Gen. Neyland – 50 facts on the 50th anniversary

Legendary Vols head coach, athletics director died 50 years ago today

UT coaching staff and trainer, 1927. Left to right ... Bob Neyland, Paul Parker, Lenox baker (trainer) and Bill Britton. Photo from Knoxville News Sentinel archive.

UT coaching staff and trainer, 1927. Left to right ... Bob Neyland, Paul Parker, Lenox baker (trainer) and Bill Britton. Photo from Knoxville News Sentinel archive.

Gen. Robert Neyland and the 1950 University of Tennessee football team celebrate after winning the 1951 Cotton Bowl. The team was the Dunkel national champion but finished  No. 4 in the Associated Press poll. (UT Athletics/Special to the News Sentinel)

Gen. Robert Neyland and the 1950 University of Tennessee football team celebrate after winning the 1951 Cotton Bowl. The team was the Dunkel national champion but finished No. 4 in the Associated Press poll. (UT Athletics/Special to the News Sentinel)

Fifty years ago today, Gen. Robert R. Neyland became a legend.

He already was nationally known on a number of fronts: Tennessee football coach, U.S. Army military leader, NCAA football rules committee chair and Vols director of athletics. But when he died March 28, 1962, in a New Orleans hospital at age 70, Neyland’s legacy reached another level, especially for the University of Tennessee family.

In February of that year, as he was observing his final birthday, Neyland learned that the UT Trustees had voted to rename the football stadium in his honor. He was said to be very pleased by the gesture.

“He was in the Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, a specialist facility,” remembered Gus Manning, former Neyland aide and longtime Tennessee athletics department administrator. “I went down with (head coach) Bowden Wyatt to see him. The entire family was there.”

Two days after he died of liver cancer, Neyland was buried in the Knoxville National Cemetery just west of the intersection of North Broadway and North Central streets.

Today, the Neyland name remains synonymous with Tennessee football, championships and overall excellence from the winningest coach in school history. Neyland not only graces the iconic 100,000-seat stadium he helped design, but the Neyland scholarship is one of UT’s most prestigious academic honors.

“He was brilliant,” Manning said of his mentor. “He was an innovator. He probably was the smartest guy I’ve been associated with in my lifetime at Tennessee.”

But just in case Tennessee fans don’t know enough about the man who means so much in Big Orange Country, the following are 50 facts on this 50th anniversary of Gen. Neyland’s death.

“I tried to get myself an ROTC job where I could do a little football coaching and experiment and see whether or not there was any sense to what I had dreamed up. That’s actually how I got interested in it, and just like anything else you get your teeth into, you don’t seem to be able to let go.”

-- Gen. Neyland on his start to coaching

50 Facts on the 50th Anniversary

1. Neyland’s wife, Ada Fitch “Peg” Neyland, told this story on the correct pronunciation of the family name. She stood on one leg, patted her knee and said it’s “KNEE-land, like my knee.”

2. Neyland finished his Tennessee coaching career with 173 wins, 31 losses and 12 ties, for an .829 winning percentage.

3. When he retired from coaching after the 1952 season, Neyland ranked first on the all-time winning percentage list of any man in modern major college football history with at least 20 years in the business.

4. Neyland preached readiness, maintaining that, “Almost all close games are lost by the losers, not won by the winners.”

5. Of his 216 games coached, the Vols shut out their opponents 109 times.

6. From 1938 to 1940, his teams recorded an amazing 17 consecutive regular season shutouts.

7. In the 1939 regular season, Tennessee outscored its opposition 212-0. The Vols are the last major college football program to shut out every regular season opponent.

8. Neyland coached the Vols to six undefeated seasons, nine undefeated regular seasons, seven conference championships and four national championships.

9. He reeled off undefeated streaks of 33, 28, 23, 19 and 14 games.

10. Neyland coached 21 Vols to first-team All-America honors. Eleven of those players went on to the College Football Hall of Fame.

11. At one time, more than 175 former Neyland players were active head coaches in the United States and Canada.

12. Neyland’s starting assistant coaching salary at UT in his first year of 1925 was $750. Factor inflation and that translates to approximately $9,757 in 2012.

13. Neyland was born Feb. 17, 1892, in Greenville, Texas, northeast of Dallas.

14. After high school, Neyland passes his teaching certification test and became a substitute teacher at age 17 earning $75 per month.

