Columbia in Boone County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Don Faurot / Faurot Field
Football Coach 1935-42, 1946-56
Athletic Director 1935-67
Here stands the symbol of Ol' Mizzou, famed "Thin Man" from Mountain Grove, a boy who helped build this stadium and a football coach who filled it with victories and fresh hopes. Faurot overcame boyhood mishap that cost him the first two fingers at the middle joint. Gutty, jut-jawed guy lettered in baseball at Missouri, captained the basketball team and punted as a 148-pound linebacker for top-rated 1924 Tigers.
Mastered in agriculture, but never left football. He head-coached Kirksville Teachers [College] nine spectacular seasons and returned in 1935 to Missouri, which was embarrassed in defeat and debt.
Don quickly solved both with vigorous home-state recruiting and manfully over-scheduled on the road for bigger receipts. Winning built bowl teams and a need to super-structure the stadium, now Faurot Field.
Old coach's greatest gridiron accomplishment in 19 seasons was his creation of a unique Split-T formation that featured celebrated quarterback option.
Although widely sought, intensely
Record: Overall, won 169, lost 92, tied 13 with 101-79-10 at Mizzou, 1935-56, interrupted by three World War II years in U.S. Navy.
Awards: Faurot was a member of National Football Foundation Hall of Fame, the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, the University of Missouri Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame, the Orange Bowl Hall of Honor, the Blue-Gray Hall of Fame, past president of the Football Coaches Association, and recipient of the Amos Alonzo Stagg award for his distinguished service in the advancement of the best interests of football.
[Statue by H. Weber, Fine Art Sculpture Center, 1999]
In honor of the national recognition
his athletic leadership has created
for the University of Missouri
this playing field is dedicated to
Don B. Faurot
1922 - 1924
Head Football Coach
1935 - 1956
1945 - 1967
November 25, 1972
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Sports • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1911.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Columbia MO 65211, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mel Carnahan Quadrangle (approx. half a mile away); Beetle Bailey (approx. half a mile away); Lest We Forget: Lynching at the Stewart Road Bridge (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Make A Brighter Future" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Memorial Union Tower (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Columbia College (approx. 0.7 miles away); In Memory of the United States Colored Troops of the Civil War (approx. ¾ mile away); George Clinton Swallow (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . .
1. Don Faurot. National Football Foundation website entry (Submitted on April 24, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Don Faurot's Split-T Formation. University of Missouri website entry (Submitted on September 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Don Faurot and Missouri Football, 1941. YouTube video (3m 59s) (Submitted on September 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 13, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 681 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on January 13, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on September 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.