CHATTANOOGA, TN (News Sentinel) -- Lewis Neyland, the youngest son of legendary Tennessee football coach Robert R. Neyland and wife Ada Fitch Neyland, died Saturday morning at his residence in Chattanooga at age 79.
Mr. Neyland grew up in Knoxville and attended Baylor School in Chattanooga, Knoxville High School, and Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, Tenn., before entering the University of Tennessee. While on campus, he lettered in basketball (1954-56), tennis (1953-54), and golf (1954-56). He was known in his campus days as "Snake."
Wearing No. 17 on his orange and white jersey and playing for head coach Emmett Lowery at 6-3, 165, he played in 63 games as a Vol, scoring 438 points and averaging 7 points per game for his career.
"I knew Snake by reputation before I ever met him," said teammate Buddy Cruze. "We were teammates for two years at Knox High, then two at UT.