KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Professional bass angler and television host Bill Dance has reeled in his newest catch that will go perfect with his famous lucky Power T cap: An honorary doctorate from the University of Tennessee!
Dance is a lifelong UT fan and advocate, and for more than 50 years made his vintage orange and white UT baseball cap a trademark while fishing, competing and filming his tv series.
On Saturday, Bill was presented with the degree during one of the graduation ceremonies in Neyland Stadium.
In its history-- the university has only given 20 honorary degrees.
Dance said it's the second biggest catch of his life -- right after his wife, of course.
"I think in life, it's the things we do. It's a certain turn we make. It's a certain handshake we do. It's a certain thing we say. It's a certain person we meet that can change our whole direction in life," he said.
Dance said he doesn't necessarily believe his UT hat is a lucky charm, but ever since he received it in the mail from Doug Dickey, the Vol's former head coach and later athletic director, in the late 1960s -- he felt like he should stick with it since it became part of his identity.