“Patience becomes few Texans. Nor do they wear modesty well…Though Texas-born, Texas reared, this mild mannered gentlemen has built up a reputation through the years as a calm, kindly and infinitely patient man”Zipp Newman, News Sports Editor.
It has been said that sprinters are born, not made. Clyde Littlefield was a born sprinter; and not only a sprinter, but a born athlete. He earned 12 letters in three sports at the University of Texas, he played on 8 undefeated sports teams, never lost in high hurdles and only lost once in the low hurdles. In 1914, he equaled the collegiate world record in the high hurdles. As a coach he began at Greenville, Texas public schools and lead the 1919 football team to an undefeated season, outscoring opponents 283-0. In his 43 years with the Texas track program, his teams won 25 Southwest Conference championships and produced numerous world records. His seven years coaching football were highlighted by two Southwest Conference Championships. This timeline explores the life and experiences of the legendary Clyde Littlefield. May his success live on to inspire and motivate present and future generations of UT athletes.