Listen as Johnny Majors visits the Smokies Radio Network

Mick Gillispie with Tennessee football legend Johnny Majors on Wednesday night at Smokies Park. Photo Courtesy: Roger Hoover.

By Roger Hoover / Smokies Radio Network

The Smokies Radio Network welcomed in a special guest on Wednesday night, as Tennessee football legend Johnny Majors joined the broadcast during the seventh inning.

Majors first starred for the University of Tennessee as an explosive halfback, twice being named the Southeastern Conference Most Valuable Player and was also an All-America selection in 1956. That year he led Tennessee to the SEC Championship, and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting.

As a coach, Majors coached at Iowa State and Pittsburgh before he came “marching home” to Tennessee in 1977. In 1976 he led Pittsburgh to the national championship, coaching Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett.

Johnny Majors with Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant after Tennessee beat Alabama 35-28 in 1982 at Neyland Stadium.

Majors coached the Vols from 1977-1992, leading Tennessee to three SEC championships. Majors also led the famed “Sugar Vols” team in 1985 that won the SEC title and upset second-ranked Miami 35-7 in the Sugar Bowl.

In this interview with Mick Gillispie, Coach Majors discussed his playing and coaching career, as well as made a play-by-play call of J.T. Wise’s three-run homer which you can listen to in the second clip below.

Johnny Majors with Mick Gillispie August 22, 2012

Johnny Majors calls J.T. Wise’s Home Run August 22, 2012

Categories: Smokies Radio Network


The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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