15. He then attended Burleson College and Texas A&M University before gaining an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Neyland’s father, a lawyer, begged his son to go to law school instead but the younger Neyland had no interest in that career path.

16. Neyland was a superb student-athlete. He won 35 games (20 consecutive) pitching for Army, was a starting end on the Cadets’ 1914 national championship football team and was the academy’s heavyweight boxing champion his final three years.

17. Neyland was Army’s first baseman in 1913 when the team’s ace pitcher pulled a muscle that ended his career. Former Vols football captain Sammy Strang (known as Strang Nicklin during his college days) coached the Cadet nine and called a meeting to proclaim Neyland the team’s new starting pitcher. Strang told Neyland to give his first baseman’s mitt to his teammate – future four-star general Omar Bradley.

18. In his first outing, Neyland struck out 12 in beating NYU, 2-1. Later in front of a crowd of 15,000, Neyland was the pitching and hitting star in Army’s 2-1 win over Navy. His outstanding performance excused Neyland from “hell-week” activities normally assigned to West Point plebes.

19. During a 1915 game against Syracuse, Army trailed by one and had a runner at third with one out. Strang decided to replace Bradley, a .385 hitter, with Neyland, who promptly grounded to third and the runner was thrown out at home. Neyland then was picked off first for the final out. Afterward, Bradley confronted Neyland and said, “Well I think I could have done as good as that.” Neyland replied, “Well Brad, it wasn’t my idea in the first place.”

20. Neyland graduated from the Academy in 1916.

21. He was recruited to play professional baseball by the New York Giants, Detroit Tigers and Philadelphia Athletics, but instead went to World War I as soon as he graduated and served in France.

22. Neyland later served on the U.S.-Mexican border in pursuit of Pancho Villa, and in India and China during World War II.

23. By the age of 27, Neyland was one of the youngest regimental commanders in the U.S. Army.

24. But when the New York Times reported that fact, Neyland almost immediately was demoted to captain. Brig. Gen. Douglas McArthur faced a similar situation but accepted the superintendency at West Point to avoid being demoted to major. When Neyland protested his demotion, Neyland’s successor rewarded him with a below satisfactory rating and had him shipped off to MIT for one year of postgraduate studies in civil engineering. Which led to the future of Neyland Stadium and its design.

25. Neyland arrived in Knoxville when the UT football site, Shields-Watkins Field, seated only 3,200. By the time of his death in 1962, the stadium seated more than 51,000 and Neyland had developed architectural plans for its eventual growth to more than 100,000. Those dreams became reality in 1996.

26. The name Neyland Stadium was dedicated in Gen. Neyland’s honor on Oct. 20, 1962.

27. An assistant coach back at Army in the 1920s, Neyland was recommended for the Tennessee assistant’s job – and ROTC post – by Bucknell University head coach Charley Moran, who had played at Tennessee and coached Neyland at Texas A&M.

28. The new assistant Neyland made his presence felt that first UT season of 1925 when he filled in one game for head coach M.B. Banks, who was sick. Neyland led the Vols to a 12-7 home win over Georgia. Newspapers proclaimed it the biggest upset of the year in the South. Banks left that December for the head coaching job at Knoxville Central High School, and Neyland was promoted to Tennessee head coach.

29. Neyland came to UT as a U.S. Army captain. On Sept. 20, 1926, six days before his first game as a college head coach, Neyland was promoted to the grade of Major in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

30. Before Neyland, 10 head football coaches had been hired and fired at Tennessee between 1900 and 1925, their principal failing being the inability to field teams that could beat Vanderbilt.

31. UT Dean Nathan W. Dougherty made the final decision to promote Neyland, telling his new coach to “even the score with Vanderbilt.” He did just that and more.

32. The Commodores led 17-2-2 in the series against Tennessee when Neyland took charge. Vandy won 20-3 in Nashville that first year against Neyland, but the Vols are 71-9-3 against their state rival since 1927.

33. In Neyland’s first four seasons as Tennessee head coach, UT was 34-1-3. Over his first seven seasons, the Vols were 61-2-5.

