KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Texas head coach Mack Brown, who was born and raised in Cookeville, Tenn., has been named the 2013 recipient of the Neyland Trophy, presented by the Knoxville Quarterback Club. The Neyland Trophy is awarded annually by the Knoxville Quarterback Club to an outstanding man who has contributed greatly to intercollegiate athletics.
First awarded in 1967, the Neyland Trophy is named in honor of Hall of Fame and legendary head coach Gen. Robert R. Neyland, who coached the Vols from 1926-52 and was UT athletics director until his death in 1962.
“It’s a huge honor for me,” said Brown, “Not only to be getting an award in his name, but also looking at all the great coaches like [Lindsey Nelson Broadcasting Award winner] Coach [Lee] Corso who will be there with us that have won this award before.”
"Having grown up in Middle Tennessee, the legend of General Neyland has been with me all of my life," Brown added. "From the time I was a little kid, I can remember my dad and granddad, who were both football coaches, talking about him. I came to respect not only what he meant to the game of college football and to our state of Tennessee, but also what his military service meant to America.
“I always dreamed of playing at a place like Tennessee or coaching at a place like Tennessee and Coach Neyland was always a huge part of that.”
The award presentation will take place Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m., at the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame brunch at The Foundry in Knoxville.
Brown will be honored on the field later that afternoon in pregame ceremonies before Tennessee's annual DISH Orange and White Game.
"I have always respected [Coach Neyland’s] patriotism,” said Brown, “and it is a true honor to be able to stand in the stadium named for him and receive an award that bears his name. When I look at the list of coaches who have gotten this award, I am both humbled and honored."