Hoops tailgate tour

The Tennessee Alumni Association invites Big Orange fans to join Vols head basketball coach Bruce Pearl Thursday night in Nashville for the first of several events associated with the 2006 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament. This year's tourney begins Thursday afternoon at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.

Thursday's reception at Bailey's Pub and Grille, 408 Broadway, begins at 5 p.m. Central time and lasts for 90 minutes. Cost is $15, with children under 10 tickets for $10.

Reservations can be made by calling the Alumni Association at (865) 974-3011 or by visiting www.tennessee.edu/alumni.

The fun continues throughout the weekend. Prior to each game (10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Central), the Alumni Association will host the Big Orange Tailgate Tour-Vols Edition at Bailey's Pub and Grille, located across the street from the arena. Admission is free.

The Big Orange Tailgate Tour-Vols Edition includes a full pep rally with the UT pep band, cheerleaders and Smokey in attendance. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Door prizes will be given away during the event.

For more information, contact Kris Phillips or Steve Catlett at the Tennessee Alumni Association (865) 974-3011. On-site contacts are Kerry Witcher (865) 604-5796, or Brian Hardy (252) 258-7315.

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