Dee Andros

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Dee Andros
Dee Andros.jpg
Andros, c. 1970
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1924-10-17)October 17, 1924
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Died October 22, 2003(2003-10-22) (aged 79)
Corvallis, Oregon
Playing career
1946–1949 Oklahoma
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1951–1952 Oklahoma (assistant)
1953 Kansas (assistant)
1954–1955 Texas Tech (assistant)
1956 Nebraska (assistant)
1957–1959 California (assistant)
1960–1961 Illinois (assistant)
1962–1964 Idaho
1965–1975 Oregon State
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1976–1985 Oregon State
Head coaching record
Overall 62–80–2 (.438)
Dee Andros
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Seal of the United States Marine Corps.svg U.S. Marine Corps
Years of service 1942–1946
Rank USMC-E5.svg Sergeant
Battles/wars World War II, Pacific theater
Battle of Iwo Jima

Demosthenes Konstandies "Dee" Andrecopoulos (October 17, 1924 – October 22, 2003) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator.[1]

He was the head football coach at the University of Idaho from 1962 to 1964 and at Oregon State University from 1965 to 1975, compiling career college football record of 62–80–2 (.438). A native of Oklahoma and a World War II veteran, Andros played college football as a guard at the University of Oklahoma. After retiring from coaching, he was the athletic director at Oregon State from 1976 to 1985.[2]

Early life, military service, and playing career[edit]

Andros, born Demosthenes Konstandies Andrikopoulos in Oklahoma City, was the second of three sons of a Greek immigrant father.[3] He received his high school education at Oklahoma City's Central High School, and then enlisted in the military in 1942.[4] Andros was a veteran of World War II where he served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. A cook, he picked up a rifle and was awarded the Bronze Star and spent more than a month under heavy fire on the island of Iwo Jima.[4] He was present at the famed moment when six soldiers raised the American flag on Mount Suribachi.[5][6]

Andros played college football at Oklahoma from 1946 to 1949, under hall of fame head coach Bud Wilkinson.[4] He was selected in the 14th round (177th overall) by the Chicago Cardinals in the 1950 NFL draft.[7] Dee's older brother Plato (1922–2008) was an All-American in 1946 at Oklahoma and played four years in the NFL for the Cardinals.[8][9] His younger brother Gus (Dick) (1926–2009) was a ballet dancer and choreographer.[5][10]

Coaching career[edit]

Andros' coaching career included stops as an assistant at Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas Tech, Nebraska, California and Illinois. While Dee was serving as an assistant, Texas Tech went to the Sun Bowl in January 1956 and California went to the Rose Bowl in January 1959.


Andros became a head coach at age 37 at Idaho in February 1962. He took over in Moscow for Skip Stahley, who remained as athletic director.[11][12][13] Andros' starting annual salary was just under $12,500.[14]

The 1962 team was 2–6–1,[15] but the following year he led Idaho to its first winning season (5–4)[16] in a quarter century.[17][18] The tenth and final game in 1963 at Arizona State on November 23 was canceled, following the assassination of President Kennedy.[19][20]

The Vandals won their opener in 1964, but then lost four straight, the latter two were close ones to Oregon and Oregon State. The 10–7 loss to the Rose Bowl-bound Beavers in Corvallis came by a late third quarter OSU punt return.[21] The Vandals rebounded and the next week won the Battle of the Palouse for the first time in a decade, defeating neighbor Washington State 28–13.[22] The Cougars were led by first-year head coach Bert Clark, a former Sooner teammate. The Vandals split the final four games to finish at 4–6.

While Idaho had joined the Big Sky Conference as a charter member in 1963, the Vandals essentially remained an independent for football through 1964 under Andros. Only one conference foe was played during the first two Big Sky seasons, a 1963 game with Idaho State that was previously scheduled.

Andros spent three years on the Palouse at Idaho, with an overall record of 11–16–1 (.411).

