Cowher here for coaches clinic

Former Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Bill Cowher headlines the annual University of Tennessee Football Coaches Clinic, which isscheduled this year for March 23-24 at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center.

Cowher, who Thursday accepted an analyst's role for CBS "The NFL Today" Sunday studio show, resigned as the Steelers' coach last month after 15 seasons. He led Pittsburgh to victory a year ago in Super Bowl XL and compiled a 161-99-1 record during his coaching tenure. In addition, Cowher made six trips to the AFC Championship Game and 10 playoff appearances with the Steelers.

"Coach Cowher leaves in Pittsburgh a tremendous legacy of winning the right way," UT head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "His hard-nosed teams won more games during his 15 seasons as the head coach than any other team in the NFL during that time.

"We are excited that he has agreed to come share some knowledge and stories of his experiences in his years of coaching."

Cowher is scheduled to kick off this year's event with a lecture the morning of March 23. Other featured speakers are Tennessee coordinators John Chavis and David Cutcliffe, along with individual chalk talk sessions with the UT football staff.

For more information, call (865) 974-1247.

FRESHMAN POPE UNDERGOES FOOT SURGERY

Tennessee freshman offensive lineman Cody Pope will miss his first chance at spring football practice after undergoing successful foot surgery Friday at UT Medical Center.

Head athletic trainer Jason McVeigh reports that Pope, one of five mid-term enrollees for the Vols, was released Friday afternoon and is doing well. McVeigh expects the San Diego native to make a full return by fall preseason camp.

Drs. Greg Mathien and Russell Betcher of Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic performed Friday's surgery.

GERRY DICKEY LEAVING VOLS FOR OKLAHOMA

Gerry Dickey, Tennessee's assistant athletics director for football operations, announced this week that he has accepted the position of regional accounts manager with Action Sports Media in Oklahoma City.

Dickey's last day at UT is Feb. 28 before he begins management of media rights for the Oklahoma State University athletics department.

A Haven, Kan., native and Wichita State University graduate, Dickey was in his second stint on the Vols' staff and a current employee since August 2003. Prior to returning to Knoxville 31/2 years ago, Dickey served in the same capacity at Mississippi for then Ole Miss head coach David Cutcliffe beginning in February 2001.

Before accepting the Ole Miss position, Dickey served several posts for the Vols. He began as a graduate assistant in 1993 before advancing to coordinator of academic programs and associate director of student life.

Dickey's responsibilities at Tennessee included oversight of the football program's administrative duties and management of team compliance issues along with the athletics department compliance office. In addition, he directed all postseason planning and preparations, approved scholarships and distribution of funds and supervised and implemented strategic planning with head coach Phillip Fulmer and staff.

Dickey is married to the former Shelley Warner of Haven, Kan. They are the parents of a daughter, Kyndal, and three boys, Caleb, Caden and Cody

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