Former TCU football coach Fred Taylor dead at 93

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Former TCU football coach Fred Taylor died Sunday in Granbury. He was 93.

Taylor was the head coach from 1967 to 1970. He replaced longtime coach Abe Martin, who had been the head coach since 1953.

Taylor was 15-25-1 during his four seasons. Twice (’67 and ‘69) his teams went 4-3 in the Southwest Conference. His biggest wins as head coach were against Texas A&M in ‘69 and ‘70 and a 24-17 win at Texas in 1967. That was TCU’s last win in Austin until the Horned Frogs won on Thanksgiving last season.

A viewing is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Wiley Funeral Home in Granbury and a memorial service is scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday at Granbury First United Methodist Church.

Taylor requested that any former player who played under him and was attending the memorial service to sit in the seats behind the family, according to a statement.

Taylor, a member of TCU’s Lettermen’s Hall of Fame, played for TCU in 1940 and 1941 before being drafted into the Army during World War II. After the way he returned to TCU and was the team’s captain and most valuable player in 1946.

Taylor was the TCU freshman coach from 1953 to 1966.

Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760 Twitter: @FollowtheFrogs

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