NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Volunteers player and coach Johnny Majors has made a second donation to the Tennessee State Library and Archives that allows game plans and other memorabilia from his career to be available for public viewing.
However, his words about the future resonated far more than his collection of moments from the past.
Majors praised new UT coach Butch Jones, calling him the best coach the school has had in "at least ten years."
Majors said that while Jones may not win this year, he is the no doubt the coach who will put Tennessee back on the map.
"I guarantee you it will be a better-coached football team than what's been up there in eight or 10 years; probably 10 years at least," Majors said. "Butch Jones is going to get it done; you mark this down on August the 12th. John Majors doesn't know all, but John Majors can tell you who can coach and who cannot coach and Butch Jones can coach."
Majors first donated items documenting his football career to the state library in 2004. The College Football Hall of Fame inductee now has made a second donation that more than doubles the amount of available material.
Donated items include game plans, letters to and from fans, personal calendars, photographs, scrapbooks, programs, media guides and newspaper clippings.
Majors played for Tennessee from 1954-56 and finished second in the Heisman Trophy balloting his final season. After coaching Pittsburgh to the 1976 national title, Majors returned to his alma mater and went 116-62-8 from 1977-92.
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