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It’s hard not to notice a Tennessee football legend walking onto the practice field after a 17-year absence.

Heads turned when former player and coach Johnny Majors was on the sidelines. Yet Thursday’s practice wasn’t the first time that Majors had been around the new-look Vols under first-year coach Lane Kiffin.

Before showing up at Thursday’s practice, Majors also took part in a recent staff meeting with Kiffin and his assistants.

“(He) kind of ran the staff meeting,” Kiffin joked. “I was supposed to be in charge. He just took over.

“It’s so neat to have him around: to be able to ask him some questions, to have him out there at practice and see the smile on his face after practice.”

Majors wasn’t just pleased with his return to practice; he was pleased with Kiffin’s practice.

Kiffin was hired to replace Phillip Fulmer, who was fired during a 5-7 season in 2009. Majors’ estrangement from UT began when he was replaced by his offensive coordinator, Fulmer, in 1992 after 16 seasons.

“I thought it was outstanding in every way.” Majors said of practice. “That’s the way football should be practiced.

“The tempo, the energy, the effort and the attitude was superb. There was a lot of continuous coaching going on from the time they got on the field to the time they left. Nobody was standing around, players or coaches.

“There wasn’t a dull moment.”

At one point during practice, Majors stepped onto the field and gave All-America safety Eric Berry a surprise greeting.

“I was behind him. He didn’t know who I was,” said Majors, who recruited Berry’s father, James Berry, to UT. “I said ‘Where did you learn to play football like you play football? Your dad, your mother or your grandmother?’

“He kind of grinned and slowly turned around and he said ‘Hello coach.’”

It was the first time Berry, who will be a junior this fall, met Majors, who was an All-American and the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy in 1956.

“It was kind of a shock,” Berry said of the meeting. “It was good finally meeting him and seeing what kind of person he is.”

“It feel pretty good, just seeing a legend in Tennessee history to be at practice and have a conversation with him. I heard a lot of great stories from my dad about him. It was a pleasure finally meeting him.”

Majors also had some advice for Berry.

“Just keep working hard and keep playing hard,” Berry said.

Kiffin walked with Majors from Haslam Field to the Neyland-Thompson Athletic Complex following practice. Kiffin and Majors were both headed off to another staff meeting.

“He was so excited about the tempo and energy at practice,” Kiffin said. “I wanted the whole staff to hear that.

“We’ve really welcomed him and love to have him around, him and his family, and it’s been great.”

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diggerland17#448133 writes:

Go Johnny Go! I think this Lane Kiffin hire is going to workout alright- GO VOLS!

CoachFulmer writes:

gator4life is a bandwagoneer just like his other boyfriends.

GO VOLS!

Rick4UT writes:

I am so glad that Majors has made a visit...his blood is pure Orange...maybe he will feel welcome now.Before the tatters...gators start to run their mouths...remind them to take their meds and that Tebow only has one more year and we will be back...

GatorHater326 writes:

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ethanfrome writes:

A gator posts first??

This would never have happened during the 8-year long, Fulmer-decline-era! We really have them worried!

Go vols!

TNParker writes:

Now can we get Phil and Johnny at the same practice?

smokyredbone writes:

in response to gator4life:

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No we Hate the Gators more! I'm sure I'm not the "First" to tell you that loser!!

Triton1 writes:

in response to GatorHater326:

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she said I was gooood! I mean god!

dvols writes:

i will drink to that!!!!!!

utvol12345 writes:

in response to cliffjumper50#205931:

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Charles Woodson over Peyton. A DB from the Big 10. Kind of like this years Thorpe award was wrongly given to a Big 10 DB instead of a Tennessee player.

randycampbell2005#556883 writes:

Johnny is a UT hero, thank God that Lane is letting him take is rightful place in UT lore!!!!!

UTandETSUfan writes:

Welcome back Coach.

andy112382#209793 writes:

in response to gator4life:

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2009? Hmm.

Well, either way, hope the gators enjoyed their dominance over Tennessee while they could.