One of his first-year hires at Idaho in 1962 was alumnus Bud Riley (1925–2012),[23] then the head coach and athletic director at Lewiston High School, thirty miles (50 km) south of Moscow.[24] A former Vandal halfback for Dixie Howell, he coached the Idaho freshman team for Andros and went with him to OSU in 1965.[25] Riley was a defensive assistant in Corvallis for eight years before moving on to the Canadian Football League in 1973 and became a head coach the following year. His eldest son Mike (b.1953) was the head coach at Oregon State for fourteen seasons and later at the University of Nebraska.[25][26]

Oregon State[edit]

Andros was hired as the head coach at Oregon State in February 1965.[18][27] He replaced the legendary Tommy Prothro, who left after ten seasons in Corvallis for UCLA, just ten days after leading the Beavers in the 1965 Rose Bowl.[28][29] Andros compiled a 51–64–1 record (.444) in his 11 seasons at Oregon State. In the Civil War games against the Oregon Ducks, he won his first seven and split the last four, for an overall record of 9–2 (.818). Andros was nicknamed "The Great Pumpkin" for his bright orange jacket and large physical size, first dubbed by a member of the Spokane press during the 41–13 homecoming rout of WSU in Pullman on Halloween weekend in 1966.[5][30][31] It was his first game on the Palouse since he left Idaho; his last Palouse game as Vandal head two years earlier was also a win over the Cougars, 28–13.[22]

As OSU head coach, Andros was 8–3 against Washington State and split the first ten games with Washington while headed by former Oklahoma teammate Jim Owens; Oregon State was beaten 35–7 by the Huskies in Seattle in 1975, Don James' first season at UW and Andros' last in coaching. He was also 2–0 against his former team, beating Idaho by two in Boise in 1965 and by seven in Corvallis in 1966.


Andros is best known for his incredible 1967 season in which his team, dubbed the "Giant Killers", went 7–2–1. The Beavers, led by junior quarterback Steve Preece, beat #2 Purdue, tied the new #2 UCLA, and then beat #1 USC. But because Oregon State lost to Washington and tied UCLA, USC won the conference title by a half game and earned the berth to the Rose Bowl, where they defeated the Big Ten Conference's Indiana Hoosiers, 14–3, and won the national title. Oregon State finished with a #7 ranking in the AP Poll, but did not participate in a bowl game as the AAWU (Pac-8) allowed only the conference champion to do so. In 1968, the Beavers were ranked #6 in the pre-season and finishing #15 after a 7–3 campaign. They did not compete in a bowl game, as conference rules prohibited teams from going to any bowl other than the Rose Bowl until 1975. Andros expressed an interest in the position at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater in December 1968,[32] and several weeks later, rejected an offer from the University of Pittsburgh.[33]

Later life and family[edit]

After stepping down as head coach following the 1975 season, Andros was named athletic director, succeeding Jim Barratt. Andros served in this capacity until the spring of 1985, when he retired. Though retired, Andros continued to serve as a special assistant within the Beaver Athletic Scholarship Fund until health problems forced him to remain at his Corvallis home. He spent nearly 40 years of his life involved with Oregon State athletics.

Though he spent only three years at Idaho, he was still held in high regard in Moscow. In 1989, Andros was invited by first-year head coach John L. Smith to coach one of the sides in the annual Silver & Gold spring game, opposite former 1970s head coach Ed Troxel.[34]

