Sport: Exit Homer

In College Station, Texas, last week, chunky, 50-year-old Homer Norton thanked everybody kindly, pocketed $20,000, and walked out. As head football coach at Texas A. & M., he had made the mistake of losing to the University of Texas for eight years in a row. Now he was fired.

The old grads, like old grads everywhere, had no use for a loser—and their memories were short. In 1939, Homer had been a hero at A. & M. He had a wonder team that year, starring "Jarrin' Jawn" Kimbrough, which was voted the nation's best. In five years, his Aggies had played...

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