Gus Manning honored by Tennessee basketball during showdown vs. Alabama
Gus Manning was a legendary figure for Tennessee. Now, Vols basketball is honoring the longtime administrator during Wednesday’s game.
Ahead of tip-off against No. 1 Alabama, Tennessee left a vacant chair with manning’s name on it. That chair was accompanied by a bouquet of roses for the matchup against the Crimson Tide.
— Vol Network (@VolNetwork) February 15, 2023
Tennessee announced the passing of Charles A. “Gus” Manning on Monday at 99 years old. He spent close to 50 years in full-time service to Tennessee and kept an office at Thompson-Boling Arena until 2017.
“This is a tremendous loss,” longtime friend and former Tennessee football coach and administrator Phillip Fulmer said. “We’ve lost a major piece of Tennessee history. Gus Manning is an icon. His personality and humor made him a pleasure to be around. And his historical knowledge about all that makes Tennessee Athletics special was second-to-none. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”
Coverage of Wednesday’s top-10 showdown between No. 10 Tennessee and No. 1 Alabama can be seen on ESPN2.
Tennessee sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020. Tennessee was the first SEC state to legalize sports betting.