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Vol Trivia – UT’s First Cheerleader?


Q. Who was known as UT’s first cheerleader, and in which discipline did he serve as Professor?

A. Robert Clayton “Red” Matthews, an engineering professor, became known as UT’s first official cheerleader for his sideline antics and for establishing acrobatic cheerleading at the university.

Professor Matthews came to UT in 1907 and is also credited with writing the lyrics for UT’s official fight song, “Here’s to Old Tennessee.”

Learn more about Professor Matthews and other Tennessee Songs, in this 2017 Torchbearer article from Cassandra Sproles.