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Frank Crawford
Frank Crawford.jpg

Title Head coach
Sport Football
Career highlights
Overall 22–12–1
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1891
1892
1893–1894
1895
Michigan
Wisconsin
Nebraska
Texas

Frank Crawford was a college football coach at Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Texas. In 1891, he (with Mike Murphy) coached the Michigan team to a 4–5 record; this was the first year the Michigan team had coaches. In 1892, he coached at Wisconsin, and compiled a 4–3 record. He then went to Nebraska for two years and recorded a 9–4–1 record and was the first paid coach at Nebraska. His final year of coaching was at Texas with a 5–0 record. He was a graduate of Yale. [1][2]

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At Nebraska

He coached at Nebraska from 1893 to 1894, serving as the school's first paid head football coach with a salary of $300 to $500 dollars and the fourth overall coach. As the head coach, he compiled a 9–4–1 record with one addition exhibition win against Lincoln High in 1894. In 1893, after losing consecutive games to fellow conference members Kansas and Missouri, his team was 2–2–1. The next game was against the powerhouse Iowa team, a team that had previously beat the Huskers two years prior and tied with the Huskers in 1892. Coach Crawford did the first trick play in Cornhusker history when he went into the game and played as right half. He also kicked the field goals for Nebraska during the Iowa game, and was written in the record book as "Frank". [3]

His 1894 team saw more of the same. After starting the season 2–2, the team won five consecutive games to finish the season 7–2. This included a 36–0 victory over Iowa, to earn the schools first ever conference championship. Following the 1894 season, he moved on to Texas.

His assistant coach Charles Thomas would replace him as head coach for the next season.[4]

At Texas

Texas had just came off its first loss in school history, an 28–0 home loss to Missouri, when it fired its previous head coach. After months of searching, they finally landed Crawford. As a coach, he stressed physical conditioning, and brought forth the Yale style of play. The school played just five games that season, but went 5–0 and outscored their opponents by a combined 96–0 margin. Texas's all–time football record moved to 15–1.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl
Michigan Wolverines (Independent) (1891)
1891 Michigan 4–5
Michigan: 4–5
Wisconsin Badgers (Independent) (1892)
1892 Wisconsin 4–3
Wisconsin: 4–3
Nebraska Bugeaters (Western Inter-State University Football Association) (1893–1894)
1893 Nebraska 3–2–1 1–2 3rd
1894 Nebraska 6–2 2–1 1st
Nebraska: 9–4–1 3–3
Texas Longhorns (Independent) (1895)
1895 Texas 5–0
Texas: 5–0
Total: 22–12–1
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
None
University of Michigan Head Football Coach
1891 (with Mike Murphy)
Succeeded by
Frank Barbour
Preceded by
J. S. Williams
University of Nebraska–Lincoln Head Football Coach
1893–1894
Succeeded by
Charles Thomas
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