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Ed Price in the  30's won 8 letters with the Longhorns and played on championship teams in football, basketball, and baseball. He was head coach of the football team starting in 1951. 

From The Early Years  Thru  1965  Rice,  Arkansas, SMU  And TCU Played The Spoiler for Many  Potentially Great Longhorn teams. 

A condensed bullet point history of Texas football from 1937-1956 follows. Please go to the "credit" section of this website to view books you can purchase from many fine book stores about Texas football history or please visit the official University of Texas Longhorn site Texassports.com.   

1937-  2-6-1 -  COACH BIBLE

Not Only is The Country In A Depressions But So is UT Football.

Before joining the Longhorns, Dana Bible had a successful coaching career with the The Aggies and the Cornhuskers. The U.T. Administration was so convinced that Bible could turn the Texas program around they offered him a 10 Year Contract at $15,000 A Year And UT Paid His Income Taxes. During this period a Professor's Salary is Less Than $4000 And The UT President Makes $8000. 

However, With The Hiring Of Coach Bible Texas Football Enters One Of Its Finest Eras.  Coach Bible Executes "The Bible Plan" To Turn Texas Football Around. He Push's His Players To Succeed In Football, The Classroom, And Life.  

 

                                   Coach Bible

                                  Coach Bible

 

                                                              Dana X. Bible 

The "Bible" Plan Focus's On Building A Relationship With The High School Coaches. By 1939 Bible Has Turned The Football Program Around.    

He Ends His Coaching Career At Texas With 63 Wins, 31 Losses, 3 Ties, and Three Conference Titles. He Continues As AD For 10 More Years And is Instrumental In Hiring Coach Royal. 

However, Bible is never able to deliver A National Championship To Texas.  

The Building Of The Tower is  Completed.

1938- 1-8

An Awful Year For "Ali Bible And The 40 Sieves"  

But the freshman team is great and actually beats the varsity in a scrimmage. Bible with this great recruiting class sets the stage for the turn-around that starts in 1939.  

 

 

 

1939-  5-4     WWII STARTS --  COACH BIBLE

This Team holds the Longhorn Record For most safeties in a year (4);  fewest number of penalties on offense for a year (36);and  fewest returns allowed on kickoff for the season (19) . 

Jack Crain is the first Longhorn to make the top 10 Heisman list.

Jack Crain's unlikely touchdown against Arkansas in the final moments of the game changes Texas mindset from negative to positive. This game is still referred to as the "Renaissance Game" because this game provides positive momentum for the next 10 years. 

             Jack Crain is the first Longhorn to make the top 10 Heisman list.

            Jack Crain is the first Longhorn to make the top 10 Heisman list.

The comment from Coach Bible In Long Live the Longhorns book by Maher and Bohls states "Things had been going pretty badly until that game (Arkansas) . The way was still long, but we had tasted the fruits of victory and we were on our way." Doss said "that play (Crain's run) and that victory changed our outlook-mine, the players'the student body's and the ex-students."

                                                          

http://www.chron.com/sports/longhorns/article/Longhorns-Forgotten-Day-How-little-Jack-Crain-6580030.php

Chal Daniels HOH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hill Hall Was Built To House Athletes Of All Sports. Named After Dr. Homer Hill The Team Physician from 1893-1923. 

 

1940- 8-2  COACH BIBLE

Texas Is Back As A Powerhouse . The corner is turned. 

SWC affiliates with the Cotton Bowl.  

This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Record For most pass interceptions in a year (34).  

Jack Crain holds the Longhorn season record for most return yards after an interception (160).

Texas Beat A & M On "The Catch".  A Pass From Pete Layden To Noble Doss.  This Longhorn Victory Knocked A & M Out Of The Rose Bowl And Ended Their 20 Game Win Streak . Noble Doss  Has Three Interceptions In The Game

Coach Bible's inspirational speech before playing the "great" A & M team follows:

The title of the speech is "It Couldn't Be Done"

                   Bible's inspirational poem to his players before playing A & M

                  Bible's inspirational poem to his players before playing A & M

 

1941- 8-1-1  AND PEARL HARBOR AMERICA ENTERS WWII - COACH BIBLE

Final ranking 4th nationally

Texas is seconds away from beating both TCU and Baylor but the end result is one tie and one lost.  However, the NCAA still recognizes this team as a national champion. 

