Dana X. Bible

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Dana X. Bible
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Bible from the 1935 Cornhusker
Biographical details
Born(1891-10-08)October 8, 1891
Jefferson City, Tennessee
DiedJanuary 19, 1980(1980-01-19) (aged 88)
Austin, Texas
Playing career
1910s Carson–Newman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1913–1915 Mississippi College
1916 LSU
1917 Texas A&M
1919–1928 Texas A&M
1929–1936 Nebraska
1937–1946 Texas
1920–1927 Texas A&M
1920–1921 Texas A&M
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1932–1936 Nebraska
1937–1956 Texas
Head coaching record
Overall198–72–23 (football)
90–47 (basketball)
29–10–1 (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
2 National (1919, 1927)
8 SWC (1917, 1919, 1921, 1925, 1927, 1942–1943, 1945)
6 Big Six (1929, 1931–1933, 1935–1936)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (1954)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1951 (profile)

Dana Xenophon Bible (October 8, 1891 – January 19, 1980) was an American football player, coach of football, basketball, and baseball, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Mississippi College (1913–1915), Louisiana State University (1916), [1] Texas A&M University (1917, 1919–1928), [2] the University of Nebraska (1929–1936), and the University of Texas (1937–1946), compiling a career college football record of 198–72–23. Bible was also the head basketball coach at Texas A&M from 1920 to 1927 and the head baseball coach there from 1920 to 1921. In addition, he was the athletic director at Nebraska from 1932 to 1936 and at Texas from 1937 to 1956. Bible was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1951.

American football Team field sport

American football, referred to as football in the United States and Canada and also known as gridiron, is a team sport played by two teams of eleven players on a rectangular field with goalposts at each end. The offense, which is the team controlling the oval-shaped football, attempts to advance down the field by running with or passing the ball, while the defense, which is the team without control of the ball, aims to stop the offense's advance and aims to take control of the ball for themselves. The offense must advance at least ten yards in four downs, or plays, and otherwise they turn over the football to the defense; if the offense succeeds in advancing ten yards or more, they are given a new set of four downs. Points are primarily scored by advancing the ball into the opposing team's end zone for a touchdown or kicking the ball through the opponent's goalposts for a field goal. The team with the most points at the end of a game wins.

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Baseball Sport

Baseball is a bat-and-ball game played between two opposing teams who take turns batting and fielding. The game proceeds when a player on the fielding team, called the pitcher, throws a ball which a player on the batting team tries to hit with a bat. The objectives of the offensive team are to hit the ball into the field of play, and to run the bases—having its runners advance counter-clockwise around four bases to score what are called "runs". The objective of the defensive team is to prevent batters from becoming runners, and to prevent runners' advance around the bases. A run is scored when a runner legally advances around the bases in order and touches home plate. The team that scores the most runs by the end of the game is the winner.


Early life

Bible was born in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1908 and received a B.A. degree from Carson–Newman College in 1912. Bible played football while in college and was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, Iota chapter.

Jefferson City, Tennessee City in Tennessee, United States

Jefferson City is a city in Jefferson County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Morristown, Tennessee, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census the population was 8,047, and in 2017 the estimated population was 8,346. The city was originally named "Mossy Creek" but was changed in 1901 to honor Thomas Jefferson. Carson-Newman University, a Baptist college founded in 1851, is located in Jefferson City.

A Bachelor of Arts is a bachelor's degree awarded for an undergraduate course or program in either the liberal arts, sciences, or both. Bachelor of Arts programs generally take three to four years depending on the country, institution, and specific specializations, majors, or minors. The word baccalaureus should not be confused with baccalaureatus, which refers to the one- to two-year postgraduate Bachelor of Arts with Honors degree in some countries.

Delta Kappa Epsilon North American collegiate fraternity

Delta Kappa Epsilon (ΔΚΕ), commonly known as DKE or Deke, is one of the oldest North American fraternities, with 56 active chapters across America and Canada. The fraternity was founded at Yale College in 1844 by 15 sophomores who were disaffected by the existing houses on campus. They established a fellowship "where the candidate most favored was he who combined in the most equal proportions the gentleman, the scholar, and the jolly good fellow."


