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What year was the Vols first televised football game and who did they play and who won?? Who was the head coach? Also the Tenn-Ala football game was not played for a period of about
14 years. How did this happen? I love Vol trivia!!
This post was edited by fasteddy41 12 months ago
Don't remember the year. The team was penn state VOLS won,
I'm not sure if it was the first, but the 1966 Gator Bowl against Syracuse was televised. Vols won 18-12.
If it wasn't the Vols Bluebonnett Bowl victory over Tulsa and Howard Twilley from the 65 season, it was the 3-6 loss to Georgia Tech on 10-8-66 in Atlanta. I actually remember watching that one but cannot recall the Bluebonnett Bowl from 65. Surely it was televised.
You might be thinking of the Vols first game at Neyland under the lights, which I'm pretty sure was versus the Penn State team with Lydel Mitchell and Franco Harris.
You will have to look back in the 50's--------dig a little deeper!!! first tv game------
Not sure but I think the first TV game may have been the 51 Cotton Bowl, a win over Texas. Could be totally wrong.
I saw this not long ago. I think it was against Alabama in the 1950s. I have some Tennessee reference books that I can look it up. Larry (LWSVOL) would know off the top of his head.
You are partially right----answers can be found in Chris Cawood's book "Legacy of the Swamp Rat"
I found out that the 1953 Cotton Bowl (which we lost to Texas 16-0) was televised by NBC so its a good candidate.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by RunThruThe T 12 months ago
Found it. 51 Bama game, a Vol win, was televised locally by the Birmingham CBS affiliate. The first national TV game was the 53 Cotton Bowl won by Texas.
Absolutely Cool. Thank you guys.
I watched that GT game too, just couldn't remember what year it was. Not sure if the Bluebonnet was televised. I remember listening to it on the radio, pretty sure I would have watched if it were on the tube.
1951, wow. Never would have guessed that early.
good job Chartervol---now go way way back and find out why Tenn and Bama quit playing each other in football for about 14 years. Also there was an earlier incident where Tenn and Bama didn't play for 2-3 years because the Tenn fans beat up the referee after the game for what they thought was a bad call!! It was a tough game and tough fans back in the early 1900s.
I guarantee you you couldn't see too much. TV technology in those days was truly crappy.
Nice job Charter. +1
Also guarantee you didn't have to tolerate a panel of blowhards sitting around a TV studio at halftime, either.
That is when halftimes had a marching band showcase for each university's music program. In the 60's my mom wanted my brother and me to call her for the halftime show, she could care less about the football however.
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