Troy University fans and friends gathered in March to honor Trojans football coach Larry Blakeney for his 20 years of service.
The highlight of the evening came when Allen Owen, a member of the Troy University Board of Trustees, read a proclamation renaming the playing surface at Veterans Memorial Stadium as Larry Blakeney Field.
“No one said gotcha, but they got me,” Blakeney said of the honor. “This is a celebration of Troy University, this is not about me.”
Blakeney was roasted by friends David Housel, Bob Butterworth and Pat Sullivan, as well as former Troy player Lawrence Tynes on behalf of more than 20 former players in attendance who went on to have careers in the National Football League.
“Mr. College Football,” Tony Barnhart, served as the master of ceremonies for the night.
Blakeney closed the night talking about how far Troy University has come in the last 20 years, and also about how far it still has to go.
“We have done some great things over the last 20 years, but there have been great things going on at Troy University for a lot longer than that,” Blakeney said. “There are members of the 1968 national championship team here tonight, as well as guys from the 1984 and 1987 title teams.
“People are always talking to me about busting the BCS. I'd love to be able to bust the BCS, but I don’t know if we can do that in Davis Fieldhouse. I don’t know if we can bust the BCS without adding seats to the stadium and a building in that north end zone.
“If you want to be the best we can be, we have got to have that building in the north end zone. We need all of you to help get that done.”