Xen C. Scott

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Xen C. Scott
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Sport(s) Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born (1882-07-06)July 6, 1882
Pasadena, California
Died April 21, 1924(1924-04-21) (aged 41)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)



Western Reserve (assistant)
Western Reserve
Penn State (head field coach)
Cleveland Naval Reserve

Nebraska State Normal

Nebraska State Normal
Head coaching record
Overall 49–26–4 (football)
7–1 (men's basketball)
1–3–1 (women's basketball)
11–1 (baseball)
College Football Data Warehouse

Xenophon "Xen" Cole Scott (July 6, 1882 – April 21, 1924) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach and a sportswriter in the United States. He served as the head football coach at Western Reserve University in 1910, at the Case School of Applied Science from 1911 to 1913—both Western Reserve and Case are now part of Case Western Reserve University, and at the University of Alabama from 1919 to 1922, compiling a career college football record of 49–26–4.

Born in Pasadena, California in 1882,[1] Scott moved to Cleveland, Ohio with his family when he was four.[2] Prior to being hired as head football coach, Scott was a horse-racing writer in Cleveland, Ohio.[3] He also contributed material to the Spalding's Official Foot Ball Guide in 1907 and 1908. In 1907 he became an assistant coach at Western Reserve University in Cleveland.[4]

In 1910, Scott was hired to be head coach at the Nebraska State Normal School in Peru, Nebraska, where he also coached baseball and basketball.[5] He compiled a 29–9–3 (.744) record at Alabama. His first Tide team went 8–1 to set a school record for victories in a season; his second team did better, going 10–1 and finishing atop the standings of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association. Scott recruited Joe Sewell to Alabama and then sent him to the Cleveland Indians when Sewell's football days were over; Joe Sewell went to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Scott's Tide scored 110 points against Marion Institution in 1922, an Alabama football record which still stands today. In 1922 Scott's Tide beat Penn, 9–7, a shocking upset at the time and one which heralded the arrival of Alabama as a national football power. However, Scott did not get to enjoy his success; a case of cancer of the mouth and tongue forced his resignation after the 1922 season[6] and he died in 1924.[7]

Head coaching record[edit]


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Western Reserve (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1910)
1910 Western Reserve 5–4 4–3 5th
Western Reserve: 5–4 4–3
Case (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1911–1913)
1911 Case 6–2–1 5–1–1 2nd
1912 Case 4–6 3–3 T–5th
1913 Case 5–5 3–3 T–7th
Case: 15–13–1 11–7–1
Alabama Crimson Tide (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1919–1921)
1919 Alabama 8–1 6–1
1920 Alabama 10–1 5–1
1921 Alabama 5–4–2 2–4–2
Alabama Crimson Tide (Southern Conference) (1922)
1922 Alabama 6–3–1 3–2–1 8th
Alabama: 29–9–3 16–8–3
Total: 49–26–4


  1. ^ Kordic, Gregory. A Damn Good Yankee: Xen Scott and the Rise of the Crimson Tide. 2007, AuthorHouse publishing. ISBN 978-1-4259-6018-6, p. 11
  2. ^ Kordic, p. 11
  3. ^ Groom, Winston. The Crimson Tide – An Illustrated History. Tuscaloosa: The University of Alabama Press, 2000. ISBN 0-8173-1051-7, pg. 30.
  4. ^ Kordic, p. 22
  5. ^ Kordic, p. 32–33
  6. ^ Kordic, p. 158
  7. ^ Kordic, p. 169

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