“A Last Run Through the ‘T'”

This day in 1992 was one to be etched into the memory books, as No. 20 Tennessee defeated Kentucky 34-13 at Neyland Stadium. It marked the last home appearance for head coach John Majors, three days short of the day 36 years before when he played his last game on Shields-Watkins Field. Majors ended that portion of his Vol career with a 20-7 victory over Kentucky.

Majors, who had stepped down as head coach eight days earlier in Memphis, ran through the “T” for the final time, and then led his team to the victory over the Wildcats, paced by 138 yards rushing from tailback Charlie Garner.

Russ Bebb said it best about the man who came from Franklin and Moore Counties in southern Middle Tennessee: “His program was widely regarded as one of the nation’s best. To many people, he was Tennessee football. No matter what he might have done to bring on his ouster, no matter what demands he might have placed on the administration, he deserved a far nobler farewell.”

Those days are still fresh in many people’s minds, with the memories of a man who excelled on the field and as a head coach at Tennessee indelibly etched in their consciousness.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013