Public invited as Golden Eagles holds annual awards dinner Jan. 30

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech football team will gather Sunday afternoon, Jan. 30, for coach Watson Brown to present the team's annual awards, and the public is invited to attend the 5 p.m. Awards Dinner in the Roaden University Center. The cost of the dinner is $16 per person.

Brown will announce the winners of the Robert Hill Johnson Award, and several additional honors for the 2010 Golden Eagles including the Sonny Allen Leadership Award, the Unsung Hero Award, and the Tech Pride Award. A few new awards will also be presented, including Offensive and Defensive MVP honors, plus the top Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards. The Headliner Award will also be announced.

The Golden Eagles, who played early games against Rose Bowl winner TCU and Sugar Bowl participant Arkansas, finished 2010 with a 5-6 overall record. Tech faced two Top 10 BCS teams as well as two Top 10 FCS squads (Jacksonville State and Southeast Missouri) during the year, and had to battle a rash of injuries late in the year that sidelined as many as nine starters for the final four weeks.

Still, Tech rebounded on the final day of the regular season with a fourth quarter rally to defeat No. 4 Jacksonville State, 35-24, in Tucker Stadium.

Fans wishing to attend the dinner can call the football office at (931) 372-3930 or the Athletics Ticket Office at (931) 372-3940.