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Football Coach
    (September 25, 1910-June 17, 1980)
    Born in Selma, Alabama
    Real name: James Ralph Jordan
    Head football coach at Auburn University (1951-1975)
    Retired with a record of 176-83-6
    Coach of the Year in 1957 and charter member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
    He spent much of his career at Auburn in the shadow of Alabama's head coach Paul 'Bear' Bryant, whose team usually beat Auburn.
    He got the nickname 'Shug' because he liked to chew sugar cane.
    In his time at Auburn, he produced only one undefeated season, one national championship (1957) and only coached one Heisman Trophy winner, Pat Sullivan in 1972.
    His teams produced little in the way of NFL players for such a large and successful program.
    He had a winning season 22 out of the 25 years he coached at Auburn.
    He was left-handed.
    A 1932 graduate of Auburn, he lettered in football, baseball, and basketball and was named Most Outstanding Athlete his senior year.
    After graduation, he was hired as head basketball coach for Auburn and had a 95-77 record, 5th all-time at Auburn.
    He was the first coach ever to have a stadium named after him while he was still coaching.
    He ran a relatively clean and scandal free (for the SEC) program.
    He was close friends with his cross-state rival Bear Bryant.
    He didn't wear a dumb looking hat like Bryant.
    A veteran of the US Army during WWII, he participated in the battles of North Africa, Sicily, Normandy and Okinawa, winning the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart after being wounded on D-Day.
    He retired voluntarily rather than hanging on too long and being fired.
    He died of leukemia just a few years after he retired.

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