8. Harry Mehre
One of the most recognizable names in the early history of Georgia football is that of Harry Mehre who served as head coach of Georgia football from 1928-to-1937.
In college, Mehre played center in both football and basketball for Notre Dame. On the football team he was one of the blockers for Notre Dame’s famed “four horsemen” running backs.
He came to Georgia in 1924 as an assistant coach under George “Kid” Woodruff. When Woodruff stepped down after the 1927 season, Mehre was chosen as his replacement.
In his first two seasons, Georgia went a combined 10-11. But in 1930 he led the Bulldogs to a 7-2-1 season and an 8-2 season in 1931 with pairs of wins over Yale, New York, Auburn and Georgia Tech.
Then in the 1933, the first year of the SEC, Mehre led Georgia to an 8-2 record and 3-1 record in conference play. The Bulldogs finished third. Georgia never got closer to an SEC Championship under Mehre however.
He left Athens after the 1937 season to coach at Ole Miss, where he stayed until 1945. His record at Georgia was 59-34-6 and his career overall record was 98-60-7. After coaching, he was a football analyst for the Atlanta Journal. In 1986, the Butts-Mehre Heritage Hall opened and named in honor of him and Wally Butts.