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Grant Garland Teaff
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Born November 12, 1933 (1933-11-12) (age 76)
Place of birth Texas Hermleigh, TX
Career highlights
Overall 170-151-8
Bowls 4–4
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
1974 Paul "Bear" Bryant Award
2006 Amos Alonzo Stagg Award
Playing career
San Angelo JC
Position LB
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Lubbock HS (assistant)
McMurry (assistant)
Texas Tech (assistant)
Angelo State

Grant Garland Teaff (pronounced TAFF) born November 12, 1933 in Hermleigh, Texas, is a retired American Football coach, probably best-known for his time for his tenure as head coach at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. In 2001, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.


Early career

Teaff played high school ball at Snyder High School and collegiately at San Angelo Junior College (now Angelo State University), and McMurry University in Abilene, Texas. When McMurry head coach Wilford Moore went on to coach Lubbock High School in 1956, Teaff became his assistant. He then moved on to be an assistant at McMurry from 1957 to 1959.

Teaff began his head coaching career at McMurry in 1960, serving there until 1965. Among his players were later Pittsburgh Steelers split end Dick Compton and later San Diego Chargers offensive lineman Ernie Park. After a stint as an assistant coach to J. T. King at Texas Tech, Teaff became the head coach at Angelo State University from 1969 to 1971.


In 1972, Teaff was hired to resurrect the moribund football team at Baylor University. Baylor originally hired Rudy Feldman from New Mexico, but Feldman quit after one day, leaving the job to Teaff. Baylor had been 7-43-1 in the five seasons preceding Teaff's arrival. Teaff quickly built Baylor into a competitive team and in 1974 Baylor won eight games and captured the Southwest Conference Championship (SWC) for the first time since 1924, and in the process defeated the University of Texas 34-24 (rallying from a 24-7 halftime deficit). It was Baylor's first victory over the Texas Longhorns in 17 years. The 1974 season and the win over Texas are commonly referred to as the “Miracle on the Brazos” (after the Brazos River, near the Baylor campus) and it remains part of Baylor lore.

Teaff remained Baylor's coach until 1992, compiling a winning record and winning the SWC title again in 1980. His teams won the 1979 Peach Bowl, the 1985 Liberty Bowl, the 1986 Bluebonnet Bowl, and the 1992 John Hancock Bowl (better known as the Sun Bowl, his final game as coach). His teams also earned invitations to the 1975 and 1981 Cotton Bowl Classics, as well as the 1983 Bluebonnet Bowl and the 1991 Copper Bowl. Teaff's Baylor teams were known for their success against the University of Texas, finishing with a record 10-11 against the Longhorns. To place that in context, in the 15 seasons preceding Teaff's arrival and the 15 years following Teaff's departure, Baylor has a 1-29 record against Texas.

Prior to a 38-14 upset win over Texas in 1978, Teaff gained notoriety by eating a live worm in the locker room prior to the game, after telling his players he would “keep the worms warm.”[1]


After retiring from coaching, Teaff in 1993 became executive director of the American Football Coaches Association, an organization (headquartered in Waco) that represents coaches across the nation and is often consulted by the NCAA and the media regarding rule changes and developments that take place in college football.

Teaff's wife Donell (the former Jane Donnell Philips) is a member of the Baylor University Board of Regents.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Baylor Bears (Southwest Conference) (1972–1992)
1972 Baylor 5–6 3-4 T-4th
1973 Baylor 2–9 0-7 8th
1974 Baylor 8–4 6-1 1st L Cotton 14 14
1975 Baylor 3–6–2 2-5 T-5th
1976 Baylor 7–3–1 4-3-1 4th 19
1977 Baylor 5–6 3-5 T-6th
1978 Baylor 3–8 3-5 T-6th
1979 Baylor 8–4 5-3 4th W Peach 15 14
1980 Baylor 10–2 8-0 1st L Cotton 15 14
1981 Baylor 5–6 3-5 T-6th
1982 Baylor 4–6–1 3-4-1 5th
1983 Baylor 7–4–1 4-3-1 T-3rd L Bluebonnet
1984 Baylor 5–6 4-4 6th
1985 Baylor 9–3 6-2 T-2nd W Liberty 15 17
1986 Baylor 9–3 6-2 T-2nd W Bluebonnet 13 12
1987 Baylor 6–5 3-4 T-5th
1988 Baylor 6–5 2-5 T-4th
1989 Baylor 5–6 4-4 T-4th
1990 Baylor 6–4–1 5-2-1 T-2nd
1991 Baylor 8–4 5-3 T-2nd L Copper
1992 Baylor 7–5 4-3 T-2nd W John Hancock
Baylor: 128–105–6 83-74-4
Total: 170–151–8
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.



  1. ^ Mark Schlabach, Richt's motivational gamble pays off for Georgia,, October 29, 2007.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bill Beall
Baylor University Head Football Coach
Succeeded by
Chuck Reedy


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