The mecca, pride, boss, image and most importantly, the General.
Robert Neyland has accomplishments at Tennessee that go on for days and days.
Robert Neyland has accomplishments at Tennessee that coaches can only dream of.
Robert Neyland is Tennessee football.
The magic started in 1926. Tennessee football made the best decision they will ever make, hiring Robert Neyland as head coach of their team.
Robert Neyland can claim to so many football achievements it's almost crazy to think of. Let's get started on this long list of feats.
Robert "The General" Neyland coached at Tennessee for 21 years, separated into three different stints.
In his first stint from 1926-1934, Neyland quickly showed the college football world who's boss. In his first seven seasons he lost two games. Yes, that's right, he only lost two games in his first seven years. How many did he win? He won 61. Get used to his coaching stats being this lopsided.
Still on his stint from 1926-1934, he had five undefeated seasons. They won their conference twice in those nine years, solidifying their dominance.
A true army general, Neyland was a very tough coach. He was known for demanding his players to run the plays to absolute perfection, and wasn't satisfied until they did. Neyland also got a reputation for putting his players through grueling workouts so they would be in peak physical condition.
After the 1934 season, Neyland was called into service for the first time. But he couldn't stay away for long.
He returned in 1936 and picked up right where he left off. In his second stint with the Volunteers, he coached college football legends like George Cafego, Bowden Wyatt and Babe Wood.
In Neyland's second turn at Tennessee, the Volunteers absolutely dominated. From 1938-1940, the team went 31-2 on the way to three consecutive SEC championships.
The Neyland-led Volunteers won the first national championship in school history in 1938. Wanting a bigger taste of excellence, the squad won another national title in 1940. By this point, Tennessee's stubborn defense had allowed only 42 points in its last 50 games.
An interesting fact about the 1939 Volunteers is that they went the entire season without letting up a single point. Yes, they are the only team to ever do that.
After 1940, Neyland was called back into service with the United States entering World War II.
He would return in 1946, and still being Robert Neyland, he picked up where he left off. The team went 9-2 in his first year back, winning the SEC conference.
After 1946, Neyland hit the only rut in his almost-perfect resume. The 1947 and 1948 Volunteers went 5-5 and 4-4-2 respectively. Neyland couldn't stand it.
His team was back in the national spotlight for the rest of his time at Tennessee.
1950 marked a landmark year for Neyland and Vols. They were slated to match up against Kentucky and legendary coach Bear Bryant.
Not only did Tennessee beat Bear Bryant and highly ranked Kentucky, they went on to win another national championship in 1950.
Neyland wasn't done with dominating college football. In 1951, Tennessee had their ninth undefeated regular season under Neyland. Riding Heisman Trophy runner-up Hank Lauricella, the Vols won their second national title in as many seasons.
1952 would be Neyland's last year as head man in Knoxville. The team went 8-2-1, ending the season, and Neyland's coaching career, on a disappointing Cotton Bowl loss.
After stepping down as head coach, Robert Neyland stuck around as athletic director at Tennessee.
He finished his career with tons of accomplishments. Neyland's achievements consist of six undefeated seasons, seven conference championships, and four national championships. His teams also posted undefeated streaks of 33, 28, 23, 19 and 14 games.
His teams' stifling defenses recorded 112 shutouts, and 17 of those came in a row.
He also produced 40 all-conference players, including 21 All-Americans.
Neyland can also be credited with changing football in the SEC forever. The way he preferred speed over strength completely altered the way coaches had to coach.
All of these achievements resulted in a career record of 173-31-12 as head coach. He was elected into the Football Hall of Fame in 1953, putting the icing on the cake of his amazing career.
Robert Neyland is without a doubt a legend in Tennessee. The football stadium where the Vols play, is appropriately named Neyland Stadium. Just a few months ago, the administration at Tennessee put a huge bronze statue of Neyland outside of the stadium.
What else can be said? Robert Neyland is Tennessee football.