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Cleveland Abbott
Born (1892-12-09)December 9, 1892
Yankton, South Dakota
Died April 14, 1955(1955-04-14) (aged 62)
Tuskegee, Alabama

Cleveland Leigh "Cleve" Abbott (some sources say "Cleveland S. Abbott") (December 9, 1892 – April 14, 1955) was an African-American football player, coach and educator.[1]

LifeEdit

Four 366th Infantry officers

Officers of the United States Army's segregated 366th Infantry Regiment on board the RMS Aquitania, en route home from World War I service, Abbott at left

Abbott was born in Yankton, South Dakota in 1892, one of seven children. He graduated from high school in Watertown, South Dakota in 1912, and received his bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University in Brookings, South Dakota in 1916. He was an outstanding, multi-sport athlete at Watertown High School (16 varsity sports letters) and SDSU (14 varsity letters at SDSU). After serving in Europe in World War I as an officer in the 366th Infantry Regiment, Abbott accepted a position as professor and coach at Tuskegee.[2]

Abbott was the eighth head football coach for the Tuskegee University Golden Tigers located in Tuskegee, Alabama[3] and he held that position for 32 seasons, from 1923 until 1954.

Abbott earned the respect of his peers through his team's performance and by participating in national committees for the selection of "all-American" players at the collegiate level.[4]

Abbott died in 1955 in Tuskegee, Alabama.

Head coaching recordEdit

CollegeEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Tuskegee Golden Tigers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (1923–1954)
1923 Tuskegee 7–1–1
1924 Tuskegee 9–0–1 1st
1925 Tuskegee 8–0–1 1st
1926 Tuskegee 10–0 1st
1927 Tuskegee 9–0–1 1st
1928 Tuskegee 6–1–4 T–1st
1929 Tuskegee 10–0 1st
1930 Tuskegee 11–0–1 1st W Prairie View Bowl
1931 Tuskegee 10–2 1st
1932 Tuskegee 6–1 1st L Prairie View Bowl
1933 Tuskegee 9–1–2 1st
1934 Tuskegee 6–5–1 W Prairie View Bowl
1935 Tuskegee 8–4
1936 Tuskegee 7–5 1st W Prairie View Bowl
1937 Tuskegee 6–3–1
1938 Tuskegee 1–7–2 L Prairie View Bowl
1939 Tuskegee 3–7
1940 Tuskegee 5–4
1941 Tuskegee 8–2 L Orange Blossom Classic
1942 Tuskegee 7–3 L Vulcan
1943 Tuskegee 9–2–1 1st W Vulcan
1944 Tuskegee 6–4–1 W Vulcan
1945 Tuskegee 6–6–1 L Prairie View Bowl
1946 Tuskegee 10–2 L Yam Bowl
1947 Tuskegee 6–4–1
1948 Tuskegee 4–4–1
1949 Tuskegee 4–6
1950 Tuskegee 2–5–2
1951 Tuskegee 6–3
1952 Tuskegee 2–6–2
1953 Tuskegee 2–6–2
1954 Tuskegee 3–5–1
Tuskegee: 206–99–27
Total: 206–99–27
Indicates Bowl Coalition, Bowl Alliance, BCS, or CFP / New Years' Six bowl.</br>

ReferencesEdit

  1. The Afro American January 27, 1940[dead link]
  2. The College on the Hill, a Sense of South Dakota State University History, Dunkle and Smith, 2003
  3. The Fayetteville Observer "Negro Gridiron Circuit is Popular" October 25, 1939
  4. Baltimore Afro-American "Looking 'em Over" November 2, 1946[dead link]

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