This is  One Of The Best Teams In The History Of Texas Football, And The Media Loves Them. There are 13 Players From This Team Who Play Professionally after graduating from Texas. 

This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Record For Fewest Yards Allowed In A Game (5 yards); most punt returns in a season (57);  most punt return yards for the season (799); and most punts blocked in a season (6).

The AP list Texas As A Preseason Number 1 And The  Players are On The Cover Of Life Magazine.  

     Time Magazine 1941

    Time Magazine 1941

 

Texas is seconds away from beating both TCU and Baylor but the end result is one tie and one lost.  However, the NCAA still recognizes this team as a national champion. 

                                                                             

 

Chal Daniel an is killed in WWII two years after making receiving All American honors as a guard.   HORNS UP!!!  

A ten gallon hat starts the Golden Hat Trophy tradition that is awarded the winner of the Texas-OU game.  

The Red Candle tradition starts- Texas has not won in College Station since 1920. Some UT fans implore Mrs. Augusta Hipple a fortune teller to help break the jinxs.  Her solution is to burn red candles and the fans obey . Texas wins 23-0 at Kyle field.  The Red Candles tradition begins.  

Hub Bechtol is UT's first 3 time All-American. 

 

 

                                1941 National Champions    

                               1941 National Champions 

 

1942 -9-2 RECORD-  COACH BIBLE

Final ranking 11th nationally

Team Wins First SWC Championship  And Texas Goes To Its First Bowl Game.

This Team Holds The Texas Record For Best Total Defense Allowing Opponents An Average 117.3 Yards A Game; Has The Lowest  Defensive Average Against The Rush (1.88 Yards); Lowest Average Rush Allowed Per Game (57.5 Yards); Lowest Average Season Completion Record By An Opponent (.316); And Most Punts Forced In A Year (96). 

WWII and Texas Football

Get equal billing 

 

Congress Lowers The Draft Age To 18 So Many Young Men Do Not attend College until 1946. Because Of The War 350 Universities remove football from the sports curriculum.  

 

 

 

Malcolm Kutner letters three years in football, and basketball and one year in track. His senior year in track he was a member of the winning Texas relay team in the 440 and 880.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1943-   7-1-1  COACH BIBLE

Final ranking 14th nationally

This team's defense holds the game record for lowest average yards allowed in one game (.7 yards);fewest number of offensive plays allowed for the year (1,110); fewest plays allowed by the opposing teams for the  year (357)  most punt returns in a game (10);  most punt return yards in a game (143); most return yards in a game after an interception (182); most forced punts (15) in a game; fewest first downs allowed in a game(0); fewest first downs in a season allowed (50); fewest rushing net yards allowed  for a season (556); fewest number of pass completions by an opponent for a season (45); and most return yards after an interception for a season (580). 

 

 

 

 

Texas beats the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the Cotton Bowl Classic to claim the a trophy that will be eventually named the Field Scovell Trophy.

 

 

During The War Years And With The Help Of LBJ political clout Texas receives  "Lend-Lease Players"  From The Navy, Marines, And Coast Guard.  Aggie Coach Ask Texas To Not Play With These Military Recruits But His Appeal is Unheeded.   Hub Bechtol is UT's First 3 Time All-American. 

1944-  Coach Bible

Texas plays there first bowl game and beats Oregon 14-7 in the Cotton Bowl.

Joe Parker is an All American (no picture)

 

Because of the war it was the first and only time that a military team not part of the major military branch of the service played in the Cotton Bowl.  

This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Record For most interceptions in a game (7). 

Y.A. Tittle signs with Texas but LSU coaches convince him that he will never play at Texas because Bobby Layne is  better.  10 days later Tittle leaves Austin for Baton Rouge. 

1945 - 10-1   WWII ENDS  -  COACH BIBLE

Final ranking 10th nationally

Recognized as National Champion by some national rating services but not recognized by Texa or the NCAA.

 

 

This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn game Record For lowest pass completion  percentage allowed against an opponent (.10). 

Freshman are Eligible To Play Varsity Football.   

Frank Medina Is Hired And Rooster Andrews Develops From Waterboy To Kicker and baseball star.

Bobby Layne Has A Great Year. 

Doak Walker Plans To Attend Texas With Bobby Layne, But Doak's Parents Convince Him To Stop In Dallas On His Way To Austin To Discuss His Decision.  Doak Walker Attends SMU And Wins The Heisman Trophy. 

