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Bo McMillin


Alvin Nugent McMillin

Inducted 1951

Date of Birth



Prairie Hill, TX


Centre College (1917-1921)


Alvin "Bo" McMillin was the star of the football team at Northside High School, Fort Worth, in 1915. Robert "Chief" Myers, his high school coach, took the best players to Centre college in 1916. McMillin didn't have enough credits for college, so he went another year to high school in Somerset, Kentucky, and played on the football team. He enrolled at Centre and won football letters in five seasons 1917-1921. This was possible because he spent part of 1918 in service and the football season did not count against his college eligibility. He drop-kicked a 17-yard field goal to beat Kentucky in 1917. He had a 35-yard run to beat Harvard 6-0 in 1921; it was Harvard's first defeat in five years. The run was one of the most famed touchdown scored in the game's history. Walter Camp named McMillin quarterback on his All-America first team in 1919 and named him to his second-team 1920. McMillan repeated as a consensus All-America in 1921. McMillin was head coach at Centenary 1922-24, Geneva 1925-27, Kansas State 1928-33, and Indiana 1934-47 with a record of 146-77-13. His 1945 team won Indiana's first Big Ten championship. In that year, he was named national Coach of the Year. He coached in the pros with Detroit 1948-50 and Philadelphia 1951.


Height 5'9

Weight 165

Career Highlights

  • 1921 Consensus All-America
  • 1920 First Team All-America
  • 1919 Consensus All-America
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