Fact remains, under the below-expectation-performing staff we previously had, we still won the SEC east 2 of the last 5 years, I believe, now that we have a whole new level of energy and players feeding off of that and walking with a new confidence and swagger.... should be a lot of happy, how did you say...hillbillies the seasons to come. (better a hillbilly than a swamprat anyway)

randycampbell2005#556883 writes:

Does 45 to 3 make anyone remember? Me,my Dad, Johnny, and Dale Carter!!!!!!!

belayvol writes:

in response to gator4life:

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Cart>horse. Your mouth>azz.

txsvol#372416 writes:

in response to cliffjumper50#205931:

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Paul Hornung, who played QB on a losing (2-8 ?) Notre Dame team, but had a good pro career with the Packers as a HB/K (although he was suspended a year for gambling), Charlie Ward of Fla. State, whose professional career was as a basketball player with the Knicks in the NBA, and Charles Woodson, the 2-way DB that ESPN shamelessly promoted over Peyton, because ABC had the TV rights to the Rose Bowl Game that year. Challenge answered, but your point is valid--the Heisman is a popularity contest, and people vote in screwy ways. (I believe that Hank Lauricella was a runner up in 1951, but that was before my time. SAVol

randycampbell2005#556883 writes:

I just got through teaching my SS students about CARMA today in Nashville, TN and I wanted to bring up this topic so BAD, but I didn't. "What goes around, comes around!!!!!

gohawks1 writes:

And finally, the healing can begin.

UTandETSUfan writes:

in response to sweeten_159#646196:

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Don't you mean one of the best days of all Vol fans' lives.

yeavols#228407 writes:

Gator4life..I refuse to reply to your posts which would only re-print your obnoxious banter. So I would rather just reply in a paragraph. If you only knew how assanine you look here, but I understand that you need to be here for attention. You have psychological issues. Passive aggressive, obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorder, sociopathic personality disorder..and so on fits you perfectly. I am sure your life is nothing but misery in your wretched hole you occupy. I guess misery does love company and apparently we make you feel better like your pals that frequently visit here. I hope that someday you find something else to do that is constructive and beneficial to society. In the meantime, the VOLS will always be a thorn in your deformed side. Gloat now, your days are numbered. Just your mere presence states that you are quite concerned about the VOLS..and with good reason..you will lose to us soon enough...but unfortunately..you won't be here then to enjoy our happiness. So enjoy yours now.

volwalk writes:

FEAR the unification of the BIG ORANGE NATION!

"Don't sleep on Tennessee!"

gohawks1 writes:

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Without a doubt.

Waldorf writes:

Welcome back home Johnny.

Sorry Foolmore kept you away for so long.

ravensearay writes:

Welcome home Coach >>>>>>>>>>>>

cpahiker#231287 writes:

hopefully jonny doesn't share his gin with lane, he's still underage

tennesseebee writes:

in response to cliffjumper50#205931:

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Paul horning (sp), QB from fla state who played baseball, and Mi. cb Charles Woodsen in the crime of the century.

gohawks1 writes:

in response to UTfan4life:

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At least this should be entertaining. The Fulmer supporters vs. the Majors supporters will do battle on this one. Take cover.

FWBVol writes:

in response to tennesseebee:

Paul horning (sp), QB from fla state who played baseball, and Mi. cb Charles Woodsen in the crime of the century.

As someone else correctly stated, Charlie Ward of FSU won the Heisman over Heath Shuler. Shuler was a junior and Ward a senior who led FSU to its first NC that year. I have no problem with Ward winning the Heisman. The other guys were a joke though.

tennesseebee writes:

I dont hate any former vols that I can think of. Welcome home,coach Majors. Same for coach Fulmer. Any Vol is better than a Gator or a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

bobbytodd writes:

I would rather welcome back Cotter. Didn't he used to have the qb punt on 3rd down? I was young but pretty sure I remember that goofball doing that sometimes when we were in bad field position.

tennesseebee writes:

in response to FWBVol:

As someone else correctly stated, Charlie Ward of FSU won the Heisman over Heath Shuler. Shuler was a junior and Ward a senior who led FSU to its first NC that year. I have no problem with Ward winning the Heisman. The other guys were a joke though.

Yes, I have no prob w/ Ward either. Couldn't think of his name. But I was referring to Woodsen as being the crime of the century. Man, the media hated Manning til he got away from UT. They launched a campaign to make sure he didn't grab the hardware. Peyton is showing them now, though. GO VOLS!

bnakk#240693 writes:

On the Heisman subject what about Doug Atkins (NFL Hall of Famer) and Reggie White (greatest defensive lineman in football history) How is Charles Woodson (not even the best man named Woodson) to play DB Heisman worthy and those guys are not?

