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Frank Broyles

Frank Broyles
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1924-12-26) December 26, 1924
Decatur, Georgia
Playing career
1943–1944, 1946 Georgia Tech
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1947–1949 Baylor (assistant)
1950 Florida (assistant)
1951–1956 OC)
1957 Missouri
1958–1976 Arkansas
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1974–2007 Arkansas
Head coaching record
Overall 149–62–6
Bowls 4–6
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 National (1964)
7 SWC (1959–1961, 1964–1965, 1968, 1975)
AFCA Coach of the Year (1964)
Sporting News College Football COY (1964)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1983 (profile)

John Franklin Broyles (born December 26, 1924) is a former American football player and coach, athletics administrator, and broadcaster. He served as the head football coach at the University of Missouri in 1957 and at the University of Arkansas from 1958 to 1976. Broyles also was Arkansas' athletic director from 1974 until his retirement on December 31, 2007.[1]

As a head football coach, Broyles compiled a record of 149–62–6. His mark of 144–58–5 in 19 seasons is the most for any coach in Arkansas history. With Arkansas, Broyles won seven Southwest Conference titles and his 1964 team was named a national champion by a number of selectors including the Football Writers Association of America. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.


  • Playing career 1
  • Coaching career 2
  • Broadcasting career 3
  • Athletic director 4
  • Criticism 5
  • Legacy 6
  • Head coaching record 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Playing career

After his graduation from

External links

  1. ^ a b "Arkansas AD Frank Broyles will resign at end of year". USA Today. 2007-02-18. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Frank Broyles". Hog Nation. Hog Nation. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Mayer, Larry (25 April 2013). "These Bears draft picks gained fame in other areas".  
  4. ^ "Keeping the Faith". Northwestern. Retrieved 2007-07-20. 
  5. ^ Murphy, Austin. Not exactly Hog Heaven. Sports Illustrated, 1992-09-21.
  6. ^ "Were We Robbed of the Razorbacks?:UA announces that more games will be played in Fayetteville". February 15, 2000. 
  7. ^ "Arkansas Responds To Inquiries". The New York Times. December 24, 2002. 
  8. ^ Augusta National Golf Club members list, USA Today


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Missouri Tigers (Big Seven Conference) (1957)
1957 Missouri 5–4–1 3–3 T–3rd
Missouri: 5–4–1
Arkansas Razorbacks (Southwest Conference) (1958–1976)
1958 Arkansas 4–6 2–4 T–5th
1959 Arkansas 9–2 5–1 T–1st W Gator 9 9
1960 Arkansas 8–3 6–1 1st L Cotton 7 7
1961 Arkansas 8–3 6–1 1st L Sugar 8 9
1962 Arkansas 9–2 6–1 2nd L Sugar 6 6
1963 Arkansas 5–5 3–4 4th
1964 Arkansas 11–0 7–0 1st W Cotton 2 2
1965 Arkansas 10–1 7–0 1st L Cotton 2 3
1966 Arkansas 8–2 5–2 T–2nd 13
1967 Arkansas 4–5–1 3–3–1 5th
1968 Arkansas 10–1 6–1 T–1st W Sugar 9 6
1969 Arkansas 9–2 6–1 2nd L Sugar 3 7
1970 Arkansas 9–2 6–1 2nd 12 11
1971 Arkansas 8–3–1 5–1–1 2nd L Liberty 20 16
1972 Arkansas 6–5 3–4 T–4th
1973 Arkansas 5–5–1 3–3–1 T–4th
1974 Arkansas 6–4–1 3–3–1 T–4th
1975 Arkansas 10–2 6–1 T–1st W Cotton 6 7
1976 Arkansas 5–5–1 3–4–1 6th
Arkansas: 144–58–5 91–35–5
Total: 149–62–6
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

Head coaching record

In 1983 Broyles was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and in 1996, the Broyles Award was established to recognize the top assistant coaches in college football. He is a member of the Augusta National Golf Club.[8]

Broyles is known as a fierce competitor both as a head coach and athletic director. Broyles led Arkansas out of the Southwest Conference and into the Southeastern Conference.

