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Johnny Cain

Johnny Cain
Biographical details
Born(1908-11-17)November 17, 1908
Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.
DiedAugust 18, 1977(1977-08-18) (aged 68)
Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback, fullback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1933–1934Alabama (backfield)
1935–1936Sidney Lanier HS (AL)
1937–1941Southwestern Louisiana
1946Southwestern Louisiana
1947–1970Ole Miss (backfield)
1971Ole Miss (freshmen)
1942–1944Southwestern Louisiana
1957–1973Ole Miss
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1946–1947Southwestern Louisiana
Head coaching record
Overall33–19–5 (college football)
9–14 (college baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1973 (profile)

John Lewis "Hurri" "Sugar" Cain (November 17, 1908 – August 18, 1977) was an American football player, coach of football, baseball, and tennis, and college athletics administrator. He played college football at the University of Alabama, where he was a three-time All-American and a member of the 1930 national championship team that won the Rose Bowl. Cain served as the head football coach at Southwestern Louisiana Institute, now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, from 1937 to 1941 and in 1946, compiling a record of 33–19–5. He was also the head baseball coach at Southwestern Louisiana from 1942 to 1944. In 1947, Cain moved to the University of Mississippi to serve as backfield coach for the football team under Johnny Vaught. He was also the head tennis coach at Ole Miss from 1957 to 1973. Cain was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1973. He stood 5'10" and weighed 183 pounds.[1]

College career

Cain was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa at Alabama.


Cain died of leukemia, on August 18, 1977, at Baptist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.[2]

Head coaching record

College football

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Southwestern Louisiana Bulldogs (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association) (1937–1938)
1937 Southwestern Louisiana 4–3–1 2–3–1 T–16th
1938 Southwestern Louisiana 8–2–1 4–1–1 T–8th
Southwestern Louisiana Bulldogs (Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference) (1939–1941)
1939 Southwestern Louisiana 3–5–1 1–2
1940 Southwestern Louisiana 6–3–1 4–0 1st
1941 Southwestern Louisiana 6–2–1 3–1 2nd
Southwestern Louisiana Bulldogs (Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference) (1946)
1946 Southwestern Louisiana 6–4 2–2 3rd
Southwestern Louisiana: 33–19–5 16–9–1
Total: 33–19–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title or championship game berth

See also


  1. ^ "All-Americans - University of Alabama". Retrieved January 25, 2022.
  2. ^ "John Cain, 68, Dies; Former Rebel Assistant". The Commercial Appeal. Memphis, Tennessee. August 19, 1977. p. 33. Retrieved March 16, 2023 – via Open access icon.
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