William Eugene "Bud" Davis (born February 15, 1929) is a former
university president, Democratic politician, and head football coach.
He was an interim head football coach for the Colorado Buffaloes for
the 1962 season. He was later the President of
1 Early career
1.1 Head coaching record
2 Glory Colorado! 3 Career 4 Glory Colorado! Volume 2 5 Awards and honors 6 Quote 7 References
Davis graduated from Loveland High School in 1947 and enrolled at the
University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) to stay close to home and near
his high school sweetheart, Pollyanne Peterson. As a freshman, he
declared he wanted "to be the world's greatest football coach" and
chose a physical education major and English minor. He was a reserve
football player on the varsity team. After graduating in 1951, he
remained at the University as assistant to the dean of men. He
resigned the position to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. The
spring of his senior year he married Peterson.
In 1960, Davis completed his master's degree in education
administration at the Colorado State College of Education in Greeley
and became CU's alumni director while working on his doctoral degree
in education. After
Sonny Grandelius left Colorado with NCAA
sanctions, Davis was hired to be the football team's interim head
coach on March 27, 1962. He had no collegiate coaching
experience, just five years as a high school head coach.
The Buffaloes had just one win entering the finale at home on November
24, but pulled off an inspired 34–10 upset of heavily-favored Air
Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Colorado Buffaloes (Big Eight Conference) (1962)
1962 Colorado 2–8 1–6 7th
Colorado: 2–8 1–6
While working on his doctoral degree and coaching the football team
Davis was writing his thesis. He received special permission from the
doctoral thesis committee to bypass the standard format and write the
historical narrative book about the history of the University of
Colorado at Boulder until that point. The name was chosen because
the school song of the same name; which is set to the music of "Battle
Hymn of the Republic" and he felt captured the school spirit. He
acquired the bulk of information for the book from student published
and local city newspapers. It was published by Fred Pruitt, founder of
Pruitt Press Inc., who was also a journalism professor, in 1965 and
offered to print it at no cost. The book has been called the "primary
historical reference for the University" (of Colorado at Boulder).
The book is no longer in print and was sold canvas bound for $8. an
index to supplement the text was later published and distributed by
the Associated Alumni.
After receiving his doctoral degree in 1963, Davis left CU to become
executive assistant to the president for student affairs at the
University of Wyoming
Democrat Votes Pct
Republican Votes Pct
3rd Party Party Votes Pct
William E. "Bud" Davis 140,913 45.5%
Jim McClure 161,804 52.3%
Jean L. Stafford American 6,885 2.2%
He was the President of
Idaho State University
"Universities perform miracles. They change lives. The University of Colorado made it possible for me to have a life of wild adventure."
^ Davis, William E. (William Eugene), 1929- entry at Library of
^ a b Stahlberg, Mark (March 13, 1982). "Davis accepts state
chancellor's job". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). p. 1A.
^ a b c d e f Allison Groff (1999-07-29). "Alum Bud Davis takes on
Glory Colorado! Vol. 2". CU.edu. Retrieved 2007-01-09.
^ "CU Distinguished Alumni by Category". Retrieved 2007-01-09.
^ "Alumni leader new Colorado football coach". Lewiston Morning
Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. March 28, 1962. p. 8.
^ a b "Davis named grid coach at Colorado". Eugene Register-Guard.
(Oregon). Associated Press. March 28, 1962. p. 2B.
^ a b Meakins, Gene (March 28, 1962). "Colorado coach seeks team
support". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). UPI. p. B7.
^ a b c "Colorado Football Media Guide" (PDF). Retrieved
^ "Colorado stuns Air Force, 34-10". Lewiston Morning Tribune.
(Idaho). Associated Press. November 25, 1962. p. 9.
^ a b "Davis resignation told following win". Eugene Register-Guard.
(Oregon). Associated Press. November 25, 1962. p. 6B.
^ "Plati-'tudes". CUBuffs.com. 2003-09-18. Retrieved 2007-01-09.
^ a b "Crowder signs 5-year Colorado U. grid pact". Deseret News.
(Salt Lake City, Utah). UPI. January 2, 1963. p. 6B.
^ "Crowder names 3 assistants". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah).
UPI. January 4, 1963. p. B7.
^ "McClure, Davis are rival Senate nominees". Lewiston Morning
Tribune. (Idaho). Associated Press. August 9, 1972. p. 1.
^ "Bud Davis for Senate". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho).
advertisement. November 5, 1972. p. 2.
^ "Ref Notes Data". University of Toronto Data Library Service.
2001-07-10. Retrieved 2007-01-09.
^ "Congressional winners heading to D.C. soon". Lewiston Morning
Tribune. Associated Press. November 9, 1972. p. 1.
^ "Office of the Clerk: Election statistics". United States House of
Representatives. Retrieved March 22, 2013.
Donald E. Walker
Preceded by Ferrel Heady President of University of New Mexico 1975–1982 Succeeded by John Perovich
Preceded by E. Grady Bogue Chancellor of Louisiana State University 1989–1996 Succeeded by William L. Jenkins
Party political offices
Preceded by Ralph R. Harding Democratic Party nominee, United States Senator (Class 2) from Idaho 1972 (lost) Succeeded by Dwight Jensen
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Colorado Buffaloes head football coaches
No coach (1890–1893)
Harry Heller (1894)
Fred Folsom (1895–1899)
Theron W. Mortimer (1900)
Fred Folsom (1901–1902)
Dave Cropp (1903–1904)
# denotes interim head coach.
v t e
Presidents of the University of New Mexico
Elias S. Stover Clarence L. Herrick William G. Tight Edward D. M. Gray David Ross Boyd David S. Hill James F. Zimmerman John Philip Wernette Thomas L. Popejoy Ferrel Heady William E. Davis John Perovich Tom Farer Gerald May Richard Peck William C. Gordon F. Chris Garcia Louis Caldera David W. Harris David J. Schmidly Robert G. Frank Chaouki Abdallah Garnett S. Stokes
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Leaders of Louisiana State University
David French Boyd
Taylor (1965–1974) Murrill (1974–1981) Wheeler (acting, 1981) Wharton (1981–1988) Bogue (interim, 1988) Davis (1989–1996) Jenkins (1996–1999) (interim, 2004) (acting, 2008 and 2012) Emmert (1999–2004) O'Keefe (2005–2008) Martin (2008–2012) Alexander (2013– )
WorldCat Identities VIAF: 77758778 LCCN: n85213