Bible began his coaching career at Brandon Prep School in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Mississippi College recruited him to coach in 1912, and he was recruited to coach for Texas A&M University in 1916. [3]

Shelbyville, Tennessee City in Tennessee, United States

Shelbyville is a city in Bedford County, Tennessee, United States. It had a population of 20,335 residents at the 2010 census. Shelbyville, the county seat of Bedford County, was laid out in 1810 and incorporated in 1819. The town is a hub of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry and has been nicknamed "The Walking Horse Capital of the World".

Mississippi College

Mississippi College (MC) is a private Baptist college in Clinton, Mississippi. Founded in 1826, MC is the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the United States and the oldest college in Mississippi. With more than 5,000 students, Mississippi College is the largest private university in the state.

Texas A&M University public research university in College Station, Texas, United States

Texas A&M University is a public research university in College Station, Texas, United States. It is a state flagship university and since 1948 is the founding member of the Texas A&M University System. The Texas A&M system endowment is among the 10 largest endowments in the nation. As of 2017, Texas A&M's student body is the largest in Texas and the second largest in the United States. Texas A&M's designation as a land, sea, and space grant institution–the only university in Texas to hold all three designations–reflects a range of research with ongoing projects funded by organizations such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Office of Naval Research. In 2001, Texas A&M was inducted as a member of the Association of American Universities. The school's students, alumni—over 450,000 strong—and sports teams are known as Aggies. The Texas A&M Aggies athletes compete in 18 varsity sports as a member of the Southeastern Conference.

In his college football coaching career, Bible compiled a record of 198–72–23. His teams had winning records in thirty of the thirty-three seasons he coached. Bible twice won ten games in a season. Bible also coached baseball and basketball at Texas A&M. [2] During his hiatus from Texas A&M in 1918, Bible served as pilot in World War I.

World War I 1914–1918 global war originating in Europe

World War I, also known as the First World War or the Great War, was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as "the war to end all wars", it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars in history. It is also one of the deadliest conflicts in history, with an estimated nine million combatants and seven million civilian deaths as a direct result of the war, while resulting genocides and the 1918 influenza pandemic caused another 50 to 100 million deaths worldwide.

Bible's 1917 Texas A&M Aggies football team was undefeated, untied, and did not surrender a single point all season outscoring opponents 270–0. His 1919 Texas A&M Aggies football team repeated the feat, outscoring the opposition 275–0. The 1919 team was retroactively named a national champion by the Billingsley Report and the National Championship Foundation. Texas A&M football under Bible is the only college football program to hold all opponents scoreless in two separate seasons.

The 1917 Texas A&M Aggies football team represented Texas A&M during the 1917 college football season. The team was unscored upon and was the 1917 SWC champion.

The 1919 Texas A&M Aggies football team represented Texas A&M during the 1919 college football season. Texas A&M began the season with a doubleheader in College Station, scored a combined 105 points, and never looked back on their way to an undefeated 1919 season. The team was retroactively recognized as the 1919 national champion by the Billingsley Report and as a co-national champion with Harvard and Notre Dame by the National Championship Foundation.

A national championship in the highest level of college football in the United States, currently the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), is a designation awarded annually by various organizations to their selection of the best college football team. Division I FBS football is the only National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) sport for which the NCAA does not sanction a yearly championship event. As such, it is sometimes unofficially referred to as a "mythical national championship".

In ten seasons at University of Texas at Austin, Bible brought the Longhorns football program to national prominence, winning three Southwest Conference championships, making three appearances at the Cotton Bowl Classic—two victorious, and placing in the final AP Poll rankings five times. [4]

University of Texas at Austin public research university in Austin, Texas, United States

The University of Texas at Austin is a public research university in Austin, Texas. It was founded in 1883 and is the flagship institution of the University of Texas System. The University of Texas was inducted into the Association of American Universities in 1929, becoming only the third university in the American South to be elected. The institution has the nation's eighth-largest single-campus enrollment, with over 50,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 24,000 faculty and staff.

