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Football Awards Dinner moved to Sunday, February 12

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee Tech football staff has called an audible, moving the team's annual Awards Dinner a few weeks. With All-America wide receiver Tim Benford playing Saturday in the East-West Shrine Game in Florida, he won't be able to attend when it was originally scheduled this Sunday.

So, coach Watson Brown has moved the event three weeks. The dinner, which is open to the public, will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 2 p.m. The event is an opportunity for Golden Eagle football fans to help celebrate the team's 2011 Ohio Valley Conference championship:

Brown will present the team's annual awards at the event which will be held in the Roaden University Center. The cost of the dinner is $16 per person.

In addition to a public recognition of the team's success, Brown will announce the winners of the Robert Hill Johnson Award and several additional honors for the 2011 Golden Eagles including the Sonny Allen Leadership Award, the Unsung Hero Award, the Tech Pride Award and MVP honors by position. Brown will also announce the 2011 permanent team captains.

The event will also feature a behind-the-scenes video showing some team highlights and activities that have not been previously seen by the public.

The Golden Eagles finished one of the most successful year's in program history by capturing the school's 10th OVC championship, appearing in the FCS Playoffs for the first time, and placing in the Top 25 of all thre final FCS polls.

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