The Texas Longhorns flag flies proud following a touchdown in the second half of the AT&T Red River Showdown between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RICARDO BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1919 season

Posted May 31st, 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. 

After compiling a 13-4 record in two seasons at Texas during World War I, Bill Juneau received a third year at Texas. Only Dave Allerdice lasted longer, up until this point, as the Longhorn football coach.

Off the schedule in 1919 was the bulk of military schools as the war ended and life in the America started to return to normal.

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Juneau’s third squad went  6-3 overall and 3-2 in the Southwest Conference. After skipping the Red River Showdown (it was not called this in 1919) with Oklahoma in 1918, Texas and the Sooners renewed the rivalry. Juneau had lost to Oklahoma in his first season 14-0, and couldn’t beat the Sooners in 1919, losing 12-7. He did pick up big wins over Arkansas 35-7, Rice 32-7 and Baylor 29-13.

But a lose to Texas A&M and its star coach Dana X. Bible 7-0 to end the season on Thanksgiving didn’t go over so well with the locals.

After five years without a true SWC title, Texas fans had enough and Juneau was forced out as head coach. He left Austin and became the head football coach at  Kentucky and was 13-10-1 in three season, which included the first year Kentucky was a member of the Southern Conference.

Overall, he was 86-39-10 in his career.

Where Texas would turn next would become one of the programs’ best hires.

 

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