John Stone graduated from Vanderbilt in the class of 1908, the first of three Clemson head football coaches to come from that school. As a Vanderbilt student he was a member of the All-Southern Football team for four seasons. He was a big man for the era, standing 6'2".
Stone was named Clemson's ninth coach in 1908, but had the misfortune of presiding over the Tiger squad that had been gutted of several star players and substitutes by expulsions that resulted from the Pendleton Guards student boycott on April 1, 1908. The college ejected 306 cadets over the prank. The Tigers went 1-6 in Stone's single seven-game season at Clemson. The sole victory came in the home opener on Bowman Field, September 26, against Gordon, the last-ever meeting in a three-game series with that school. The Tigers prevailed, 26-0, for a 3-0 series record.
Stone's unfortunate .143 winning percentage ranks at the bottom of the Clemson football history statistics.
|Preceded by: Frank Shaughnessy||Clemson University Football Coaches||Succeeded by: Frank Dobson|