34. Neyland was a voracious reader while learning the game of football. Among his favorite authors (and their books) were Pop Warner (A Course in Football for Players and Coaches), John Heisman and Grantland Rice (Principles of Football; and Understanding Football), Walter Camp (The Spalding Guide) and Knute Rockne (Coaching; and Coaching, the Way of the Winner).

35. Neyland was the first coach in the South to use press box-to-sideline phones. He was the first anywhere to use game films for evaluation, lightweight tear-away jerseys, low-top shoes and lightweight hip pads to enhance speed. He also came up with a canvas tarp to protect the field.

36. Neyland developed 38 “team maxims” from different sources over the years that he referenced from time to time. The seven Game Maxims still used by Tennessee teams today were his favorites.

37. Twice Neyland’s UT coaching career was interrupted by military service. He served in 1935 at the Panama Canal Zone, and then during the Second World War from 1941-45.

38. He was recalled to active duty in advance of World War II in May 1941, to Norfolk, Va. While stationed there, Neyland was promoted first to lieutenant colonel and then, in July 1942, to full colonel. Later commands during the war years took him to Dallas; Kunming, China; and Calcutta (now Kolkata), India. Neyland received his final promotion to brigadier general on Nov. 10, 1944, when he was transferred to India.

39. His highest salary as head coach was believed to be $20,000, or approximately $204,182 in 2012 dollars.

40. Hall of fame broadcaster Lindsey Nelson and Knoxville ad executive Edwin Huster Sr., helped form UT’s first radio network. Nelson thought it should be called the Volunteer Network and approached Neyland with his idea. Neyland had the ultimate veto power and said, “Let’s call it the Vol Network.” Nelson immediately replied, “Yes, sir. Let’s call it the Vol Network.”

41. Neyland offered his opinions throughout the athletics department. Those comments reportedly included advice for groundskeeper John “Dean” Hoskins about the shape of the football playing surface. One such critique came during a year in which the Vols were struggling to score. Hoskins listened to Neyland and then replied, “The field is in much better shape than your team,” and went on about his business.

42. Even after his active coaching days were through, Neyland always carried a stopwatch to make sure passers and punters were getting rid of the ball within prescribed time limits.

43. At the Neyland Testimonial Dinner, held Aug. 18, 1953, to celebrate the end of his coaching career, Neyland concluded his speech with the words of his former chief, Gen. MacArthur, saying they applied to every campus where football is played: “There on the fields of friendly strife are sown the seeds which on other days will yield the fruits of victory.”

44. President Eisenhower also was a classmate and teammate of Neyland’s at West Point.

45. Neyland remembered seeing Eisenhower daily but did not have a close friendship with him. When Eisenhower was campaigning for president in Knoxville, he reportedly told the crowd he had a “friend of long standing” in Gen. Neyland. The crowd applauded this statement for five straight minutes despite Neyland not being in attendance.

46. Neyland’s grandfather, Robert Reese Neyland, was a lieutenant colonel in the Confederate Army who was killed in 1862 at the Battle of Shiloh in West Tennessee.

47. Neyland served as chair of the NCAA Football Rules Committee from the mid-1950s until his death.

48. Neyland was inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956.

49. The Neyland Statue was dedicated Nov. 12, 2010. The 9-foot-tall, nearly 1,500-pound bronze memorial sits between gates 15A and 17 on the west side of Neyland Stadium.

50. Hall of famer Bear Bryant never defeated a Neyland-coached team, and was said to have muttered at Neyland’s retirement banquet, “Thank God the old guy finally quit.”

(Ed. Note – These Neyland facts and figures were available thanks mainly to the historical research of the following individuals: Bob Gilbert and his book, Neyland: The Gridiron General; Andy Kozar and his book, Football as a War Game – The Annotated Journals of General R.R. Neyland; Haywood Harris and Gus Manning and their classic book, Six Seasons Remembered – The National Championship Years of Tennessee Football; and Tom Mattingly, Knoxville News Sentinel historian, for his efforts in compiling Neyland tidbits through the years that remain in the Tennessee football vernacular.)

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OldNumber7 writes:

He was the best. Every time you turn on the TV today it's his defense you're watching. Ruthless. Intimidating. Pursuit. Gang tackle. Fascinating he used to punt on 1st down just to harass the other team saying "there are more opportunities to score on defense".

