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Arthur Morton (American football)

Arthur Morton
Morton pictured in Reveille 1950, Mississippi State yearbook
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1914-06-12)June 12, 1914
Died April 19, 1999(1999-04-19) (aged 84)
Jackson, Mississippi
Playing career
1935–1937 LSU
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Southeastern Louisiana
Mississippi State
Head coaching record
Overall 22–31–2
College Football Data Warehouse

Arthur W. "Slick" Morton (June 12, 1914 – April 19, 1999) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Southeastern Louisiana University (1942), the Virginia Military Institute (1947–1948), and Mississippi State University (1949–1951), compiling a career college football record of 22–31–2.

Playing career

Morton led Tallulah High to back-to-back state football championships in 1932 and 1933. Morton was personally recruited by Huey Long to attend LSU, where he played from 1934 through 1937, being named captain of the 1937 Tiger squad.

Coaching career

Southeastern Louisiana

Morton's first head coaching position was the fifth head coach for the Lions and he held that position for the 1942 season. His coaching record at Southeastern Louisiana was 5 wins, 5 losses, and 0 ties. As of the conclusion of the 2007 season, this ranks him 11th at Southeastern Louisiana in total wins and seventh at Southeastern Louisiana in winning percentage (0.500).[1]

Virginia Military Institute

Morton was named the 19th head coach for the Keydets and he held that position for two seasons, from 1947 until 1948. His career coaching record at VMI was 9 wins, 8 losses, and 1 ties. This ranks him 14th at VMI in total wins and 13th at VMI in winning percentage.[2]

Later life

After his coaching days, Morton moved to Greenwood, Mississippi, entering business as a general contractor.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Southeastern Louisiana Lions (Independent) (1942)
1942 Southeastern Louisiana 5–5
SE Louisiana: 5–5
VMI Keydets (Southern Conference) (1947–1948)
1947 VMI 3–5–1 2–3–1 11th
1948 VMI 6–3 5–1 3rd
VMI: 9–8–1 7–4–1
Mississippi State Maroons (Southeastern Conference) (1949–1951)
1949 Mississippi State 0–8–1 0–6 12th
1950 Mississippi State 4–5 3–4 7th
1951 Mississippi State 4–5 2–5 11th
Mississippi State: 8–18–1 5–15
Total: 22–31–2


  1. ^ Southeastern Louisiana University Lions football coaching records
  2. ^ Virginia Military Institute Coaching Records

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