Pitt Panthers: Discovering Top 5 Coaches Of All-Time

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Johnny Majors

1973-1976 and 1993-1996

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Ladies and Gentlemen, Johnny Majors is the best overall coach to ever represent the University of Pittsburgh.

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With the First Pick

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  • In his first final season at Pitt, 1976, he led the Panthers to their first undisputed and game-fought National Championship.

    En-route to a 12-0 record and earning the coveted title of National Champions, Majors recruited vigorously coached both Tony Dorsett(Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL Hall of Famer) and Matt Cavanaugh.

    After the 1976 season, Majors returned to his Alma-Mater, Tennessee to coach the Volunteers.

    Little were we aware, he would return seventeen years later to coach the Panthers again. BUT, let’s forget about that three year period..

    After the conclusion of his college coaching career at Pitt in 1996, he served the university in a separate capacity. He served as the Special Assistant to both the Athletic Director and Chancellor until he firmly retired in 2007.

    Despite being a Tennessee alum and having a passion for the school, Johnny Majors bled the Panthers Blue and Gold. For his contributions on and off the field, a room at the Pitt Athletic Association is named after, dedicated to, and holds memorabilia of Coach Majors and his heavy accolades.

    He sits alone at the top of the rankings for a single reason.

    He delivered.

    Next: The final wrap up on the Blue and Gold