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Legendary UT football coach Johnny Majors dead at 85

Mississippi State Tennessee Football
Posted at 9:11 AM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-03 10:18:19-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Hall-of-fame college football Johnny Majors has died, according to Pitt Football. The former UT and Pitt football coach was 85 years old.

Majors' coaching career began where he played as a grad assistant at the University of Tennessee. After moving around the SEC as an assistant and head coaching stints in Iowa State and Pittsburgh, he returned once again to his alma mater in 1977, where he would lead the Vols to three SEC titles in his tenure, including back-to-back titles in 1989-90.

Tennessee won 116 games over the 16 seasons Majors was at the helm, and finished in the top 5 in AP voting twice: 1985 and 1989. The Vols made 11 bowl games during his time as head coach, including a pair of Sugar Bowls.

Majors was born in Lynchburg, Tennessee, and played high school football in Franklin County. A running back at UT, Majors was an All-American and finished 2nd in Heisman voting in 1956.