Seriouslyorange writes:

I for one am glad , in retrospect, that Peyton Manning didn't win the Heistman(sp:on purpose) trophy. Over the years his exclusion has saved me untold hours of even thinking or contemplating who should or should not win.
WHO GIVES A RATS? I make a prediction that no Tennessee player will ever win the Heistman, no matter the stats, or any other measure of the sport. If it was going to happen it would have happened already. And I might add this is not sour grapes but fact and we are not the only university in the same boat. If the big dogs don't want you then you 'aint gonna win' Peiod.

DennisVols writes:

Another Gator re-arrested
http://www.gatorsports.com/article/20...

Meyer sure is in control of his team

bowser writes:

in response to bnakk#240693:

On the Heisman subject what about Doug Atkins (NFL Hall of Famer) and Reggie White (greatest defensive lineman in football history) How is Charles Woodson (not even the best man named Woodson) to play DB Heisman worthy and those guys are not?

The monster of the midway and the minister of Defense were not considered heisman worthy. Bull phooey. How does the Madden of the NFL feel. It is like there were no special teams members until our guy, Bill Bates showed up on the scene. Today is the day when the Vols show up for this trophy and win it. You all know who it is! Go Vols Go.

yeavols#228407 writes:

Tennesse has 6 National Championships in Football...Once again, the Johnny Come Lately Florida team is a one hit wonder whose program will soon fall by the wayside again. Tennessee has a long time tradition and will hopefully win more championships in the future. You see, what the Gators hate the most is that their program will never compare to ours in production of NFL players and SEC wins and championships. Come to think of it, they will never touch Alabama either and will struggle just to stay ahead of Auburn in all time series wins. Poor gator fans..they have to post their few championships lately to justify their existence..they know it..they hate it...that's why they are here

yeavols#228407 writes:

"On the same day Florida football coach Urban Meyer said there is a chance Torrey Davis could return to the team, the troubled junior defensive tackle was arrested for violation of probation."

You see..it's just the beginning..they know it..it's coming..

blitzshoot writes:

Welcome back Coach Majors.

therazbo writes:

KNS sports(and i use that term loosely) writers would find it hard to tell us what is going on because they do not have a clue.

cjraney writes:

Welcome back Johnny. You've been away too long.

belayvol writes:

Snicker* Some of you guy's are young. Not a bad thing mind you.

GahLee writes:

in response to cliffjumper50#205931:

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Paul Hourning and Charles Woodson...as for Shuler's year...not sure.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Ol' Johnny had to have a smile and a "how sweet it is"!

Man has a long memory.

crimsonviper writes:

nice to see him made feel welcome.good for the vols and good for true sec football fans.

Greer_Vol_22 writes:

I find it hilarious that any Gator would hang out in a Tennessee site waiting for a chance at a first post.

Vol43 writes:

in response to gator4life:

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Who the hell is francis? Notice how the Gators make up names?

volfan73120#211815 writes:

Dick Kazzmeer (sp) of Princeton won the Heisman in 1951. Hank Lauricella, who led Tennessee to the national championship that year, was runner up.

LongtimeVol writes:

in response to cjraney:

Welcome back Johnny. You've been away too long.

Copy that

Vol43 writes:

in response to Greer_Vol_22:

I find it hilarious that any Gator would hang out in a Tennessee site waiting for a chance at a first post.

Tell me that aint funny. Yeah, here's a gator waiting in the wings for a chance to post 1st on a VOL site. And you think they're not scared?

atvolfan#654430 writes:

in response to tennesseebee:

Yes, I have no prob w/ Ward either. Couldn't think of his name. But I was referring to Woodsen as being the crime of the century. Man, the media hated Manning til he got away from UT. They launched a campaign to make sure he didn't grab the hardware. Peyton is showing them now, though. GO VOLS!

I think Johnny got robbed the most. Horning played for a Notre Dame team with a losing record. At least Woodson was a leader for a championship football team, granted he shouldn't have sniffed the award in 1997.

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