UNDERDOG HORNS KNOCK AGGIES OFF LOFTY PERCH

by Bartee Haile

The week after taking a Thanksgiving tumble against the University of Texas, the defending national champions from Texas A&M fell to sixth in the final college football poll of Dec. 3, 1940. Following another embarrassingly bad season in 1936, the University of Texas fired its 20th coach in 44 years. Instead of the usual cheap fix, the board of regents spent the big bucks to hire a gridiron genius. At an annual salary of $15,000, Dana Xenophon Bible stood to make nearly twice as much as the college president until the legislature smoothed the educator's ruffled feathers with a hefty pay hike.
 
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