Smokey I gets weighed, 1953. Announcements of the mascot contest in local newspapers read, "This can't be an ordinary hound. He must be a 'Houn' Dawg' in the best sense of the word." Tennessee's first mascot was born on Christmas Eve, 1946. At 9 years old, he escaped from his home and was killed by a car in 1955.

Smokey I gets weighed, 1953. Announcements of the mascot contest in local newspapers read, "This can't be an ordinary hound. He must be a 'Houn' Dawg' in the best sense of the word." Tennessee's first mascot was born on Christmas Eve, 1946. At 9 years old, he escaped from his home and was killed by a car in 1955.

Tennessee Vols mascot Smokey V checks out University of Georgia Bulldogs mascot Uga III before the 1980 football game against UGA in Knoxville.

Tennessee Vols mascot Smokey V checks out University of Georgia Bulldogs mascot Uga III before the 1980 football game against UGA in Knoxville.

Tennessee Volunteers mascot, Smokey V (1980-1983). The nephew of Smokey IV, he became mascot at 12 weeks old and would outgrow five jackets in one season. Sadly, his reign would come to an end when he was hit by a car. Seen here as a puppy (ca. 1980).

Tennessee Volunteers mascot, Smokey V (1980-1983). The nephew of Smokey IV, he became mascot at 12 weeks old and would outgrow five jackets in one season. Sadly, his reign would come to an end when he was hit by a car. Seen here as a puppy (ca. 1980).

Smokey!!! Giving his smoldering look

Smokey!!! Giving his smoldering look

dogs look so cute in hoodies!

dogs look so cute in hoodies!

New Tennessee Vols mascot Smokey X celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Volunteers mascot tradition in 2013.

Mutt Madness: Which Universities Have Real Dogs as Mascots?

New Tennessee Vols mascot Smokey X celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Volunteers mascot tradition in 2013.

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