Garland Morrow

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Garland Morrow
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1899-02-14)February 14, 1899
Nashville, Tennessee
Died November 4, 1987(1987-11-04) (aged 88)
Mineola, Texas
Playing career
1919–1920 Vanderbilt
1922 Vanderbilt
1919–1922 Vanderbilt
Position(s) Guard (football), Guard (basketball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1927–1932 Vanderbilt (assistant)
1932–1935 Cumberland (TN)
1936-? Cincinnati (freshmen)
1929–1931 Vanderbilt
1932–1935 Cumberland (TN)
1944–1946 Vanderbilt
Accomplishments and honors
1 SoCon (as player) (1922)
1 Smoky Mountain Athletic Conference (1935)
1 SIAA (1920)
Cumberland Sports Hall of Fame

Garland Augustus "Gus" Morrow (February 14, 1899 – November 4, 1987) was an American football and basketball player and coach.


"Gus" played both sports for Vanderbilt University, including football under Dan McGugin. He was also on the track team. Morrow played basketball at Vanderbilt under later Alabama Crimson Tide football coach Wallace Wade.



Morrow was a starter for the scoreless tie with Michigan at the inauguration at Dudley Field in 1922.[1] "Thousands of cheering Vanderbilt fans inspired the surge of center Alf Sharp, guard Gus Morrow, tackle Tex Bradford, and end Lynn Bomar, who stopped Michigan cold in four attempts."[2] As a player Morrow weighed 175 pounds.



The 1922-23 team went 16–8, beating the LSU Tigers but losing to the Virginia Tech Hokies in the SIAA tournament.[3] An account of the LSU game reads: "Either Vanderbilt was in rare form or L.S.U. has a good fighting team with no shooting ability. Fans were treated to the most one-sided contest of opening day when these two clubs met, the Commodores scoring 13 points before the Louisianans had counted once, winning 36 to 10."[4] Morrow scored 4 points.[5]


He was then an assistant for McGugin from 1927 to 1932. Morrow served as the head basketball coach at Vanderbilt from 1929 until 1931. He again coached the Vanderbilt basketball team from 1944 to 1946.


Morrow was hired at Cumberland as a coach in 1932,[6][7] and was elected to the Cumberland Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.[8]


He was freshman coach for the Cincinnati Bearcats under Russ Cohen.

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southern Conference) (1929–1931)
1929–30 Vanderbilt 6–16
1930–31 Vanderbilt 16–8
Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (1944–1946)
1944–45 Vanderbilt 6–6
1945–46 Vanderbilt 3–10
Vanderbilt: 31–40
Total: 31–40



  1. ^ closed access publication – behind paywall "Powerful Wolverine Eleven Held To Scoreless Tie By Commodores." Augusta Chronicle 1922 Oct. 15
  2. ^ Tom Perrin (1987). Football: a college history. p. 113. ISBN 9780899502946. 
  3. ^ "Vanderbilt Basketball 2011-12" (PDF). 
  4. ^ Danforth, Ed (February 28, 1923). "Vandy Shows Class in Beating L.S.U.". Atlanta Georgian. 
  5. ^ "History of the Early S.I.A.A. Atlanta Basketball Tournament - 1923". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  6. ^ Winstead Paine Bone. A History of Cumberland University, 1842-1935. 
  7. ^ "History - Cumberland University Athletics". 
  8. ^ "Cumberland Sports Hall of Fame". 
  9. ^ "Gus Morrow Coaching Record". Archived from the original on 2014-08-20. 

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