Johnny Vaught

by mark
(Marietta, Ga.)

I have one question how could you leave Johnny Vaught of OLE MISS out. He won more games than Shug Jordan won!!!!!!!!!

Editor's Note Johnny Vaught was great. He won a lot of games and 6 SEC Championships. But, never won a national championship. Hey, it's just a matter of opinion. Everyone can't make the list. You can make a good case for Vaught. Feel free to write up an article on him. I'll be happy to post it.

Thanks for the comment.


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Jan 01, 2008
Vaught-'s National Championships
by: Tex/1st-N-Goal

Johnny Vaught led Ole Miss to the FWAA (Football Writers Association of America) title in 1960.

He also coached the Rebels to a Dunkel No. 1 finish in 1959 and in 1962 his team was the top-ranked team by Litkenhous.

Other actual #1 finishes in 1960 show he was champion by DeVold, Dunkel and Williamson.

Jan 02, 2008
"Get Real"
by: LongHaulReb

How incorrect you are! But you are correct on "everyone can't make the list" and there are no two better coaches "ever" in the SEC than
Paul "Bear" Bryant and John Howard Vaught. Just shows how ridiculous your list is. Get Real!

Jan 02, 2008
Vaught was great, but...
by: Mo

Hey, like I said, Vaught was great. Maybe he should make the list. But, who would you take off?

As for the National Championship thing. I don't think you should count every bowl selector out there. If you do, pretty much every coach who ever coached more than 5 years would have won a "national championship" according to someone.

I like to go with "consensus NC's," "BCS National Champs" and "AP National Champs."

It gets ridiculous if you count every poll. You end up with 5 or more NC's every year. That degrades the value of being a national champ.

just my opinion.

May 13, 2008
Johnny Vaught
by: Anonymous

After winning the university of Mississippi's first conference title in his initial 1947 season, he led the Rebels to additional Southeastern Conference titles in 1954, 1955, 1960, 1962 and 1963. Three of his teams, in 1959, 1960, and 1962, won shares of the national championship. His 1960 team received the Grantland Rice trophy from the FWAA. He took Ole Miss to 18 bowl games, winning 10 times including five victories in the Sugar Bowl. Only two coaches held a winning record against Vaught, one being Paul "Bear" Bryant, with a record of 4 wins, 3 losses, and 1 tie against Vaught, and the other being General Robert Neyland holding a 3 win to two loss advantage. Vaught's overall record at Ole Miss was 190 wins 61 losses and 12 ties.

Aug 07, 2009
Johnny Vaught and the Mannings
by: Pygmy71

Vaught recruited and signed an virtually unknown, lanky red-head named Elisha Archibald Manning from the tiny hamlet of Drew, MS. Archie later found out that his middle name was actually Archie instead of Archibald.

Back to the football that Manning played. Vaught ran a tight ship. He would not let married players be on his squads. He had his players completely under HIS control. Looking at his record, it was an effective rule. He also relied on his experienced players, seniors and juniors, while the sophomores learned his system.

When he signed Manning, he said that he was the best QB he had ever seen(before Archie had ever played a varsity game for Ole Miss) and that Manning would be his starting QB as a sophomore. It was unheard of for Vaught to start a sophomore at that that time. Archie had steered the freshman squad, which played five or six games a year, to an undefeated season and hung nearly a hundred points on one of the opponents (I think it was Vandy). Well, we all know the rest of Archie's career.

His oldest son, Cooper signed with Ole Miss as a receiver, but a physical exam found a congenital malady which could have left him badly injured, or even dead, if he was hit the wrong spot. He had to give up football and leave it to his younger brothers.

Peyton decided to play for Tennessee due to some possible probation sanctions at Ole Miss. Ole Miss fans were crushed and angry, but they've gotten over it by now. Word was also spread that he was afraid of living up to the legacy that Archie had left. One example of Archie's legacy is that his jersey number, 18, is now the campus speed limit.

Enter Eli, the youngest. He not only was not afraid of living up to his father's legacy, he shattered about 40+ records during his stint at Ole Miss and, like his brother Peyton, was the number one draft pick in the NFL draft. Archie was picked #2, Peyton #1 and Eli #1. That's an average NFL draft pick status of 1.333.

Eli learned a lot of what Archie learned from Johnny Vaught. His $97 million contract can be traced back to the football savy and moral standards of Johnny Vaught, who never earned more than $27,500 a year. Many prominent doctors, lawyers and businessmen can trace their success to what they learned from Vaught.

On a lighter note, during his later years, he sported one of the worst looking "rugs" that I've ever seen. They broke the mold when Vaught was born. Coaches like him are a thing of the past, never to be seen again. Eli ought to use part of his $97 million to build a museum dedicated to Vaught and the men that he made from the boys who he coached.

This comment is just the personal opinion formed from being an Ole Miss alum who had the privilege of watching Vaught't teams play and inculcate his morals to his players.

Dec 02, 2009
Vaught one of the Greatest
by: Anonymous

I am not an Ole Miss Alum but I am a native of North Mississippi and was "raised up" on Ole MIss Football. In my opinion there are four coaches who epitomize what college football should be.
They are (just my opinion) Bear Bryant, Johnny Vaught, Woody Hayes, and Bo Schembechler. These four men were the most consistent in producing
winning teams and molding young men out of all
coaches in the modern era.

Dec 01, 2010
New Johnny Vaught Bio
by: Mo Johnson

Due in large measure to the comments here, we recently wrote this Johnny Vaught Biography.

Jun 19, 2012
Ole Miss National Champions
by: Talmadge

The governing body for college atheletics, the NCAA, even recognize Ole Miss for winning ONE (1) national title, which was under Johnny Vaught.

A number of other sites support the factt that they won 2 national titles (1960 and 1962) as being recognized.

Wikipedia (of course not the most credible site) show 3 national titles.(1959, 1960, 1962).

These aren't just titles that Ole Miss folks concocted. Not sure you are old enough to understand the state and relevance of Ole Miss football in those days. They were to those years as Florida State was the 90's.

This is a bad omission.

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