Johnny Majors

John Terrill Majors (born May 21, 1935) is a former American football player and coach. A standout halfback at the University of Tennessee, he was an All-American in 1956 and a two-time winner of the Southeastern Conference Most Valuable Player award, in 1955 and 1956. He finished second to Paul Hornung in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1956. Majors served as the head football coach at Iowa State University (1968–1972), the University of Pittsburgh (1973–1976, 1993–1996), and Tennessee (1977–1992), compiling a career college football record of 185–137–10. His 1976 Pittsburgh squad won a national championship after capping a 12–0 season with a victory in the Sugar Bowl. Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1987.

Johnny Majors
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Majors in 2009
Biographical details
BornMay 21, 1935 (age 83)
Lynchburg, Tennessee
Playing career
1953–1956Tennessee
1957Montreal Alouettes
Position(s)Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1957Tennessee (GA)
1958–1959Tennessee (backfield)
1960–1963Mississippi State (DB)
1964–1967Arkansas (assistant)
1968–1972Iowa State
1973–1976Pittsburgh
1977–1992Tennessee
1993–1996Pittsburgh
Head coaching record
Overall185–137–10
Bowls9–6
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 National (1976)
3 SEC (1985, 1989, 1990)
Awards
All-American, 1956
SEC MVP (1955–1956)
Walter Camp Coach of the Year (1973)
AFCA Coach of the Year (1976)
Sporting News College Football COY (1976)
SEC Coach of the Year (1985)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1987 (profile)

Playing career

Majors played high school football for the Huntland Hornets of Franklin County, Tennessee.[1] They won the state championship in 1951. Majors' father, Shirley Majors, was the head coach at Huntland from 1949 to 1957 and then head coach at The University of the South, Sewanee, from 1957 to 1977. Majors also played alongside his brother, Joe, at Huntland. Another brother, Bobby, also played at Tennessee and professionally for the Cleveland Browns. In all, Majors had four brothers, who all played football. Johnny was the oldest.[2]

A triple-threat tailback at the University of Tennessee, one of the last schools to use the single-wing rather than some version of the T formation, Majors was an All-American and runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1956. Majors lost the Heisman Trophy to Paul Hornung, who starred for Notre Dame, which had a losing record (2–8).[3] To date, this is the only time the Heisman Trophy has been awarded to a player on a losing team. Many fans of college football, particularly Tennessee fans, believe that Hornung won the Heisman because he played for the storied Notre Dame program, although Hornung did lead his otherwise untalented team in passing, rushing, scoring, kickoff and punt returns, punting, and passes broken up and was second in interceptions and tackles made.

Majors is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity.[4] He played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1957 and then became an assistant coach at several schools.[5]

Coaching career

Iowa State

Majors was the 24th head football coach for the Iowa State University Cyclones located in Ames, Iowa and he held that position for five seasons, from 1968 until 1972. His career coaching record at Iowa State was 24–30–1.[6] Majors ranks seventh at Iowa State in total wins and 16th in win percentage.[7]

Pittsburgh

After Iowa State, Majors found his greatest success as coach of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers in 1973. In Pittsburgh, he recruited such greats as Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett and Matt Cavanaugh, among others.[8][9] The Panthers won the national title in 1976, after which Majors went back to Tennessee, his alma mater. Majors also received National Coach of the Year honors for that season.[10]

Tennessee

At Tennessee, Majors achieved success in the 1980s and early 1990s winning three SEC championships in 1985, 1989, and 1990, but falling short of a national title.[11][12][13] In 1989, the Majors-led Vols followed a 5–6 season with an 11–1 season, the largest turnaround in college football that year.[14]

