Johnny Majors, famous college football coach, dies at 85

College Football Morning Announcements

A 1987 inductee of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame, John Terrill (Johnny) Majors played for the Volunteers from 1954-56 and later served as Tennessee's head football coach from 1977-92.

Majors was a two-time SEC player of the year at Tennessee before returning to coach his alma-mater immediately after leading Pitt to a national title in 1976. He finished as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy, losing out to Notre Dame's Paul Hornung. From there, he would land his first head-coaching job at Iowa State, where he spent five seasons and brought the Cyclones to their first bowl game appearances in 1971 and 1972.

"I didn't know I was a legend", Majors said at that time. Majors was the Sporting News Coach of the Year in 1976, and the SEC Coach of the Year in 1985. Majors also intercepted two passes at Tennessee and punted 83 times for a 39.1-yard average.

As a coach, Majors rebuilt programs at Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee. "He preached that loyalty and hard work are the staples to your success. Tennessean distinguished. We mourn the loss of legendary player and coach Johnny Majors, a man who left an indelible mark on Tennessee Football", said the University of Tennessee Football. "The amount of players he touched over several decades is endless". We lost a great man, and I will miss him very much. "Thank you, Coach. Rest in peace".

The Panthers were coming from a 1-10 season when they took over and had won a total of 23 games in the nine years prior to their arrival. Tennessee, with Fulmer serving as coach, started out 3-0 that season with wins over nationally ranked Georgia and Florida. Majors returned for the fourth game, but was sent off and replaced by Fulmer after Tennessee ended the regular season with an 8-3 record. He underwent open heart surgery early in the 1992 season, and was forced out at the end of the year in favor of assistant coach Phillip Fulmer, who had been interim coach during Majors' absence. He mentored us, pushed us and allowed us to be part of the proud resurgence of Tennessee football. Father Shirley coached at Huntland from 1949 to 1957 and then at the University of the South, Sewanee, from 1957-1977.

Cutcliffe, now the head coach at Duke, said he still has some of the notes he would take in staff meetings with Majors while at Tennessee.

Panther Running back Tony Dorsett was awarded the Heisman Trophy 20 years after Majors was denied.



Latest news

U.S. unemployment rate not as terrible as expected with surprising job increase
The decline in initial claims means the wave of layoffs caused by businesses closures ordered in mid-March to stop the spread of COVID-19 are slowing.

Global COVID-19 cases top 6.6 mn: Johns Hopkins
The US is by far the country worst-hit by the pandemic, both in total number of cases and death toll . Every state in the country reported new cases, including Washington D.C. and all USA territories.

The NSW Supreme Court Has Ruled Against Tomorrow's Black Lives Matter Protest
But Morrison said people should reconsider their planned action due to the threat of spreading coronavirus . The painters were reportedly commissioned by D.C.

Major League Baseball players union reaffirms stance against further pay cuts
It included a roughly 82-game season, expanded playoffs and steep salary cuts for the game's highest-paid players . The parties agreed to players receiving prorated salaries for any games played in 2020.

Stocks register gains on cautious hopes of economic recovery
That raises optimism that Friday's more comprehensive jobs report from the USA government may also not be as bad as feared. Treasury prices remained under pressure, as the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield advanced to 0.826% from 0.761% Wednesday.

Other news