KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee player and coach Johnny Majors will have his No. 45 jersey retired before the 23rd-ranked Volunteers’ game Saturday against No. 18 Florida, but players can continue to wear the number under the school’s new policy for this honor.
Tennessee’s previous seven retired numbers will remain out of circulation unless an honoree allows his number to be worn by someone else. If the honoree has died, his family would need to grant permission.
Sophomore linebacker A.J. Johnson currently wears No. 45 for Tennessee.
Majors, 77, finished second in the 1956 Heisman Trophy balloting. After coaching Pittsburgh to the 1976 national title, he returned to his alma mater and went 116-62-8 at Tennessee from 1977-92. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.