Poll: Who has the No. 2 spot in the list of Tennessee's greatest football coaches?

Other than Gen. Neyland, who has been Tennessee's best football coach?

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NASCAR has "the King," basketball has "Michael" and Tennessee has "Neyland."

But who vies for the spot as the best Tennessee football coach since General Robert Neyland?

Here's a list with their won-loss records.

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rab63 writes:

Who the phooey cares!!! I hate these KNS polls but this one is just stupid....I got an idea, after we figure out the second best coach lets try to figure out the third best one

Ironcity writes:

Who is John Barnhill?

MaxPower writes:

in response to Ironcity:

Who is John Barnhill?

Off the top of my head, I think John Barnhill was one of the assistants that took over for Neyland when he was off serving his country.

Barnhill left for Arkansas when Neyland returned for his final stint as coach.

He was a successful coach at Arkansas and later athletic director. I think Barnhill Arena is named after him at Arkansas, althought I don't think they play there anymore.

JayTee writes:

How many people voting have even een or heard of anyone besides Fulmer.

My vote would be Doug Dickey. He won two SEC Championships and brought Tennessee back to national prominence in his short tenure. Also was SEC coach of the year two times.

He was also the one who put the T on the helmets, the orange and white checkerboard end zones and implemented running through the T.

There is more to the job than coaching.

jobrando#216494 writes:

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pdhuff#552644 writes:

How about voting for up-dating Fulmers W-Ls?

zqvol writes:

The issue is who is third, CPF and the General are very close to being equal, mainly because of the increased competition in recent years.

Volsrbest writes:

Sorry, General Neyland is a legend at UT, but not the best coach. If you compare the competition of today to that of the Neyland era, I don't think there is any question Phil Fulmer is the best coach in UT history. He is the one who took our program from average to a national contender. He is the one to get UT on national TV several times a year to bring in more funding for the program. He's the one that drove other schools in the SEC to improve their programs and make the SEC the most powerful conference in college football. He has overseen many expansions of the stadium and facility.

Many will argue those points, but it is what it is. It's not all about the record.

leedsvol2007 writes:

in response to JayTee:

How many people voting have even een or heard of anyone besides Fulmer.

My vote would be Doug Dickey. He won two SEC Championships and brought Tennessee back to national prominence in his short tenure. Also was SEC coach of the year two times.

He was also the one who put the T on the helmets, the orange and white checkerboard end zones and implemented running through the T.

There is more to the job than coaching.

I voted for Doug Dickey because he restored a moribound program from scratch and 31 of Bill Battles wins came with what would have been Dickey's recruits.

The 1970 sophomore class which he recruited included Jamie Rotella, Steve Chancey, Bill Rudder, John Wagster, Bill Emmendorfer,David Allen, Tim Townes,Conrad Graham, Eddie Brown, were recruited by Dickey and the sophomores he had in 1969 made major contributions to Battle's second season.

In 1973 when these players graduated the our program began a decline culminating with 4-7 season in 1977.

Therefore I think it is reasonable to assume he would have had as much success as Battle which would have left him at 77-20 at that point.

I have often wondered if Dickey if he had not left for his alma mater might have retired as coach around 1990 with over 225 wins.

He was a perfect fit for Tennessee and one of the few coaches of his era who could match wits with Bear Bryant. He was not a good fit at Florida it was a loss for both parties.

Volunatic writes:

in response to JayTee:

How many people voting have even een or heard of anyone besides Fulmer.

My vote would be Doug Dickey. He won two SEC Championships and brought Tennessee back to national prominence in his short tenure. Also was SEC coach of the year two times.

He was also the one who put the T on the helmets, the orange and white checkerboard end zones and implemented running through the T.

There is more to the job than coaching.

Doug Dickey also announced he was leaving UT for florida right before the Vols played them in the Gator Bowl. Classy.

