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Encyclopedia > Johnny Majors

Johnny Majors was a longtime College Football Head Coach and alumnus of the University of Tennessee. He started as a head coach at the Iowa State University in the late 1960's before moving on to his greatest success as coach of the University of Pittsburgh in the 1970's. In Pittsburgh he recruited such greats as Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett and Matt Cavanaugh among others. The Panthers won the national title in 1976, when Majors made a decision he regrets to this day, going back to his alma mater but at the same time leaving a program on the rise in Pittsburgh at the height of its success. At Tennessee Majors achieved success in the 1980's and early 1990's but nothing duplicating national title hopes like he achieved at Pitt. In the mid-1990's when he was unceremoniously dumped from his alma mater in favor of coach Fulmer, he returned to his second home of Pittsburgh to once again coach the university where he achieved his greatest success. Throughout the mid-1990's Majors tried to recreate the magic of the 1970's in Pennsylvania but only achieved mild success. He retired shortly before the 1997 NCAA season and resides in Pittsburgh. The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the primary institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee system, Tennessees flagship public university. ... Iowa State University (ISU) is a public land-grant university and space-grant university located in Ames, Iowa. ... The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award, named after former college football player and coach John W. Heisman, is considered the most prestigious award in American college football and is given annually to the top player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). ... Anthony Drew Dorsett (born April 7, 1954 in the Pittsburgh suburb of Rochester, Pennsylvania) was an American football running back who was a star in college football and the NFL. Dorsett was a star running back at University of Pittsburgh and helped to lead them to a national title in... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... Fulmer is a village in south Buckinghamshire, England. ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ...

Preceded by:
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University of Pittsburgh Football Coaches
1973–1976
Succeeded by:
Jackie Sherrill

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