A pair of Tennessee’s all-time great football coaches will be inducted into the Tennessee Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017, as announced by the school on Thursday. Phillip Fulmer and Gen. Robert Neyland headline the star-studded, eight-person induction class, which will be celebrated Friday, Oct. 13, one day before the Vols’ football team takes on South Carolina.
Fulmer went 151-52-1 over his 17 years coaching Tennessee from 1992-2008. He led them to eight bowl wins, including a national championship in 1998. The Vols won SEC titles in 1997 and 1998 under Fulmer.
Neyland was the Vols’ head coach from 1926-34, 1936-40 and 1946-52, leading them to four national championships. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956. Neyland went 173-31-12 in 21 seasons leading Tennessee. The stadium is now named after him.
Here is the full induction class:
- Monica Abbott (softball)
- Ray Bussard (coach; men’s swimming)
- Phillip Fulmer (coach; football)
- Justin Gatlin (men’s track)
- Todd Helton (baseball)
- Jeremy Linn (men’s swimming)
- Gen. Robert Neyland (coach; football)
- Delisa Walton Myricks (women’s track)
Bussard and Neyland will be inducted posthumously.
This is only the second year that Tennessee’s Hall of Fame has been open to males, as it evolved from the previous Lady Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2016.
“Halls of fame, by design, stand to honor those who have truly distinguished themselves as elite,” Tennessee Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics John Currie said in a press release. “And this Class of 2017 represents the very best of some of the University of Tennessee’s most elite eras in their respective sports. These eight individuals are legendary and indeed transformational figures in Tennessee’s storied athletic history, and I salute our Hall of Fame committee for selecting this outstanding class.”
The school states that the purpose of the Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor those who have made outstanding contributions to Tennessee Athletics.
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