Year: 1950s

In the 1970s and 1980s, nothing was more fashionable in college football than the wishbone. The brainchild of Charles "Spud" Cason, who was a junior high football coach in Texas just trying to figure out how to make use of his slow fullback. Cason's tactic spread to University of Texas Offensive Coordinator Emory Ballard, who at the time was coaching at a nearby high school. From there, Ballard began to implement the scheme with all his future teams, and it became a fixture with Barry Switzer's highly successful Oklahoma squads in the 1970s and 1980s.