Rich_Is_Re-born writes:

in response to OldNumber7:

He was the best. Every time you turn on the TV today it's his defense you're watching. Ruthless. Intimidating. Pursuit. Gang tackle. Fascinating he used to punt on 1st down just to harass the other team saying "there are more opportunities to score on defense".

Agree. He is widely regarded as the greatest defensive mind in college football history. He was named as the defensive coach of the all century team. Anyone who hasn't read The Football Vault by Tom Mattingly needs to do so.

On the other hand... Bear Bryant never coached a team to victory over The General. That's not a knock on Bryant, as I personally respect the Bear for what he's done. But it does go to show just how GREAT Neyland was. Great article!

Doubles writes:

Great article and thanks for the facts. More importantly, thank you for making the most important and missed fact first. General Robert KNEE-land. Drives me bonkers to hear self-proclaimed die-hard fans saying NAY-land.

VolzsFan writes:

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atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

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PhilNotVolFan:
Everything that Coach Fulmer did was made possible by the foundation laid by General Neyland.
Quit whining.

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Hey Volz:

Please don't ever post here again. You have worn out your welcome.

allvol32 writes:

in response to VolzsFan:

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Is this ZZ, gatorz, zdub, zputz of who knows how many different handles over the years? I know that haters gonna hate but dude you've got a very serious mental illness to carry on this type of self destructive behavior for so many years. I hope the men in white coats come and take you away before you go berZZZZZZerk, throw a hiZZZy fit and hurt someone other than yourself.

atributetoLombardiwasbanned writes:

Enough from and about the "Philbillie".
Thanks for the article.
And thanks for all the hard work and research that went into it!
I can never get enough of the tradition and history that is UT football.

tpyvol writes:

The arguments that Tennessee didn't deserve the 1951 National Championship are old, tired, and historically inaccurate. The AP NC was awarded before bowl games until the 60s. And very few teams played strong nationsl schedules in the 50s.

However, if you still want to take away the 1951 NC from the Vols (weak schedule, lost their bowl game), then you have to give them the 1950 NC. The top 4 after the 1950 regular season were: Oklahoma, Army, Texas and Tennessee. Texas lost to Tennessee in the 1951 Cotton Bowl, while #7 Kentucky beat #1 Oklahoma in the 1951 Sugar Bowl.
#2 Army (who beat only 1 top 20 team) didn't go to bowl games. So Tennessee had wins over #3 Texas, #7 Kentucky (Bear Bryant's only loss that year, in the snow in Knoxville) and #16 Alabama.

So --- if you insist on taking away 1951 under today's criteria - then you have to give the 1950 National Championship to Tennessee.

Bubba_Knows writes:

in response to allvol32:

Is this ZZ, gatorz, zdub, zputz of who knows how many different handles over the years? I know that haters gonna hate but dude you've got a very serious mental illness to carry on this type of self destructive behavior for so many years. I hope the men in white coats come and take you away before you go berZZZZZZerk, throw a hiZZZy fit and hurt someone other than yourself.

ZZ "Room 69 - I have escaped!"

stevefrommemphis writes:

#50 is the most important of all. Neyland NEVER lost to Bear Bryant. We must never let the Bammers forget it.

Razzle writes:

"32. The Commodores led 17-2-2 in the series against Tennessee when Neyland took charge. Vandy won 20-3 in Nashville that first year against Neyland, but the Vols are 71-9-3 against their state rival since 1927."

Awesome!!!

richvol writes:

Beautiful...the man was a visionary that will never be equaled. Every Tennessee fan should be proud to be associated with this great man and his legacy. All of the General's maxims still resonate today with the path to winning...in football and life.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

I read and really enjoyed the article about the legendary coach, General Neyland. Immediately, I thought to myself, "what awesome accomplishments, what a tremendously well respected and admired gentleman and gifted military leader as well as greatly respected football coach."

After reading that, I then thought.......surely some troll isn't going to rear his ugly head and have the nerve to give this site some of the never ending stupidity characteristic of the idiots the KNS allows to reside here.

Sure enough, there was the troll VolzsFan doing what he and fellow trolls do............find something to try and belittle legends and the Vols.

