John Barnhill (American football)

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John Barnhill
John Barnhill 1942.png
Barnhill from The 1942 Volunteer
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1903-02-23)February 23, 1903
Savannah, Tennessee
DiedOctober 21, 1973(1973-10-21) (aged 70)
Playing career
1925–1927Tennessee
Position(s)Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1931–1934
1935–1940
1941–1945
1946–1949
Tennessee (freshmen)
Tennessee (line)
Tennessee
Arkansas
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1941–1945
1946–1971
Tennessee
Arkansas
Head coaching record
Overall54–22–5
Bowls2–1–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 SWC (1946)
Awards
SEC Coach of the Year (1944)
 
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John Barnhill
John Barnhill 1942.png
Barnhill from The 1942 Volunteer
Sport(s)Football
Biographical details
Born(1903-02-23)February 23, 1903
Savannah, Tennessee
DiedOctober 21, 1973(1973-10-21) (aged 70)
Playing career
1925–1927Tennessee
Position(s)Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1931–1934
1935–1940
1941–1945
1946–1949
Tennessee (freshmen)
Tennessee (line)
Tennessee
Arkansas
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1941–1945
1946–1971
Tennessee
Arkansas
Head coaching record
Overall54–22–5
Bowls2–1–1
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 SWC (1946)
Awards
SEC Coach of the Year (1944)

John Henry "Barnie" Barnhill (February 23, 1903 – October 21, 1973) was an American football player and coach and college athletics administrator. He served as the head coach at the University of Tennessee (1941–1945) and the University of Arkansas (1946–1949), compiling a record of 54–22–5.

Coaching and administrative career[edit]

Barnhill was the head coach for the University of Tennessee for four seasons from 1941 to 1945. He coached the team during World War II, managing the squad during the absence of General Robert Neyland who left for the War. During this period he led Tennessee to a record of 32–5–2.

In 1946, after Neyland's return to Tennessee, Barnhill was hired by the University of Arkansas as both head football coach and athletic director. Barnhill gave up the head coaching position in 1949 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He continued as athletic director at Arkansas until 1971 and was responsible for hiring legendary head coach Frank Broyles who ultimately replaced Barnhill as athletic director.

Honors[edit]

Barnhill Arena, the former men's basketball and current women's athletic facility at the University of Arkansas, was named for him. Barnhill is a member of both the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame and the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Head coaching record[edit]

YearTeamOverallConferenceStandingBowl/playoffsAP#
Tennessee Volunteers (Southeastern Conference) (1941–1945)
1941Tennessee8–23–12nd18
1942Tennessee9–1–14–1T–2ndW Sugar7
1943TennesseeNo team
1944Tennessee7–1–15–0–12ndL Rose12
1945Tennessee8–13–12nd14
Tennessee:32–5–215–3–1
Arkansas Razorbacks (Southwest Conference) (1946–1949)
1946Arkansas6–3–25–1T–1stT Cotton16
1947Arkansas6–4–11–4–1T–5thW Dixie
1948Arkansas5–52–45th
1949Arkansas5–52–46th
Arkansas:22–17–310–13–1
Total:54–22–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final AP Poll.

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