T. B. Ellis

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T. B. Ellis
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born (1912-05-26)May 26, 1912
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Died March 15, 2000(2000-03-15) (aged 87)
Hinds County, Mississippi
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1946–1951 Jackson State
1949–1950 Jackson State
Head coaching record
Overall 24–21–3 (football)

Tellis Burthorne Ellis Jr.[1] (26 May 1912 – 15 March 2000) was an American football and basketball coach. He was the head football coach at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi. He led the Tigers to a 24–21–3 record from 1946 to 1951 before being replaced by future College Football Hall of Fame coach John Merritt.[2][page needed] He was educated at Morehouse College and Boston University.[3][page needed]

A gymnasium and the football training facility on JSU's campus are named in his honor.[4]


  1. ^ "Jackson State University | Jackson State University News Room | Page 47". Jacksonstate.wordpress.com. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ The Blue Book of College Athletics. Retrieved August 1, 2013 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ Who's Who Among Black Americans. Retrieved August 1, 2013 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ "Jackson State Athletics Facilities". JSUTigers.com. Retrieved May 7, 2011.