The University forced Majors to resign as Tennessee's football coach during the closing weeks of the 1992 football season.[15] The Vols racked up a 3–0 record under interim coach Phillip Fulmer, a longtime Majors assistant, who steered the team while Majors was recovering from heart surgery. After the Vols went 2–3 following Majors' return, he suddenly was asked to resign during the week leading up to Tennessee's game at Memphis State. A Knoxville News Sentinel story reported that while Majors was recuperating from heart surgery, Fulmer allegedly exchanged 26 telephone calls with Tennessee Athletics Board member Bill Johnson, who had played with Majors in the mid-1950s at Tennessee. A strong contingent within the Tennessee fan base believes that it was behind-the-scenes maneuvering on the part of Fulmer, Johnson, athletics director Doug Dickey, and university president Joe Johnson that pushed Majors out. Other fans believe that Majors created his own problems in the summer of 1992 by, among other things, complaining about his current contract during a preseason publicity tour across the state. Many speculate it was likely a combination of all circumstances.[16]

Pittsburgh (second stint)

After being forced to resign at Tennessee, he returned to his second home of the University of Pittsburgh to once again coach the Panthers. Throughout the mid-1990s, Majors tried to recreate the magic of 1976 at Pitt but achieved little success going 12–32 in four seasons from 1993–1996. He retired from coaching following the 1996 NCAA season and served at Pitt in the position of Special Assistant to the Athletic Director and Chancellor until the summer of 2007.[17] A room on the second floor of the Pittsburgh Athletic Association adjacent to Pitt's campus is dedicated to him and displays memorabilia from his career. Majors now resides in Knoxville, Tennessee with his wife Mary Lynn.[18]

Honors

Knoxville named a street after Majors. Johnny Majors Drive is on the campus of the University of Tennessee and is the location of the school's practice facility.[19] Actor Lee Majors borrowed Majors' last name to form his stage name. According to one published account, Lee, whose real name is Harvey Lee Yeary, met Majors in his youth while Majors was a football player at Tennessee, and they became friends.[20] The two are not actually related, although Lee Majors was regularly seen on the sidelines during Johnny Majors' first tenure at Pittsburgh and during the early days at Tennessee.[21]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Iowa State Cyclones (Big Eight Conference) (1968–1972)
1968 Iowa State 3–7 1–6 7th
1969 Iowa State 3–7 1–6 7th
1970 Iowa State 5–6 1–6 T–6th
1971 Iowa State 8–4 4–3 4th L Sun 17
1972 Iowa State 5–6–1 2–4–1 5th L Liberty
Iowa State: 24–30–1 9–25–1
Pittsburgh Panthers (NCAA Division I independent) (1973–1976)
1973 Pittsburgh 6–5–1 L Fiesta
1974 Pittsburgh 7–4
1975 Pittsburgh 8–4 W Sun 13 15
1976 Pittsburgh 12–0 W Sugar 1 1
Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (1977–1992)
1977 Tennessee 4–7 1–5 8th
1978 Tennessee 5–5–1 3–3 T–4th
1979 Tennessee 7–5 3–3 T–5th L Astro-Bluebonnet
1980 Tennessee 5–6 3–3 6th
1981 Tennessee 8–4 3–3 T–4th W Garden State
1982 Tennessee 6–5–1 3–2–1 5th L Peach
1983 Tennessee 9–3 4–2 T–3rd W Citrus
1984 Tennessee 7–4–1 3–3 T–5th L Sun
1985 Tennessee 9–1–2 5–1 1st W Sugar 4 4
1986 Tennessee 7–5 3–3 6th W Liberty
1987 Tennessee 10–2–1 4–1–1 3rd W Peach 13 14
1988 Tennessee 5–6 3–4 T–6th
1989 Tennessee 11–1 6–1 T–1st W Cotton 5 5
1990 Tennessee 9–2–2 5–1–1 1st W Sugar 7 8
1991 Tennessee 9–3 5–2 3rd L Fiesta 15 14
1992 Tennessee 5–3* 3–3* 3rd (East)* * 12* 12*
Tennessee: 116–62–8 57–40–3 *Three early games and the Bowl game are credited to Phillip Fulmer.
Pittsburgh Panthers (Big East Conference) (1993–1996)
1993 Pittsburgh 3–8 2–5 6th
1994 Pittsburgh 3–8 2–5 7th
1995 Pittsburgh 2–9 0–7 8th
1996 Pittsburgh 4–7 3–4 5th
Pittsburgh: 45–45–1 7–21
Total: 185–137–10
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

Coaching tree

The following assistant coaches under Johnny Majors became college or professional head coaches:

See also

References

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1957 Sugar Bowl

The 1957 Sugar Bowl to the featured the second-ranked Tennessee Volunteers and the 11th-ranked Baylor Bears. Behind a strong defense, the Baylor upset undefeated Tennessee.

After a scoreless first quarter of play, Baylor scored on a 12-yard scoring pass from quarterback Bobby Jones to Jerry Marcontellto take a 6–0 lead. The score was set up by Del Shofner's 54-yard run. In the third stanza, quarterback Johnny Majors scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to put Tennessee on top at 7–6. In the fourth quarter, Buddy Humphrey's one-yard touchdown run gave Baylor a 13–6 advantage. Baylor's defense provided the difference as they didn't allow any more points.

Shofner was named Sugar Bowl MVP.

1968 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 1968 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State University in the Big Eight Conference during the 1968 college football season. In their first year under head coach Johnny Majors, the Cyclones compiled a 3–7 record (1–6 against conference opponents), finished in last place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 273 to 178. They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

George Dimitri and John Warder were the team captains.

1969 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 1969 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State University in the Big Eight Conference during the 1969 college football season. In their second year under head coach Johnny Majors, the Cyclones compiled a 3–7 record (1–6 against conference opponents), finished in seventh place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 231 to 152. They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

Jerry Fiat and Fred Jones were the team captains.

1970 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 1970 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State University in the Big Eight Conference during the 1970 NCAA University Division football season. In their third year under head coach Johnny Majors, the Cyclones compiled a 5–6 record (1–6 against conference opponents), finished in last place in the conference, and were outscored by opponents by a combined total of 284 to 248. They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

Tony Washington and Mark Withrow were the team captains.

1971 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 1971 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State University in the Big Eight Conference during the 1971 NCAA University Division football season. In their fourth year under head coach Johnny Majors, the Cyclones compiled an 8–4 record (4–3 against conference opponents), finished in fourth place in the conference, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 337 to 250. They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

Dean Carlson, Ray Harm, and Keith Schroeder were the team captains.

1972 Iowa State Cyclones football team

The 1972 Iowa State Cyclones football team represented Iowa State University in the Big Eight Conference during the 1972 NCAA University Division football season. In their fifth and final year under head coach Johnny Majors, the Cyclones compiled a 5–6–1 record (2–3–1 against conference opponents), finished in seventh place in the conference, and outscored opponents by a combined total of 319 to 238. They played their home games at Clyde Williams Field in Ames, Iowa.

George Amundson and Matt Blair were the team captains.

1975 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

The 1975 Pittsburgh Panthers football team represented the University of Pittsburgh in the 1975 NCAA Division I football season. The Panthers won the Sun Bowl.

1979 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1979 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1979 NCAA Division I-A football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Johnny Majors, in his third year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of seven wins and five losses (7–5 overall, 3–3 in the SEC) and a loss against Purdue in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl.

1982 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1982 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1982 NCAA Division I-A football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Johnny Majors, in his sixth year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of six wins, five losses and one tie (6–5–1 overall, 3–2–1 in the SEC) and a loss against Iowa in the Peach Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 281 points while the defense allowed 239 points.

1984 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1984 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Johnny Majors, in his eighth year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of seven wins, four losses and one tie (7–4–1 overall, 3–3 in the SEC) and a loss against Maryland in the Sun Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 327 points while the defense allowed 276 points.

1987 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1987 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1987 NCAA Division I-A football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Johnny Majors, in his 11th year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of ten wins, two losses and one tie (10–2–1 overall, 4–1–1 in the SEC) and with a victory over Indiana in the Peach Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 293 points while the defense allowed 249 points.

1989 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1989 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1989 NCAA Division I-A football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Johnny Majors, in his 13th year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of eleven wins and one loss (11–1 overall, 6–1 in the SEC), as SEC co-champion, and with a victory over Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl Classic. The Volunteers offense scored 346 points while the defense allowed 217 points.

1990 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1990 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1990 NCAA Division I-A football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Johnny Majors, in his 14th year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of nine wins, two losses, and two ties (9–2–2 overall, 5–1–1 in the SEC), as SEC Champions and with a victory over Virginia in the Sugar Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 465 points while the defense allowed 220 points.

