By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Legendary college football coach Johnny Majors has passed away. He was 85.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. He died at his Knoxville, Tennessee residence with his wife at his side, according to WATE.
“It’s with a sad heart that we make this announcement, John passed away this morning,” Mary Lynn Majors said in a statement. “He spent his last hours doing something he dearly loved: looked out over his cherished Tennessee River.”
Majors was a standout college player with the Tennessee Volunteers. He also played professional in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes in 1957.
Following his playing career, he began his coaching career with the Volunteers as a graduate assistant in 1957. He was then hired as the backfield coach for the Volunteers in 1958 and 1959.
After working at Tennessee, he worked as the Mississippi State Bulldogs defensive backs coach from 1960-1963. He then moved on as an assistant coach with the Arkansas Razorbacks from 1964-1967.
As a head coach, he went 185-137-10. He was a head coach with the Iowa State Cyclones, Pittsburgh Panthers, Volunteers, and then again, the Panthers. He also went 9-6 in Bowl games.
He went 24-30-1 as the Cyclones head coach after five seasons. He also went 0-2 in Bowl games at the school.
Majors then went 33-13-1 during his first four seasons with the Panthers. He then went home to Knoxville, Tennessee to become the Volunteers head coach from 1977 through 1992.
As the Vols head coach, he went 116-62-8. He went 5-3 during the 1992 season when he split the season with Philip Fulmer.
His final four seasons as a college football coach were with the Panthers. He went 12-32 from 1993-1996.
Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.
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