Hootie Ingram

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Cecil Hootie Ingram was Clemson University's eighteenth head football coach, serving from 1970 to 1972. His major claim to fame was introducing the Tiger Paw logo to Clemson, announced as the new symbol of Clemson athletic teams on July 21, 1970.

Ingram, a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, was a 1955 graduate of Alabama, and later earned a masters in school administration there as well. He was an All-Southeastern Conference defensive back for 'Bama his senior year. He began his coaching career with one year at Bradenton, Florida High School, followed by three years at Tuscaloosa County High. He then became an assistant at Wake Forest for one year before moving onto Virginia Tech for three seasons. Ingram then was an assistant at the University of Georgia for three years during which time the Bulldogs made two bowl appearances. He then was an assistant to Coach Frank Broyles at Arkanasas for three seasons, when the Razorbacks went to two bowl games.

Hired on December 17, 1969 after legendary Coach Frank Howard resigned December 10, Ingram would peak with a 5-6 record in the 1971 season when the Tigers finished second in the ACC, 4-2 in conference. After a 4-7 result, Ingram resigned on December 5, 1972. His record of 12-21 gives him a .364 winning percentage.

Red Parker was hired from the Citadel to replace him. Ingram became athletic director at Alabama. He retired from that position on August 23, 1995 after the Tide's football program was placed on NCAA probation for student-agent contact problems and poor internal control, among other charges. Ingram has recently served as a color commentator on cable sports network college football broadcasts.


Preceded by: Frank Howard Clemson University Football Coach Succeeded by: Red Parker