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Frank Broyles
Biographical details
Born (1924-12-26)December 26, 1924
Decatur, Georgia
Died August 14, 2017(2017-08-14) (aged 92)
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Alma mater Georgia Tech
Playing career
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1947–1949 Baylor (assistant)
1950 Florida (assistant)
1951–1956 Georgia Tech (OC)
1957 Missouri
1958–1976 Arkansas
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1974–2007 Arkansas
Head coaching record
Overall 149–62–6
Bowls 4–6
Accomplishments and honors
1 National (1964)
7 SWC (1959–1961, 1964–1965, 1968, 1975)
AFCA Coach of the Year (1964)
Sporting News College Football COY (1964)
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1983 ([[[:Template:College Football HoF/url]] profile])

John Franklin Broyles (December 26, 1924 – August 14, 2017) was an American football player and coach, athletics administrator, and broadcaster. He is known for his career at the University of Arkansas. He served as the head football coach for one season at the University of Missouri in 1957 and at the University of Arkansas from 1958 to 1976. Broyles also was Arkansas' athletic director from 1974 until his retirement on December 31, 2007.[1]

As a head football coach, Broyles compiled a record of 149–62–6. His mark of 144–58–5 in 19 seasons is the most wins and the most games of any head coach in Arkansas Razorbacks history. With Arkansas, Broyles won seven Southwest Conference titles and his 1964 team was named a national champion by a number of selectors including the Football Writers Association of America. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Playing career[]

After his graduation from Decatur Boys High School, Broyles studied at Georgia Tech, where he was a quarterback from 1944 to 1946. He graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in Industrial Management. He led the Georgia Tech football team to four bowl appearances. He was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 1944. Until Michigan quarterback Tom Brady broke his record in 2000, Broyles held the Orange Bowl record for most passing yards in a game and is a member of the Orange Bowl, Gator Bowl, and Cotton Bowl Classic Halls of Fame and the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame.[2] Broyles was later drafted by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 1946 NFL Draft.[3]

Coaching career[]

Broyles entered coaching in 1947 as an assistant coach under head coach Bob Woodruff at Baylor University. In 1950, Broyles followed Woodruff when the latter took the head coach position at the University of Florida. In 1951, he left Florida and returned to Georgia Tech as an offensive coordinator under coach Bobby Dodd. Broyles sought the head coaching position at Northwestern University in 1954,[4] and ultimately left Georgia Tech in 1957 when he was offered the position of head coach at the University of Missouri. Broyles stayed at Missouri only one season when he was offered the head coaching job at Arkansas. During his nineteen years as head coach there, he was offered other major coaching and leadership positions, but remained at Arkansas.

During his tenure at Arkansas, Broyles coached the Razorbacks to seven Southwest Conference championships, and two Cotton Bowl Classic wins. His 1964 team was proclaimed national champions by the Football Writers Association of America, as well as the Helms Foundation, and to date is the last Razorback team to go undefeated and untied in a season. If the wire service polls had not given out their national championships prior to the bowl games during that era of college football, Arkansas positively would have won both the AP and the UPI national titles as well, since Alabama (winner of both) lost to Texas (a team Arkansas beat in Austin in 1964) in the Orange Bowl. He still holds the record for most wins by a head coach in the history of Arkansas football, with 144. During the 1960s and 1970s, one of college football's most intense rivalries was between Broyles' Razorbacks and the University of Texas Longhorns under legendary coach Darrell Royal.

Among Broyles's most memorable victories while coaching the Razorbacks, was the 14-13 win over #1 Texas in 1964 in Austin, the 1965 Cotton Bowl victory over Nebraska to complete an undefeated season, the 1969 Sugar Bowl victory over Georgia, beating #2 Texas A&M in the 1975 season finale to win a share of the SWC championship, and then beating Georgia in the 1976 Cotton Bowl.

The two most painful losses in his tenure at Arkansas, included the 1966 Cotton Bowl loss to LSU that snapped Arkansas' 22 game winning streak, and, most famously, the 1969 Game of the Century that saw #1 Texas come from behind to beat #2 Arkansas, 15-14.

Broadcasting career[]

After his retirement from coaching, but concurrent with the early part of his tenure as men's athletic director at Arkansas, Broyles served as the primary color commentator for ABC Sports television coverage of college football, normally alongside top play-by-play man Keith Jackson. Broyles' time as a broadcaster at ABC lasted from 1977 to 1985. Broyles was often assigned games involving Southeastern Conference or Southwest Conference teams, but if the primary game of a particular week involved the Razorbacks, Broyles was paired with another play-by-play man, many times Al Michaels or Chris Schenkel, while Jackson called the game with another color commentator, many times Ara Parseghian. Broyles' commentary was normally focused on play calling and coaching strategy, and while paired with Jackson, resulted in an all-Georgian booth (Jackson was a native of Roopville).

As a member of Augusta National Golf Club, Broyles from 1972 to 1977 co-hosted (with tournament chairmen Clifford Roberts and William Lane) the green jacket presentation ceremony at the end of the Masters Tournament from Butler Cabin televised on CBS-TV.

Athletic director[]

In 1974 Broyles was appointed Men's Athletic Director of the University of Arkansas. (Arkansas had a completely separate women's athletics department from 1971 until the men's and women's programs were merged in 2008.) Broyles continued as head football coach for three years. Since stepping down as head coach, the University of Arkansas men's athletic programs, under his leadership as athletic director, have won 43 national championships. The Razorbacks have won 57 Southwest Conference championships and 47 Southeastern Conference championships while he has been men's athletic director. As athletic Director of Arkansas Broyles cancelled the men's swimming and diving program to satisfy new regulations from the SEC of having two more women's sports than men's sports.

In 1976, Broyles was initiated into the University of Arkansas' chapter of Sigma Pi fraternity.[5]

On February 17, 2007, Broyles announced his plans to retire as Men's Athletic Director, effective December 31, 2007, ending his half-century association with Arkansas.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Arkansas AD Frank Broyles will resign at end of year", USA Today, February 18, 2007. Retrieved on March 22, 2007. 
  2. Frank Broyles. Hog Nation. Hog Nation. Archived from the original on October 29, 2012. Retrieved on February 15, 2013.
  3. Mayer, Larry (April 25, 2013). These Bears draft picks gained fame in other areas. Chicago Bears. Retrieved on April 25, 2013.
  4. Keeping the Faith. Northwestern. Retrieved on July 20, 2007.
  5. (Spring 1976) "Alumni in the News". The Emerald of Sigma Pi 64.

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