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This Day in Georgia History

September 10, 1901

Harry Mehre Born

University of Georgia football coach Harry Mehre was born in Huntington, Indiana. Entering Notre Dame University in 1918, he played varsity football along with George Gipp under legendary coach Knute Rockne. After graduating, Mehre coached football at St. Thomas College in Minnesota (1922-23). In 1924, University of Georgia coach George Woodruff hired Mehre to help Georgia adapt the Notre Dame offense. Four years later, Mehre was Georgia head coach. In 1929, at the dedication of Sanford Stadium, Mehre’s team shut out a Yale team that was favored win. He won many more games at Georgia, until his retirement following the 1937 season. The next year he went to Ole Miss, where he was head coach until 1945. Mehre returned to Georgia,where he began a business in Atlanta. However, he enjoyed writing about sports, and Ralph McGill hired him to write for the Atlanta Constitution. Later, he became a columnist-analyst for the Atlanta Journal. In 1971, he was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame. Mehre died in Atlanta on Sept. 27, 1978. The University of Georgia later named the building housing its Athletic Association offices and Heritage Hall in honor of Mehre and former coach Wallace Butts.