Murray Warmath, who played football at Tennessee from 1932 to 1934 and went on to coach Minnesota to the 1960 national championship, died Wednesday in Minneapolis. He was 98.
Warmath was thought to be UT's oldest living letterman, the university said.
Warmath coached at Minnesota from 1954 to 1971, going 87-78-7 and leading the Golden Gophers to back-to-back Rose Bowls in 1961-62.
Warmath coached at Mississippi State from 1952 to 1953, and led the Bulldogs against his former coach, Gen. Robert Neyland, in 1952 at Crump Stadium in Memphis.
"We beat them 14-7, and after the game, Murray grabbed hold of the General as they were coming off the field and said, 'By God, don't you retire. I'll beat you next year,' " said Gus Manning, who was UT's sports information director at the time.
Neyland did retire after the 1952 season, but the Bulldogs beat Tennessee 26-0 in Knoxville the following season.
A Humboldt native, Warmath was president of his class at UT and lettered three seasons for the Vols. He made the Associated Press' 1934 All-SEC team as a guard.
Warmath also worked on Neyland's coaching staff from 1935 to '39. After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy in World War II, Warmath returned to Neyland's staff from 1946 to '48 before becoming an assistant coach at Army.