The Yucca, Yearbook of North Texas State Teacher's College, 1940 Page: 204
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Football took on a new aurora in 1929 with the arrival of
Coach Jack Sisco, who took over a last-place team and in
two years produced a conference champion.
A keen student of the game, Sisco has been responsible
for the development of such stars as Ted Wright, Johnny
Stovall, and Johnie Riola, three Little All-Americans. He
works hard and expects each man on his squad to follow
him. His ability to handle men, coupled with a thorough
knowledge of coaching techniques, is the secret of his im-
pressive record at Teachers College.
During Sisco's regime, he has won four conference cham-
pionships and has never finished lower than third place.
Eagles Win L.S.C. Championship
Ten returning lettermen and a wealth of material from the
1938 freshman squad, in addition to several junior and senior
college transfers, gave the I939 Eagle football season a rosy
outlook early in September as Coach Sisco began planning
An experienced line of regulars, which, incidentally, was
one of the lightest squads in the school's history, was har-
assed with injuries in early workouts. The loss through
injury of Captain Leon Vineyard made the outlook doubtful
as the squad prepared for their opening game, September
23, in Sweetwater, against the traditionally strong rival,
Abilene Christian College.
The Eagle machine improved slowly as the season pro-
gressed and reached great heights in the Sam Houston and
the East Texas games, two highly favored conference con-
tenders. Closing the season with the East Texas Lions, the
Eagles emerged victors and conference champions in a game
that will stand as an all-time thriller.
The ten lettermen returning for service in 1939 were Cril-
lon Payne, end; Cecil Phillips, tackle, a 1937 letterman who
dropped out in I938; Devere Walker, tackle; Boyce Nall,
guard; Bill Sheffield, center; Johnie Riola, back; Walter
Parker, back; I. T. James, back; James McDaniel, back;
and Captain Leon Vineyard, guard.
Some of the squadmen who reported and were expected to
see a lot of service included Garnell Taylor, candidate for a
regular end post; Roy Kile, back; Leland McIntyre, Irvin
Clay, Eugene Wood, James Riggs, and Sutton Orenbaun.
Outstanding new men and transfers were Bobby Dodd, fleet
backfield man; Forrest Covin; and Price Truitt.
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