In Memory of Coach Bill Yeoman 1927-2020


Bill Yeoman was the head football coach at the University of Houston football from 1962-1986. He invented the veer offense in 1964 and quickly led the Cougars to national prominence. Yeoman’s “Houston Veer” gained more yards than any team in the nation from 1966-1968. On July 11, 1964, Yeoman broke the color barrier for major Texas football programs when the University of Houston signed San Antonio’s Warren McVea to a scholarship. During his 25 year coaching career he compiled a record of 160-108-8. Yeoman guided the Cougars to 11 bowl games appearances including Cotton Bowl victories over Maryland in 1977 and Nebraska in 1980. He led the Cougars to four SWC titles – 1976, 1978, 1979 & 1984. In 1976, Houston’s first year as a member of the SWC, Yeoman was named Texas Coach of the Year and runner-up for National Coach of the Year. He coached 46 All-Americans and 69 NFL players. Yeoman was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.

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