|In the East division of the SEC, the Tennessee Volunteers
compete with Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina and Vanderbilt. The
Volunteers have a long standing tradition of excellence in college athletics,
particularly football and women's basketball.
The football team's first game was held on November 21, 1891,
as a makeshift squad facing off against a similar one from the University of the
South. For the next few seasonS, the Volunteers would have no coach. This would
change in 1899 with the hiring of J. A. Pierce. He and his successors would have
brief tenures until the arrival of Zora Clevenger in 1911. While he remained at
the University only until 1915, Clevenger led Tennessee to a 26-15-2 record
while there, including an undefeated season in 1914.
In 1926, Robert Neyland was hired to coach the football team.
Over the next decades he would fashion the Tennessee Volunteers into one of the
most formidable football programs in the nation. From 1926 through 1934, the
Vols posted a fantastic 76-7-5 record. After being called to military duty
following the 1934 season, the Volunteers had two unremarkable seasons. With his
return in 1936, Tennessee began its return to form. By 1938, Neyland had led the
school to its first national championship. The 1939 squad was the last team to
hold its opponents scoreless during the entire regular season, only to lose to
USC 14-0 in the Rose Bowl. The 1940 team again went undefeated in the regular
season, after which they were named national champions by some polls.
Neyland was again absent from 1941-1945 because of his
service during World War II. During this time, interim coach John Barnhill led
the University to a 32-5-2 record. When Neyland returned - now with the rank of
General - the Volunteers would continue their winning ways. In addition to
conference titles in 1946 and 1951, two national titles were won in 1950 and
It wouldn't be until 1967 that the Volunteers would be voted
national champions again, this time under coach Doug Dickey.
In 1976, Tennessee hired Johnny Majors as coach, a position
he would retain until 1991. During his tenure with school, the Vols would win
three SEC championships (1985, 1989, 1990) and defeat 2nd ranked Miami in the
1986 Sugar Bowl to keep the Hurricanes from claiming a national championship.
Philip Fulmer took over in 1993. His tenure brought another
national championship in 1998 with Tee Martin at quarterback. Amazingly, this
was the season after Peyton Manning finished his career at Tennessee.
It can be argued that the women's basketball program has been
even more successful than the football program. Under legendary coach Pat
Summit, the Lady Vols have become one of the most dominant programs in women's
college basketball, their supremacy challenged only by the Uconn Huskies. Among
the Lady Vols' accomplishments are 14 regular season SEC championships, 12 SEC
Tournament championships, 17 Final Four appearances and 7 national
championships. Another remarkable feat is that the Lady Vols have appeared in
every NCAA Tournament and Sweet Sixteen.
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