ETBU Athletic Hall of Famer Invited to Take Part in the Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic

Posted by Tiger Pride in Athletics, Honors, Memories on the Hill

C.F. Kuykendall. Photo credit: Kevin Green

Ninety-one year old ETBU Athletic Hall of Famer, Charles Findley Kuykendall was recently honored by receiving an invitation to take part in the 75th Edition of the Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl Classic. Kuykendall will not be able to travel to the game because of health issues but will be honored by Oil Bowl officials.

Amazingly, he played in the first Oil Bowl Game on September 5, 1938.  The Oil Bowl, played in Wichita Falls, is considered to be the oldest all-star high-school football game in the world. After playing in the first Oil Bowl game, Kuykendall reported to the College of Marshall, now ETBU, to play football. He only played one year of football for COM because the football program was dropped after the 1938 season. ETBU brought back football in 2000, playing at the NCAA Division III level.

After football was discontinued at COM, it became necessary for him to earn an athletic scholarship at another school and he played football at Sam Houston State Teachers College in 1940-42. Kuykendall was a 6-2 180 pound offensive and defensive tackle during his playing days.  He was fast and also ran track at SHSTC.

After obtaining his degree, Kuykendall spent his career in education. He returned home to Tatum to coach. Later he became principal at Pine Tree High School and retired as the Assistant Superintendent of PTISD in 1980. Kuykendall was inducted into the ETBU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1993.

This year’s Maskat Shrine Oil Bowl game, featuring top high school players from Texas and Oklahoma, was played on Saturday, June 9 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls

Way to go C.F.!  GO BLUE!

Thanks to PR Director Mike Midkiff and the Longview News-Journal for this story and Kevin Green for the photo.

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