Dudy Noble
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Noble pictured in Reveille 1934, Mississippi State yearbook
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball, track
Biographical details
Born(1893-05-06)May 6, 1893
Learned, Mississippi
DiedFebruary 2, 1963(1963-02-02) (aged 69)
Vicksburg, Mississippi
Head coaching record
Overall11–14–3 (football)
0–3 (basketball)
277–205–9 (baseball)

Clark Randolph "Dudy" Noble (May 6, 1893 – February 2, 1963) was an American football, basketball, and baseball player, track athlete, coach, and college athletics administrator.


Born in Learned, Mississippi, Noble attended Mississippi State University (then known as Mississippi A&M College) in Starkville, Mississippi. During his college days he earned 14 varsity letters in four sports—football, basketball, baseball and track. He graduated in 1915.

Coaching and administrative careerEdit

After his college playing days were over, Noble went on to coach basketball, football, and most notably baseball at the college level for three different schools in his home state; Mississippi College, The University of Mississippi, and his alma mater Mississippi A&M.

Mississippi CollegeEdit

His first coaching job was as the head football coach at Mississippi College in 1916. While there he earned his first coaching victory when he led the Choctaws to a 13–6 upset over Mississippi A&M in a game played in Aberdeen, Mississippi.[1] The Choctaws finished the season with a record of 4–3.[2]

Ole MissEdit

In 1917 Noble became the head football coach at the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), a position he held for two seasons. During his two years as the Rebels' head coach he compiled a record of 2–7–1 and went 0–3 against his alma mater, Mississippi A&M. He holds the distinction of having been the only head coach to lose two Egg Bowls in one season (1918).[3][4] For the 1918–19 season he served as the head basketball coach at Ole Miss going 0–3. He had his most success in Oxford as the baseball coach compiling an overall record of 10–4 in the 1918 and 1919 seasons.[5]

Mississippi StateEdit

Starting in 1920 Noble took over as skipper of the Mississippi State baseball team, a position that he held for 26 seasons until 1947 (MSU had no baseball team in 1944 and 1945). As head baseball coach he compiled a record 267–201–9 and won three Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association championships.[6] During his time as head baseball coach he awarded Dave "Boo" Ferris the first full baseball scholarship in Mississippi history.[7] Noble also served one season as the Bulldogs' head football coach going 3–4–2 in 1922, including a victory over his former squad from Ole Miss.[8]

From 1938 to 1959, Noble was also the athletic director at Mississippi State. During his tenure as athletic director he made several notable hires. Among those were football coaches Murray Warmath, Darrell Royal, and Allyn McKeen. McKeen left as MSU's all-time winningest head coach and is the only MSU coach elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.[1][7] He hired basketball coach Babe McCarthy who won three SEC championships and defied state authorities to take MSU to its first NCAA Basketball Tournament in 1963.[9] In 1953, he hired Jack Cristil who would go on to be the "Voice of the Bulldogs" for 58 years.[10]

Death and honorsEdit

Noble died on February 2, 1963 at a hospital in Vicksburg, Mississippi; he was 69 years old.[11]

The Mississippi State baseball field was named Dudy Noble Field in his honor in 1949.[12] He became a member of the Helms Baseball Hall of Fame in 1954, he was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1961 and the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1967.[5][13]

Speaking on his time spent in Oxford Dudy Noble once told a Tennessee sports writer: “I already know what hell is like. I once coached at Ole Miss.”[14] Noble once owned a bird dog, a lazy mutt that refused to hunt. Dudy Noble named him “Mr. Ole Miss.”[15]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Mississippi College Choctaws (Independent) (1916)
1916 Mississippi College 6–3[16]
Mississippi College: 6–3
Ole Miss Rebels (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1917–1918)
1917 Ole Miss 1–4–1 1–4 14th
1918 Ole Miss 1–3 0–2 T–9th
Ole Miss: 2–7–1 1–6
Mississippi A&M Bulldogs (Southern Conference) (1922)
1922 Mississippi A&M 3–4–2 2–3 11th
Mississippi A&M: 3–4–2 2–3
Total: 11–14–3
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Ole Miss Rebels (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1918–1919)
1918–19 Ole Miss 0–3
Ole Miss: 0–3
Total: 0–3


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Ole Miss Rebels (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1918–1919)
1918 Ole Miss 9–1
1919 Ole Miss 1–3
Ole Miss: 10–4
Mississippi A&M Bulldogs (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1920–1922)
1920 Mississippi A&M 8–8 6–6
1921 Mississippi A&M 13–8 6–6 1st
1922 Mississippi A&M 16–6–3 7–1–1 1st
Mississippi A&M Bulldogs (Southern Conference) (1923–1932)
1923 Mississippi A&M 14–9 11–7
1924 Mississippi A&M 17–7 12–3 1st
1925 Mississippi A&M 19–7 9–5
1926 Mississippi A&M 14–9 11–7
1927 Mississippi A&M 13–8–1 9–7
1928 Mississippi A&M 12–8 7–6
1929 Mississippi A&M 9–6–3 3–5
1930 Mississippi A&M 12–12 6–7
1931 Mississippi A&M 12–9 8–5
1932 Mississippi A&M 8–10 6–8
Mississippi State Bulldogs (Southeastern Conference) (1933–1947)
1933 Mississippi State 10–5 5–3 2nd
1934 Mississippi State 11–5 8–4 2nd
1935 Mississippi State 8–3 8–3 2nd
1936 Mississippi State 8–5–1 6–4 3rd
1937 Mississippi State 12–3 8–3 3rd
1938 Mississippi State 5–7 3–7 10th
1939 Mississippi State 7–10 3–10 11th
1940 Mississippi State 5–9 4–7 7th
1941 Mississippi State 8–9 7–8 7th
1942 Mississippi State 8–6–1 6–7 6th
1943 Mississippi State 3–9 3–9 T–7th
1944 No team
1945 No team
1946 Mississippi State 3–12 2–9 6th
1947 Mississippi State 8–8 7–8 8th
Mississippi State: 267–201–9[6] 70–82
Total: 277–205–9

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


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  6. 6.0 6.1 "Archived copy".
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  8. "Coaching Records Game by Game". Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  9. "O'Neil: Game of Change cannot be forgotten". Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  10. Legendary Voice Of The Bulldogs Jack Cristil To Conclude Career Saturday Script error
  11. Hall, John (February 3, 1963). "Mississippi State's Dudy Noble dead at 69". The Tuscaloosa News.,204482. Retrieved January 16, 2011.
  12. "Dudy Noble Field, Polk-DeMent Stadium". Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  14. Dudy Noble? Glad You Asked...
  15. Elkins, Chris. "RICK CLEVELAND: Dudy Noble did his duty for Mississippi State". Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  16. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 12, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. Mississippi College 2012 Football Media Guide
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