On This Day In Alabama History: Auburn Renamed Stadium In Honor Of Football Coach Shug Jordan

| October 6, 2019 @ 5:02 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

On Oct. 6, 1973, Ralph “Shug” Jordan became the first active football coach in the nation to have a stadium named in his honor. In a special ceremony before that day’s game with the University of Mississippi, Auburn University renamed Cliff Hare Stadium as Jordan-Hare Stadium. Gov. George Wallace was on hand for the event.

Jordan was born in Selma on Sept. 25, 1910. He received the nickname, “Shug,” as a boy because he loved to chew on sugar cane.

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