KNS, you canned the so-called P M now get with it and start cleaning house.

pingkr62 writes:

Robert R. Neyland III was one in a trillion, there may never be another. A quote I didn't see was the story of a sports reporter who asked Knute Rockne who was the greatest football coach in the country, Rockne replied "Bob Neyland at Tennessee" I'm really surprised there was never a movie made about Neyland, but his life is an amazing story. GO Gen. Neyland and G.B.O.!!!

pingkr62 writes:

in response to atributetoLombardiwasbanned:

Enough from and about the "Philbillie".
Thanks for the article.
And thanks for all the hard work and research that went into it!
I can never get enough of the tradition and history that is UT football.

I would really like to purchase game footage from the old days at Tennessee. If it isn't available, it should be. G.B.O.!!!

BleednUrnge81 writes:

If you are a vol fan, you feel a great sense of pride in knowing that un-arguably the greatest college coach of all time, past, present, and future, roamed the sidelines in knoxville. Your average college fan with some football knowledge, or your average alabubba fan, would say bear bryant, who was imo the second best coach ever, but vol fans know better. It breaks my big orange heart to see what the program has gone through the past four years. I have an idea i think would benefit the program. I think that the university should hold a contest for tennessee fans and choose one lucky fan to enter the locker room before home and possibly away games, and give the vols a speech to hype them up. I think the guys need to hear from the fans that love them so much, the fans that if given the chance, would enter the game and lay out a florida or bama or georgia receiver or running back. If the boys saw the fire in our eyes, the love and passion that we have in our hearts for tennessee football, they would get fired up, of this i have no doubt. I know i would probably end up tearing up and getting hyped, because i bleed orange and white, and so should every young man that puts on the colors and steps out onto shields-watkins field. A sideline pass contest for the following game would put butts into seats as well, ya know call out a random seat number. Those boys need to understand what an absolute honor and privledge it is to put on the orange and white and represent the university of tennessee. GO VOLS, BUCK FAMA, F*** Florida, and have a good'n. BLeednUrnge81, VFL

alwaysBorange writes:

Bear Bryant was a really great coach. He had the benefit of producing his results in the era of Television. If The General had coached in that era, he would so far outshine Bryant in football's history that it would not be funny. Neyland was undoubtedly the best coach to ever coach in the south and arguably one of the top two or three ever nationally, if not the best.

historyphdguy writes:

It is very strange to read this article about Coach Neyland while being a patient at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans where he died. I hope I have a better outcome than our legendary coach. Go Big Orange!

BleednUrnge81 writes:

in response to historyphdguy:

It is very strange to read this article about Coach Neyland while being a patient at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans where he died. I hope I have a better outcome than our legendary coach. Go Big Orange!

Whatever your illness is, i shall pray for your swift recovery, and i wish you and your family all the best. GO BIG ORANGE.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Years ago, Charlie Coffee spoke to us at our sports boosters club in Orange, VA. Coffee, (former Vol under Neyland and Va Tech coach ) told us in a game, this star player for the Vols was hurt, crawled to the sideline to avoid having to take a timeout, and collapsed at Gen Neyland's feet. The Coach asked, "what's wrong son? " The player said "coach, I think I broke my leg." The General said "you Think your leg is broken?" "Yes sir."

"Son, get back out there and find out for sure."

He also was the one who said 3 things can happen when you throw the ball and 2 of them are bad.

VolGrad writes:

in response to stevefrommemphis:

#50 is the most important of all. Neyland NEVER lost to Bear Bryant. We must never let the Bammers forget it.

They saved the best one for last. And that is saying something considering his accomplishments.

Go Vols!

movol53 writes:

We should add on to that last you as the Bear as been quoted as saying "I learned everything I know about football from Neyland".

abnermc writes:

I like the story about the game in which Doug Atkins & a player from the other team were ejected for fighting during a goal-line stand. Atkins refused to leave the field & the Ref went to the General & ask him to get Atkins off the field. The Gen. replied " you ejected him, you get him off".

10Vol85 writes:

If you take all the coaches to coach for a minimum of 10 years with 5 or more at a school that's ever been in the SEC, here are the top 7 by career winning percentage:
1 Neyland
2 Urban Meyer
3 Frank Thomas
4 Bear Bryant
5 Wallace Wade
6 Dan McGugin
7 Johnny Vaught
(I think Fulmer's at 8 but I'd have check).
Here's Neyland's record against this elite group:
3 Thomas 6-3-1
4 Bryant 5-0-2
5 Wade 9-4-2
6 McGugin 6-1-2
7 Vaught 3-2-0
Total 29-10-7, 75.6%
Pretty dang impressive.

