1992 Tennessee Volunteers football team
|1992 Tennessee Volunteers football|
Hall of Fame Bowl Champions
|Conference||Southeastern Conference Eastern Division|
|1992 record||9–3 (5–3 SEC)|
|Head coach||Johnny Majors and Phillip Fulmer|
|Offensive coordinator||Phillip Fulmer|
|Defensive coordinator||Larry Marmie|
|Captain||J. J. McCleskey|
|Home stadium||Neyland Stadium
|1992 SEC football standings|
|#10 Florida xy||6||–||2||–||0||9||–||4||–||0|
|#8 Georgia x||6||–||2||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
|#1 Alabama x†||8||–||0||–||0||13||–||0||–||0|
|#16 Ole Miss||5||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
|#23 Mississippi State||4||–||4||–||0||7||–||5||–||0|
|Championship: Alabama 28, Florida 21|
|† – Conference champion
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1992 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1992 season. The Volunteers were a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), in the Eastern Division and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of nine wins and three (9–3 overall, 5–3 in the SEC) and with a victory over Boston College in the Hall of Fame Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 347 points while the defense allowed 196 points.
Johnny Majors was to enter his sixteenth season as the Volunteers' head coach for the 1992 season. However in August, Majors underwent emergency quintuple bypass surgery, and as a result Phillip Fulmer was named interim head coach. After Fulmer led the Vols to a 3–0 start, Majors returned and led Tennessee to a 5–3 finish. By the end of the season, the university bought-out the remainder of Majors' contract, and on November 29, Fulmer was named as the Volunteers' new head coach effective after the Hall of Fame Bowl. However, on December 4, Majors announced he would not coach the team in the bowl game, and as a result Fulmer went on to coach the Volunteers to victory in his first game as Tennessee's full-time head coach. The school officially credits Majors with a record of five wins and three losses (5–3) and Fulmer with four wins and zero losses (4–0) for the 1992 season.
|September 5||1:00 PM||SW Louisiana*||#22||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||W 38–3||95,110|
|September 12||3:30 PM||at #14 Georgia||#20||Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA (Rivalry)||ABC||W 34–31||85,434|
|September 19||3:30 PM||#4 Florida||#14||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in September)||ABC||W 31–14||97,137|
|September 26||4:00 PM||Cincinnati*||#8||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||PPV||W 40–0||96,597|
|October 3||7:30 PM||at LSU||#7||Tiger Stadium • Baton Rouge, LA||ESPN||W 20–0||68,318|
|October 10||12:30 PM||Arkansas||#4||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||JPS||L 24–25||95,202|
|October 17||3:30 PM||#4 Alabama||#13||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October)||ABC||L 10–17||97,388|
|October 31||12:30 PM||at South Carolina||#16||Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC||JPS||L 23–24||71,529|
|November 14||1:30 PM||at Memphis State*||#23||Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium • Memphis, TN||PPV||W 26–21||65,234|
|November 21||1:00 PM||Kentucky||#20||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel)||W 34–13||94,110|
|November 28||2:30 PM||at Vanderbilt||#18||Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN (Rivalry)||PPV||W 29–25||41,000|
|January 1||11:05 AM||vs. #16 Boston College*||#17||Tampa Stadium • Tampa, FL (Hall of Fame Bowl)||ESPN||W 38–23||52,056|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.|
Team players drafted into the NFL
|Todd Kelly||Defensive End||1||27||San Francisco 49ers|
|Dave Thomas||Defensive Back||8||203||Dallas Cowboys|
- "Neyland Stadium". utsports.com. Retrieved November 14, 2012.
- "Slowed by Surgery, Majors Back with Vols". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Google News Archive). Associated Press. September 22, 1992. p. 4B. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
- "Fulmer New Vols Coach". The Tuscaloosa News (Tuscaloosa, Alabama: Google News Archive). November 29, 1992. p. 1B. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
- "Majors Decides to Not Coach Tennessee in its Bowl Game". The Daily News (Middlesboro, Kentucky: Google News Archive). December 5, 1992. p. 8. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
- "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1990–99". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
- "1993 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 19, 2012.