Earl Abell
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Abell pictured in Reveille 1925, Mississippi State yearbook
Sport(s)Football, basketball
Biographical details
Born(1892-05-29)May 29, 1892
Portage, Wisconsin
DiedMay 26, 1956(1956-05-26) (aged 63)
Pardeeville, Wisconsin
Playing career
Head coaching record
Overall38–34–6 (football)
14–12 (basketball)
Accomplishments and honors
All-American, 1915
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1973 (profile)

Earl C. "Tuffy" Abell (May 29, 1892 – May 26, 1956) was an American football player and coach. He played college football as a tackle at Colgate University. He later returned to Colgate as an assistant coach in 1925, and took over the head coaching job in 1928. He spent the 1929 and 1930 football seasons as head football coach at the University of Virginia. Abell was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as player in 1973.

Early lifeEdit

Abell attended Portage High School in Portage, Wisconsin.

Coaching careerEdit


Abell was the 13th head football coach at Virginia Military Institute (VMI) in Lexington, Virginia, serving for two seasons, from 1917 to 1918, and compiling a record of 7–7–1.[1]


Abell was the 22nd head football coach at Colgate University in the Hamilton New York, serving for the 1928 season, and compiling a record of 6–3.

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Portage, Wisconsin, Abell attended Colgate University, where he became a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Abell was married and had three children. He worked for the American Can Company upon retiring from coaching. He died of a heart attack on May 26, 1956.[2]

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
VMI Keydets (Independent) (1917–1918)
1917 VMI 4–4–1
1918 VMI 3–3
VMI: 7–7–1
Sewanee Tigers (Independent) (1919–1920)
1919 Sewanee 3–6
1920 Sewanee 4–3–1
Sewanee: 7–9–1
Mississippi A&M Aggies (Southern Conference) (1923–1924)
1923 Mississippi A&M 5–2–2 2–1–2 T–9th
1924 Mississippi A&M 5–4 3–2 T–6th
Mississippi A&M: 10–6–2 5–3–2
Colgate (Independent) (1928)
1928 Colgate 6–3
Colgate: 6–3
Virginia Cavaliers (Southern Conference) (1929–1930)
1929 Virginia 4–3–2 1–3–2 16th
1930 Virginia 4–6 2–5 17th
Virginia: 8–9–2 3–8–2
Total: 38–34–6
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.

Note: In the 1918 season, Abell served as a co-coach alongside Mose Goodman.


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
VMI Keydets (Independent) (1917–1919)
1917–18 VMI 6–6
1918–19 VMI 8–6
VMI: 14–12
Total: 14–12



External linksEdit

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