Iconic Vols announcer Ward dead at 88

Iconic Tennessee broadcaster John Ward died in Knoxville on Wednesday as the result of a lengthy illness. He was 88.Ward earned the moniker the “Voice of the Vols” during his three decades of broadcasting for the school’s basketball and football teams.”It is with a heavy heart that we announce a great voice has gone silent,” the Vol Network said in a statement regarding Ward’s death.”… While it is a sad day for all Vol fans, we take great pride in the fact that John belonged to us. Only the Tennessee Volunteers could call John their own, and he was proud to be the ‘Voice of the Vols.’ He loved his alma mater, the fans, and the state of Tennessee. He remains the very heartbeat of the Vol Network.”