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,
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 • Man-Made FeaturesSports • War, World II.
Location. 38° 56.22′ N, 92° 19.956′ W. Marker is in Columbia, Missouri, in Boone County. Marker is at the intersection of Stadium Boulevard (Missouri Route 740) and Providence Road (Missouri Route 163), on the right when traveling east on Stadium Boulevard. Marker is on the grounds of the University of Missouri Memorial (football) Stadium. 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 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Mel Carnahan Quadrangle (approx. half a mile away); Beetle Bailey (approx. half a mile away); Memorial Union Tower (approx. 0.7 miles away); Site of Columbia College (approx. 0.7 miles away); George Clinton Swallow (approx. 0.9 miles away); James Shannon L.L.D. (approx. 0.9 miles away); Columbia Cemetery (approx. one mile away); Jewell Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Columbia.
Also see . . .
1. The Life of Don Faurot, by Walker and Gooch. (Submitted on September 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Don Faurot Bio at College Football Hall of Fame. (Submitted on September 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Don Faurot''s Split-T Formation. (Submitted on September 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Don Faurot and Missouri Football, 1941, on YouTube. (Submitted on September 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on September 15, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 548 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 17, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.