American Football Database
Boyd Chambers
File:Boyd Chambers.png
Chambers pictured in Cincinnatian 1919, Cincinnati yearbook
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball
Biographical details
Born(1884-11-10)November 10, 1884[1]
Chambersburg, Ohio
DiedApril 26, 1964(1964-04-26) (aged 79)[2]
Cincinnati, Ohio
Alma materDenison University (1906)[3]
Coaching career (HC unless noted)



Bethany (WV)


Miami (OH)
Head coaching record
Overall50–44–7 (football)
122–97 (basketball)
163–104–4 (baseball)
College Football Data Warehouse

Boyd Blaine "Fox" Chambers (November 10, 1884 – April 26, 1964) was an American football, basketball, and baseball coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at Marshall University from 1909 to 1916, at Bethany College in West Virginia in 1917, and at the University of Cincinnati from 1918 to 1921, compiling a career college football record of 50–44–7. Chambers was also the head basketball coach at Marshall during the 1908–09 season and at Cincinnati from 1918 to 1928, tallying a career college basketball mark of 122–97. In addition, he was the head baseball coach at Marshall (1910–1917), Cincinnati (1919–1928), and Miami University (1932), amassing a career college baseball record of 163–104–4.

Tower Play controversy

In 1915 Chambers was involved in a controversy with what would become known as a "Tower Play" during a game between West Virginia Mountaineers and the Marshall Thundering Herd. The Mountaineers were heavily favored and their head coach, Sol Metzger, told the media he would "eat his hat if Marshall scores." Chambers developed a special play to prevent the shutout. On the Thundering Herd fourth possession Marshall moved the ball down to the 15-yard line. Marshall back Dayton Carter came into the game. Marshall quarterback Brad Workman, took the snap and set up to pass. Marshall's tackle, Okey Taylor, and Carter ran toward the end zone. Carter was hoisted onto Taylor shoulders as Workman rifled a high pass in their direction. Carter caught the ball and fell into the end zone for a score. Metzger argued with the officials, but the referee and umpire could find no rule to discount the score. The Mountaineers would go on to win the game with a final score of 92-6. Marshall would use this play against Ohio and Kentucky Wesleyan. Both Ohio and WVU protested to Yale's Walter Camp, who was in charge of college football rules. Camp upheld the scores; however he changed the rules to not allow the play for the 1916 season.[4]

Cincinnati Basketball Coaching Record

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Boyd Chambers (Ohio Athletic Conference) (1918–1925)
1918-19 Cincinnati 3-11 1-7
1919-20 Cincinnati 5-9 4-6
1920-21 Cincinnati 10-11 4-8
1921-22 Cincinnati 15-8 8-4
1922-23 Cincinnati 13-9 7-7
1923-24 Cincinnati 11-8 10-4
1924-25 Cincinnati 5-14 1-11
Boyd Chambers (Buckeye Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1925–1928)
1925-26 Cincinnati 17-2 9-1 1st
1926-27 Cincinnati 13-5 5-5 3rd
1927-28 Cincinnati 14-4 8-2 1st
Boyd Chambers: 106-81 (.567) 57-55 (.509)

      National champion         Conference regular season champion         Conference tournament champion
      Conference regular season and conference tournament champion       Conference division champion


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  4. Woody Woodrum, "Marshall-WVU Series Has Great, Short History" (Herd Insider Magazine) Posted 6-10-2006, accessed 1-27-2007

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