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Fred Akers
Born c. 1938
Place of birth Arkansas Blytheville, AR
Career highlights
Overall 108-75-3 (College)
26-12-1 (High school)
Bowls 2–8
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
1958-1959 Arkansas
Position HB / K / P
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Edinburg HS
Lubbock HS
Texas (Co-OC)

Fred Akers (born c. 1938) is a former American football coach. He served as head football coach of The University of Texas Longhorns from 1977 to 1986.

His notable accomplishments include a Heisman Trophy for Earl Campbell in the 1977 season and national title chances in the 1978 and 1984 Cotton Bowl Classics. In both of those years Texas went undefeated in the regular season only to lose in their bowl game. Akers received criticism because he failed to live up to the standard set by previous head coach Darrell Royal. However, much of that was mitigated by a still-impressive overall record as well as the fact that he had a winning record against Barry Switzer of the Oklahoma Sooners, who was 3-0-1 against Texas before Akers came along. However, in Akers' last 5 years he struggled against OU (going 1-3-1) and against Texas A&M (losing his last 3 to the Aggies by an average margin of 23 points).

Akers drew ire from the Texas faithful for losing bowl games at the end of 4 consecutive seasons (1982, 1983, 1984 and 1985) and then missing a bowl entirely in 1986.

He left Texas to become the head football coach at Purdue University. He was rumored as a candidate for the Baylor University job in 1993 that ultimately went to Chuck Reedy.

He is a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.

As of August 2008, Akers lives in Horseshoe Bay, Texas.[1]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Wyoming Cowboys (Western Athletic Conference) (1975–1976)
1975 Wyoming 2–9 1-6 7th
1976 Wyoming 8–4 6-1 T-1st L Fiesta
Wyoming: 10–13
Texas Longhorns (Southwest Conference) (1977–1986)
1977 Texas 11–1 8-0 1st L Cotton 5 4
1978 Texas 9–3 6-2 T-2nd W Sun 9 9
1979 Texas 9–3 6-2 3rd L Sun 13 12
1980 Texas 7–5 4-4 T-4th L Bluebonnet
1981 Texas 10–1–1 6-1-1 2nd W Cotton 4 2
1982 Texas 9–3 7-1 2nd L Sun 18 17
1983 Texas 11–1 8-0 1st L Cotton 5 5
1984 Texas 7–4–1 5-3 T-3rd L Freedom
1985 Texas 8–4 6-2 T-2nd L Bluebonnet
1986 Texas 5–6 4-4 6th
Texas: 86–31–2
Purdue Boilermakers (Big Ten Conference) (1987–1990)
1987 Purdue 3–7–1 3-5 T-6th
1988 Purdue 4–7 3-5 6th
1989 Purdue 3–8 2-6 8th
1990 Purdue 2–9 1-7 T-8th
Purdue: 12–31–1
Total: 108–75–3
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Darrell Royal
Texas Longhorns Head Coach
Succeeded by
David McWilliams
Preceded by
Fritz Shurmur
Wyoming Cowboys Football Coach
Succeeded by
Bill Lewis
Preceded by
Emory Bellard
Texas Longhorns Offensive coordinator
Succeeded by
Don Breaux


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