Volunatic writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Majors didn't participate in a press conference after he was fired. Considering that he has been an embarrassing crybaby for the entire ensuing 16 years, it seems likely he would have been one if he had attended a press conference. Attending scheduled events wasn't really his strong point, though. Not sure why that was.

chuckfromwoodbury writes:

Dear Philly. The world is cyclical. Your heinous act in 1992 has finally come back around. Enjoy.

John Majors-The Player, The Coach, The Legend!

BubbaVol44 writes:

in response to Volsrbest:

Sorry, General Neyland is a legend at UT, but not the best coach. If you compare the competition of today to that of the Neyland era, I don't think there is any question Phil Fulmer is the best coach in UT history. He is the one who took our program from average to a national contender. He is the one to get UT on national TV several times a year to bring in more funding for the program. He's the one that drove other schools in the SEC to improve their programs and make the SEC the most powerful conference in college football. He has overseen many expansions of the stadium and facility.

Many will argue those points, but it is what it is. It's not all about the record.

General Neyland was successful in 4 different DECADES! His programs NEVER sank to the level we are at now.

In 21 yrs:

4 national championships, 7 SEC championships...

And it was Spurrier at Fla that drove the other SEC teams to improve, not Fulmer.

Please grow a brain!

gslaton#227127 writes:

in response to JayTee:

How many people voting have even een or heard of anyone besides Fulmer.

My vote would be Doug Dickey. He won two SEC Championships and brought Tennessee back to national prominence in his short tenure. Also was SEC coach of the year two times.

He was also the one who put the T on the helmets, the orange and white checkerboard end zones and implemented running through the T.

There is more to the job than coaching.

I agree that Doug Dickey was the key to turning the Vols around in the '60's. I was around then and thought the guy was great. But, you have to go with W's and L's,and Fulmer has it..like him or not. He and Neyland stayed around longer than any others.

Volunatic writes:

in response to chuckfromwoodbury:

Dear Philly. The world is cyclical. Your heinous act in 1992 has finally come back around. Enjoy.

John Majors-The Player, The Coach, The Legend!

Yes, "heinous" indeed. Imagine if your boss was underperforming at his task (for reasons I won't specify), and his boss fired him and then offered you the chance of a lifetime job. I'm sure you'd decline.

murrayvol writes:

in response to JayTee:

How many people voting have even een or heard of anyone besides Fulmer.

My vote would be Doug Dickey. He won two SEC Championships and brought Tennessee back to national prominence in his short tenure. Also was SEC coach of the year two times.

He was also the one who put the T on the helmets, the orange and white checkerboard end zones and implemented running through the T.

There is more to the job than coaching.

Agree on Dickey.

Had he stayed at UT, he would be in the Neyland (and Bryant/SEC) conversation. But he didn't and he's not.

murrayvol writes:

in response to Volsrbest:

Sorry, General Neyland is a legend at UT, but not the best coach. If you compare the competition of today to that of the Neyland era, I don't think there is any question Phil Fulmer is the best coach in UT history. He is the one who took our program from average to a national contender. He is the one to get UT on national TV several times a year to bring in more funding for the program. He's the one that drove other schools in the SEC to improve their programs and make the SEC the most powerful conference in college football. He has overseen many expansions of the stadium and facility.

Many will argue those points, but it is what it is. It's not all about the record.

I do believe you're serious. Amazing!

Triton1 writes:

in response to chuckfromwoodbury:

Dear Philly. The world is cyclical. Your heinous act in 1992 has finally come back around. Enjoy.

John Majors-The Player, The Coach, The Legend!

What act are you talking about?

NO_DIGGITY writes:

I would vote for M.B Banks. He resigned in 1925 to take the job at Central High School (a step up at the time) to allow General Neyland to become head coach. UT has won more games since that time than any other program. Thank you Neyland, Barnhill, Robinson, Wyatt, Dickey, Battle, Majors and Fulmer. Hopefully the next coach continues the Tradition.

Triton1 writes:

in response to NO_DIGGITY:

I would vote for M.B Banks. He resigned in 1925 to take the job at Central High School (a step up at the time) to allow General Neyland to become head coach. UT has won more games since that time than any other program. Thank you Neyland, Barnhill, Robinson, Wyatt, Dickey, Battle, Majors and Fulmer. Hopefully the next coach continues the Tradition.

