C. B. ‘Bud’ Wilkinson (1986)

Induction Sponsored by
University of Oklahoma ‘O’ Club

Bud Wilkinson created a football empire at the University of Oklahoma (OU).  Under his leadership the Sooners won 14 conference championships, seven of nine bowl games and three national titles.  Wilkinson had a career record of 145-29-4 over the span of 17 seasons at Oklahoma. He won 31 straight games from 1948-1950 and 47 consecutive games from 1953-1957, and Oklahoma finished in the top ten of the Associated Press poll 11 consecutive years under Wilkinson.  He left OU following the 1963 season, but returned to coaching as head coach of the NFL St. Louis Cardinals in 1978. Bud Wilkinson retired from coaching the following year.