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TU Legend Glenn Dobbs Honored with Street Name

The signs were made with the same typeface as the street signs in Tulsa during the period Dobbs was a coach at TU.
The signs were made with the same typeface as the street signs in Tulsa during the period Dobbs was a coach at TU.
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Oct. 21, 2000

Eighth Street from Harvard Avenue to Florence Avenue was renamed Glenn Dobbs Drive in honor of former TU great and All-American Glenn Dobbs, TU athletic officials announced.

The street runs parallel to Skelly Stadium and the Donald W. Reynolds Center on the TU campus. In ceremonies prior to the Tulsa-TCU football game, street signs honoring Dobbs will be unveiled at Eighth and Harvard Avenue, Eighth and Gary Place, and Eighth and Florence Avenue.

"Glenn Dobbs has been a key figure in Tulsa athletics from the early 1940s to even this day," said TU's Director of Athletics Judy MacLeod. "As a player, he set standards difficult to duplicate, as a coach he was instrumental in developing a passing offense that today's game is patterned after, and as athletics director he oversaw the expansion of Skelly Stadium to over 40,000 seats. Today, he is always there for support and leadership in continuing to help Tulsa athletics grow."

Dobbs was a consensus college All-American as a triple threat tailback and safety, Heisman Trophy contender, Rookie of the Year and All-Pro selection in two professional leagues. He was elected to the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1980, and in 1982 was a member of The University of Tulsa's inaugural class of the school's Athletic Hall of Fame. Dobbs was also inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

He earned his All-America merits in 1942 after leading the Golden Hurricane to a 10-1 record and final national ranking of fourth in the Associated Press poll. Dobbs led Tulsa to appearances in the 1941 Sun Bowl and 1942 Sugar Bowl. A three-time all-Missouri Valley Conference performer, Dobbs led the Hurricane to an overall 25-6 record during that time span.

In 1942, Dobbs completed 63-percent of his passes for 1,066 yards and led the nation in punting with a 48.3 average. As a team, the Hurricane led the country in passing offense with an average of 233.9 yards per game. To this day, Dobbs still has four of the longest punts in school history-- 87, 79, 78 and 77 yards.

As a pro, Dobbs added to his rookie of the year distinction by earning first-team American League All-Star honors with Brooklyn in 1946. He starred with the Los Angeles Dons and then in the Canadian Football League. In 1951, Dobbs threw 28 touchdown passes in 14 regular season games, punted for an average of 44.2 yards and led the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the Grey Cup.

Dobbs returned to TU as athletics director in 1955 and served as head football coach for the Golden Hurricane from 1961 to 1968. He induced a renaissance in the Tulsa athletic program as athletics director. Athletic offices and one of the country's finest basketball practice facilities were completed as a part of Mabee Gymnasium in 1964, and the expansion of Skelly Stadium from 25,000 to 40,235 seats occured in 1965. LaFortune Hall was another result of Dobbs' tenure as athletics director.

As head coach, Tulsa led the nation for five consecutive seasons in passing, 1962-66. The Hurricane threw for more than 300 yards in both the 1964 (317.9 yards) and 1965 (346.4 yards) seasons.

Dobbs is currently serving as chairperson of the "Restore the Pride" campaign for Skelly Stadium.