THE TRADITION CONTINUES
Serving until 1977, his would be, according to Tom Mattingly & Earl C. Hudson, "the longest tenure of any (UT) dog."
Running & howling under football coaches Doug Dickey, Bill Battle & Johnny Majors, SMOKEY III could boast of a record of 109 wins, 44 losses & 6 ties.
I might add that SMOKEY III was our mascot during my years at the University of Tennessee as a student, 1966-1970 undergraduate, 1970-1974 graduate.
There is a photo in "Smokey: The True Stories behind the University of Tennessee's Beloved Mascot" of SMOKEY III with UT majorette Becky Nanney.*
*Becky was a fellow classmate of mine at Young High School. (see page 91).
Mattingly & Hudson write about SMOKEY III's encounter with Alabama's legendary coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant & his QB Scott Hunter.
It was the 3rd Saturday of October in 1968 when ABC-TV was at Neyland Stadium to telecast the game to a national audience.
During warmups, SMOKEY III's handler, a UT cheerleader, let him "come over close" to the Bama players & bark.
Scott Hunter took offense to this & "took a kick at that old hound."
Coach Bryant then walked up to Mr. Hunter & said:
"Scott, we've got enough trouble up here without you trying to kick their dog."
By the way, TENNESSEE won the game 10-9.
"Smokey: The True Stories behind the University of Tennessee's Beloved Mascot," by Thomas J. Mattingly & Earl C. Hudson, The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville, 2012.
Photo by John White