Victor Payne

Victor Payne was a head college basketball and football coach. He coached football at Abilene Christian College and Simmons University. He coached basketball at Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University).

Abilene Christian and Hardin-Simmons

Payne coached the Abilene Christian Wildcats during the 1922 and 1923 football seasons. During his time at Abilene Christian, Sam Cox of Ozona, Texas, sent him a young wildcat named Bob Thomas to serve as a live athletics mascot for the college.

Payne coached the Simmons Cowboys football team to 6–1–3 in 1926.

Texas Tech

Payne coached the Texas Tech Matadors (now known as the Red Raiders) from 1927 to 1930. During the first season, the team won ten games and lost six. The following season, the record was slightly worse at 9–8. During his final season, the team improved to 13–6. Payne's overall record at Texas Tech stands at 32 wins and 20 losses.


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