Throwback Thursday: The 1956 SWC Highlights

Throwback Thursday takes us way back to 1956 and the Humble Oil highlights for the SWC. They don't make them like this anymore. Love the commentary, the color, and the grass fields. 


Texas A&M's John David Crow

Texas A&M's John David Crow

- First of all a little perspective, this is 1956 so Texas Tech isn't in the league yet, neither is Houston. 

- Tech was an independent in 1956, they would join the league in 1960. Ironically Tech beat eventual conference champion TCU in Lubbock 21-7. The Frogs were ranked 14 at the time. 

- Texas A&M actually won the league in 1956 but because of NCAA probation the Aggies were not allowed to participate in post season play. It seems the Aggies had been paying players with gifts and straight cash homey. 

- Instead, TCU went to the Cotton Bowl where the Frogs narrowly defeated Jim Brown and Syracuse. 

- A&M was in the 3rd year of Bear Bryant's rebuild and finished 9-0-1 in 1956. The one tie? The Houston Cougars and Aggies tied at Houston, 14-14.

- So, to future members of the SWC, Tech and Houston would beat or tie the top two teams in the league. 

- Baylor went on to the Sugar Bowl where they beat Tennessee. 

TCU's Jim Swink

TCU's Jim Swink

- Texas finished dead freakin' last in the league at 1-9. It was enough to get Edwin Price fired. Darrell Royal was hired starting in 1957 and the Horns wouldn't suffer another losing season until 1986 when Fred Akers went 5-6. 

- SMU kicked off the 1956 season by beating #3 Notre Dame 19-13. The Mustangs went from unranked in week 1 to #5 in week 2. In week 2 they played #2 ranked Georgia Tech and lost to the Wrambling Wreck 9-7. The Mustangs fell out of the top 20 two weeks later after a loss to Duke. 

- Three SWC teams ranked in the AP Top 20 at the end of the year, A&M finished 4th, Baylor finished 11th, and TCU finished 14th. 

- The 1956 All-SWC team conference team consisted of greats like TCU's Jim Swink, eventual Heisman trophy winner - A&M's John David Crow, future Houston Cougar and Houston Oiler coach and NFL great Jack Pardee, and NFL great Charlie Krueger. 

Enjoy the highlights of the 1956 SWC season. 

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