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John Cooper
  John Cooper

Sport (year):
Football, 1977-84


Class of 2011

Served as the Golden Hurricane football coach for eight seasons. Also served as the school's director of athletics. Compiled an overall record of 57-31 and 31-6 league mark. His teams won five straight Missouri Valley Conference Championships (1980-84) and had seven winning seasons. His second team posted a 9-2 record and finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference with a 4-1 mark in 1978. Led Tulsa to its first of five straight MVC titles in 1980 with an overall 8-3 record and a conference mark of 4-1. Led the 1981 team to a 7-4 record and a first-place MVC mark of 5-1. His best season came in 1982 with an overall 10-1 mark, the best school record in 40 years. Posted wins over Air Force, Kansas and Oklahoma State in 1982, while suffering its only loss against 13th-ranked Arkansas. Tulsa was ranked as high as 16th nationally in the UPI poll and 19th the Associated Press poll in 1982. Earned MVC Coach of the Year accolades in 1982. His final three teams (1982-84) went undefeated in conference action with a 16-0 mark. Had 56 players earn all-conference honors, five different players participated in Senior All-Star games and 20 of his recruited players were NFL draft selections. Went on to coach at Arizona State and Ohio State, leading the Sun Devils to one PAC-10 title and the OSU Buckeyes to three Big Ten crowns. Was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008. Inducted into the TU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.