UT to honor '98 champs

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Tennessee Volunteers' 1998 National Football Championship and to celebrate the UT Athletics Department has announced a special reunion for the entire team planned for Oct. 24-25.

The weekend's festivities include a special gala titled "Perfection" for members of the 1998 Tennessee football team and UT fans at the Tennessee Theatre in downtown Knoxville on Friday, Oct. 24, followed by a team recognition during the game against Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 25.

UT announced the "Perfection" campaign, presented by Dish Network, this past spring while hosting several members of the '98 team during the Dish Network Orange and White Game. As part of the celebration honoring the 1998 Vols, the Vol Network will release a special commemorative edition 10th anniversary multi-disc DVD box set titled "Perfection." A special screening of the DVD will be shown at the Perfection gala event. The DVD will be available to the public in late October at participating JCPenney stores and online at www.volnetwork.tv.

"Tennessee football has a tradition of excellence," said Mike Hamilton, men's athletics director. "We're fortunate to have the opportunity to bring these guys back and pay tribute to everything they accomplished."

All football season, the Volunteers are paying tribute to the players who brought home Tennessee's first national championship in 31 years. Members of the team will be recognized as the Dish Network Legend of the Game before each home game.

"1998 was an unforgettable year," said head football coach Phillip Fulmer. "We're fortunate to have the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment of this team and all those who have worn orange before them."

Tickets to the Oct. 24 premiere event are $50 each and go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. To purchase tickets, please call the Tennessee Theatre box office at (865) 684-1200, Tickets Unlimited (865) 656-4444 or visit the Tennessee Theatre Web site at www.tennesseetheatre.com.

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