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Encyclopedia > Clark Shaughnessy

Clark Daniel Shaughnessy (born March 6, 1892, died May 15, 1970) was an American Football coach. March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 1892 (MDCCCXCII) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... May 15 is the 135th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (136th in leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ...

After playing as a fullback at the University of Minnesota, Shaughnessy coached at Tulane University and Loyala of the South between 1915 and 1932. From 1933 to 1939 Shaughnessy coached at the University of Chicago. While there, he developed a friendship with Chicago Bears owner and coach George Halas, helping him to implement Shaughnessy's version of the T-formation offense. Washington Avenue Bridge at night The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is the oldest and largest part of the University of Minnesota system. ... Tulane University is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational research university located in New Orleans, Louisiana. ... Loyola University New Orleans is a private, co-educational Jesuit university in the United States with 5,900 students (3,800 undergraduates). ... The University of Chicago is a private university principally located in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, founded in 1890 and opened in 1892. ... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue, Orange and White Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner McCaskey Family General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear Local radio Flagship stations: WBBM (780 AM) Announcers: Jeff Joniak... George Stanley Halas (February 2, 1895 - October 31, 1983), nicknamed Papa Bear and Mr. ...

The T-formation was decades old, but Shaughnessy adapted it to make the quarterback the focus of the offense. This helped to make the passing game a more important part of play, and his success spawned immitators. Within a few years, most other teams had abandoned the single wing offense for the T-Formation. Shaughnessy's innovations revolutionized the game of football at both the professional and collegiate level.

Playing Shaughnessy's offense, the Bears became a powerhouse, winning four NFL Championships between 1940 and 1946.

After the University of Chicago dropped its football program, Shaughnessy coached Stanford University for two seasons, winning the Rose Bowl in 1941. He had two stints as head coach at the University of Maryland and another at the University of Pittsburgh. The Leland Stanford Junior University, commonly known as Stanford University (or simply Stanford), is a private university located approximately 37 miles (60 kilometers) southeast of San Francisco in an [1] of Santa Clara County. ... The Rose Bowl can refer to: The Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California. ... University of Maryland, College Park The University of Maryland, College Park (also known as UM, UMD, or UMCP) is a public coeducational university situated in suburban College Park, Maryland just outside Washington, D.C. The flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, the university is most often referred to... The University of Pittsburgh is a state-related, doctoral/research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ...

In 1948, he surprised many observers by leaving the college ranks to coach the Los Angeles Rams. Shaughnessy posted a 6-5-1 record in his first season, and the Rams won their division in 1949. The Rams lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Championship game. Despite that success, Shaughnessy was fired because of friction with owner Dan Reeves. City St. ... Dan Reeves (June 30, 1912–April 15, 1971) was the owner of the Cleveland/Los Angeles Rams from 1941 to his death in 1971. ...

Shaughnessy rejoined Halas in Chicago in 1951, serving for 11 years as a technical adviser and vice president of the Bears. While there, he developed revolutionary defensive strategies, using shifts, stunts, and a variety of alignments to create an attacking defense.

Shaughnessy returned to coaching for one season, serving as head coach at the University of Hawaii in 1965. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1968. Jean Charlots mural called Commencement is featured at Bachman Hall, the administrative center of the University of Hawai`i System. ...

After his retirement, Shaughnessy lived in Santa Monica, California. He died there after a brief illness at the age of 78. Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica is a coastal city in western Los Angeles County, California, USA, by the Pacific Ocean, south of Pacific Palisades and Brentwood, and north of Venice. ...

External Links

  • Shaughnessy's entry at College Football Hall of Fame
  • The Genius of Clark Shaughnessy - Article on his Innovations
Preceded by:
Bob Snyder
Los Angeles Rams Head Coaches
Succeeded by:
Joe Stydahar

  Results from FactBites:
College Football Hall of Fame (261 words)
While coaching at the University of Chicago (1933-1939), Clark Shaughnessy became intrigued by the pro-T being used by George Halas and the Chicago Bears.
Shaughnessy earned Coach of the Year honors for his 1940 efforts.
Shaughnessy was born March 6, 1892, in St. Cloud, Minnesota; he died May 15, 1970, in Santa Monica, California.
History of Pro Football in Buffalo (3146 words)
Shaughnessy’s system required an intelligent quarterback who could throw accurately and handle the ball deftly--not exactly a common sort of athlete, but easier to find than the triple-threat tailback of the single wing.
While Shaughnessy’s modification of the T formation immediately created a much improved running attack, its biggest long-term effect on pro football was the development of the modern passing game.
Shaughnessy thought that Hirsch could be a great receiver, but the Rams already had two fine ends in Tom Fears and Bob Shaw.
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