Elroy Bert Coan III (born July 2, 1940 in Timpson, Texas)[1] is a former American football player. He is most notable because of his extraordinary speed (9.4 in the 100-yard dash) and size (6'4", 215 lbs) and because he was the central figure in a dispute over the 1960 college football game between the University of Kansas Jayhawks and the University of Missouri Tigers, the second-longest-running rivalry in college football (known as the "Border War"). Coan played for Kansas - and helped the Jayhawks win the 1960 game by a score of 23-7 over Missouri, then-ranked #1. But later, the Big Eight declared Coan ineligible, due to a recruiting violation by Bud Adams while Coan was still at Texas Christian University (TCU)[2] and forfeited the game to Missouri—thus erasing Missouri's only loss on the field that year. Missouri counts the 1960 game as a win by forfeit, thus giving it the only undefeated and untied season in school history. The Big Eight also credited the 1960 game to Missouri. However, Kansas (and the NCAA) count the game as a Kansas victory. Ever since, the two universities have disputed the overall win-loss record in the long-running series.[3]

Bert Coan
No. 26, 23, 33
Personal information
Born: (1940-07-02) July 2, 1940 (age 79)
Career information
College:Texas Christian
NFL Draft:1962 / Round: 7 / Pick: 85
(By the Washington Redskins)
AFL draft:1962 / Round: 14 / Pick: 105
(By the Oakland Raiders)
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing att-yards:285-1,259
Player stats at NFL.com

Coan went on to play in 72 games in seven seasons in the American Football League; the first season with the San Diego Chargers, and the rest with the Kansas City Chiefs.

External linksEdit

  • Ryan Wood (November 20, 2004). "Halfback Coan at center of debate between rivals". Lawrence Journal-World. Retrieved 2008-10-20.