The Norman Transcript

April 5, 2013

Former Sooner player, assistant Heatly dies at 83

By Clay Horning
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Dick Heatly, an Oklahoma football player under coach Bud Wilkinson, who lettered from 1949-51, a stretch that included three conference championships and the 1950 national championship, died Thursday at 83.

His death followed a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease, his son Richard told The Transcript.

A Mangum High School product, Heatly was an honorable mention All-American as a halfback and punter.

According to, Heatly ran for six touchdowns and caught for two more during the 1951 season.

He spent most of his time as a college coach under Jim Owens, an Oklahoma teammate who became head coach at Washington, from 1957 to 1963.While Heatly was on staff, the Huskies won the Rose Bowl following the 1959 and 1960 seasons, and played in the Rose Bowl following the 1963 season.

After his stint with the Huskies, Heatly returned to Oklahoma and spent two seasons on Gomer Jones’ Sooner staff, after which he left coaching and went into private business in South Carolina.

Clay Horning

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