10Vol85 writes:

Neyland is under-appreciated, even by Tennessee fans. A lot of folks just look at total numbers but Neyland's totals were limited due to his military service and his health. The interruptions also limited the ability to snowball results (leveraging prior success).

Granted UT isn't a military school but one thing that I don't understand is why the university doesn't leverage it's tradition to honor our military and its heroes more. Our nickname is the "Volunteers" and our greatest coach was a Brigadier General. For instance, we used to only retire the numbers of those who died in military service.

BleednUrnge81 writes:

in response to ScoonerTN:

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I appreciate the love, man. I am a broken-hearted vol fan this evening, as it seems that da'rick "i'm bigger than ut football" rogers, is gonna transfer to georgia state, according to his twitter account. Eff him. Anywho, justin hunter is better anyway. plus cordarelle patterosn coming, a 5 star JUCO. but all that stuff i said in my long post was true, those boys are down in the dumps, and they need a fire lit under their arses. Let me talk to 'em, an we will blow everyone out, lol.
GO VOLS, BUCK FAMA, F*** Floriduh, and have a good'n.

stevefrommemphis writes:

in response to 10Vol85:

If you take all the coaches to coach for a minimum of 10 years with 5 or more at a school that's ever been in the SEC, here are the top 7 by career winning percentage:
1 Neyland
2 Urban Meyer
3 Frank Thomas
4 Bear Bryant
5 Wallace Wade
6 Dan McGugin
7 Johnny Vaught
(I think Fulmer's at 8 but I'd have check).
Here's Neyland's record against this elite group:
3 Thomas 6-3-1
4 Bryant 5-0-2
5 Wade 9-4-2
6 McGugin 6-1-2
7 Vaught 3-2-0
Total 29-10-7, 75.6%
Pretty dang impressive.

Vaught's wins over Neyland happened right after Neyland came back from WW2 and was in the process of rebuilding the Vols. The first time Vaught ran up the score and won 43-13. Neyland was irate, because Vaught obviously ran up the score. Neyland said he'd never hold back against Vaught. The next season, Ole Miss eeked out a 3 point win, but no more after that... The following season, UT beat Ole Miss by 28. The following season, UT beat Ole Miss by 35. The following season, UT won by 25. And 40 years later, in the last Tennessee game my father saw before he died, gentleman Johnny Majors took a knee and left the ball sitting on the Ole Miss 1 at the end of the game, with my Dad up in stands saying: "Go ahead and score. Neyland would have against Ole Miss."

decades_vol (Inactive) writes:

Gen. Neyland, Vince Lombardi, and throw out a few others if you wish. But keep the list short, because there aren't many who belong on it.

docwater#225789 writes:

#17 is in error. Gen Bradley's highest rank was General of the Army, a 5 star position, not 4.

Still an impressive fact.

BleednUrnge81 writes:

in response to ScoonerTN:

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lets be real here. you are a fav of mine as well, but we wont be down forever. you guys have basketball on lock, no doubt about that, but we are a top 10 all time in wins school. we will have another star coach very soon. we will make it out of the cellar, and we will win the east and the conference again. no worries you are stillmy poster homie. :) GBO

BleednUrnge81 writes:

in response to One_And_7:

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i see you have some issues. I would not be laughed out of the locker room, and dooley would let a fan do it. the program is down, the university is down. the need a pick me up. they need the fans to do just that. they need a reminder of where they chose to come to school. you need to keep your snide comments to yourself and stick that tude in your back pocket if you would please. no one asked for your opinion. everyone want to talk trash, no one is ever satisfied with our program. im not either but dooley is the coach. the team is what it is. good or not they are vols. is it not supposed to be about supporting our program? i for one like the idea of a locker room speech. the sideline pass idea is a bit over the top, i admit, but don't bash a true fan for wanting to light a fire under the butts of the team he loves.

shoelessvol#236864 writes:

in response to pingkr62:

I would really like to purchase game footage from the old days at Tennessee. If it isn't available, it should be. G.B.O.!!!

I have a video series from UT "100 Years of Volunteers". There is alot of old game footage of Neyland's years and beyond. Don't know if it's still available. Go to the UT video store.

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