November 12, 1896|
Spring Place, Georgia
|Died||July 17, 1978
|Alma mater||Georgia Institute of Technology|
|Position(s)||End, tackle, placekicker|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1921||William & Mary|
|1925–1931||Georgia Tech (line)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1 National (1917)
3 SIAA (1917, 1918, 1920)
|3x All-Southern (1917, 1919, 1920)
2x Consensus All-American (1918, 1920)
Tech All-Era Team (John Heisman Era)
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 1974 (profile)
William Enoch Fincher (November 12, 1896 – July 17, 1978) was an American college football player and coach. He played the end and tackle positions for the Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football team of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Fincher was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1974.
Fincher attended Georgia Institute of Technology, where he was a prominent tackle and end for coach John Heisman's and coach William Alexander's Georgia Tech Golden Tornado football teams. Fincher could play any position on the line in the complicated Heisman shift offense. He made a record 122 of 136 PAT attempts. He stood 6 feet tall and weighed 182 pounds. He was nominated though not selected for an Associated Press All-Time Southeast 1869-1919 era team.
He was a starter for the 1917 national championship team. The 1917 team was Tech's first national championship and outscored opponents 491 to 17, and for many years it was considered the greatest football team the South ever produced.
One writer said Fincher "seemingly ate ten-penny nails" and "was the 'meanest' lineman I ever witnessed in action." A story goes that he sought to knock Bo McMillin out of the Centre–Tech game, taking with him brass-knuckles or "something equally diabolical." Before the game, Fincher said "You're a great player Bo...I feel awful sorry about it because you are not going to be in there very long—about three minutes."
Fincher also once held a charging Model-T for no gain. The yearbook remarks "Bill began his great work on the sand lots of Tech Hi here in Atlanta years ago and ended it up by smearing "Fatty" Warren of the Auburn Tigers all over the flats of Grant Field on Turkey Day last."
Fincher was head coach of a college football team for one season. In 1921, he led the William & Mary Indians football team to a 4–3–1 record. In 1927, he was a line coach at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.
Head coaching record
|William & Mary Indians (SAIAA) (1921)|
|1921||William & Mary||4–3–1||1–3–1||11th|
|William & Mary:||4–3–1||1–3–1|
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- Lynn Hogan (1973). "They Walked Away Into Legend...". Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. 51 (4): 15–19.
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- "U-T Greats On All-Time Southeast Team". Kingsport Post. July 31, 1969.
- Richard Scott (2008-09-15). SEC Football: 75 Years of Pride and Passion. p. 28. ISBN 9781616731335.
- Wiley Lee Umphlett (1992). Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 141–142. ISBN 0313284040.
- "Fincher, Guyon, Strupper-and Shaw Hardy". The Miami News. November 3, 1943.[dead link]
- Grantland Rice (July 19, 1940). "Sportlight". The Nebraska State Journal. p. 12. Retrieved August 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "The Blueprint" (PDF).
- "Bill Fincher". Atlanta Georgian. 1927.