Bowden Wyatt

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Bowden Wyatt
Bowden Wyatt.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1917-10-04)October 4, 1917
Kingston, Tennessee
Died January 21, 1969(1969-01-21) (aged 51)
Kingston, Tennessee
Playing career
1936–1938 Tennessee
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1939–1941
1946
1947–1952
1953–1954
1955–1962
Mississippi State (assistant)
Mississippi State (assistant)
Wyoming
Arkansas
Tennessee
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1962–1963 Tennessee
Head coaching record
Overall 99–56–5
Bowls 2–2
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 Mountain States (1949–1950)
1 SWC (1954)
1 SEC (1956)
Awards
AFCA Coach of the Year (1956)
SEC Coach of the Year (1956)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1972 (player), 1997 (coach) (profile)

Clarence Bowden Wyatt (October 4, 1917 – January 21, 1969) was an American football player and coach. Wyatt played college football at the University of Tennessee and was later the head football coach at three schools, the University of Wyoming (1947–1952), the University of Arkansas (1953–1954), and his alma mater, Tennessee (1955–1962). He compiled a 99–56–5 record in 16 seasons as a head coach.

Wyatt's most notable victory at Tennessee came on November 7, 1959, when his Tennessee Volunteers football Volunteers upset top-ranked LSU, 14–13, by stopping a two-point conversion attempt by eventual Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon late in the game. The victory ended the Tigers' 18-game winning streak.

Wyatt was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1972 as a player and again in 1997 as a coach.

Wyatt married Mary Alson Miller in about 1940, and they had one daughter named Mary Gail "Missy" in 1942.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Wyoming Cowboys (Mountain States Conference) (1947–1952)
1947 Wyoming 4–5 2–4 6th
1948 Wyoming 4–5
1949 Wyoming 9–1 1st
1950 Wyoming 10–0 1st W Gator 14 12
1951 Wyoming 7–2–1
1952 Wyoming 5–4
Wyoming: 39–17–1
Arkansas Razorbacks (Southwest Conference) (1953–1954)
1953 Arkansas 3–7 2–4 5th
1954 Arkansas 8–3 5–1 1st L Cotton 8 10
Arkansas: 11–10 7–5
Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (1955–1962)
1955 Tennessee 6–3–1 3–2–1 5th
1956 Tennessee 10–1 6–0 1st L Sugar 2 2
1957 Tennessee 8–3 4–3 5th W Gator 16 13
1958 Tennessee 4–6 4–3 5th
1959 Tennessee 5–4–1 3–4–1 8th
1960 Tennessee 6–2–2 3–2–2 5th 19
1961 Tennessee 6–4 4–3 T–4th
1962 Tennessee 4–6 2–6 10th
Tennessee: 49–29–4 29–23–4
Total: 99–56–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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