Bill Jennings
File:Bill Jennings (American football).jpg
Jennings from 1960 Cornhusker
Biographical details
BornMarch 13, 1918
DiedJune 8, 2002(2002-06-08) (aged 84)
Lawrence, Kansas
Playing career
Position(s)End, running back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Oklahoma (backfield)
Nebraska (backfield)
Head coaching record
College Football Data Warehouse

William A. "Bill" Jennings (March 13, 1918 – June 8, 2002) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers from 1957 to 1961. He coached the Huskers for five losing seasons, compiling a 15–34–1 record (.310). His best seasons were 1959 and 1960, when the Huskers were 4–6 both years. His record in the Big Eight Conference was 8–24 (.250) and his Husker teams never won more than two conference games per season.

Among Jennings's most notable upsets was the ending of Bud Wilkinson's 74-straight conference victories. The Cornhuskers beat the Oklahoma Sooners, 17–14, at Nebraska's 1959 homecoming game on Halloween. Jennings followed up a second consecutive win the following year with a 25–21 victory in Norman. The 1959 win was the first for Nebraska since 1942, and the 1959–1960 wins were the first consecutive victories over the Sooners since 1939–1942.[1]

After a 3–6–1 season in 1961, Jennings was succeeded by Bob Devaney, who had been successful with Wyoming. Devaney immediately turned the Nebraska program around. The 1962 Huskers went 8–2 in the regular season and won the Gotham Bowl, Nebraska's first bowl game appearance in eight years and the first of 41 consecutive winning seasons.

Jennings died on June 8, 2002 at the age of 84 at his home in Lawrence, Kansas after suffering from prostate cancer.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Nebraska Cornhuskers (Big Seven/Big Eight Conference) (1957–1961)
1957 Nebraska 1–9 1–5 7th
1958 Nebraska 3–7 1–5 6th
1959 Nebraska 4–6 2–4 6th
1960 Nebraska 4–6 2–5 T–6th
1961 Nebraska 3–6–1 2–5 T–6th
Nebraska: 15–34–1 8–24
Total: 15–34–1


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