August 4, 1904|
Durham, North Carolina
September 9, 1966 (aged 62)|
Greenville, North Carolina
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(Woodberry Forest, Virginia)
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|Career highlights and awards|
John Blackwell "Jack" Cobb (August 4, 1904 – September 9, 1966) was a college basketball player at the University of North Carolina in the 1920s. Cobb led the Tar Heels to their first undefeated season in 1924 and to three straight Southern Conference titles (1924, 1925, 1926). Cobb was named national player of the year for 1926 by the Helms Athletic Foundation. The 1924 team was retroactively named national champion by the Helms Foundation in 1936.
Cobb is one of eight Tar Heels basketball players who have had their jersey retired.
Cobb's dreams of pursuing a coaching career were dashed when he had a motorcycle accident in 1929 and lost part of his lower right leg. Cobb did continue to coach Little League baseball teams throughout much of his life.