Fianlly a classy post, I don't know why we have to dislike or put down one coach to like or appreciate another. I didn't vote for Obama, but I wish him the best, and hope he does a great job. Same with our new coach.

Stumps writes:

my lord some folks are just hard to figure out.

Majors was mediocre AT BEST as a coach, that's why he got the boot. IIRC he went to PITT and SUCKED there. Who cares if he likes what's going on. Despite the last few years, Fulmer did enhance a winning tradition. Yes his time has come to go, and yes he should be remembered as a great coach at TN. He didn't push Majors out, Majors didn't win enough games, Fulmer won when he was asked to do so.

lail#204076 writes:

in response to pdhuff#552644:

How about voting for up-dating Fulmers W-Ls?

We used the tallies as they are listed by UT.

http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-foot...

Volsrbest writes:

in response to BubbaVol44:

General Neyland was successful in 4 different DECADES! His programs NEVER sank to the level we are at now.

In 21 yrs:

4 national championships, 7 SEC championships...

And it was Spurrier at Fla that drove the other SEC teams to improve, not Fulmer.

Please grow a brain!

Hey loserboy, I mean Bubba. I didn't mean to pee in your cereal bowl, but you fail to mention that we (UT) have only been concensus National Champions 2 times. One with General Neyland and one with Phil Fulmer. The other championships were declared by one or two of many different systems used to determine a champion.

http://www.hickoksports.com/history/c...

The General had his day and is certainly a legend at The Hill! Phil has had his day and will also become one of our legends.

I'm sorry your brain swelled so much!

cdldoc#211897 writes:

Fulmer is not second to anyone. He is #1.

tennvol writes:

in response to country410:

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Fulmer won two SEC titles and a national championship in 6 years, with many more restrictions in terms of scholarships, practice time, staffing, etc. Sorry, but that trumps Dickey.

I also don't have a problem with the argument that Fulmer is the equal of Neyland in a lot of respects. The schedules Neyland played were far weaker than what Fulmer played.

jasonn1970 writes:

1. Neyland - could have put up even bigger numbers had he not been pressed back into military service

2. Fulmer - National title and record speak for itself

3. Majors - would have likely broken Neyland's record were his interpersonal skills a little better

4. Dickey - would have possibly broken Neyland's record had he not committed career suicide (at the time) going to Florida

5. Barnhill - had there been an opening would have been a big winner in Knoxville

vol52 writes:

A strong case can be made for Coach Dickey. When he took over Tennessee was still playing the single wing and had been sub par for seven or eight years.

volroadwarrior writes:

Fulmer's time has come and gone, but he is at least one of the best, if not #1. The SEC teams, except for the Bear's were not as competitive as they have been lately. I credit Dickey with some great things--the best of which is junking the single wing.

Asking where someone ranks is as dumb as the BCS and national polls. It is always a matter of various opinions and settles nothing objectively.

For all of you Fulmer haters, he was one of the best even if time has passed him by. Get over it!

goeltzd#649642 writes:

Coach Aardvark

leedsvol2007 writes:

in response to hiresanders:

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Since you can write I also assume you can read. I suggest you get a copy of Neyland The Gridiron General.

Not only will you find out he was one of the most well known football coaches of his era but that he was an accomplished engineer and World War II supply commander.

Triton1 writes:

in response to TouchdownTenn:

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actually TD you are the biggest joke.

BSweet writes:

in response to Stumps:

my lord some folks are just hard to figure out.

Majors was mediocre AT BEST as a coach, that's why he got the boot. IIRC he went to PITT and SUCKED there. Who cares if he likes what's going on. Despite the last few years, Fulmer did enhance a winning tradition. Yes his time has come to go, and yes he should be remembered as a great coach at TN. He didn't push Majors out, Majors didn't win enough games, Fulmer won when he was asked to do so.

Perhaps you could also recall that before coming back to UT, Johnny won a NC at Pitt. Let's see, that makes him even with Fulmer on NCs, right?

