John "Clipper" Smith

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Not to be confused with Maurice J. "Clipper" Smith.
John "Clipper" Smith
John P. 'Clipper' Smith.jpg
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1904-12-12)December 12, 1904
Hartford, Connecticut
Died May 11, 1973(1973-05-11) (aged 68)
West Hartford, Connecticut
Playing career
1925–1927 Notre Dame
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1928 Notre Dame (assistant)
1931–1933 NC State
1935 Duquesne (line)
1936–1938 Duquesne
Head coaching record
Overall 28–24–5
Bowls 1–0
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1927
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1975 (profile)

John Philip "Little Clipper" Smith (December 12, 1904 – May 11, 1973) was an American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator. He played college football as a guard at the University of Notre Dame under Knute Rockne. Smith was a consensus All-American in 1927. He later served as the head coach at North Carolina State University from 1931 to 1933 and at Duquesne University from 1936 to 1938, compiling a career record of 28–24–5. Smith was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1975. He died on May 11, 1973 in West Hartford, Connecticut just before a National Football Foundation awards dinner that was to have honored him.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
NC State Wolfpack (Southern Conference) (1931–1933)
1931 NC State 3–6 2–4 T–17th
1932 NC State 6–1–2 3–1–1 7th
1933 NC State 1–5–3 0–4 10th
NC State: 10–12–5 5–9–1
Duquesne Dukes (Independent) (1936–1938)
1936 Duquesne 8–2 W Orange 14
1937 Duquesne 6–4
1938 Duquesne 4–6
Duquesne: 18–12
Total: 28–24–5
#Rankings from final AP Poll.


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