By Gary T. King
In 1956, a bunch of younger men—sons of the good Depression—were now scholar athletes in each experience of the word. Their younger trainer was once at the verge of an remarkable profitable streak, and Bud Wilkinson’s ’56 Sooners shaped the touchstone of the college of Oklahoma’s soccer dynasty. This group was once the guts and soul of OU’s list 47-straight victories. An Autumn Remembered lines the main points of the extraordinary ’56 season and follows the workforce into the current via revealing interviews with the important avid gamers. during this stirring account, Gary T. King brings to lifestyles a trip full of thoughts, triumph, and glory—an autumn actually to be remembered, and an event to not be missed.
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I don’t believe you think about records and winning streaks while you are playing/coaching: at least I didn’t. I know this almost sounds like a dreadful old cliché, but the only game that is important is the next game you’re going to play. Winning streaks are not by design, they just occur. What you are attempting to do is to have your team play as well as it can play every time they play. ” If a particular football expression has become a cliché, it is very possible that Bud Wilkinson said it first.
One of these All-Americans was chosen two and a half years later to deliver a eulogy for Wilkinson at his funeral in St. Louis. Darrell Royal, who quarterbacked the Sooners from 1947 to 1949 and later went on to become a coaching legend himself at the University of Texas, said of Bud: “Never at any time did Coach Wilkinson raise his voice at a player, other than in encouragement. Never did I see Coach Wilkinson berate or criticize a player. “Coach Wilkinson taught me that the greatest asset a player has is his pride.
The head coach of any school today primarily is responsible for recruiting and for the design of the basic offense and defense, but at that point he passes the control to his offensive coordinator, defensive coordinator, and whoever is responsible for the special teams. In the days of one-platoon football, the head coach had to coach. ” Bud proceeded to describe his recruiting policies in the fifties: “We had a hypothetical line. ) But basically, if you draw a line from Dallas to Midland, Texas, we would have a chance at anyone who lived north of that line.