1984 – 1991
Smokey VI in Service
Despite extreme heat that sent him to the College of Veterinary Medicine after one football game, Smokey VI served UT for seven years. When the Vols hosted UCLA in 1991, the official field temperature was 106 degrees and the actual temperature on the field was even higher. Following UT’s 30-16 victory, Smokey VI was taken to the vet with breathing trouble. He received intravenous fluids, a water bath, and was treated for shock. When Smokey VI missed the Mississippi State game the next week, fans called the Sports Information Office in large numbers to inquire about him. He was listed on injured reserve until later in the season when he returned to his post. Smokey VI served from 1984 to 1991 under head coach Johnny Majors. During his tenure, the Vols won three Southeastern Conference titles. Smokey VI died of cancer on December 19, 1991.