Francis Schmidt's tenure in Basketball

Francis SchmidtFrancis Albert Schmidt (December 3, 1885 - September 19, 1944) was an American football coach and is an inductee in the College Football Hall of Fame. Schmidt served as head coach at Tulsa, Arkansas, Texas Christian, Ohio State, and Idaho. His career record was 158-57-11. Because Schmidt's teams were known for trick plays involving multiple laterals and non-standard tackle-eligible (and even guard-eligible) formations, the press labeled Schmidt's approach as the "razzle-dazzle offense". Because Schmidt's teams were known for high scoring, the press gave him the nickname Francis "Close the Gates of Mercy" Schmidt.

Schmidt was born in Downs, Kansas and played college football for the University of Nebraska. He earned a Varsity letter with the Huskers in 1905 and earned a law degree from Nebraska a few years later. From 1915 through 1916 Schmidt joined the football coaching staff of the University of Tulsa. World War I, however, interrupted Schmidt's coaching career. He served in the Army and rose to the rank of captain.

Schmidt was hired as the Tulsa head coach in 1919. In his first season that team finished with a record of 8-0-1 and outscored opponents 592-27. His record at Tulsa, after a three year stay, was 24-3-2. Schmidt had defeated Arkansas by a score of 63-7 in 1919, and the Razorbacks hired Schmidt away from Tulsa in 1922. In seven years at Arkansas (1922-1928) his record was 41-21-3.

Schmidt's most memorable years, however, were at Texas Christian and Ohio State. In five years at TCU (1929-1933), Schmidt won two Southwest Conference championships and had a record of 47-5-5. In seven years at Ohio State (1934-1940), Schmidt won two Big Ten Conference championships and had a record of 39-16-1.

Schmidt's most notable contribution to the popular culture came in his first year at Ohio State. The Columbus, Ohio press asked Schmidt about the team's chances of beating rival Michigan. Schmidt replied, "Those fellows put their pants on one leg at a time, the same as everyone else." This phrase had previously been a Texas regionalism, but because of the press attention given Schmidt it soon became an internationally known cliché. Ohio State beat Michigan the first four years Schmidt coached there; since that time, any Ohio State player that defeats Michigan is awarded a "Gold Pants Charm", a gold lapel pin shaped like football pants.

Schmidt finished his career with two years at Idaho (1941-42), when that school was in the Pacific Coast Conference. His record there was 7-12.

Winning team is bolded and Razorback Red.
 
