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Tommy Hudspeth

Tommy Hudspeth
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1931-09-14) September 14, 1931
Cherryvale, Kansas
Alma mater University of Tulsa
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1964–1971
1972–1973
1974
1976–1977
1981
BYU
UTEP
Chicago Fire (OB)
Detroit Lions
Toronto Argonauts
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1974–1975
1975–1976
1979–1981
Detroit Lions (scout)
Detroit Lions (CPS)
Toronto Argonauts (GM)
Head coaching record
Overall 40–56–1 (college)
11–13 (NFL)
2–4 (CFL)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 WAC (1965)
Awards
WAC Coach of the Year (1965)

Tommy Hudspeth (born September 14, 1931) is a former American and Canadian football coach and executive at both the collegiate and professional levels. He was the head coach at Brigham Young University (BYU) from 1964 to 1971, and the University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP) from 1972 through 1973, compiling an overall college football record of 40–56–1. Hudspeth served in the same capacity for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL) from 1976 until 1977, and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL) in 1981, posting a mark of 13–17.

Contents

  • Career 1
    • Early positions 1.1
    • BYU 1.2
    • UTEP 1.3
    • Pro ranks 1.4
    • Return to Tulsa 1.5
  • Head coaching record 2
    • College 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Career

Early positions

Hudspeth graduated from the University of Tulsa in 1953 after completing his playing career at the school. He moved into the coaching ranks that Fall as an assistant coach at Norman High School in Oklahoma, then served the next two years in the military. Upon his release, he accepted an assistant position at Tulsa Central High School in 1956. Returning to his alma mater the following year, Hudspeth served as an assistant for the next four years, then moved up north to the Canadian Football League, working in a similar capacity with the Calgary Stampeders from 1961–1963.

BYU

In 1964, Hudspeth became a head coach for the first time, taking over the Brigham Young Cougars struggling football program. Husdspeth recruited a number of ex-Marines to play for the Cougars in his first couple of seasons and BYU saw a dramatic rise in its football fortunes. In his second season 1965 BYU won its first Western Athletic Conference championship and posted a 6–4 record. Hudspeth led the Cougars to an 8–2 mark in 1966 and had two more winning seasons in 1967 and 1969. Over an eight-year span, he compiled a record of 39–42–1. Hudspeth is credited with recruiting the program's first black player in 1970. On January 22, 1972, Hudspeth resigned and was replaced by one of his assistant coaches, Lavell Edwards. Edwards built BYU into a national power by the end of the decade and later led the school to its first and only football national championship in 1984.

"I can't take any credit for what LaVell did at BYU," Hudspeth said. "LaVell was a brilliant coach. When we worked together back in the 1960s, LaVell already had a great understanding of what to do on offense. I recommended him when I left to take the job at UTEP, but everyone knew what a smart young coach he was." [1]

UTEP

Hudspeth accepted a job as offensive coordinator at the University of Texas-El Paso shortly after leaving BYU. He became interim head coach on October 22, 1972 when head coach Bobby Dobbs resigned following a 56–7 loss. Hudspeth closed out the year 1–3, but followed up with a disastrous 0–11 record the next year. He was subsequently fired from UTEP.

Pro ranks

The advent of the new World Football League in 1974 provided a new job opportunity for Hudspeth. He was hired as an offensive backs coach for the Chicago Fire. A major reason he was hired was because he had coached Chicago's quarterback Virgil Carter, at BYU. However, during the course of the season, the team's weak defense, coupled with severe financial troubles, eventually saw Hudspeth also take over the defensive backfield coaching duties.

Escaping from the ill-fated league, Hudspeth took an off-the-field job the next year as the coordinator of personnel and scouting for the Detroit Lions. He remained in that position until October 5, 1976, when Lions' head coach Rick Forzano resigned following a 1–3 start and Hudspeth was tabbed to replace him.

The new coach had mixed results during the remainder of the 1976 NFL season, with team owner William Clay Ford actively pursuing Los Angeles Rams head coach Chuck Knox to replace Hudspeth. After Knox elected to stay with the Rams, Hudspeth was re-hired on February 9, 1977, signing a three-year contract. Only 11 months later, Hudspeth was dismissed, ending his Lions' tenure with an 11–13 mark.

On March 7, 1979, Hudspeth returned to Canada when he signed a three-year contract to become the general manager of the CFL's Toronto Argonauts. He would return as a head coach on September 14, 1981, when he replaced Willie Wood with the reeling Argonauts sporting an 0–10 record. Once again, he closed out the season, then returned to the front office.

Return to Tulsa

In 2006, Hudspeth was hired by University of Tulsa director of athletics Lawrence (Bubba) Cunningham as an assistant in the area of development and fundraising for TU athletics.[1]

Head coaching record

College

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
BYU Cougars (Western Athletic Conference) (1964–1971)
1964 BYU 3–6–1 0–4 5th
1965 BYU 6–4 4–1 1st
1966 BYU 8–2 3–2 T–2nd
1967 BYU 6–4 3–2 3rd
1968 BYU 2–8 1–5 7th
1969 BYU 6–4 4–3 T–3rd
1970 BYU 3–8 1–6 T–7th
1971 BYU 5–6 3–4 T–4th
BYU: 39–42–1
UTEP Miners (Western Athletic Conference) (1972–1973)
1972 UTEP 1–3 1–3 8th
1973 UTEP 0–11 0–7 8th
UTEP: 1–14 1–10
Total: 40–56–1
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

References

  1. ^ TU Alumnus Tommy Hudspeth Returns to Hurricane, TulsaHurricane.com article, Jan. 16, 2006, accessed March 30, 2012.

External links

  • NCAA coaching stats at Sports-Reference.com
  • NFL coaching stats at Pro-Football-Reference.com
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