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Wally Butts

AKA James Wallace Butts, Jr.

Born: 7-Feb-1905
Birthplace: Milledgeville, GA
Died: 17-Dec-1973
Location of death: Athens, GA
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Oconee Hill Cemetery, Athens, GA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Football

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: UGA Head Coach, 1939-60

In 1962, Butts sued The Saturday Evening Post for defamation after they ran a story, "The Story of a College Football Fix." The jury decided in his favor, awarding $3M in damages, later lowered to $460,000. Reaching the US Supreme Court in a landmark case, the court found that "highly unreasonable conduct" on the part of a publisher was sufficient grounds for defamation. Reputations of both the Post and Butts suffered considerably.

Father: James Wallace Butts
Mother: Anna Louisetta Hutchinson (d. 1908)
Wife: Winifred Taylor (m. 19-Feb-1929, three daughters)
Daughter: Faye
Daughter: Jean
Daughter: Nancy

    High School: Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, GA
    University: Mercer University (1929)
    Coach: Madison A&M University
    Coach: Georgia Military College, Milledgeville, GA
    Coach: Assistant Coach, University of Georgia (1938)
    Coach: Head Coach, University of Georgia (1939-60)

    Georgia Sports Hall of Fame 1966
    College Football Hall of Fame 1997
    Polygraphed Jacksonville, FL (20-Mar-1963)

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