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Jim Tatum


James Moore Tatum

Inducted 1984

Date of Birth



McColl, SC


University of Maryland (1947-1955)

University of North Carolina (1956-1958)

University of Oklahoma (1946-1946)

University of North Carolina (1942-1942)


Big Jim Tatum got his first taste of football with Carl Snavely's North Carolina Tarheels. He made All-Southern tackle before going on to coach at North Carolina, Oklahoma and Maryland. His overall record for his career stands at 100-35-7. After graduating from North Carolina, Tatum went to Cornell with Snavely and stayed two seasons as an assistant coach. Tatum then returned to his alma mater as Bear Wolf's assistant, and when Wolf entered the Navy, coached the Tar Heels for one season before he, too, enlisted. Tatum was assigned to the Iowa Pre-Flight School where he was an assistant under Don Faurot. It was there that Tatum mastered the Split-T offense, and it was this set (with some variations) that he used so successfully during his later coaching days. After leaving the service, Tatum was named head coach at Oklahoma, posting an 8-3-0 record in 1946. In 1947, Tatum accepted the head coaching job at Maryland and compiled an outstanding 73-15-4 record with the Terps, including one stretch of 19 straight wins. The Terrapins beat top-ranked Tennessee, 23-13, in the 1952 Sugar Bowl, and Tatum was elected Coach of the Year in 1953. He returned to his alma mater in 1956 for three more seasons before his death in 1959.


Wins 100

Losses 35

Ties 7

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