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Phil Dickens

Phil Dickens
Sport(s) Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born c. 1915
Died November 16, 1983
Playing career
1934–1936 Tennessee
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)


Wofford (backfield)
NC State (backfield)
Mississippi State (assistant)

Head coaching record
Overall 89–68–10 (football)
10–14 (basketball)
Bowls 1–1
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
5 South Carolina Little Three (1948–1952)
1 Skyline Eight (1956)

Phil Dickens (c. 1915[1] – November 16, 1983)[2] was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Wofford College (1947–1952), the University of Wyoming earning the Rocky Mountain Coach of the year honors in 1955 and 1956 (1953–1956), and Indiana University (1958–1964), compiling a career record of 89–68–10. Dickens was also the head basketball coach at Wofford for one season in 1941–1942, tallying a mark of 10–14.

During his tenure at Indiana, Dickens compiled a 20–41–2 record. His best season came in 1958, where his Hoosiers went 5–3–1, with upset wins over Michigan State, and the Michigan; earning him Big Ten/Midwest Coach of the Year and third place as National Coach of the Year. He was inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1974. Dickens attended the University of Tennessee, where he was a third-team All-American in 1936 and All-SEC at halfback.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Wofford Terriers (South Carolina Little Three) (1947–1952)
1947 Wofford 6–5
1948 Wofford 4–0–5 1st
1949 Wofford 11–1 1st L Cigar
1950 Wofford 7–2–1 1st
1951 Wofford 6–3–1 1st
1952 Wofford 6–5 1st
Wofford: 40–16–7
Wyoming Cowboys (Skyline Eight) (1953–1956)
1953 Wyoming 5–4–1 4–2–1 3rd
1954 Wyoming 6–4 5–1 2nd
1955 Wyoming 8–3 5–2 T–3rd W Sun
1956 Wyoming 10–0 7–0 1st 16
Wyoming: 29–11–1 21–5–1
Indiana Hoosiers (Big Ten Conference) (1958–1964)
1958 Indiana 5–3–1 3–2–1 5th
1959 Indiana 4–4–1 2–4–1 T–8th
1960 Indiana 1–8 0–7 10th
1961 Indiana 2–7 0–6 9th
1962 Indiana 3–6 1–5 9th
1963 Indiana 3–6 1–5 10th
1964 Indiana 2–7 1–5 T–9th
Indiana: 20–41–2 8–34–2
Total: 89–68–10
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


During his time at Indiana University, Dickens was investigated for violations in athletic recruiting. Dickens was hired as the head Football coach at IU in 1957 after his success at Wofford College and Wyoming. Knowing that the Hoosiers were at a recruiting disadvantage, Dickens blatantly disregarded the rules, with reports of seventeen violations by the IU football program in his first three months. Reports stated that the school offered, "$50 per month, or expense-paid travel between the prospects hometown and Bloomington." Although no offenses were consummated, Indiana chose to forbid Dickens from performing any coaching related activities during the 1957 football season. Additionally, Indiana was placed on probation for one year by the NCAA.[3]


  1. ^ Wyoming picks Phil Dickens as head coach
  2. ^ Phil Dickens at the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame
  3. ^ From Dickens to Sampson

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