|Date of birth:||February 8, 1938|
|Place of birth:||Oklahoma City, OK|
|Date of death:||March 17, 2005(aged 67)|
|Place of death:||Lawrence, KS|
|NFL Draft:||1960 / Round: 2 / Pick: 19|
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Prentice Gautt (February 8, 1938 – March 17, 2005) was a running back for the University of Oklahoma football team from 1956 to 1959. Gautt was the first black football player at the University of Oklahoma where he wore #38.
When former Sooners coach Bud Wilkinson was pressured against giving Gautt a scholarship, a group of black doctors and pharmacists gave him money to attend the school. Within a year, Gautt had a scholarship and the donated money was given to another black student. Gautt then became a two-time All-Big Eight player and the 1959 Orange Bowl MVP. His senior year, he was named to the academic All-American team.
After the NFL, Gautt coached football at Missouri while earning his Ph.D. in psychology. He then started a career in athletics administration, first as an assistant commissioner for the Big Eight Conference and as a special assistant to the commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
Gautt died on March 17, 2005 from flu-like symptoms.