Joe Mitchell (No Picture) Is A Texas Lineman With Only One Hand Who is One Of The Strongest Men On The Team.

1946 -   8-2-   COACH BIBLE

Final ranking 15th nationally

This Team's offense Holds The Longhorn game Record For highest average yards per play (11.);and the defense holds the record for Fewest rushing Yards Allowed In A Game (-76).

Bible coaches his 10th and last year at Texas but remains as Athletic Director.

DKR is a freshman at OU and 11 years later Bible plays a part in hiring DKR

Tom Landry (Dallas Cowboy coach)  is a freshman

Layne leads the team in rushing, passing, and scoring.

Tom Landry Said that  Coach Bible "Was The Greatest Recruiter I Ever Saw".

 

 

1947- 1956  Coach Blair Cherry And Coach Ed Price Lead The Postwar Era

1947  10-1  COACH BLAIR CHERRY

  Coach Blair Cherry

 Coach Blair Cherry

 

 

most popular song 1947

 

 

Final ranking 5th nationally

This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Record For Fewest plays allowed by the opposing team (26).

1947 team is recognized as national champion by some national rating services but not recognized by Texas or the NCAA. 

 

1947 team is recognized as national champion by some national rating services but not recognized by Texas or the NCAA. 

Texas travels by air for the first time to play Oregon.

Layne becomes Texas first 4 time all SWC player.

Ed Kelly literally loses his pants in the Arkansas game.

 

 

 

 

 

The only loss is to to SMU on a misfired play between Tom Landry ( Cowboy Coach)  and Bobby Layne. On 4th and 1 on the SMU 35 Tom Landry slips and falls and cannot get up.  Tommy Landry said " I could not get up ... was such a helpless feeling.... there went the drive...there went the ball game ...", "and there went the undefeated season". 

Most of Bobby Layne's records have been broken, but he still is second in all time quarterback wins with 28.

Cherry uses a 5-3 defense and changes the offense to a wing-T formation so he can move move Bobby Layne from tailback to the under center quarter back.

This is the last year coke bottles are sold at a OU game. According to DKR after a  poor call against OU " half the field was covered with bottles". " Idiots were throwing them from up high. .. I went right straight out to the 50.  I was going to make 'em throw their best to get me."

Don Menasco was also an All American on the 1947 team but I have no image.  

Texas receives an Orange Bowl bid but many players are married and do not want to accept the invitation.  Bible resolves the problem by flying all the wives to the Orange Bowl and offering all of them a side trip to Cuba to tour Havana. The offer is accepted.

 

 

 

Tom Landry and Dick Harris are presented the Orange Bowl trophy by Governor Jester 

 

 

 

 

 

1948-   7-3-1 RECORD -  COACH CHERRY

UT football stadium is re-dedicated to honor the men and women who died in WWII.

The Highlights Of The Texas And TCU Game Start A 4:10 On The Newsreel Below

Darrel K Royal's OU team beats Texas for the first time since 1939.

 

Memorial stadium is enlarged to 66,000

Texas receives an Orange Bowl bid but many players are married and do not want to accept the invitation.  Bible resolves the problem by flying all the wives to the Orange Bowl and offering all of them a side trip to Cuba to tour Havana. The offer is accepted.

 

 

1949 -     Coach Cherry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1950 -  9-2 RECORD   -  COACH CHERRY

TOP SONG

Final ranking 3rd nationally

RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL CHAMPION BY SOME NATIONAL RATING SERVICES BUT NOT RECOGNIZED BY UT OR THE NCAA

 

 

Bob Dillon loses his left eye when he is 10 but that did not stop him from having a great college and professional career.

Bob Dillon holds the Texas season record for yards gained per punt return of 22.3 yards and career record of 17.7 yards per return.

 

According To Frank Medina's, Harley Sewell is The Toughest Man Who Ever Played For The Longhorns. 

Harley Sewell is All-Southwest Twice And All-America In 1952. He is Named Outstanding Lineman Of The 1953 Cotton Bowl As Texas holds  Tennessee To A Record 32 Yards of Total Offense With Minus 14 Yards Rushing.  He is Inducted Into The Texas Sports Hall Of Fame In 1984.

Lewis "Bud" McFadin is a two-way lineman at the University of Texas. He earns All-American and All-Southwest Conference honors in 1949 and 1950. 

