1955 – 1963
Smokey II in Service
Smokey II, one of Smokey I’s sons, had an exciting term as mascot. He and new head football coach Bowden Wyatt both began their service at 1955’s opening game against Mississippi State. In his rookie season, Smokey II was dognapped from his home by Kentucky students posing as members of the UT Pep Club who needed him for photos. His dognappers sent a postcard to his owners saying he would be alright and was simply part of a friendly rivalry. They even took him to the Kentucky pep rally draped with a Wildcats blanket. Smokey II was returned to his owners eight days later, before the kickoff of the Kentucky game. Smokey II also had a clash with the Baylor University bear during halftime at the 1957 Sugar Bowl. The bear took some swats at him after Smokey II barked at the bear. The two were separated, and neither was injured. Smokey II also served under head coach Jim McDonald. Smokey II died in Lexington in 1963 after he was fed an entire chocolate pie during the Vols game against Kentucky. His owners believed it was an accidental death, the result of someone who did not know dogs cannot digest chocolate.