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The week after taking a Thanksgiving tumble against the University of Texas, the defending national champions from Texas A&M fell to sixth in the final college football poll of Dec. 3, 1940. Following another embarrassingly bad season in 1936, the University of Texas fired its 20th coach in 44 years. Instead of the usual cheap fix, the board of regents spent the big bucks to hire a gridiron genius. At an annual salary of $15,000, Dana Xenophon Bible stood to make nearly twice as much as the college president until the legislature smoothed the educator’s ruffled feathers with a hefty pay hike. When it came to teaching x’s and o’s, baldheaded Bible was in a league of his own. He won 72, lost 19, tied nine and captured five Southwest Conference titles in 11 seasons at Texas A&M. Leaving College Station for the Corn Belt, the pigskin mastermind added half a dozen Big Six championships to his collection during an eight-year stay at Nebraska.

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