Ray Graves American football head coach

Ray graves

Samuel Ray Graves (born December 31, 1918) is a former American college and professional football player and former college football coach. He is a native of Tennessee and an alumnus of the University of Tennessee, where he played college football. Graves is best known as the former head coach of the Florida Gators football team that represents the University of Florida. Graves was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on December 31, 1918. He was the son of a Methodist minister, and he realized that his best (and perhaps only) opportunity to attend college would be to earn an athletic scholarship. Tennessee Wesleyan College, a small Methodist-affiliated college located in Athens, Tennessee, recognized his athletic talent and offered him a full scholarship. Coach Robert Neyland of the University of Tennessee recognized his stand-out play and arranged for Graves to transfer to Tennessee. After he graduated from Tennessee in 1942, he attempted to volunteer for the U.S. Navy following the United States' entry into World War II, but he was rejected when he failed his physical because he was deaf in one ear. He would have been accepted only in a grave emergency.

Personal details

Date of birth
December 31st, 1918
United States of America
Places lived
Knoxville , Tennessee
pop. 183,270 (2013)
Tennessee , United States of America
pop. 6,495,978 (2013)


1. University of Tennessee Colleges/University

The University of Tennessee (also referred to as the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, UT Knoxville or UT) is a public land-grant university headquartered at Knoxville, Tennessee, United States. Founded in 1794, it is the flagship institution of the statewide University of Tennessee system with nine undergraduate colleges and eleven graduate colleges and hosts almost 28,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. In its 2012 ranking of universities, U.S. News & World Report ranked UT 101st among all national universities and 46th among public institutions of higher learning. Its ties to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, established under UT President Andrew Holt and continued under the UT-Battelle partnership, allow for considerable research opportunities for faculty and students.

Type Public university
2012. 666 mil. $
2009. 665 mil. $
Institution colors
800 Andy Holt Tower, 37996 - Knoxville, Tennessee
2013. 21,033
2010. 21,392
2009. 21,183
2013. 6,138
2010. 8,908
Acceptance rate
2013. 67.3 %
2010. 70.0 %
Local tuition
2013. 11.2 K $
2011. 8.4 K $
2010. 7.38 K $
2009. 6.85 K $
2008. 6.25 K $
Official web page www.utk.edu
Wikipedia article

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Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended University of Tennessee connected by profession and/or age

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