering a special “family pack” of tickets to the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments through Feb. 25.
Fans can get four tickets to the men’s semifinal session (March 4) for just $60 (a $120 value) or four tickets to the women’s championship (March 5) for just $20 (a $60 value).
A single-session ticket for all men’s sessions retails for $30 while a single-session ticket for all women’s sessions is normally $15.
One can purchase a Family Pack by calling the OVC office at 615-371-1698.
Fans can also purchase an all-session ticket (14 games) to the OVC championship for the cost of $80.
The 2011 OVC Basket-ball Championship will be held March 2-5 at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville.

Titans add Rocker
to new sideline staff

NASHVILLE (AP) — New TennesseeTitans’ head football coach Mike Munchak has hired Tracy Rocker as the team’s new defensive line coach.
Rocker replaces Jim Washburn, who left to take over the defensive line of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The 17-year collegiate coaching veteran spent the last two seasons at Auburn, his alma mater, developing Lombardi Award winner and All-American defensive tackle Nick Fairley during the Tigers’ 2010 national championship season.
This will be Rocker’s first return to the NFL since playing for the Washington Redskins from 1989-90 and his two summers spent in the NFL’s Minority Internship Program.

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