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William D. "Bill" Murray
Friday 12/14/2005  -  Duke Sports Information
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All-Southern Conference, 1930
Head Football Coach, 1951-65
15-Year Record 93-51-9
Orange Bowl Champions, 1955
Cotton Bowl Champions, 1961

Bill Murray was one of the most respected college football coaches in the nation. During his fifteen seasons as head coach of the Blue Devils he complied a 93-51-9 record, captured seven ACC titles, went to three bowl games, including wins in the Orange and Cotton Bowls, and was ranked in the top twenty in eight of his last thirteen seasons as head coach.

Murray came to Duke as a student in 1927 and quickly made a name for himself on the football field and as a student leader. He held the single season rushing record for many years and was named to the All-Southern team in 1930.

Following graduation he began his coaching career at the Winston-Salem Children's Home where he compiled a 69-9-3 record. He was then named head football coach and athletic director at the University of Delaware where he compiled a fantastic 51-17-3 mark.

He was often named coach of the year in the ACC and was president of the American Football Coaches Association. In 1965, he retired to join the American Football Coaches Association as Executive Secretary.


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