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Byron "Buster" Brannon was a winner as a player and coach. His career in sports began in Pine Bluff, Ark., where he played on a state high school football championship team. He later moved to Athens, Texas, where he played on a state and national high school basketball title-winning team. At Texas Christian University, Brannon was twice an All-Southwest Conference basketball guard and quarterbacked the Horned Frogs' conference champion football team in 1932. After college Brannon switched to coaching. In his first job he coached football at Dublin High School, where his team won two regional football crowns. He gained his notable reputation, however, as a college basketball coach. His teams at TCU won four Southwest Conference championships (1951, 1952, 1953, 1959), and his teams at Rice won two more (1940, 1942). Brannon was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1970.

Byron "Buster" Brannon