Vaught passes away
Feb. 4, 2006
OXFORD, Miss. -- Former TCU All-American football guard Johnny Vaught, who went on to a Hall of Fame coaching career at Ole Miss, passed away Friday night.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Coleman's Funeral Home in Oxford is in charge.
As a senior, Vaught was captain of the 1932 Horned Frog football team which posted a 10-0-1 record in capturing the Southwest Conference championship and earning a No. 4 national ranking.
Vaught was a two-time All-SWC selection. During his three seasons (1930-32), TCU posted a combined 28-4-3 record under coach Francis A. Schmidt.
"TCU is deeply saddened by the passing away of Johnny Vaught," TCU athletics director Danny Morrison said. "Coach Vaught is a proud part of our football history. He then represented TCU with dignity as a highly successful coach at Ole Miss. All of TCU extends its sympathies to the Vaught family on the passing of this true legend."
Vaught served as head football coach at Ole Miss for 25 seasons (1947-70, 1973), posting a record of 190-61-12. His teams won six Southeastern Conference championships.
Vaught was selected SEC Coach of the Year six times by the Associated Press, twice by United Press International, twice by the Nashville Banner, and twice by the SEC Coaches. In 1993, he was chosen by Ole Miss fans as the "Coach of the Century" (1893-1993) when the University of Mississippi celebrated the school's first 100 years of football. He was named an SEC Legend in 1996.
Vaught had his name attached to the Ole Miss football stadium (Vaught-Hemingway Stadium) in 1982 when TCU played in Oxford.
Vaught's 1959 team, which finished 10-1 and gave up only three touchdowns all year, emerged with SEC Team of the Decade (1950-59) accolades by way of an Associated Press poll. That squad was also selected by the Sagarin Ratings as the third highest rated college football team from 1956 to 1995. He developed 18 first team All-American players and countless players who gained All-Southeastern and All-South recognition.
Three of his teams -- 1959, 1960, and 1962 -- are recognized in the official NCAA record book as being selected national champions by at least one rating system.
Vaught left a legacy of 14 consecutive bowl games, a national record at that time, and 18 of his teams participated in post-season classics. At one point, his Rebels held two Sugar Bowl records -- most appearances with eight and most victories with five.
Among the Ole Miss quarterbacks developed by Vaught were Archie Manning Charlie Conerly.
Vaught was one of the great innovators in American college football. He introduced Split-T football to the Deep South. Thereafter, he pioneered in roll-out and sprint-out pressure out of the Wing-T and was among the first college coaches to utilize the "I" and Power-I formations.
Vaught was born on May 6, 1909 in Olney, Texas, and a graduate of Polytechnic High School in Fort Worth.