Texas fans cheer during a timeout against West Virginia at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium Nov. 12, 2016 in Austin Texas. West Virginia won the game 24-20. (Photo by James Gregg/American-Statesman.)

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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1936 season

Posted June 15th, 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. 

Jack Chevigny and Charlie Strong have some things in common.

They both replaced successful coaches after a rocky stretch. They both had ties to coaching legends. They both had deep connections to Notre Dame. They both can count wins over Notre Dame as one of their best moments.

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And they both lasted just three seasons after a terrible third season.

At 4-6 in 1935, that was the worst-ever season to that point for Texas football. In 1936, Texas went 2-6-1 overall. Not even in 1893, when Texas played just four games, had the Longhorn won just two games in a season.

And there were ugly moments during the season.

The 1936 season was the first year preseason rankings and polls entered the college football lexicon. Texas played four ranked teams. No. 2 Minnesota hosted the Longhorns and beat them 47-19. Traveling to Minnesota in November to lose by 28 points was not good.

Funny enough though, the worst season ever still featured wins over Oklahoma in Dallas 6-0 and Texas A&M 7-0. Needless to say, Texas wasn’t ready to enter the first set of Associated Press polls this season.

But they were ready to move on to a new coach.

Sensing the season slipping away,  Chevigny asked Texas to not reappoint him as the head coach (asked?) and when the season ended, the Athletic Council accepted that verbal resignation. Chevigny didn’t leave the Austin area. He began practicing law, working for the State of Texas Tax Commission before moving to Illinois where he became successful in the oil business (Wait, what? He left Texas to enter the oil business?).

Sadly, Chevigny died during the battle of Iwo Jima during World War II.

With a 13-14-2 record, Jack Chevigny became the first coach, the only coach for nearly 80 years, to have a losing record at Texas. The other Texas coach with a losing record on the 40 Acres?

Charlie Strong.

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