In 1992, his "Giant Killers" team of 1967 was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.[4] In the spring of 2003, Andros was awarded the Martin Chaves Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fifth Annual Bennys celebration at Oregon State. Andros married Luella Andros, and they had one daughter named Jeanna.[4] He died in Corvallis on October 22, 2003 at the age of 79.[4]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Idaho Vandals (NCAA University Division independent) (1962–1964)
1962 Idaho 2–6–1
1963 Idaho 5–4
1964 Idaho 4–6
Idaho: 11–16–1
Oregon State Beavers (Pacific-8 Conference) (1965–1975)
1965 Oregon State 5–5 1–3 7th
1966 Oregon State 7–3 3–1 T–2nd 19
1967 Oregon State 7–2–1 4–1–1 T–2nd 8 7
1968 Oregon State 7–3 5–1 2nd 13 15
1969 Oregon State 6–4 4–3 4th
1970 Oregon State 6–5 3–4 T–6th
1971 Oregon State 5–6 3–3 5th
1972 Oregon State 2–9 1–6 8th
1973 Oregon State 2–9 2–5 T–6th
1974 Oregon State 3–8 3–4 T–5th
1975 Oregon State 1–10 1–6 7th
Oregon State: 51–64–1 30–37–1
Total: 62–80–2
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Teaford, Elliott (October 23, 2003). "Dee Andros, 79; was football coach at Oregon State". Los Angeles Times. (obituary). Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Famed Beavers coach Andros dies". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. October 23, 2003. p. 4B. 
  3. ^ Rodman, Bob (October 23, 2003). "Beavers lose a symbol and an icon". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. D1. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f Goe, Ken. Dee Andros: 1924–2003 Handling heat a constant for OSU's 'Great Pumpkin'. The Oregonian, October 23, 2003.
  5. ^ a b c Sellard, Dan (October 31, 1971). "They love him in Corvallis". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 3-Emerald Empire. 
  6. ^ Mayer, Bill (February 4, 1953). "Sport talk". Lawrence Journal-World. Kansas. p. 10. 
  7. ^ Oklahoma Sooners History Page, "OU in the draft"
  8. ^ "Former Oklahoma guard is in the oil business now". Gadsden Times. Alabama. September 23, 1976. p. 15. 
  9. ^ Tramel, Barry (September 24, 2008). "'Golden Greek' helped ignite new era at OU - Plato Andros: 1922-2008". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ Nichols, Max (June 2, 2003). "Youngest Andros brother finds league of his own". Oklahoma City Journal Record. 
  11. ^ Carter, Jack (February 18, 1962). "Illinois aide Dee Andros named Idaho football coach". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 8. 
  12. ^ Missildine, Harry (February 18, 1962). "Former Sooner guard new Idaho coach". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1-sports. 
  13. ^ "New Vandal coach". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. (photo). February 19, 1962. p. 11. 
  14. ^ "ISC coaches lodge complaint: Idaho's salaries reported higher". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. April 21, 1962. p. 10. 
  15. ^ Payne, Bob (November 18, 1962). "Dee is happy he took job; --"These are great kids"". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 2-sports. 
  16. ^ Payne, Bob (November 17, 1963). "Idaho wins; Ford leads Cougars". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1-sports. 
  17. ^ "Naccarato 'Hec' winner for Vandals". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. November 27, 1963. p. 12. 
  18. ^ a b Johnson, Bob (February 1, 1965). "Dee Andros named Oregon State grid coach". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. p. 15. 
  19. ^ "Idaho contest is postponed". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. November 23, 1963. p. 10. 
  20. ^ "Vandal gridders are happy, but--". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. November 25, 1963. p. 16. 
  21. ^ "OSU tips Vandals on punt return tally". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. October 19, 1964. p. 11. 
  22. ^ a b Missildine, Harry (October 25, 1964). "'Thunder Ray' leads Idaho's charge". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1-sports. 
  23. ^ Buker, Paul (August 6, 2012). "Bud Riley, former Oregon State assistant and father of head coach Mike Riley, dies at 86". The Oregonian. Portland. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  24. ^ "Bud Riley named Idaho assistant". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. May 27, 1962. p. 11. 
  25. ^ a b "Mike Riley and Jess Lewis Comment on the passing of Dee Andros". Oregon State University Athletics. October 22, 2003. Retrieved October 27, 2015. 
  26. ^ Tokito, Mike (December 2, 2009). "The lives of two Rileys define Oregon State football". The Oregonian. Portland. Retrieved October 26, 2015. 
  27. ^ "Andros begins new job as OSU coach". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. AP, UPI reports. February 2, 1965. p. 2B. 
  28. ^ "Tom Prothro joins Bruins". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. Associated Press. January 12, 1965. p. 12. 
  29. ^ "Andros mentioned for Beaver post". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. January 12, 1965. p. 14. 
  30. ^ Missildine, Harry (October 30, 1966). "Dee rolled in like the Great Pumpkin". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1-sports. 
  31. ^ Missildine, Harry (February 23, 1987). "Whats in a name? It's love". Idahonian. Moscow. p. 9. 
  32. ^ Merced Sun-Star - Andros is sought by Oklahoma State team - UPI - 1968-12-30 - p.10
  33. ^ "Andros rejects offer to coach at Pittsburgh". Telegraph-Herald. Dubuque, Iowa. UPI. January 19, 1969. p. 27. 
  34. ^ "Troxel, Andros to coach". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. April 21, 1989. p. 2C. 

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