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Motlow alum and former Buck begins "Books for Binns" project at Clayton-Glass Library

May 13, 2014

Motlow College alumnus Andy Baits has donated a pair of sports-related books to the Clayton-Glass Library and has joined with the Motlow College Foundation in creating the "Books for Binns" project.

Motlow College alumnus Andy Baits of Christiana presents Stuart Gaetjens, director of libraries at the college, with a pair of books to create the new "Books for Binns" project through the Motlow College Foundation. The project honors the late Binns Jordan, a pioneer in radio broadcasting at the college and a former employee at the college bookstore.
Baits, an outstanding member of the Bucks' basketball teams in 1983-84 and 84-85, holds multiple spots in the school's all-time record book. He chose to honor the late Binns Jordan for Jordan's contributions to the athletic history of the college.

Jordan was the first radio broadcaster of Motlow athletics when the school opened in 1969, and also worked at the college bookstore in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Jordan, who passed away in February, was a sports analyst and talk show host on WHMT, The Ticket sports radio in Tullahoma, for the past decade.

"I think it is important to recognize Binns as being the first to broadcast Motlow athletics," said Baits, who now lives in Christiana. "Furthermore, he was a pillar in the local sports community and was either broadcasting, umpiring, driving the bus, lining the field or keeping the stats at thousands of events. He is a Tullahoma sports legend.

"When I think of Binns, those things come to mind," Baits added. "More than anything though, he was very good to me; not only as a player but also as a friend. By getting this project underway in this manner, it not only keeps Binns' memory alive but also helps out the Motlow library."

The books Baits chose, Wooden: A Coach's Life by Seth Davis and The College Football Book from Sports Illustrated, will be specially marked to indicate the project and then put into circulation.

"The library is thrilled to receive these books in honor of Binns Jordan," said Stuart Gaetjens, director of libraries at the college. "We appreciate Andy taking the initiative to honor Binns in this way. Binns is a big part of the history of Motlow College sports so it's nice to have reminders of him in the library. The books will have a special bookplate in the front, so that each person who reads the books will be reminded of Binns."

Baits was a member of one of Motlow's best basketball teams. The 1983-84 squad finished with a 24-3 overall record and won the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association tournament championship, one of only three such titles in school history. The No. 3 national ranking achieved by that team during the season is still the highest ranking ever for a Motlow men's basketball team, and the 14 consecutive wins during that season is the second-longest winning streak in school history.

Baits ranks seventh on the school's career scoring list with 806 points, an average of 15.2 points per game. His 198 career assists is the ninth most in school history and he is tied for ninth on the all-time list with 11 assists in one game. His 148 assists and 5.3 assists per game during the 1984-85 season are both among the top ten for a single season.

He holds the top two positions in the school record book for free throws attempted and made in a game. On Feb. 9, 1985 he made 21-23 attempts, and on Nov. 12, 1984 he sank 17 of his 20 free throw attempts. Baits connected on 81.5 percent of his free throws during his career, placing him fifth all time in Motlow basketball history.

Others are welcome and encouraged to donate books to the library in honor of Jordan, and can designate "Books for Binns" on a gift to the Motlow College Foundation. To make a donation please contact Jan Rogers, director of advancement, at 931-393-1692 or jrogers@mscc.edu.