NASHVILLE -- Former LSU Athletic Director Joe Dean will join 11 other former greats in the 2001 class of the Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legends to be honored at the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament, March 8-11, at the Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Each Chick-fil-A SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament. The legends will also be honored as a group during pregame festivities before the first semifinal on Saturday.
Highlighting the schedule of events at the Dr. Pepper SEC Fan Fare will be appearances by the legends on the Press Box Stage. Complimentary posters of the legends will be available in the autograph area near the press box stage.
Dean played guard for the Tigers from 1949-52, three-time earning All-SEC honors. He was an honorable mention All-American in 1952, played in the College All-Star game the same year and later was an alternate on the 1956 United States Olympic Team. He is a member of the LSU Athletic Hall of Fame, the Indiana Hall of Fame, the National Association of Basketball Coaches Silver Anniversary team and recently was elected for the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame.
For almost 20 years, he was nationally known as the color analyst for SEC basketball on NBC, TBS, ESPN, TVS and Jefferson Pilot telecasts of the league. His "String Music" line became an SEC trademark catch phrase. He has recently retired after 14 years as the Athletic Director of his alma mater.
This is the third year of the event at the tournament with Bob Pettit and Durand "Rudy" Macklin representing LSU in the previous years.
Joining Dean in the class of 2001 are T. R. Dunn, Alabama; Joe Kleine, Arkansas; Sonny Smith, Auburn; Andy Owens, Florida; Zippy Morocco, Georgia; Wallace "Wah Wah" Jones, Kentucky; Denver Brackeen, Ole Miss; W. D. "Red" Stroud, Mississippi State; John Roche, South Carolina; Ernie Grunfeld, Tennessee; and, Charles Davis, Vanderbilt.