Weaver, DeWitt 1971-08-27

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DeWitt (Dee) Weaver, former Texas Tech football coach, discusses his career, his attitude toward discipline, athletic administration and technique, and Tech’s struggle to get into the Southwest Conference.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: DeWitt Weaver

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: August 27, 1971

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Perry McWilliams

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Review of athletic career in educational institutions (1930-1936), Playing awards received, Lists coaching staff at University of Tennessee, Recalls Texas Tech’s winning Gator Bowl (1954), Coaching career at Danville, Kentucky, and Mississippi State University, Mississippi State coaching staff named, Discusses experiences coaching at Tulsa, Served as coach at Texas Tech (1951-1960), Difficulties in financing football, 1953 Texas Tech team praised, Cites problems with playing in various conferences, "Trying out" players in the 1950s explained, Attitude toward athletic scholarships, Expresses attitude toward disciplinary rules and dress codes, Football techniques and innovations discussed.

Tape 1, Side 2: Working to get Tech into the Southwest Conference, Failure to get into the conference examined, Lists opposition to Tech’s entry into Southwest Conference, Methods of overcoming opposition, Effects of Southwest Conference membership on Tech athletics, Ways of pressuring SMU to vote in favor of Tech’s acceptance, Built the Tech stadium with help of newspaper article, Career highlights reviewed.

Range Dates: 1930-1960

Bulk Dates: 1950s

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