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99 for 99 - #25 - Jim Wilson UB's Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland
Grover Cleveland

99 for 99 takes a look at the 99 biggest moments in UB Football history during this season, the 99th season of UB Football. These moments are not in any order, however the top 10 moments have been saved for last.

1932-1933, 1950-1951 - Jim Wilson Coaches UB for two non-consecutive 2-year terms.

Grover Cleveland was a Buffalo Lawyer, Sheriff, Mayor and later State Governor. He is best known for being the only president to serve two non-consecutive terms in office. Cleveland was both the 22nd and 24th President of these United States.

Jim Wilson played at Cornell and took over as coach for the Bulls in 1932. He debuted against his alma mater, but lost in embarrassing fashion, 72-0. UB scored only 57 points in Wilson's two seasons as coach, and stumbled to a 3-8-3 record. In 1934, Wilson was replaced by George Van Bibber, and Wilson went on to coach at Canisius.

Sixteen years later, Buffalo called upon Jim Wilson to coach again. Wilson coached from 1950-1951 becoming Buffalo's only coach to coach two non-consecutive terms as head coach. Wilson performed better than his first stint, his 1950 team scored more points in their first four games than Wilson's previous 14 games as coach. Wilson went 9-7 in two seasons however this was a disappointing two seasons after Peele went 15-3 and Clair went 12-4-1 in the previous 4 years.

After his first stint Wilson was tied for 5th on the UB coach wins list. After his second coaching stint, he finished tied for 3rd with 12 wins, which is now tied for 8th most wins by a coach in UB history.