Mike Strange: 24 hours after JFK assassination, a Vol win with no cheers

Mike Strange
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Tennessee played Kentucky on Nov. 23, 1963, in Lexington, Ky., a day after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Mallon Faircloth runs behind blockers for yardage in a photo that appeared the next day in the News Sentinel.

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News Sentinel Archive Tennessee played Kentucky on Nov. 23, 1963, in Lexington, Ky., a day after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Mallon Faircloth runs behind blockers for yardage in a photo that appeared the next day in the News Sentinel.

Fifty years ago Friday, Tennessee’s football team boarded a plane to Lexington, Ky. Then, as now, the Vols needed to close with wins over Kentucky and Vanderbilt to avoid a losing season.

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Comments » 4

GerryOP writes:

I remember, I was a sophomore at UT. Most of us spent the weekend in front of the TV. Only one TV in the fraternity house. Very quiet, very surreal. John Kennedy was gone... Hard for us to comprehend.

Haven't thought of those guys in years, I knew most of them ... Mallon Faircloth, Steve DeLong, Hal Wantland, Bobby Petrella, Tim(?) Foley, Stan(?) Mitchell...

TommyJack writes:

I was a frosh at UT. Remember listening to this game on radio. I think George Mooney was the play by play guy.

dickthompson1#218680 writes:

Three of us Srs were packing to drive to Lexington for the game when we got the news in the frat house. I was surprised that the game was not cancelled,but we went anyway. The Pres had been assassinated, our 13 yr old Smokey died from old age in our frat house at UK, and my old girlfriend ( a UK cheerleader) did not look nearly as good as I had recalled from 2 summers before, and we ran out of gas on the way home. None of us spoke a word during the 200 mile trip back except to bum some money at a truck stop for gas ( and coffee)to get back to Knox.

wendelllawson writes:

McKinley was assassinated in 1901, FYI.

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