University of Arizona Wildcat fans have recently endured the
wait for the naming of a new football coach, so the Morgue Lady
couldn't help noticing a similar story when she perused microfilm
of late 1951 and early 1952.
Unlike our recent coaching change, in 1951, the head football
coach at UA resigned, but it appeared he had seen the writing on
The vacancy drew the attention of coaches all over because of
the attractive salary, a whopping $8,000 or more per year. My how
things have changed in 60 years!
From and article in the Arizona Daily Star, Dec. 28, 1951:
Many Candidates for UA
Football Coaching Post
Ward Cuff, Former Pro Star;
Ed Doherty, Tex Oliver Among Probable Early Applicants Following
Coaches from all parts of the country began looking towards
(sic) the University of Arizona following the resignation yesterday
morning of Bob Winslow as head football coach.
Winslow, after being under fire last season and again this year,
turned in his resignation to Dr. Richard A. Harvill, University of
Dr. Harvill said that he had accepted the resignation and will
receive applications from anyone who wants to apply for the
position. He added that he didn't know what the details would be
for the selection of a new head coach but that "the new coach would
be picked by the university administration."
The position, which reportedly pays an attractive salary of over
$8,000 annually, immediately drew attention of coaches throughout
the country. At Green Bay, Wisc., Ward Cuff, former New York Giants
pro football star, said yesterday that he had mailed in an
application. And from Kingston, R.I., Ed Doherty, former Tempe head
coach, said he will "probably apply shortly." Tex Oliver, former
Arizona head coach now at Fullerton, Cal., Junior College, has
already indicated that he "would like to have the job very much."
Also on the west coast, Jeff Cravath, former USC head mentor, is
There are also several candidates locally. Hank Stanton,
Arizona's all-time great pass-catching end, resigned an assistant's
job at Tempe yesterday. However, it is expected that Hank may apply
for an assistant's job at the University of Arizona.
And Fred A. Enke, son of Arizona's head basketball coach, also
may apply. Young Enke, now under contract to the Detroit Lions, was
a brilliant three-sport star at Arizona.
Other probably candidates will be Ned Mathews, UA backfield
coach who was reported the players' candidate for the post; Carl
Mulleneaux, former UA line coach and now business manager of the
Tucson Cowboys baseball club; and Joe Coleman, head coach at New
Mexico A & M and former Odessa, Tex., high school coach.
There has been much talk around the university that if neither
was selected for the head coaching job, Stanton and Enke might be
offered assistants' jobs.
Winslow's resignation closed out a stormy three seasons at
Arizona. The one-time University of Southern California second team
All-America end and pro star replaced Mike Casteel at Arizona in
1949. Winslow recruited, in succession, three of the finest
freshman teams in Arizona grid history. With his recruiting,
Winslow expressed hopes that Arizona football would hit its highest
But his hopes never materialized. In 1949 the Wildcats won two
games, lost seven and tied one. The next season the Cats won four
and lost six. This year Arizona had a 6-5 record.
From the start Winslow was beset with troubles. He was forced to
dismiss a player from the squad for breaking training regulations
and several footballers got into scrapes with city police. One
player was dismissed from school this fall following the
"chicken-stealing" incident which brought nation-wide publicity to
Then after Arizona was routed by Tempe, 61-14, Phoenix alums of
Arizona publicly demanded the resignation of Winslow. At the time
Winslow said he "had no intention of resigning."
At about the same time the Arizona Wildcat, student newspaper,
reported that UA football players in secret meetings had suggested
that Mathews be retained as head coach.
The Phoenix Gazette also reported that several players had
complained that promises made to them by the coaches had not been
It was also reported that in the players' secret meetings a
requested vote of confidence for Winslow had been turned down.
In a radio broadcast last night over KCNA, Winslow gave an
indication of dissension of the UA team. In part, he said: "In this
day of competition for players, I feel that you have to have the
cooperation of the boys and athletic department. I didn't feel I
was getting it."
Winslow also, in response to a question, admitted friction
between himself and Backfield Coach Ned Mathews.
In handing in his resignation Winslow said yesterday: "I regret
the resignation but feel it is the best thing to do under the
circumstances. I hope that the next coach will get the full
co-operation of the newspaper editors, sportswriters, Towncats
organization, the various campus groups and other officials. I'm
stepping out for the best interests of the players I'm responsible
for bringing here. I hope they have great seasons to come for they
are a fine group of young men." Winslow added that he hopes to
remain in the coaching field and will seek another position. His
contract at Arizona runs until June 30, 1952.
Dr. Harvill, in accepting Winslow's resignation, expressed his
thanks for Winslow's service during his three years at the
university. The university president said nothing had been decided
on the status of Arizona's assistant coaches, Don Vosberg, Odie
Crowell and Mathews.
It is expected that the task of hiring a new coach will be
undertaken immediately. Spring football practice usually is begun
in the latter part of February.
The Morgue Lady must admit to a great deal of curiosity about
the "chicken-stealing" incident mentioned in the article. She hopes
to present the full story soon.
A new coach was named Jan. 31. He was not one of the potential
candidates mentioned in the above article. How many readers would
know who this was — without looking it up?