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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 19th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Frank Howard And Josh Cody

(Photo Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today's photo is from 1937 showing Frank Howard (far right) with some of the team looking over a write up of their game with Florida, where the Tigers won 10-9 in Gainesville.

At the time Frank Howard was an assistant coach while Jess Neely was the head coach for the Tigers. An interesting twist of fate about this game was that Florida's head coach was Josh Cody, the former Clemson head coach.

From 1927 to 1930, Cody was the head coach of the Clemson basketball and football teams. During his tenure, he compiled a 29–11–1 record as football coach, including a prefect 3–0 record against archrival South Carolina and a near-perfect 13–0–1 at home. He was 48–55 as basketball coach. Cody was popular among the Clemson student body, who called him "Big Man" because of his large stature.

In May 1929, when rumors were swirling that he might leave to coach a bigger-name program, the students, faculty and staff took up a collection to buy him a brand new black Buick automobile. But Cody did leave Clemson eventually, first becoming the head coach at Vanderbilt before moving to Florida.

After all the success Cody had at Clemson, he would never coach on a winning team the rest of his career after he left Clemson. Even after not having a head coaching position for 15 years later in his life, Temple thought they would try putting the now elderly Cody in charge of their football team in 1955.

The result was a 0-8 record that year.

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