Johnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85

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FILE – In this April 14, 2018, file photo, Blue team coach Johnny Majors, a former Pittsburgh NCAA college football coach, is shown before the annual Blue Gold game in Pittsburgh. Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, has died. He was 85. Majors died Wednesday morning, June 3, 2020, at home in Knoxville, Tenn., according to a statement from his wife, Mary Lynn Majors.(AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, has died.

He was 85. Majors died Wednesday at home, according to a statement from his wife.

Majors compiled a 185-137-10 record in 29 seasons as a head coach at Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.

He finished second to Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung in the 1956 Heisman Trophy balloting.

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