John Howard Vaught


Born: May 6, 1909

Died: February 3, 2006

Hometown: Ingleside, TX

Year of Induction: 1976

 

College Career

Texas Christian University (1929-1933)

• All-American guard (’32)

 

Coaching Career

University of Mississippi (1947-1970, 1973)

• Regular season record: 180 wins, 53 losses, 12 ties (.759)

• Overall record: 190 wins, 61 losses, 12 ties (.745)

• Six SEC championships (’47, ‘54, ‘56, ‘59, ‘60, ‘63)

• SEC Team of the Decade (’59)

• FWAA National Champion Team, football writers (’60)

• 18 post-season bowl games (10 wins, 8 losses)

• Ten top-10 rankings (’52-’69)

• SEC Coach of the Year, Nashville Banner (’47)

• SEC Coach of the Year, Atlanta Touchdown Club (’47)

• SEC Coach of the Year, UPI (’62)

• National Football Foundation Hall of Fame (’79)

• Ole Miss Team of the Century (’93)

 

Did You Know?

Johnny Vaught’s longest unbeaten streak at Ole Miss was 23 games, beginning with a 58-0 massare of Chattanooga in 1959 and closing with a 47-0 humiliation of Vanderbilt in 1961. But the losses which bookend this streak have always haunted Rebel fans. The streak began after Ole Miss’s 7-3 loss to LSU on Halloween night, 1959, and continued until LSU beat the Rebels again, 10-7, in 1961. The streak’s only blemish was a 6-6 tie in 1960… with LSU. Coach Vaught’s career record against the Tigers was an impressive 15-7-3, including a 21-0 victory in the 1960 Sugar Bowl.