Some argue that Greenville Native Son, General Robert R. Neyland, is more deserving of credit than Hunt County Native, Audie Murphy. General Neyland was born in Greenville on February 17, 1892 and went on to a West Point commission and served in World War I before becoming one of the best college football coaches in conference history. Robert Neyland had seven maxims for success on the gridiron.
- The team that makes the fewest mistakes will win.
- Play for and make the breaks and when one comes your way–SCORE.
- If at first the game (or the breaks) don’t go your way; don’t give up just put on more steam.
- Protect your kicker and quarterback, our lead and our ball game.
- Ball, oskie, cover, block,cut, slice, pursue and gang tackle for this is the wining edge.
- Press the kicking game. Here is where the breaks are made.
- Carry the fight to our opponent and keep it there for 60 minutes.
Are you puzzled still? After the war, General Neyland went to the University of Tennessee as head coach. He later designed Neyland Stadium. To this day caravans of cars and RV’s travel Interstate 40 from Nashville to Knoxville on a Friday evening for a home game at the University of Tennessee in Neyland Stadium.