Not only did Doug Dickey reestablish an elite football program at UT, he also brought a large helping of tradition that many Vol fans now take for granted.
His teams were the first to run through the band's power 'T' formation, beginning Sept. 25, 1965, against Army. It wasn't done for style or intimidation, but rather to get from the dressing rooms on the East side of the stadium to the team's sideline on the West side of the field. Now, although the formation is not necessary, it's just as traditional as the game itself.
Dickey also put the power 'T' on the football helmets during the 1964 season and was the first to order the endzones painted in an orange and white checkerboard, beginning Oct. 10, 1964, against Boston College. The colorful checkerboard is now a UT signature that has extended to several other Vol sports.
Dickey began his ties with Tennessee as head football coach from 1964-69. His tenure included a 46-15-4 record that took the Vols from mediocrity to national prominence in the late 1960s. Two SEC championships (1967 and 1969) were brought to Knoxville during Dickey's term as head coach and he was named SEC Coach of the Year in 1965 and 1967.
After a nine-year stint as football coach at Florida, his alma mater, Dickey returned to Tennessee as athletics director in 1985. Dickey was widely recognized as one of the nation's best, earning numerous awards for his work and molding of the UT Athletics Department.
The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame named him Tennessean of the Year in 2000, and in 2001 Dickey was named recipient of the Neyland Trophy.