October 28, 2008

ISLANDER HOOPS TO HOST TIP-OFF LUNCHEON, SMITH TO SPEAK

Legendary college basketball coach Sonny Smith will be the guest speaker at this year's Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Men's and Women's Basketball Tip-off Luncheon to be held Tuesday Nov. 11 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach.

Smith spent 22 seasons as a head coach on the collegiate level with stops at East Tennessee State University and Auburn before concluding his career at Virginia Commonwealth. He was a 2007 inductee in to the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and in 22 seasons amassed 339 career wins.

Smith is best known for his tenure with the Auburn Tigers as he guided the team to its first Southeastern Conference Championship in 1985. He coached NBA Hall of Fame player Charles Barkley while with the Tigers along with other stars including Chuck Person and Chris Morris.

Since retiring he has co-hosted a radio and tv show with his friend and former rival from Alabama Wimp Sanderson.

Tables for the event will cost $200 for a table of eight including two Islander athletes. Individual tickets are $25. Please RSVP by Nov. 7. For more information on the luncheon, contact Arthur Haas at 825-3237.