The lost to Tennesse  is Texas 6th straight loss in the Cotton Bowl. 

Cherry said worrisome letters he receives like the one from some Texas-ex's that states "Boy you're on the spot.  If you don't win you'd better not come home." Comments like this and calls all hours of the day convince him to quit. In his exit statement he says " While much is made of the fact that most coaches are paid more than college presidents, the financial rewards are an insufficient attraction when the hazards are all considered." "I'm going into the oil business which is simpler than football coaching. You dig a hole , and oil comes out or it doesn't.  Even the President of UT said "there are two jobs at the University which will kill a man- president and head football coach.

 

1951  - 7-3 RECORD  COACH PRICE pending

Coach Ed Price as head coach.  In the early 30's Coach Price won 8 letters with the Longhorns and played on championship teams in football, basketball, and baseball .

 

1951  - 7-3 RECORD  COACH PRICE

1951  - 7-3 RECORD  COACH PRICE

 

Top of the charts

 

 

 

 

Ed Price Is Hired As Head Coach (1951- 1956).  Ed Was  Assistant Head Coach Under Three Texas Head Coaches From 1936-1950

This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Record For Fewest passing Yards Allowed In A Game (-1).

Gib Dawson holds the Texas game record for highest average yard per rush (16).

Dan Page holds the Texas game record for highest gain per passing attempt (25).

 

1952 9-2 Coach Price

Final ranking 10th nationally. SWC champions and set new offensive records at UT.

 

This team's defense holds the Longhorn game record for fewest rushing yards allowed (-76).

 

 

 

 

 

A ticket sales solicitation from 1952 -  The document is as true in 2018 as it was in 1952. Some problems never change.

October 4, 1952  Pictures of Memorial Stadium during the N.D. and Texas game.   Nationally Notre Dame is number 19 and Texas is #5. Because of the heat in Texas stadium, Notre Dame request a bench on the West side of Memorial stadium with the Longhorns. Texas agrees. We lose the game 14-3. OU beats Texas the next week. Pictures of stadium compliments of Harris Argo. Because of the heat in Texas stadium, Notre Dame request a bench on the West side of Memorial stadium with the Longhorns. Texas agrees. We lose the game 14-3.

 

 

 

Top rated single in 1952

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A record that will never be duplicated - All 4 backs made the  SWC team- Richard Ochoa, T Jones, Gib Dawson, and Billy Quinn.

 

 

J.T. King Plays Offensive Guard For Dana Bible And Later is Bible's Assistant Coach. He Also is  Assistant Under Ed Price In The 50'S , and Eventually Takes Over The Texas Tech Program In The 60'S. 

In 1981 King is inducted to the University of Texas Men's Athletics Hall of Honor. 

 

 

 

Because of the heat in Texas stadium, Notre Dame request a bench on the West side of Memorial stadium with the Longhorns. Texas agrees. We lose the game 14-3.

1953  7-3 -   COACH PRICE

Final ranking 11th nationally

"Smokey" arrives to celebrate all scores. 

A fan complains to assistant coach J.T. King that the night before the Cotton Bowl game Harley Sewell was dipping snuff.   King said to the fan " If you'll find out what brand Harley is dipping, I'll recommend it to the whole damn team."

 

Arlis Parkhurst

Arlis Parkhurst was the captain of the 1958 team that beat OU for the first time in the DKR era.

 

The Beginning Of Big Bertha And The "Hook'em Horns Sign"

 

Lights Were Added To The Stadium 

Texas Tech And Texas Play the First Night Game in the SWC At Memorial Stadium.

 

 

1956 - 1- 9 RECORD  - COACH PRICE

This Team's Defense Holds The Longhorn Game Record For Fewest Pass Receptions Allowed (0).

THE TEXAS FANS IN BOTH BASKETBALL AND FOOTBALL ARE CONSIDERED RUDE, RUTHLESS, AND UNFORGIVING. THE SEPTEMBER 1956 EDITION OF  THE RANGER  SAID "ALTHOUGH THE ALUMNI HAVE MANY WAYS OF REACHING A FOOTBALL GAME, THEY USUALLY RIDE THE COACHES." .

This year is the Worst Won Loss Record In UT football History.

Ed Price Resigns In Mid Season Effective January 1,  1957 

Texas Tech joins the SWC