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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.
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.
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
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.