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The Aftermath of the 1950 Winless Football Season

In late summer 1950, the young men of the Alabama Polytechnic Institute’s football team arrived on campus for preseason practice. Enthusiasm filled the air. Although Coach Earl Brown, who had come to Auburn as head coach in 1948, had won only three games in those two years, the stunning December 1949, 14-13 Auburn victory over Alabama had lifted the spirits of the Tiger fans. Everyone expected 1950 to be a very good year. But Travis Tidwell, the senior quarterback who had directed that win, had graduated.

By Leah Rawls Atkins & Vince Dooley



Celebrating the 1949 14-13 win over Alabama with the Birmingham Auburn Club were (L-R) Coach Wilbur Hutsell, President Ralph B. Draughon, Coach Earl Brown and insurance executive Alvin Biggio ’26 of Birmingham. There turned out to be little to celebrate during the 1950 season.

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