Dixie Howell


Dixie Howell
Dixie Howell
Sport(s) Football, baseball
Biographical details
Born November 24, 1912(1912-11-24)
Place of birth Hartford, Alabama
Died March 2, 1971(1971-03-02) (aged 58)
Place of death Hollywood, California
Playing career
Football
1932–1934
1937

Baseball
1933–1935

Alabama
Washington Redskins


Alabama
Position(s) Halfback (football)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Football
1935
1938–1941
1946
1947–1950

Baseball
1946

Pumas CU
Arizona State
Alabama (assistant)
Idaho


Alabama
Head coaching record
Overall 36–35–5 (American college football)
13–7 (college baseball)
Bowls 0–1–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
2 Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1939–1940)
Awards
All-American, 1934
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1970 (profile)

Millard Fleming "Dixie" Howell (November 24, 1912 – March 2, 1971) was an American football and baseball player and coach. He played college football as a halfback at the University of Alabama from 1932 to 1934 and with the Washington Redskins of the NFL in 1937. Howell served as the head football coach at Arizona State Teachers College at Tempe, now Arizona State University, from 1938 to 1941 and at the University of Idaho from 1947 to 1950, compiling a career coaching record of 36–35–5 in American college football. He also coached at the National University of Mexico in 1935. Howell was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1970.

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Playing career

Howell played college football at Alabama from 1932 to 1934. He was a consensus All-American in 1934, as well as one of the best punters. The 1934 Alabama team had two future legends as ends: Don Hutson and Paul "Bear" Bryant. The Crimson Tide posted a 10–0 record, defeating previously unbeaten Stanford in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day, 1935. Howell is a member of the all-time Rose Bowl team.

In 1937, Howell briefly played professional football in the NFL for the Washington Redskins, who had just relocated from Boston. The Redskins had lost the NFL Championship Game in 1936 to Green Bay, but returned to the title game in 1937 and defeated the Chicago Bears at Wrigley Field.

Coaching career

Howell started his coaching career at the National University of Mexico in 1935, then moved to Arizona State, where he was the head coach from 1938 to 1941, compiling a 23–15–4 record. They were champions of the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association in 1939 and 1940, and played in the Sun Bowl both seasons. Following World War II, Howell was the head coach at the University of Idaho of the Pacific Coast Conference from 1947 to 1950 and compiled a record of 13–20–1.

In media

Howell had an uncredited role in the 1936 movie, The Adventures of Frank Merriwell as a football player.[1] In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout, in an attempt to cheer up her brother, tells him he resembles Dixie Howell.

Howell is also mentioned in Randy Newman's song "My Daddy Knew Dixie Howell" from the album Good Old Boys.

Head coaching record

Football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Arizona State Bulldogs (Border Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1938–1941)
1938 Arizona State 3–6 0–5 7th
1939 Arizona State 8–2–1 5–1 1st T Sun
1940 Arizona State 7–2–2 4–1–1 1st L Sun
1941 Arizona State 5–5–1 2–4–1 7th
Arizona State: 23–15–4 11–11–2
Idaho Vandals (Pacific Coast Conference) (1947–1950)
1947 Idaho 4–4 1–4 9th
1948 Idaho 3–6 1–5 9th
1949 Idaho 3–5 1–4 9th
1950 Idaho 3–5–1 1–1–1 T–4th
Idaho: 13–20–1 4–14–1
Total: 36–35–5
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title

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