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Speegle family left strong legacy in Oklahoma high school football

100 YEARS OF OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE FOOTBALL TEAMS — Before the Selmon brothers were crushing halfbacks in Eufaula and the Gundy brothers were throwing touchdown passes in Midwest City, the Speegle brothers were dazzling fans at Capitol Hill in the 1930s.
by Ed Godfrey Published: November 24, 2012
/articleid/3731749/1/pictures/1892538">Photo - OU center Cliff Speegle in 1938. FROM THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES <strong>Picasa</strong>
OU center Cliff Speegle in 1938. FROM THE OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVES Picasa

Wayne Speegle, the youngest brother, was an All-State basketball player and a state high school golf champion at Capitol Hill in 1946.

The next year, he was playing golf and basketball at the University of Oklahoma and was a member of the Sooners 1947 basketball team that reached the NCAA semifinals.

After graduation from OU, he turned down an offer to play professional basketball.

“His father-in-law had a sporting goods business and made him a partner so he wouldn't leave with his daughter,” Mike Speegle said.

Wayne Speegle, who died in 1997, operated a boat dealership in Oklahoma City, served as an Oklahoma City councilman for four years and was a charter member of the Oklahoma City Golf Commission.

His two older brothers became football coaches. Speegle Stadium at Capitol Hill is named after C.B. II, who coached the Redskins for nearly 40 years and led them to back-to-back state championships in 1957 and 1958. He died in 2008.

Clifton Speegle served as head football coach at Classen, Wewoka and Capitol Hill before serving in the Army Air Corps as a B-26 pilot in 1942. He played a year of professional football for the Chicago Cardinals in 1945.

He was head coach at Bacone College for one year then was an assistant coach at Oklahoma State University for three years.

He left OSU to take an assistant coaching job at Colgate and later joined the coaching staff of the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian Football League before returning to OSU.

In December of 1954, Oklahoma State University hired the former Sooner as its head football coach. Clifton Speegle was the Cowboys' head coach through the 1962 season, compiling a 36-42-3 record.

“Recruiting was tough,” he once said. “When we were coaching at OSU, OU had won (47) ball games in a row.”

He entered private business in 1963 after being fired at OSU, but returned to coaching as an assistant with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League and Texas El-Paso, before becoming the director of officials in the Southwest Conference in 1967.

In 1973, Clifton Speegle became commissioner of the Southwest Conference. He retired in 1982 and died in 1994.

But the Speegle legacy didn't end with the trio of brothers. C.B. II sons, C.B. III and Mike, both played for their father at Capitol Hill and both were named to all-state football teams — C.B. III in 1959 and Mike in 1961.

C.B. III played football on both a state championship team in high school and a collegiate national championship team.

Like his father, C.B. III went to Central State, where he was an integral part of the Bronchos' 1962 NAIA national championship squad.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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