One of the South’s most notorious college football fans, Roy Adams (aka “TennStud”) has passed away.
A 1963 Tennessee graduate, Adams was a retired restaurant owner and real estate developer who parlayed his passion for college football — cultivated during his time in Knoxville as a student — into the legendary watch parties. His home contained more than 30 big-screen televisions, five television viewing rooms, multiple game rooms and a wet bar.
“Roy was loved by many, loathed by some,” said friend and fellow Vols fan Ryan Groves. “(He) loved college football and the Vols, and I’m sure he’ll be hosting watch parties this fall with all his old buddies in heaven.”
One man’s colorful is another man’s creepy, I guess. My only knowledge of Adams comes from what I read of his message board posts and, of course, his infamous role in the Logan Young mess. Strange guy.
“In the 1980s, when I was still practicing law, Roy had gotten caught up in an NCAA investigation,” Schledwitz said. “They were investigating him for providing illegal benefits to Tennessee football players. I wasn’t that good a lawyer, but I was good enough to know that the facts may not be on our side.
“I did a little research and, at the time, the regulations read that it was improper to give benefits to a kid at one school that were not offered to all other kids. So I put on a defense where I could prove that Roy provided benefits to athletes of all different schools. I had affidavits from kids from Ole Miss, Jackson State, Northwest Community College, Mississippi State and the University of Memphis. I had affidavits from everywhere. Roy helped student athletes throughout the Southeast. The NCAA closed the file.”
So that was Adams. Handing out money. Because what’s the point of wealth if you don’t spread it around?
“I bet there’s been at least 10 University of Memphis football players who lived at his house, or he bought cars for,” Schledwitz said. “Lord knows, they all got TVs.”
Not that there’s anything wrong with that.