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John W. Heisman coached the Owls from 1924 to 1927
A name synonymous with college football also was a major
personality in the early years of Rice football. John W. Heisman became Rice's first
full-time football coach in 1924. It was his last coaching job before taking over
management of the the New York Downtown Athletic Club. He obviously took it for the money,
his competitive spark ebbing. Heisman's salary was higher than any member of the
Rice faculty, and this fact was greeted by a professorial uproar that subsided only after
His Rice teams never finished above .500, going 4-4 in 1924, 4-4-1 in '25
and '26. In 1927, the team's record slipped to 2-6-1. Over his Rice tenure, he
collected only one win against A&M and Texas, and that was against Texas
in 1924. In 1927, he retired from coaching to take over the helm of the New York Downtown
Athletic Club, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Heisman's 1924 Owl squad, at left.
NY Downtown Athletic Club
Files for Bankruptcy (1998)