Broyles' tenure as men's athletic director has seen the construction of world-class facilities for basketball, football, track and field (indoor and outdoor), golf, and baseball at Arkansas. Broyles was selected as the 20th century's most influential Arkansas sports figure. Broyles will be remembered as the only SEC athletic director that had to drop a men's sport bringing into questions the health of the athletic department under his leadership.

Over thirty of his former players have also become college or professional football coaches. Broyles is known for producing high quality coaches and the prestigious Broyles Award, the annual award for best assistant coach, is named after him. Barry Switzer, Johnny Majors, Joe Gibbs, Hayden Fry, and Jimmy Johnson all served under Broyles and have combined to win five collegiate national championships and six Super Bowls. Broyles' assistants have won more than 40 conference titles.

Broyles (center) with Reps. Vic Snyder (left) and Mike Ross (right)


Broyles' relationship with Ted Herrod, a wealthy booster in Dallas, came under fire after Herrod was accused of overcompensating Razorback athletes who worked part-time jobs at his trucking company. A lengthy NCAA investigation followed, and the University was placed on probation by the NCAA.[7]

In 2000, following an expansion of Razorback Stadium, Broyles announced that one home game would move from War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock to Fayetteville, and that, in the near future, all home games might be played on campus. This move, known in Arkansas as the "Great Stadium Debate," drew heavy fire from politicians in Little Rock, as well as businessmen and Razorback boosters Warren Stephens (Stephens, Inc.) and Joe Ford (CEO of Alltel). Broyles held meetings in Little Rock to try to persuade his case, and the University Board of Trustees even took student responses to the Great Stadium Debate on the Fayetteville campus. In the end, a long term agreement was reached to keep 2-3 games in Little Rock, while the rest would be played in Fayetteville.[6]

Broyles was known for being very hands-on with the football program. Indeed, at least one head coach, Ken Hatfield, left the school because he couldn't abide Broyles' meddling. After Hatfield left, at least one booster doubted whether the Razorbacks would ever attract a top-tier head coach as long as Broyles was athletic director.[5]


On February 17, 2007, Broyles announced his plans to retire as Men's Athletic Director, effective December 31, 2007, ending his half-century association with Arkansas.[1]

In 1974 Broyles was appointed Men's Athletic Director of the University of Arkansas. (Arkansas had a completely separate women's athletics department from 1971 until the men's and women's programs were merged in 2008.) Broyles continued as head football coach for three years. Since stepping down as head coach, the University of Arkansas men's athletic programs, under his leadership as athletic director, have won 43 national championships. The Razorbacks have won 57 Southwest Conference championships and 47 Southeastern Conference championships while he has been men's athletic director. As athletic Director of Arkansas Broyles cancelled the men's swimming and diving program to satisfy new regulations from the SEC of having two more women's sports than men's sports.

Athletic director

After his retirement from coaching, but concurrent with the early part of his tenure as men's athletic director at Arkansas, Broyles served as the primary Roopville.

Broadcasting career

During his tenure at Arkansas Broyles coached the Razorbacks to seven Southwest Conference championships and two Cotton Bowl Classic wins. His 1964 team was proclaimed national champions by the Football Writers Association of America, and to date is the last Razorback team to go undefeated and untied in a season. He still holds the record for most wins by a head coach in the history of Arkansas football. During the 1960s and 1970s one of college football's most intense rivalries was between Broyles' Razorbacks and the University of Texas Longhorns under legendary coach Darrell Royal.

Broyles entered coaching in 1947 as an assistant coach under head coach University of Missouri. Broyles stayed at Missouri only one season when he was offered the head coaching job at Arkansas. During his many decades there he was offered other major coaching and leadership positions, but remained at Arkansas.

Coaching career

[3].1946 NFL Draft in the third round of the Chicago Bears Broyles was later drafted by the [2]

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