Smokey VIII, Vols football's most victorious dog, dies

Updated: March 20, 2006, 9:43 AM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Smokey VIII, the bluetick coonhound mascot with the most victories in Tennessee football history, died Friday from complications from high blood pressure and kidney disease, university officials said.

Still a pup when he started, Smokey VIII led the Volunteers onto the field and howled from the sidelines for eight seasons from 1995 through 2003, making his final appearance at the 2004 Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

The Vols compiled a 91-22 record, claimed two ...

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