C. D. Bliss

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C. D. Bliss
CL Bliss - Missouri.jpg
Bliss pictured in The Savitar 1896, Missouri yearbook
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1870-07-16)July 16, 1870
New York City, New York
Died March 26, 1948(1948-03-26) (aged 77)
Playing career
1889 Yale
1891–1892 Yale
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1893 Stanford
1894 Haverford
1895 Missouri
Head coaching record
Overall 15–6–1
Accomplishments and honors
1 WIUFA (1895)

Clifford Douglas "Pop" Bliss (July 16, 1870 – March 26, 1948) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Stanford University, Haverford College, and the University of Missouri, compiling a career college football record of 15–6–1. Bliss played football at Yale University as a halfback alongside his brother, Laurie Bliss, who went on to coach at the United States Military Academy and Lehigh University.

Playing career[edit]

Bliss was born in New York City and attended Yale University, where he played halfback. With his brother, Laurie Bliss, in the same backfield, he led Yale to back-to-back national championships and undefeated seasons in 1891 and 1892. Coached by Walter Camp, Yale did not allow opposing teams to score a single point in those two seasons.[1][2]

Coaching career[edit]

In 1893, Bliss was named head football coach at Stanford University.[3][4] Bliss, who had graduated from Yale the year before, was filling in for Walter Camp who was the school's first coach in 1892 and would return in 1894. Bliss' team was undefeated with one tie.[5]

In 1894, Bliss coached Haverford College but the team did not win a single game.[4] In 1895, Bliss became the fifth head coach for the University of Missouri–Columbia Tigers located in Columbia, Missouri where his team record was 7 wins, 1 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him 19th at Missouri in total wins and second at Missouri in winning percentage.[6]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Stanford (Independent) (1893)
1893 Stanford 8–0–1
Stanford: 8–0–1
Haverford Fords (Independent) (1894)
1894 Haverford 0–5
Haverford: 0–5
Missouri Tigers (Western Interstate University Football Association) (1895)
1895 Missouri 7–1 2–1 T–1st
Missouri: 7–1 2–1
Total: 15–6–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ "Rah! Rah! Rah! Yale!" (PDF). The New York Times. 1892-11-19. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Yale's team in fine fettle". The New York Times. 1892-11-23. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  3. ^ "Football: Retrospective and Perspective" (PDF). Outing. 23 (2): 126. November 1893. 
  4. ^ a b "Missouri Head Coaches - Clifford Bliss". University of Missouri. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  5. ^ Migdol, Gary (1997). Stanford: Home of Champions. Sports Publishing LLC. p. 13. ISBN 1-57167-116-1. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Missouri Coaching Records". Retrieved 2009-06-18.