Texas fans cheer during a NCAA football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American Statesman)

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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1926 season

Posted May 28th, 2017

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The Texas football program dates back to 1893 each day, we look at a little piece of Longhorn history. We’re starting by looking at each Longhorn football season. 

E.J. “Doc” Stewart entered 1926  with a 19-5-3 overall record at Texas. He was also crossing into rare territory with a fourth season. Until then, only Dave Allerdice had coached more seasons. Most tenured coaches at Texas lasted just three seasons, and countless coaches until that point had coached just one or two seasons at Texas.

Stewart, a Ohio native, was buying into the state of Texas though. During his time at Texas, Stewart was investing in the city of Kerrville. He had opened a Camp Stewart and Camp Mystic for boys and girls. He would eventually open Heart’ O’ Hills Inn. All these things still exist today in Kerrville, now known throughout the state for being the home of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel.

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With success coming off the field, his day job began to take a hit. Stewart posted a 5-4 record in 1926. He lost at home against SMU 21-17, then lost 10-7 to Baylor the next week. A win over Texas A&M, 14-5, to end the season made the season a little better, but Texas entered the final week of the season a disappointing 4-4 on the season. At the end of the day, Texas finished 2-2 in Southwest Conference play.

All this caused turmoil inside the athletic department. During an “explosive” athletic department meeting, the popular coach was fired with a 24-9-3 record.

Stewart left for El Paso and coached two seasons at what is now University of Texas at El Paso.

However, Stewart’s life was cut short. In November of 1929, Stewart was killed in a deer-hunting accident in Kerrville.

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