Johnny Majors
American college football player, college football coach
Johnny Majors
Johnny Majors 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.
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Pitt Dots the ‘I’ and Crosses the ‘T’s’ in a Return to Its Signature Script
NYTimes - over 1 year
Developed by the Panthers’ coach, Johnny Majors, in the early 1970s, the beloved logo that lasted for 24 seasons is back, and Pitt faithful are snapping up anything they can get their hands on that bears it.
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School By School: Which SEC Programs Produce The Most NFL Draft Picks
Mr Sec - almost 5 years
So which SEC schools crank out the most NFL draft picks?  How have those numbers changed over the last 20 years?  Who’s on a talent upswing?  Who’s not? Below we’ve gone back over the past 20 years worth of NFL drafts.  We’ve tallied up the number of selections for each SEC school — including newbies Missouri and Texas A&M — and listed them for you in five-year intervals.  In the far right column, you’ll also see the number of total players selected from 1992 through 2011 (as well as the average number of players picked from each school each year). When looking at the numbers, keep in mind that the NFL had 12 rounds of picks in 1992 and eight in 1993.  Since 1994, the draft has lasted but seven rounds.  In other words, the numbers from the first five-year period will be a bit inflated.  Still, for a pure school-by-school comparison, those numbers are worth including. We’ll list the schools in alphabetical order just for the sake of easy reading.  Here goes:      School     ...
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Back To The Future: Jones Era Begins At LSU
Mr Sec - almost 5 years
Four for seasons, there was talk that Trent Johnson just wasn’t a “fit” at LSU.  On the recruiting trail, dealing with Louisiana high school coaches, bonding with Tiger fans… whatever a “fit” is, Johnson wasn’t. For that reason LSU has gone back to its roots and brought in former Dale Brown player and assistant Johnny Jones to lead the program into the future.  Introduced yesterday in Baton Rouge, Jones’ hiring has already brought the Tiger family back together. Former Tiger Shaquille O’Neal:  “LSU has hired a man in Coach Johnny Jones that any player in this nation would want to play for, because he’s a player’s coach and a man of his word.  My three years at LSU were the best three years of my life, and he was part of my development that I will never forget.  In May, I will receive my Doctorate Degree, and this doctor prescribes LSU and Coach Jones to make their dreams come true.” Former Tiger Ethan Martin:  “It’s great news.  It couldn’t happen to a better guy than Johnny Jones ...
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Gators-Vols rivalry takes on new look - FS Florida
Google News - over 5 years
In Steve Spurrier's first season, Johnny Majors' Vols won by 42 points on a miserable night in Neyland Stadium for the Gators. Three years later, the Gators took control of the rivalry by starting a five-year win streak in a stretch dominated by
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Hlas: Two games in, Jantz a Cyclone legend - The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
“I don't even feel anything,” Osemele said with a wide grin. “I feel numb.” So that's one thing he had that in common with Iowa's defense. Johnny Majors (left, wearing glasses) congratulates Paul Rhoads. Majors gave a pre-game talk to the Cyclones
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Mark Story: UK football's greatest wins at Commonwealth - Lexington Herald Leader
Google News - over 5 years
On the field before the game as UT head man Johnny Majors pondered what to say to Curci, the Kentucky coach told him "Johnny, we're going to kick your a-- today." The heroes: Quarterback Randy Jenkins rallied Kentucky from a 10-0 deficit by throwing
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Show-and-tell time here for Pitt's Graham - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Google News - over 5 years
He reminds me of a young Johnny Majors, who took over the Pitt program after a 1-10 season in 1972. If you spent even five minutes with the dynamic Majors back then, you walked away convinced Pitt would win a national championship, which it did in 1976
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Smokey air makes for interesting Tulane football practice - NOLA.com
Google News - over 5 years
LEGENDARY VISITOR: Toledo stopped practice and gathered the team at midfield to introduce legendary college player and coach Johnny Majors. Majors, 76, had a storied career that included a long run as Tennessee head coach
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SEC Football by the Numbers: Preseason -- Western Division - The Birmingham News - al.com
Google News - over 5 years
... Vince Dooley at Georgia, Phillip Fulmer at Tennessee, Shug Jordan at Auburn, Johnny Majors at Tennessee, Charlie McClendon at LSU, Robert Neyland at Tennessee, Steve Spurrier at Florida and South Carolina, Tommy Tuberville at Ole Miss and Auburn,
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Padjen bleeds red, white and gray - nwitimes.com
Google News - over 5 years
At Iowa State he played for Johnny Majors and assistants Jimmy Johnson, Jackie Sherrill and Larry Lacewell. That is also where he met Jan. "What a great group of young assistants Johnny Majors put together," Padjen said. "I've had great coaches to
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Another Look: Pitt football 1976 - Beaver County Times
Google News - over 5 years
Coach Johnny Majors and his Pitt squad had a tough opening assignment that year at Notre Dame. "They let the grass grow to try to slow (senior running back) Tony Dorsett down," Pelusi recalled. "Paul Hornung said before the game that there was no way
