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 the turmoil that Texas went through in the dismissal of E.J. “Doc” Stewart, Texas was looking for another home run hire at head coach. Like they did with Berry M. Whitaker, the university looked within.
And school officials came out with one of the biggest names and best coaches in the athletic department’s history: Clyde Littlefield.
With Stewart gone and the firing of athletic director Theo Bellmont, the champion of the Memorial Stadium construction, Texas hired its first super star athlete turned coach, Littlefield. Arriving in Austin in 1912 as a student, Littlefield earned 12 letters in three sports for football, basketball and track. After graduating in 1916, he became the head football coach at Greenville High School. His last high school football team he coached went undefeated, never tied and didn’t allow a single point.
In 1920 Littlefield began a 41-year career as the head track and field coach at Texas, but also was the freshmen football and basketball coach while also being a physical training instructor.
Needing a quick fix at head coach, Texas went with Littlefield. He put blinders up in regards to the politics and noise surrounding the football program and began building the program.
His first season was a relative success. Texas improved its win total from five to six, going 6-2-1 overall. The Longhorns went 2-2-1 in Southwest Conference play, one of the losses was to Texas A&M, 28-7 to end the season. But after the rocky off-season, Littlefield began stabilizing the program.
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