Honored Coaches: 1941 – 1945
Jess Neely (Rice; 1941)
Coached college football for 40 years and had a 207-176-19 record. Spent 27 of those years at Rice where he won four Southwest Conference championships and took the Owls to seven bowl games. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Dutch Meyer (TCU; 1942)
A College Football Hall of Fame coach who tutored quarterbacks Sammy Baugh and Davey O’Brien while at TCU. Coached TCU to a national title in 1938.
Homer Norton (Texas A&M; 1943-46)<br /> Coached Texas A&M to a national title in 1939. That year the Aggies outscored the opposition 198-18 in 10 games and edged Tulane 14-13 in the Sugar Bowl. Was 82-53-9 at A&M from 1934 to 1947. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Matty Bell (SMU; 1943)
This native of Haskell, Texas, coached SMU to a co-national championship and a Rose Bowl berth in 1935; finished with 153 victories and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.
Blair Cherry (Texas; 1944)
He coached Amarillo High School to three straight state championships in 1934, 1935 and 1936 and 84-5 in seven seasons with the Sandies. Joined Dana X Bible’s staff at the University of Texas where he coached Tom Landry and Bobby Layne and became one of the pioneers of the T-formation. Later became head coach of the Longhorns and was 32-10-1 in four seasons.
Bobby Dodd (Georgia Tech; 1944)
Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1993 after leading Georgia Tech to a 165-64-8 record in 22 seasons. Once had a 31-game win streak and an eight-game bowl win streak.