1991 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1991 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1991 NCAA Division I-A football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Johnny Majors, in his 15th year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of nine wins and three losses (9–3 overall, 5–2 in the SEC) and with a loss against Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 352 points while the defense allowed 263 points.

1993 Hall of Fame Bowl

The 1993 Hall of Fame Bowl featured the 16th-ranked Boston College Eagles, and the 17th ranked Tennessee Vols. It was the seventh edition to the Hall of Fame Bowl. The game marked the first for the Vols under new head coach Phillip Fulmer, replacing Johnny Majors after his resignation.

Tennessee scored first after quarterback Heath Shuler scored on a 1-yard touchdown run making the score 7–0 Tennessee. Shuler fired a 27-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fleming, as Tennessee led 14–0 after the first quarter. In the second quarter, Boston College's Glenn Foley threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Mitchell making the halftime score 14–7.

In the third quarter, Shuler scored on a 17-yard touchdown run making it 21–7. After a Tennessee field goal, Shuler threw a 69-yard touchdown pass to Mose Phillips, as Tennessee took a 31–7 lead. In the fourth quarter, backup quarterback Colquitt fired a 48-yard touchdown pass to Corey Fleming as Tennessee opened up a 38–7 lead. A touchdown pass from Foley, and a 7-yard run by Campbell made the final margin 38–23.

List of Pittsburgh Panthers head football coaches

The Pittsburgh Panthers football program is a college football team that represents the University of Pittsburgh in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a part of the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The team has had 36 head coaches since its first recorded football game in 1893.

List of Tennessee Volunteers bowl games

The Tennessee Volunteers college football team competes as part of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), representing the University of Tennessee in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Since the establishment of the team in 1891, Tennessee has appeared in 52 bowl games. Included in these games are 17 combined appearances in the traditional "big four" bowl games (the Rose, Sugar, Cotton and Orange) and two Bowl Championship Series (BCS) game appearances.Through the history of the program, eight separate coaches have led the Volunteers to bowl games with Phillip Fulmer having the most appearances with 15. Fulmer also led Tennessee to the Bowl Alliance national championship game in the 1998 Orange Bowl and the first BCS national championship game in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. In January 2010, Derek Dooley was hired as head coach, and led the Volunteers to an appearance in the 2010 Music City Bowl. A loss in that game brought Tennessee's overall bowl record to 25 wins and 24 losses, placing the Volunteers third among all FBS schools for bowl appearances. The Volunteers also appeared in the 2016 Music City Bowl vs Nebraska and won 38-24. The Volunteers final 2016 record was 9-4.

List of Tennessee Volunteers football seasons

The following is a complete list of Tennessee Volunteers football seasons through the 2018 season.

List of Tennessee Volunteers head football coaches

The Tennessee Volunteers college football team represents the University of Tennessee in the East Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Vols compete as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The program has had 23 head coaches since its formation during the 1891 season. Jeremy Pruitt will serve as the head coach for the 2018–19 season.The team has played 1,215 games over 118 seasons of Tennessee football. Prior to the 1899 season, the Volunteers did not have an official head coach while compiling a record of twelve wins and eleven losses (.522) between 1891 and 1898. Since 1899, ten coaches have led the Volunteers in postseason bowl games: Robert Neyland, John Barnhill, Bowden Wyatt, Doug Dickey, Bill Battle, Johnny Majors, Phillip Fulmer, Lane Kiffin, Derek Dooley, and Butch Jones. Five of those coaches also won conference championships: Zora G. Clevenger captured one as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Neyland captured two as a member of the Southern Conference and Neyland, Wyatt, Majors, and Fulmer won a combined twelve as a member of the SEC. During their tenures, Neyland and Fulmer each won national championships with the Volunteers.Neyland is the leader in total number of seasons coached and games won, with 173 victories during his 21 years with the program. Barnhill has the highest winning percentage with .846. James DePree has the lowest winning percentage with .306. Of the 23 head coaches who have led the Volunteers, Neyland, Wyatt, Dickey, Majors, and Fulmer have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, GA.

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