Daniel Earle McGugin

Daniel Earle McGugin

Birth
Tingley, Ringgold County, Iowa, USA
Death 19 Jan 1936 (aged 56)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 14055702 · View Source
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Hall of Fame College Football Coach. For thirty years he led Vanderbilt University's team recording a record of 197 wins, 55 loses and 19 ties, acquiring a .762 winning percentage. Born in Tingley, Iowa he played his college ball at Drake University and the University of Michigan where he played guard in the first Rose Bowl game. He graduated from Michigan with a law degree. He coached the Commodores from 1904 to 1934 achieving three undefeated seasons and five seasons with only one loss, winning ten conference titles. He is credited with being the first coach to use the onside kick, and the first to use "pulling guards "to run interference on plays. He was known as a master motivator. His most memorable pre-game speech came in 1922 when his team was preparing to play heavily favored Michigan in the Commodores new stadium. Referring to a nearby military cemetery he said, "In that cemetery are your grandfathers, and on that football field are the grandsons of the Yankees who put them there." It is assumed that his players did not know that the coach's father was an officer for the Union Army. The game ended in a scoreless tie. He served as President of the American Football Coaches Association and was inducted into the National College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 14055702
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Daniel Earle McGugin (29 Jul 1879–19 Jan 1936), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14055702, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .