Arthur Guepe

Arthur Guepe coached a combined 17 seasons at Virginia (1946-52) and Vanderbilt (1953-62).

Guepe led the Commodores to a rare bowl win in 1955, topping off an 8-3 season with a Gator Bowl victory. It started a span of five consecutive years that Vanderbilt played at least .500 football, though Guepe’s teams faded in the 1960s, eventually finishing 1-9 in ’62.

He also led the Cavaliers to three consecutive eight-win seasons before taking the Vanderbilt job.

“There is no way you can be Harvard Monday through Friday and try to be Alabama on Saturday,” Guepe said after retiring in 1962.

Guepe was the first commissioner of the Ohio Valley Conference, serving in that capacity from 1963 to 1975. He played football for Marquette in college and served in the United States Navy in World War II.

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