Legendary Tennessee Head Coach Johnny Majors Has Passed Away At 85

Legendary Tennessee Vols head football coach and player Johnny Majors has passed away, his family confirmed.

The Lynchburg, Tenn. native was an All-American halfback and Heisman Trophy runner-up at Tennessee in 1956. Eventually, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1987.

Majors had brief but successful stops at Iowa State and Pittsburgh, including winning the 1976 National Championship at Pitt. In 1977, he accepted the head coaching job at Tennessee, leading an embattled program back to prominence. His multiple SEC Championships, Sugar Bowl victories, and top-10 finishes landed him in the conversation as one of the most impactful head coaches in program history.

In 16 seasons at Tennessee, Majors compiled a 116-62-8 record. His coaching tree includes Jon Gruden, Jimmy Johnson, Jackie Sherrill, David Cutcliffe, and Phillip Fulmer.

His impact on Tennessee football, the University of Tennessee, college football and the state of Tennessee is undeniable, and he will be missed.