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Dan McGugin


Daniel Erle McGugin

Inducted 1951

Date of Birth



Tingley, IA


Vanderbilt University (1905-1917)

Vanderbilt University (1919-1934)


Dan McGugin coached Vanderbilt 30 years in two terms, 1904-17 and 1919-34. In 1918 he served in the U.S. Army. His record was 197-55-19, earning him a place in the College Football Hall of Fame as a charter member in 1951. Fred Russell, the renowned football historian, summed up McGugin: "sensationally successful, winning glorious intersectional victories....responsible, more than any other man, for southern football gaining national recognition." He played football one year at Drake University then three years at Michigan 1901-03 and was left guard on the Michigan team which played in the first Rose Bowl Jan. 1, 1902. He graduated from Michigan with a law degree and began coaching at Vanderbilt in 1904. For many years he coached in the football season and practiced law in the interim. His first Vanderbilt team in 1904 went 9-0 and outscored the opposition 474-4. This team led the nation in scoring. McGugin coached four unbeaten teams and 11 teams which lost one game. He got Vanderbilt involved in intersectional games with Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Michigan, and Ohio State. In 1922, Vanderbilt built one of the first football stadium erected in the South. McGugin was an intense motivator, giving inspiring talks to his players. Some of his players became great coaches - Red Sanders, Jess Neely, Josh Cody, Ray Morrison.


Wins 197

Losses 55

Ties 19

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