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Encyclopedia > Francis Schmidt
Francis Schmidt
Date of birth December 3, 1885
Place of birth Downs, Kansas
Date of death September 19, 1944
Sport American football
Coaching Stats College Football DataWarehouse
School as a player
1905 University of Nebraska
Schools as a coach
1919-1921
1922-1928
1929-1933
1934-1940
1941-1942
University of Tulsa
University of Arkansas
Texas Christian University
The Ohio State University
University of Idaho
College Football Hall of Fame, 1971

Francis Albert Schmidt (December 3, 1885 - September 19, 1944) was an American football coach and is an inductee in the College Football Hall of Fame. Schmidt served as head coach at Tulsa, Arkansas, Texas Christian, Ohio State, and Idaho. His career record was 158-57-11. Because Schmidt's teams were known for trick plays involving multiple laterals and non-standard tackle-eligible (and even guard-eligible) formations, the press labelled Schmidt's approach as the "razzle-dazzle offense." Because Schmidt's teams were known for high scoring, the press gave him the nickname Francis "Close the Gates of Mercy" Schmidt. December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... Downs is a city located in Osborne County, Kansas. ... September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Seal of the University of Nebraska The University of Nebraska is one of two public university systems in the state of Nebraska, USA. The system has four universities and a technical college: University of Nebraska-Lincoln University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Nebraska at Kearney University of Nebraska Medical... The University of Tulsa is a private, comprehensive university awarding bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ... The University of Arkansas, known also as the U of A or UA, is a public co-educational land-grant university. ... Texas Christian University (TCU) is a private, coeducational university located in Fort Worth, Texas. ... The Ohio State University (OSU) is a coeducational public research university in the U.S. state of Ohio. ... The University of Idaho is the states land-grant and primary research university, located in Moscow. ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ... See also: 1970 in sports, other events of 1971, 1972 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1885 (MDCCCLXXXV) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... September 19 is the 262nd day of the year (263rd in leap years). ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1944 calendar). ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... In sports, a coach is an individual involved in the direction and instruction of the on-field operations of an athletic team or of individual athletes. ... The College Football Hall of Fame, located in South Bend, Indiana, United States, is a hall of fame devoted to college football. ... The University of Tulsa is a private, comprehensive university awarding bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ... The University of Arkansas, known also as the U of A or UA, is a public co-educational land-grant university. ... Texas Christian University (TCU) is a private, coeducational university located in Fort Worth, Texas. ... This article is about Ohio State; there is also an Ohio University. ... The University of Idaho is the states land-grant and primary research university, located in Moscow. ... A trick play, also known as a gadget play, is a play in American football that uses deception and unorthodox strategies to fool the opposing team. ... In American football, the tackle-eligible play is one in which coaches will attempt to create mismatches against a defense by inserting an offensive tackle (who is not normally allowed more than five yards down field), into an offensive formation as an eligible receiver, usually as a tight end or...


Schmidt was born in Downs, Kansas and played college football for the University of Nebraska. He earned a Varsity letter with the Huskers in 1905 and earned a law degree from Nebraska a few years later. From 1915 through 1916 Schmidt joined the football coaching staff of the University of Tulsa. World War I, however, interrupted Schmidt's coaching career. He served in the Army and rose to the rank of captain. Downs is a city located in Osborne County, Kansas. ... Seal of the University of Nebraska The University of Nebraska is one of two public university systems in the state of Nebraska, USA. The system has four universities and a technical college: University of Nebraska-Lincoln University of Nebraska at Omaha University of Nebraska at Kearney University of Nebraska Medical... A varsity letter (or monogram) is an award earned in the United States by regular participation or excellence in a school sport. ... The Nebraska Cornhuskers (often abbreviated to Huskers) is the name given to several sports teams of the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. ... The University of Tulsa is a private, comprehensive university awarding bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ... Combatants Allied Powers: United Kingdom France Italy Russia United States Serbia Central Powers: Austria-Hungary Bulgaria Germany Ottoman Empire Commanders Douglas Haig John Jellicoe Ferdinand Foch Georges Clemenceau Nicholas II Aleksei Brusilov Woodrow Wilson John Pershing Wilhelm II Reinhard Scheer Franz Josef I Conrad von Hötzendorf İsmail Enver Ferdinand... Army (from French armée) can, in some countries, refer to any armed force. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... This article concerns the rank and title of Captain. ...


