American Football Database
Frank Cayou
File:Francis M. Cayou, ca. 1908.png
Cayou at Wabash, c. 1907
Sport(s)Football, basketball, baseball, track and field
Biographical details
Born(1878-03-07)March 7, 1878
Decatur, Nebraska
DiedMay 7, 1948(1948-05-07) (aged 70)[1]
Hominy, Oklahoma
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback, running back
Head coaching record
Overall38–31–4 (college football)
25–23 (college basketball)
18–5 (college baseball)

Francis Mitchell Cayou (March 7, 1878 – May 7, 1948)[2] an American football player and coach of football, basketball, and baseball. He served as the head football coach at Wabash College from 1904 to 1907 and at Washington University in St. Louis from 1908 to 1912, compiling a career college football coaching record of 38–31–4. He also coached basketball at Washington University from 1908 to 1910 and again from 1911 to 1913, tallying a mark of 25–23. Cayou was a member of the Omaha tribe[3] and attended the Carlisle Indian Industrial School and then Dickinson College. He played football as a quarterback for the Carlisle Indians. After the close of Carlisle's 1898 season, Cayou and Eddie Rogers played for Dickinson College, where they were enrolled in law school, in their Thanksgiving Day loss versus Penn State.[4] He also played quarterback and running back for Illinois Fighting Illini[5] and was noted for his speed that was displayed on a 95-yard kickoff return versus Purdue.[6] Cayou also set the Illinois Fighting Illini track record in the 220-yard dash, clocking in at 22 3/5 sec[7], before bettering it with a 22 sec run.[8] Cayou served as captain of the Illinois track team in 1902 when elected captain, O.C. Bell, fell ill.[9]

Cayou also served as chief of the Omaha tribe.[10]

Coaching career

Cayou was the 16th head football coach at Wabash College, serving from 1904 to 1907. His record at Wabash was 20–13–1. This ranks him ninth at Wabash in total wins and 11th at Wabash in winning percentage (.603).[11] In 1905, Cayou led Wabash to one of its most impressive upsets when it defeated Notre Dame, 5–0, at South Bend. It proved to be the Fighting Irish's only home-field loss in 125 games between 1899 and 1928.[12][13]

On January 6, 1918, Cayou became the athletic director of the Illinois Athletic Club[14], where he served until 1921.[15] Cayou also served as the athletic director of the U.S. Naval Training station at Great Lakes, IL from 1921-1923.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Wabash Little Giants (Independent) (1904–1907)
1904 Wabash 4–4
1905 Wabash 6–6
1906 Wabash 5–1
1907 Wabash 5–2
Wabash: 20–13–1
Washington University Pikers (Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1908–1912)
1908 Washington University 4–4–1 0–2 6th
1909 Washington University 3–4 0–2 7th
1910 Washington University 3–4 0–2 6th
1911 Washington University 4–2–2 0–0–2 T–3rd
1912 Washington University 4–4 0–2 6th
Washington University: 18–18–3 0–8–2
Total: 38–31–4
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


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  11. Wabash College coaching records Archived November 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  12. Notre Dame Game-by-Game Results, College Football Data Warehouse, retrieved June 30, 2009.
  13. Sideline Chatter (PDF), College Football Historical Society Newsletter, vol. 20, no. 1, p. 1, November 2006.
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