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Born in Garland, Texas, inJacobs came to OU from the small town of Mangum, deep in the short grass part of the state of Oklahoma. To avoid the boredom of the required gymnasium classes for non athletes, he took up track even though he had never seen a track shoe.
He quickly became a track and field sensation. He ran the hurdles and was the leadoff man on the mile relay team. He also competed in the high jump and the broad jump, now known as the long jump. Before his graduation, he had tied a world record in the yard high hurdles, running on a sandy track in Weatherford.
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He owned a number of dirt track records at the time of his graduation from OU. The success of his athletes and, in reality his success as a coach, earned the Texas-born coach multiple honors.
Jacobs, as usual, had a response that started with humor, then wrapped around to what he really felt. Seriously, how can I convince myself that I deserve this fine honor?
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Please convey my thanks and appreciation. He was inducted into the Drake Relays Hall of Fame two years after his death in He developed six Olympians as the Sooner coach — Tom Churchill, decathlon, ; Glenn Dawson, meter steeplechase, and ; J. He was the honorary referee of the Texas Relays, the Kansas Relays and the Drake Relays and ultimately served as the honorary referee for every major relay carnival. He also served as the referee of the National Collegiate meet.
A fierce, but friendly and always honorable opponent. On a plaque presented by Big Eight coaches upon his retirement His indoor teams swept three conference indoor championships without a heated indoor track in which to practice and added a fourth later in his career. Nine others placed second. His outdoor team won 19 consecutive dual meets in and won the conference crown inand Martin, pole vault, ; and Anthony Watson, broad jump, He coached a double national indoor champion, Bill Calhoun, who won the yard dash in and the yard dash in Competition on the new track was fast as nine conference records were broken in 10 running events during the Big Eight Conference meet in While the standing policy at the time was to not name facilities for people who were still alive, inthe regents reversed that policy and John Jacobs Field was named.
In JulyJacobs stepped away from coaching completely. Track practice lasts all day anymore. Not like it used to be. Today a guy will run 20 quarters in practice and walk yards in between each of them.
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We never did this in the old days. A miler would run a mile in practice.
Now they run all around it. And they run a lot more. He achieved results almost as much with his humor as by his actual coaching. It also made entertainment out of what is so often drudgery in track and field training.
Much of his instruction was not only funny but also bore the stamp of truth. One of those who lived with what he learned from Jacobs was Bill Weaver, who would later change his first name to Dennis and play Chester in Gunsmoke.
Making a presentation to Jacobs in later years, Weaver praised his coach for his wisdom. He also did that because he believed the meets were about the athletes and not the coaches.
Zamperini was chased and caught by police for a stolen beer and brought home to his parents who dealt with him. His father taught him how to box in self-defense. Soon he claimed to be "beating the tar out of every one of them; but I was so good at it that I started relishing the idea of getting even.
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I was sort of addicted to it. Pete took Louis on training runs. It was the recognition, nobody in school, except for a few of my buddies, knew my name before I started running.
Then, as I started winning races, other kids called me by name. Pete told me I had to quit drinking and smoking if I wanted to do well, and that I had to run, run, run. I decided that summer to go all-out; overnight I became fanatical. I wouldn't even have a milkshake. InZamperini decided to try out for the Olympics.
In those days, athletes had to pay their way to the Olympic Trialsbut since his father worked for the railroad, Louis could get a train ticket free of charge. A group of Torrance merchants raised enough money for the local hero to live on once he got there.
On one of the hottest days of the year during the North American heat wave in Randalls Island, New Yorkthe race saw co-favorite Norm Bright and several others collapse during the race. Zamperini later related several anecdotes from his Olympic experience, including gorging himself on the boat trip to Europe: I had not just one sweet roll, but about seven every morning, with bacon and eggs.
My eyes were like saucers. Zamperini enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in September  and earned a commission as a second lieutenant.
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