Wally Butts

Wally Butts

Wally Butts JR
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1905-02-07)February 7, 1905
Milledgeville, Georgia
Died December 17, 1973(1973-12-17) (aged 68)
Athens, Georgia
Playing career
1925–1929 Mercer
Position(s) End
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1938
1939–1960
Georgia (assistant)
Georgia
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1948–1963 Georgia
Head coaching record
Overall 140–86–9
Bowls 5–2–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 National (1942, 1946)
4 SEC (1942, 1946, 1948, 1959)
Awards
3x SEC Coach of the Year (1942, 1946, 1959)
Florida–Georgia Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1997 (profile)

James Wallace "Wally" Butts, Jr. (February 7, 1905 – December 17, 1973) was an College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1997.

Playing career

Butts was a 1929 graduate of Mercer University where he played college football under coach Bernie Moore,[1] and was an alumnus of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.

Coaching career

Butts came to the [2]

Butts' assistants in his first year as head coach were

Butts coached 1942 Rose Bowl over UCLA, finished #2 in the AP Poll, and was named a national championship by a number of selectors. Butts' teams also won four Southeastern Conference championships (1942, 1946, 1948 and 1959).[4] As head coach, Butts posted a 140–86–9 record (.615 winning percentage), including a bowl record of 5–2–1.[5] Johnny Griffith, a former player and assistant coach to Butts, succeeded him as head coach in 1961.

Later life and honors

In the 1960s, Butts filed a libel lawsuit against the Saturday Evening Post after it ran an article alleging that he and Alabama head coach Bear Bryant had conspired to fix games. Curtis Publishing Co. v. Butts, as it ultimately became when it reached the Supreme Court, was a landmark libel case. The court ruled in his favor in 1967, and the Saturday Evening Post was ordered to pay $3.06 million to him in damages, an amount which was later reduced on appeal to $460,000.[6] This settlement was seen as a contributing factor in the demise of the venerable Saturday Evening Post two years later.[6] Both Butts and Bryant had sued for $10 million each. Bryant settled for $300,000.

Butts was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997.[7]

Butts died of a [6]

Family

Butts was the son of James Wallace Butts, Sr. (July 9, 1881 – January 2, 1959) and wife Annie (1881 – ?). Wally married Winifred Faye Taylor (July 12, 1907 – June 27, 1990) on February 19, 1929. They had three daughters, Faye, Jean and Nancy. Butts had numerous grandchildren. Many members of the Butts family have gone on to support the University of Georgia.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Southeastern Conference) (1939–1960)
1939 Georgia 5–6 1–3 8th
1940 Georgia 5–4–1 2–3–1 7th
1941 Georgia 9–1–1 3–1–1 4th W Orange 14
1942 Georgia 11–1 5–1 1st W Rose 2
1943 Georgia 6–4 0–3 4th
1944 Georgia 7–3 4–2 T–3rd
1945 Georgia 9–2 4–2 4th W Oil 18
1946 Georgia 11–0 5–0 T–1st W Sugar 3
1947 Georgia 7–4–1 3–3 T–4th T Gator
1948 Georgia 9–2 6–0 1st L Orange 8
1949 Georgia 4–6–1 1–4–1 T–10th
1950 Georgia 6–3–3 3–2–1 6th L Presidential Cup
1951 Georgia 5–5 2–4 T–9th
1952 Georgia 7–4 4–3 5th
1953 Georgia 3–8 1–5 T–10th
1954 Georgia 6–3–1 3–2–1 5th
1955 Georgia 4–6 2–5 11th
1956 Georgia 3–6–1 1–6 12th
1957 Georgia 3–7 3–4 9th
1958 Georgia 4–6 2–4 10th
1959 Georgia 10–1 7–0 1st W Orange 5 5
1960 Georgia 6–4 4–3 6th
Georgia: 140–86–9 66–60–5
Total: 140–86–9
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

References

  1. ^ Thilenius, Ed; Koger, Jim (1960). No Ifs, No Ands, a Lot of Butts: Twenty-one Years of Georgia Football.  
  2. ^ Former Head Coaches
  3. ^ Georgia Football National Championships
  4. ^ All-Time Winningest Division 1-A Teams
  5. ^ Official 2006 NCAA Divisions I-A and II-A Football Records Book, page 331
  6. ^ a b c "Wally Butts, Ex-Georgia Coach, Dies; Won Large Libel Suit Coached Noted Players".  
  7. ^ Wally Butts profile in the College Football Hall of Fame
  8. ^ "Wally Butts; Dropped by university, mentor was not forgotten by Bulldog fans". European Stars and Stripes. December 21, 1973. p. 21. 

Further reading

  • Linn, Gardner (2002). "Wally Butts (1905-1973)". The New Georgia Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2006-03-22. 
  • Thilenius, Ed; Koger, Jim (1960). No Ifs, No Ands, a Lot of Butts: Twenty-one Years of Georgia Football.  

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