There has been no shortage of exceptional athletes strolling the halls of the University of Tennessee over its 120-year history. There have been no Heisman Trophy winners in Vols history, but the program's legacy has been built on some of the finest football players in the country. UT began competing as a member of the Southeastern Conference in 1892, just four years after the sport became organized. The Volunteers currently play in Neyland Stadium, which opened in 1971. They are a part of the SEC East division along with Georgia, Miami (FL), South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.
UT's official football website states the school year is divided into two terms: fall and spring. Students attend class during the fall term and return for additional classes in the spring. The university uses an eight-hour workday with one hour for lunch.
The Volunteer football team has had considerable success throughout its history. In addition to having three undefeated regular seasons, they have won nine or more games six times and have appeared in 10 bowl games. The most recent was the 2014 Peach Bowl where they lost to Auburn 26-14.
Tennessee's home stadium is known as Neyland Stadium. It opened in 1971 and holds 70,000 people with the ability to expand to 80,000. The field at Neyland Stadium is natural grass and measures 50 by 100 yards. It is one of the largest college football stadiums in the Southeast.
During the first season of Kellie Harper's tenure, Tennessee finished 21-10 overall and 10-6 in the SEC, tying for third place in the league. With only one senior starter (Lou Brown) and two freshmen and a sophomore in the starting five, UT finished second in the conference for the first time since 2014-15.
The Vols have played football for 121 seasons, beginning in 1891, and their cumulative record of 833-383-53 puts them eighth all-time in terms of win-loss %. 677 and ninth on the list of college football by-victories, as well as second on the SEC's all-time win/loss record, 390-253-33.601.
The Tennessee Volunteers football seasons through the 2020 season are listed here. + Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP/New Years' Six bowl is indicated. # Coaches Poll final rankings
Tennessee is rated thirteenth in all-time won-lost records by percentage and ninth in victories as of 2017. 830-375-53.682 is the all-time record. The Vols have a 464-127-17 record at Neyland Stadium (.777).
Tennessee opened the 1998 season with an 11-2 record (7-1 SEC). The Associated Press ranked the Volunteers 10th in the preseason poll. After beating Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl, the first BCS National Championship Game, the Vols claimed their second indisputable national title and sixth overall. They were undefeated at home and had not lost a game since September 1996. Tennessee's average margin of victory was 35.4 points per game.
The Vols finished the regular season ranked No. 2 by both the AP and Coaches Polls for the first time in school history. UT won its third consecutive SEC Eastern Division title and its fourth overall. With victories over Arkansas, South Carolina and Virginia, Tennessee became only the fifth team in FBS history to win three straight games against ranked opponents. It was the first time that has happened to UT since 1951 when it started 5-0-1 for the first time ever. The Vols also beat Georgia during this span to clinch at least a share of the division crown. UT ended up losing the other two games of the series.
In the 1998 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Tennessee faced off against Alabama in what would be Bo Schembechler's last game as Crimson Tide coach. In his 20 seasons at the helm, he led the Tide to four bowl games and a pair of national championships (1990, 1992).
Tennessee set a school record in 2000 by averaging 107,595 spectators per home game. The Tennessee Volunteers football team has a record of 464 wins, 118 losses, and 17 ties at Neyland through week six of the 2016 season, for a winning percentage of.789. The squad has 36 perfect home records, the most recent being in 2007. They have been outscored by their opponents 12,349 to 9,950 (plus one tie) during those games.
Neyland Stadium is known as "The World's Largest Outdoor Theater" and it is easy to see why when you consider that an estimated 730,000 people come to watch Tennessee play every year. The record attendance for a single game is 102,093 vs. Florida in 1978. In addition to being a popular athletic event, Tennessee football games are also very lucrative; annual revenues exceed $100 million dollars.
The stadium is located on the campus of Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville, Tennessee. It was built in 1934 for $750,000 ($5.9 million in 2012 dollars), and has been renovated several times since then. Its official name is Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium, after the university president who led its construction. However, it is more commonly known as Neyland Stadium or just "The Stadium."
The first game played in Neyland Stadium was on September 3, 1934, when Tennessee beat Vanderbilt 31-0.
The 2004 Tennessee Volunteers (often known as "Tennessee", "UT", or the "Vols") were the University of Tennessee's football team during the 2004 NCAA Division I-A season. The Vols played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They were coached by Phillip Fulmer, who was fired after the conclusion of that season.
This was the first losing season for the Vols since 1957 and only their second in the modern era (since 1932). They fell to 9–3 overall and 5–2 in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the East Division. Tennessee's record was hampered by several injuries to key players, including quarterback Erik Ainge, running back Jerious Norwood, and wide receiver Justin Gage. Also lost for the year was starting center Brad Meester, who tore his ACL during practice.
There have been nine coaches that have led the Tennessee program, with Phil Fulmer being the most recent hire. Their overall record is 96–50–4 , including a national championship in 1934. The Vols have won at least ten games each year except for 1943 and 1944 due to World War II. They have appeared in the SEC Championship Game five times, winning it in 1994. Tennessee has also made four bowl appearances, winning two of them.