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Legendary football coach/best-selling author wows crowd with tales from his glowing career

Legendary football coach wows crowd with tales from glowing career

7 Dr. Robert Sloan, from left, Spencer Tillman, Lou Holtz, Vic Shealy and Bob McNair at the  Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
HBU president Robert Sloan, from left, Spencer Tillman, Lou Holtz, Vic Shealy and Bob McNair. Courtesy photo
15 Rachel and John Rosson at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
Rachel and John Rosson. Courtesy photo
19 Uzi Ozeri, from left, Stewart Morris and Kay Shoppa at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
Uzi Ozeri, from left, Stewart Morris and Kay Shoppa. Courtesy photo
3 Dr. Diane Williams and Stanley Williams at the  Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
Diane and Stanley Williams. Courtesy photo
14 Michael Collins, from left, Stewart Morris III and Stewart Morris Jr. at the  Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
Michael Collins, from left, Stewart Morris III and Stewart Morris Jr. Courtesy photo
12 Lisa and Jerry Simon at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
Lisa and Jerry Simon. Courtesy photo
17 Sherry and Jim Smith at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
Sherry and Jim Smith. Courtesy photo
1 Bryce Dunham, from left, Archie and Linda Dunham and Cary Dunham at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
Bryce Dunham, from left, Archie and Linda Dunham and Cary Dunham. Courtesy photo
10 Jaci and Jim Smith Jr. at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
Jaci and Jim Smith Jr. Courtesy photo
9 Hope Johnson, from left, Madeline Collier and Jean Johnson at the  Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
Hope Johnson, from left, Madeline Collier and Jean Johnson. Courtesy photo
4 Corbin Robertson, left, and Dr. Robert Sloan at the  Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
Corbin Robertson, left, and Robert Sloan. Courtesy photo
7 Dr. Robert Sloan, from left, Spencer Tillman, Lou Holtz, Vic Shealy and Bob McNair at the  Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
15 Rachel and John Rosson at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
19 Uzi Ozeri, from left, Stewart Morris and Kay Shoppa at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
3 Dr. Diane Williams and Stanley Williams at the  Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
14 Michael Collins, from left, Stewart Morris III and Stewart Morris Jr. at the  Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
12 Lisa and Jerry Simon at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
17 Sherry and Jim Smith at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
1 Bryce Dunham, from left, Archie and Linda Dunham and Cary Dunham at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
10 Jaci and Jim Smith Jr. at the Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
9 Hope Johnson, from left, Madeline Collier and Jean Johnson at the  Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014
4 Corbin Robertson, left, and Dr. Robert Sloan at the  Houston Baptist University Lou Holtz dinner November 2014

What: Houston Baptist University annual "Spirit of Excellence" dinner.

Where: The Hilton Post Oak.

The 411: In addition to honoring several outstanding Houstonian's, the dinner event featured legendary football coach and best-selling author Lou Holtz as guest speaker. The ESPN college football analyst entertained the gathering of nearly 500 with playful tales from his colorful career. The evening was chaired by Dr. Diane and Stanley Williams.

Receiving the Spirit of Excellence Awards, HBU's highest awards presented by president Robert Sloan, were Sharon and William Morris, Linda Davis and Bruce Williams and the Cullen Trust for Higher Education. They were recognized for their promotion of excellence and support of HBU’s vision for Christian higher education. Linda and Archie Dunham received the President's Award. As a surprise to honorary chairs Janice and Bob McNair, they were also presented with a President's Award.

Who: Emcee Spencer Tillman, Corbin Robertson, E. D. Hodo, Sharon Saunders, Sherry and Jim Smith, Jaci and Jim Smith Jr., Lisa and Jerry Simon, Stewart Morris, Rachel and John Rosson and Stephen and Star Smith.