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The Day In #Vols History (Sept. 17)

The first win in Johnny Majors' career as head coach of the Vols came on Sept. 17, 1977 with a 24-18 win over Boston College at Neyland Stadium. In the game, the Vols forced eight turnovers by the Eagles (four interceptions and four fumbles). When the Vols forced Western Kentucky into seven turnovers a year ago in week two, the 1977 game was researched as the one with the most turnovers other than the 1984 game vs. Memphis with seven turnovers by the Tigers. 

SEPTEMBER 17 (1-4) 
1977 W, 24-18 BOSTON COLLEGE 
1988 L, 9-34 No. 9 LOUISIANA STATE 
1994 L, 0-31 No. 1 FLORIDA 
2005 L, 7-16 No. 6 Florida 
2011 L, 23-33 No. 16 Florida

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 15)

The Vols stand 4-2 all-time on Sept. 15 following 2012's 37-20 loss to No. 18 Florida. The game was historic as the jersey number 45 of Johnny Majors was retired prior to the game.

SEPTEMBER 15 (4-2)
1973 W, 21-17 DUKE
1979 W, 28-16 Boston College
1984 W, 27-21 UTAH
1990 W, 56-0 TEXAS EL PASO
2007 L, 20-59 No. 5 Florida
2012 L, 20-37 No. 18 FLORIDA

Happy Birthday - May 21: Dickie and Majors

On May 21, we send Happy Birthday wishes to freshman cross country runner Jeremy Dickie.

Also celebrating his birthday today is Vols legend and Hall of Famer Johnny Majors who was born on May 21, 1935.


Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (3/11/14)

As a freshman, Josh Dobbs started four games and completed 60 percent of his passes. (USATSI)
The Vols return to practice on Tuesday afternoon in full pads for the first time this spring. Get the latest on Butch Jones's squad in these stories:

- CBSSports.com: Tennessee's two-way star

Though the game is still two years away, promotions for the

This Day In #Vols History (Nov. 28)

The Vols have won their last six games played on Nov. 28, every game since 1970.

On Nov. 28, 1987, the Vols overcame the greatest deficit in school history to win a game, as Tennessee trailed Vanderbilt 28-3 in the second quarter and went on to win 38-36. "There were as many big plays in this game and as big a comeback as I can remember," head coach Johnny Majors said after his Vols rallied from a 25-point deficit.

The Vols fell behind, 28-3, midway through the second quarter and trailed until fullback William Howard's six-yard scoring run gave them a 32-28 lead with 9:45 left in the third quarter. The go-ahead touchdown was set up when Vanderbilt's Jeff Mayes fumbled a kickoff return and Tennessee's Chris Treece recovered.

On Nov. 28, 1998, the Vols pounded Vanderbilt, 41-0. Tee Martin threw for 241 yards including 181 to Peerless Price, including a 67-yard TD. Travis Henry and Travis Stephens also ran for touchdowns.

NOVEMBER 28 (8-5-2)
1901 T, 6-6 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1907 L, 0-5 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1912 L, 0-7 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1929 T, 6-6 Kentucky
1935 L, 0-27 Kentucky
1942 W, 19-7 Vanderbilt
1953 W, 33-6 VANDERBILT
1959 L, 0-14 VANDERBILT
1964 L, 0-7 Vanderbilt
1970 W, 24-6 Vanderbilt
1981 W, 38-34 VANDERBILT
1987 W, 38-36 VANDERBILT
1992 W, 29-25 Vanderbilt
1998 W, 41-0 Vanderbilt
2009 W, 30-24 Kentucky (OT)

This Day In #Vols History (Nov. 21)

Tennessee stands 8-5-1 on Nov. 21, winning the last four gams played on the date. 

On Nov. 21, 1992, Johnny Majors coached his last home game as head coach of the Vols, as Tennessee beat Kentucky, 34-13.

On Nov. 21, 1998, the Vols won their home finale on the way to the perfect National Championship season, Tennessee thumped Kentucky, 59-21. The Vols scored 32 points in a row as Tee Martin threw for 189 yards and a score to Cedrick Wilson.