Texas Longhorns football football team of the University of Texas

The Texas Longhorns football program is the intercollegiate team representing the University of Texas at Austin in the sport of American football. The Longhorns compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as a member of the Big 12 Conference. The team is coached by Tom Herman since 2017, and home games are played at Darrell K Royal–Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Southwest Conference

The Southwest Conference (SWC) was an NCAA Division I college athletic conference in the United States that existed from 1914 to 1996. Composed primarily of schools from Texas, at various times the conference included schools from Oklahoma and Arkansas as well.

While at Texas, University of Chicago coach Clark Shaughnessy contacted Bible to organize a clinic on the T formation. Along with Frank Leahy of the University of Notre Dame, they helped create the T formation revolution. Bible was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1959, the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1960, and the Texas A&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 1966. He was the 1954 recipient of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award.

Bible served on the National Collegiate Football Rules Committee for 25 years, and was president of the American Football Coaches Association. His book, Championship Football, was published in 1947.


Bible was the son of Jonathan David Bible (October 9, 1863 in Cocke County, Tennessee – November 23, 1942) and Cleopatra I. Willis (October 19, 1870 – January 25, 1954). The couple married on June 20, 1889. Jonathan was a college professor at Carson–Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, he could quote biblical scripture and was a Greek and Latin scholar.

Bible married Rowena Rhodes on December 19, 1923. They had two children, William and Barbara. Rowena died in 1942. Dana married Agnes Stacy in 1944 and they would later divorce in 1950. He married Dorothy Gilstrap on February 2, 1952.


Bible died on January 19, 1980, and is interred at Austin Memorial Park Cemetery in Austin, Texas.

Head coaching record


Mississippi College Collegians (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association)(1913–1915)
1913 Mississippi College 6–31–211th
1914 Mississippi College 4–3–10–1–114th
1915 Mississippi College 3–3–12–315th
Mississippi College:12–7–23–6–1
LSU Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association)(1916)
1916 LSU 1–0–2*1–0–1*7th
LSU:1–0–21–0–1*First 7 games coached were by E. T. MacDonnell and Irving Pray.
Texas A&M Aggies (Southwest Conference)(1917)
1917 Texas A&M 8–02–01st
Texas A&M Aggies (Southwest Conference)(1919–1928)
1919 Texas A&M 10–04–01st
1920 Texas A&M 6–1–15–13rd
1921 Texas A&M 6–1–23–0–21stW Dixie Classic
1922 Texas A&M 5–42–2T–3rd
1923 Texas A&M 5–3–10–3–18th
1924 Texas A&M 7–2–12–2–14th
1925 Texas A&M 7–1–14–1–01st
1926 Texas A&M 5–3–11–3–15th
1927 Texas A&M 8–0–14–0–11st
1928 Texas A&M 5–4–11–3–15th
Texas A&M:72–19–926–15–7
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Six Conference)(1929–1936)
1929 Nebraska 4–1–33–0–21st
1930 Nebraska 4–3–22–2–14th
1931 Nebraska 8–25–01st
1932 Nebraska 7–1–15–01st
1933 Nebraska 8–15–01st
1934 Nebraska 6–34–12nd
1935 Nebraska 6–2–14–0–11st
1936 Nebraska 7–25–01st9
Texas Longhorns (Southwest Conference)(1937–1946)
1937 Texas 2–6–11–57th
1938 Texas 1–81–5T–6th
1939 Texas 5–43–34th
1940 Texas 8–24–2T–3rd
1941 Texas 8–1–14–1–12nd4
1942 Texas 9–25–11stW Cotton 11
1943 Texas 7–1–15–01stT Cotton 14
1944 Texas 5–43–22nd
1945 Texas 10–15–11stW Cotton 10
1946 Texas 8–24–23rd15
      National championship        Conference title        Conference division title or championship game berth

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