Schmidt was hired as the Tulsa head coach in 1919. In his first season that team finished with a record of 8-0-1 and outscored opponents 592-27. His record at Tulsa, after a three year stay, was 24-3-2. Schmidt had defeated Arkansas by a score of 63-7 in 1919, and the Razorbacks hired Schmidt away from Tulsa in 1922. In seven years at Arkansas (1922-1928) his record was 41-21-3. The Razorbacks are the mascot for the University of Arkansas The Arkansas Razorbacks, also known as The Hogs, is the name of college sports teams at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. ...


Schmidt's most memorable years, however, were at Texas Christian and Ohio State. In five years at TCU (1929-1933), Schmidt won two Southwest Conference championships and had a record of 47-5-5. In seven years at Ohio State (1934-1940), Schmidt won two Big Ten Conference championships and had a record of 39-16-1. The Southwest Conference (SWC) was a college athletic conference in the United States, now defunct. ... Big Ten redirects here. ...


Schmidt's most notable contribution to the popular culture came in his first year at Ohio State. The Columbus, Ohio press asked Schmidt about the team's chances of beating rival Michigan. Schmidt replied, "Those fellows put their pants on one leg at a time, the same as everyone else." This phrase had previously been a Texas regionalism, but because of the press attention given Schmidt it soon became an internationally known cliché. Ohio State beat Michigan the first four years Schmidt coached there; since that time, any Ohio State player that defeats Michigan is awarded a "Gold Pants Charm," a gold lapel pin shaped like football pants. UM also has campuses in Dearborn and Flint. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


Schmidt finished his career with two years at Idaho (1941-1942), when that school was in the Pacific Coast Conference. His record there was 7-12 The Pacific Coast Conference (PCC) was a college athletic conference in the United States, now defunct. ...


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Preceded by:
Art Smith
Tulsa Head Football Coaches
1919-1921
Succeeded by:
Howard Acher
Preceded by:
George McLaren
Arkansas Head Football Coaches
1922-1928
Succeeded by:
Fred Thomsen
Preceded by:
Matty Bell
Texas Christian Head Football Coaches
1929-1933
Succeeded by:
Dutch Meyer
Preceded by:
Sam S. Willaman
Ohio State Head Football Coaches
1934-1940
Succeeded by:
Paul E. Brown
Preceded by:
Ted Bank
Idaho Head Football Coaches
1941-1942
Succeeded by:
Babe Brown
Tulsa Golden Hurricanes Head Football Coaches
Leards • Taylor • McBirney • Allen • Evans • Medford • Smith • Schmidt • Acher • Henderson • Hurt • Benefiel • Frnka • Brothers • Witucki • B Dobbs • G Dobbs • Carillot • Gibson • DryCooperMorton • Henshaw • RaderBurnsKragthorpe
Arkansas Razorbacks Head Football Coaches
Futrall • B.N. Wilson • Searles • Thomas • D.A. McDaniel • A.D. Brown • F.C. Longman • Bezdek • E.T. Pickering • T.T. McConnell • Paine • J.B. Craig • G.W. McLaren • Schmidt • Thomsen • Cole • Tomlin • Rose • BarnhillDouglasWyatt • Mitchell • BroylesHoltzHatfieldCroweKinesFordNutt
TCU Horned Frog Head Football Coaches
Field • Morrison • Hildebrand • Cronk • Hyde • Langley • Lewis • Lever • Stewart • Cahoon • Boles • Freeland • Daniel • Tipton • Hackney • Driver • McKnight • BellSchmidtMeyer • Martin • Taylor • Pittman • Tohill • ShofnerDryWackerSullivanFranchionePatterson
Ohio State Buckeyes Head Football Coaches
Lilley • Ryder • Hickey • Edwards • Eckstorm • Hale • Sweetland • Herrnstein • Jones • Vaughn • RichardsWilceWillamanSchmidtBrownWiddoesBixlerFeslerHayesBruceCooperTressel
Idaho Vandals Head Football Coaches
Higgins • Morse • Herbold • Griffith • Middleton • Grogan • Griffith • Rademacher • Bleasmaster • Hutchinson • Kelley • Mathews • Erb • Calland • Bank • Schmidt • Brown • Howell • Curfman • Stahley • Andros • Musseau • McNease • Robbins • Troxel • Davitch • EricksonGilbertsonSmith • Tormey • Cable • HoltErickson

 
 

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