NOVEMBER 21 (8-5-1)
1891 L, 0-24 University of the South (N) @ Chattanooga, Tenn.
1903 W, 11-0 GEORGIA TECH
1906 T, 0-0 Georgia
1908 W, 35-6 CHATTANOOGA
1942 W, 26-0 KENTUCKY
1953 L, 21-27 No. 13 Kentucky
1959 L, 0-20 Kentucky
1964 L, 7-12 KENTUCKY
1970 W, 45-0 KENTUCKY
1981 L, 10-21 Kentucky
1987 W, 24-22 Kentucky
1992 W, 34-13 KENTUCKY
1998 W, 59-21 KENTUCKY
2009 W, 31-16 VANDERBILT

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 16)

In 1982, the Vols handed Paul 'Bear' Bryant and No. 2 Alabama, a 35-28 defeat in Bryant's final game at Neyland Stadium. The game marked the Vols' first win against the Tide in 11 years. Quarterback Alan Cockrell threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns as he was named the SEC Player of the Week. Coach Johnny Majors was named the UPI National Coach of the Week.

OCTOBER 16 (6-4-1)
1909 L, 0-17 Kentucky State
1915 W, 80-0 CENTRE
1920 W, 35-0 Chattanooga
1948 W, 21-6 ALABAMA
1954 L, 0-27 ALABAMA
1965 T, 7-7 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1971 L, 15-32 No. 4 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1976 L, 13-20 No. 20 ALABAMA
1982 W, 35-28 No. 2 ALABAMA
1993 W, 17-17 No. 2 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala (Awarded to UT from NCAA - forfeit).
2004 W, 21-17 Mississippi

On Oct. 16, 1948, Tennessee picked up its 300th all-time victory with a 21-6 win over Alabama.

All-time the Vols are 6-4-1 on the date.

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 15)

The Vols stand 4-2 all-time on Sept. 15 following last season's 37-20 loss to No. 18 Florida. The game was historic as the jersey number 45 of Johnny Majors was retired prior to the game.

SEPTEMBER 15 (4-2)
1973 W, 21-17 DUKE
1979 W, 28-16 Boston College
1984 W, 27-21 UTAH
1990 W, 56-0 TEXAS EL PASO
2007 L, 20-59 No. 5 Florida
2012 L, 20-37 No. 18 FLORIDA

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/13/13)

Training camp rolls on for the Vols as they return to Haslam Field Tuesday at 3:40 p.m. Get the latest on the team in the #VolReport: Assistants' Insight.

Check out a pair of videos from Monday including some nifty ball-handling by the Vols:

Plus, a look at why the team's practice jerseys have a new look in 2013:

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Coachable' North making mark
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Smith a 'pleasant surprise'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Monday night practice observations

Majors On Jones: Vols Best Coach In 10 Years

Former Vols football coach Johnny Majors laughs as the and John Seigenthaler, left, tell old stories after Majors annouched he has given his papers and other memorabilia chronicling his life to the Tennessee State Library and Archives . Monday Aug. 12, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn.

By: Mike Organ
The Tennessean

Johnny Majors knows a good football coach when he sees one and in Butch Jones he says Tennessee has a good one.

Jones is in fact, the best the Vols have had in a long time, according to Majors, who coached at UT from 1977-92.

"I guarantee you it will be a better-coached football team than what's been up there in eight or 10 years; probably 10 years at least," Majors said. "Butch Jones is going to get it done; you mark this down on August the 12th. John Majors doesn't know all, but John Majors can tell you who can coach and who cannot coach and Butch Jones can coach."

Continue Reading at The Tennessean.com

Happy Birthday - May 21: J.Majors, V.Baugh, J.Dickie

On May 21, we send Happy Birthday wishes to the legendary Johnny Majors, who starred on the football field as a player and coach. Check out a Photo Gallery.


Also celebrating on May 21 are recent women's basketball graduate Vicki Baugh and men's track performer Jeremy Dickie.



Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/3/13)

The Knoxville News Sentinel has a story on Johnny Majors' thoughts on Butch Jones and his the new coach will handle the team: Johnny Majors thinks UT will be more disciplined under Butch Jones

Butch Jones spoke in Mufreesboro at the soldout All Sports Banquet on Thursday night. Check out this story from Daily News Journal about Jones' inspirational speech to the local students. 

On Thursday, the SEC & ESPN Announced A New TV Network in Atlanta. Check out some national stories on the new SEC Network.

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: ESPN to start SEC Network in August 2014
- Chicago Tribune: SEC Network to debut in August
- Columbus Ledger Enterprise: SEC announces agreement with ESPN
- Dallas Morning News: SEC Network another reason to smile
- Florida Times Union: New SEC Network to launch in 2014
- Saint Louis Post Dispatch: SEC network becomes a reality

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (11/19)

On Sunday, it was announced that Derek Dooley Will Not Return As Vols' Head Coach. Check out Dave Hart Addressing The Vols' Football Future in a press conference.

Here is a look at some of the coverage on the change of leadership for the Vols:

- Inside Tennessee: It's over
- Inside Tennessee: Battle and Dooley
- Knoxville News Sentinel: New coach has opportunity to revive Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dave Hart: Vols 'at a crossroads'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: At a crossroad, UT can't take wrong path
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Former Vols speak out 

Softball Blog Update (10/29)

Guess who stopped by softball practice? Legendary former UT head football coach Johnny Majors!

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Happy Birthday - May 21: Hall of Famer Johnny Majors

On May 21, we wish Happy Birthday to Vols legend and College Football Hall of Famer Johnny Majors, born on May 21, 1935. 

Few who have followed college football over the years will soon forget the gridiron magic created by a skinny tailback who weighed at most, 168 pounds. His name is Johnny Majors. Even the name had a special ring to it. It wasn't Jones or Smith or Thompson. It was Majors. Playing for Bowden Wyatt's Volunteers, Majors was a do-everything back who was MVP of the Southeastern Conference in both his junior and senior years. In his senior year, Johnny Majors led Tennessee to an undefeated season, was a consensus All- American, finished second to Paul Hornung in the Heisman Trophy balloting and was named by UPI as Back of the Year. And why not? He ran, passed, punted, and even blocked. He was one of college football's best punters. After that, Majors sought a career as a college football coach. He got his first experience as an assistant coach at Mississippi State and Arkansas. He landed his first head coaching job at Iowa State in 1968. He moved to Pittsburgh in 1973. His 1973 team was the first Pitt team in 17 years to get a bowl bid, and Majors was named Coach of the Year. His 1976 team went 12-0, was national champion and Majors again was named Coach of the Year. He moved to his alma mater, Tennessee, for the period 1977 and 1990. Majors returned to Pittsburgh and coached there again from 1993-96, completing 29 years as a head coach. He was part of a very famous football family. His father, Shirley Majors, coached high school football 13 years and was head coach at Sewanee 21 years. He had five sons who played college football--John, Bill and Bob at Tennessee, Joe at Florida State, and Larry at Sewanee. John scored 565 points in his high school career, playing for his father at Huntland, Tennessee.


Johnny Majors Featured In Chattanooga Times Free Press

If you haven't seen it yet, check out Mark Wiedmer's feature on former UT coach Johnny Majors: Majors Still A Historic Presence.

Here's the start of the piece: 

You couldn't get away with it today. A recruiting class of 73? Are you trying to build a college football team or a marching band?

But 1973 wasn't 2011. Johnny Majors was considering leaving Iowa State for Pittsburgh, a nondescript program swallowed whole by the giant shadow of Penn State.

Knowing the Panthers, who were 1-10 in 1972, needed a rapid and massive injection of talent, Majors told the Pitt administration he'd take the job if he could sign 50 kids a year for four years.

They agreed and Majors was on his way. But then he read something in the paper about the NCAA discussing capping signing classes at 30 with a maximum of 95.

"I was always good at math," Majors, now 77, said following his talk to the Chattanooga Area Historical Association at the downtown library Monday night.

"I went back to the administration and told them I needed to sign more that first year. Maybe 75 or 80. They gave me the approval."


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