Duke Jacobs
Biographical details
Bornc. 1921
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall7–11–1 (college)

Sylvan "Duke" Jacobs was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Fresno State College—now known as California State University, Fresno—from 1950 to 1951, compiling a record of 7–11–1. A native of Red Lion, Pennsylvania, Jacobs graduated from the University of Maryland in 1942.[1] He attended Duke University as was injured during a practiced as a freshman. After transferring to Maryland, Jacob practiced with the football team, but did not letter. He played professional football in 1941 with Newark Bears of the American Association. In the spring of 1942, the Cleveland Rams of the National Football League (NFL) signed Jacobs to a contract, paying $150 per game for an 11-game season.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Fresno State Bulldogs (California Collegiate Athletic Association) (1950)
1950 Fresno State 2–6–1 1–2–1 4th
Fresno State Bulldogs (Independent) (1951)
1951 Fresno State 5–5
Fresno State: 7–11–1 1–2–1
Total: 7–11–1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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