BSweet writes:

in response to Volsrbest:

Sorry, General Neyland is a legend at UT, but not the best coach. If you compare the competition of today to that of the Neyland era, I don't think there is any question Phil Fulmer is the best coach in UT history. He is the one who took our program from average to a national contender. He is the one to get UT on national TV several times a year to bring in more funding for the program. He's the one that drove other schools in the SEC to improve their programs and make the SEC the most powerful conference in college football. He has overseen many expansions of the stadium and facility.

Many will argue those points, but it is what it is. It's not all about the record.

Are you serious? OMG, I think you are. Ummm... If you are not aware, we were national contenders under the General. He won several national championships. Yes, they weren't all consensus, but that was a different time. As for the TV thing, that wasn't even a factor in the General's day. Methinks you give Fulmer to much credit for the success of the SEC. As much as I dislike the man, Spurrier had an equal hand in that as well. Perhaps more so as he was always the one with the ready soundbite. As for Fulmer being responsible for the expansion of the stadium.... Bwa-ha-ha-ha.... Seriously? I'm sorry, but seriously?

As for it not being all about the record... Who gave us the pre-game maxims? Who is the stadium named after? Who is credited with making UT football something from nothing? Phil didn't inherit a struggling program. He did a good job in the '90's but he didn't have as far to go as some want to think. I'm sorry, but when it comes to coaches at UT there is the General, and then there's everyone else.

tnbigg writes:

The laughing, mindless hyenas even attack Neyland because of their hatred, rage and blindness. As the hyenas cackle their bitter vomit...suddenly...TommyJack and pdhuff enter the picture and cure the landscape of the laughing, midless hyenas. HOORAY! GOOD RIDDANCE HYENAS!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PGYP1t...

tnbigg writes:
tnbigg writes:

Don't worry...he's still watching over you...

http://bp2.blogger.com/_7OC0YbG2fek/R...

gnm53108 writes:

in response to supersmo18:

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Agree.No Darth Visor.
Never,No way in he11!

FWBVol writes:

in response to rabidvolfan:

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The knowledgable fan, which I am, knows that Phillip Fulmer was the only UT football coach to coach in the division era.

Last year both LSU and Tennessee were 6-2 in regular season conference play with the Tigers winning the championship game. Under the old setup all the teams with 6-2 records would have been declared co-champions and credited with an SEC title.

One could make an argument that playing a schedule that includes Georga, Florida and Alabama every year is the toughest schedule in the SEC and a division title today might carry the same weight as a conference title when their were only 10 teams and games could end in a tie.

Another thing to look at is the fact teams play an eight-game schedule today as opposed to the six-game SEC schedule it was for so many years
From what I've read of the General, he was the greatest coach in Tennessee history. He was a master of strategy and it was said of him that he could take his guys and beat the other guys or he could take the other guys and beat his guys.

Many of the basic defensive philosophies everyone uses today are some sort of varation of schemes the General used more than 50 years ago.

Now that is some history of the UT program.

WeLoveTennesseeVols writes:

in response to rab63:

Who the phooey cares!!! I hate these KNS polls but this one is just stupid....I got an idea, after we figure out the second best coach lets try to figure out the third best one

You're a real smart a......here's another question genius, did your mother have any children? Next, you get the intelligence award for knowing what comes after 2! Have a great day. That's what comes after the night.

sandman8323 writes:

anyone left in here

bigtimevol writes:

Please...Majors' early part of his tenure was dominated by Alabama, Auburn, sprinkled with losses to Ole Miss, KY, and Vandy. It took eight or so years of mediocrity to win the SEC, and then he had a streak, similar. Dickey may have been the most talented, but anyone who leaves UT to coach at FL, whether they come back to be AD or not sureley doesn't count in the equation. FULMER hands down.

stevefrommemphis writes:

Surely the 90 people who have voted for Bill Battle are joking.

tripsavol3#650322 writes:

Is it me or are the krispy kreme jokes way past getting old? Grow up!

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