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Clem F. Crowe (1904 – 1983) was a college football and college basketball player and coach. He also coached professional football, both in the United States and in the CFL.

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Background

Clem Crowe played college football and basketball at Notre Dame. He earned three letters in basketball and was a basketball All-American. He also earned three letters in football under Coach Knute Rockne. Crowe played football from 1923-1925 and was a two-time All-American. He played end for Notre Dame's "Seven Mule" team and was named Notre Dame's football captain in 1925.

College Coaching Career

After graduation, Clem Crowe took a position as the head basketball coach and an assistant football coach at Saint Vincent College. He coached the basketball team from 1928-1932 and had a 41-31 record in four seasons. He was also the head football coach for the 1931 season.

Crowe left Saint Vincent in 1932 and took a job at Xavier University. He coached the basketball team from 1933-1943 and had a 96-79 record in ten seasons. He also coached the football team from 1935-1943 and compiled a 46-32-2 record. In addition, Crowe was a baseball coach and a golf coach at Xavier. He was inducted into the Xavier University Athletics Hall of Fame in 1994.

Crowe left Xavier in 1943 and returned to his alma mater. He was an assistant football coach at Notre Dame in 1944 and the head basketball coach for the 1944-1945 season.

He was hired as the 17th head football coach at the University of Iowa in 1945. He was hired on an interim basis, since Iowa's regular coach, Dr. Eddie Anderson, was serving with the medical corps during World War II. Following Crowe's one season in which he had a 2-7 record, Anderson returned, and Crowe left the Iowa football program.

Professional Coaching Career

Crowe resurfaced in 1949 as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills, going 5-5-2. When the Buffalo franchise folded, he left to coach the Baltimore Colts in 1950. He had a 1-11 record, and after the season, that franchise folded.

Crowe then headed north to Canada and agreed to coach the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1951. In his first season in Ottawa, he led the Rough Riders to the Grey Cup. He later left Ottawa for the BC Lions of the CFL. He was a head coach in Vancouver from 1956-1958. Crowe died in 1983 at age 79.

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Preceded by
Slip Madigan
University of Iowa Head Football Coaches
1945
Succeeded by
Eddie Anderson
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