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Former Vol football coach to appear at Boyd banquet
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Former University of Tennessee football player and head coach Johnny Majors will be this year’s keynote speaker at the Boyd Christian School spring banquet Thursday, April 26.Majors, a Lynchburg native, played high school football at Huntland for his father, Shirley Majors. He rose to fame in the 1950s as a Heisman trophy runner-up as a tailback at Tennessee for coach Bowden Wyatt.Majors went on to serve as an assistant coach at Tennessee, Mississippi State and Arkansas before landing head-coaching jobs at Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.Majors won a national title in 1976, coaching the undefeated Pittsburgh Panthers and future Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett.Majors returned to his alma mater the following fall, beginning a rebuilding project in Knoxville which led to SEC titles in 1985, 1989 and 1990.Majors concluded his coaching career with a short stint at Pittsburgh before retiring with a 185-137-10 record in 1996. Majors was a head coach for 28 years and compiled a 9-7 record in bowl games, including winning the 1985 Sugar Bowl 35-7 over the Miami Hurricanes with a team affectionately referred to as the “SugarVols.”Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987 and still holds records at University of Tennessee.Majors lives in Knoxville with his wife Mary Lynn and has reemerged as a celebrity at Tennessee.