Frank Howard and Jess Neely In 1930’s
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Today’s photo is of two Clemson legends…Frank Howard and Jess Neely.
Many of you know about Howard, but Neely remains more of a mystery to most Clemson fans.
Neely began his football coaching career at Rhodes College before becoming an assistant football coach at Alabama from 1928–1930. From 1931 to 1939, he coached at Clemson before moving to Rice where he became the winningest coach in Rice history.
Neely coached the Tigers to a win in the 1940 Cotton Bowl.
In 1966, Neely returned to Vanderbilt as athletic director. In 1967, he received the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award. In 1999, he was ranked number 39 in Sports Illustrated's list of the "50 Greatest Tennessee Sports Figures of the 20th Century".
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