Brothers, J O 1972-10-16

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On Tape 1, Coach Buddy Brothers discusses his playing career in football at Texas Tech and his football coaching career in Eastland and Greenville, with interesting comments on recruiting and inter-school rivalries. On Tape 2, he focuses on his coaching career, primarily his years at Sulphur Springs, Texas, and Tulsa University, from 1939 to 1952. On Tape 3 he talks about changes and personalities he has been exposed to in his high school and college football coaching career.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: J. O. "Buddy" Brothers

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Date: October 16, 1972

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 2 hours, 55 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background and early life, Describes sports programs at Paducah, Playing baseball and football at Lubbock High School, Amarillo-Lubbock football game in 1926 recalled, Characterizes scholarships at Texas Tech in 1920s, Evaluation of Tech teams of 1920s, Dormitories near Tech named, Anecdote about a pair of good luck socks, Tech players and recruiting practices, Describes athletic equipment at Tech

Tape 1, Side 2: Coaching career at Eastland, Texas, Breckenridge civic group joke award, High school recruiting practices in baseball and football, Eastland players recalled, Breckenridge coaches discussed, Describes officiating at ball games, Investigations into eligibility of Tyler High School player, Incident involving use of a movie camera in scouting

Tape 2, Side 1: Coaching at Sulpher Springs in 1939, Eligibility and recruiting practices, Coaching at Royse City, Texas, Local recruiting at Sulpher Springs, Describes use of football players to do farm work, Recalls Sulpher Springs bi-district win in 1939, Coaching at Tulsa University from 1941 to 1952, Tulsa University record reviewed, Lists bowl games

Tape 2, Side 2: John Mabee, Tulsa philanthropist, discussed, Recruiting for Tulsa University in California, Racial segregation at Tulsa, Describes Tulsa football season--1949, Tulsa-Villanova game recalled, Use of a four-man line, Explains various Southeastern Conference rules, Tulsa players reviewed, Tulsa season of 1950 and 1952 discussed, Thoughts on building an image through publicity, Coaching position at Norman, Oklahoma, accepted, Explains development of open offense

Tape 3, Side 1: Development of open offense--continued, Explains change from single wing to split-T offense, Effect of players bargaining with various universities, Describes attempts to recruit Curley Vessels, Heisman Trophy winner for the University of Oklahoma, Explains universities' denials of paying bonuses to players, Coaching at Lubbock High, 1958-61, Names coaching awards received, Spring training at Norman, Oklahoma, characterized, Teaching experiences recalled, Compares attitudes of high school and college players in the past to those of today, Expresses belief in dominance of mothers in today's American families

Tape 3, Side 2: Ellis Jones, one-armed player and coach, discussed, Recalls association with Bud Wilkinson, Mentions acquaintance with DeWitt Weaver, Outstanding players named

Range Dates: 1920-1961

Bulk Dates: 1939-1952

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