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Jack Musick

Jack Musick
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born c. 1925
Died November 27, 1977 (aged 52)
Clear Lake, Texas
Playing career
1944–1946 USC
Position(s) Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Monrovia HS (CA) (assistant)
Pasadena CC (assistant)
Hart HS (CA)
Denver (line)
Dartmouth (line)
Head coaching record
Overall 45–33–3 (college)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
1 Ivy (1971)

John Elmore "Jack" Musick (c. 1925 – November 27, 1977) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Cornell University from 1966 to 1974.

Musick played as a lineman at the University of Southern California from 1944 to 1946. In 1947 he became an assistant coach under Bob Blackman at Monrovia High School in Monrovia, California and then followed him to Pasadena City College in 1949. In 1951 Musick became head coach at Hart High School. In 1953 he rejoined Bob Blackman at Denver University where he served as head line coach. Musick worked in that capacity under Blackman for the next 13 years, including 11 after 1955 when both were hired by Dartmouth College. Dartmouth won four Ivy League titles with Musick coaching under Blackman.

After replacing Tom Harp at Cornell, Musick won Cornell's first official Ivy League title in 1971, and coached top rusher Ed Marinaro. In 1971 Musick was also named Division I Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. However, after back-to-back losing seasons in 1973 and 1974, and several recruiting scandals hit other sports at Cornell, Musick was terminated by the university at the end of the 1974 season. His final record was 45–33–3.

Musick died at the age of 52 on November 27, 1977 of cancer at a hospital in Clear Lake, Texas.[1]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Cornell Big Red (Ivy League) (1966–1974)
1966 Cornell 6–3 4–3 4th
1967 Cornell 6–2–1 4–2–1 3rd
1968 Cornell 3–6 1–6 7th
1969 Cornell 4–5 4–3 4th
1970 Cornell 6–3 4–3 4th
1971 Cornell 8–1 4–1 T–1st
1972 Cornell 6–3 4–3 T–3rd
1973 Cornell 3–5–1 2–5 6th
1974 Cornell 3–5–1 1–5–1 7th
Cornell: 45–33–3 30–31–2
Total: 45–33–3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


Additional sources

  • Article describing Musick's hiring
  • Inducted Into Cornell's Hall of Fame

External links

  • College Football Data Warehouse
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