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Bob Blackman (July 7, 1918 - March 18, 2000) was a college football head coach. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987, Blackman is best known for his years as the head coach of the Dartmouth College football team.

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College career

Blackman played football at the University of Southern California, beginning in 1937. Blackman was named a captain of the freshman team, but stopped playing after being stricken with polio. Blackman was named an assistant coach at USC while still an undergraduate student.

Coaching career

After head coaching stints at the San Diego Naval Academy, Pasadena City College, and theUniversity of Denver), Blackman was named head coach at Dartmouth in 1955, where he was universally known among players and students alike as "The Bullet." In 16 seasons under Blackman, Dartmouth had a record of 104-37-3, including undefeated seasons in 1962, 1965, and 1970. In his final season, Blackman was named the Walter Camp Foundation Coach of the Year for 1970.

In 1971, Blackman became the head coach at the University of Illinois. In six seasons with the Fighting Illini, Blackman had a record of 29-36-1. Blackman returned to the Ivy League in 1977, where he replaced George Seifert as head coach of the Cornell University Big Red until 1982.

Blackman was born in De Soto, Iowa on July 7, 1918. He retired to Hilton Head, South Carolina, and died on March 18, 2000, in Burlingame, Calif.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Denver Pioneers (Mountain States Conference) (1953–1954)
1953 Denver 3-5-2 1-5-1 T-7th
1954 Denver 9-1 6-1 1st 18
Denver: 12-6-2 7-6-1
Dartmouth Big Green (Ivy League) (1955–1970)
1955 Dartmouth 3-6
1956 Dartmouth 5-3-1 4-3 T-3rd
1957 Dartmouth 7-1-1 5-1-1 2nd
1958 Dartmouth 7-2 6-1 1st
1959 Dartmouth 5-3-1 5-1-1 2nd
1960 Dartmouth 5-4 4-3 T-3rd
1961 Dartmouth 6-3 5-2 T-3rd
1962 Dartmouth 9-0 7-0 1st
1963 Dartmouth 7-2 5-2 T-1st
1964 Dartmouth 6-3 4-3 4th
1965 Dartmouth 9-0 7-0 1st
1966 Dartmouth 7-2 6-1 T-1st
1967 Dartmouth 7-2 5-2 2nd
1968 Dartmouth 4-5 3-4 5th
1969 Dartmouth 8-1 6-1 T-1st
1970 Dartmouth 9-0 7-0 1st 13 14
Dartmouth: 104-37-3 79-24-2
Illinois Fighting Illini (Big Ten Conference) (1971–1976)
1971 Illinois 5-6 5-3 T-3rd
1972 Illinois 3-8 3-5 T-6th
1973 Illinois 5-6 4-4 T-4th
1974 Illinois 6-4-1 4-3-1 5th
1975 Illinois 5-6 4-4 T-3rd
1976 Illinois 5-6 4-4 T-3rd
Illinois: 29-36-1 24-23-1
Cornell Big Red (Ivy League) (1977–1981)
1977 Cornell 1-8 1-6 T-7th
1978 Cornell 5-3-1 3-3-1 4th
1979 Cornell 5-4 4-3 T-4th
1980 Cornell 5-5 5-2 2nd
1981 Cornell 3-7 2-5 T-5th
1982 Cornell 4-6 3-4 T-4th
Cornell: 23-33-1 18-23-1
Total: 168-112-7 (.598)
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
Indicates BCS bowl game. #Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
George Seifert
Cornell University Football Head Coaches
1977–1982
Succeeded by
Maxie Baughan
Preceded by
Jim Valek
University of Illinois Football Head Coaches
1971–1976
Succeeded by
Gary Moeller
Preceded by
Tuss McLaughry
Dartmouth College Football Head Coaches
1955–1970
Succeeded by
Jake Crouthamel
Preceded by
John Baker
University of Denver Football Head Coaches
1953–1954
Succeeded by
John Roning
Preceded by
Bo Schembechler
Walter Camp Coach of the Year
1970
Succeeded by
Bob Devaney
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