Bob Weltlich To Be Honored As SEC Hoops Legend

March 3, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Former Ole Miss head coach Bob Weltlich is one of 12 former greats from Southeastern Conference member institutions that will be honored as SEC Basketball Legends at the 2011 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament March 10-13 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

"The SEC Basketball Legends Program allows us to honor our past and show everyone why the SEC is one of the nation's premier basketball conferences," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.

During Weltlich's six years at the helm of the Ole Miss program, the Rebels earned the school's only SEC Tournament Championship as well as their first NCAA Tournament bid and first two NIT appearances. The 1981 SEC Tournament title was the first conference basketball tournament crown for Ole Miss since winning the 1928 Southern Conference Championship.

Weltlich, who was the consensus SEC Coach of the Year in 1980, guided Ole Miss to 83 victories during his six seasons, which represented the third-most career coaching wins in school history at the time, behind Country Graham and Cob Jarvis. Weltlich won 300 games during his 22-year head coaching career (Ole Miss, Texas, Florida International, South Alabama) as he took four different teams to postseason tournaments and was chosen Coach of the Year in four different leagues.

The rest of the 2011 class includes Robert Horry, Alabama; George Kok, Arkansas; Jimmy Fibbe, Auburn; Craig Brown, Florida; Walter Daniels, Georgia; Kevin Grevey, Kentucky; Howard Carter, LSU; Darryl Wilson, Mississippi State; BJ McKie, South Carolina; Jimmy England, Tennessee and Jeff Turner, Vanderbilt.

Each SEC Basketball Legend will be recognized at halftime of his institution's first game at the tournament.

Highlighting the schedule of events at the Sunkist Soda SEC FanFare will be appearances by selected legends. FanFare will be open Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12.

This marks the 13th year of the SEC Basketball Legends program.

 

 

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