American Football Database
1916 Tennessee Volunteers football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1916 record8–0–1 (6–0–1 SIAA)
Head coachJohn R. Bender
Offensive schemeShort Punt
Base defenseMultiple
Home stadium15th and Cumberland Field
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The 1916 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1916 college football season. John R. Bender served his first season as head coach of the Volunteers. He came to Tennessee from Kansas State, effectively switching jobs with former Volunteers head coach Zora G. Clevenger.

The 1916 Vols won eight games and lost none. The only blemish on Tennessee record was a scoreless draw with Kentucky in the last game of the season, preventing them from winning the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship for the second time in three years. This season also saw the first homecoming football game in Tennessee football history, against Vanderbilt. Because of World War I, Tennessee did not field another varsity squad until 1919.


Date Opponent Site Result
September 30, 1916* Tusculum 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 33–0  
October 7, 1916* Maryville 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 32–0  
October 14, 1916 at Clemson Clemson, SC W 14–0  
October 21, 1916 South Carolina 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 26–0  
October 28, 1916 vs. Florida Tampa, FL W 24–0  
November 4, 1916 at Chattanooga Chattanooga, TN W 12–7  
November 11, 1916† Vanderbilt 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 10–6  
November 18, 1916 vs. Sewanee Chattanooga, TN W 17–0  
November 30, 1916 Kentucky 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN T 0–0  
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. All times are in Eastern.