June 23, 1902—October 19, 1995

"I'd work for the University of Missouri for nothing." - Faurot, on rejecting an offer as head coach at Ohio State

Born in Mountain Grove, MO, Don Faurot spent 19 years as head football coach and 30 years as Athletic Director for the University of Missouri.

Faurot is best known as the inventor of the Split T formation, about which he also wrote a book. He is a past President of the American Football Coaches Association and a member of the National Football Hall of Fame and the University of Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

During his college coaching career, Faurot held just two major jobs in Missouri. He compiled a brilliant nine-year record, 63-13, at Kirksville State Teachers College, before coming to MU. Faurot lifted Missouri into national prominence by winning the first Big Six title in 1939 and repeated as the league’s kingpin in 1941 and 1942. Four Faurot-coached squads have participated in bowl games. Exclusive of his service record, Faurot’s overall coaching ledger for 28 seasons shows 164 games won, 92 lost and 13 tied. At Missouri, his teams had a 101-79-10 mark.

Faurot was inducted into the MSHOF in 1953 as a Coach and in 2001 as a Legend.