Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway Athletic Hall of Fame to Open at University of Memphis
The University of Memphis will usher in the new addition to the their sports department on August 30th with the grand opening of the Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway Athletic Hall of Fame. A former Tiger and NBA great, Hardaway will be on hand for the ribbon cutting that will happen in front of the facility.
As part of the new facility, Memphis set about gathering memorabilia from their 100-year sports history. Over 4,000 of some 6,200 letter winners will be included in an interactive photo database. Also, many of the 400 Memphis Hall of Fame members have memorabilia included in the facility, including former NFL players Bob Rush and Keith Wright. Other items include the jersey worn by former Memphis coach Larry Finch as a player in Memphis' losing effort against the Bill Walton-led UCLA Bruins in the 1973 NCAA Championship.
The Hall of Fame will feature other items significant to the program, such as a piece of the goal posts from the win against in-state rival Tennessee in 1996. At the time, Tennessee was ranked sixth in the nation with Peyton Manning at the helm. Also, the trophy from the football win at the Pasadena Bowl and the silver cup from the 1957 NIT will be on display.
Surprisingly absent from mention were two significant names in Memphis sports, Derrick Rose and DeAngelo Williams.