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What We Lose By Expanding the SEC Out of the Region - Knoxville Metro Pulse
Google News - over 5 years
Neyland and later Bear Bryant, Johnny Vaught, Johnny Majors, Vince Dooley and others built on the Neyland legacy. Fans that never set foot on a college campus began to follow football and give higher education their financial support
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Holloway's magic brought the Vols back from the brink in 1974 - GoVolsXtra
Google News - over 5 years
The "Battle Era" ended in 1976 with Johnny Majors marching home for the 1977 campaign. Battle left and went into private business. He founded and built The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC) into an entity of major influence on the sporting scene,
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Announcing the Pittsburgh Panthers All-Time Football Team - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
Burley anchored Pitt's defensive line providing strength and quickness against the run, elevating Johnny Majors' defense in Pitt's ascent to college football prominence. At linebacker for Pitt, a troika of All-Americans: Jerry Olsavsky, Joe Schmidt,
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Vols, Dooley look for answers in upcoming season - Tennessee Journalist
Google News - over 5 years
Philip Fulmer took over for Johnny Majors in 1990 during controversial and unusual circumstances. Tennessee ended the 2010 season with a 6-7 record. The offense averaged 27 points per game, ranked 58 in the nation, while the defense allowed 25 points
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Tom Mattingly: Bob Jones went from Vol foe to unforgettable assistant coach - GoVolsXtra
Google News - over 5 years
The Chicago Tribune Press Service wrote that, "A bruising band of Baylor Bears came out of Texas today to tear to shreds the reputation of All-American Johnny Majors and his hapless gang of Tennessee Volunteers." Looking back, a staff writer for
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The Coaching Search: Jon Gruden - The Buckeye Battle Cry
Google News - over 5 years
Soon after he graduated from college he found himself a job as a graduate assistant under Johnny Majors at Tennessee. While there, he helped the Volunteers to wins in the Liberty Bowl (21-14 over Minnesota) and Peach Bowl (27-22 over Indiana)
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Bahn: Slive Advocating Change In College Athletics, But This Feels Like Same ... - ArkansasSports360.com
Google News - over 5 years
Other coaches with 100 or more victories in the SEC include all-time greats like Bear Bryant (Alabama), Vince Dooley (Georgia), Johnny Majors (Tennessee), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina and Florida) and Shug Jordan (Auburn). Still, Nutt is perceived to
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Johnny Majors
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1996
    Age 60
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Knoxville named a street after Majors. The street is on the campus of the University of Tennessee and is the location of the school's practice facility. 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. 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.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Many speculate it was likely a combination of all circumstances. 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.
    Majors was forced to resign as Tennessee's football coach during the closing weeks of the 1992 football season.
    More Details Hide Details 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 Fulmer allegedly exchanged 26 telephone calls while Majors was recuperating from heart surgery 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 Majors was pushed out due to behind the scenes maneuvering on the part of Fulmer, Johnson, athletics director Doug Dickey and university president Joe Johnson.
  • 1989
    Age 53
    In 1989, the Majors-led Vols followed a 5–6 season with an 11–1 season, the largest turnaround of the year.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1976
    Age 40
    The Panthers won the national title in 1976, after which Majors went back to his alma mater.
    More Details Hide Details Majors also received National Coach of the Year honors for that season. 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.
    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. Majors played high school football for the Huntland Hornets of Franklin County, Tennessee. They won the state championship in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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). 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 team in passing, rushing, scoring, kickoff and punt returns, punting, and passes broken up and was second in interceptions and tackles made.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 37
    After Iowa State, Majors found his greatest success as coach of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details In Pittsburgh he recruited such greats as Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett and Matt Cavanaugh, among others.
  • 1968
    Age 32
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His career coaching record at Iowa state was 24–30–1. Majors ranks seventh at Iowa State in total wins and 16th in winning percentage.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1957
    Age 21
    Majors is a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. He played for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League in 1957 and then became an assistant coach at several schools.
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  • 1956
    Age 20
    He finished second to Paul Hornung in voting for the Heisman Trophy in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Born
    Born on May 21, 1935.
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