William Herschel Bobo
Biographical details
Born(1896-01-16)January 16, 1896
Austin, Mississippi
DiedFebruary 18, 1975(1975-02-18) (aged 79)
Jackson, Mississippi
Playing career
1917Mississippi State
1921Clarksdale Cubs
1922–1923Greenswood Indians
1923Paducah Indians
1924–1928Hattiesburg Hubman
1929–1931Jackson Senators
1932Memphis Chickasaws
1933Jackson Senators
1934El Dorado Lions
1934–1936Jackson Senators
1937–1938Blytheville Giants
1939–1940Fort Smith Giants
Position(s)Quarterback (football)
Third baseman (baseball)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1924–1927Mississippi State Teachers
1924–1928Mississippi State Teachers
1925–1928Mississippi State Teachers
Administrative career (AD unless noted)
1924–1928Mississippi State Teachers
Head coaching record
Overall9–17–4 (football)
31–17–1 (basketball)
19–10–1 (baseball)
Accomplishments and honors
All-Southern (1917)

William Herschel Bobo (January 16, 1896 – February 18, 1975) was a minor league baseball player and an American football, basketball, and baseball coach.[1] He served as the head football coach at Mississippi State Teachers College—now known as the University of Southern Mississippi—from 1924 to 1927, compiling a record of 9–17–4.[2] Bobo was also the head basketball coach at Mississippi State Teachers from 1924 to 1928, tallying a mark of 31–17–1, and the school's head baseball from 1925 to 1928, amassing a record of 19–10–1.[3]

Bobo was a native of Clarksdale, Mississippi. He died on February 18, 1975, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.[4]

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Mississippi State Teachers Yellow Jackets (Independent) (1924–1927)
1924 Mississippi State Teachers 3–3–2
1925 Mississippi State Teachers 0–6
1926 Mississippi State Teachers 3–4–1
1927 Mississippi State Teachers 3–4–1
Mississippi State Teachers: 9–17–4
Total: 9–17–4


  1. ^ "Herschel Bobo". Baseball-Reference Minor Leagues Player Register. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  2. ^ "History and Records" (PDF). University of Southern Mississippi. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "2017 USM Baseball Almanac" (PDF). University of Southern Mississippi. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Herschel Bobo Dies Tuesday". The Clarion-Ledger. Jackson, Mississippi. February 19, 1975. p. 9. Retrieved April 16, 2019 – via Newspapers.com open access.