Texas fans cheer on the Longhorns during the first half against Oklahoma State at Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin. JAY JANNER/AMERICAN-STAESMAN

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Daily Longhorn football history: The 1951 season

Posted June 29th, 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. 

Very few Texas head coaches have also been an undergraduate at the University of Texas. Clyde Littlefield is the most successful alum-turned head coach. David McWilliams is the most recent.

And somewhere in the middle is Ed Price.

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By all measures, Price loved the University of Texas. He was born in Brownwood, Texas and like Blair Cherry spent time in Corsicana, where he played high school football. He then decided to attend the University of Texas.

While a student, Price played on championship teams  in football, basketball and baseball between 1930 and 1933. He also wrote for the Daily Texan while a student.

He left Austin to become a high school and junior college coach at Hillsboro and El Paso.

Texas coach Jack Chevigny hired Price in 1936 and Price never left Austin.

When Cherry stunned the college football world with his retirement following the 1950 season, athletic Dana X. Bible quickly turned to Price. By that time, Price was had long been what would be considered the defensive coordinator in today’s game and the fan base and players were appeased by the hiring  of Price.

His first season at Texas, Price went 7-3. But two of those loses were significant. Texas A&M hadn’t beaten Texas since 1939, but topped the Longhorns 22-21 on Thanksgiving Day. Earlier in that season, Texas lost to Arkansas, a team they hadn’t lost to since 1938. He did, however, snap a three-game losing streak to Oklahoma, beating the Sooners 9-7.

Texas was preseason No. 11, and when the first in-season polls debut in October, Texas jumped to No. 6. The Longhorns never fell out of the top 25 during the season, but finished unranked in the final AP poll. Texas finished third in the conference, and missed its second bowl game in three years.

 

 

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