In 1928 G. Ott Romney (second from left) became BYU’s third head football coach since the sport was reinstituted in Provo in 1922. In six years the lowly Cougars were just 11-25-3, with the best in-state result a 0-0 tie versus Utah Agricultural College (now Utah State University).

With his staff (which in 1931 included, from left, Fred W. Dixon [BS ‘26, MS ‘39], Weldon P. Monson [BA ‘31], and Charles J. Hart), Romney produced BYU’s first winning season in 1929. Three years later, the Cougars finished 8-1. Romney left BYU in 1936 with a respectable record of 42-31-5, now third best all-time.

Get to know BYU’s new batch of football coaches in this issue’s The Y’s Guys.

Featured image from L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

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