DateHome TeamAway TeamScore
28ArkansasTexas21 - 32
27ArkansasTexas26 - 30
26RiceArkansas22 - 29
26ArkansasOklahoma State23 - 25
25RiceArkansas22 - 19
25ArkansasOklahoma State21 - 17
25ArkansasTCU15 - 30
24Texas AMArkansas32 - 17
24TexasArkansas21 - 12
24ArkansasTCU24 - 23
23Texas AMArkansas35 - 27
23TexasArkansas20 - 18
23Texas AMArkansas21 - 35
22BaylorArkansas14 - 28
22ArkansasTexas AM38 - 17
22Texas AMArkansas27 - 37
21BaylorArkansas33 - 29
21ArkansasTexas AM54 - 18
21RiceArkansas17 - 25
20ArkansasHendrix39 - 21
20ArkansasRice29 - 9
20RiceArkansas15 - 54
20Texas AMArkansas31 - 46
20ArkansasTexas AM38 - 29
19ArkansasHendrix28 - 18
19ArkansasRice37 - 19
19ArkansasTexas27 - 7
19Texas AMArkansas18 - 42
19ArkansasTexas AM49 - 32
18ArkansasTCU21 - 23
18ArkansasBaylor23 - 14
18ArkansasTexas35 - 12
18RiceArkansas23 - 28
18ArkansasRice44 - 13
17ArkansasTCU30 - 31
17ArkansasBaylor39 - 14
17ArkansasCentenary43 - 9
17RiceArkansas11 - 20
17ArkansasRice51 - 18
16ArkansasSMU21 - 15
16TCUArkansas20 - 21
16ArkansasCentenary69 - 21
16SMUArkansas31 - 32
16ArkansasSMU34 - 22
16TexasArkansas36 - 25
15ArkansasSMU11 - 17
15TCUArkansas28 - 26
15BaylorArkansas14 - 19
15SMUArkansas30 - 32
15ArkansasSMU48 - 26
15TexasArkansas32 - 48
14ArkansasSW Missouri State22 - 21
14SMUArkansas20 - 39
14BaylorArkansas9 - 22
14TexasArkansas28 - 24
14ArkansasBaylor34 - 21
14ArkansasDrury42 - 22
13ArkansasSW Missouri State31 - 38
13SMUArkansas25 - 29
13ArkansasSMU28 - 8
13TexasArkansas32 - 29
13ArkansasBaylor59 - 21
13ArkansasDrury52 - 25
12ArkansasCentral Arkansas34 - 14
12ArkansasHendrix34 - 25
12ArkansasSMU29 - 27
12ArkansasTexas AM25 - 16
12ArkansasHendrix50 - 24
12ArkansasBaylor71 - 23
11ArkansasCentral Arkansas62 - 27
11ArkansasHendrix40 - 16
11ArkansasHendrix39 - 21
11ArkansasTexas AM37 - 34
11ArkansasHendrix69 - 30
11ArkansasBaylor59 - 24
10ArkansasNE Oklahoma State42 - 14
10England ACArkansas22 - 78
10ArkansasHendrix43 - 25
10TCUArkansas22 - 23
10ArkansasTexas59 - 29
10TCUArkansas26 - 66
09ArkansasNE Oklahoma State43 - 22
09Arkansas StateArkansas9 - 31
09Saint LouisArkansas40 - 30
09TCUArkansas16 - 24
09ArkansasTexas42 - 26
09TCUArkansas24 - 41
08ArkansasOzark AC61 - 36
08Bemis YMCAArkansas24 - 31
08New Coliseum ACArkansas20 - 29
08ArkansasRice34 - 18
08ArkansasTCU28 - 24
08SMUArkansas17 - 39
07ArkansasFort Smith Faculty69 - 8
07Cairo AcesArkansas7 - 35
07CentraliaArkansas13 - 29
07ArkansasRice36 - 18
07ArkansasTCU23 - 18
07SMUArkansas26 - 32
06ArkansasAR-North Little Rock HS35 - 28
06ArkansasSEMO21 - 28
06Arkansas StateArkansas14 - 32
06Arkansas StateArkansas12 - 42
06College of the OzarksArkansas20 - 59
06EarleArkansas25 - 47
05ArkansasGay Oil Company34 - 19
05ArkansasJonesboro YMCA28 - 24
05Jonesboro YMCAArkansas22 - 29
05Jonesboro YMCAArkansas25 - 49
05College of the OzarksArkansas27 - 53
05Jonesboro YMCAArkansas30 - 43
04ArkansasJonesboro YMCA25 - 38
04ArkansasStuttgart AC34 - 18
04ArkansasEngland AC64 - 18
04Southwestern BellArkansas26 - 42
04SW Missouri StateArkansas45 - 31
04Fort Smith CollegiansArkansas22 - 45
03ArkansasBoynton Boys School46 - 18
03ArkansasEngland National Bank31 - 22
03ArkansasUnion Trust Company35 - 22
03Graham-BroeningArkansas34 - 38
03DruryArkansas20 - 39
03ArkansasLittle Rock All -Stars32 - 21
02NE Oklahoma StateArkansas12 - 33
02ArkansasGay Oil Company31 - 13
02Fort Smith National GuardArkansas6 - 64
02ArkansasNE Oklahoma State25 - 19
02ArkansasNE Oklahoma State61 - 24
02ArkansasNE Oklahoma State54 - 34
01NE Oklahoma StateArkansas13 - 19
01College of the OzarksArkansas18 - 27
01Ozark ACArkansas7 - 81
01ArkansasNE Oklahoma State27 - 13
01ArkansasNE Oklahoma State59 - 29
01ArkansasNE Oklahoma State54 - 28

Overall Statistics
Total Games Played135
Win-Loss-Tie113-22-0
Win Percentage0.837
Conf Games Played70
Win-Loss-Tie54-16-0
Win Percentage0.771

Champions of...
1925SWC
1926SWC
1927SWC
1928SWC
If you see "Co" at the end of the title, that team was Co-Champions.

All time Series Records
TeamW-L-T
AR-North Little Rock HS1-0-0
Arkansas State3-0-0
Baylor9-1-0
Bemis YMCA1-0-0
Boynton Boys School1-0-0
Cairo Aces1-0-0
Centenary2-0-0
Central Arkansas2-0-0
Centralia1-0-0
College of the Ozarks3-0-0
Drury3-0-0
Earle1-0-0
England AC2-0-0
England National Bank1-0-0
Fort Smith Collegians1-0-0
Fort Smith Faculty1-0-0
Fort Smith National Guard1-0-0
Gay Oil Company2-0-0
Graham-Broening1-0-0
Hendrix8-0-0
Jonesboro YMCA4-1-0
Little Rock All -Stars1-0-0
NE Oklahoma State10-0-0
New Coliseum AC1-0-0
Oklahoma State1-1-0
Ozark AC2-0-0
Rice11-1-0
SEMO0-1-0
SMU11-1-0
SW Missouri State1-2-0
Saint Louis0-1-0
Southwestern Bell1-0-0
Stuttgart AC1-0-0
TCU8-4-0
Texas5-7-0
Texas AM10-2-0
Union Trust Company1-0-0

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