|Sport(s)||Football, basketball, baseball|
February 28, 1885|
Sugar Branch, Indiana
|Died||November 19, 1982
Miami Springs, Florida
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||Football: 155–130–34 (.539)
Basketball: 8–2 (.800)
Baseball: 3–3 (.500)
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 SIAA (as player) (1910, 1911)
3 SWC (1923, 1926, 1931)
1 SIAA (1920)
|2x All-Southern (1910, 1911)
Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869-1919 era.
1934 All-time Vandy team
SEC Coach of the Year (1937)
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1954 (profile)
J. Ray Morrison (February 28, 1885 – November 19, 1982) was an American football and baseball player and a coach of football, basketball, and baseball. He served as the head football coach at Southern Methodist University (1915–1916, 1922–1934), Vanderbilt University (1918, 1935–1939), Temple University (1940–1948), and Austin College (1949–1952), compiling a career college football record of 155–130–34. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1954.
Morrison was also the head basketball coach at Vanderbilt for one season in 1918–19, tallying a mark of 8–2, and the head baseball coach at the school in 1919, notching a record of 3–3.
- 1 Early years
- 2 Vanderbilt University
- 3 Coaching years
- 4 Death and legacy
- 5 Head coaching record
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 Bibliography
- 9 External links
Ray Morrison was born on February 28, 1885 in Sugar Branch, Indiana. Soon after the family moved to McKenzie, Tennessee, where Morrison attended school. He also spent a year at McTyiere School for Boys.
He played football as a prominent halfback and quarterback for Dan McGugin's Vanderbilt football teams from 1908 to 1911. He is considered one of the best quarterbacks in Vanderbilt's long history. The team posted a 30–6–2 record during his four years. Morrison was selected as the quarterback and kick returner for an Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869-1919 era. He weighed some 155 to 159 pounds.
Edwin Pope's Football's Greatest Coaches on the 1911 team reads "A lightning-swift backfield of Lew Hardage, Wilson Collins, Ammie Sikes, and Ray Morrison pushed Vandy through 1911 with only a 9-8 loss to Michigan." The Atlanta Constitution voted it the best backfield in the South. Ted Coy selected Morrison All-American.
Morrison won Bachelor of Ugliness for the class of 1912.
Morrison first taught and was athletics director at Branham & Hughes Military Academy in Spring Hill.
He coached Vanderbilt in 1918 when McGugin left for the military, and led the Vanderbilt team to a 4–2 record. In 1919, Morrison spent a year at Gulf Coast Military Academy as athletics director and teacher.
Return to SMU
In 1920, Morrison returned to SMU. He notably brought the forward pass to the southwest during his time at SMU. Morrison was one of the first to pass not just on first down, but on first and second down too. Gerald Mann was one of his best passers. His teams earned the nickname the "Flying Circus".
Morrison first team in his second stint finished second place in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), led by captain and SEC player of the year Willie Geny. The 1936 team was captained by Dick Plasman, the last NFL player to play without a helmet. The 1937 team upset LSU on a hidden ball trick, the school's first-ever victory over a ranked opponent. The team's captain was SEC player of the year Carl Hinkle. Morrison was awarded SEC Coach of the Year in 1937.
A gentle, soft-spoken person who talks out of the side of his mouth with convincing firmness. Eyes with a permanent twinkle, tiny wrinkles about them when he smiles, but a set jaw that seems to enclose teeth constantly gritted tighter. A happy combination that blends austerity and affability into well-nigh perfect personality--that's the Ray Morrison of today who was known to Nashvillians twenty-five years ago as Vanderbilt's whirling quarterback.
He finished his career at Austin College. He quit to take over "development and public relations" at SMU, a post he held for eleven years.
Death and legacy
His coaching tree includes:
Head coaching record
|SMU Mustangs (Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1915–1916)|
|Vanderbilt Commodores (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1918)|
|SMU Mustangs (Southwest Conference) (1922–1934)|
|1924||SMU||5–1–4||2–0–4||2nd||L Dixie Classic|
|Vanderbilt Commodores (Southeastern Conference) (1935–1939)|
|Temple Owls (Independent) (1940–1948)|
|Austin Kangaroos () (1949–1952)|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
- Traughber, pp. 46
- "CHC: Ray Morrison - Vanderbilt Player and Coach".
- Traughber 2011, p. 47
- "All-Time Football Team Lists Greats Of Past, Present". Gadsden Times. July 27, 1969.
- Edwin Pope (1955). Football's Greatest Coaches. p. 341. Retrieved March 8, 2015 – via archive.org.
- Charles Weatherby. "Wilson Collins". The Miracle Braves of 1914: Boston's Original Worst-to-First World Series: 13.
- "Dopesters Pick American Teams: Ted Coy Makes Known His Choice of Team, But Camp Has Yet to Name One". The Syracuse Herald. December 4, 1911. p. 12.
- "Ray Morrison, Southern Methodist's first football coach, died the...".
- Traughber 2011, p. 48
- "Shaping College Football". google.com.
- "Ray Morrison Quits Austin College To Take SMU Post". The Corpus Christi Caller-Times. December 10, 1952. p. 26. Retrieved February 12, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Traughber 2011, p. 49
- Traughber 2011, p. 72
- "Flashback: Hidden-ball play beat LSU in 1937".
- "VANDERBILT USES TRICK TO END L. S. U. REIGN, 7-6 (October 24, 1937)".
- Traughber 2011, p. 50
- "Ray Morrison Is Temple University Grid Coach". Lawrence Journal-World. March 4, 1940.
- "Ray Morrison Quits As Temple Football Coach". Chicago Daily Tribune. January 28, 1949.
- Traughber, Bill (2011). Vanderbilt Football: Tales of Commodore Gridiron History. The History Press. ISBN 978-1-60949-423-0.