UT Renews Dickey Contract Through 2002

KNOXVILLE — University of Tennessee Athletic Director Doug Dickey-s contract has been renewed through June 30, 2002, UT President Dr. J. Wade Gilley announced Thursday.

The new contract keeps Dickey-s compensation at $166, 192, the same as under his current agreement, which was due to expire in June.

However, Gilley said compensation will be reviewed in the spring along with that of other UT personnel.

“Doug has fashioned an extraordinarily successful program at the University of Tennessee,” said Gilley. “He is an extremely effective administrator and has proven that in every way possible both on and off the field.

“The record of UT-s athletic teams speaks for itself, and Doug-s administrative skill has made the men-s athletic program one of the few truly self-supporting Division 1A programs in the nation.”

According to Gilley, the 67-year-old Dickey holds a prominent place in UT sports history. He served first as head football coach (1964-69) and has been athletic director since 1985.

As Tennessee-s coach, he compiled a 46-15-4 overall record. Dickey has been responsible for more than $100 million in facilities construction and renovation programs since becoming athletic director.

These projects have included completion of Thompson-Boling Assembly Center and Arena, and construction of Lindsey Nelson Stadium, Tom Black Track complex, and the soon-to-be-completed Student Life Center. He also has overseen three expansions of Neyland Stadium, including the current East Side skybox addition.

Throughout his career, Dickey has received numerous honors, including being named Tennessean of the Year by the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1999.

He received the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame-s John H. Toner award that recognizes superior administrative abilities, especially in the area of college football. Presented to Dickey in 1998, the award is the most prestigious honor specifically designated for an athletic director.