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He played basketball, football, baseball and track at the University of Kentucky where he played under legendary Adolph Rupp and was considered on the school’s greatest all-around athletes. He was MSU’s director of physical education from 1936-53. During that time, he coached basketball, football, baseball and track—in the same season. His record as a coach was 54-44-10 in football and 176-158 in basketball. The Ellis T. Johnson Arena in the Academic-Athletic Center bears his name. He was inducted into the MSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1985.

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