Ray Eliot (b. June 13, 1905; d. February 24, 1980) served as the head football coach at the University of Illinois from 1942 to 1959. His teams won three Big Ten Championships (1946, 1951 and 1952) and two Rose Bowl victories (1947 and 1952). Ray Eliot, who spent almost his entire career at the University of Illinois (he was a student athlete, an assistant head coach, the head football coach, the Associate Athletic Director, and finally the Interim Athletic Director for the University) was nicknamed "Mr. Illini."
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