Wilkinson, (Charles Burnham) “Bud”(1915– ) football coach; born in Minneapolis, Minn. He coached the University of Oklahoma (1947–64) to three national titles, twelve consecutive Big Eight titles, and a National Collegiate Athletic Association record 47-game winning streak (1953–57). He headed President John F. Kennedy's Physical Fitness Program and in 1964 he ran unsuccessfully for U.S. senator from Oklahoma.
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