Jackie Sherrill named honorary captain for Tennessee-Pittsburgh game

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Pittsburgh has named former head coach Jackie Sherrill as an honorary captain for the Johnny Majors Classic against Tennessee on Saturday (noon EDT, ESPN).

Majors, who died in 2020, played for and coached the Vols. He had two head coaching stints at Pittsburgh.

Sherrill served as an assistant coach under Majors at Iowa State (1968-72) and Pittsburgh (1972-75).

He left Majors’ staff in 1976 to become Washington State’s head coach.

After one season with the Cougars, Sherrill returned to Pittsburgh, replacing his one-time boss as the Panthers’ head coach.

In 1977, Majors returned to Tennessee as the Vols’ head coach.

Majors served as Tennessee’s head coach from 1977-92, winning three Southeastern Conference Championships (1985, 1989, 1990).

Sherill played at Alabama and served as a head coach at Texas A&M and Mississippi State after his time with the Panthers.

He won the SEC West Division championship in 1998 and lost the conference title game to Tennessee.

Sherill won three consecutive Southwestern Conference titles with the Aggies between 1985-87. He retired with a head coaching record of 180-120-4.

The Vols and Panthers will play at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania next season.

Majors guided the Panthers to the 1976 national title and returned to Pittsburgh as head coach from 1993-96.