What a class act. I'm the same age as Rick, so, we share the same history and memories of the same players at Tennessee. When I was 16 years old and newly following Tennessee sports like a religion, I remember consuming every word in the Sunday edition of the Knoxville Journal about the previous day's game. Much of it written by his dad, Ben Byrd. Also a class act, and one of the best sports writers of all time.
Great article about a great person & coach. So many tributes: “Integrity. Class. Kind,” said country music star Vince Gill, a golfing buddy and passionate fan. “Pretty good words to describe Coach. About as good a friend as I’ve ever met.” He & another legendary Nashville coach, Don Meyer of David Lipscomb, were similar as their teams fought many epic games. Thanks, Mr. West, for another gem.