Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Dana Bible

Dana Bible

Details

  • Position: Coach
  • School: Mississippi College; Louisiana State; Texas A&M; Nebraska; Texas
  • Years: 1913-1946
  • Inducted: 1951
  • Place of Birth: Jefferson City, TN
  • Date of Birth: Oct 08, 1891
  • Place of Death: Austin, TX
  • Date of Death: Jan 19, 1980

Member Biography

He was a sharp, Scripture-quoting son of a Latin and Greek scholar. Dana X. Bible's unspectacular coaching techniques brought solid, fundamental football to the Southwest. At Mississippi College (1913-1915), LSU (1916), Texas A&M (1917, 1919-28), Nebraska (1926-36), Texas (1937-46) -33 years in all- Bible's teams rolled to a 198-72-23 record. All told, Bible squads won 14 conference championships. Bible frowned on fancy football. His idea of living dangerously was a fake-and-run punt formation on third down. In his book, CHAMPIONSHIP FOOTBALL, Bible outlined the importance of scouting an opponent. He required each of his scouts to answer 42 pages of mimeographed questions on each game, and fill out another eight pages with comments and diagrams. Bible was boss at all times, running his clubs in a logical, well-planned manner. Bible began his career as a prep coach in Tennessee, and diligently studied the outstanding gridiron mentors of his time. In 11 years at Texas A&M, Bible did not have a losing season. At Nebraska, he lost only three games in eight seasons of conference competition. At Texas, Bible went 55-13-2 in his last seven years.