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Earl Abell

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Sport(s)  Football, basketball
1923–1924  Mississippi A&M
Positions  Tackle
1919–1920  Sewanee
Role  American football player
1917–1918  VMI
Name  Earl Abell
1912–1915  Colgate
1925–1927  Colgate (assistant)

Earl Abell
Born  May 29, 1892 Portage, Wisconsin (1892-05-29)
Died  May 26, 1956, Pardeeville, Wisconsin, United States

Earl C. "Tuffy" Abell (May 29, 1892 – May 26, 1956) was an American football player and coach. He played college football as a tackle at Colgate University. He later returned to Colgate as an assistant coach in 1925, and took over the head coaching job in 1928. He spent the 1929 and 1930 football seasons as head coach of the University of Virginia Cavaliers football team. He attended Portage High School in Portage, Wisconsin. Abell was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as player in 1973.


Virginia Military Institute

Abell was the 13th head football coach for the Virginia Military Institute Keydets located in Lexington, Virginia and he held that position for the 1917 season. His career coaching record at VMI was 4 wins, 4 losses, and 1 ties. This ranks him 24th at VMI in total wins and 16th at VMI in winning percentage.


Abell was the 22nd head football coach for the Colgate University Raiders located in the Village of Hamilton in Madison County, New York and he held that position for the 1928 season. His overall coaching record at Colgate was 6 wins, 3 losses, and 0 ties. This ranks him 17th at Colgate in terms of total wins and tenth at Colgate in terms of winning percentage.

Personal life

Born in Portage, Wisconsin, Abell attended Colgate University, where he became a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Abell was married and had three children. He worked for the American Can Company upon retiring from coaching. He died of a heart attack on May 26, 1956.


Note: In the 1918 season, Abell served as a co-coach alongside Mose Goodman.


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